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Triggering Ft. Hood

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Ft. Hood

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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.

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U.S. Army/Spc. Steven Hitchcock

War as a Spectator Sport

The dirtiest trick Richard Nixon pulled on the nation was ending the draft and a civilian army to tamp down protests by young people during the Vietnam War. He disengaged politicians and the rest of us from our young countrymen in uniform, leaving other presidents and super patriots to charge or creep into unwinnable wars.

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Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

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Turkeys

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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.

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Veterans Day

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Sarah Crichton Books

Thank You for Your Service

We’ve got too much war for too few warriors. David Finkel, in painful, intimate detail, examines the effects of “after war” and those victimized by egregious military malpractice.

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Shutdown: Congressman Blames Memorial Restriction on National Park Service (Video)

Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, confronted a ranger Wednesday in front of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., accusing the National Park Service of denying access to veterans and making her apologize for the government shutdown. There is simply no end to GOP hypocrisy.

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Veterans Bust Through Barricades to Visit Shut Memorials

Veterans in the nation’s capital aren’t letting a little government shutdown get in the way of their visit to war memorials.

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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.

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Gay Spouses Denied Veterans Benefits

The Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional, but gay wedded couples are still not receiving spousal benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The denial comes as a result of Title 38 of the U.S. code regarding veterans benefits, which defines marriage as the union between members of the opposite sex and is independent of DOMA.

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Immigration Reform Passes, Rep. Duckworth Shames IRS Contractor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s latest concern about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and how we’re already seeing results from the Supreme Court’s monumentally bad Voting Rights Act decision.

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Memorial Day Gratitude

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Memorial Day 2013

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Memorial Day

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VA Backlog

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George W. Bush Library Dedicated, GOP Pollster Rips Limbaugh, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barbara Bush’s surprising advice to son Jeb and Congress tries to fix air travel delays caused by the sequester.

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Sen. Sanders Lays Into Obama for Attacking Social Security

The senator stood before a crowd of retirees, veterans and their supporters Thursday to point out that the president’s proposal for a “Chained CPI” adjustment to the calculation of retirement benefits would wreak destruction on the lives of elderly and disabled Americans.

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Veterans Turn on Obama, Fox News Reporter May Be Jailed, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest Senate Democrat to “evolve” on the issue of gay marriage and a California billionaire looking to become the left’s answer to the Koch brothers.

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VA Lines

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Iraq Lesson

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The Last Letter

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

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Raid on $300 Million ‘Charity’ Forces Fla. Lt. Gov. to Resign

Authorities in Florida and five other states carried out a massive raid on a politically well-connected charity that has been called a fraud by the Internal Revenue Service.

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60,000 Homeless Vets

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Election Day Duty

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The Invisible Wounds of War

On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, “Democracy Now!” spoke with veterans and an investigative reporter about the conflict’s legacy of mental health crises, soldier suicides and violence upon returning home.

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How You Personally Could Get Screwed by Paul Ryan

Are you poor? Female? A student? A veteran? Planning on growing old? Zach Woods of “The Office”? Well, congratulations! If Mitt Romney is elected president, then you’re definitely going to get screwed by his running mate Paul Ryan! Click below to find out how.

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The Legend of the Spat-Upon Veteran

Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Vietnam not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.

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TV Host Hayes Apologizes for ‘Heroes’ Comments

MSNBC host Chris Hayes apologized for remarks he made on his Memorial Day-themed TV program Sunday, in which he told viewers he felt “uncomfortable” calling fallen soldiers “heroes.”

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Poll: Majority of Veterans Back Romney

Veterans prefer Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president in the 2012 election by 58 to 34 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Memorial Day. The survey also showed that non-veterans support Obama over Romney by four percentage points, 48 to 44 percent.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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The Best Stories on How We Treat Our Troops

This Memorial Day, we rounded up some of the best accountability journalism for U.S. soldiers in our recent wars.

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Veterans Say No to NATO

Veterans of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are now challenging the occupation of Chicago.

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‘Ex-Sniper’s’ Story Misses the Mark

He called himself an Oakland Occupier and a military vet, and he served up a dramatic first-person story that appeared on Truthdig and elsewhere in the media. But now his mini-essay has been retracted: “Leo Webb” may not exist. (more)

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Remembrance

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Women and PTSD

More and more American women face the trauma of combat, yet post-traumatic stress disorder is often presented as a uniquely male condition. According to this short documentary, the number of women suffering from PTSD symptoms has doubled in the past 10 years.

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Welcome Home

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Senate May Consider Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

Senate boss Harry Reid, pictured, says that before his majority shrinks, he intends to push ahead with a vote that could potentially allow gays to serve openly in the military. The measure is currently tied to a defense authorization bill that Reid plans to bring up during the lame duck session.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


Why Did Obama Fire Dan Choi?

“As we mark the end of America’s combat mission in Iraq,” President Barack Obama said this week, “a grateful America must pay tribute to all who served there.” He should have added “unless you’re gay.”

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Memorial Day and Our Discontents

Why is it that every Memorial Day we note that a holiday set aside for honoring our war dead has become instead an occasion for beach-going, barbecues and baseball?

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Political Preschool

In understanding the foibles of politicians, I’ve always found it is a benefit to have spent large amounts of time with toddlers.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Rep. John Murtha Dies at 77

After serving almost exactly 36 years in the United States Congress, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania has died. He had been in intensive care following gall bladder surgery. He was the first Vietnam War veteran elected to Congress. (continued)

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Post-9/11 GI Bill
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Not All Vets Are Treated Equally Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 was hailed by various media outlets and veterans organizations as the GI Bill of the future. However, through my own experience in dealing with Veterans Affairs regarding the GI Bill, I have found that the help is far less than what we were led to believe.

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U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Amber Bressler

Veterans Still Waiting for GI Bill Money

It was a nice idea while it lasted: The new GI Bill promised veterans who wanted to go to college money for tuition, books and living expenses. More than 277,000 signed up for the program, which was supposed to kick in Aug. 1. Many are still waiting for their checks.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


American troops in Afghanistan
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Lesson of Vietnam Lost in Afghanistan

Vietnam’s primary lesson remains intact: American power is not without limits, both in terms of defeating an enemy and in terms of its domestic support. The primary lesson of Vietnam seems to be that it is a lesson lost. And now we have some of the same intractable problems in Afghanistan.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE



US Navy / MC1 Tiffini M. Jones

GI Bill Sends Vets Back to School

More than 100,000 veterans have already submitted claims under Sen. Jim Webb’s new GI Bill, which aims to pay for the college tuition, housing and books of students who served in the military after 9/10/2001. That number is expected to hit 500,000 in the program’s first year. (More after jump)

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Rabbis Stirred Holy War, Israeli Soldiers Claim

Some Israeli soldiers have accused military rabbis of pushing holy war in Gaza. “This rabbi comes to us and says the fight is between the children of light and the children of darkness,” said a reserve sergeant quoted by the L.A. Times.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE


Premature Fretting on the Left

Oh, my: Barack Obama is still more than a month away from assuming the presidency and already there are reports about “the left” being dispirited about change it no longer believes in.

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