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The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans

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"Throughout The War Comes Home, one glimpses the possibility that all of this has been a mistake, an oversight, something we're catching up with...finally. But for too many it is too late, and there are too many trails leading back to cynical beginnings, such as Bush Undersecretary of Defense David Chu's claim that veteran care is 'hurtful' and '(takes) away from the nation's ability to defend itself.'" Joel Turnipseed, The Virginia Quarterly Review (read the entire Virginia Quarterly Review review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The War Comes Home is the first book to systematically document the U.S. government's neglect of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Aaron Glantz, who reported extensively from Iraq during the first three years of this war and has been reporting on the plight of veterans ever since, levels a devastating indictment against the Bush administration for its bald neglect of soldiers and its disingenuous reneging on their benefits. Glantz interviewed more than one hundred recent war veterans, and here he intersperses their haunting first-person accounts with investigations into specific concerns, such as the scandal at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

This timely book does more than provide us with a personal connection to those whose service has cost them so dearly. It compels us to confront how America treats its veterans and to consider what kind of nation deifies its soldiers and then casts them off as damaged goods.

Review:

"This expos of the treatment meted out to American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is a breathtaking rebuke to government hypocrisy and an overdue contribution to gaining critical public awareness of this official neglect. Glantz (How America Lost Iraq), who covered the American occupation of Iraq, offers a thorough account of the plight U.S. vets face back home — from the understaffed Veterans Administration perversely geared to saving money at the expense of vets in dire need of help, to concomitant medical and social ills, including undiagnosed brain injuries and the too frequent perils of homelessness, crime and suicide. There is also grassroots resistance and mutual aid, including the eventual passage of the post 9/11 GI Bill of Rights in May 2008, fiercely opposed by the Bush administration and the Republican Congress (including John McCain). Glantz fleshes out his narrative with the voices and powerful stories of vets, their families and advocates, while helpfully including a host of resources and services for veterans. Glantz also places their experience in a longer, dismal history of government neglect, while backing up his assertion that 'the Bush administration has never been seriously interested in helping veterans' with damning evidence." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A must-read for those who claim to support our troops." Robert G. Gard, Lt. General, U.S. Army (ret.)

Review:

"Aaron Glantz is one of the truly outstanding young journalists of our times." Bob McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy, and founder of Free Press

Review:

Aaron Glantz is in our face on the military treatment facilities, the VA, and civilian society at large." Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America. MacArthur Fellow

Synopsis:

"One of the many scandals of the war in Iraq is how the administration has betrayed our returning servicemen. I'm grateful that the facts surrounding these tragedies are finally being exposed."—Paul Haggis, Academy-Award-winning director of Crash and In the Valley of Elah, screenwriter of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

"A must-read for those who claim to support our troops."—Robert G. Gard, Lt. General, U.S. Army (ret.)

“The treatment by the Bush Administration of America's returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is one of the saddest chapters in American history. This story is painfully documented by Aaron Glantz. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make the phrase, 'Support the Troops,' more than a slogan."—Former US Senator Max Cleland

"A fitting tribute to what these men and women fought and risked their lives and well-being for."—Gerald Nicosia, author of Home to War

"This superbly documented and eloquent book is a clarion call for honesty, compassion, outrage, and an end to the lies that cause so much suffering in far-off countries and in our own nation."—Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

"Aaron Glantz draws on his eyewitness experiences of reporting in Iraq to bring the courage and the suffering of our troops into vivid relief. The War Comes Home exposes how physical and mental injuries plague our returning servicemen and what we can do about it."—Linda Bilmes, coauthor of The Three Trillion Dollar War

"Weep, America, cringe, America. We talk a good game about honoring all those who go into harm's way for our sake and caring for those who get physically and psychologically broken, but do we go beyond fine words and a few gold-plated flagship medical facilities? Are we walking the walk? Are we getting it right? Aaron Glantz is in our face on the military treatment facilities, the VA, and civilian society at large."—Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America. MacArthur Fellow

"Aaron Glantz reports on the human cost of war, what it does physically and emotionally to those young men and women who carry out industrial slaughter. He rips apart the myths we tell ourselves about war and illustrates, in painful detail, the dark psychological holes that those who have been through war's trauma endure and will always endure. He reminds us that the essence of war is not glory, heroism, and honor but death."—Chris Hedges, former New York Times foreign correspondent, author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

"We should all be reading people like Greg Palast and Aaron Glantz."—Al Kennedy, The Guardian (UK)

About the Author

Aaron Glantz, an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Nation and the Progressive and on Democracy Now!, is the author of How America Lost Iraq.

Table of Contents

List of Resource Boxes

Preface: Returning Home from Iraq

Acknowledgments

PART I COMING HOME

1 A Soldier Comes Home 3

2 Trying to Adjust 16

3 A Different Kind of Casualty 28

PART II FIGHTING THE PENTAGON

4 The Scandal at Walter Reed 49

5 Coming Together 61

6 Education 69

7 Drugs, Crime, and Losing Your Benefits 86

8 Losing Your Benefits—Personality Disorder 95

PART III FIGHTING THE VA

9 Meet the Bureaucracy 105

10 Didnt Prepare to Treat the Wounded 118

11 More Bureaucracy 129

PART IV THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL

DRUGS, CRIME, HOMELESSNESS, AND SUICIDE

12 Crime 143

13 Homeless on the Streets of America 156

14 Suicide 167

15 Suicide after the War 176

PART V FIGHTING BACK

16 A History of Neglect 193

17 Winning the Battle at Home 208

Postscript: The War Inside 218

Afterword 227

Notes 229

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520256125
Subtitle:
Washington's Battle against America's Veterans
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Glantz, Aaron
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
Rehabilitation
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Military - Veterans
Subject:
Veterans -- Services for -- United States.
Subject:
Disabled veterans - Services for -
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090115
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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Product details 288 pages University of California Press - English 9780520256125 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This expos of the treatment meted out to American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is a breathtaking rebuke to government hypocrisy and an overdue contribution to gaining critical public awareness of this official neglect. Glantz (How America Lost Iraq), who covered the American occupation of Iraq, offers a thorough account of the plight U.S. vets face back home — from the understaffed Veterans Administration perversely geared to saving money at the expense of vets in dire need of help, to concomitant medical and social ills, including undiagnosed brain injuries and the too frequent perils of homelessness, crime and suicide. There is also grassroots resistance and mutual aid, including the eventual passage of the post 9/11 GI Bill of Rights in May 2008, fiercely opposed by the Bush administration and the Republican Congress (including John McCain). Glantz fleshes out his narrative with the voices and powerful stories of vets, their families and advocates, while helpfully including a host of resources and services for veterans. Glantz also places their experience in a longer, dismal history of government neglect, while backing up his assertion that 'the Bush administration has never been seriously interested in helping veterans' with damning evidence." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Throughout The War Comes Home, one glimpses the possibility that all of this has been a mistake, an oversight, something we're catching up with...finally. But for too many it is too late, and there are too many trails leading back to cynical beginnings, such as Bush Undersecretary of Defense David Chu's claim that veteran care is 'hurtful' and '(takes) away from the nation's ability to defend itself.'" (read the entire Virginia Quarterly Review review)
"Review" by , "A must-read for those who claim to support our troops."
"Review" by , "Aaron Glantz is one of the truly outstanding young journalists of our times."
"Review" by , Aaron Glantz is in our face on the military treatment facilities, the VA, and civilian society at large."
"Synopsis" by ,
"One of the many scandals of the war in Iraq is how the administration has betrayed our returning servicemen. I'm grateful that the facts surrounding these tragedies are finally being exposed."—Paul Haggis, Academy-Award-winning director of Crash and In the Valley of Elah, screenwriter of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

"A must-read for those who claim to support our troops."—Robert G. Gard, Lt. General, U.S. Army (ret.)

“The treatment by the Bush Administration of America's returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is one of the saddest chapters in American history. This story is painfully documented by Aaron Glantz. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make the phrase, 'Support the Troops,' more than a slogan."—Former US Senator Max Cleland

"A fitting tribute to what these men and women fought and risked their lives and well-being for."—Gerald Nicosia, author of Home to War

"This superbly documented and eloquent book is a clarion call for honesty, compassion, outrage, and an end to the lies that cause so much suffering in far-off countries and in our own nation."—Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

"Aaron Glantz draws on his eyewitness experiences of reporting in Iraq to bring the courage and the suffering of our troops into vivid relief. The War Comes Home exposes how physical and mental injuries plague our returning servicemen and what we can do about it."—Linda Bilmes, coauthor of The Three Trillion Dollar War

"Weep, America, cringe, America. We talk a good game about honoring all those who go into harm's way for our sake and caring for those who get physically and psychologically broken, but do we go beyond fine words and a few gold-plated flagship medical facilities? Are we walking the walk? Are we getting it right? Aaron Glantz is in our face on the military treatment facilities, the VA, and civilian society at large."—Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in America. MacArthur Fellow

"Aaron Glantz reports on the human cost of war, what it does physically and emotionally to those young men and women who carry out industrial slaughter. He rips apart the myths we tell ourselves about war and illustrates, in painful detail, the dark psychological holes that those who have been through war's trauma endure and will always endure. He reminds us that the essence of war is not glory, heroism, and honor but death."—Chris Hedges, former New York Times foreign correspondent, author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

"We should all be reading people like Greg Palast and Aaron Glantz."—Al Kennedy, The Guardian (UK)

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