VA Adjusts Veteran Suicide Estimate To 20 Per Day Using More Precise Data
But even with the slight decrease from 22 per day, officials say the number is still far too high. "Twenty a day is not that different from 22," says Dr. David Shulkin, the undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Associated Press:
VA Puts Latest Estimate Of Veteran Suicides At 20 Per Day
On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide problem is getting better. Rather, they say the Department of Veterans Affairs is relying on a more comprehensive database than ever before, making comparisons to prior studies difficult and possibly offering a truer snapshot than what was captured in the past. (Freking, 7/7)
20 Veterans A Day Committed Suicide In 2014, New Data Show
An average of 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a trend that reflects record high rates among young men fresh out of the military and growing numbers of women taking their lives, the first actual count of suicides among former service members shows. The Department of Veterans Affairs previously had only estimated suicides, saying in 2010 there was an average of 22 a day. The 2014 data released Thursday is based on a precise tabulation of the 7,403 deaths. (Zoroya, 7/7)