Study: More US veterans have died by suicide than the VA previously reported

Source: NBC News

“More military veterans died by suicide than the Department of Veterans Affairs had previously reported, a new study found. The number of suicides among former service members is 1.37 times greater in eight states than the VA had reported from 2014 to 2018, according to a study released Saturday by America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP), a national nonprofit organization that works to end veteran suicide. If those states represent a national rate, that would mean about 24 veterans die by suicide each day, compared with the VA’s average of 17.7 suicides in that time frame, the report found. … Veterans who served less than three years were at the greatest risk of suicide, the report found, and the odds of dying by suicide increased by 56% if the veteran had received a demotion.” (09/17/22)