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

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Their tired reply was "if it isn't permanent, it's washable than I don't see a problem with it," then turned and walked away with their shoulders slumped in defeat.

While she skipped over to the bike lane and began drawing until she reached out into the street, leaving her political messages advocating Anarchism for all the world to see as they passed by. Perhaps she knows something that the rest of are ignoring: the only way to reach the Zombies is to put our messages on the ground in their path so that they have no choice but to see.

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The DHS officers spent their downtime relaxing talking amongst themselves and to some of the journalists covering the protest.

Eventually, Frosty strolled over to our DHS overseers and handed them a miniature flier comparing the number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan to the number of soldiers who have come home only to commit suicide. The death totals from suicides to combat deaths are nearly two to one: a blazing reminder of the cost of war.

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If you can't afford us now you shouldn't have sent us then! by Cory V. Clark

One of the many issues these veterans are demanding solutions for is the fact that of the nearly 300 million Americans, 9 percent of us are homeless, of that 9 percent, 25 percent of them are veterans. Too many of our veterans, both young and old, have come home to be told that they no longer have a home to come home to, because a bank has stolen it from them in their absence.

As if this wasn't a hard enough of a blow to endure, certainly a travesty in its own right, they have to come home to an economy that has been eaten away by the very profiteers, the same ones who took everything they have, have also taken the means for them to recover.

Veteran Suicide Rates by Cory V. Clark

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And where is the V.A. in all of this mess, where are the ones who are supposed to help these veterans navigate all of the bureaucratic hoopla and buffoonery associated with government aid that should be theirs but for the simple asking, having already earned every penny of it anyways?

As I went sleep during the early part of the afternoon, a list of the names of some veterans who have committed suicide were read aloud: it took nearly a half hour to get through the list.

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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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