The drawdown of America’s military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is welcome news to the millions of weary men and women that have been deployed, often multiple times, to those hostile and unforgiving places. But for far too many returning veterans, the harsh reality of war has been replaced by the indifference of a nation that professes its gratitude yet doesn’t meet its solemn obligations to them.
More than 50,000 U.S. troops have been physically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Many who otherwise would have been killed were saved by modern medical and battlefield technology. Thousands have sacrificed limbs and as many as 300,000 suffer from the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. … Continue Reading