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From The Huffington Post:

On Veterans Day our nation honors the men and women who have served our country. Cities host parades, department stores have sales, schools and the Federal Government close. Most of us are thankful for a day off. Rarely do we stop to think about the tremendous sacrifices made by those in the military community -- the risks they take and the burdens they carry. Rarely do we reflect on how families and lives are forever changed as a result of war.

Since September 11, 2001, over 2 million men and women have deployed to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these men and women have deployed multiple times -- and many family members have suffered through multiple separations and reintegrations. Thus far 5,798 men and women have died during these wars and the number of those who have come home with significant physical injuries is approaching 40,000.

In addition to the thousands who must deal with physical injuries, many of our returning troops are coming home with the invisible -- but expected -- injuries of war including post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety. Some studies suggest that as many as 35 percent of those who experience combat will eventually develop some symptoms of post traumatic stress. In addition, approximately 20 percent of those coming home will experience a traumatic brain injury as a result of their service. Sadly, a large number of those who suffer these invisible injuries fail to seek the care that they so need and deserve.

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