VA Struggles To Unlock The Reasons Behind High Suicide Rates Among Older Veterans Steve Walsh March 11, 2019 4:26 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered, NPR Radio
These two paragraphs jumped out at me:
...The VA National Suicide Data Report for 2005 to 2016, which came out in September 2018, highlights an alarming rise in suicides among veterans age 18 to 34 — 45 per 100,000 veterans. Younger veterans have the highest rate of suicide among veterans, but those 55 and older still represent the largest number of suicides.
Moreover, the suicide rate for older veterans is higher than that of non-veterans. For veterans age 55 to 74 years old, the rate of suicide is 26 per 100,000, while nationally, the suicide rate in the same age group is 17.4 per 100,000. The rate ticks up even higher for veterans over 85 years old.... To see the whole NPR.org discussion click-push HERE.