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April 17th, 2014
04:58 PM ET

22 veterans kill themselves every day

By CNN's Nefi Alarcon [twitter-follow screen_name='NefiAlarcon']

More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with physical and mental health problems stemming from their service, a recent Washington Post & Kaiser Family Foundation poll found.

Whether it’s physical and mental health challenges, financial woes, or what some describe as the “daunting task” of re-assimilating to civilian life, the pressure can be overwhelming.


Filed under: John Walsh • Mental Health • Military • State of the Union • Tom Tarantino • Veterans
April 17th, 2014
04:57 PM ET

A soldier's battle at home

By CNN's Deena Zaru [twitter-follow screen_name='DeenaZeinaCNN']

When a soldier’s time on the front lines of combat is over, veterans like Marine Captain Jason Haag, face a lingering and painful internal battle defined by the trauma of war.

“When you come home you are haunted by flashbacks of having your friends killed, killing other people and probably the biggest thing for me is the paranoia of living step by step, second by second, never knowing when your last moment might be,” Haag says.


Filed under: Military • State of the Union • Veterans