The most current national data yet on veteran suicide shows that in 2017, 6,139 veterans died by suicide, an increase of 129 from the year before. Since 2008, veteran suicides have exceeded 6,000 each year,
The newest data is a sharp increase from 2015 to 2016, which saw veteran suicides decrease by 217.
Other key findings from the study:
• Among U.S. adults, the average number of suicides per day rose from 86.6 in 2005 to 124.4 in 2017. These numbers included 15.9 Veteran suicides per day in 2005 and 16.8 in 2017.