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18 veterans kill themselves every day: report

Raw Story- By Sahil Kapur
Friday, April 23rd, 2010 — 10:41 am

The suicide rate among war veterans is extraordinary, new data reveals.

Thirty try to commit suicide each day, on average, reports the Army Times. Seven percent succeed, while 11 percent are likely to make another attempt in the next nine months.

That adds up to 18 retired soldiers who successfully kill themselves daily — 6,570 annually — roughly five a day by service members receiving medical care from Veterans Affairs, rated one of the best health programs in the country.

The Times noted that “In general, VA officials said, women attempt suicide more often, but men are more likely to succeed in the attempt.”

The report cites access to health care and age — younger veterans are less likely to try — as two major factors in the suicide rate, and notes that the VA is seeking to strengthen its suicide prevention programs.

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, “Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively.”

The struggle among veterans to return to everyday life has been documented over the years.

The Associated Press reported in November 2007 that one in four homeless people across the nation is likely to be a veteran, even though veterans constitute a mere 11 percent of overall adults in the United States.

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Tents urgently needed as rainy season looms

Brett Popplewell, thestar.com, Jan 29, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE–Every night since losing her home to the devastating earthquake that reduced much of this country to rubble, Marie Carole Joseph, 54, has slept under open skies with not even a bed sheet for protection.

“No one has said anything about a tent to me yet, but if they have some I would like one,” says Joseph, a mother of three.

The Haitian government is urgently requesting 200,000 family-sized tents be shipped to the partially destroyed nation for use as emergency shelters for its burgeoning homeless class.

The international community has not been quick to respond.

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