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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said reducing the number of veteran suicides is a top priority, and that one way to do that is to extend mental health care to vets who may not have been able to get it before.

A program that lets veterans with other-than-honorable discharges get emergency mental health care is just one of the steps the VA is taking to address increasing suicides by vets. The agency says 20 veterans in the U.S. take their own lives per day. Of those, only six used VA health care. Read more»

n the wake of a mass shooting, a furious political debate inevitably erupts: Does gun violence stem from mental-health issues or from easy access to firearms? A new study suggests that regulators' attempt to predict which people are likely to use a gun to cause harm needs fine-tuning. Read more»

There were nearly 500 incidents in Arizona's prison system when convicts attempted to either hurt or kill themselves in 2015, despite efforts to push for better mental health treatment and a legal settlement ordering the Department of Corrections to improve psychiatric services. Read more»

Ricky Barnes, center, a 54-year-old medically disabled and retired U.S. Air Force veteran founded EnvincibleVets and organized a rally Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, to protest slow and substandard care from the Phoenix VA Medical Center. He is joined by Alison Culver.

Veterans rallied Monday outside the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix to protest what they say is a lack of progress in improving care at the hospital despite a visit from President Barack Obama in March. Read more»

Howard, Daniel and Jean Somers, from left, before Iraq veteran Daniel killed himself in 2013 after a long-running dispute with the Department of Veterans Affairs over his mental health care.

Sgt. Daniel Somers’ work in Iraq was classified, so when he returned from the war and sought treatment for traumatic brain injury and PTSD he balked at a care in a group setting. Afraid he might reveal secrets, he asked for individual care. After two years with no resolution from the VA, Somers took his own life in 2013. Read more» 1

Acting Indian Health Service Director Robert McSwain, Oglala Sioux Councill member CJ Clifford and Stanford University Professor Teresa LaFromboise, from left, testify on the tribal teen suicides.

The rate of suicides among Native American youth is 2.5 times the national average. Read more»

Blackwater high school senior Darius Jackson, 18, was picked to represent the Gila River Indian Community at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, one of 36 youths tapped to represent their tribes at the 2014 event.

Darius Jackson wants to make a difference for the people of the Gila River Indian Community – and meeting with the vice president of the United States on Wednesday wasn’t a bad place to start. Read more»

This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, remember those who have served in our armed forces, and honor their struggles and sacrifices. Read more»

Arizona has had one of the nation's highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state's overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men. Experts say the state's poor economy has been a factor. Read more»

Neegnco Xiong, 2, was shot and killed by his older brother in Minneapolis. The 4-year-old found his father's gun under a pillow.

A News21 investigation of child and youth deaths in America between 2002 and 2012 found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America. Read more» 1

A man serving a five-year sentence for arson died Friday after being found "unresponsive" by prison officials. Read more»

A woman and baby were found shot to death in the front yard of an East Side home overnight, where police also found a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.Two dogs were also found shot to death. Read more»

Linda Flatt's son, Paul Tillander, killed himself in 1993. After his death, Flatt helped found the Nevada Suicide Prevention Office at the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health. She partners with gun stores, ranges and shows to make gun owners more aware of firearm suicide

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. Read more»

Two suspected murder-suicides have taken place in the Tucson area in less than a week. One happened on Thursday on the West Side, the other on Saturday evening in Green Valley. Read more»

Howard and Jean Somers testify about son, Daniel, an Iraq war vet who committed suicide last summer after he was unable to get treatment for his mental and physical ailments at Phoenix Veterans Affairs facilities. They spoke to a House panel probing VA treatment in suicide cases.

Daniel Somers, struggling with physical and emotional problems after tours in Iraq, took his own life last summer after he could not get help at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix. His parents, Howard and Jean, have since worked to get changes at the VA. Read more»

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