Veterans: Lawmakers need to address suicide issue

Veterans To Confront Congress On Vet Suicides

SAN DIEGO - A federal report shows that a veteran commits suicide every 65 seconds.

That's 22 veterans killing themselves a day, according to the report compiled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The alarming number is prompting members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to storm Capitol Hill next week in an attempt to increase awareness among lawmakers.

If lawmakers don't act, it could get worse, said one retired Marine.

Retired Marine Corporal David Curry, who served in Iraq, said the problem is personal. 

"I knew another Marine who took his life two weeks after he couldn't get help right away here at home," he said.

"Storm the Hill" is IAVA's signature advocacy and leadership development program.

For more information about IAVA, visit iava.org

Print this article Back to Top

Comments