United States military veteran suicide is an ongoing phenomenon regarding a reportedly high rate of suicide among U.S. military veterans, in comparison to the general public. According to the most recent report published by the VA in 2016, which analyzed 55 million Veterans’ records from 1979 to 2014, the current analysis indicates that an average of 20 Veterans a day die from suicide. (Source: Wikipedia )
In 2012, an estimated 6,500 former military personnel committed suicide. More veterans succumbed to suicide than were killed in Iraq: 177 active-duty soldiers committed suicide compared to 176 soldiers killed in combat. In 2012, the study concluded that Army had the highest number of suicides compared to any other service branch.
In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Some sources suggest that this rate may be undercounting suicides. A recent analysis found a suicide rate among veterans of about 30 per 100,000 population per year, compared with the civilian rate of 14 per 100,000. However, the comparison was not adjusted for age and sex. (Source: Reuters )
In August of 2016, the VA released a new report which consisted of the nation’s largest analysis of Veteran Suicide. The report reviewed more than 55 million Veterans’ records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. The previous report from 2012 was primarily limited to data on Veterans who used VHA health services or from mortality records obtained directly from 20 states and approximately 3 million records. Compared to the data from the 2012 report, which estimated the number of Veteran deaths by suicide to be 22 per day, the current analysis indicates that in 2014, an average of 20 Veterans a day died from suicide. (Source: US Dept. of VA)
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