Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Newhouse discusses his article “Half of Vets Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan Need Medical Attention;” how advances in emergency medical treatment have greatly decreased battlefield fatalities from catastrophic injuries – though surviving soldiers often have debilitating brain injuries and require lifelong care; how the VA‘s increased budget has improved the quality of care (but not nearly enough); and the wasted lives of mostly poor and patriotic soldiers who were sent to fight and die in stupid wars.
MP3 here. (18:27)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Newhouse is the author of two books: Alcohol: Cradle to Grave and Faces of Combat: PTSD and TBI. He writes the Invisible Wounds blog at Psychology Today. A retired editor of the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune, Newhouse won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2000 for a 12-part series of stories on the effects of alcoholism in Montana. He also served as a juror for the 2007 and 2008 Pulitzer Prizes.