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22 Veterans A Day Take Their Life - Here are the Numbers

The suicide rate for Veterans is 1.5 times higher than that of the general population.

Comparing the rate among women Veterans to non-Veteran adult women, the rate is 2.5 times higher. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) reported the highest suicide rate among women using VA health services at 20 per 100,000. Since 2017, however, that number has decreased and was recorded to be approximately 14 per 100,000 in 2020.

Suicide rates have been historically high among young Veterans and older Veterans as well. In the 20 years between 2001 and 2020, the suicide rate among Veterans between the ages of 18 and 34 increased by 95.3%. During that same time period, the suicide rate among Veterans between the ages of 55 and 74 rose 58.2%. From 2019-2020, however, the suicide rate for older Veterans decreased while the suicide rate among Veterans in the 18-34 age group increased.

So what are we doing about it?

  • In 2021, suicide was the 13th-leading cause of death for Veterans overall, and the second-leading cause of death among Veterans under age 45-years-old.
  • There were 6,392 Veteran suicide deaths in 2021. This was 114 more than in 2020.
  • In 2021, there were 6,042 suicide deaths among Veteran men and 350 suicide deaths among Veteran women.
  • The unadjusted rate of suicide in 2021 among U.S. Veterans was 33.9 per 100,000, up from 32.6 per 100,000 in 2020.
  • In 2021, unadjusted suicide rates were highest among Veterans between ages 18- and 34-years-old, followed by those aged 35- to 54-years-old.
  • In 2021, the unadjusted suicide rate was 46.3 per 100,000 for American Indian or Alaska Native Veterans; 36.3 per 100,000 for White Veterans; 31.6 per 100,000 for Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Veterans; 17.4 per 100,000 for Black or African American Veterans; and 6.7 per 100,000 for Veterans of multiple races.
  • In 2021, the unadjusted suicide rate was 19.7 per 100,000 for Veterans with Hispanic ethnicity, and it was 33.4 per 100,000 for other Veterans.
veteran suicide Prevention
The Problem

As suicide deaths have reached shocking highs among American adults as a whole, the rates for U.S. veterans are even higher—57.3% greater than for nonveterans.

A new study suggested that veterans who have had traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are particularly vulnerable. 

According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, nearly 414,000 service members worldwide sustained TBI between 2000 and late 2019. More than 185,000 veterans receiving Veterans Affairs (VA) health care have received at least 1 diagnosis of TBI.

Our Solution

Teach a Veteran to Fish... Don't give a Fish

Unfortunately, if or when a veteran is deployed into a combat zone they are automatically rated to have PTSD and a TBI. Having the label of being “damaged” immediately placed on you for your service, can be a detrimental to the mental health of the individual. How are we expected to stay in a positive mindset for success when we are already being labeled as “damaged”.

Through our efforts and programs, we aim to eliminate veteran suicide by giving each veteran a new mission and purpose after the uniform. We will teach them to fish in this wide open blue ocean they are entering into. 

 

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What YOU Can Do About It

We are asking for you to take action and make a promise. If you are a veteran, veteran supporter or are the family of a veteran, this is where you can give a veteran a hand and pay it forward to our community. Simply click the button below and engage with our community each month and make a true impact for a veteran.

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Bryan is a local veteran we are supporting and working to help Advance the Line. All proceeds from this weekend event went to supporting  veterans just like Bryan. Veterans that are working hard to not just discover but fulfill their new purpose in life after the uniform. 

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