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Why Are Veterans Denied Access To Their VocRehab Records?

These VocRehab employees were grossly mistaken, but their mistake served to embarrass the entire San Diego Regional Office and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VocRehab) across the nation because of employee ineptitude.

Benjamin Krause, Disabled Vets 31, 2015 | Here is the story of one Afghanistan War disabled veteran who did not back down when VA VocRehab employees unlawfully withheld his VocRehab records from him following a benefits denial.

Disabled veteran Joe Roth first received a denial for VocRehab retraining at the end of last year. When he tried to fight back, poorly trained VA employees unlawfully concluded his records were the VA property and that they could be withheld.

[Insert buzzer sound, “Wrong Answer”]

Benjamin Krause Veterans Law Attorney, Investigative Reporter, creator of

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Jim Crow is back in Alabama

  • Petition to be delivered to Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General and President Barack Obama: Please investigate and put a stop to the voter suppression.
  • There are currently 103,962 signatures. New goal - We need 125,000 signatures!

Laura Packard, Move On Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. October 6, 2015 | Alabama just closed 31 drivers license bureaus in counties with the highest percentage of Black voters. Every county with over 75% of registered voters that are African American will have their DMV office closed.

That's why I started a petition to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Obama, which says: Please investigate and put a stop to the voter suppression.

Alabama requires voters to have photo ID to vote, so this will disenfranchise the voters in those counties. The Justice Department can put a stop to this; they are the best hope for upholding the rights of all Alabama voters.

MoveOn members have worked in all 50 states and run hundreds of campaigns to defend voting rights. This attack is particularly egregious, and we're committed to fight back. We'll deliver this petition directly to the Department of Justice, continue to organize, and also elevate the issue in the media.

Gerry Hebert, a former top official at the Department of Justice with decades of experience on voting rights, said this week that Alabama's action is "absolutely" something the department might investigate especially if the case "has drawn a lot of attention.” Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


Laura Packard

Update October 5, 2015: The Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund have asked the DOJ to investigate, as has Rep. Terri Sewell (who represents the Selma area of Alabama). "Dena Iverson, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, confirmed that the department had received Sewell’s letter, declining to comment further." Please keep contacting the DOJ to keep pressure on. 

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We collectively are answerable for the demise of the America we thought we had


  • Until Americans really feel collectively answerable for our brothers and sisters—for who we are, for what we do, for every outcome in this country— we will be relegated to commodity status and indentured servitude by a burgeoning plutocracy.
  • Welcome to Post-Constitution America

Egberto Willies, Daily Kos

twitter-4-512.pngNow you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. Oct 04, 2015 | The President exasperatedly addressed the shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon with a passionate press conference. He made one statement that should be burned into every American's psyche. He said, "We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction." Looking at the big picture, that statement could very well be, "We collectively are answerable for the demise of the America we thought we had."

This is deja vu all over again. A mass shooting occurs. People are shocked. The president speaks, begging for legislative action. Time passes. People forget. No substantive action is taken. People go back to life as usual. It is a pattern that we expect. It is a pattern that has become routine. We are now programmed to be accepting of this.

Egberto Willies: Political activist, blogger, author.

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America, Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

  • What if your country begins to change and no one notices?
  • Yes, we could change. So why don't we?