By Tim Kowols
Military veterans are committing suicide at a higher rate than civilians according to a recent report from the Department of Veteran Affairs. In 2014, 133 Wisconsin veterans took their own life, which at 36.1 per 100,000 people is over double the regional and national non-veteran suicide rate. Door County Veterans Service Officer Scott MacFarlane says while it is great many VA Hospitals are increasing their mental health facilities and staff, more needs to be done.
MacFarlane urges veterans to contact their local CVSO to get the help they have earned. Local United States House Representative Mike Gallagher said in a statement earlier this week that the findings “underscore the urgent need to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health care so that veterans in crisis feel comfortable seeking out treatment.”