You Wanna Know Who’s Supporting The Troops?


I met Kim Yaman during Yearly Kos in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. When she has a chance she comments at Daily Kos, but that’s about the extent of her blogging. She’s kind of busy. She works two jobs in order to support her granddaughter, Layla, who was left in her care when Layla’s mother and father were both deployed six weeks after she was born. Layla is now 4 1/2 years old. Kim now also supports her daughter, who returned from the Navy 16 months ago with a disabling brain injury. The V.A. has yet to issue a single disability check.

Watch the video.

Categories : Iraq


  1. I shot this video in a hallway at Yearly Kos. The camera is iSight, built into my Mac.

  2. Drama Queen says:

    Good job. Great interview.

    This shouldn’t be happening.

  3. Kim AKA MsSpentyouth says:

    Screwy, thanks for putting my story together. Leyla’s a dollbaby and I’m so thankful to have her in my life! But, you know, I had hoped to be her grandmother — can’t you just see me, with my apple dumpling cheeks and chins, baking her cookies and knitting her socks? Unfortunately, a vortex of Bush administration policies are keeping Leyla from having a functioning grandmother and a functioning mom and a functioning dad in her life.

    And here’s the crazy part — WE’RE THE LUCKY ONES.

    I can’t even imagine what life is like for the kids whose parents are never going to come home, or for millions of little girls and boys in Iraq and Afghanistan. My God.

    We’re so lucky. And yet this should not be happening. Support the troops: BRING THEM HOME AND LET THEM BE SAFE AND SOUND.

  4. Drama Queen says:

    Kim, thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing your story. We need to keep putting faces to the statistics. Thank you.

  5. Kim posted her story at Kos. Please recommend.

    Recommend here

  6. randallt says:

    Wow, that made me cry. Thanks for your work S. Nice seeing you tonight, btw.

  7. Ess says:

    Watching this video, I was amazed at what large measure of self control this wonderful Lady must have to be able to calmly talk about this atrocity.

    After having spent a year in Viet Nam, I was able to come back and carry on with my life. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be trapped like these kids.

    How in the world can anybody think this is right?