Brodner’s Person of the Day: Troy and Michelle Turner

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Iraq vet Troy Turner and his wife, Michelle Turner. This very moving story in Sunday’s Washington Post described the life of Mrs. Turner, watching the slow decline of her husband from PTSD, after his return from the war. She has had to quit her job to look after him and shuttle him in and out of hospitals (all far away from home in Virginia). This has come at the cost of her health, the ability to parent their two kids and, worst of all, any hope of ending the nightmare that has become her life. PTSD, unlike physical injuries, is denigrated in the service. Sufferers do so silently, until the toll on themselves and their families makes it unavoidable. In treatment for what they did to these men and women and their families, the Pentagon is once again AWOL. Troy is low functioning, delusional at times, extremely violent, and depressed. Riding to the hospital, his mind returns to Baghdad, imagining cars as loaded with explosives about to detonate.

That we support these troops is more baloney from the meat-packer-in-chief.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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