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The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans Hardcover – January 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520256123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520256125
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This exposé of the treatment meted out to American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is a breathtaking rebuke to government hypocrisy and an overdue contribution to gaining critical public awareness of this official neglect. Glantz (How America Lost Iraq), who covered the American occupation of Iraq, offers a thorough account of the plight U.S. vets face back home—from the understaffed Veterans Administration perversely geared to saving money at the expense of vets in dire need of help, to concomitant medical and social ills, including undiagnosed brain injuries and the too frequent perils of homelessness, crime and suicide. There is also grassroots resistance and mutual aid, including the eventual passage of the post 9/11 GI Bill of Rights in May 2008, fiercely opposed by the Bush administration and the Republican Congress (including John McCain). Glantz fleshes out his narrative with the voices and powerful stories of vets, their families and advocates, while helpfully including a host of resources and services for veterans. Glantz also places their experience in a longer, dismal history of government neglect, while backing up his assertion that the Bush administration has never been seriously interested in helping veterans with damning evidence. (Jan.)
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“Manages superbly to relate the stories of wounded individuals, describe the political and institutional issues that have led to the neglect of returnees’ problems, and suggest resources for veterans and their families.”
(Library Journal 2011-07-15)

“A breathtaking rebuke to government hypocrisy and an overdue contribution to gaining critical public awareness of this official neglect.”
(Publishers Weekly 2008-10-10)

“Aaron Glantz puts himself at the forefront of those who are bringing this new generation of veterans into public view.”
(San Francisco Chronicle 2009-01-23)

“Sharply drawn examples and evidence-based judgments render all three stories highly readable.”
(Choice 2010-02-01)

“Does what no professional journalist has done heretofore. . . . Powerfully compelling yet simply rendered.”
(Huffingtonpost.com 2009-02-22)

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Dallas Eggemeyer
An essential read for any American.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Bratten on February 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very enlightening book. It is so sad but it also makes me very angry. Our soldiers are treated so terrible when they come home. No one should be treated this way, much less those that have served our country so bravely in such terrible situations!
EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO READ THIS BOOK!!! It makes me want to protest like we did during the Vietnam war. At least the country saw what was really going on in that war. Please read this book, please.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fred Tomasello Jr. on June 28, 2009
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As a Vietnam veteran and Yogi Barra fan, these wars are "deja vu all over again." Aaron Glantz is a true journalist, a man who tells the truth about war, all sides and all people. What we're fed on the network news, talk radio and local news are jingoistic quips and fear-mongering that compete for ratings and entertainment value. And from our politicians, we get illusion--now you see support for veterans, now you don't. Glantz's documentation and internet references are worth many times more than the cost of the book and his stories and conclusions are priceless. An essential read for any American.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Eggemeyer on March 26, 2009
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Excellent, Gripping and Informative discussion of the shocking indifferences and bureaucracies to obtaining benefits for our returning Veterans. I was so moved by the author's honest revealing of his own struggles after returning from the field of action. This is a must read if you or someone you know has returned from duty in the Middle East. This is a whole new arena of warfare and we need to address the issues raised in this book. This book offers documented real life examples of the physical and mental injuries many of these veterans face. And how they struggle to deal with them, while facing the bureauracy. Thank you Aaron Glantz for helping my son on this journey!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Traci Linton on February 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down. I took it everywhere. The stories were amazing and I cried with every single one of them. Aaron you're an amazing writer! So much of this hit very close to home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Travis Jackson on April 18, 2011
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I served in active duty from 2004-2009. During my five years in the active duty army, I served a year and a half in Iraq as apart of the Iraq Surge. Before I went to Iraq in april 2007, I prayed to God, "If I come back alive, let me be an influence". And God surely answered my prayers, because for 15 months, I learned so much about war. I came back and was misdiagnos for my ptsd. My chain of command "supposingly" had alot to do, so thats why alot of troops were denied the opportunity to gain counselors assistance. After 3 months back in america, misconducts began to rise and i feel into the mix. My stellar performance was swept aside and a year after returning to america, I was given the boot with an "less than honorable".

Anyways, I type the above paragraph in order to state, this book isnt just phenominal, its a "relationship". At first, I was like nonchalant because journalist usually have no ideal what they speak about; however, mr. glantz has been overseas and the majority of the things he writes, are so accurate. for example: page 218, 3rd paragraph, describes a almost normal day in Iraq. The soldiers stories are on point and they've proven "ptsd is a match which starts a forest fire." He even suffered with PTSD upon returning from Iraq, which was a spark for him to jott down notes which turned into this fantastic book. I recommend this book for ALL (especially those who are suicide survivors, victims of the VA hyporcrisy, and most of all, "veterans"). TRIPLE PLANTINUM!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warren T. Baldwin on September 13, 2011
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Penetrating. Riveting. Engaging. Compelling. Maddening. Glantz's book is all of this and more.

Everyone who cheered the deployment of our troops for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan owe it to those same troops to read this book. Many of the men and women in uniform who left with our support and good will return to a government (and nation) that has forgotten them.

Many of our veterans suffer finanicially, physically and emotionally. Government benefits to which they are entitled (benefits they have more than earned) are often delayed for months or are even denied to them.

Many feel betrayed by the very system that courted them, accepted their enlistment, and sent them off to war. After their time is served the system no longer has a use for them.

Aaron Glantz has provided our veterans and the entire country a wonderful and needed service with The War Comes Home. We need know the second war our young people are having to face once they come back to their homeland - the war to be treated as human beings and receive what is their just and appropriate due.

Buy and read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on November 21, 2010
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This book is my favorite of Aaron Glantz works! Through this book I've learned what to expect from the VA and how to deal with and also where to find community resources in case I dont get the help I need. I am so thankful for this book and I've introduced everyone I know to it!
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