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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.