A recent Institute of Medicine report on Gulf War illness has unfortunately concluded that veterans have such diverse symptoms and exposures that a single, distinct definition cannot be used to describe their condition.
"My husband, an artist, a guitar player and a lover of the blues, left this world suddenly. When I create objects of his passion, his presence returns and it rekindles his love, allowing me to give love to him again."
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin is not only about the works of art, beauty and music that this 19th century Viennese immigrant and artisan created. It's also the story of how he changed the trajectory of handmade guitars in America.
We must look to these kinds of initiatives to solve our problems. While Washington battles sway one way or another and some things do get done, the pitched fighting and gridlock in Congress simply do not measure up to meeting the practical challenges before us.
In many respects, veterans are currently invisible to the American public. Even if you believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should never have started, that does not mean that you should ignore the humanity of soldiers.
In this age of reckless and ballooning entitlement spending, it is equal parts puzzling and dismaying that we as a nation have put so little emphasis on caring for the needs of the bravest and most patriotic among us.
A trade association of for-profits college could work to advantage those honest member schools who actually are helping students to learn and train for careers. But APSCU, instead, appears to subscribe to the quick buck ethos of its biggest, wealthiest, most powerful members.
Rather than only sharing bad news when it pops up, we should also spread the success stories about what the Department of Veterans Affairs is getting right and urge veterans to seek the care and benefits they have earned.