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is hard to hear... 20 u?s veterans take their own lives every day. that's according to the united states department of veteran affairs. now, those in albert lea are taking matters into their own hands to spread awareness. kimt news 3's brooke mckivergan was in albert lea today, brooke? katie, all of the staff at the albert lea veterans clinic today participated in a 20?minute? walkout in honor of all of the lives that are taken (daily by those who put their lives on the line for us. "nats of feet walking" 20 minutes. "to bring attention to the 20 veterans who commit suicide every day." 20 (lives lost every. single. day. "that many people commit suicide per day just shows that there's a lot of help needed with mental illness." ryan sabinish has been home from iraq for 11 years. "a company of around 100?150 of us went to iraq, i've lost 2 so far to suicide so its a major issue." and mental illness knows no boundaries. "i lost 1 male soldier and 1 female soldier. it effects both not just male but female veterans too." which is why events like todays are crucial to letting people know they're not alone. "i hope that people will become more aware of the signs and symptoms of suicide and know that theres help out there. there is a veterans crisis line dot net has really great tips... including some ways to recognize red flags of suicide and a confidential quiz you can take to see if you should take advantage of your local va's resources. thank you brooke. and it's not just veteran suicide that is gaining attention... a walk is set for october 6th in mason city... the out of the darkness walk ? is sponsored by the american foundation for suicide prevention ? and raises money for new research, educational programs, adovating for public policy./// washington