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Sonja Batten on veterans care

As much hope as these nursing programs offer, it’s difficult to overestimate the psychological stress our servicemen face.

Consider this startling statistic: During the first five months of this year, 154 active American service members committed suicide. That’s nearly one a day — and exceeds the number who died in combat.

So what can the Veteran Affairs department do to treat traumatized vets once they return home? For more on that, we are joined from Washington by Sonja Batten. Dr. Batten is the V.A.’s deputy chief consultant for specialty mental health.