Male Vets a High Risk for Suicide
As if vulnerability to brain injury at PTSD weren't enough for servicemembers, a researcher has identified that males who served in the military are at an extremely high risk for suicide, verses the general population:
For 12 years, Kaplan and his team of researchers followed more than 104,000 veterans who had served in the armed forces at some time between 1917 and 1994 and compared them with more than 216,000 non-veterans.
In all, between 1986 and 1997, 508 of them committed suicide – 197 veterans and 311 non-veterans.
After adjusting for a host of potentially compounding factors, including age, time of service and health status, the study showed that those who had been in the military were 2.13 times more likely to die of suicide over time.