Figueroa's four-part series has ripped the cover off a corrupt branch of the veterans' benefits system, transforming the national conversation about why so many of our soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are being denied disability benefits and medical care.
We are what we make of the cards we are dealt; our response to trauma is key. Let's hold the VA responsible; if the facts warrant, let accountability happen swiftly. But let's not forget the big picture: it takes a village.
In today's divisive governmental atmosphere, making sense, like cultivating an open mind, as Rep. Miller suggests, cannot be taken for granted. We have to go outside our comfort zones to see what's hidden in plain sight, right before our eyes.
Some of war's most disturbing moments don't happen on the battlefield. Such was the case when Sergeant Chuck Luther sat before a Congressional committee and described how he was tortured by U.S. Army officials.