When Chiraq takes more American lives than Iraq, you know you have a problem.
Between 2010 and 2014, American soldiers were killed at around the same rate as one demographic that should have no place in death statistics: Chicago schoolchildren. 114 kids were killed, many of whom were simply walking to and from school. However, in 2015 these numbers are expected to drop thanks to the non-profit Leave No Veteran Behind, which has brought together veterans and Chicago kids in a program that benefits both. Safe Passage employs veterans to survey children on their path to school to deter crime. Since the program was founded in 2011, 400 veterans have been employed and Chicago has seen a 20 percent decline in crime within the designated routes.