VA releases finalized report on veteran suicide
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - The Department of Veterans Affairs released its findings from its comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates for the year of 2014 and the numbers show more female veterans are resorting to suicide.
More than 55 million records from across the country were evaluated in an effort to update the VA's previous report which was released in 2012. The records used in this study were from years 1979 to 2014 and the previous report's information only came from veterans who used VA health care services or from death records.
The rate of suicide by U.S. veterans as a whole who use the VA services has gone up by 8.8 percent and the rate of suicide by veterans who do not use VA services increased by 38.6 percent.
Breaking those numbers down by gender:
In the new study, the VA finds an average of 20 veterans a day died from suicide in 2014, down from the 2012 estimate of 22.
The VA maintains it is working to be more aggressive in working to prevent suicides and has started new initiatives including a Veterans Crisis Line and putting suicide prevention coordinators at all VA medical centers.