Yesterday was (or today is if you’re in the U.S.) Veterans’ Day, the day that marks the end of World War I and is used there to commemorate all those who have served in the military.
Since 2008, more than 60,000 U.S. veterans have taken their own lives. More than half of those deaths — which exceed the U.S. death toll of the Vietnam War — were by firearm.
When soldiers return home from war, many may feel that the worst is over: they made it back alive, and are now free to live lives free of the mortal risks of combat.
The reality, however, is much more complicated and alarming: more U.S. veterans have committed suicide between 2008 and 2017 than died during the entire Vietnam War. According to the defense news website Military.com, these alarming rates were shared earlier this fall in a report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).