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IAVA members at the 2012 Veterans Day Parade in New York City
(Courtesy Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America)
Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, reports on the 2013 survey of IAVA members and what issues the veterans are facing.
To Nick from UWS ...
The vast majority of "volunteers" don't necessarily have the opportunities that many WNYC listeners do.
They all-too-often come from small towns and inner-cities where economic development is rare but day-to-day existence is real and tenuous. So they "volunteer" to help alleviate the immediate depravation of their families and, hopefully, qualify for future education benefits through their service.
They may very well think they are immune to death at their relatively young ages, as did I. But their true concern and commitment is often for their family and for that, they are willing to go in harm's way.
Greg - you can find the interactive website on the disability claim at TheWaitWeCarry.org. Thank you.
I am unable to find the link to the mentioned website regarding the length of time it is/has taking/taken to get benefits from the VA.
A better question to ask would be why droves of young men voluntarily, by their own choice, join the military knowing full well what they will have to do. It doesn't take rocket science to know that people are psychically damaged by war. We've been having wars, HOW LONG? How long does it take to learn this? Maybe the true conversation revolves around taking responsibility for personal choice. There is no draft now, nor has their been since fucking Viet Nam.
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