Crescenta Valley Weekly, September 20, 2018:
According to a study by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, in 2014 about 65% of all veterans who died by suicide were age 50 or older. After adjusting for differences in age and sex, risk for suicide was 22% higher among veterans when compared to U.S. non-veteran adults. The risk was 19% higher among male veterans than non-veterans and 2.5% higher among female veterans than non-veterans.
According to Wellness Works Glendale, 22 veterans lose their battle with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) every day. Most veteran organizations agree that PTSD contributes to suicide.
In a veterans’ study led by VA’s National Center for PTSD, more than 2,000 veterans were asked twice, once in 2011 and again in 2013, whether they had experienced suicidal thoughts in the prior two weeks. About 14% reported they had.
Currently there are more veteran deaths attributed to suicide than the number killed in action in both wars fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Wellness Works.
This past weekend’s event Not On Our Watch organized by Wellness Works Glendale put faces to these statistics. READ MORE