This is a hard one to get a handle on. It's 21 percent higher than civilians. How much is linked directly with being in the military and how much has to do with recruiting people with a higher risk? Is it because of service or is it because of people having trouble adjusting when they leave? Not enough information in these little news blurbs, really.
Also, what's with the comments about the government trying to keep this quiet? This is literally an article about the government releasing the results of a study on the problem--a problem which has been reported on many times in the past.
1. People have become softer because society condemns any violence even when it's justified. We've become so sensitive to it that a lot of people have trouble coping with carrying it out. Testing to see if a person mentally able to handle it before putting them into a combat role would be the easiest way around the oversensitive people.
2. Lack of proper healthcare for vets.
Btw, obama tried to do away with vets' healthcare but people got mad at him so he downgraded the military's healthcare instead.
At least read the article.
"And roughly 65 percent of all veteran suicides in 2014 were for individuals 50 years or older, many of whom spent little or no time fighting in the most recent wars."
And what's the lack of proper healthcare? 70 percent of those who committed suicide were not regular users of VA healthcare. What exactly do you think they should do about it?
Also, reputable source on Obama trying to "do away with vets' healthcare".