Real Veteran Suicide Stats
There is some controversy because people keep quoting 22 and as of Feb of 2013 VA told PTSD Symposium in Florida a different number which I was videotaping. I’m also having this discussion on Facebook.
So here are some links and facts to keep in mind:
I know 22 Veteran suicides a day is a popular number but is is NOT A CORRECT ONE. That number was raised as of Feb of last YEAR. I HAVE IT ON VIDEO FROM THE VA. If you are going to quote numbers and make T-Shirts or give speeches at least give out the CORRECT information.
Justin GourleyThis is from Feb. 2013 from the VA. It says 22. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/…/16811249-22-veterans-commit…
Christi Hubbard A fact sheet published by the VA’s Suicide Prevention Program in 2012 reported 18 veteran suicides daily, while a “Suicide Data Report” issued by the same program in the same year put the number at 22. In 2013, the VA and Defense Department published a clinical-practice guide saying 18 to 22 die daily.
Even the higher number is suspect. Craig Northacker of Vets-Help.org said death records do not capture the real tally of veterans’ suicides, which he estimates at 30 to 35 daily.
Christi Hubbard http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/ They don’t count Homeless Veterans, they don’t count Veterans not in the VA System and more. In the PTSD Symposium held Feb 2013 in Fl the VA admitted the numbers were higher than what was published. We videotaped it in it’s entirety and put it on Youtube for others to learn,. No one has bothered to watch them so now we are placing them where they can do the most good.
Christi Hubbard http://www.usatoday.com/…/25/vets-suicides-data/14554371/ I try to keep up to date with what affects our Veterans so I can help them when they come to me.
Tom Cruz 34 states submitted in 2012 while 8 others were being asked according to this story.
http://backhome.news21.com/article/suicideVeterans are killing themselves at more than double the rate of the civilian population with about 49,000 taking their own lives between 2005 and 2011, according to data collected over eight months by News21.backhome.news21.com
Tom Cruz Another one from December with a different number.