FROM Judith Broder
Basic Training: For 'Civilian' Life Some 30,000 combat veterans will be returning to California every year for the next few years, and many will make the transition to civilian life by attending community college. Harold Martin remembers coming home from combat in Vietnam just six days before becoming a full-time student. Now he's Associate Professor of Psychology at Pasadena City College. He's also part of the Veterans' Learning Collaborative , which includes a course he teaches, called Boots to Books. Dr. Judith Broder founded The Soldiers Project , a network of licenses psychotherapists who support both the veterans and their teachers.
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.