The Falklands War
Most of the VIA TEAM served during the period of the Falklands War and it was the background to why VIA was set up as a charity.
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More veterans who served during the Falklands War have taken their own lives than died during the short but brutal conflict. 255 British service personnel lost their lives during the war with 777 who were injured.
Since then several studies have been undertaken into how many veterans that have taken their own lives since the conflict and all have come out with different figures.
In a report in The Independent newspaper in July 2009 and backed by David Cameron it states that more veterans have taken their own lives after the war than died during it and it is estimated that 264 veterans had taken their own lives and according to the South Atlantic Medal Association the figure of 300 is a closer estimate with many more suffering the emotional effects from their experience.
Prime Minister used the facts above when he was campaigning to become PM however now the Ministry of Defence announced in 2010 that it would investigate the circumstances of 21,432 Falklands veterans three decades after the war.
The aim was to find out whether suicide rates were more common than in the general population.
The study, up to the end of December 2012, found that 1,335 Falklands troops had died, compared to an estimated 2,079 deaths if they had experienced the same mortality rate as the general UK population. It meant the veterans had a 36 per cent lower risk of dying.
Of those Falklands veterans, 95 – or 7 per cent – had killed themselves or a coroner had recorded an open verdict. That meant the veterans were 35 per cent less likely to kill themselves than the general population over the three decades.
An MoD spokesman said: “Every suicide is a tragedy and our thoughts remain with the families and relatives of all those lost who bravely served in the Falklands conflict.”
VIA Patron Robert Lawrence MC
This unfortunately is the usual denials from the government and the MOD.