Rachel talks with IAVA director Paul Rieckhoff about the need to push for adequate veterans’ benefits. Recent reports have highlighted the alarmingly high suicide statistics amongst active duty military personnel and I have reported in the past that one in four homeless once served their country.
The Oregonian covered the Winter Soldier event in Portland. There were three panels, soldiers and Marines, family members and clinicians and supporters of war resisters. The soldiers gave heart wrenching testimony such as that of Chris Arendt. Christopher Arendt said he joined the National Guard after hearing war stories from his grandfather, who had proudly […]
Tomorrow morning I will be interviewed on KBOO FM at 9:30 regarding the upcoming Winter Soldier event in Portland, October 18, 12:00PM to 5:00PM at the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave (@ Main) in Portland. Panelists include: Dahr Jamail, journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone Camilo Mejia, author of The Road […]
McCain has not scored well on veterans’ benefits at all. In fact, the entire GOP have scored very low on supporting the troops, much lower than the Democrats, in stark contrast to typical public perception of which party supports our troops.
Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and Linda J Bilmes have done an exhaustive study on the real cost of the Iraq war. The book goes into great detail the costs to other nations and the impact on the global economy as well. More importantly, it assesses the human cost in more […]
For many military families, the release this month in a report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence determining that intelligence activities leading up to the occupation of Iraq were deliberately distorted, is not a revelation. The reportâ€™s conclusions, that the administration knew claims of weapons of mass destruction, ties to al Qaeda and confirmations […]
Thankfully, the mainstream media do seem to be giving this growing problem some coverage. This report from Editor & Publisher discusses it in more detail. Many newspapers this weekend ran overall assessments of the problem, published editorials calling for the military and the V.A. to take stronger measures to fight post- traumatic stress disorder, or […]
Bronze star recipient Sgt Nils Aron Andersson, combat veteran turned recruiter, originally from Oregon commits suicide. Married only 24 hours earlier, his new wife follows him and commits suicide a day later. “He was morally opposed to putting more young men into that situation, where they could be injured or killed or see the things […]
The Washington Post reports that an official urged staff to cut back on PTSD diagnoses. A psychologist who helps lead the post-traumatic stress disorder program at a medical facility for veterans in Texas told staff members to refrain from diagnosing PTSD because so many veterans were seeking government disability payments for the condition. “Given that […]
How do you support the troops? More than 120 veterans per week commit suicide but the VA and the Pentagon do not want you to know and took steps to deliberately hide this fact from the public. Meanwhile, GI benefits, severely stripped during the last few years are up for a vote to restore full […]