Battling the Storm Within

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Despite efforts, veteran suicides remain alarming. #22toomany

The statistics are jarring, and they don't seem to be changing.An estimated 22 veterans take their own lives every day in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In Minnesota, it's a similar pattern. A St. Cloud Times analysis of death records found that 102 people who had served in the armed forces killed themselves in Minnesota in 2013.

Veterans in Minnesota are dying by suicide at a rate more than double that of the general population — an estimated 30 per 100,000 last year, compared to 12.5 per 100,000 in the general population.

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