WAR ON THE ROCKS -- January opened with President Donald Trump's directive to the various Secretaries of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security to formulate a "Joint Action Plan" for supporting veterans in their transition to civilianhood by expanding suicide prevention resources. January ended with the viral video of a California schoolteacher lambasting present, past, and future veterans as the "freakin' lowest of the low" — society's permanent failures — to a classroom of underage students. Equating military recruiters to pimps, the teacher excoriated the idea that anything positive could be linked with the military. A continent apart in more than tone, the president's executive order and the teacher's rant nonetheless share an underlying premise: Veterans are a uniquely afflicted group.
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