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The Cold Hard Facts
Suicide among veterans has reached as
high as 22
veteran suicides per day!
In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population.
Female veterans, had their suicide rates rise more than 85 percent, compared to about 40 percent for civilian women.
Depression and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.
PTSD symptoms can include recurring nightmares about traumatic events, hesitation to discuss the traumatic events, or difficulty sleeping or performing normal tasks
Psychiatrists project that 1 in 3 U.S. soldiers will suffer from PTSD after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan (or both). The rate for PTSD is two times higher for those men and women who served two tours, which makes up approximately 40 percent of all U.S. troops.
In the U.S. military during the initial training phase called "Boot camp" military recruits go through rigorous life altering training and experiences to be transformed into Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines and become warriors entrusted with the defense our country. During their time in military service, some service members experience extreme events, that may include physical and emotional injuries, severe emotional trauma, loss of limbs and personal injuries. Some may have lost friends in combat all have returned a changed person. Many are not able to recover from these experiences once they return home or leave active service and find themselves in a new war; The battle for reintegration back into society. Unfortunately, many are losing this battle at an extremely high rate of 22 veteran suicides per day! Warriors Beyond War was founded to make a lasting effect on this statistic by providing dance & other forms recreational therapy programs at no cost to our veterans and their families to help them combat the rigors of WAR – and it’s toxic effects on the human spirit.