Welcome Home, Soldier…

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The gap between our publicly professed pride for our returning troops – and how they actually are treated when they need help – never ceases to amaze. The latest on this care chasm is explained on the front page of Saturday’s Washington Post. It details the woes faced by veterans who believe they have been short-changed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s “a symbol,” reporter Jerry Markon says, “of the accumulating toll of prolonged war, both on soldiers and the bureaucracies created to serve them.” More than a symbol, it’s a shame.