Stats offer insight into a war veterans are battling at home -- suicide

Veteran suicides increased 6% between 2005 and 2017

DETROIT – Veterans continue to face a battle at home.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 6,139 veterans died by suicide in 2017. That number is estimated to make up about 22 percent of all adults who die by suicide in the country.

If you are a veteran who needs to talk to someone, call 800-273-8255 and press one.

The youngest group of veterans, those ages 18-34, had the highest suicide rate in 2017.

A 2019 suicide prevention report shows that veteran suicides increased 6.1 percent from 2005 to 2017. More than 6,000 vets have died by suicide each year since 2008, and the daily average has been 16 or more veterans lost to suicide every year since 2007.

That daily average was lower than the averages of seven of the past 13 years, though, data shows.

Related: Report shows National Guard has highest suicide rate among military components

The Department of Veteran Affairs released a 10-year National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide plan that outlines several approaches to decreasing the number of veterans who die by suicide. This plan includes a public health approach to reaching prior servicemembers, including those who don’t receive care from the department.

View the full plan here.

See all the data from the Department of Veterans Affairs below: