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Veterans For Peace Protest War Outside White House
The Real News Network

Ray McGovern, Daniel Ellsberg and Chris Hedges amongst dozens of protesters arrested outside White House.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repealed by US House Again
Associated Press

For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, giving the Senate a final shot in the waning days of this Congress at changing a law requiring thousands of uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity.

US Supreme Court Lets "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Stand
Mike Ludwig

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday to leave the military's "don't ask, don't tell" ban on openly gay members in effect while a lower court reviews a federal judge's ruling that struck down a ban last month, according to the Supreme Court blog.

Communities Embrace Veterans of Vietnam War
Ken Maguire

Recognition for Vietnam veterans, many of whom feel scarred by experiences during that contentious period in American history, has been growing.

Government Asks US Supreme Court to Keep 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' For Now

The federal government on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to back an appellate panel's ruling that would allow the military to temporarily continue enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans openly gay and lesbian soldiers.

A Special Court for US Veterans
Ronald D. Castille

Every month Americans come home from military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan having seen intense combat. Nearly 20 percent of the 1.6 million veterans of those wars, researchers say, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Vets Get Ecstasy to Treat Their PTSD
Katie Drummond

A pair of psychiatric experts think they’ve got the answer to the soaring number of troops coming back from war with PTSD: have them undergo intensive psychotherapy — while they’re rolling on ecstasy.

US Veteran Care: More Questions Than Solutions
Deb Weinstein

Two days after regulations went into effect making it easier for veterans to seek treatment for PTSD, members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs met Wednesday with veterans, the mother of an Iraq war veteran who committed suicide, and members of the Veterans Health Administration to discuss other ways to help veterans get the help they need.

U.S. Veteran Deportation After U.S. Military Service
David Lord

The deportation of U.S. Veterans after they have served in the American military is a subject that has had very few headlines in the American press. I was skeptical of the validity of this claim made by a reader, but after doing some research, I decided to get involved in spreading the information.

S. 1963: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
David Lord

On April 21 the House passed it, on April 22 the Senate did their share, and now the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010, which supports family members caring for their severely wounded veteran loved ones, is heading to the President’s desk to await his expected signature.

Why Over 77,000 Veterans, Wounded or Disabled in Action, Have No Benefits
David Lord

Right now there are seventy seven thousand disabled veterans that were discharged from the military with only severance pay - and they could be missing out on their real entitled benefits. The reason is that no one knows about the disputed claims program.

US Agent Orange Presumptive List Updated
David Lord

As I reported in last week's article, the VA will finally be adding Parkinson's, Ischemic Heart Disease, and B-cell Leukemia to the compensated diseases list. This week, I review all that a Veteran needs to know to file for compensation having been exposed to Agent Orange.

VA Faces Agent Orange Lawsuit
David Lord

For the 200,000 estimated Vietnam veterans suffering from Agent Orange exposure, a coalition of veteran's service organizations recently filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to publish new regulations.

The Battle Of Iwo Jima: 5 Things You Didn't Know
Ross Bonander

As we celebrate the battle’s 65th anniversary, we have five things you didn’t know about the Battle of Iwo Jima...

Living and Loving Life in This Moment
David Lord

When the veteran transitions to civilian life they find the rules they learned no longer apply. This new way of living does not require learning. Interesting and rewarding, it only requires your being present in this moment and living life to its fullest now

US Health Care More Uncertain Than Ever
David Lord

As I watched the President give his State of the Union Address, I wondered about health care and how he would present this fine ready-to-eat Medical Stew being placed on our collective table as our main dish. After a year in the making, I now find myself more uncertain than ever...

What Place Do You Find Yourself In?
David Lord

Is there a place that you can go to get away from the mad house the world has become since 2000? Maybe you should think of a home away from home. I am not about to claim that I have answers for everyone, but some share what was my life condition, so I'll share what was my life solution.

Veterans in Mexico are Safe and Happy
David Lord

Being a Patriotic American, I am confused by the media's portrayal of Mexico as 'dangerous'. My question is Why? Is it the fact that the U.S. economy needs every penny to remain at home? Is this need to keep citizens spending at home more easily accomplished through negative publicity?

Gettysburg Address Tells All
David Lord

While reviewing topics for this week's article, I came across the copy of the Gettysburg Address by President Lincoln. I wonder now what Abraham Lincoln would think about our current use of sons and brothers, and now daughters and sisters, in Iraq and Afghanistan...

Connect the Dots and Do the Math!
David Lord

Veterans Benefits Administration reported on Monday that there are 481,751 pending claims, some of which will take more than a year to be processed. I believe 25% of all claims are taking over a year to process, not the 3% they report.

Veteran Affairs: True Effort
David Lord

The crisis of confidence that is at hand for most Americans seeking leadership from Government is also reflected by the second largest of all agencies, The Department of Veterans Affairs. Some veterans simply quit seeking benefits just as other Americans have stopped seeking work...

The Report Card on V.A. by V.A. for V.A.!
David Lord

Once again the V.A. reports, it is a report literally in code, meant to satisfy the required mandate by Obama Administration. A report about the quality of VA care, but it is published with raw data, not in readable English. Larry Scott of V.A. Watchdog calls this 'the highest form of obfuscation.'

Are Veterans Lives Worth Less?
David Lord

Rush Limbaugh summed it up perfectly, 'I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the 9/11 casualty and those who die serving our country in uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with 9/11.'

More Diseases Linked to Agent Orange
David Lord

Happy Thanksgiving! The US veterans living here in Mexico have many reasons to be especially thankful this year, like the three conditions - B cell Leukemia, Parkinson's Disease and Ischemic Heart Disease, that the VA has recently added to the presumptive Agent Orange conditions.

November 11, 2009: Happy Veterans Day
David Lord

To all the Men and Women who have served in uniform I send my best and thank you for that service. The words I use to convey my gratitude fall short, as we know the public acclaim for your service was speckled at best and sometimes sparse. In fact it fades with each new generation, with each new crisis...

Veteran Affairs: Lesson Learned
David Lord

By leaving my familiar surroundings in Puerto Vallarta, a new perspective was gained. Viewing the Empires and the successes and failures made by them I realized we travel the same old road and make many of the same mistakes. That the wars fought always had some goal which had consequences never meant to be.

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