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Iraq: Interview with 2 U.S. Iraq War Veterans - June 15th, 2007

 

Background

 

“[…] Army studies have found that up to 30 percent of soldiers coming home from Iraq suffer from depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Dougherty [, the director of homeless programs for the federal Department of Veterans Affairs,] and other specialists who work with homeless veterans say the pattern of homelessness has changed. The approximately 70,000 veterans of the war in Vietnam who became homeless usually spent between five and 10 years trying to readjust to civilian life before winding up in the streets, he said. Veterans of today's wars who become homeless end up with no place to live within 18 months after they return from war, according to Dougherty. […]”

 

Excerpt from a “Boston Globe” article from August 7th, 2007.

Two Iraq war veterans at the Henry Rollins Show

 

The Video

 

 

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Screenshots & Background Picture

Jason Lemieux

Paul Rieckhoff

Homeless veteran in shelter

Video Credits

 

The Video

 

1) The video is an excerpt of the original television interview, which was aired on the “Henry Rollins Show” of the “Independent Film Channel” (IFC) on June 15th, 2007. The excerpt was originally posted on youtube on June 16th, 2007 (external link). Information about the program can be found on the website of the Henry Rollins Show (external link).

 

Screenshots & Background Picture

 

1) Iraq war veteran Jason Lemieux during the interview at the Henry Rollins Show. - June 15th, 2007 - Independent Film Channel (IFC);

2) Iraq war veteran Paul Rieckhoff during the interview at the Henry Rollins Show. Paul Rieckhoff is the executive director and founder of “Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America” (IAVA) - June 15th, 2007 - Independent Film Channel (IFC);

3) A homeless veteran lies on a bed at New Directions, a private nonprofit residential and substance-abuse program for homeless veterans in Los Angeles - released February 24th, 2007 - Charles Ommanney/Getty Images for Newsweek;

 

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