Scott Horton Interviews Aaron Glantz

Scott Horton, August 02, 2010

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This recording is excerpted from the KPFK Beneath The Surface with Suzi Weissman  program of July 30th. The complete recording can be heard here.

Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle against America’s Veterans, discusses the lawsuit against Prudential Insurance Co. of America for stealing the interest earned from veterans’ life insurance policies, the increasing expense and lowered expectations required to meet military recruitment goals, the long history of veterans denied benefits by the government and some tips on navigating the enormous VA bureaucracy.

MP3 here. (9:19)

Aaron Glantz is an independent journalist who specializes on the impact of war on those who have experiened it directly: soldiers and civilians, aid workers and journalists. Aaron reported extensively from inside Iraq from 2003 to 2005 and has been covering veterans’ issues since his return to the United States.

Aaron’s work has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, San Francisco Chronicle, The American Prospect, Forbes, Inter Press Service, Alternet and on Democracy Now! and Yahoo! News. He is a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow at the Carter Center and a Fellow at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Columbia University Teachers College.

In addition to The War Comes Home, he is author of the San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, How America Lost Iraq, and co-author of Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan.

8 Responses to “Aaron Glantz”

  1. There is also the small matter of Gulf War veterans with radioactive semen, from being exposed to exploded depleted uranium muntions–the ultimate warfare Capitalist commodity–in Iraq, giving cervical cancer to their wives and girl-friends.

    In fact, from the VA's own statistics, the mortality rate among Gulf War veterans, for whatever reasons, is startling.

    There is very little question that higher-ups, reaching all the way to Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld and others deliberately decided to cover it up and let them die.

    It's cheaper that way.

    And the US Finance Capitalism is all about the bottom line, isn't it?

  2. "munitions"

  3. War in and of itself is horrible enough but you're right about depleted uranium. Not only were the Americans poisoned by this but the locals have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of this gift that keeps on giving. Birth defects, cancers, unexplainable illnesses, the list goes on and on. The Military machine brooks no questions and will seek to destroy its "heroes" and anyone else who threatens its existence. Much like big AgriCorps, with the help of Uncle Sam, will sue you into the poor house, or our Prison Industrial Complex, for even pointing out how Genetically Modified Foods may be making all of us less healthy or even more susceptible to illness. And the whopper is that now we have corporations seeking to patent our genes and thus, with Uncle Sammys help once again, corner the drug markets and make it illegal to use anything but what they force you to use. It's insane! The soldiers are only some amongst us all getting the "treatment".

  4. The weeds are going to get it too, Agent Orange no less.
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/07/12-1

  5. Aaron Glantz is cool, like were cool with Iran, are we?

    Jane

  6. Case in point. How sadly Ironic that Monsanto, who is big on patenting GM seeds and suing anyone, makes a seed and a weed killer that is ineffective. I've used their crap in the past and it simply doesn't work. There are alternatives.

  7. It was said of the Vietnam War: "Some gave all and all gave some."

    58,000 were killed / died in / during that war – more than 150,000 have committed suicide since the end of that war – falling into the category of "all gave some."

    The problem with having served in war – I've been there and done that as a Vietnam War veteran – is that the "giving" lasts for the rest of one's life!

    The suicide rate for our military is the hieghest that it has ever been – a red flag that a lot is wrong with sending our young off to fight wars in foreign lands that have NO strategic value to America – to wars that can NOT be won.

    Sadly, we have a Congress filled with TRAITORS tot he American people – all too willing to serve the 'god of war' and the 'military industrial complex'.

    History seems to record that ALL empires eventually fall at the height of their military power – they go bankrupt by endless wars!

  8. The complaint against the insurers seems to be a bogus complaint:
    1) 0.5% is a normal money market rate these days. Check Bankrate.com before calling your lawyer.
    2) The check books given to insurance beneficiaries are standard for all beneficiaries. Why don't they cash the checks? Civilians are treated the same or worse, stop whining about it.
    3) The FDIC insurance angle is also bogus as money market accounts were extended insurance, and MetLife and Prudential are real companies that can pay their debts. The banks paying high interest rates on their accounts, sometimes not.
    4) Why is the US gov using insurance co's just hand the family a T-Bill for $400,000. The 'families of the fallen' will not be impressed with the interest rate the US gov pays.

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