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It's estimated that more than 20 veterans commit suicide every day, and a recent survey of veterans shows that this issue is the biggest challenge returning troops face today.

The group Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America brings it suicide prevention message to the nation's capital today, as part of  Storm the Hill, IAVA's annual effort to lobby for veterans' issues.

On Thursday, the group will place 1,892 American flags on the National Mall as symbols of the veterans and service members who have taken their own lives this year.

One of the veterans Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and CEO of IAVA, wants to commemorate is Clay Hunt.

"He was a part of this annual Storm the Hill trip a few years ago, and we lost him to suicide a few years ago in Houston, Texas," Rieckhoff told Here & Now's Robin Young. "So, we really want to use that memory and Clay’s inspiration of service and community and unity to drive us forward – we don’t want to lose more folks like Clay Hunt and countless others that are unknown and uncounted."


This segment aired on March 24, 2014.