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Veterans and the National Tragedy of Suicide

      A recent publication in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by Brignone et al.
      • Brignone E.
      • Fargo J.D.
      • Blais R.K.
      • et al.
      Non-routine discharge from military service: mental illness, substance use disorders, and suicidality.
      has highlighted that Veterans receiving non-routine discharges are at risk for homelessness, incarceration, and suicide. The publication, “Non-routine Discharge From Military Service: Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, and Suicidality,” focused on this vulnerable population often facing significant challenges when reintegrating into civilian life.
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