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Post-traumatic stress disorder has cost more American military personnel lives than the physical enemy they were trained to fight. Since 2001, the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, approximately 6,680 soldiers were killed in action by terrorists or insurgents. Even after America's military forces were minimized in the Middle East, troops continued to suffer: Nearly 78,600 more lives were taken by a veteran's own hand. My mom, who works for the National Guard, has introduced me to people she speaks with every day who have suffered from this mental state. One of these men, Jeremiah Workman, wrote a book about the events he went through in the Middle East and his struggle that continues today.
The National Guard and its program 'Give an Hour' are cooperating to help soldiers and families. Give an Hour offers psychologist time for no cost in order to relieve soldiers and families who have been affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. If more people were aware of this program, and it were available nationwide, we could greatly help the veterans of America.