Moral injury is the real reason why US veterans are committing suicide, as they realize all the horrors of war and innocent people killed were for nothing but US corporate interests, US Iraq war veteran Vince Emanuele told RT.

Dozens of US veterans gathered for a march in front of the New Orleans VA hospital on July 1, to raise awareness for the high rates of veteran suicides across the nation. The demonstrators were wearing ‘dead masks’ to represent the high cost of war.

Last month, US Department of Veterans Affairs released a report stating that the average number of veterans who die by suicide daily is 20.

RT spoke to US Iraq war veteran and activist Vince Emanuele who shared his view on the matter. He believes that the US government is not doing everything possible to prevent more veteran suicides.

“In fact, the US government, especially under President Donald Trump is exacerbating these problems by continuing militaristic operations all over the world. If the US government was genuinely interested in preventing veteran suicides, the US government would stop creating so many US veterans,” he stated.

To change the situation immediately, he thinks, US should stop sending young men and women to fight “immoral, illegal and illegitimate wars” around the world.

Currently, the US has over 800 military bases in more than 70 countries around the globe.

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