Over the years I’ve encountered Iraqi war veterans at peace rallies and at a Midtown center for people with mental illness.
One woman came in from the cold with others who lived under bridges around the Plaza. She showed me her war wounds, told of sexual assaults she’d endured and of living on the street. It was the only place that welcomed her and not with empty gestures.
We have to do a better job for our returning veterans in this New Year than we did shoveling our children into wars that didn’t have to be fought. The government, which enticed them to enlist, now must make them whole, physically and mentally so they can function in society.