Photography by Ralph Alswang
PLEASE CREDIT:Ralph Alswang
As President Bush pushed for a surge of troops in Iraq, the drain on U.S. troops and readiness continued to mount. Six years after the invasion of Afghanistan and four years after the invasion of Iraq, the all-volunteer Army was almost broken. The situation for the National Guard and Reserve is even worse. The chairman of the congressionally appointed Commission on the National Guard and Reserves recently reported that, "We can't sustain the [National Guard and reserves] on the course we're on." Even when troops return home, they do not receive the treatment befitting veterans, as evidenced by recent revelations of poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Center for American Progress Action Fund hosted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), member of the Armed Services Committee, to discuss the condition of the U.S. Armed Forces and what can be done to rebuild them.