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Excellent News Investigation on Veterans Wins Pulitzer Prize

Reporter Dave Phillips Earns Prestigious Award for Military’s Improper Discharges.  

While the tragic Malaysian Air plane crash and other international incidents currently overwhelm news coverage, there are other exemplary examples of journalism worthy of broad public interest.

Two recent and dramatic investigations about the consequences of war on our Veterans stood out and won top journalism awards.

Colorado Springs Gazette Wins 2014 Pulitzer

Investigative reporter Dave Phillips’ compelling series for the Colorado Springs Gazette, earned Dave the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s top honor.

He revealed how an increasingly large number of soldiers, including our combat wounded, are being improperly kicked out of the military for misconduct, often with no benefits, as the Army downsizes after a decade of war.

The Colorado Springs Gazette poignantly describes how Veterans diagnosed with mental health conditions upon returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, were denied medical care and otherwise mistreated by the military.

CBS Evening News Wins 2009 Emmy

Then there is the much deserved Emmy awarded to CBS Evening News in 2009 for uncovering the Veteran suicide epidemic the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) attempted, and failed, to conceal in 2007.

Bergmann & Moore’s own Paul Sullivan spoke with CBS Evening News back in 2007 for their investigation, telling reporter Armen Keteyian that the No. 1 problem facing our Veterans returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq will be mental health.

As of December 2013, VA statistics confirm that 56 percent of Veterans who deployed to Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn are already diagnosed by VA with a mental health condition

Coverage Shares Important Information with Civilians

It is heartening to see that some of America’s finest investigative reporters are putting their focus on Veterans – and that these stories are earning journalists the industry’s most coveted awards.  Let us hope these investigations prompt additional fact-based coverage that closes the gap between the 1% who deployed to war and the 99% of Americans who have not.

 

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