In a new VA report which examined veteran deaths in 2014 indicates that 7,400 veterans committed suicide in 2014. While veterans comprise less than 9% of the population they accounted for over 18% of all suicides. The bulk of these suicides (70&%) were among veterans who did not use the VA for healthcare services. Also alarming was the high rate of suicides among younger and women veterans.
This story was originally published July 7, 2016, at 6:03 a.m. EST. It has since been updated.
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. Read More