U.S. Veterans' Suicide Rate Twice That of Civilians: Study

U.S. veterans are two times more likely than civilians to commit suicide, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study released Monday.

It said that veterans make up 8 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 14 percent of all suicides, NBC News reported.

As in the general population, deaths among veterans are on the rise.

"After adjusting for differences in age, the rate of suicide in 2015 was 2.1 times higher among veterans compared with nonveteran adults," according to the study. Data from 2015 was the latest complete set available, NBC News reported.

Compared to civilians of the same gender, suicide rates were two times higher among female veterans and 1.3 times higher among male veterans.

"In 2015, an average of 20.6 active-duty service members, nonactivated Guard or Reserve members, and other veterans died by suicide each day," the study said.

There has been an overall rise in suicide in the U.S., and experts say it could be due to a combination of factors, including poor access to mental health care, increased disconnection with others, money problems and relationship difficulties, NBC News reported.

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