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Vietnam war veteran.
Photo credit: Jon Martin / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
Stop Patronizing Vets and Start Helping Them
By Klaus Marre
Haunted by what they have experienced, veterans often have trouble readjusting to life after war. Plagued by PTSD and other ills, too many of them become a danger to themselves and others or end up homeless when they cannot adapt. They deserve more than a holiday and the cost-free “gratitude” of those who sent them off to war.
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November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States. The chart data was adapted from United States military casualties of war on Wikipedia. The photo in the background is of The Three Soldiers Memorial, a feature of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
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