STUDY: Canadian Veterans Suicide Risk Far Higher Than Civilian Population

The study confirms what has been clear for a long time: Successive federal governments have failed to support Canadian Veterans.

A federal report has found that the suicide risk for Canadian Veterans is “significantly higher” than for the civilian population.

The study found that the suicide rate for male Veterans is 36% higher, while the suicide rate for female Veterans is 81% higher.

As pointed out by CTV, “Young male veterans are at the highest risk. Male veterans under 25 years of age have a 242 per cent higher risk of death by suicide compared to the general population of males younger than 25. The risk of suicide for male and female veterans has been stable over the last four decades, the study found.”

The fact that the rate has not come down in the last four decades is a big problem, as it shows numerous federal governments have been unable to make progress on helping our Veterans.

Numbers could be even worse

Yet as bad as these numbers are, the true Veterans suicide risk could be even worse.

The study only looked at Veterans suicides from 1976-2012, which means many Veterans of the Afghanistan War were left out.

Because of that serious omission, in addition to the report leaving out part-time and full-time non-operation reservists, it has received criticism as potentially understating the true scope of the crisis.

It has also been criticized for lacking a clear plan of action.

The Canadian government is failing our Veterans

In the wake of the disgraceful decision by a B.C. court to rule against Veterans in the Equitas case, and reports that the number of Canadian Veterans who are homeless continues to grow, it’s obvious that the government (and previous governments) is totally failing Canada’s Veterans.

The government always seems to have money for foreign countries and those who hate Canada, but when it comes to providing Veterans with the support they need, the politicians and the bureaucrats start pinching pennies.

That must come to an end. Without our Veterans, we wouldn’t even have a country, and the politicians wouldn’t have any money to spend or any citizens to govern.

Even if it takes billions more dollars, the government must do what it takes to give every Canadian Veteran the help and support they have earned through service to our nation.

Spencer Fernando