Failing Our Veterans

Author: Mark Boulton
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814724876
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Failing Our Veterans from the Author: Mark Boulton. The original 1944 G.I. Bill holds a special place in the American imagination. In popular mythology, it stands as the capstone of the Greatest Generation narrative of World War II, a fitting reward for the nation's heroes. Given the almost universal acclaim afforded the bill, future generations of warriors might well have expected to receive similar remuneration for their sacrifice. But when soldiers of the Vietnam conflict shed their fatigues and returned home to civilian life, they found that their G.I. Bills fell well short of what many of them believed they had earned.In this first legislative history of the G.I. Bill during the Vietnam Era, Mark Boulton takes the story of veterans' politics beyond the 1944 G.I. Bill as he seeks to uncover the reasons why Vietnam veterans were less well compensated than their predecessors. In crafting their legislation, both conservative and liberal politicians of the Vietnam era wrestled with fundamental questions about the obligations of American citizenship. What does it mean to serve one's country? What does society owe those civilians it puts in uniform? Repeatedly, in answering those questions, lawmakers from both ends of the political spectrum found reasons to curb the generosity of the benefits offered.The G.I. Bills should play a central role in our understanding of the Vietnam veteran's post-service lives, just as they do for World War II veterans. Taking the story of the G.I. Bills beyond the World War II generation allows for a more complete understanding of the veteran experience in America.

Mission Betrayed

Author: Michael J. Mann
Publisher: Encore Press
ISBN: 9780692778487
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Mission Betrayed from the Author: Michael J. Mann. Veterans are among our greatest heroes. After willingly putting their lives on the line, they have been promised access to at least the same quality healthcare of most Americans. The US Department of Veterans Affairs is charged with fulfilling that promise. What happens when a government agency intended to look after its country's former soldiers is rife with dysfunction and indifference? In Mission Betrayed, author, surgeon, and former VA doctor Michael J. Mann unabashedly documents the realities of the current Veterans Health Administration. Even worse than inexcusably long wait times are the deceptive statistics that allow VA administrators to conceal mediocrity, abuse and neglect, and that instigate the denial of life-saving surgery to sick veterans. Drawing on both personal experience and real-life stories of vets who have been harmed, at times to the point of death, by the agency meant to protect them, Mission Betrayed sheds light on a broken system like nothing before it.

Failure By Design

Author: Josh Bivens
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801461132
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Failure By Design from the Author: Josh Bivens. In Failure by Design, the Economic Policy Institute's Josh Bivens takes a step back from the acclaimed State of Working America series, building on its wealth of data to relate a compelling narrative of the U.S. economy's struggle to emerge from the Great Recession of 2008. Bivens explains the causes and impact on working Americans of the most catastrophic economic policy failure since the 1920s. As outlined clearly here, economic growth since the late 1970s has been slow and inequitably distributed, largely as a result of poor policy choices. These choices only got worse in the 2000s, leading to an anemic economic expansion. What growth we did see in the economy was fueled by staggering increases in private-sector debt and a housing bubble that artificially inflated wealth by trillions of dollars. As had been predicted, the bursting of the housing bubble had disastrous consequences for the broader economy, spurring a financial crisis and a rise in joblessness that dwarfed those resulting from any recession since the Great Depression. The fallout from the Great Recession makes it near certain that there will be yet another lost decade of income growth for typical families, whose incomes had not been boosted by the previous decade's sluggish and localized economic expansion. In its broad narrative of how the economy has failed to deliver for most Americans over much of the past three decades, Failure by Design also offers compelling graphical evidence on jobs, incomes, wages, and other measures of economic well-being most relevant to low- and middle-income workers. Josh Bivens tracks these trends carefully, giving a lesson in economic history that is readable yet rigorous in its analysis. Intended as both a stand-alone volume and a companion to the new State of Working America website that presents all of the data underlying this cogent analysis, Failure by Design will become required reading as a road map to the economic problems that confront working Americans.

The Spitting Image

Author: Jerry Lembcke
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479864862
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The Spitting Image from the Author: Jerry Lembcke. One of the most resilient images of the Vietnam era is that of the anti-war protester — often a woman — spitting on the uniformed veteran just off the plane. The lingering potency of this icon was evident during the Gulf War, when war supporters invoked it to discredit their opposition. In this startling book, Jerry Lembcke demonstrates that not a single incident of this sort has been convincingly documented. Rather, the anti-war Left saw in veterans a natural ally, and the relationship between anti-war forces and most veterans was defined by mutual support. Indeed one soldier wrote angrily to Vice President Spiro Agnew that the only Americans who seemed concerned about the soldier's welfare were the anti-war activists. While the veterans were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable about their service, this sense of unease was, Lembcke argues, more often rooted in the political practices of the Right. Tracing a range of conflicts in the twentieth century, the book illustrates how regimes engaged in unpopular conflicts often vilify their domestic opponents for "stabbing the boys in the back." Concluding with an account of the powerful role played by Hollywood in cementing the myth of the betrayed veteran through such films as Coming Home, Taxi Driver, and Rambo, Jerry Lembcke's book stands as one of the most important, original, and controversial works of cultural history in recent years.

America S Failing Empire

Author: Warren I. Cohen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405144602
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America S Failing Empire from the Author: Warren I. Cohen. This sharp and authoritative account of American foreign relations analyzes the last fifteen years of foreign policy in relation to the last forty years, since the end of the Cold War. Provides an overview and understanding of the recent history of U.S. foreign relations from the viewpoint of one of the most respected authorities in the field Includes suggestions for further reading.

Left Back

Author: Diane Ravitch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743203267
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Left Back from the Author: Diane Ravitch. Explores the last hundred years of reform programs designed radically to improve American schools, arguing that reformers often lose sight of the primary goal of the educational system.

What Nurses Know Ptsd

Author: Mary E. Muscari, PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
ISBN: 1617050512
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What Nurses Know Ptsd from the Author: Mary E. Muscari, PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC. An estimated 7.8% of all Americans will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. Roughly 5.2 million people have PTSD during the course of a given year. And PTSD can affect anyone - from war veterans and abuse victims to persons directly or indirectly traumatized by other catastrophes including crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents. Getting treatment as soon as possible after PTSD symptoms develop may help prevent PTSD from developing into a long-term condition. Treatment may take the form of medication, pychotherpay, or alternative medicine. What Nurses Know...PTSD Covers all the treatments available today. Examines the causes of the PTSD, describes the symptoms and the effects of PTSD on individuals with the condition and their families Looks at associated problems such as substance abuse Explains what makes PTSD different in children and adolescents Shows how to manage stress Shows how to talk to your health care provider Show how to get help - from both traditional and nontraditional sources About the Series Nurses hold a critical role in modern health care that goes beyond their day-to-day duties. They share more information with patients than any other provider group, and are alongside patients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, offering understanding of complex health issues, holistic approaches to ailments, and advice for the patient that extends to the family. Nurses themselves are a powerful tool in the healing process. What Nurses Know gives down-to-earth information, addresses consumers as equal partners in their care, and explains clearly what readers need to know and wants to know to understand their condition and move forward with their lives.


Author: Sally Drumm
ISBN: 9780982441626
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Milspeak from the Author: Sally Drumm. In this anthology you might come face to face with your own fear, or your own story. Perhaps, your perspective on military life will be changed by these stories. Maybe, if you are a military person struggling to find your place in the world, you will find a way home. Milspeak: Warriors, Veterans, Family, and Friends Writing the Miltary Experience grew organically from the Milspeak Creative Writing Seminars, a series of workshops developed for military people who want to write about their experiences. Here, participants and mentors alike, share their stories.