"This report provides information on suicide mortality for the years 2005-2015. It incorporates the most recent mortality data from the joint VA [Veterans Affairs]/DoD Joint Suicide Data Repository and includes information for deaths from suicide among all known Veterans of U.S. military service. Data for the joint VA/DoD Suicide Data Repository were obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics' National Death Index (NDI) through collaboration a with the DoD. Data available from the NDI include reports of mortality submitted from vital statistics systems in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. This report builds upon prior analyses of Veteran suicide and provides additional and updated information on all known suicides among Veterans living in the United States from 2005 to 2015. Findings include direct comparisons of Veterans' suicide rates with those of analogous non-Veteran populations, calculations of suicide rates among high-risk subgroups (e.g., Veterans diagnosed with mental health and opioid use disorders), and comparisons of Veterans with and without recent receipt of VHA [Veterans Health Administration] services. Rates of suicide were calculated by calendar year to facilitate comparison with national statistics and reports from other agencies."
United States. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mental Health: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/