05/02/2014 05:39 pm ET Updated May 02, 2014

Congressman Takes On The Alarming Suicide Statistic That's Plaguing Our Veterans

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) addressed the alarming suicide rate of veterans in an interview on HuffPost Live Friday.

Ryan explained that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide a day, which is "almost one an hour." The statistic appeared in the 2012 Suicide Data Report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To combat this issue, Ryan introduced a bill to promote alternative activities to "heal" the veterans, "whether it's meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, [or] healing touch."

The bill, Ryan continued, "tries to create ten centers around the United States in VA hospitals where they are pushing, promoting and studying these alternative techniques."

Watch a clip of Ryan's interview above.


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