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Special Project | Veterans' Affairs: Week Ending November 9, 2014

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Redeeming the Promise of a Square Deal

  • 8 New Items including:
    • Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?
    • Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition
    • Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA
    • Ultimately, Bernie Sanders is completely correct about it all.
    • Bernie Sanders Slams Tea Party Idiot Marco Rubio for Voting Against Veterans’ Benefits (Video)
    • Shooting At Fort Hood Not A Surprise To This Veteran
    • Safeguards fail to protect military families
    • 1,892 US Veterans Are Thought To Have Committed Suicide Since January 1, 2014

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops? Rory Fanning, the Nation

  • There is no question that we should honor people who fight for justice and liberty. Many veterans enlisted in the military thinking that they were indeed serving a noble cause, and it's no lie to say that they fought with valor for their brothers and sisters to their left and right. Unfortunately, if you really want to talk about "awareness raising," it's years past the time when anyone here should be able to pretend that our 18-year-olds are going off to kill and die for good reason.
  • Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”
  • Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition

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Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition, Richard ZombeckHuffington Post

  • Even prisoners of war are afforded a modicum of civility, dignity, and human rights under the Geneva Convention. Is it so unreasonable that we ask people who are housing our veterans to treat them with at least the same respect, rather than using them as cash cows and bilking the system for nearly $1 million a year in the process?
  • 100 Years of Homeless Veterans

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Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA, Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

  • The VA is low priority: the Senate vets committee had the second lowest budget to spend on staff and other expenses -- just a few thousand dollars more than the Committee on Indian Affairs. It is also one of the few, if not the only panel, without its own press operation. And it's such an afterthought that the Senate lets a socialist run it. (We kid, but it is chaired by Vermont independent Bernie Sanders.)
  • Who is to blame for the crisis at the VA?

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The Problem Isn't the VA or Eric Shinseki, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • Ultimately, Bernie Sanders is completely correct about it all. If you don't want to pay all the real costs of taking the nation to war, then don't take it to war at all. It is, after all, criminal naivete to be shocked by the inevitable.
  • Who is to blame for the crisis at the VA?

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Sanders Slams Tea Party Idiot Marco Rubio for Voting Against Veterans’ Benefits (Video), Richard Rowe, Atlas Left

  • Koch-friend Marco Rubio has long been more of the Courtney “use once and destroy” Love school of thought regarding veterans than most. Rubio, along with the rest of the GOP, have developed a rather stunning habit of pandering to veterans from one hole, and speaking out to block every effort to care for them with the other. Most recently, Rubio was one of 41 Senate Republicans to block the passage of a bill that would have improved veterans’ benefits.
  • Who is to blame for the crisis at the VA?

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Shooting At Fort Hood Not A Surprise To This Veteran, The Stream Team, Al-Jazeera in Popular Resistance 

  • Like at other bases I’ve visited, I met so many soldiers on the brink of total self-destruction.
  • Iraq war vet Michael Prysner on the Fort Hood shooting
  • 1,892 US Veterans Are Thought To Have Committed Suicide Since January 1, 2014
  • Forty Years After Vietnam Learning Series Launched 

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Safeguards fail to protect military families, Editorial Board, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • New report shows that agency’s consumer protection mission is critical.
  • Republicans Block Bill to Expand Healthcare and Education for Veterans

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1,892 US Veterans Are Thought To Have Committed Suicide Since January 1, 2014, Paul Szoldra, Business Insider 

  • Just weeks after the Senate GOP blocked a bill providing help to veterans, news has emerged showing that 1,900 veterans have committed suicide since January 1, 2014.
  • Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It

Beyond the Divide

  • A film about the divisions of the Vietnam War---those who fought over there, those who fought for peace at home
  • Nov 9, 2pm,  Parkway Theater, at Chicag Avenue & 48th Avenue South, Minneapolis 

 

Presented by MN Alliance of Peacemakers

 

 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

 

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Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?

  • There is no question that we should honor people who fight for justice and liberty. Many veterans enlisted in the military thinking that they were indeed serving a noble cause, and it's no lie to say that they fought with valor for their brothers and sisters to their left and right. Unfortunately, if you really want to talk about "awareness raising," it's years past the time when anyone here should be able to pretend that our 18-year-olds are going off to kill and die for good reason.
  • Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”
  • Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition

Rory Fanning, Nation

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troops_thank_you_rtr_img.jpgDelegates hold "Thank You" signs in honor of U.S. troops and veterans during the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. (Reuters/Chris Keane)

October 27, 2014| Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone resting on a chrome-colored plastic table a few feet from a barista brewing a vanilla latte. A cold October rain fell outside. A friend of mine grabbed the issue and began flipping through it. Knowing that I was a veteran, he said, "Hey, did you see this?" pointing to a news story that seemed more like an ad. It read in part:

This Veterans Day, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Dave Grohl and, Metallica will be among numerous artists who will head to the National Mall in Washington D.C. on November 11th for ‘The Concert For Valor,' an all-star event that will pay tribute to armed services.

Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a housing activist living in Chicago, Illinois.

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Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”, Justin Doolittle, Salon

  • Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats? Their claims are wrong in more ways than one.
  • Selective Memory of Our Quagmire-Prone History

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Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition, Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post 

  • Even prisoners of war are afforded a modicum of civility, dignity, and human rights under the Geneva Convention. Is it so unreasonable that we ask people who are housing our veterans to treat them with at least the same respect, rather than using them as cash cows and bilking the system for nearly $1 million a year in the process?
  • 100 Years of Homeless Veterans

 

Screwing Our Vets Is an American Tradition

  • Even prisoners of war are afforded a modicum of civility, dignity, and human rights under the Geneva Convention. Is it so unreasonable that we ask people who are housing our veterans to treat them with at least the same respect, rather than using them as cash cows and bilking the system for nearly $1 million a year in the process?
  • 100 Years of Homeless Veterans

Richard Zombeck, Huffington Post 

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10/30/2014 | We have a long and proud history in this country of neglecting our veterans. It's a tradition that goes back as far as the Civil War, if not longer. In the last few decades though, that we've allowed the behavior to not only continue, but to be ratcheted up a few notches from simple neglect to abuse and predatory behavior. It's as if we're saying, "Hell, they've been shot at, lived in the dirt, been taken prisoner, and tortured. They can take it."

In February of this year, an effort to move forward with a $21 billion bill to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans, was blocked by the GOP; we've cut food stamps, on which at least 900,000 military families rely; blocked a bill that was specifically supposed to create jobs for veterans; cut funding for the VA; sent them into battle with inadequate gear; and barely care for their health issues.

Richard Zombeck is a freelance writer.

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100 Years of Homeless Veterans, Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator

Armistice Day had to be expanded to include those slaughtered in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other minor U.S. “incursions.”

 

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