David Strother, LSCSW

Researchers at the VA found the risk of suicide for veterans is 21 percent higher when compared to civilian adults. According to the study, from 2001 to 2014, the civilian suicide rate rose 23.3 percent. The rate of suicide for veterans, however, jumped more than 32 percent.

"One is too much. These are heroes, these are people that have given everything for us. I don’t care what number it is. If it is one, we need to do something about it,” said David Strother, a former Marine. 

Strother is currently the director of the STAR Program at Research Hospital. The 28-day program provides a range of mental health services for military personnel in Kansas City.

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Report highlights

  • In 2014, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives.
  • Veteran suicide rates account for 18 percent of all suicides in America.
  • Veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population.