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Veterans Occupy Veterans Administration Wash DC

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Published on Oct 29, 2012

The suicide rate among the nation's active-duty military personnel has spiked this year, eclipsing the number of troops dying in battle and on pace to set a record annual high since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago.
Suicide rates of military personnel and combat veterans have risen sharply since 2005, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan intensified. Recently, the Pentagon established a Defense Suicide Prevention Office.
"It is clear that the military, at the level of the platoon, the company and the battalion, that these things are not being addressed on a compassionate and understanding basis," said Bruce Parry, chairman of the Coalition of Veterans Organizations, a group based in Illinois. "They need to understand on a much deeper level the trauma the troops are facing."

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