Tue January 13, 2009
Re: "The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans."
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's StudioTulsa program, host Rich Fisher speaks with Aaron Glantz, an independent journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation and The Progressive. Glantz is also an author, and his most recent book is "The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans" (University of California Press). As Publishers Weekly has observed of this title: "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, 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." While reviewing plenty of individual stories in detail --- and while fully discussing the sad and shockingly pervasive bureaucratic ineptitude confronting today's U.S. veterans at all levels --- Fisher and Glantz hold a conversation that is as timely as it is stunning and upsetting.