Uncounted Casualties

Number 25720
Subject Veterans
Source Austin American-Statesman
State Texas
Year 2012
Publication Date 09/30-10/02/2012
Summary A three-day series that analyzed causes of death for 266 Texas veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The six-month investigation uncovered previously unknown information, pulling data from a variety of federal, state and local sources. The series, which also depended on extensive interviews with family members and fellow service members, revealed the startling number of Texas veterans dying of prescription drug overdoses, suicides and motor vehicle crashes. The newspaper's analysis was hailed by epidemiologists and former Department of Veterans Affairs researchers as an important step in understanding veteran mortality, and led to calls for better government tracking of how veterans are dying.
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Keywords Veterans; Iraq; Afghanistan; prescription drug overdoses; suicides; vehicle crashes
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