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An astonishing survey from a veterans group found that 30 per cent of recent military vets have considered committing suicide since returning from active duty.

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The Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) surveyed more than 4,000 of its members, 37 per cent of whom said they personally knew a recent vet who took his or her own life. Overall, 45 per cent reported knowing a fellow soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who has tried to commit suicide.

The former active-duty ranked suicide as the most important issue facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Fully 63 per cent – nearly two-thirds – said they have veteran friends whom they believe need medical help dealing with a mental health issue brought on by combat. And more than half polled in the survey admitted that someone close to them has suggested that they need mental health care.

Ken Wahl, a former Hollywood actor and star of the 1980s hit TV show ‘Wiseguy,’ told MailOnline that he’s not surprised at the numbers.

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Read more at The Daily Mail. By David Martosko.

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