Monday, February 26, 2007

More on veterans' treatment

After posting on this the other day, I'm prodded to mention a couple other reports I had considered linking to, on our treatment of American veterans:

Sheila Lennon links to a column by Joe Galloway that ran recently on the McClatchy Washington Bureau site: Disgusting treatment for those to whom we owe so much. Galloway:
If the American people are not sickened and disgusted by this then, by God, we don't deserve to be defended from the wolves of this world.

McClatchy also had a long report a couple weeks ago, VA system ill-equipped to treat mental anguish of war. Much more veterans coverage here.

And, in Attytood, Will Bunch mentioned last week that 3 of the 12 George Polk awards announced last week were to stories covering veterans' issues or American troops put in danger. Bunch:
We look forward to reading some great journalism in 2007, but we can't bear to see one more story about the mistreatment of American troops.

(Added note:) Not quite on topic, but not so far off, McClatchy also had a report, by Tony Pugh, about the increasing numbers of people in severe poverty in the U.S. The number of severely poor -- that's families making under about $10000 or individuals making under about $5000 -- increased by 56% between 2000 and 2005. Let's see, what happened in 2000?

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