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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) you visit the MinnesotaCapitol this week, you will see a poignant reminder of the devastating problem of military suicides.
Local veterans have places 23 pairs of boots on the Capitol steps to symbolize the number of active duty troops and veterans who take their lives each day.
The veterans are hoping the boots will inspire lawmakers to provide mental health resources and that they will inspire veterans and active duty soldiers alike to get help.
is a very visible spot, not only for the general public but also for the lawmakers, Marine Corps veteran David Peters said. is a big issue. saw active duty in Africa and Afghanistan. His group, Operation 23 to Zero, is trying to raise awareness that an average of oneactive duty soldier and 22 veterans take their lives each day.
figure is unacceptable, Peters said.
He saidhe gotcounseling for post traumatic stress.
helped, so we are out here to encourage others to get help that is needed, he said.
But he said for soldiers with more serious problems, treatment is often inadequate.
is wired differently, he said. has a different reaction to the meds that they are prescribing, and there is no follow up to make surethey are correct and that they are, in fact, working. of the boots here belong to soldiers who did take their lives, like the pair that belonged to Sgt. Jon Miller from Burnsville. Leslie,
a veteran of Desert Storm brought Miller to the Capitol steps. Miller mother is a friend of Leslie important to get the word back to them that if they need help, we here, he said.
Leslie worries this is a problem that could get worse.
will be a lot more boots, he said. got to stop it. Somehow we got to reach out and stop it. 23 to Zero, the local veterans group, is still in the process of getting its non profit status, but the group does have a Facebook page that provides information about were veterans can get help.
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