Efforts to prevent veterans’ suicides may soon be going high tech.
According to a new report published by the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), suicide rates among South Dakota veterans jumped 24% from 2017 to 2018.
Findings of the 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report released in November are based on data collected through 2018.
“The most recent numbers from the VA are from 2018, and the rate is 35.8 per 100,000 people,” Col. Michael Hudson (USMC-ret.), Vice President of ClearForce, told the Press & Dakotan. “In 2017 it was 28.8 per 100,000…….