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.