Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide: Advancing a Comprehensive, Cross-Sector, Evidence-Informed Public Health Strategy   [open pdf - 442KB]

From the Introduction: "Suicide among service members [hyperlink], veterans [hyperlink], and their families [hyperlink] is a public health and national security crisis. In 2019 alone, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported that 6,261 veterans died by suicide. The Department of Defense reported 580 suicide deaths among Active Components, Reserve, and National Guard service members in 2020; and 202 suicide deaths among military family members in 2019. While suicide in the general population has been increasing, the rate among service members and veterans remains too high despite ongoing effort to reduce suicide through the implementation of federal policies, programs, and practices. [...] In this document, we outline a series of priority goals and executive actions that the Biden-Harris Administration will pursue to reduce and prevent suicide within the military and veteran population. Our effort builds upon an existing foundation of government programs and public-private partnerships, and it serves to accelerate across the interagency efforts."

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