Date:April 3, 2014; April 9, 2014; June 28, 2014; July 7, 2014; July 23, 2014; July 30, 2014; Aug. 5, 2014; Aug. 29, 2014.
Returning Home to Battle was a yearlong campaign of coverage by The Center for Investigative Reporting that examined conditions greeting veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. CIR's investigation had two main areas of emphasis, each identifying major shortcomings in the two major federal bureaucracies created to help veterans: VA healthcare and VA benefits. The first uncovered nearly 1,000 preventable deaths in VA hospitals in the decade after the 9/11 terrorists attacks. The second revealed widespread profiteering off GI Bill, the landmark education benefit to help veterans of the current wars transition back into civilian life.