Suicide is taking more lives of American soldiers than Al Qaeda and the Iraqi insurgency combined, says Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, who are leading a delegation to Washington this week to mobilize support for veterans' issues. They've dubbed the initiative "Storm the Hill '09."
Activists have long charged that suicides were vastly underreported under the Bush-Cheney VA, with suicide rates rising every year since the start of the Iraq War and 2008 marking the highest rate of military suicide in decades. Other issues affecting veterans over seven years of war are ever-rising rates of divorce, unemployment, homelessness and undiagnosed or untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For more on the harsh realities veterans face, go here