Beyond 9/11: President Bush's New Initiative to Help the Vets He Sent to War

8-year commander in chief assisting former troops make transition to civilian life.
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I'm Martha Raddatz for on the radar for ABC news and Yahoo! News today conversation. With the young veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the former president who sent more soldiers Marines airmen and sailors into war than any other in recent history. How often do you. Think about Enron. I don't think about the day as much as I used to. I think about the circumstances. That enabled. And encourage kids to attack us and I think about the decisions that. Need to be made to protect the homeland. A lot I really think about our -- -- -- I've developed a kinship. With a remarkable group people. Can talk about some of them what Jake is one and I was just made him. -- Yeah I mean I think gay and gay got his leg blown off I had to write a man back on when they kept falling off. Because the procedures didn't work and told a group of cowboys up and am -- he said -- want -- Legos were my daughter the daughter. The daughters of -- Legos with me gates said I can't get a chance -- -- Stratton says. You know Mr. President I decided after here in my daughter say magic can't do anything had do everything including -- -- -- with you on one leg. It's our city gate I'm sorry get your -- -- -- -- should -- do it again. There's no self pity. You know no. Woe is me it is I'm going to continue to live life to the fullest -- C. Hundreds of people like that. And take one of the things I know you want to see removed. It's the statement certainly the media covers a lot of those stories of -- troubled veterans sure but you're trying to spotlight those who are not. Yeah I think that too often society in the media folks on the extremes they focus on heroes on one end of the spectrum. Those that came home and -- you know enormous awards placed in -- on their chests or focus on the other end of the spectrum with those veterans who are struggling. And -- those two spectrums exist but they're not the entirety of the veteran population. The majority of veterans like -- -- between the veterans who served overseas -- believe they've come home perhaps they've struggled this transition in some fashion or another but for the most part. They are transition well. Yes there's an employment gap yes there's a perception gap between the civilians the military but. By and large veterans are simply looking to be understood soon they're looking to be challenged. I want to ask you about about the transition. It's almost this deep fundamental. Issue of knowing that civilians can't really understand. What you've been true. The kind of bond -- created when you're overseas. How -- you report. Through that I think that a lot of veterans they wanna hold onto those feelings they don't necessarily want to share them there's going counterparts is there so -- -- down. So the bonds as they built overseas the experiences that they went through good or bad. They want to hold them close and tight because they wanted they want to think that civilians -- understands they want to think that someone had to be there. To really. Understand and empathize I know for my own experience that I had a much. Easier transition when -- sort of become more open with my friends my family about what is that I've gone through and when I got that off my chest. It educated down. They were better able to interact with me because they had a better understanding that took the time to really listen to what it was that I'd been through in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's just as important for civilians and not be afraid to not assume that he or she doesn't want its -- about it because I wasn't there. Well I think that we can meet each other in the middle and understand that really this is and this is an issue of this is a lack of understanding a lack of knowledge how -- we bring civilians and military service members together to share the stories that there's a mutual understanding. So that as a nation we can heal together just some final thoughts about. Having President Bush involved in this and your hopes for what happens next I think it's really important for the veteran service community to see President Bush. Open up the doors of this institute for veterans' issues but served four years every one of those years was was under President Bush and and she was our commander in chief and I think that there are a lot of veterans they're still looking to him. Two to two lead us after our service I think that this is a very good. A very good thing for the community I think that. You know us as a nation as the president said we we need to bond together around this a president doesn't send a nation to war nation's sense. It's armies to war and so it's it's upon the nation's back to bring those those warriors home. That's it for on the radar for ABC news and Yahoo! News I'm Martha Raddatz. Have a great day.

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