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By Daniel M Dellinger
American Legion National Commander 

Too many veterans are being lost by their own hand

Guest Commentary


During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out, and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

More than one a day—that is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard, and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more service members by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

Only those who experienced firsthand the horrors of combat can understand why most of these young men and women feel compelled to take such drastic and permanent measures.

As Veterans Day ceremonies and parades occur throughout the country, it is important...

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