Latest "Veterans-Crisis-Line" stories
Veterans who are looking to reach the helpline can call the Veterans Crisis Line directly at 877-267-6030.
About 17 veterans die by suicide each day, according to the latest department data.
Researchers found problems with how military status is recorded and how drug overdoses are classified.
Officials expect a spike in requests for veteran suicide prevention services even though the new hotline isn't aimed specifically at military individuals.