The New Veteran
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he intends to take care of the agency's big problems, such as processing claims and setting up suitable clinic settings for women.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who is trying to reinvent the agency so it can meet the needs of the new veterans, sat down with NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about his efforts.
May 10, 2010 Veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars face different problems from other vets. They're younger, more of them are female and nearly half of them come home with a mental disorder, such as PTSD. So the Veterans Affairs Department is attempting to evolve to serve their needs — but Secretary Eric Shinseki has a huge to-do list.
May 10, 2010 Who will take care of our veterans? The answer isn't as simple as it might seem, because veterans today are very different from those of even a few years ago. In a series this week on All Things Considered, NPR News examines the new veterans and their struggles.
May 10, 2010 There are more than 23 million veterans living in the U.S., many of whom survived wars from World War II to Vietnam. But those coming home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are different from decades ago — they are younger, and many of them are women.