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The Roth Effect: We Need to Be Better

 

U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG) burn black water aboard Taqaddum, Iraq, September 22, 2008. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jason W. Fudge.)

You all know I loves me some Marines. Even if you’ve been a civilian your entire life, once your son or daughter joins the Corps you become a member of the extended family. If every Marine is your child’s brother and sister, then all of those Marines become your sons and your daughters. And when they put themselves on the line and leave their health on the battlefield it is up to us, the people that they fought for, to demand the government not abandon them once they leave the service – and this true for all the services, not just the Corps.

The guest on this week’s Roth Effect podcast, Matthew Betley, is a ten-year veteran of the Marines who was exposed to open burn pits in Iraq. Simply put, the Marines were disposing of waste by burning it and it included everything from chemicals to human waste. The smoke hung over our Marines in a toxic cloud almost every day. In time Betley would be separated from the Corps and return home to battle a new foe: the Veterans Administration. Because he was a successful author and columnist, he was better equipped to battle the VA’s bureaucracy than most. That’s not the case for everyone.

10 Year-Marine Corps officer, advocate of victims of burn pits and thriller writer of books like Overwatch and Rules of War, Matt Betley joins Carol Roth to talk about how perseverance has informed all aspects of his life. In addition to his advocacy work, Matt and Carol talk about his journey to sobriety and give you an inside look into the struggles that combat veterans deal with in terms of their health and the VA.

You can follow Matt on Twitter @MatthewBetley and on Facebook via his fan page.