RAND alumni Kayla Williams took a swipe at my reporting on DisabledVeterans.org covering the Jim Turner veteran suicide in her call for VA to spend millions to counter the narrative using propaganda. By implication, if VA followed her advice, it would spend millions it has withheld at the vender Reingold, Inc (aka JR Reingold). Williams, the former VA director of the … [Read more...] about Did RAND Alumni Take Swipe At Veterans Advocate Over Suicide Story?
The VA released a more comprehensive look at veteran suicides last week, as a follow-up to its 2015 National Suicide Data Report (which was released this June 18th). The new suicide data includes a breakdown of the numbers in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The new state-level data also includes specs on veteran age, gender, and method of suicide, which may be some of … [Read more...] about Die Another Day – VA Releases State-Level Veteran Suicide Data
Tragic news from Georgia as the veteran who set himself on fire using fireworks in protest in front of the Georgia Capitol died. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the death of 58-year old John Michael Watts July 3. Authorities say the veteran strapped fireworks to his chest and lit them on fire after dousing himself with flammable liquid June … [Read more...] about Veteran Dies Who Set Self On Fire With Fireworks
A Georgia veteran apparently desperate and upset set himself on fire using firecrackers and flammable liquid yesterday. “He was strapped with some homemade incendiary devices (and) firecrackers, and doused himself with some kind of flammable liquid,” Georgia State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry told the AJC. John Michael Watts, a 58-year-old Air Force veteran from Mableton, … [Read more...] about ‘Desperate’ Veteran Sets Self On Fire In Protest At Georgia Capitol
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reportedly backed off its own suicide report after reporters noted its own data revealed no change in suicide numbers and that suicides among troops were higher than expected. Military Times noted VA was displeased that reporters and readers noted statistical outcomes it did not want. This year, the agency included breakdowns between … [Read more...] about VA Catches Heat Over Previously Unreported Suicide Numbers In New Report