We Don’t Actually Care About the Effects of War

November 13, 2014

For many veterans, starting a conversation about the struggles they face is a difficult first step. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report released last year, as many as 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States. This is almost one death an hour. The...

Homelessness: No Shelter From the Storm

October 06, 2014

Homelessness continues to plague societies the world over, with legal frameworks needed to tackle it still largely lacking. Background Homelessness is a chronic problem in the vast majority of the world’s countries. The problem is a difficult one both in its tenacity and its invisibility: The...

Modern War: What Hath Technology Wrought?

September 29, 2014

Are we on the way to losing the distinction between virtual war and the preciousness of life? Current calculations are such that America can no longer afford war as it has been waged in the past. Consider the numbers. Take a casualty in Vietnam, for example: At say 40% disabled, a corporal or...

Psychological Wounds of Conflict: The Impact of World War One

August 19, 2014

The emergence of the concept of shell shock during the First World War had focused unparalleled attention to the issue of traumatic illness. Today, the recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has established in the minds of the public, media and the health professionals that war can...

A Dereliction of Duty: Homeless Veterans in America

June 05, 2014

US government efforts to help homeless veterans in America are not enough. When I first began grappling with homelessness issues in my local community quite a number of years ago, Dave, then-director of the local homeless shelter in our small town, told me a story that illustrates some of the...