As part of homecoming ceremonies at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state in January, Army Spc. Tyler Jeffries — with crutches and prosthetic legs — joins his unit in formation as the national anthem is played. The homecoming marked the first time Jeffries had seen his platoon since he lost both his legs in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan last October. Florangela Davila for NPR hide caption

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Staff Sgt. Jessica Keown, with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas, served with a female engagement team, or FET, in Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR 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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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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