Veterans suicide numbers up, could be higher

(WTVM) - Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives, which is a suicide every 65 minutes. As shocking as the number is, it may actually be higher.

The figure, released by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is based on the agency's own data and numbers reported from 1991 to 2011.

But because only 21 states actually report veteran suicides, this is only about a 40 percent representation of the U.S. population.

The other states, including California and Texas (the two largest) did not make data available.

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