Today is Veterans Day, a day for honoring all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable).
Military veterans must be thanked, not only because of their service protecting America, but because military service takes such a toll, as seen in their suicide and homeless rates.
The following is on the suicide risk and risk of death among recent veterans — 1.3 million veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars between 2001–2007 (source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs):
- Both deployed and non-deployed Veterans had a significantly higher suicide risk compared to the U.S. general population:
- Deployed Veterans had a 41% higher suicide risk compared to the general U.S. population.
- Non-deployed Veterans had a 61% higher suicide risk compared to the general U.S. population.
- Both deployed (25% lower) and non-deployed (24% lower) Veterans had a lower risk of death from other causes combined.
- Although female Veteran suicide rates were about a third of the suicide rate of male Veterans, female Veterans had a higher risk of suicide when compared to the U.S. female population — higher than that observed when male Veterans were compared to the U.S. male population, regardless of deployment status.
- Regardless of deployment status, the suicide risk was higher among younger, male, white, unmarried, enlisted, and Army/Marine Veterans.
- The rate of suicide was greatest within 3 years after leaving service:
- Within 3 years since discharge, 33.1 suicide rate by non-deployed Veterans, 29.7 suicide rate by deployed Veterans.
- Within 6 years since discharge, 27.3 suicide rate by non-deployed Veterans, 24.7 suicide rate by deployed Veterans.
- Within 9 years since discharge, 25.6 suicide rate by non-deployed Veterans, 26.1 suicide rate by deployed Veterans.
In an America where taxpayers are forced to pay for welfare and medical care for
“undocumented migrants” illegal aliens and refugees, it is a disgrace and outrage that an estimated 37,878 veterans were homeless in 2018.
Below is the estimated number by state of homeless veterans in 2018 (source: statista):
Fellowship of the Minds especially thanks the veterans among our readers.
Thank you for your service and your sacrifices.
Thank you for your love of America. ❤️