After releasing a summary in early July, the Department of Veterans Affairs today released its full report on veteran suicides.
The Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans 2001-2014 is a comprehensive analysis that looked at more than 55 million veterans’ records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation.
In 2014, an average of 20 veterans died by suicide each day. Six of the 20 were users of the VA Health services.
- In 2014, veterans accounted for 18 percent of all adult deaths by suicide in the U.S. but only make up 8.5 percent of the population age 18 or older.
- In 2014, about 67 percent of all suicides by veterans a firearm was used.
- Approximately 65 percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older.
- Since 2001, U.S. adult civilian suicides increased 23 percent, while Veteran suicides increased 32 percent in the same time period. After controlling for age and gender, this makes the risk of suicide 21 percent greater for Veterans.