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

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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 negl ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by University of California Press (first published December 16th 2008)
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The news about Staff Sargent Robert Bales, the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians and setting their bodies on fire, could have come right out of Glantz's The War Comes Home. Although Bales "snapped" while overseas, his story hits all the same notes: multiple deployments, undiagnosed/misdiagnosed mental health issues, heavy drinking immediately prior to the incident, family trouble, and past run-ins with the law stateside. As of Saturday evening, it is unclear if PTSD will become a ...more
Worth reading for the content and exposure to a large national problem. I found the writing itself light and not ideal for the longer format. Glantz set the stage poorly with an intro that seemed snippy without reason. Statements such as, "I should know--I was there," seem oddly confrontational. Also, his self-analysis as lead-in was weak. I felt he should have called attention to his sample size of one as simply emblematic of issues and he did not. His analysis lacked an application of critical ...more
Great book. Very scary. I see we support the troops ribbons on the back of cars and after reading this book I think what a crock of shit. There is no one to blame about the state of health care for returning veterans but ourselves. We have politicians that go to war for bigus reasons and never give a thought to the mentally and physically wounded vets coming home. Read this book, call your congressmen and donate to the causes mentioned in the book. We must take care of our veterans!
Are you a Vet? Do you know one? Do you care? READ this 200+ page book to see what is really going on with the VA and DoD in regard to the lack of care most Vets receive!!!
Loewen includes the contacts for several groups that help Vets.
Excellent read! A very in depth look at how our government treats those who've served our country when they return home. You too might have PTSD by the time you finish however...
This wasn't the best written book, but it is a story that absolutely needs to be told.
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