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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suicide prevention program office has developed an outreach video to emphasize the importance of taking precautions at home when a firearm is present.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suicide prevention program office has developed an outreach video to emphasize the importance of taking precautions at home when a firearm is present.

Simple actions can help individuals and families stay safe, especially during emotional or stressful times, or when someone in the home is in crisis.  This video encourages Veterans, Service Members, and their families to make sure guns and ammunition are safely secured in their home, particularly when someone is experiencing a period of depression or crisis.

About Firearms, Safety, and Deaths

  • Gun deaths: Firearms were one of the top five leading causes of injury-related deaths nationwide in 2010.
  • Veterans and guns: Data collected between 2003 and 2006 show that Veterans use firearms more frequently than the general population in acts of suicide. Male and female Veterans are, respectively, 1.3 and 1.6 times more likely to use firearms compared with non-Veterans.
  • Guns in homes: Research conducted in 2012 showed that firearms could be found in roughly 34 percent of homes nationwide.
  • Lessening the risk: There is an 80 percent reduced risk of unintentional firearm deaths among youths when guns and ammunition are stored separately in a lockbox.

Free gun locks are available for Veterans through the Robley Rex VAMC Police Service.

Resources

Learn more at VeteransCrisisLine.net
Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1  Text: 838255

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