Thursday's Show: Down and Out After Iraq

By Ariana Pekary, producer

The men and women who knowingly endanger their lives to serve our nation are heroes and should be treated as such.  The fact that they are being denied medical care for wounds they endured while in combat is beyond comprehension (unless, of course, you factor in that the medical care not paid by the military and department of veterans affairs saves them upwards of $12 billion dollars).  Read the details in Joshua Kors’ three part series, found here on his web site. You can also join the Facebook page which currently has almost 4,500 members. 

Also, support the veterans through these non-profit groups, Veterans for Common Sense and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Don’t forget that the most tragic consequence of not getting proper healthcare to our veterans is suicide.  In late April, Army Times reported that every day, eighteen veterans take their own lives.  “Access to care appears to be a key factor, officials said, noting that once a veteran is inside the VA care program, screening programs are in place to identify those with problems, and special efforts are made to track those considered at high risk, such as monitoring whether they are keeping appointments.” 

But if soldiers are being denied health care, that leaves them vulnerable to PTSD and depression.  It seems to be an inevitable (but unnecessary) downward spiral for those who risked their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.