Commander of American Legion tours the state
American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger speaks during an interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans service organization with 2.4 million members. It celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018.
Post-traumatic stress syndrome and brain injury are the two most significant injuries military men and women suffer when they return from battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dellinger said.
"Suicide is a big concern facing us. We need to be there for our brothers and sisters," Dellinger added.
Unemployment among male veterans ages 18-24 is 22 percent upon their return home compared to more than 7 percent for the nation as a whole, he said.
Progress was made in the last six months to reduce claims by about 200,000; still there about 600,000 still to be processed, he said.
The New Hampshire visit is part of a nationwide tour to learn veterans concerns and assure them The American Legion will continue to be there for them.
For more information, visit www.legion.com.
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