Lawmakers to grill VA for answers on suicide 'epidemic'
Spurred by three recent suicides over five days at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, the House Veterans Affairs Committee is beginning a series of hearings to press the VA for answers on what key leaders have called an "epidemic" of veteran suicides. Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, and ranking member Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, said in a joint statement that enacting measures to bring down the estimated rate of 20 veteran suicides per day would be their top priority in this Congress.
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