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President Obama on Baltimore Uprising: ‘No Excuse for ... Violence’

President Obama addressed the ongoing unrest in Baltimore on Tuesday, admonishing demonstrators for changing the tone of the protests Monday, as he saw it, and characterizing the shift as one toward “senseless violence.”

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Two More Deadly Blasts Rock Damascus

Two explosions left a scene of smoldering carnage in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday morning, killing 55 people and injuring nearly 400.

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Rep. Giffords Moved to Houston

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been moved from the Tucson, Ariz., hospital where she has been treated since Jan. 8 to a Houston facility for rehabilitation and continued recovery.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE

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Pentagon Sweeps 20,000 Veterans Under the Rug

Roughly 20,000 soldiers who aren’t on the military’s list of combat wounded have signs of brain injury, according to an analysis of Army, Navy and Veterans Affairs data conducted by USA Today. The Pentagon’s official tally of troops who’ve suffered brain trauma in combat is 4,471—one-fifth the total gleaned from military records.

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE

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AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Bush Visits Wounded Vets

It’s really hard to look at these photos of President Bush meeting with severely wounded veterans at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio without just saying “wow” over and over.  We’re hard pressed to imagine what Bush might’ve been thinking as he saw the effects of his foreign policy on these young soldiers.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE

Bringing the Troops Home

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE    

Lessons From Walter Reed

Linda Bilmes, the Harvard finance expert who helped establish the true cost of the war, including veteran healthcare, turns her attention to the Walter Reed scandal, and the bureaucratic quagmire that keeps our soldiers from getting help. Bilmes offers four lessons to avoid future problems. We can only hope someone takes her advice.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE

More Fallout From Walter Reed Scandal

Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley has resigned, the third military official to lose his job in the Walter Reed scandal. An anonymous defense official says Kiley was asked to step down by the acting Army secretary, who got his job only two weeks ago after another abrupt dismissal.

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Mr. Fish: Playing Walter Reed

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Supporting the Troops

ABC’s News’ Bob Woodruff, who narrowly escaped death while reporting from the Iraq war, visits with a young Marine who also sustained a major brain injury. Although rehabilitation is vital to the Marine’s recovery, the VA has refused treatment for half of the critical first year.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Wounded Marine Calls for Military Gay Rights

Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first Marine to receive a critical injury in Iraq, has become a crusader for gay rights in the military, and he knows exactly how to handle critics: “OK buddy ... you pick up a gun and you go fight in Iraq or Afghanistan for a while, then you could come back and we can have a talk because I’ve actually sacrificed, I’ve actually done duty and served in this country for your rights and freedom.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE

Pentagon Understates War’s Human Cost Among Soldiers

The Pentagon lists the number of soldiers wounded in combat in Iraq at more than 23,000, a tally often quoted by news agencies. But if one considers troops injured in “noncombat action,” a separate category that includes noncombat helicopter crash victims, the critically ill and others, the number doubles to about 50,000, leading critics to charge that the military is attempting to conceal the true human cost of the war.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Drug-Resistant Bacteria Follow Soldiers Home

The U.S. military’s evacuation chain that removes wounded soldiers from combat, while effective at saving lives, has helped give rise to an antibiotic-resistant superbug that has spread to civilian hospitals in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE

U.S. Wounded in Iraq Worst Since Fallujah

The number of American troops being wounded in Iraq is at a two-year high; the number wounded may be a better indicator of realities in Iraq than the number killed because, compared with previous wars, many more wounded troops survive.

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE

Halliburton to Wounded Employee: You’ll Get a Medal—If You Don’t Sue

How’s this for corporate responsibility? Halliburton told one of its employees who was wounded while working in Iraq that it would nominate him for the civilian equivalent of a Purple Heart—if he promised not to sue the company. He didn’t sign; he got the medal anyway; and he’s suing Halliburton. (h/t: Huff Po)

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE

Mission Accomlished

‘Mission Accomplished’ by the Numbers

Check out the number of troops killed, the money spent and the rate of insurgent attacks exactly three years after Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Update: Media Matters reminds us of the media’s fawning coverage of Bush that day.

Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE

Tyler Hicks / The New York Times

Struggling Back From the Wounds of War

Finally, an in-depth report on Iraq’s forgotten wounded. | story and slideshow
Also, read Truthdig’s Ron Kovic on his personal journey as a wounded veteran. | report

Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE

The Wounded of Iraq

The Forgotten Wounded of Iraq

Ron Kovic, veteran of the Vietnam War and author of the reissued classic “Born on the Fourth of July,” writes a compelling and empathetic piece on his personal experiences and concerns for a new generation of veterans returning from war.

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE

Iraq War Could Cost $2 Trillion, Study Finds

Long-term costs like healthcare for vets could push the war’s cost far above White House projections. | story

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE

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