February 1, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday reported that the percentage of veterans who die by suicide has decreased slightly since 1999 while the estimated total number of Veterans who have died by suicide has increased. “The suicide level for veterans is unacceptable. What we’re seeing is an extraordinary tragedy which speaks to the horror of war and the need for us to do a much better job in assisting our soldiers and their families after they return home,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “The committee will be working aggressively with the Department of Veterans Affairs to address this crisis,” Sanders said.