In our first conversation, Coming Home: Veterans Readjusting to Civilian Life, our contributors — including veterans, family members of veterans and members of organizations that support veterans — share their own stories, offer insights on the challenges facing returning veterans, and provide tips and resources on the kinds of support that families, friends and communities can offer veterans.
The past few weeks have been particularly hard. Since I filed a federal lawsuit against McDonald's, the media has taken an interest in this case. While I am determined to hold McDonald's accountable for their flagrant discriminatory practices and an assault and battery perpetrated by their employees, it has been stressful to have to revisit memories of war and trauma through a myriad of media interviews.
When I came home from my second tour in Iraq in 2006 and departed the Army in 2007, I had no idea I would have to personally battle for my own rights — rights I committed to protect for the better part of my life. I knew that recovering from war was going to take time, but I never, in a million years, thought that I would have to defend the right to live in my neighborhood and go about my day just as any other person does.
So now that it's come to this, I thought I would share some of what's been going on over the past few weeks...
I hope this posting offers some insight into what a number of people and veterans with disabilities have to endure. Hopefully, this fight will help contribute to the prevention of others from having to deal with such issues in the future.
With blessings and best regards,
Luis (& Tuesday)
Iraq Veteran and journalist. On being a veteran with disability issues.