Military suicide by the numbers

- More than 20 percent of Americans who commit suicide are military veterans.

- Between 2007 and 2010, the rate of suicide increased by more than 8 percent.

- A service member committed suicide nearly every day in 2011, and 22 veterans died per day in 2010.


- The suicide rate for divorced service members was 55 percent higher than the suicide rate for married service members.

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- Female service members accounted for 5 percent of suicides and 27 percent of suicide attempts in 2011.

- Service members most frequently used firearms to end their lives.

- Most military personnel were not known to have communicated their potential for self-harm with others before killing themselves or attempting suicide.

- Nearly one-half of service members who committed suicide had a history of deployment, and 8 percent were deployed multiple times. More than 15 percent had seen combat.

SOURCE: Department of Defense