Families testify on Capitol Hill against Veterans Affairs health care issues

Family members of veterans who took their own lives testified on Capitol Hill Thursday. The message was clear: Veterans Affairs health care failed their loved ones.

The parents of Daniel Somers were two of the speakers at Thursday’s hearing.

Somers was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He lived with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and Gulf War Syndrome before taking his own life last summer.

His parents said the VA contributed to inadequate care of their son's mental health and ultimately his suicide.

Watch the video to hear from Somers’s parents.

The most recent figures from the VA show an estimated 22 veterans took their own lives every day in 2010.
Lawmakers are introducing Suicide Prevention For Veterans Act to try to bring those numbers down.