Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/15/veterans-affairs-suicide-crisis-line-editorials-debates/90431380/

By David J. Shulkin
September 15, 2016

Among veterans and the American public at large, suicide is a public health crisis. Losing even one veteran to suicide is unacceptable, which is why suicide prevention is a top priority at VA.

We know that we save lives when we get veterans into treatment. This past year, VA has expanded our suicide prevention efforts providing greater access to our services, and we are continuing to ensure same-day access for urgent mental health needs at every medical center.