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Serving Those Who Serve: A Memorial Day Report Card
May 24th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

Serving Those Who Serve: A Memorial Day Report Card

State of the Union's sneak peek at this week's Memorial Day special.

This Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor those who have given their life in service to their country, State of the Union explores how this country cares for its warriors lucky enough to come home alive.

U.S. service members return home with visible injuries, but other wounds remain unseen. Many also face PTSD, depression, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment. Having served their country most veterans find a way to cope but many others need help in the business of living.

In 2011, Candy spoke to four individuals with first hand knowledge about the challenges facing veterans and what more needs to be done. A year later we check back to see what has changed:

General Peter Chiarelli (ret.), Fmr. vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army on treating PTSD and brain injuries in veterans.

Senator Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, in a rare Sunday interview, on the V.A.’s struggle to break the backlog of disability claims and what the government needs to do better to serve the nation’s veterans.

Tim Tetz, Legislative Director of the American Legion, and Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on the challenges facing our nation’s veterans, their belief that the government can and should be doing more and one of the biggest hurdles facing returning veterans: finding a job in a struggling economy.

Watch this Sunday at 9am & Noon ET for their updates.  Have things improved over the last year and what more needs to be done?

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