What War Leaves Us
by James Glaser
December 10, 2009

I had an appointment at the Tallahassee Veterans Administration Clinic today. While there I saw two young veterans with missing legs, and one with horrible scars on his hands, arms, and half of his neck.

The Tallahassee VA clinic is small and serves a small geographic area in northern Florida and southern Georgia. There are 1577 VA facilities nation wide with a few in the Philippines, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

I don't know if you would see maimed young veterans every day at every facility, but your chances are pretty good that you would. Tens of thousands of our troops have been wounded in Bush and Obama's wars. Hundreds of thousands have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries. You would probably see those vets, but until visually you probably wouldn't see anything wrong.

Of course the thousands killed are in the ground, and thus out of sight.

So, that is what we are left with during and after every war—dead and maimed veterans.

Of course there are some Americans who have the profits made from every war we have, but those people are out of sight, too

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