Iraq veterans deserve more than post-combat negligence
WHEN the appalling conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center were made public, accompanied by grim photos of moldy walls, crumbling ceilings and dirty, bug-infested rooms, it sparked a national outcry and immediate action. Unfortunately, it has been comparatively quiet about the nearly 300 Iraq war veterans who have committed suicide, and thousands more who have attempted it.
Stacy Bannerman is the author of "When the War Came Home: The Inside Story of Reservists and the Families They Leave Behind." The wife of an Iraq war veteran, she is working to establish The Sanctuary for Veterans & Families, a Kent-based nonprofit. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org