After members of our armed forces bravely serve their nation, they sometimes come home to find themselves battling another enemy—within their own government. Using decades of case histories, statistics, and firsthand accounts, award-winning Washington journalist Martin Schram exposes a shocking culture of antagonism toward veterans by the very agency—the Department of Veterans Affairs—that was formed to serve them.
Vets Under Siege reveals the shameless lack of care shown to our young servicemen and -women, from recruiters’ deceptions and a lack of armor in battle to shoddy, disgusting conditions at Walter Reed and other medical facilities, and looks back to examine the innumerable postwar battles our veterans have had to wage for proper treatment, from World War II to today. Martin Schram’s bold bugle call, sounded on behalf of our nation’s beleaguered servicemen and -women, lays bare a chilling pattern of institutional negligence, delay, and denial, and points the way forward with definitive solutions to a national disgrace.
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“At a time when wounded veterans are once again returning home from distant battlefields, Schram provides unflinching reporting---and vital historical perspective---on a national disgrace. This book should be required reading for all citizens.” --Dan Rather“Martin Schram has written a powerful, must-read book that delivers an urgent must-act message to all who care about our military veterans.” --Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee"Martin Schram has combined his journalistic skills and policy knowledge to produce a compelling call to action that outlines with clarity and common sense the challenges facing our nation’s veterans and the swift actions required by Democrats and Republicans to ensure that the patriots who fought our battles receive the best possible treatment and care.” --Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn“America’s men and women volunteering for military service are the best trained and equipped in the world. But as Marty Schram reveals in his well-documented investigation, government bureaucratic blunders and incompetence too often fail them.“To address America’s new and evolving threats in the twenty-first century, Schram details how we must care for those who have served and suffered at the same, if not higher, level we expect from their national security service.” --U. S. Senator Richard G. Lugar
Martin Schram is the author of five books and has been national affairs correspondent for The Washington Post, Washington bureau chief for Newsday, and a television documentary executive. His nationally syndicated column appears in more than four hundred newspapers.