You’ve served us; let us serve you, as you are our heroes. You’ve been places we’ve not been… experienced situations outside of your control. The army suicide rate is now higher than that among the general American population. The rate has been calculated as 20.2 per 100,000 soldiers, compared with 19.5 per 100,000 civilians. About 18 veterans complete suicide daily. Attempted suicides at a rate of 13,000 per year show clearly that there is an epidemic of suicide among veterans.
2012 Suicide Data Report / VHA Response and Data Summary
- May 2007 report shows suicide estimates of 1000/yr who have received care within VHA and 5000/yr among all living veterans.
- More male Veterans complete suicide than female Veterans.
- More than 69% of Veteran suicides are among those aged 50 yrs or older.
- Male Veterans who die by suicide are older than non-Veteran males who die by suicide.
- 97% of completions of males identify as Veterans compared to 74% non-Veteran suicide decendents.
- A majority of non-fatal events were the result of overdose or other intentional poisonings.
- The majority of callers to the Veterans Crisis Line are male and between the ages of 50-59.
- Approximately 19% of callers to the Veterans Crisis Line call more than 1x/month.
- Approximately 93% of all Veterans Crisis Line referrals are made to callers with a history of VHA service use in the past 12 months.
- Between FY 2009-FY 2001, the use of inpatient and outpatient services increased following a rescue.
- The 12-month re-event prevalence has decreased among those who have been rescued or received a referral for follow-up care.
- Department of Veterans Affairs 2013 estimates suicide completions among Veterans as 22/day (2010); every 65 minutes