Ugh! So sad!
A new study published on Monday has found that a veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes!
Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military related suicide attempts have increased. In 2009 alone, 1,868 veterans of those wars attempted to take their own life!
It's not just the veterans either. Researchers found approximately one service member committed suicide every 36 hours between 2005 and 2019.
Study authors Dr. Margaret C. Harrell and Nancy Berglass concluded:
"America is losing its battle against suicide by veterans and service members. And as more troops return from deployment, the risk will only grow. To honor those who have served and to protect the future health of the all-volunteer force, America must renew its commitment to its service members and veterans. The time has come to fight this threat more effectively and with greater urgency."
The authors recommend Washington immediately begins taking steps to lower these statistics. In the meantime, they urge any service members, veterans or military families who are experiencing or know someone experiencing suicidal thoughts to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).
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