Reporters are writing a lot of good stories about the troubles veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars face once they come home. One of my favorites appeared Sunday in The Portland Oregonian
. In "Wounded Lives,"
Julie Sullivan tells the story of Oregon National Guardsman William R. Stout Jr., whose life tumbles out of control after he returns home from Iraq because of post-traumatic stress disorder. She describes how a group of wounded veterans called the Blasted Bastards, along with his wife and two daughters, pull together to give him the help he desperately needs. It's a story of love, war, pain and the bonds of friendship. Sullivan's story features deep reporting and a compelling narrative that makes it hard to stop reading.