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Maddow – IAVA advocates for mental health care for veterans

picture-18Rachel 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.

Winter Soldier PDX 2008 makes the news

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 […]

KBOO Radio tomorrow

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 […]

The Three Trillion Dollar War

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 […]

Cynical manipulations

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 report’s conclusions, that the administration knew claims of weapons of mass destruction, ties to al Qaeda and confirmations […]

VA seeks to curtail PTSD diagnosis

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 […]

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