The co-authors† of a forthcoming book on U.S. military veterans SUGGEST that perhaps there’s not enough focus these days on vets who are doing well upon their return from Iraq and Afghanistan:


With so few possessing a direct link to someone who has served, Americans often donít understand that most of our veterans are not damaged and that many have successfully navigated the transition to life after the military. Even those suffering from trauma or physical injuries can have an enormously positive impact in their communities. Our veterans can make ó and are making ó valuable contributions in business, government, education, health and community service.


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Upholding the commitments that the [Barack] Obama and George W. Bush administrations have made to those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan will require the support of many people who have never worn a uniform.


Paying attention to the many who have returned with serious physical and mental wounds is one way to build that support. But pity isnít a sustainable strategy. A better recognition of the overall veteran experience ó the bad, the good and everything in between ó is essential to forging a lasting compact between those who have served and the rest of us.


 


 

The co-authors† of a forthcoming book on U.S. military veterans SUGGEST that perhaps there’s not enough focus these days on vets who are doing well upon their return from Iraq and Afghanistan:

With so few possessing a direct link to someone who has served, Americans often donít understand that most of our veterans are not damaged and that many have successfully navigated the transition to life after the military. Even those suffering from trauma or physical injuries can have an enormously positive impact in their communities. Our veterans can make ó and are making ó valuable contributions in business, government, education, health and community service.

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Upholding the commitments that the [Barack] Obama and George W. Bush administrations have made to those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan will require the support of many people who have never worn a uniform.

Paying attention to the many who have returned with serious physical and mental wounds is one way to build that support. But pity isnít a sustainable strategy. A better recognition of the overall veteran experience ó the bad, the good and everything in between ó is essential to forging a lasting compact between those who have served and the rest of us.