VA zeroes in on gun safety as a way to reduce veteran suicides

VA zeroes in on gun safety as a way to reduce veteran suicides

Veterans Affairs officials are increasing emphasis on firearms safety as par to ftheir ongoing efforts to decrease suicide among veterans. (Department of Veterans Affairs) Veterans Affairs officials want to talk about your guns. Staff working on suicide prevention are planning to increase their focus on the importance of lethal means safety as part of their suicide prevention campaign. On Wednesday, VA officials said that will include more training for staff and more public service announcements for veterans on best practices for gun storage and mental health help. “We are not gearing any campaign or messaging towards restriction,” Dr. Matthew Miller, executive director of VA’s Suicide Prevention Program , told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “We are gearing our messaging and campaign towards safety, time and space between a person, a firearm and ammunition. “A [pause] of 10 to 20 minutes can be life saving.” Miller’s comments came two weeks after VA officials released their annual report on veteran suicide rates, showing a decline in 2019 (the latest year for which data was available). The 7 percent decrease put veterans’ suicides at their lowest rate since 2007. But the figures still translate into about 17 veteran deaths a day by suicide across America. Of those, roughly 70 percent are the result of firearms use. Public health officials for years have pushed for increased focus on gun ownership and safety among veterans as a way to reduce suicide among veterans, noting that former military members are more […]

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