22,000 vets call suicide hotline in its opening year

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More than 22,000 veterans have sought help from a special suicide hotline in its first year, and 1,221 suicides have been averted, the government says. A recent RAND study finds roughly one in five soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan displays symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, putting them at a higher risk for suicide. Male vets are twice as likely as male non-vets to commit suicide.

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