Suicide Among the Local Veteran Population

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Suicide among our local veteran population continues to be a growing area of concern.

VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator Lesley Murray said that family members play a big role in noticing change in their loved ones...

Murray said if you suspect someone maybe contemplating suicide, ask them...

Suicide rates for Veteran and non-Veteran adults increased between 2005 to 2016. The data from 2016, which was the most recently compiled information, showed that 30.1 per 100,000 veterans committed suicide compared to 17.4 per 100,000 non veterans committing suicide.

Listen to the complete interview by Scott Walker (15 Min and 30 Sec):


• The Veterans Crisis Line is available by calling: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
• The Veterans Crisis Line is available by text: Text 838255
• Visit Online:


The local VA Hospital has free gun locks for all of your firearms. Nurse Practitioner Carrie Brensike told WGNS you don't have to be a veteran to receive the free gun locks...

If you would like free gun locks for your firearms, simply email

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