As President Obama announces more troops to come home from Afghanistan, a veteran from Chicago’s Austin neighborhood says the Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t doing enough. So he’s running his own service organization hand-to-mouth.
Some veterans face negative stereotypes about how their military service experience may affect their ability on the job. That's just one reason Josh is skeptical about the opportunities for veterans like him to climb the economic ladder.
In this special broadcast – part of Front and Center's literacy series – we look into India's booming book industry. Then we examine how literacy rates have impacted the training of Afghan security forces. In a country estimated to be only 28 percent literate, Afghan soldiers can’t even read ID badges to determine who should be allowed through security checkpoints.
As a raft of mistakes and embarrassments pile up for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, calls for accelerating the pace of withdrawal are growing louder and more numerous. But with no firm exit strategy and a military that wants to keep fighting, the U.S.