Veterans commit suicide at double and sometimes triple the rates of civilian suicides, with the rates varying from state to state. The veteran suicide rate has grown annually at more than double the percentage of the civilian rate.
News21 calculated veteran and civilian suicide rates based on mortality data received from most states. The rate is the average number of suicide deaths per 100,000 people in each state's veteran and adult civilian populations, respectively. Years 2005 to 2011 had the most complete available information.
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Average percentage of all suicides among veterans between 2005 and 2011.
Veteran and civilian suicide rates compared between 2005 and 2011.
Growth of veteran suicide rates between 2005 and 2011.