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Truthdiggers of the Week: Whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs

A new leak about shoddy treatment of ailing veterans is just the latest disclosure that casts a shadow over the VA.

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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.

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

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

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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.

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Comedian John Oliver on the Americans Who Still Don’t Even Have the Right to Vote

Inhabitants of U.S. territories, like Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, still don’t have voting rights, and surprisingly these aren’t the only rights some of them are denied.

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Ron Kovic Reality-Checks TV’s Chickenhawks

The “Born on the Fourth of July” author, being interviewed by Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer at the veterans hospital in Long Beach, Calif., notes that any TV pundit who calls for war is “not the one who’s going to get hit by a bullet.”

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Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran turned pacifist Rory Fanning.

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Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran-turned-pacifist Rory Fanning.

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Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

In the latest move against companies targeting military customers, federal regulators prohibit two Virginia-based lenders from suing out-of-state debtors in Virginia courts.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so—with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries—long after you’re dead. But who thanks those who refused to fight, even in wars that most people later realized were tragic mistakes?

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Veterans Day

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VA Closed

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Observing Veterans Day

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Vets Affairs

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Thank You for Your Valor, for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You ...

My heart sank, my shoulders slumped. Special guests at the Concert for Valor were to include: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg. The mission of the concert, according to a press release, was to “raise awareness” of veterans issues and “provide a national stage for ensuring that veterans and their families know that their fellow Americans’ gratitude is genuine.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE


White House Security Breach: Coming Home

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Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE


VA Files

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Pity the Children

War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Government Efforts to Treat PTSD Are for Naught

There is little evidence that the billions of dollars spent each year to treat military service members and veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are having their intended effects, a new report commissioned by Congress finds.

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Take a Number

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Shinseki

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Statue Limitations

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VA Hotline Updated

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School Nurses

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On Memorial Day, Let’s Do Right by Our Veterans

Memorial Day should honor not only those military personnel who gave their lives for America but really all those who have suffered and died in war.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Tomb of the Unknown Patient

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Prisoner of VA

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Triggering 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.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE


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.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


Turkeys

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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


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.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 1, 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



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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.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Memorial Day Gratitude

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Memorial Day 2013

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