|The United States has been in a state of permanent, global war since Pearl Harbor. Involved in conflicts large and small, known and unknown, a moment has not passed in the last 71 years that has not involved American military personnel killing and dying somewhere in the world. That is fact. This is not a story about America's insanely bloated 'defense' budget. It is not a story about the bent priorities this nation has come to accept; to wit: more than half of every dollar collected in taxes goes to warfare and spying, a multi-trillion dollar industry, while we reel through national 'debates' about cutting health care benefits for old people and closing schools because 'we can't afford it.'
This is a story about the people who have most recently endured what it means to serve in America's military, and what they are dealing with right now as a consequence of that service.