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Is the all-volunteer military creating two Americas?

As the US winds down some of its long-term wars, veterans come home to a host of emotional and economic struggles. We discuss how the draft disproportionately affects different demographics, and what can be done for the returning troops.

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30 Issues: Troops and Veterans

Thursday, October 04, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: What's wrong — and right with the current government treatment of active and returned military personnel. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Romney Offers 'Path to Legal Status' for Undocumented Who Serve in Military

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On Thursday afternoon Mitt Romney told the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that he would support allowing young illegal immigrants a “path to legal status” if they serve in the United States military.

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Troops Coming Home From Iraq

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tom Tarantino, Iraq veteran and senior legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), discusses what's next for the returning troops. Washington bureau reporter for Stars and Stripes, Leo Shane III, joins the conversation. 

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The Civilian-Military Divide

Friday, November 11, 2011

TIME Washington deputy bureau chief, Mark Thompson, discusses the civilian-military divide and how it plays out as new veterans return home. Matt Gallagher, senior writing manager at IAVA and an Iraq War veteran, joins the conversation. 

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Unpacking the Un-Surge in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Military forces are voracious consumers of all kinds of expendables and most of these supplies have to come through Pakistan. The larger the US force, the more leverage Pakistan has.

Robert Haddick, managing editor of Small Wars Journal, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Jobs for Veterans

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kevin Schmiegel, LtCol, USMC (Ret.) and vice president of Veterans Employment Initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, discusses Thursday's Wall Street job fair for veterans on the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

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Helping Veterans

Friday, May 27, 2011

Paula Caplan, clinical psychologist, fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, talks about the psychological effects of war and how to help veterans.

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Wounded Warriors

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jeremy Chwat, chief program officer at the Wounded Warrior Project, addresses the unique nature of the injuries suffered by veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Army Recruitment in the New Economy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Darryl Robinson, Command Sergeant Major and chief recruiter in New York City area talks about Army recruitment, particularly in minority communities.

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