Female Military Vets Commit Suicide Six Times More Often Than Other Women

Posted: June 8, 2015 in Veterans

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The Veteran’s Affairs Department has found that female veterans commit suicide at almost six times the rate of non-veteran women. For younger women who have served, those aged 18-29, the number doubles to twelve times more likely than their non-veteran counterparts.

Shockingly, the suicide rate of female veterans is so high that it nears the rate of male veterans, a surprising finding given that, statistically, men are far more likely to commit suicide than women.

The VA analyzed 174,000 veteran and non-veteran suicides in 23 states from 2000 until 2010, and found that 5.2 women kill themselves annually per 100,000 population. In contrast, 20.9 men per 100,000 will take their own lives.

When the study looked at rates among veterans only, however, the rates were much higher, and the gap between men and women was much smaller, with 28.7 per 100,000 for women and 32.1 per 100,000 for men.

Estimates by the Pentagon have shown that 10% of women in the military are raped while on active duty, and some suggest that this may be one of the contributing factors.

Full Story @ [Sputnik News]

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