Thursday, July 7, 2016
20 U.S. Veterans Commit Suicide Each Day
Military Times: New VA study finds 20 veterans commit suicide each day
Roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs — a figure that dispels the often quoted, but problematic, “22 a day” estimate yet solidifies the disturbing mental health crisis the number implied.
In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population.
About 70 percent of veterans who took their own lives were not regular users of VA services.
The new data, being released publicly today, is the most comprehensive suicide study ever conducted by the department.
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Update: 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, new data show (USA Today)
WNU Editor: This story deserves far more attention from the main stream media than what they have been doing for the past few years.