Military Service Members and Veterans
Suicide rates among veterans and some military service members are higher than among the general population. Estimates from the U.S. Department of Veterans (VA) indicate that approximately 20 veterans die by suicide each day. Among these veterans, 14 were not engaged in VA health care at their time of death. With timely access to suicide-related care, military service members and veterans face better outcomes.
The Action Alliance seeks to strengthen systems that will help link service members and veterans to timely, safe, and effective care when needed. Action Alliance efforts focus on advancing public-private sector strategies to scale up comprehensive community-based suicide prevention and build community capacity to support all service members and veterans—especially those in crisis—anywhere and at any time.
The Action Alliance works in concert with the VA, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to advance suicide prevention efforts for military service members and veterans. These federal agencies are implementing comprehensive suicide prevention efforts that include training of personnel, building community capacity, screening for suicide risk, fostering a climate that promotes help-seeking, and providing suicide-related services and supports.