US veterans: Not forgotten
The USA's military conflicts have produced millions of veterans. Many have a tough time reintegrating into society: veterans account for around 10 percent of America's homeless population. Physical disabilities are common, while many more suffer from mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is widespread among former servicemen and the suicide rate is very high. As veterans leave the military, they often find it very hard to return to everyday civilian life. Their health problems start to take a toll on them and their family. Going to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for help doesn't work for many, as they believe the organisation relies too heavily on medication and offers insufficient psychological support.
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