Military Suicide Experts: Ted Nugent Veteran Claims Are "Distorted" And "Ridiculous"

 – May 7, 2015  –– 

Experts in military and veteran suicide issues are criticizing National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent for claiming that veterans are committing suicide because they believe President Obama "is the enemy." Rachel Yehuda, PhD, director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has studied veteran suicides. She said Nugent lacks understanding of the issue. "Veterans have been at greater risk than non-veterans for taking their own lives since the Vietnam War," she said. "As a society we have to understand difficulties veterans face during deployment and as they readjust back to civilian life and make needed resources available so that other options can be exercised."

-Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Director, the Traumatic Stress Studies Division, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mental Health Patient Care Center and PTSD Research Program, the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx

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