Since October 2001, over 1.6 million U.S. troops have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of these veterans suffer from the so-called ‘invisible wounds of war,’ which include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, depression and homelessness. In fact, Los Angeles is home to the nation’s largest population of homeless veterans. Are we as a society doing enough to help our service men and women get back on their feet? This Memorial Day weekend, we share highlights from a 2010 Town Hall Los Angeles panel discussion of the challenges faced by 21st century veterans. Our Vault segment takes us back to World War II, when Americans were urged to help returning soldiers by creating prosperity at home. And we’ll hear from a former commander in Iraq who has found solace by helping others cope.
Town Hall Panelists:
Lt. Colonel Julian Bond, Battalion Commander, 40th Brigade Support Battalion, California National Guard
Rocky J. Chavez, Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs, California Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Jeremiah Michaels, Vocational Development Advisor, New Directions, Inc.
Toni Reinis, Executive Director, New Directions, Inc.
Terry Schell, Behavioral Scientist, Rand Corporation and co-author of Invisible Wounds: Summary and Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries
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Interview: Colonel David Sutherland, former Commander of the American Combat Brigade in Iraq
Full transcripts of Town Hall programs are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org; Subject line: Transcripts