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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.