The numbers should be sobering for every true
American. At a rate of almost one an hour veterans
are committing suicide. This should not be
happening on our watch.
But it gets worse. Did you know that the suicide
rate rate for female veterans age 18-29 is almost
12 times higher than the rate for non-veteran
women? It is said the reason for these statistics
is that while women attempt suicide more often
than men civilian women don’t use guns.
So what does our suicide rate look like? Based on
100,000 population and among people who have never
served in the military the rate for women is 5.2.
For men the rate is 20.9.
Among veterans the numbers get crazy. Again, per
100,000 population, 28.7 for women and 32.1 for
This data is based on a study of all 173,969
adult suicides, male and female, vets and non-vets,
in 23 states between 2,000 and 2,010. During that
time 40,571 male veterans and 2,637 female veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs states that
female vets between the ages of 18-29 are 11.5
times more likely to commit suicide than non-vet
women of the same age. The male vet age 18-29 is
4.7 times more likely to commit suicide than their
Yet nobody knows why this is happening or offering
a solution? You don’t have to believe us, go to the
LA Times and see for yourself.
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