Percentage of veterans who considered taking their own lives before and after joining the military in the U.S. in 2014, 2015 and 2017

Veterans who considered suicide before and after joining the military U.S. 2014-2017 This graph shows the percentage of veterans who considered taking their own lives before and after joining the military in the U.S. in 2014, 2015 and 2017. In 2017, it was found that only 5 percent of respondents had considered suicide before joining the military whereas 37 percent had considered suicide after joining the military.
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Prior to joining militarySince joining military
20175%37%
20156%40%
20146%31%
Prior to joining militarySince joining military
20175%37%
20156%40%
20146%31%
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This graph shows the percentage of veterans who considered taking their own lives before and after joining the military in the U.S. in 2014, 2015 and 2017. In 2017, it was found that only 5 percent of respondents had considered suicide before joining the military whereas 37 percent had considered suicide after joining the military.
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Release date
October 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
February 11 to 21, 2017
Number of respondents
4,345 respondents
Method of interview
Online survey
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