Welcome to Gulf Coast VA Today, an informational show about what’s happening in the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System. In each episode, we cover news, services and programs in our healthcare system.
Gulf Coast VA Today is produced by the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System (Public Affairs and Medical Media). Special thanks to this episode’s guest, Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Dawn-Mucha Johnson
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report (2019), the suicide rate among Veterans is 1.5 times greater than the non-Veteran population ages 18+, with over 6,000 Veterans dying by suicide each year. Despite accounting for just 7.9% of the population, Veterans account for 13.5% of all suicide deaths in the United States.
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