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Monday, October 22, 2007

Editorial: Troops Deserve Sustained Care

From The Tennessean editorial board:

Once again, the nation has some fundamental decisions to make about supporting the troops who fight for this country.

Are people really going to support the troops and their families, including a follow-through support system as veterans cope with disabilities that include serious mental-health issues? Or is supporting the troops going to mean nothing more than writing checks for the Pentagon to carry out a flawed war policy? And does supporting the troops mean little more than engaging in cheerleading during missions of shock and awe? ...

Much of the way this nation has handled the war in Iraq and Afghanistan will be debated for years. One aspect of the debate should be on how the nation cared for the Americans it sent into battle. The war might someday be history. But the effects of it on a soldier can last the soldier's lifetime. The support must be there for the troops long after they return home.

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