Suicide rates have jumped substantially among young US military veterans, despite efforts by the Pentagon to curb the problem, according to new data from the US government
Military veterans aged 18 to 34 have higher rates of suicide than any other age group, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said in its National Suicide Data Report released Wednesday.
In total, 6,079 veterans killed themselves in 2016, down from 6,281 in 2015, the report said.
The suicide rate for young veterans increased to 45 deaths per 100,000 population in 2016, up from 40.4 in 2015, even as the overall veteran suicide rate decreased slightly.
Many veterans in that age group fought in the US wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.
“This isn’t just alarming. It’s a national emergency that requires immediate action. We’ve spent the last decade trying to improve the transitioning process for our veterans, but we’re clearly failing, and people are dying,”…