Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Avoiding the Death Penalty; The Church vs. the Homeless; Republican Abortion Hypocrisy

Avoiding the Death Penalty; The Church vs. the Homeless; Republican Abortion Hypocrisy

Hey Changemakers,

The U.S. marked Veterans Day this week, and soon a total of more than 1.8 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan will be back home.

Though many of these brave men and women will have returned to eager families and with awards for their service, many of them will also come back bearing the scars of war, including both physical injuries and psychological trauma. Ensuring that these soldiers have a healthy homecoming is a responsibility all of us share.

Retired U.S. Army Captain and Iraq War veteran Scott Quiltywrites on Change.org this week that, remarkably, there's been no national effort to fully reintegrate these veterans into our communities. The consequences - veteran unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence, and higher-than-ever suicide rates - are hurting us all. For many veterans, the homecoming process doesn't last a day, or even a week. It can sometimes last a lifetime.

Captain Quilty should know. Three years ago he stepped on a roadside bomb in Iraq's "triangle of death," losing an arm and a leg. Today, he's become a tireless campaigner for the first national plan that details the steps we can take to improve the homecoming process for millions of veterans.

To learn more about Captain Quilty's story and join the good work he and others are doing through The Campaign for Healthy Homecoming, click here.

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