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Evita De La Cruz talked about her husband, a veteran of the Iraq war, and the difficulties he encountered getting psychological help after returning from overseas.
“It was viewed as a sign of weakness,” De La Cruz told a group of about 150 Wednesday morning at the one-day VA Loma Linda Healthcare System’s Clay Hunt-Mental Health Summit. Her husband, James, kept his mood swings and other issues private once he was out of the military. On Jan. 13, 2013, James shot himself, a tearful De La Cruz told the group.
An average of 20 veterans commit suicide each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for Americans Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2015, aims to reduce that number and improve mental health of veterans who are transitioning out of the military.
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