USA Today (2/12, Zoroya) reports that the “historic pace of troop suicides confounding the military through the war years is following servicemembers into civilian life, according to preliminary analyses of new veteran data.” While “only 4.5% of men ages 18-34 are veterans, veterans account for 10.8% of suicides in that age group, according to statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The numbers are based on death data collected by the VA from 21 states.”
Rep. Miller Pushing To Increase Speed Of VA Claims Processing. USA Today (2/11, King) reports Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, “wants to speed up the time it takes to process veterans’ disability claims.” It is one of his two main priorities “outlined in a recent interview in his Capitol Hill Office. The other is providing veterans greater access to mental health services by allowing them to access the TRICARE system that serves active-duty military personnel.”
— “Suicide rate for veterans worries VA,”Gregg Zoroya, USA Today, February 12, 2013.