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December 20, 2007 6:00 AM

How McClatchy did its analysis

The data that McClatchy obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't specify whether a veteran was in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the VA has a category for the wars in Vietnam and Korea as well as World War II and World War I, it lumps all veterans from the first Persian Gulf War and the current conflicts into one category called "Gulf War."

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