Iran and Diplomatic Confusion; LA Veterans Home from the Wars
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Some veterans, blind and disabled during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, say they’re suffering even more from brain damage and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We hear what it’s like to become a civilian again. What help do they need? How much are they getting? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, political divisions inside Iran appear to be threatening a nuclear deal with the west, even though competing Iranian factions may want it to happen. We weigh its chances and what’s liable to happen if it doesn’t go through.
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US Diplomacy and Iran ()
Since the advent of street protests over Iran's disputed election, western reporters have been forced out of the country. Meantime, as President Obama tries to deal with Iran, that country's domestic politics are creating a nightmare for diplomacy.
- Our Correspondent in Tehran: social scientist who conducts research in Iran
- David Sanger: Washington Correspondent, New York Times, @SangerNYT
- Robin Wright: Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace, @wrightr
- Yossi Melman: Commentator, Ha'aretz
Invisible Wounds of Combat Veterans in Iraq, Afghanistan ()
In the past eight years, 1.7 million American soldiers have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The RAND Corporation says more than 30% have come home with either Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. It also reports that only half receive “minimally adequate care.” Today, Mayor Villagraigosa and Public Council, the nation's largest pro bono law firm, announced the Center for Veterans Advancement to provide the legal help they need to get the benefits they're entitled to.
- Victor Manzano: former Infantryman, US Marine Corps
- Judith Broder: Founder, The Soldiers Project
- Leslie Martin: Director of PTSD Outpatient Servies, West LA Veterans Administration
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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