Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan endure stress that grinds away at them physically, mentally and spiritually 24/7. There’s no rest from the tactics of terrorist warfare. The pressure’s there every moment, waking or sleeping — nine, twelve, fifteen months of relentless tension. It takes a terrible toll, even on the toughest soldier. Worse, our troops aren’t finished with war when they come home. They know they’ll be going back again … and again … and again. And when our troops come home, the struggle with the heavy impact of war in their lives continues unabated. They need someone to talk to, someone who understands, someone they can trust. When they call our Lifeline for Vets™ - 888-777-4443 - they reach another veteran of America’s armed forces. For a soldier who has returned to the homeland he or she has defended only to feel like “a stranger in a strange land” – full of fear, wracked with depression, and on the verge of despair – speaking to another veteran who “gets it” is crucial! The NVF and the Lifeline for Vets™ - 888-777-4443 - have helped countless American heroes — person-to-person, veteran-to-veteran.… that’s vital at a time when suicides among America’s veterans have reached the rate of 22 a day! Over and again, Lifeline for Vets™ and its volunteer professionals have talked veterans back from the brink of taking their own lives. Over the past 21 years we have answered more than a quarter million calls and every day there are more and more.