Veterans in San Antonio, Texas Eric Gay/AP
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On Veterans Day, 11-11-11, the nation pauses to honor the 24 million living American veterans who served in wars dating back to World War II. Of those, more than 2 million veterans did tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The federal government doesn’t always adequately protect the military veterans who protected their nation. The Center for Public Integrity has held the government accountable over the years for treatment of veterans.

For Veterans Day, the Center has compiled some of its coverage of soldiers and veterans:

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