WASHINGTON • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has joined other senators in demanding answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs about what they allege are its misuse of suicide prevention resources on the heels of a report showing Colorado’s rate of veteran suicides is among the nation’s highest.Bennet made the demand in a letter co-signed by 20 Senate colleagues that was sent last week to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie.“Suicide prevention should be one of the VA’s top priorities, especially in the West and rural areas,” Bennet told Colorado Politics.A recent VA report based on data from 2016 showed the suicide rate among veterans in Colorado is 42.9 per 100,000 compared with a national average of 30.1 per 100,000 veterans.Colorado ranks 10th among the states for its overall suicide rate, at 20.3 per 100,000 in 2017, according to the Colorado Health Institute. El Paso County teen suicide rate doubles, Colorado AG's report showsFor reasons … [Read more...] about Sen. Michael Bennet presses VA on veteran suicide prevention efforts
Lisa Rein, The Washington Post Published 6:39 pm CST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 The Trump administration said from its first days that preventing suicide was its top clinical priority for veterans. The performance of its national outreach campaign shows otherwise, though, because of a leadership vacuum at the Department of Veterans Affairs and nonexistent means to measure effectiveness, a new report by the Government Accountability Office found. less The Trump administration said from its first days that preventing suicide was its top clinical priority for veterans. The performance of its national outreach campaign shows otherwise, though, because of a ... more Photo: Charles Dharapak, STF Photo: Charles Dharapak, STF Image 1 of / 29 Caption Close Image 1 of 29 The Trump … [Read more...] about VA lacked outreach amid surge in suicides, according to federal report
Mike Stobbe Associated Press Published 3:01 AM EST Dec 18, 2018 Madison, W.Va. — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. “It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first,” said Dr. Michael Brumage, a West Virginia University public health expert who formerly ran the health department in Charleston. “We’re the canary in the coal mine.” The drug overdose death rate for all Americans today is where West Virginia’s rate was 10 years ago. The nation’s suicide rate is where West Virginia’s was nearly 20 years ago. Obesity was common in West Virginia before it became widespread in the rest of the country. And life expectancy started tumbling in the Mountain State before it began falling across the U.S. Maggie Hill has lived in the state for all of her 67 … [Read more...] about As U.S. life expectancy falls, W.Va offers lessons
By Guillermo Contreras Published 9:26 pm CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Walter Crosley, an Iraqi War veteran, prepares to enter the federal courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 12 , 2018, to plead guilty to charges that he threatened to blow up the VA clinic in Kerrville. Walter Crosley, an Iraqi War veteran, prepares to enter the federal courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 12 , 2018, to plead guilty to charges that he threatened to blow up the VA clinic in Kerrville. Photo: Marvin Pfeiffer /Staff Photographer Photo: Marvin Pfeiffer /Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Walter Crosley, an Iraqi War veteran, prepares to enter the federal courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 12 , 2018, to plead guilty to charges that he threatened to blow up the VA clinic in Kerrville. … [Read more...] about Veteran pleads guilty to threatening to blow up VA hospital
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page AP December 07, 2018 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been convicted of first-degree murder.In delivering its verdict late Friday afternoon, the jury rejected arguments by lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr. that he acted in self-defense.Prosecutors said Fields drove his car directly into a crowd of counterprotesters at the ‘‘Unite the Right’’ rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, because he was angry after witnessing earlier violent clashes between the two sides. The rally was held to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Advertisement Fields’ lawyers told the jury he feared for his life after witnessing the violence.The 21-year-old Fields of Maumee, Ohio, faces up to life in prison at … [Read more...] about Jury convicts man who drove car into protesters in Charlottesville, Va.