According to a disturbing report by the America’s Warrior Partnership nonprofit, the rate of suicide among veterans is undercounted, for instance counting suicides as accidental overdoses.
If the suicide rate from their five-year study of eight states holds nationwide, it could be as many as 44 per day, or 2.4 times the VA’s estimate. They also found that the less time someone spends in the military, the more likely they are to commit suicide.
This study needs to be incorporated into a full investigation of veteran suicides by the next Congress, and some serious action to help deal with it. Veterans who put their lives on the line for us deserve all the help we can give them when their lives are at risk.