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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Citing suicides, VA sets outreach to female vets


WASHINGTON - Women veterans who try to take their own lives are often successful at a far higher rate than their female non-veteran counterparts because of one reason: They use guns.Female veterans die by suicide at nearly six times the rate of female civilians, such an alarming number that mental-health experts at the Department of Veterans Affairs say the agency is reaching out to former servicewomen to talk about gun safety.Their suicide rate is also surprising because men generally are far more likely than women to die by suicide.

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