A two-year VA study released in 2010 found that the rate of veteran suicides increased by about 20 percent compared to 2007 estimates. More than two-thirds of the individuals who killed themselves were 50 or older, suggesting the increase was not driven by former troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, the VA last year reported an uptick in suicides among young veterans, and a Pentagon report in January showed that suicides by active military personnel have stood at record levels for five consecutive years, including more than 280 last year…
The VA crisis line (800-273-8255) is a toll-free, confidential resource. It’s responders are trained to deal with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to chronic pain and homelessness.
The call center has answered more than 1.1 million calls since it opened in 2007, according to a VA fact sheet. The crisis line has included online-chats since 2009 and texting since 2011.