The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans / Edition 1

The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans / Edition 1

by Aaron Glantz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520256123

ISBN-13: 9780520256125

Pub. Date: 01/15/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256125
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.74(h) x 0.95(d)

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 Didn’t 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

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