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America's Desperate and Dying War Veterans

War VeteranTales of the neglect of America's war veterans are as old as America's wars but still the story stings each time it's told. Aaron Glantz of the alternative newswire organization Inter Press Service keeps a steady eye on the issue and begins his latest report with a rattling string of tragic statistics:

Eighteen U.S. veterans kill themselves every day. More veterans are committing suicide than are dying in combat overseas. One in every three homeless men in the United States has put on a uniform and served his country. On any given night, the U.S. government estimates 200,000 veterans sleep on the street. This is the crisis General Eric Shinseki will inherit when he takes the reins at the Department of Veterans Affairs...

Read the full story here.

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