Since World War II, mental illness and suicide rates among American veterans has been steadily increasing, giving way to statistics such as this: By now, more than 100,000 Vietnam vets have taken their own lives, almost double the number who actually died in the war.
About 18 veterans kill themselves each day. Thousands from the current wars have already done so. In fact, the number of U.S. soldiers who have died by their own hand is now estimated to be greater than the number (6,460) who have died in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Eleven years of war in two operating theaters have taken a severe toll on America’s military. An estimated 2.3 million Americans have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and 800,000 of those service members have been deployed multiple times.
More veterans died from suicide than from combat in the last year: