According to a recent Veterans Administration press release, veterans are 20% more likely than non-veterans to kill themselves. And the suicide rate for female veterans is 250% higher than that of non-veterans.
The department was accused of covering up veteran suicide rates in 2008. Last year, it was revealed that an average of 20 veterans committed suicide each day in 2014.
Suicides among military veterans is especially high in the western United States and in rural areas. Social isolation, access to health care, and gun ownership may all be contributing factors to these higher rates.
Montana, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico had the highest rates of veteran suicides in 2014. Many veterans in those areas must drive 70 miles or more to receive VA health care.
If you or a loved one you know is suffering from mental illness, please seek professional help immediately.