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Does the US really support its troops?

Regardless of how one viewed the march to war with Iraq in 2003, it was clear that the conflict would exact a harsh legacy of death and injury, including soldiers and civilians scarred by post-traumatic stress disorder and other terrible maladies.

Now, while the White House continues to conflate opposition to its approach with support for Al Qaeda, we're learning more about how many American veterans are receiving grossly substandard government care. Former ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, who has enjoyed a remarkable recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during an IED attack in Iraq, offers an inspiring story. Yet Woodruff, to his credit, has exposed how most of the many US soldiers with TBI injuries are not getting the kind of help that made his recovery possible.

US veterans have long received shoddy treatment from their own government. Yet the current situation -- a cruelly ironic twist on the rhetoric of "Supporting the Troops" -- is a disgrace. 

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