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Veterans suicide rate may be double federal estimates, study suggests | Military Times

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According to a new analysis released on Saturday, the suicide rate among veterans may be more than double what federal officials estimate annually due to undercounting of drug overdose deaths and mistakes in service record maintenance. In a joint investigation with the University of Alabama and Duke University, America’s Warrior Partnership officials looked into census mortality data from 2014 to 2018 for eight states and discovered thousands of suspected or confirmed suicide instances that weren’t taken into account by federal calculations. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ official estimate of 17 veterans committing suicide each day last year would increase to 44 if those numbers were to be replicated in the other states.

 Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2022/09/17/veterans-suicide-rate-may-be-double-federal-estimates-study-suggests/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dfn-ebb&SToverlay=2002c2d9-c344-4bbb-8610-e5794efcfa7d

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