Washington's battle against America's veterans02/18/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNFâ€™s Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up: weâ€™ll look at the way returning veterans from Iraq are being treated by our government.
But first several listener comments about yesterdayâ€™s debate over the Employee Free Choice Act between a spokesperson for the Florida AFL-CIO and the President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Our guest today is Aaron Glantz, he is the author of the new book The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans. Glantz is a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism at The Carter Center. Heâ€™s also a reporter who has worked for Free Speech Radio news. Heâ€™ll be speaking tonight in Sarasota and this Friday night at Studio@620.
Glantz said the toll on veterans from recent wars is not just the price paid on the battlefield. â€œAbout 200,000 veterans sleep homeless on the streets every night in this country. (and that) according to the VAâ€™s own numbers, 18 veterans commit suicide every day. Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan are already falling through the cracks," he says.