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#VAFail: Unacceptable care deficiencies may have resulted in veteran’s suicide at VA facility

Veteran suicide is an epidemic, with an average of at least 17 veterans taking their lives every day. There are questions about whether that is a reliable number, but if anything, it’s likely higher.  A particularly tragic part of this epidemic is the scourge of suicides at Veterans Affairs facilities.   A 2020 Government Accountability… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, September 28th 2023

Will presidential candidates talk about veterans health care this time around?

In the last GOP presidential debate, candidates neglected to lay out any of their plans for reforming veterans health care.  So let’s try this again.  We asked more veterans around the country what they want to hear from candidates about better health care and the Department of Veterans Affairs.    I’m most concerned about the… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, September 22nd 2023

War costs more than just dollars. But does Congress remember that?

The cost of war is not just measured in dollars and statistics. Beyond those numbers are the faces of individual veterans, who’ve taken on the hidden costs of war.    Veterans put their lives on the line defending the Constitution, and they come back with scars, both seen and unseen.    The Constitution they’ve served… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Tuesday, September 19th 2023

Watch: Close the door on the Iraq War and unnecessary deployments

Congress has a chance to reclaim its duty to debate and vote on military engagement. Will members follow through?  In a new video from Concerned Veterans for America, combat veteran Jason Beardsley shares the reason why outdated authorizations for use of military force need to be repealed.  “Washington has sent thousands of U.S. troops to… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Wednesday, September 13th 2023

#VAFail: South Carolina VA facility did not provide quality care, potentially leading to veteran’s suicide

According to Stop Soldier Suicide, veterans are 57% more likely to die by suicide than people who have not served in the military. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths. Veterans and their families — who already have sacrificed for this country — deserve… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, September 8th 2023

#VAFail: An epidemic of suicide at VA facilities

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time to especially focus on the suicide epidemic in the veteran community. An average 17 veterans take their lives every day in the United States, but the number actually could be much higher. A new study just found the most staggeringly high suicide numbers are amongst post-9/11 veterans. Four… Read more »

By Emilye Bell
Friday, September 1st 2023