Let's Help Vets Avoid Extremist Urge

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2009 1:00 PM CDT
A loose-knit group of motorcycle riders, including U.S. military veterans, known as the Patriot Guard Riders.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The recent Homeland Security report detailing right-wing extremist recruitment of veterans is “true, true, true,” Charles M. Blow writes in the New York Times. But “conservatives reacted by throwing a knee-jerk hissy fit,” suggesting that vets “were being vilified by a partisan document.” Instead of playing politics, writes Blow, we should be figuring out how to save our soldiers.

Given the prevalence of Post-Traumatic Street Disorder in veterans and “minimally adequate” treatment, returning troops make a “fertile ground" for extremists. The “only debate we should be having,” Blow writes, “is about the best way to protect our newest veterans from falling prey to this handful of military apostates.”