When President Obama spoke on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke as if the United States never leaves any veteran behind. “We take care of our own,” he said more than once. It was inspirational rhetoric, but it’s not altogether true.
On the battlefield, a soldier is taught: leave no one behind — it’s something they strive to do even though it’s not always possible. But when soldiers return home, far too often they are left to fend for themselves.