Veterans are committing suicide at an alarming rate, and some of these suicides are occurring at VA facilities. In those cases, veterans are trying to send a message about poor care or other grievances they have with the VA — and Congress needs to heed these messages. Having the VA report to Congress on veteran suicides and suicide attempts on VA grounds will keep lawmakers informed.
The VA already gives Congress yearly suicide and suicide attempt reporting, including an additional report about each individual suicide or suicide attempt on VA grounds to Congress on a case-by-case basis is excessive. An annual report that helps Congress understand the broader context of and challenge of addressing veteran suicides is the best way for the VA and Congress to work together to address this problem.