Janis Shinwari is seen wearing his body armor in 2008. Shinwari, an Afghan interpreter who assisted U.S. forces, has been waiting three years for a visa to enter the United States. He is now in hiding in Afghanistan. Matt Zeller hide caption

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Niels Tietze leads a group of veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq up the Snake Dike route on the western wall of Yosemite National Park's Half Dome. David P. Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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National Guardsman Andrew Sullens (left) climbs Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, Calif., with Pat Warren, lead climber from Paradox Sports. Sullens, who lost his leg below the knee while serving in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, participated in the three-day climb with other veterans to honor the anniversary of September 11th. David P. Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera. YouTube hide caption

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Soldiers advance toward a simulated Afghan town during a training exercise at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, in 2012. While the suicide rate is rising in the military, it's declining for troops stationed at Fort Bliss, thanks in part to efforts to ramp up suicide awareness and prevention training. Brendan Johnson/Flickr hide caption

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Tommy Sowers, assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, meets with vets at the VFW Hall in Nome, Alaska. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Frankie Kuzuguk, 82, gets a hug from his daughter Marilyn Kuzuguk at Quyanna Care Center in Nome, Alaska, after receiving an official honorable discharge and a distinguished service coin from visiting Veterans Affairs officials. The VA is still tracking down the few surviving members of the World War II Alaska Territorial Guard or delivering benefits to their next of kin. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A woman holds the door for her daughter at the entrance to the Wales community center, where a meeting for local veterans turned into a gathering for many of the villagers in the tiny town. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Myla Haider (shown at a press conference in Washington, D.C., in 2011) says she initially decided not to report that she'd been raped because she'd "never met one victim who was able to report the crime and still retain their military career." Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jamie Livingston was sexually abused while serving in the Navy. She now lives in El Paso, Texas. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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