Data about military veterans who commit suicide is stark: 22 veterans a day decide to end the lives. The nation’s two wars are also taking a toll on the families of those service members. Telling the stories of those military spouses, parents, sisters and brothers and their struggles with depression, anxiety and suicide is the focus of a new CNN Digital project called “The Uncounted.”
While most federal spending cuts from the sequester could take time to work their way down to local school districts, communities with military bases are bracing for a more immediate impact. That's because many districts already have budgeted for a program called Impact Aid. The funds are used to offset property tax losses.
A new initiative aims to help combat veterans transition to civilian life. It will be based at Callaway Gardens near Columbus, and the idea is to bring service members and their families for recreation and counseling to help with the return from combat. The program’s creators say they’re trying to reduce record levels of divorce in the military and a suicide rate four times that of the civilian population.