VA Suicide Reports

Jasper Craven filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
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From: Jasper Craven

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All data and related reports regarding veteran suicide rates for all service members between 2012 and 2017. It was recently reported that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has compiled data and research regarding occurrence of suicide among service members. [] Your agency has released previous years suicide reports to MuckRock's Beryl Lipton:

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Jasper Craven

From: Brown, Barbara (VACO FOIA)

Dear Mr. Craven:

This letter acknowledges receipt of your electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dated August 29, 2017, in which you are seeking data and related reports regarding Veteran suicide rates for all service members between 2012 and 2017.

The FOIA Service received your request on August 29, 2017, and assigned it FOIA tracking number 17-12850-F. Please refer to this number when communicating with the VA about this request.

The records you requested are maintained at the Veterans Health Administration. Your request has been referred to Ms. Tracy Cephas at the following address:

Department of Veterans of Affairs

Veterans Health Administration

Attention: Tracy Cephas

810 Vermont Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20420

Office: (202) 461-5879
Facsimile: (202) 273-9387


Questions regarding the status of your request should be directed to Ms. Cephas.

We appreciate your interest in the VA. If you have any further questions concerning this letter, you may contact Ms. Barbara Brown at (202) 632-7382.

Barbara J. Brown

Government Information Specialist

FOIA Service (005R1C)

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202-632-7382 (Telephone)

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202-632-7581 (Fax)

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From: Cephas, Tracy

Good Afternoon Mr. Craven,

Attached to this message is VHA's acknowledgment of your FOIA Request. Ms. Amber Smith will be processing your request and her contact information is listed on the attached letter. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

I would kindly appreciate your confirmation of receipt of this email. A hard copy of the attached letter will not follow in postal mail unless specifically requested by you.


Mrs. Tracy R. Cephas, Staff Assistant
VHA Central Office FOIA Office (10P2C1)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Office: 202-461-5879
Fax: 202-273-9387
"I am a Disabled Army Veteran and former Army Civilian and I CARE!"

From: Jasper Craven

Writing to confirm I received this email. Thanks for the work on this, and please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.

From: Smith, Amber A.

Mr. Craven,

The purpose of this email is to communicate the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Central Office Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office's response to your August 28, 2017 FOIA request. Please refer to the attached initial agency decision letter.

Unless specifically requested by you, a hard copy of the attached document will not be mailed via postal mail.

If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me at (319) 530-7694.


Amber Smith, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance | Office of Informatics and Information Governance
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (319) 530-7694 | Fax (202) 273-9387


Good morning,
FOIA 17-28590F was sent to you on September 29, 2017. Please see attached email and correspondence.

Thank you,

Amber Smith, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics (10A7)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (319) 530-7694 | Fax (202) 273-9387