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Casey vs. Kyle: On Bloodlust, Loss, and Wars of Choice
"I only wish I had killed more." –Navy Seal and "American Sniper", Chris Kyle “I can’t kill anyone.” –US working-class soldier before his short deployment to Iraq, Casey Sheehan This is something that I don’t want to revisit—I never want to relive the worst experience of my life. However, with the...
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Letter to a Young Army Ranger (From an Old One): 'Why the War on Terror Shouldn’t Be Your Battle'
'I’m writing this letter in the hope that offering you a little of my own story might help frame the bigger picture for you.'
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Leave No Civilian Behind
This article is cross-posted at BillMoyers.com . Roughly 1.4 million veterans live in poverty in the United States, and, in total, more than 45 million people live at or below the poverty line. These numbers are similarly unacceptable, yet the conversation around military poverty and civilian...
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12 Days of Christmas Apologies
If Christmas magic were real, America's political and business leaders -- the people with power and money -- would speak on behalf of the nation they've debased: 1. To Our Most Neglected Citizens By the time the Koch brothers wake up on Christmas morning, the wealth the two men will have...
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Thank You For Making War! (or Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers)
Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once
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The Last Days of Tomas Young
Tomas Young was shot and paralyzed below his waist in Iraq in April 2004 when he and about 20 other U.S. soldiers were ambushed while riding in the back of an Army truck. He died of his wounds Nov. 10, 2014, at the age of 34. His final months were marked by a desperate battle to ward off the...
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Tomas Young’s Last Letter to Bush, Cheney
The courageous journey of seriously wounded Iraq War veteran, Tomas Young, ended this past Monday, nearly eleven years after he was ambushed in a wholly exposed military truck. He passed away in Seattle while being lovingly cared for by his wife Claudia. Tomas did not go quietly, despite his being...
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Tomas Young, Rest in Peace
There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one...
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The Last Letter
A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran
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Iraq War Veteran, Outspoken War Critic Tomas Young Dead at 34
On how he wanted to be remembered: 'I fought as hard as I could to keep another me from coming back to Iraq'
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