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Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles
Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles by Martin Schram 0312375735 9780312375737
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Vets Under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles by Martin Schram

After members of our armed forces bravely serve their nation, they sometimes come home to find themselves battling another enemy---within their own government. Using decades of case histories, statistics, and firsthand accounts, Martin Schram exposes a shocking culture of antagonism toward veterans by the very agency---the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)---that was formed to serve them. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Schram places our veterans current struggles within historical context, going back to the Bonus Army of beleaguered World War I vets who camped out on Washingtons national mallnbsp;in 1932,nbsp;demanding their promised benefits, only to be turned away by their own brethren in the U.S. Army---led by future military heroes Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton Jr., and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Readers will be angered to learn of the legions of veterans---from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars---who are routinely denied benefits to which they are entitled and whonbsp;die while awaiting benefit reviews that are stalled by institutionalized delays. And they will be downright outraged by the results of a 2002 Mystery Caller test that showed VA representatives treating help-line callers with condescension and even ridicule---one service rep is shown laughing and hanging up on a caller---and providing completely correct answers to questions regarding care and compensation just19 percent of the time.nbsp; nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; In the most intimate segment of the book, we meet Gulf War vet Bill Florey, who contracted a rare cancer after his exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons that were mistakenly detonated by the U.S. Army. Floreysnbsp;crucial medical tests were delayed, he was deniednbsp;service-related compensation he deserved, and he died before a government study finally linked the exposure to his form of cancer. Schram also highlightsnbsp;accounts of shameless deception of our soldiers, includingnbsp;misleading information provided by recruiters, andnbsp;discloses how Iraq and Afghanistannbsp;war vets were being denied benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder---even after diagnoses by the VAs own doctors. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The author not only exposes a chilling pattern of institutional neglect, delay,nbsp;and denial, but also points us toward solutions: the outsourcing of expertise, the institution of a Vet-med card, and the elimination of negative-incentive bonuses for VA officials, to name a few.nbsp;Schrams boldnbsp;bugle call, sounded on behalf of our nations beleaguered servicemen and -women, culminates with a proposal tonbsp;reinvent what has become a department ofnbsp;veterans adversariesby giving thenbsp;VA a new name thatnbsp;makes clearnbsp;its true mission---thenbsp;Department of VeteransAdvocacy. nbsp; nbsp

Author: Martin Schram

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 320

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Publication Date: 2008-06-24

Our Price: $4.29

ISBN: 0312375735

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