The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates in the U.S. The final report will be publicly released later this month. Key findings of the analysis will include: (1) 65 percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older; (2) veterans accounted for 18 percent of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults; (3) since 2001, veteran suicides increased 32 percent; (4) since 2001, the rate of suicide among U.S. veterans who use VA services increased by 8.8 percent, while the rate of suicide among veterans who do not use VA services increased by 38.6 percent. If you are in crisis, or know a veteran who is, call the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or text 838255 or visit the Veterans Crisis Line website.
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