A year after their miraculous rescue, many of the 33 rescued Chilean miners are still suffering and say that they feel abandoned, both financially and psychologically.
After being trapped underground for over two months, many of the miners suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and don't foresee being able to return to work for some time.
Jonathan Franklin, contributor for The Daily Beast, recently published a book, "33 Men," about the entrapment of the Chilean miners and their lives post-rescue. Franklin joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss how the miners are holding up both mentally and physically and to explain how the Chilean government is responding.
As of this writing, 10 Chilean miners have been rescued safely and the 23 are still waiting their turn. Americans Jeff Hart, field supervisor with Layne Christensen Co., and James Stefanic, operations manager with Geotec Boyles Bros., could be called heroes.
They were called in to Chile as part of a special team to oversee and drill the rescue shaft.
They spoke with us on "American Morning" this morning to describe the challenges they faced, and the feeling of knowing they were instrumental in saving these men.