Monday, May 12, 2008

How do we treat those who serve us?

Aaron Glantz writes for Foreign Policy in Focus:
Eighteen American war veterans kill themselves every day. One thousand former soldiers receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs attempt suicide every month. More veterans are committing suicide than are dying in combat overseas.

These are statistics that most Americans dont know, because the Bush administration has refused to tell them. Since the start of the Iraq War, the government has tried to present it as a war without casualties.

In fact, they never would have come to light were it not for a class action lawsuit brought by Veterans for Common Sense and Veterans United for Truth on behalf of the 1.7 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The two groups allege the Department of Veterans Affairs has systematically denied mental health care and disability benefits to veterans returning from the conflict zones.

Those are only the opening three paragraphs. You can read it all at Truthout, where I found it.

Why is this nation treating its veterans so poorly? [Rhetorical question intended as a call to do better.]

--the BB

1 comment:

Lindy said...

Paul, I had no idea how widespread this is. Important numbers.