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Friday, July 1, 2011

Seven Nation Army

Our GOD, will you not judge them?
For we have no power
to face this vast army that is attacking us.
We do not know what to do,
but our eyes are on you...
~ 2 Chronicles 20

When Clay Hunt returned home to Texas after two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the struggle didn’t end. Tormented by flashbacks and post-traumatic stress, he sought medical help from the Department of Veteran Affairs – but faced a pile of paperwork. While waiting for help, he turned his energy towards helping his fellow veterans, raising money for the wounded and appearing in public service announcements for veterans struggling, like him, with the psychological trauma of war.

Hunt took his own life on March 31, 2011. His disability checks arrived five weeks later.

Spending for Seroquel by the government's military medical systems has increased more than sevenfold since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

That by far outpaces the growth in personnel who have gone through the system in that time.

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