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The US Military has been involved in a number of actions over the years, none so controversial, or as long lasting as the Vietnam War, which began in 1955 and rumbled on for twenty years until 1975.
During that time more than 58,000 American service personnel gave their lives in service to their country.
It is a big number, but it has come to light following a report by the US Dept of Veteran Affairs that, between 2008 and 2017, more than 60,000 American military veterans took their own lives.
What is more alarming is that the rate of suicide among veterans appears to be climbing steadily year on year and currently stands at 1.5 times the adult civilian rate.
Despite the Department of Veterans Affairs making suicide prevention a top priority with programs aimed at removing social stigmas surrounding mental health 6,100 veterans lost their lives in 2016, an overall increase of 6% over the survey period.