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.”
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will lead a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing Wednesday about problems at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He wants the public to hear how the Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting those issues, which were linked to the suicides of three mental health patients.
A Georgia congressman is calling for the secretary of Veterans Affairs to step down over concerns with oversight at Atlanta's VA Medical Center. The chief of staff for Democratic Rep. David Scott says the congressman made the remark during an interview with an Atlanta television station on Thursday.
The new director of Atlanta's VA hospital says improvements are being made in the wake of two federal audits detailing allegations of mismanagement and poor patient care at the facility. Director Leslie Wiggins met with reporters on Thursday to detail steps being taken at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
The Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center has reprimanded two employees and recommended reprimands for two more after examining three patient deaths blamed on mismanagement of its mental health unit. Federal officials told the U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs about the punishments in a June 11 response.
Emory University's nursing school and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are teaming up to train nurses to care for veterans. The partnership provides $4 million to fund 10 new faculty positions at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and to increase the university's undergraduate nursing class by 100 students over five years.
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs opened a new outpatient clinic in Statesboro Tuesday. The Statesboro clinic will provide primary care and mental-health services and will be open four days per week.
A million dollars is flowing into north Georgia to help veterans avoid becoming homeless or find a place to live if they are. Two Georgia nonprofits are partnering to serve at least 400 veterans and their families in 16 counties stretching from Rome to Athens.
The Veterans Administration is soliciting bids for a new health clinic in Savannah. The 50,000 square-foot facility will replace a smaller, aging structure nearby. The current clinic often can't handle the needs of some eight-thousand veterans living in the Savannah area.