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Serial No. 116-20: Veteran and Active Duty Suicides (Part I), Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, May 8, 2019   [open pdf - 328KB]

This is the May 8, 2019 hearing titled "Veteran and Active Duty Suicides (Part I)" held before the House Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. From the opening statement of Stephen F. Lynch: "Today's hearing will mark our first step in our subcommittee investigation to examine the devastating suicide crisis affecting our Nation's veterans, and Active-Duty military members. [...] According to the most recent VA national suicide data report, an average of 6,000 veteran suicides occurred annually between 2008 and 2016. Over the course of a decade, the veteran suicide rate increased from 23.9 per 100,000 in 2005, to over 30 per 100,000 people in 2016. The suicide rate for our youngest veterans, those between the ages of 18 and 34, his risen dramatically by nearly 80 percent over the same time period. Overall, agency statistics reveal that the suicide rate within the veteran community is 1-1/2 times as great as that for the nonveteran population, when those are adjusted for age and gender. Since Fiscal Year 2013, Congress has appropriated nearly $1 billion to the VA toward its 24-hour veterans crisis line, and other key suicide prevention outreach programs. An additional $120 million has been appropriated to the Department of Defense for its defense suicide prevention office[.]" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following:Mike Colston, Karin Orvis, Richard Stone, and Terri Tanielian.

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2019
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