Veteran suicides highest in western US
Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western US and rural areas, according to new government data that show wide state-bystate disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership and access to health care may be factors.
The figures released Friday shows Montana, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico had the highest rates of veteran suicide as of 2014.
Veterans in big chunks of those states must drive 70 miles (112.6km) or more to reach the nearest VA medical centre.
The suicide rates in those four states stood at 60 per 100,000 individuals or higher, far above the national veteran suicide rate of 38.4.