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'Storming the Hill' to stem veteran suicides


All this week, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been in Washington D.C. to lobby for legislationaimed at reducing the numbers of veteran suicides.

They also focus on the troubles some veterans have in finding employment after their service days are over.

Two Michigan veterans joined Current State from Washington: Ingrid Tighe, an employment analyst with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, and Nick Cook, the MVAA’s director of targeted outreach and performance management. They spent the week talking with Representatives and Senators as part of the effort called Storm the Hill.

Tighe says this week's lobbying is an initiative of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan group of veterans representing the newest generation of veterans.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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