Marines with Regional Command (Southwest) (RC(SW)) exit a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter aboard Kandahar Airfield (KAF), Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Dustin D. March)

In 2013, the Department of Defense began an approximately six-year review of 159 mental health programs, many of which were launched after the U.S. invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. According to preliminary DoD records obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the DoD found “a large proportion" of these programs did not track spending and were “unable to document evidence of program outcomes."

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Portland, Oregon, VA medical center next to Oregon Health & Science University (Wikimedia Commons/M.O. Stevens)

A 24-year-old woman who injured her ankle as a West Point Military Academy cadet ended her life due to medical negligence after she was treated at Portland's Veterans Affairs Medical Center for chronic pain and associated anxiety, her family alleges in a federal lawsuit.

Emylee Darneille was discovered dead in Spain on July 5, 2015, two months after she was prescribed an anti-depressant called fluoxetine, a generic form of Prozac, at the medical center. She had seriously injured her ankle as a cadet in 2008 and over the next seven years developed a complex regional pain syndrome marked by prolonged severe pain. She underwent numerous surgeries and physical therapies.

Darneille quickly began experiencing suicidal symptoms and reported them to her doctors repeatedly, the suit alleges.

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Virginia Governor and retired Army major Ralph Northam visits Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, on July 10, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard/Senior Airman Kellyann Elish)

Social Services departments in two Tri-City area localities and two local hospitals will be taking part in a statewide pilot program aimed at preventing suicides among military service members, veterans and their families.

Last week, Gov. Ralph S. Northam announced the launch of the "Virginia Identify, Screen and Pilot" program that will run into September, according to a news release from the governor's office. The goal of the program, according to the release, is to get military- and civilian-related healthcare providers working together to eliminate duplicity and gaps in community programs and services offered to military families.

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The "suck it up and drive on" mentality permeated our years in the U.S. military and often led us to delay getting both physical and mental health care. As veterans, we now understand that engaging in effective care enables us not just to survive but to thrive. Crucially, the path to mental wellness, like any serious journey, isn't accomplished in a day — and just because you need additional or recurring mental health care doesn't mean your initial treatment failed.

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(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 originally appeared on Business Insider

Instagram influencer Freddie Bentley said in an interview with "Good Morning Britain" Friday that kids should learn less about World War II. The 22-year-old said that he wishes he learned less about one of the most important events in human history while he was in school, saying "it's so intense."

"I don't think it needs to be in such a young way to young children. Like, mentally. Mental health, to be told this certain amount of people died for you," he said. "I just learned, as a child, it's so intense."

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