According to the latest Department of Veterans Affairs report, suicides among the veteran population were up 1.8% from 2020.
Here are a few quick stats from the full report:
- veterans are nearly twice as likely to die by suicide compared to civilians
- an estimated 17.5 veterans died by suicide every day in 2021
- fewer than 40% of suicide deaths involved individuals who recently used VA health services
- firearms were used in 72% of veteran suicides compared to 54% of civilian suicides
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