• The authority and prestige of the lead author, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations, and Logistics Lawrence J. Korb, makes this a source that commands attention and respect
• The comprehensive handbook-style organization makes the work an indispensable acquisition for academic, governmental, and military libraries
• Focus is on the most pressing issues of health care provision and societal reintegration
• Documentary appendices enhance understanding, supplying the texts of key budgetary and official documents relating to veterans affairs
• Annotated Bibliography
"Korb et al. (defense information and national security, Center for American Progress) examine veterans' affairs in the US, and the related infrastructural conditions, administrative and health care service challenges, and policy and political issues. They consider the history of veterans affairs; veteran demographics and their impact on the American political system; issues such as administrative barriers to accessing health care and benefits; and mental health problems, all of which have been affected by changes to personnel policies, unprecedented levels of National Guard and Reserve mobilization, changes to the length and number of tours, and the length of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other factors. The final chapter considers the challenges faced by General Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs."
Reference & Research Book News
"This book would make a lasting contribution to the library of any service family or concerned citizen."
"Filled with statistics and facts, this work offers a balanced approach to the good (caring for wounded veterans and the impact of veterans on the present society) and the bad (administrative barriers to VA health care and benefits). It is perfect for academic libraries. Summing up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above."
"Much more than a reference handbook, Serving America's Veterans
spotlights the need for major modifications in programs to treat veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This well-organized and hard-hitting book is a must read for concerned citizens." (Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard, Ph.D., Chair, Board of Trustees, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation)