One provision of the bill that seemed to be so atrocious even the compromise at any price Democrats would fold on was the attack on military pensions. But no, while the budget is an incredible reckless give away to campaign contributors the defense industry when it comes to the lowly soldiers themselves that’s where the Democratic Party drew the line.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Sunday November 17, 2013 7:05 pm|
In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base, where their catastrophic wounds were surgically treated and their condition stabilized. Then I accompanied some of them by cargo plane to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for more surgeries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC (pronounced Larm-See), the largest American hospital outside the United States.
|By: dakine01 Monday November 11, 2013 6:30 pm|
Today is November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day. Ninety-four years ago was the first observance known initially as “Armistice Day”:
|By: DSWright Monday November 11, 2013 1:15 pm|
Today is Veterans Day, a good time to consider how veterans are being served by the country they served.
|By: DSWright Friday September 20, 2013 7:25 am|
There is nothing in the bill that helps people find work or stimulates the economy so more jobs are available. And how in the world is taking the food out of people’s mouths going to help them get a job?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday June 22, 2013 5:20 pm|
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity.” Those are the words of Daniel Somers, according to a letter posted at Gawker.
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 20, 2013 7:35 am|
As we mark the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq War one of the war’s most outspoken veterans is going on hospice care, soon to leave this world.
But before Tomas Young exits he had one last letter to send to the men responsible for his condition and so much senseless pain.
|By: DSWright Friday December 28, 2012 6:00 am|
One of the Vietnam War’s legacies was a generation of homeless veterans – traumatized by war and uncared for by the system that happily used them for its own ends before leaving them to the streets. Now, despite constant crowing about reforms at the Veterans Administration and treatment for mental illness in the military, it seems America will have another generation of homeless veterans thanks to our adventures and misadventures overseas.
|By: Jacob Swenson Sunday December 23, 2012 8:59 am|
Of the over 9 Million Veterans who rely upon Social Security for benefits, 3.2 Million of them rely on benefits due to service-related disabilities.
|By: Omnipotent Poobah Sunday October 21, 2012 1:10 pm|
Missionary service is not the same thing as military service – a fact, and not just a semantic one – lost on Mommy, Daddy, and the Romney Boys. Donning a crisp white shirt and black tie to annoy the hell out of the good citizens of France from the back of a 10-speed is “service” to your church. Bleeding to death in a rocky Afghan Pass that a big flock of Mitt’s equally chickenhawkish supporters sent you to is service to your country.