To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports
Tonight I watched an incredible piece of television journalism.
One year ago, while reporting the news in Iraq, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff suffered a severe brain injury in a roadside bomb attack. Tonight Woodruff returned to the air on ABC News in “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” The first in a series, Woodruff reported on his personal experience as a traumatic brain injury patient, including his surgeries, rehabilitation, and recovery process, and how it is similar to the situations of thousands of soldiers returning home from war with brain injuries. In his report Woodruff also delved into whether the Veteran Administration (VA) hospitals in the United States are prepared to handle a large number of soldiers with traumatic brain injuries and other serious injuries. Woodruff discovered while reading an internal VA report "that there are more than 200,000 veterans who have sought out the VA for care.” Woodruff’s report is an exceptional piece of journalism done with intelligence and sensitivity on an important topic.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution preserves freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Libraries are an important part of this democratic process. And so are journalists, like Woodruff, who risk their lives to go into war zones to give us access to information--the stories and pictures for our television screens, websites, newspapers, and books.