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The war comes home : Washington's battle against America's veterans / by Glantz, Aaron.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-245) and index.Coming home. A soldier comes home ; Trying to adjust ; A different kind of casualty -- Fighting the Pentagon. The scandal at Walter Reed ; Coming together ; Education ; Drugs, crime, and losing your benefits ; Losing your benefits: personality disorder -- Fighting the VA. Meet the bureaucracy ; Didn't prepare to treat the wounded ; More bureaucracy -- The downward spiral drugs, crime, homelessness, and suicide. Crime ; Homeless on the streets of America ; Suicide ; Suicide after the war ; Fighting back ; A history of neglect ; Winning the battle at home."The War Comes Home is the first book to systematically document the U.S. government's neglect of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Aaron Glantz, who reported extensively from Iraq during the first three years of this war and has been reporting on the plight of veterans ever since, levels a devastating indictment against the Bush administration for its bald neglect of soldiers and its disingenuous reneging on their benefits. Glantz interviewed more than one hundred recent war veterans, and here he intersperses their haunting first-person accounts with investigations into specific concerns, such as the scandal at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This timely book does more than provide us with a personal connection to those whose service has cost them so dearly. It compels us to confront how America treats its veterans and to consider what kind of nation deifies its soldiers and then casts them off as damaged goods." -- Publisher's description.
Subjects: Veterans; Disabled veterans; Disabled veterans; Disabled veterans; Veterans; Veterans; Iraq War, 2003-; Afghan War, 2001-; Vietnam War, 1961-1975;
© [2010] c2009., University of California Press,
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Vets and pets : wounded warriors and the animals that help them heal / by Guerin, Dava.; Ferris, Kevin,1958-author.;
Acknowledgments -- Foreword / by Former First Lady Barbara Bush -- Foreword / by Animal Planet Host Andrea Arden -- Introduction -- Animals and veterans in America: their enduring bonds and healing powers -- At your service -- The army specialist : "A reason to get out of bed in the morning" -- The marine tank commander : "That's what that dog is for" -- The army nurse : "Some kind of a guardian angel" -- The army captain : "Issac has been waiting for his special person" -- The marine corporal : "Gnome somehow can read me" -- The navy Vietnam veteran : "The dog becomes a family member" -- The navy dog handler : "this was love at first bite" -- More creatures, great and small -- The Vietnam infantryman : "grab a bird, put on a glove, and go for a walk" -- The army reservist : "My God, no one is going to adopt her" -- The cowboy marine : "Here's how you saddle a horse" -- The Air Force vet and veterinarian : "Our house is a pet menagerie" -- The navy Boatswain's mate : "I just had to have him" -- Max, the horse that helps heroes : "We have all fallen in love with him" -- The army veteran : "Together, they heal and grow" -- Secrets for an enduring bond : "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" -- Epilogue -- About the authors."Vets and Pets tells fifteen emotional and entertaining stories of the incredible bonds between wounded warriors, veterans, and other service members and their service and companion animals. Whether these special relationships are with dogs, cats, horses, pigs, or even birds of prey, readers will discover how these remarkable animals help veterans return to civilian life and live independently while simultaneously bringing joy and confidence into their lives.Tyler struggled to adjust to civilian life after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan, until he met his intelligent and willfully disobedient red European Doberman pinscher, Apollo. Vietnam veteran Patrick regained a sense of well-being and hope through the study of birds of prey. Max the horse has helped numerous veterans learn to trust, improve their communication, and increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. Mandi discovered that the intelligence and unconditional love of pigs were exactly what she needed to heal from an abusive past and a disappointing army-training injury. These are just a few of the uplifting stories that are featured in this striking collection.In addition to exploring the unique, lifelong bonds that can develop between veterans and their animal companions, Vets and Pets spotlights extraordinary nonprofits that unite wounded warriors with service and companion animals, including Pets for Patriots, Hooves Marching for Mercy, Horses Helping Heroes, and Avian Veteran Alliance, among others."--Publisher's description.
Subjects: Service dogs; Disabled veterans; Animals; Human-animal relationships;
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The driver : a novel / by Hanson, Hart.;
"Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past twenty-eight hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before--he's an Army Special Forces sergeant whose limo company is staffed by a ragtag band of wounded veterans, including his Afghan interpreter--and he knows to listen carefully. Skellig runs inside just in time to save Avila from two gunmen but too late for one of Avila's bodyguards--and wakes up hours later in the hospital, the only person of interest in custody for the murder. Complicating matters further is the appearance of Detective Delilah Groopman of the LAPD, gorgeous and brash, for whom Skellig has always held a candle. As for Avila? He's willing to help clear Skellig's name under one peculiar condition: that Skellig become Avila's personal chauffeur. A cushy gig for any driver, except for the fact that someone is clearly trying to kill Avila, and Skellig is literally the only person sitting between Avila and a bullet to the head."--
Subjects: Thrillers (Fiction); Suspense fiction.; Chauffeurs; Limousine services; Disabled veterans; Extrasensory perception; Celebrities; Attempted murder;
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Burdens of War : Creating the United States Veterans Health System / by Adler, Jessica L.,1978-;
Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction -- War and federally sponsored health care -- An extra-hazardous occupation: preparing for the health outcomes of war -- A stupendous task: dynamics and challenges of domestic military health care -- War is hell but the after is 'heller': an Army responsibility becomes a societal obligation -- The debt we owe them: advocating, funding, and planning for veterans' health care -- Administrative geometry: creating and growing the Veterans' Bureau and its hospitals -- I never did feel well again: entrenching a federal health system -- State medicine: enduring under fire -- Conclusion: The legacy of Great War health policy."During and after World War I, policy makers, soldiers, and veterans laid the groundwork for the extension of government-sponsored medical care to millions of former service members. In the process, they built a pillar of the American welfare state. Legislation and rehabilitation plans formulated shortly after the U.S. entered the Great War aimed to minimize the government's long-term obligations to veterans, but within a decade, those who had served gained conditional access to their own direct assistance agency and a national system of hospitals. Burdens of War explains why that drastic transition occurred, and how one group of citizens won the right to obtain publicly funded health services. The story of the early roots of service-related health policies has a variety of larger implications. It shows how veterans' welfare shifted from centering on pension and domicile care programs rooted in the nineteenth century to the provision of access to direct medical services; how shifting ideals about hospitals and medical care influenced policy at the dusk of the Progressive Era; how race, class, and gender shaped the health-related experiences of soldiers, veterans, and caregivers; and how interest groups capitalized on a tense political and social climate to bring about change. On a general level, an examination of the roots of a nationwide veterans' hospital system demonstrates how privileges were won in the twentieth-century United States. It reveals a moment of state expansion, but also illustrates the wider tendency of the U.S. government to award entitlements selectively. The policies that paved the way for the advent of a veterans' medical system thus deserve to be considered as foundational in the development and shape of the American welfare state."--Provided by publisher.
Subjects: United States. Veterans Bureau; United States. Veterans Bureau.; Veterans; World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1914-1918; Disabled veterans; Veterans' hospitals; Veterans; Medical policy; Health Services Needs and Demand; Veterans; Hospitals, Veterans; Health Policy;
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Sing not war : the lives of Union and Confederate veterans in Gilded Age America / by Marten, James Alan.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-331) and index.Toil on, heroes -- Melt away ye armies: endings and beginnings -- Maimed darlings: living with disability -- Saner wars: veterans, veteranhood, and commerce -- Regiments so piteous: soldiers' homes, communities, and manhood -- Another gathering army: pensions and preference -- Sad, unnatural shows of war: veterans' identity and distinctiveness.In Sing Not War, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century's "Greatest Generation" attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by non-veterans. --from publisher description
Subjects: United States; United States; Adaptability (Psychology); Adjustment (Psychology);
© c2011., University of North Carolina Press,
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A dog's way home / by Cameron, W. Bruce,author.;
"Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn't allow dogs, Lucas can't resist taking Bella home. Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn't understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most. After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn't plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home."--
Subjects: Domestic fiction.; Pit bull terriers; Psychiatric service dogs; Dogs; Human-animal relationships;
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Called to serve : a handbook on student veterans and higher education / by Hamrick, Florence A.(Florence Aileen); Rumann, Corey B.;
Includes bibliographical references and index.The military and higher education in the United States / Dexter Alexander and John R. Thelin -- Contemporary political and legislative frameworks for serving veterans and service members enrolled in higher education / Sally Caspers and Robert Ackerman -- Activations, deployments, and returns / Wade G. Livingston and Mark C. Bauman -- Contemporary student veterans and service members : enrollment patterns and student engagement / Danielle M. DeSawal -- The complexity of veteran identity : understanding the role of gender, race, and sexuality / Susan V. Iverson and Rachel Anderson -- Understanding disability in the student veteran community / Amanda Kraus and Nicholas A. Rattray -- Enrollment, transfers, and degree completion for veterans / John D. Mikelson and Kevin P. Saunders -- Offices of Veterans and Military Services / Stephen G. Abel, Robert J. Bright, and R.M. Cooper -- Focused learning environments for student veterans / Sarah Minnis, Stephanie Bondi, and Corey B. Rumann -- Student veterans organizations and student self-advocacy / Brian A. Hawthorne, Mark C. Bauman, and Leah Ewing Ross -- Institutional leadership on serving student veterans and service members / Tom Jackson Jr., Charles J. Fey, and Leah Ewing Ross -- Promoting organizational change to create a veteran-friendly campus : a case study /Jan Arminio and Tomoko Kudo Grabosky -- Conclusion : looking back, moving forward / Corey B. Rumann and Florence A. Hamrick.Over the past several years, veteran enrollment in universities, community colleges, and vocational programs has increased dramatically, with over a quarter million student veterans taking advantage of military-related educational benefits packages, which have become one of the few remaining federal sources of grant funds for students pursuing higher education. Yet existing literature on the topic harkens back to Vietnam era issues and practices, and current administrators and faculty members likely have little experience serving this population. Significant changes in higher education and wartime military personnel policies in the last 30 years necessitate a fresh look at how colleges and universities can best respond to the needs of student veterans. Examples of contemporary issues include current patterns of multiple deployments and returns and the accompanying stop-out and re-enrollment periods. Costs for students have risen, as have military educational benefit provisions and institutional incentives. Building upon the long history of educating veterans, this comprehensive volume offers the most up-to-date scholarship and practical program guidance to help student affairs professionals, academic administrators, and faculty understand, serve, and support student veterans. It offers recommendations for enhancing and strengthening current campus efforts in serving veterans, planning additional services or programs, and--perhaps most importantly--coordinating the efforts of potentially disparate campus-based services and programs with community-based or government-sponsored veterans' programs, services, and affiliated groups.
Subjects: Veterans;
© c2013., Jossey-Bass,
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Wounds of war : how the VA delivers health, healing, and hope to the nation's veterans / by Gordon, Suzanne,1945-author.;
Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction : what kind of care for veterans? -- Promises broken and kept : a short history of the VHA -- Those who have borne the battle : the VHA's patient population -- Profile : what it means to be a VA volunteer -- Primary care the way it should be -- Healing minds and bodies : integrated mental health care and primary care -- Dealing with a world of hurt : VHA treatment of chronic pain -- When wounded warriors are women : caring for female veterans -- Mental health the way it should be -- Unpacking PTSD : from diagnosis to effective treatment -- Profile : Karen Parko : a special kind of professional development at the VA -- Returning to civilian life : veterans on campus -- Suicide prevention : VHA programs that save lives -- Overcoming disability : VA rehabilitation services -- Profile : Mark Smith : no ordinary bike shop -- Transcending trauma : the Martinez cognitive rehabilitation program -- Off the streets : reducing veteran homelessness -- Alternatives to jail : veterans' justice programs -- Profile : cops and vets : the Memphis crisis intervention model -- Specializing in elder care : the VA and geriatrics -- Knocking on heaven's door : the VA and end-of-life care -- Better care where? The VHA compared to the private sector -- Conclusion : a system worth saving and making even better -- Epilogue: Thank you for your service?"U.S. military conflicts abroad have left nine million Americans dependent on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for medical care. Their "wounds of war" are treated by the largest hospital system in the country--one that has come under fire from critics in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and in the nation's media. The resulting public debate about the future of veterans' health care has pitted VHA patients and their care-givers against politicians and policy-makers who believe that former military personnel would be better served by private health care providers. This high stakes controversy led Suzanne Gordon, award-winning health care journalist and author, to seek insight from veterans and their families, VHA staff and administrators, advocates for veterans, and proponents of privatization. Gordon spent five years closely observing the VHA's treatment of patients suffering from service related injuries, physical and mental. In Wounds of War, Gordon describes how the VHA-tasked with a challenging patient population- does a better job than private sector institutions offering primary and geriatric care, mental health and home care services, and support for patients nearing the end of life. The VHA, Gordon argues, is an integrated health care system worthy of wider emulation, rather than piece-meal dismantling for the benefit of private contractors. In the unusual culture of solidarity between patients and providers that the VHA has fostered, the author finds a working model for higher quality health care and a much-needed alternative to the practice of for-profit medicine."--Publisher's description
Subjects: United States. Veterans Health Administration.; Veterans; Veterans Health.; Delivery of Health Care.; Health Policy.;
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The civilian lives of U.S. veterans : issues and identities / by Hicks, Louis,editor.; Weiss, Eugenia L.,editor.; Coll, Jose E.,editor.; McDonald, Robert A.,1953-writer of foreword.;
Includes bibliographical references and index."In this book, 50 experts study the lives of U.S. veterans at work, at home, and in American society as they navigate issues regarding health, gender, public service, substance abuse, and homelessness. The aftermath of modern war includes a population of veterans whose needs last for many decades--far longer than the war itself. This in-depth study looks at life after the military, considering the dual conundrum of a population benefiting from the perks of their duty, yet continuing to deal with trauma resulting from their service, and of former servicemen and servicewomen trying to fit into civilian life--in a system designed to keep them separate. Through two comprehensive volumes, essays shed light on more than 30 topics involving or affecting former servicemen and servicewomen, offering a blueprint for the formal study of U.S. veterans in the future. Contributions from dozens of experts in the field of military science cover such issues as unemployment, homelessness, disability, access to higher education, health, media portrayal, criminal justice, substance abuse, guns, suicide, and politics. Through information gleaned from surveys, interviews, participant observations, secondary analyses, and content analyses, the chapters reveal how veterans are able to successfully contribute to civilian life and show how the American workforce can benefit from their unique set of skills."--Publisher's description.
Subjects: Veterans; Veterans; Veterans;
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Washington information directory 2015-2016 / by Notton, Laura,ditor.; Congressional Quarterly, inc.;
Includes Index.Agriculture, Food and Nutrition -- Business and Economics -- Communications and the Media -- Culture and Religion -- Education -- Employment and Labor -- Energy -- Environment and Natural Resources -- Government Operations -- Health -- Housing and Development -- International Affairs -- Law and Justice -- Military Personnel and Veterans -- National and Homeland Security -- Science and Technology -- Social Services and Disabilities -- Transportation -- U.S. Congress and Politics -- Appendix: 114th Congress -- Appendix: Ready Reference.Washington Information Directory is the essential one-stop source for information on U.S. governmental and nongovernmental agencies and organizations. This thoroughly researched guide provides capsule descriptions that help users quickly and easily find the right person at the right organization. Washington Information Directory offers three easy ways to find information: by name, by organization, and through detailed subject indexes. It also includes dozens of resource boxes on particular topics and organization charts for federal agencies and NGOs.
Subjects: Executive departments;
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