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Steve Mandile, an army veteran coping with PTSD, in WBUR's studios (Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)
Steve Mandile, an army veteran coping with PTSD, in WBUR's studios (Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)

Of all the suicides each year in the United States, 20 percent of them are committed by veterans. And that number is growing as a result of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The White House is trying to deal with this growing problem by increasing the Veterans Administration's budget by $25 million over the next five years. It's also now easier for vets to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. But what is the best way to help veterans who come back from war with psychological wounds?

We speak with two veterans with PTSD.

Guests:

  • Steve Mandile, Army veteran of the Iraq War
  • Moe Armstrong, Marine veteran of the Vietnam War

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This program aired on November 11, 2010.

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