07/25/2012 12:14 pm ET Updated Sep 24, 2012

VA Leadership: An Absurd Vision For Ailing Veterans

I remember very clearly the moment I knew I would be leaving the Army. It came in late 2007, a few months before I shipped out on my second Iraq tour. This was nearly five years into the Iraq War and the Army, which had also been sending fewer, but significant numbers of troops to Afghanistan, was hemorrhaging captains. Young officers like me, having hit their service obligation (4 years for ROTC cadets, 5 years for West Pointers) had decided they'd had enough and wanted to see what the civilian world had in store.

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