Veterans Suicide Rate Discussed In Jefferson City

(Jefferson City) The U-S Department of Veterans Affairs says Missouri’s veteran suicide rate is significantly higher than the national average.

The Missouri House Interim Committee on Veterans Mental Health and Suicide met at the Capitol Wednesday to discuss what’s being done about the problem.

Committee chair and former Green Beret Dave Griffith of Jefferson City says lawmakers must talk with mental health experts and veteran organizations to find ways to overcome the issue.

One of the tools being used to battle veterans’ mental health problems is the Missouri Benefits and Resource Portal at veteranbenefits.mo.gov.