Veterans group places thousands of flags on the National Mall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A veterans group placed more than 5,000 American flags on the National Mall Wednesday morning to draw attention to the epidemic of veteran suicide.

The advocacy group, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, says every day 20 active duty military and veterans take their own lives.  

Today, they planted 5,520 flags on the National Mall to represent every veteran and military suicide that occurred this year so far.

A new report released last week by the Department of Veterans Affairs shows the rate of suicide among 18-34-year-old Veterans continues to increase.

Veterans in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, or who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential crisis intervention and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Call 800-273-8255 and press 1; send a text message to 838255 or chat online at 

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