Suicide Among Young Veterans Rising At Alarming Rate
Upon returning to civilian life, young veterans are committing suicide at an alarmingly high rate — nearly three times that of active-duty troops.
According to new data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Thursday and obtained by USA Today, the suicide rate for male veterans aged 18-29 spiked nearly 44 percent between 2009 and 2011. For females, the rate increased more than 11 percent. In that same age group, the suicide toll for both men and women rose from 88 people in 2009 to 152 people in 2011.