Washington's battle against America's veterans02/18/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: we’ll look at the way returning veterans from Iraq are being treated by our government.
But first several listener comments about yesterday’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. He’s also a reporter who has worked for Free Speech Radio news. He’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. “About 200,000 veterans sleep homeless on the streets every night in this country. (and that) according to the VA’s own numbers, 18 veterans commit suicide every day. Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan are already falling through the cracks," he says.