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Making every veteran eligible for Medicare would provide them with more choice of doctors, hospitals and other providers, and relieve some of the short- and long-term pressure on the VA. (Photo: Public domain) Views
Expand Medicare to Serve All Veterans
The problem of long wait times for veterans seeking care at some (but not all) Veterans Health Administration facilities has been front-page news for the past several weeks, and seems to be resulting in an unusually prompt response from a normally gridlocked Congress. The wait times and the...
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The Peace Flag Honor Guard marches down Main Street in Auburn, WA in 2013. (Photo by Cliff Wells / Veterans for Peace) Views
Memorial Day: Despair and Resilience
Memorial Day is difficult for me as it is for all veterans. My annual seasonal despair is, of course, directly related to the lost lives commemorated here and to the unrelenting militarism of our country, the celebration of which is particularly pronounced on this day and the upcoming Fourth of...
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Memorial Day: For Vets, Too Many Delays and Not Enough Parades
I love a parade. And in the small upstate New York town in the Finger Lakes where I grew up there were not enough of them as far as I was concerned. There was the occasional special event: a parade to honor the Scottish racer Malcolm Campbell the summer he spent roaring up and down our lake...
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U.S. To Veterans: You Can Go Fight Our Pointless Wars For Us, But You Can't Smoke Weed When You Come Home Broken
Even as a new report calls for ending a war on drugs that has produced "enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage,” Congress has rejected an amendment to a veterans' funding bill to allow VA doctors in states with medical marijuana on the books to discuss medical pot - not prescribe it or...
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Staff Sgt. John Robertson waits in a parking lot outside of the Fort Hood military base for updates on April 2, 2014. (Photo: AP) Views
Star-Spangled Baggage: How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops
Up close, personal, and bloody
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Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.
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Sergeant First Class Erick Rodriguez stands guard before a news conference at Fort Hood, Texas April 2, 2014. (Reuters/Erich Schlegel) Views
Fort Hood: A Tragic Reminder of the Military’s Mental Health Crisis
Anja Niedringhaus was killed and her colleague wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire on their convoy
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Ft. Hood, PTSD, and the True Cost of US Wars of Choice
The Ft. Hood shooter who left 3 victims dead yesterday had been being assessed for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder . He had served for 4 months at the tail end of the Iraq War in 2011 and suffered from anxiety and depression. A staggering 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have...
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Iraq War Veteran Kills Three, Wounds Sixteen at Fort Hood
Alleged shooter, who ultimately killed himself, is reportedly an Iraq War veteran who suffered from PTSD
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