My father was laid to rest in the hard February ground this year. He could have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but was instead brought home to north Alabama to meet whatever eternity has to offer him. He was given full military honors at his service. You see, once upon a time, my father was a soldier.
Veterans returning from war often experience psychological, emotional and moral injuries, beyond the PTSD often reported and discussed. Only recently have mental health professionals, military and civilian, begun recognizing and addressing the prevalence and severity of soldiers' invisible wounds of war.
Bernie Sanders has picked five progressive members for the Democrats' platform drafting committee while Hillary Clinton has turned to party insiders -- and one pick from the party chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, is a glaring example of pay-to-play politics.