LA County to create team to track, prevent veteran suicides – Daily News

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, May 4,to establish a review team to track veteran suicides in an attempt to provide more effective intervention.

Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl co-authored the motion, saying that despite already shocking numbers, they believe suicides among veterans are undercounted.

“Most of us are aware that the statistic nationwide is an estimated 20 veterans a day die by suicide,” Barger said.

“But this data is only reflective of national trends and (we need) localized data to ensure that we are targeting the most vulnerable populations. We know this does not always account for many veterans not being treated by the V.A. or enrolled in V.A. benefits.”

The review team is the result of months of work assessing feasibility and the potential for record sharing across various service providers. It will be a one-year pilot.

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