There's no better indicator of the fight we’re in right now.

To get a better picture of the battle we’re fighting, consider the following:


veteran suicides in 2021


consecutive years with 6,000+ veteran suicides


veterans have died by suicide since 2001


leading cause of death in veterans under age 45

Populations with Significant Increases in Suicide Rates in 2021

  • The rate of suicide among women veterans is nearly double that for non-veteran women.

  • The 35-54 year old veteran age group experienced an increase of 10.7% in age-specific suicide rate.

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans experienced an increase of 51.8% in the unadjusted suicide rate.


  • Among veterans who served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the suicide rate for those who were undeployed is 48% higher than for veterans who experienced deployment.

  • Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans

  • In 2021, more than 50% of veteran suicides occurred outside Veterans Health Administration care.

    Personal and Social Trauma


    Depending on branch, up to 31% of service members develop PTSD after returning from combat.


    The rate of suicide for veterans in the LGBTQ+ community is up to 7x higher than for non-LGBTQ+ veterans.

    1 in 3

    Women veterans report experiencing military sexual harassment or military sexual trauma.

    1 in 10

    More than 1-in-10 U.S. veterans have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder.


    • More than 40% of veterans say they experience high levels of difficulty when transitioning. Studies show that those individuals are 5x more likely to experience suicidal ideation.

    • When asked if their transition experience was more difficult than expected, 48% of veterans agree. When asked if their transition experience was stressful, 76% of veterans agree.

    • More than 80% of post-9/11 veterans say that the public does not understand the problems those who have served face in transitioning to civilian life.

    • More than 80% of civilian organizations have no veteran-specific recruiting programs, and more than 50% offer no onboarding or transition support to veteran hires.

    • More than 45% of veterans with combat experience describe transition as difficult, compared to 18% of veterans with no combat experience.

    • Roughly 35% of veterans say they have trouble paying their bills in their first few years after leaving the military.

    • Only about half of NCOs and enlisted personnel agree when asked if the military prepared them well for the transition to civilian status.

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      • U.S. Department of Defense
      • US. Department of Veterans Affairs
      • Veterans Health Administration
      • Journal of Clinical Psychology
      • United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
      • National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
      • State of California Department of Insurance
      • National Institute on Drug Abuse
      • Louis, Matthew J., Mission Transition
      • Pew Research Center