Opinion: Veteran suicide crisis demands our full attention

Veterans are our heroes; our protectors; our fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. And despite the enormous role they play in guaranteeing our collective freedoms, far too many slip through the cracks as they depart the Department of Defense and transition into the Veterans Administration.

This is unacceptable, and we owe it to our veterans to find solutions to address this injustice.

Our search for answers begins with data, which indicate that even if veterans do successfully navigate the transition to post-service care, many still fail to connect to the mental health care system either upon initial transition, or later in their civilian life.

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