US troops are deployed on a mission to Eastern Europe. Photo/REUTERS
According to recent research, suicide destroys the equivalent of a platoon of ex-US troops every day.
An average of 24 ex-military service members die each day by officially declared suicide, 37% more than the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports, according to research released Saturday by the nonprofit group The American War Partnership (AWP).
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In addition, an average of 20 veterans die each day by “deaths from personal injury” such as drug or drug overdoses.
The VA usually categorizes deaths attributable to personal injury as accidental or unspecified, but the AWP said the cases involved intentional acts that proved fatal, in most cases intentional.
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The group study, conducted with the help of contract researchers at the University of Alabama and Duke University, was based on a “deep dive” into 2014-2018 data from eight states.
The VA reported an average of 17.7 veterans suicide per day for that period.
“It’s devastating,” AWP President Jim Lorraine told NBC News.