Steve Nelson went to Vietnam thinking he was going to work with computers--but he ended up in combat about 10 times, he said. Nelson shares his experiences of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts while shedding light on the possible implications of serving your country. (Vietnam footage courtesy of National Archives and does not feature Nelson).
The Department of Veteran Affairs expanded its advertisement of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to Chicago in late 2010. This billboard was found in January at the Monroe Red Line platform.
Calls made by veterans to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have increasing by about 20,000 calls per year.
More than half of calls made to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline between 2007 and present have been placed by veterans.
Related LinksNational Suicide Prevention LifelineArmy Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report 2010
Facts about veterans suicide
--30,000-32,000 US deaths from suicide per year among the population overall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
--About 20 percent are veterans, according to the National Death Reporting System
--About 18 deaths from suicide per day are veterans, according to NDRS
--About 5 deaths from suicide per day among veterans receiving care in Veterans Health Administrations, according to the VA
--About 950 attempts per month among veterans receiving care in VHA as reported by suicide prevention coordinators
--About 7 percent of suicide attempts resulted in death.