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Veteran suicides exceed VA estimates

WASHINGTON — The number of veterans who commit suicide each day is more than 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs previously estimated, but the problem doesn’t appear to be getting worse for veterans compared with the rest of the country, according to a VA study released Friday.

Indeed, the overall percentage of suicides by veterans has declined in recent years. VA researchers say the trend suggests that efforts to reduce suicide among veterans may be having an effect.

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