Memorial Day is approaching, marking a time for the nation to reflect, recognize and commemorate the men and women who have died while serving the nation. While some service members die in action, a growing number sadly end their own lives.

Veteran Suicide: A Public Health Imperative book cover

A new book from APHA Press explores the growing tragedy of suicide among veterans. Image courtesy APHA Press

A new APHA Press book, “Veteran Suicide: A Public Health Imperative,” addresses the issue. The book,  published through collaboration with APHA and the Department of Veterans Affairs,follows a 2012 supplemental issue of the American Journal of Public Health on suicide risks among veterans.

“With an estimated 22 suicides in the U.S. every day, veteran suicide is a clear public health issue plaguing U.S. veterans,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, APHA executive director. “This collection of reports and continued research are a crucial first step in ensuring the health of our nation’s heroes.”

Memorial Day, recognized on May 27, comes as a reminder of the necessity of research and continued efforts to combat suicide among veterans. Addressing topics that include suicide prevention, substance abuse and suicide surveillance, the book offers a compilation of some of the latest studies, commentaries, editorials and reports in veteran suicide research.

“The research represented by the collection of manuscripts included in this volume is an important step towards addressing the national problem of suicide and a reminder that even one death by suicide is too many,” said Janet Kemp, RN, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs National Mental Health Program Director for Suicide Prevention.

Veteran Suicide: A Public Health Imperative” is available for purchase at www.aphabookstore.org. Buyers who purchase the book along with “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Health Conditions” receive a discount through the APHA bookstore.

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