Why Wounded Warriors Sleep in Dumpsters – WSJ

Posted on June 9, 2011

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The government has failed homeless vets suffering from psychological trauma. That’s why we’re suing the Department of Veterans Affairs.

BY LAURENCE TRIBE AND BOBBY SHRIVER

A group of desperate homeless veterans became plaintiffs yesterday in a suit, Valentini v. Shinseki, filed in U.S. district court against the federal officials responsible for their plight.

There are roughly 107,000 homeless veterans in America. Many of them are chronically condemned to wander our streets because the trauma they suffered serving our country has left them profoundly brain-damaged or disabled with terrible psychiatric conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. These wounds of war are physically invisible, but they are no less life-threatening.

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