Meeting The Needs Of America's Veterans

Meeting The Needs Of America's Veterans

Diane and her guests discuss how our nation is meeting the needs of today’s veterans and their families. The challenges and opportunities facing those who have served in America’s military.

President Barack Obama said Sunday no veteran "should ever have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home.” He touted a program that has helped thousands of vets find jobs in the private sector. He also praised a post-9/11 GI Bill that provides assistance for those who have served to go to college. But an influx of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan faces an uphill battle to find jobs in a weak economy. And while new rules make it easier to get help for Agent Orange-related conditions and post-traumatic stress, the Veterans Administration is struggling to reduce a backlog of disability claims. Diane and her guests discuss how the U.S. is meeting the needs of today’s veterans.

Guests

Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie

M.D., chief medical officer, District of Columbia Department of Mental Health and former chief psychiatrist in the Army. Author of "Battleland" blog at Time.com.

Michelle Joyner

communications director, National Military Family Association

Matt Stiner

director, Justice for Vets.

Paul Rieckhoff

CEO and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and author of "Chasing Ghosts."

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