The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans

Aaron Glantz, Author . Univ. of California $24.95 (254p) ISBN 978-0-520-25612-5

This exposé 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 (How America Lost Iraq ), 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. There is also grassroots resistance and mutual aid, including the eventual passage of the post 9/11 GI Bill of Rights in May 2008, fiercely opposed by the Bush administration and the Republican Congress (including John McCain). Glantz fleshes out his narrative with the voices and powerful stories of vets, their families and advocates, while helpfully including a host of resources and services for veterans. Glantz also places their experience in a longer, dismal history of government neglect, while backing up his assertion that “the Bush administration has never been seriously interested in helping veterans” with damning evidence. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/10/2008
Release date: 01/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 254 pages - 978-0-520-26604-9
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