22 Veterans Commit Suicide Each Day
Rate up 20% from 2007 study
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2013 12:12 PM CST
A study finds that 22 veterans per day kill themselves.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Some 22 US veterans commit suicide on a daily basis, a new VA study finds, marking a jump of about 20% from a 2007 study. And it's unlikely that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are the key factor in the increase: More than two-thirds of the suicide victims are 50 or older, the Washington Post notes (see this chart). But even as the number of veteran suicides has increased, so too has the country's overall suicide rate; among all Americans who die by their own hands, the percentage that are veterans has actually shrunk since 1999.

"There is a perception that we have a veterans’ suicide epidemic on our hands. I don’t think that is true," says the epidemiologist behind the study. "The rate is going up in the country, and veterans are a part of it." Still, the suicide rate among veterans is three times the national figure, and advocates say action is needed. "The big problem we face in suicide prevention is that we have so little empirical evidence to tell us which programs work," says the researcher. But he hopes the latest study is a move in the right direction. (In other military health news, another study shows dramatic sleep deprivation is rampant among active-duty troops, ScienceNews reports.)

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Feb 3, 2013 12:32 AM CST
We are aick and tired of fighting the Veterans Regional Offices for our service connected benefits we deserve I might be next. Sure the VAHF VA Health Facilities are great for the most part they care its the VA Regional Offices, side that messes with you at every turn. TheVA Regional Offices even lie and scheam about a person and get away with it.
Feb 1, 2013 9:24 PM CST
The TITLE of the article would be more truthful if it read: "22 VETS SUICIDED EVERY DAY BECAUSE THEY ARE A THREAT TO THE REGIME'S AGENDA!"
Feb 1, 2013 8:50 PM CST
My friend's son (27yrs old) just came back from Afghanistan, and now he's dead! Suicide? NO! The VA gave him two meds that weren't compatible and killed him! Beware VETS, you are a threat to the regime and its agenda because you have skills! As far as I'm concerned he was suicided just like Marilyn Monroe... who died of a enema that wasn't compatible w/ the sleeping pills prescribed to her by the same Dr. Marilyn was murdered because she knew too much! PLEASE, don't take any meds from these NWO freaks that think they are going to inherit the new world after the holocaust! Beware and be aware!