- From 2003-2010 there were 1,647 suicide decedents in Virginia who were active duty military members or military veterans.
- Estimates of suicide rates suggest that male active duty military members and veterans ages 18-29 have a 2.8 times increase in suicide risk as compared to similarly aged civilian males.
- Active duty military members less often gave clear warning signs to friends and family that they were at risk for suicide than did civilians.
- Military members had a number of protective factors in place including education, marriage, and employment, but were still at increased risk for suicide.
This report is available at: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/medExam/NVDRS.htm#reports
From Marc Leslie