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T. Christian Miller on NPR Today: Wounded in Wars, Civilians Face Care Battle at Home

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 11, 2010

T.Christian.Miller is scheduled to appear on Fresh Air with Terry Gross today. Click here to find the schedule for your area

Wounded in Wars, Civilians Face Care Battle at Home

T. Christian Miller doesn’t shy away from trouble. He has reported on conflicts in Kosovo, Israel and Iraq, among others, and the Web site he founded, ProPublica, is dedicated to covering stories with “moral force” — providing in-depth coverage of environmental, defense, and human rights issues.

One story Miller has been following closely, in a series of articles titled “Disposable Army,” is the fate of employees who worked for private military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them went abroad without insurance, were wounded — some seriously — and are now fighting to get medical treatment.

Miller, who wrote the book Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives and Corporate Greed in Iraq, joins Fresh Air for a conversation about the battles these civilians face to get surgery, psychological counseling and even prosthetics — and explains the ins and outs of the laws and policies governing who’s responsible for their predicament.

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