Known Knowns, Part 2: Shinseki Revisited

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 7:03 pm

I concluded my last blog about the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs with this rather dramatic statement…

 

At Fort Hood, Government Denies Soldiers & Veterans ‘Promise’ of Benefits & Health Care

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 5:35 pm

An African American active duty service member identified as Randal Terrrell served in the military for eleven years. Terrell struggled for two years to get treatment for a hernia after a failed surgery and also suffered from other medical and mental health issues.

A Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) process is apparently being manipulated to deny soldiers treatment. Terrell said he was “getting more help” before the Board was involved in making decisions.

His Purple Heart Didn’t Mean Shit

By: Monday May 19, 2014 4:01 pm

How often have we heard of employees being injured on the job and their bosses trying to squirm out of paying for benefits? We’ve seen it with coal miners and NFL players, but what if the job was defending our country, and the boss was the US military?

That’s what happened to Marine Corps veteran Josh Christmon who was all but blown to bits in Iraq..

The Washington Post’s Series on Veterans Reinforces War Culture, Makes Iraqi & Afghan Suffering Invisible

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:30 am

Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into the lives and attitudes of modern warriors.” In fact, this poll and the story are only concerned about the lives and attitudes of American “warriors.” The Iraqi and Afghan people are given very minimal attention, and, when they are, it is to scorn them for not being more grateful that the United States chose to occupy their country and try and make their country “safer” or “better.”

“This is typical of American war culture, which only gives importance to the American lives that are lost in war and to the suffering that American soldiers bring home with them as a result of war,” explained Ross Caputi, a Marine who served in the Second Battle of Fallujah.

Military Pension Cuts Stay In Ryan-Murray Bill

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 8:10 am

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.

Ann Jones: War Wounds

By: 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.

Veterans Day 2013

By: 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”:

Are We Taking Care of Our Veterans?

By: 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.

House Votes to Cut Food Stamps by $40 Billion

By: 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?

Suicide Letter From Iraq War Veteran Says He Was Made to Commit War Crimes

By: 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.

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