An average of 18 veterans commit suicide every day. Male veterans are twice as likely as nonveteran males to take their own lives.
Coast Guard: Average of four per year.
Navy: 11.6 per 100,000 members in 2009.
Air Force: 12.3 per 100,000 members in 2009.
Marine Corps: 19 per 100,000 members in 2009.
Army: 20.2 per 100,000 members in 2009.
General US population: 11.1 per 100,000 over the last five years.
EXPLAINING HIGH RATE
Traumatic stress, major physical injuries, disruption of relationships, a high level of deployment stress, and mental and physical disabilities are associated with increased suicide rates.
High degree of self-hatred.
Belief that loved ones, friends, and colleagues would be better off without them.
Sufficient distress to overcome the extremely strong drive to survive.
Overwhelming negative feelings: Things will not improve; things just keep happening to me; no one can help me; I am not worth the effort.
Depression, clinically or biologically based or medication side effect.