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 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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?