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Pennsylvania veteran suicide rate lower than national

| Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 9:33 a.m.

The suicide rate for Pennsylvania military veterans in 2014 was slightly below the national rate but more than twice the state's overall suicide rate, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study released Friday.

The figures represent the first-ever data on veteran suicides by state. Overall, the study showed that suicides were higher in the western United States and rural areas.

The Pennsylvania rate of 37.9 suicides per 100,000 veterans was lower than the national veteran suicide rate of 38.4.

The overall suicide rate in Pennsylvania was 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, and the 311 veteran suicides represent about 18 percent of the 1,777 total suicides in the state in 2014, according to the data. The national suicide rate is 17.0 deaths per 100,000 people.

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