New data shows that the rate of young veterans (ages 18-29) committing suicide has increased nearly 50 percent in the past few years, yielding 60 suicides for every 100,000 vets.
The number of post-war suicides is decreasing for veterans ages 35-64 in the last three years. Some experts say that the increase in suicides is due to the pace of military life and the change in economy and job availability.
When vets returned home at the end of WWII they went right to work building houses and working in factories making all of the things that Americans had to do without during the war.
Now, Americans haven’t really had to do without much and there aren’t any jobs to be had.
When it comes to health care, more than a third of the nation's 22 million veterans are enrolled to receive health care at VA centers.
Today’s vets face many challenges when their military careers are over. Veterans are also able to seek help online at http://VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat or by calling the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.