Veteran suicide estimate of 22 per day sparks debate, spurs lawmakers to action

Photo by: Evan Vucci House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (at microphones) has continued to speak of the need to head off veteran suicides. (Associated Press)

Its most oft-cited – and contested – figure in the grim field of veteran suicide research: 22. That’s what some researchers say is the average number of U.S. service veterans who take their lives every single day, and it’s a statistic that’s fueling efforts by the Obama administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to address the…