US state Alabama brings in Veterans Day March

Image copyright Wikimedia Commons Image caption Hundreds of spectators lined the route of the Alabama Highway 121 March for Vets

Hundreds of students at Alabama, the US state which has the highest rate of veteran suicide in the country, joined a march in the neighbouring city of Auburn on Friday.

The march came ahead of Veterans Day, US soldiers’ annual tribute to their fallen comrades.

The 11-mile route, known as the Highway 121 March for Vets, starts in Tuscaloosa, where student veterans launched it more than a decade ago.

It is expected to draw up to 10,000 marchers.

Growth of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)

“We are talking about 10 minutes away from a cemetery,” said April Tran, a junior at Auburn University.

“We have the lowest suicide rate in the nation but we are having our soldiers come home and we’ve lost so many of them to suicide, I don’t know what else we can do.”

Since 2004, 241 soldiers from Tuscaloosa have committed suicide, according to veterans organizations.

PTSD has been linked to PSA, which in its simplest form means post-traumatic stress syndrome and its symptoms of anxiety, sleeplessness, nightmares and anger that may cause a person to act in a violent manner.

A federal study last year found veterans with PTSD were five times more likely to commit suicide than civilians.

Veterans in the Alabama and Auburn areas have seen two soldiers take their own lives in the last month.

Full story in The Huffington Post.

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