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Tribes, States Get $10M for Veteran Suicide Prevention

The Office of Veteran's Affairs announced today $10 million in new funding for states, territories, and tribal governments to prevent veteran suicide.

According to a press release by the VA, the funds, along with technical assistance, will be managed through cooperative agreements to establish, coordinate and manage suicide mortality review committees to identify and characterize suicide deaths. These committees are intended to establish a local understanding of suicide, identify at-risk groups, and inform the development and implementation of data-informed suicide prevention strategies for veterans.

Native Americans serve in the armed forces at the highest rate per capita than any other racial group. According to the VA, there are more than 140,000 Native veterans living in the United States.


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