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Tag: Soldiers

War’s End

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Breaking the Silence

The Israel Defense Forces veterans’ group has provided the world with testimonies from more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers about atrocities committed in the Palestinian territories.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Your GI Bill Tax Dollars Are Paying People to Learn New Ways to Masturbate

Since 2009, $260 million U.S. tax dollars have been spent on unaccredited schools, thanks to a loophole in the GI Bill.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: Congress Only Cares About Soldiers When They’re Fighting Wars, Not When They’re in Need

In a scathing segment on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the “Daily Show” host highlights how our government officials have no problem overspending on wars, but they cut every corner they can with veterans’ health.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

Long buried alongside hundreds of other U.S. soldiers in the Philippines, Pvt. Arthur “Bud” Kelder is on his way home after a lawsuit by his family and an investigation by ProPublica and NPR.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Afghanistan War

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Vets Affairs

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE

Company That Sues Soldiers Pledges Reform, Changes Name

USA Discounters, the Virginia-based retailer at the center of a ProPublica investigation in July, says it has made reforms to its lending practices to service members. But instead of overhauling its policies, the company has simply adopted a new name for its stores, USA Living, and continues to make loans much the way it did before.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

White House Security Breach: Coming Home

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

Russell Brand Tears Apart Obama’s Reasons for Starting Another War in Iraq

In a recent episode of “The Trews” titled “Will Obama’s Bombs Stop Beheadings?” comedian Russell Brand ponders what President Obama really means when he says the U.S. is attacking Islamic State in Syria and Iraq in order to protect “America’s core interests.”

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver on Ferguson: Police Are Not Soldiers, So Why Are They Wearing Fucking Camo?

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how U.S. towns like Ferguson became militarized with the excuse of the drug war and 9/11 and offers some possible solutions to the conflict in Missouri.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE

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Senators Push for Investigation of USA Discounters’ ‘Aggressive’ Tactics

The Defense Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are urged to see whether service members are able to defend themselves against lawsuits while on active duty.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE

Pentagon Report Finds Litany of Problems With Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

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The Best Reporting on Children With Post-Traumatic Stress

This is what happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE

Except Bergdahl

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE

What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Tell Us About Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban Today?

The surprise announcement by President Obama on Saturday of the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in 2009, is wonderful news for him, his family and America. But what does it tell us about the Taliban, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

Mega Memorial Day Sale

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE

Memorial Day

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE

Pig Bladder Implant Helps Regrow Lost Muscle

People who lost large amounts of muscle in wars or accidents were able to regrow it with the help of a pig bladder implant.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE

Afghanistan Matters (CC BY 2.0)

Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful change could be elusive, critics say.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

Triggering Ft. Hood

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE

Ft. Hood

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE

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Fort Hood and the True Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars: Nearly 1 Million Traumatized by PTSD

The Fort Hood shooter who left three victims dead Wednesday had been being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder. He had served for four months at the tail end of the Iraq War in 2011 and suffered from anxiety and depression.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Rennett Stowe (CC BY 2.0)

Patriotism: Signs of Saturation

Maddening that so many people can’t see through a selling technique that, while cleverly done, shouldn’t fool anybody. Sad to witness the Dependent Mind, the mind given over to authority and orthodoxy. Tragic that the young will learn to hate, fight, and die, and cause the reciprocal.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE

Haymarket Books

A Trail of Tears

In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers 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.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE

One Day

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE

Veterans Day

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE

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Real ‘Iron Man’ Body Armor?

The U.S. Army is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build an exoskeleton that would give its troops “superhuman strength.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE

Andrew Bacevich on Americans and Their Soldiers

The Vietnam veteran and Boston University professor of history and international relations is the author of a new book: “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.” He joined “Democracy Now!” on Monday to talk about the growing gulf between soldiers and the society that sends them to war.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE

Sexual Assault Reform

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE

Courage Under Fire

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE

Military Sexual Harassment

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE

Military Chain of Command

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE

Chain of Command

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE

Defense Seal

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE

Pig Parts

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE

Sex Apology

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE

Memorial Day Gratitude

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE

Memorial Day 2013

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE

Memorial Day

Posted on May 26, 2013 READ MORE

VA Backlog

Posted on May 26, 2013 READ MORE

Bush’s Library

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE

Military Rape

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE

Soldiers Without Control

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE

Surviving the Hell of War, and Then Some

A PTSD victim looks for a day when the Army will reform the “boys’ club” atmosphere that makes women soldiers a target for discrimination, harassment and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE

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A First in Iraq War: A Month With No U.S. Dead

Not a single American service member died in Iraq in August, a first since the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE

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