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Group provides counseling for returning veterans

Still Serving Veterans hopes to provide services that help detract vets from contemplating suicide. (Source: WAFF file) Still Serving Veterans hopes to provide services that help detract vets from contemplating suicide. (Source: WAFF file)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Military members are more likely to die from suicide back at home than they from combat on the front lines, according to the organization Still Serving Veterans. 

Located in downtown Huntsville, the organization is trying to decrease those numbers by helping veterans find jobs and counseling after returning home from a tour.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans commit suicide a day, which is one suicide every 65 minutes. The actual number is even higher. The figures were reported by 21 states, representing only 40 percent of the U.S. Population. The two largest states in the country, California and Texas, as well as 27 other states, did not report veteran suicides.

Shannon Drake, Director of Community Outreach for Still Serving Veterans, said she thinks the reason veteran suicide is so high is because veterans often struggle to find their place in society after serving.

“Mentally and physically, they are just beat," Drake said. "It's hard for them to transition back out, to get that out of their minds and go back to what they consider a so-called 'normal life,' if there is such a thing once you come back from war,” Drake said.

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