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Dear Veterans Affairs, We just want to talk: Signed The Vets

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The speeches continued for some time with veteran after veteran pouring out his soul, telling of the anguish over every veteran who has ever been murdered by his government with his own hand, for the profit of the few at the suffering of the many.

One of the signs read, "Don't send us if you can't afford us when we come home."

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"All these kids are coming home and killing themselves. At my V.A. in Wilkes-Barre there are just two suicide coordinators," said Pat, a Navy Veteran from the Vietnam era.

"It took them thirty-seven years to get me my medical," said Frosty a 58-year-old Army veteran. "We'd like to see congress hold an emergency session on the suicide rates of veterans. Congress just shot down a cost of living increase and a veterans jobs bill."

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"I look at it this way: if another country came here and set up shop we'd be pissed, so why do we go over to other countries, set up shop and not expect them to get pissed off at us?" said Frosty.

The men who spoke were not just speaking to themselves or the people who were watching on the various livestream channels, but to the V.A. employees and passersby walking in an out of the offices.

Still so few even bothered to look at the signs people carried to figure out why these heroes who risked their lives because they were told their country needed them to, courageously going into battle, despite the fact that all they wanted was to come home.

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People passed looking at the ground, talking on their phones, or playing with their iPhones, anything but looking at these people who have sacrificed themselves for their liberty, while they sat at home and traded it for security.

John speaking on veterans issues by Cory V. Clark

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Cory Clark is a freelance photojournalist and writer focused on civil and human rights issues, social justice and politics. He is a regular contributor with Getty Images, AP and AFP. His work has appeared in, The Guardian, Fortune (more...)

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