New statistics from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) reveal that the soldier suicide rate for young veterans has risen sharply in recent years.
USA Today reports that the VA used information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drawn from 16 states to determine that suicide rates for 18- to 29-year-old male veterans increased by 26%. This increase occurred during the two-year period between 2005 and 2007.
While the report did not specify critical information about the individual cases of veteran suicide, it is likely that the victims had served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Many returning soldiers who have served their country and experienced combat while overseas might experience a number of physical and psychological challenges, including PTSD symptoms, depression, sustained injury and disability. These factors can cause extreme stress and complications for a veteran as they adapt to life after active duty.
If you are a disabled veteran suffering from PTSD, depression, or a TBI, contact Veterans Help Group – a disability rights law firm based in Florida and Georgia.