VA Secretary visits Southern North Las Vegas, takes on veteran suicide
March 9, 2018
Access to mental health treatment critical
Las Vegas (KTNV) - Veterans Affairs' Secretary David Shulkin came to visit our VA hospital in North Las Vegas today taking on the staggering problem of suicide.
Contact 13 looks into how many Nevada veterans have taken their own lives and how the VA hopes to prevent that in the future.
Suicide among former military members is much higher than the general population on average 20 veterans take their own lives every day. That adds up to over 7000 a year.
While state and VA leaders say those national numbers are not acceptable, what's happening here in Nevada tells an even darker story.
Nevada veterans have one of the highest suicide rates, 59.8, in the country compared to the national rate of 38.4.
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