The Veterans Administration today reported that the suicide hotline — which has been under heavy fire for sending calls to voicemail — has dropped over a million calls last year.
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The Washington Examiner reports:
Scott Davis, a whistleblower and program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, noted that the VA’s Health Resource Center is slated to take over the VA’s suicide hotline. But according to data provided by Davis, the Health Resource Center is dropping hundreds of thousands of calls from veterans each year.
According to internal data provided by Davis, the center was on pace to abandon about 900,000 veterans’ calls in 2015. His data spanned the last 11 months of fiscal year 2015, and showed that 824,000 calls were unanswered or dropped.
This is a disgrace to the men and women who have tirelessly and resiliently fought for our country. They deserve to have a phone picked up on the opposite end when they are crying out for help.
Suicide hotlines are often the last line of defense against a life and death decisions for veterans. And the VA let the most important calls to go voicemail or end abruptly.
“We all have an obligation to help veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of military service that lead them to think suicide is their only option,” Shulkin said. “We must and will do more.” said VA Undersecretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin.