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46,510 American adults died from suicide in 2018, including 6,435 U.S. Veterans. Here, we review, analyze, and report
Veteran suicide data from 2005 to 2018, overall and across categories, including the number of suicide deaths, the
average number of suicides per day, and suicide rates. The report expands upon previous reports by including Veteran
suicide rates by race and ethnicity, responding to issues of local, national, and international concern. We evaluate and
report this data in the situational context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic; we therefore also provide
VA COVID-19 suicide surveillance data available at the time of publication. With this exception, all data points rely on
comprehensive cause of death data from joint VA and Department of Defense searches of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention’s National Death Index, which is available through 2018.  Continue reading here…

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