While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving in the right direction for improving mental health and preventing suicide among veterans, the agency could be doing more, said a report released on May 10 (http://www.va.gov/oig/54/reports/VAOIG-06-03706-126.pdf).
The VA mental health officials estimate that 1000 suicides occur per year among the 5 million veterans receiving care within the agency; as many as 5000 suicides occur among all 25 million veterans.
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