Porter Square Books is pleased to welcome Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon for the release of their book, Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends, and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs.
This event will take place at Porter Square Books: Cambridge Edition on Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm ET. Masks are required for all attendees. RSVP's, while not required, are strongly recommended.
About the Book
In Our Veterans, Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, and Jasper Craven explore the physical, emotional, social, economic, and psychological impact of military service and the problems that veterans face when they return to civilian life. The authors critically examine the role of advocacy organizations, philanthropies, corporations, and politicians who purport to be "pro-veteran." They describe the ongoing debate about the cost, quality, and effectiveness of healthcare provided or outsourced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They also examine generational divisions and political tensions among veterans, as revealed in the tumultuous events of 2020, from Black Lives Matter protests to the Trump-Biden presidential contest. Frank and revealing, Our Veterans proposes a new agenda for veterans affairs linking service provision to veterans to the quest for broader social programs benefiting all Americans.
Suzanne Gordon is Senior Policy Analyst at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute and the author of many books, most recently, Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation's Veterans.
Steve Early is a freelance journalist, labor organizer, lawyer, and the author of, most recently, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Nation, among others.
Co-Sponsors: Somerville Stands Together, Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute, CWA Local 1400, Veterans for Peace, and Massachusetts Peace Action
Opening Remarks by: Matt McLaughlin, Iraq war veteran and Somerville City Council President
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