THE NEED FOR NATIONAL WARRIOR CALL DAY HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER.
Among current service members, a total of 377 current duty service members died by suicide in 2020. That number is up from 348 in the prior year. Active-duty suicides have been steadily increasing since 2016.
For veterans, after adjusting for sex and age, veteran suicide rate was 27.5 per 100,000 individuals in 2018, up from 25.8 per 100,000 two years earlier. By comparison, among all U.S. adults, the suicide rate per 100,000 is much lower at 18.3.
More U.S. vets have died by suicide in the last 10 years than service members who died from combat in Vietnam.· The statistics are particularly troubling among post-Sept. 11 veterans and active-duty service members and are between 18-years-old and 34-years-old. Their suicide rate is 2.5 times that of all civilians.
A recent Brown University report estimates that 30,177 active-duty personnel and veterans of these wars have died by suicide, far more than the 7,057 service