(Reuters) - Democratic U.S. presidential contender Elizabeth Warren vowed on Tuesday to cut the suicide rate for veterans in half within four years, as part of a plan she unveiled to help service members and their families.

Warren, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election, said that if elected, she would tackle the problem in her first term by investing in mental healthcare, research into the causes of military suicides and providing annual mental health checks for service members.

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Editor's Note: This article by James Barber originally appeared onMilitary.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

We really did want to ignore the sleazy rumor about Sen. Elizabeth Warren's alleged BDSM romp with a Marine Corps veteran, but then Saturday Night Live did an extended bit on its 'Weekend Update' and the story has surfaced for everyone to experience.

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An otherwise sleepy confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper was jolted from its legislative stupor after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) grilled the former Raytheon lobbyist on ethical issues regarding his involvement with his former employer.

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