Veteran Suicides — A Hidden Epidemic
How Many Veterans Are Killing Themselves Per Day?
By: Michael Rock
When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump address the American Legion’s upcoming national convention, they will no doubt explain why they are the right choice to be the next commander-in-chief.
What they probably won’t talk about is the high number of veterans who will die by their own hand during the week-long conference.
According to a recent report by the Department of Veteran Affairs, 7,300 veterans killed themselves in 2014 — an average of 20 per day. This is more than the entire number of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to date.
If this trend keeps up, by the end of the American Legion conference, 140 veterans will have killed themselves.
Flags decorate the graves of US service members. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Beverly / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)