What is the rate of Veteran Suicide?
In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ study on veteran suicide concluded that 22 veterans a day take their own lives. Now a NEW report from 2017 shows the number reduced to 17 veterans a day thanks to national charities like Warrior Battalion.
That’s still one veteran suicide too many and 6,205 veterans annually from all eras of war including WW2, Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s more suicides annually than the total American deaths during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) since the wars began. This is a shocking number that many find hard to believe.
Veterans are committing suicide in these high numbers attributed to triggering points:
- Survivor’s guilt
- Self-blame for mission failure
- Impaired thinking caused by alcohol or substance abuse
- An Altered worldview due to post-traumatic stress
- Traumatic brain injury.
But what can be done to help reduce these numbers?
Warrior Battalion has a plan that’s already in action! We have national activities and locations that are geared towards reducing post traumatic stress. We are developing retreat homes across the Nation that will support veterans and their families from every state with unique programs and healing areas!
With your help we can do more!