Suicide rates for veterans aged 18—44 fluctuated from a high of 47.5 per 100,000 in 2002 to a low of 26.0 per 100,000 in 2006. Rates for nonveterans were much lower and remained stable at about 22 per 100,000 during the seven-year period (Figure 1). The suicide rates for veterans aged 45—64 increased 25%, from 26.8 to 33.6 per 100,000 during the study period, and the rate for nonveterans increased 23%, from 20.4 to 25.1 per 100,000. Suicide rates in the oldest group were over 40 per 100,000 in 2000 for both veterans and nonveterans. The rate for veterans was relatively constant over the seven-year period, whereas for nonveterans there was a decrease of 38% (45.9 to 28.5 per 100,000). Deaths due to suicide were <40 per year in the nonveteran group, resulting in fluctuating death rates.