Copy into your RSS Reader
Copy into your Podcast App
May 14, 2010 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.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/126832780/126833158" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 13, 2010 According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 48,000 female veterans screened positive for military sexual trauma in 2008. Rachel Caesar, who served for 14 years, is one of them. She says that she was harassed -- and that it took her a long time to admit the effect it had on her. Until she talked about it, she says, she was "dying inside."
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/126783956/126805767" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 12, 2010 As veterans with combat-related mental health issues like PTSD get caught up in the criminal justice system, communities across the U.S. are looking for new ways to help. Minnesota is setting up a special court to make it easier for struggling veterans to get the help they need. It's also training police to recognize the signs of a veteran in crisis.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/126170654/126782888" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
May 11, 2010 The number of outstanding claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities -- amputations, injured limbs, PTSD, brain trauma -- hovers around 500,000. And more are coming into the system every day. As a result, critics say, there's a widespread perception that the VA stands against veterans rather than for them.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/126676864/126760085" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
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.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/126672675/126676088" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
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.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor