According to a recent study, veterans are four times as likely to commit suicide than a non-veteran. Veterans - especially younger veterans returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan - made up a quarter of all Nevada's suicides from 2008-2010.
Women make up almost 15 percent of those actively serving in the military. How are their experiences different from men's? And when they return from combat and overseas service, what trauma do they deal with? How do women deal with post-deployment life differently than men? UNLV hosts its women veterans conference this week.
Congress is looking to save money, and a housing program for veterans might get the axe. HUD-VASH subsidizes housing for veterans. Cuts might leave up to 10,000 veterans short of housing nationwide. Around 600 homeless veterans use the program in Las Vegas. So who would end up on the street if this program gets cut? Where do homeless vets typically find shelter in Las Vegas? We talk to homeless veterans about life on the street, and to local programs about what they're doing to find housing with looming cuts.
A Detroit law school clinic helps veterans cut through red tape to get their benefits. They took the idea nationwide, and they come to Las Vegas this week. We talk to the program's director about helping low-income veterans whose cases stay unresolved for years. More