Veteran Suicide

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

This week I would like to discuss Veteran Suicide. I know this is a sensitive subject that nobody wants to discuss, but if we do not act as a society, it will only get worse. We need to stay informed on this issue to help each other and look out for each other. According to the Military Times (2018), the suicide rate for veterans is 1.5 times higher than for American civilians who have never served in the military. About 20 veterans a day take their own lives, accounting for 14 percent of all adult suicide deaths in the U.S. in 2016, even though only 8 percent of the country’s population has served in the military. Suicide has been deemed the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and Veteran suicide is a national concern. Here are some interesting facts about suicide from a recent VA National Suicide Data study (2018);

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