The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released surprising new statistics about the state of mental health and wellness among America’s veterans.

The statistics, which include occurrences of suicide and other military stress crises through 2014, underscore the importance of ongoing support for veterans, as well as comprehensive training for those designed to help them deal with the challenges of their career, past and future.

Surprising Statistics About The Effects Of Military Stress On Veterans

  • In 2014, an average of 20 Veterans died from suicide each day.
  • Approximately 66 percent of all Veteran deaths from suicide were the result of firearm injuries.
  • Approximately 65 percent of all Veterans who died from suicide were aged 50 years or older.
  • Adjusting for differences in age and gender, the risk for suicide is 21 percent higher among Veterans when compared to U.S. civilian adults.

“Regardless of the numbers or rates, one Veteran suicide is one too many,” David Shulkin, the VA’s undersecretary for health, said in a statement the group released on Thursday. The VA had previously estimated that 22 veterans were committing suicide per day in 2013. Both numbers cast light on what lawmakers and concerned citizens alike are recognizing as an epidemic

Peer Support Central is dedicated to alleviating the consequences of military stress through peer support training, critical incident management, and professional development courses that help veterans go on to achieve the rewarding careers of their dreams.

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