That’s the stunning statistic, from a Reuters article, courtesy of Ken Pope.
Saying 18 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day, a lawyer representing veterans’ groups asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order the government to provide better mental health care.
“The system, your honor, has crashed, it has been overwhelmed,” Arturo Gonzalez told Judge Samuel Conti. “More of these veterans are dying in the United States than out in combat. That is wrong.”
Gonzalez cited studies that found veterans committed suicide between three and 7.5 times more often than the national average. That has meant 1,467 deaths between October last year and March 31 for veterans whose medical claims were under appeal.