VA suicide hotline received over 35,000 calls during the final two weeks of the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan;

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There was an average of 2,060 calls a day during that time frame, with the most, 2,570, occurring on Monday, Aug. 16, when Kabul fell under Taliban control.

  • There were 377 active-duty service members who died by suicide in 2020, up from 348 the year before, according to the Department of Defense Quarterly Suicide Report . That number has steadily increased, and in 2016, there were 280 such deaths.
  • The VA is starting a new awareness campaign for the month of September, which is Suicide Prevention Month.
  • The campaign urges veterans to reach out, hear others’ stories, be prepared, find resources, and spread the word in an effort to “act now” so they can “prevent Veteran suicide later.”

SOURCE: WASHINGTONEXAMINER

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