Arguably, I gave the military the best decade of my life, my 20s. I used to wonder if I had made a mistake; after all, it seemed like the people I had gone to high school with had a massive head start on going to college and starting on their careers.
In many ways, the United States military is one of the most successful middle-class jobs programs ever created. No matter what someone's background is, they can join the military, learn a new skill while working, and leave with years of experience and education under their belt.
The number of suicides and the suicide rate among U.S. veterans remained relatively flat in 2018 compared with the previous year – a stubbornly steady state that the Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to attack with new initiatives such as outreach to veterans not in the VA health system and counseling on safe storage of firearms.