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Biden’s claim that more Iraq/Afghanistan veterans have committed suicide than were killed in action
By Glenn Kessler
September 5 at 3:00 AM

“More suicides per month in the U.S. military, returning vets, than people killed in action, by a long shot.”

— Former vice president Joe Biden, at a town hall event at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., Aug. 23, 2019

The Washington Post recently detailed how the former vice president told a moving but false story about an incident in Afghanistan. While watching a clip of the lengthy monologue that led to this tale, we were struck by his claim that there are more suicides per month of returning veterans than those killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan — “by a long shot.”

This seemed an interesting subject for a fact check, though it turned out the data is sketchy and not especially clear. There’s also an added wrinkle — what did Biden, who is not especially precise in his phrasing, mean with his comment?

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/05/bidens-claim-that-more-iraqafghan-vets-have-committed-suicide-than-were-killed-action/

Spoiler, if one does not read the whole article, the claim was left "unrated".


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