Federal data show the suicide rate among veterans has risen over the last decade. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approached this problem with a 24-hour call center in upstate New York. As GPB’s Sean Powers reports, the VA recently expanded that service with a second hotline in Atlanta.
We continued our conversation about veterans issues with Iraq War veteran Chris Dorsey, who has a farm in Lumpkin County. Dorsey has had his own problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has struggled to get help from the VA, which he documented in a cell phone video two years ago. Since returning from combat, he has started two groups in Georgia to help other veterans.