'This Week' Transcript: Gen Peter Chiarelli

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think definitely the PTSD and TBI is more a life thing. But the walking, I think we can -- I think we can overcome and just take it for what it is and be glad that I'm still here.

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AMANPOUR: TBI, traumatic brain injury. How are they getting the help? And is it better now than it was?

WOODRUFF: Well, that's getting a lot better than it ever was before. You know, this was such a mystery when we came to this war. We did not really anticipate there'd be so many of these kinds of injuries in terms of IED explosions, you know, what we call invisible injuries, you know. These wounds you can't see sometimes.

So those that have it, there's still the stigma problem. People don't want to necessarily admit or talk publicly about the fact that they've got something like PTSD combat stress. But that's changing very quickly. So as that happens and we learn more about the brain. We know about the livers. We know about the kidneys. We just don't know much about the brain. That's getting better, but that's going to take some time.

AMANPOUR: And in terms of the attention that the American people are paying to this, many of them are out of sight and therefore out of mind. I also want to play what Corporal Coleman (ph) said about that.

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WOODRUFF: You think that us in the media are just not reporting enough about what's happening?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If a soldier gets killed, you all cover it. I think it's important that you all cover more about the wounded warriors, because I mean, look around. There's hundreds of wounded warriors here. Walter Reed's overflowing with patients.

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AMANPOUR: You are a wounded warrior in our ranks, in the ranks of journalism. What do you say on this holiday weekend to what she just told you?

WOODRUFF: I think anytime somebody meets somebody that was injured, they want to do everything they can. I've definitely seen that. A lot of times, in your community, in your neighborhood, you might not know anybody, because it's only about 1 percent of the people in the country are serving. If you do meet them, you want to do it.

It's just -- I think when people don't want to do something, it's because it's a different world. You know, the rest of us have a different world, and their world is over here. Once it comes together...

AMANPOUR: And you have really, with your wife, Lee, taken on this mission of raising funds, of raising awareness for the walking wounded who come back.

WOODRUFF: There is so much nonprofit help, as you're saying. Stuff like Jericho, for example, helping the homeless, because there's gaps. You know, the government is doing a lot, more and more all the time, but there needs -- all these holes we've got to fill up, what happens between Walter Reed and their community when they get home. So you fill this gap and you help everything from education to help the physical help to health care. All those things needs to be done in the private world, as well.

AMANPOUR: Bob, thank you very much indeed. Thanks a lot. WE'RE NOW JOINED BY GENERAL PETER CHIARELLII, VICE-CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE U.S. ARMY.

HE WAS LAST ON THIS PROGRAM IN AUGUST TO DISCUSS SOME OF THE CHALLENGES FACING SERVICEMEMBERS WHEN THEY COME HOME.

AMANPOUR: So welcome back to this program.

GEN. PETER CHIARELLI, VICE CHIEF OF STAFF, U.S. ARMY: Thank you very much.

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