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Top vet group survey: 44 percent report suicidal thoughts since joining military

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) this week released a survey showing that 44 percent of respondents said they have thought about suicide since joining the military, with only 10 percent saying they had thought about it prior to military service.

The top veteran advocacy organization’s 10th annual survey was issued over a three-week period in December and January to all IAVA member veterans and over 1,700 veterans responded.

Only 15 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. is making progress on combating military and veteran suicide. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they personally know a post-9/11 veteran who has attempted suicide, up from 65 percent in 2019 and 54 percent in 2015.

Sixty-two percent of those polled said they personally know a veteran who has died by suicide, up from 59 percent in 2019, 45 percent in 2015, and 40 percent in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF accurate, these numbers are dismal in the extreme; every active-duty military personnel, and every Veteran need to be screened for this, and treated appropriately.

But the question wed, as concerned citizens, and people who do care about our military and our country is, why are the numbers so high, and why are they so high right now?!?

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