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Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?
"Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…"
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One My Lai a Month
“When somebody asks, ‘Why do you do it to a gook, why do you do this to people?’ your answer is, ‘So what, they’re just gooks, they’re not people. It doesn’t make any difference what you do to them; they’re not human.’ “And this thing is built into you,” Cpl. John Geymann testified almost 44 years...
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Not Just a Statistic: Remembering Our Friend and Afghanistan Veteran Jacob George
This is just one of many article's remembering our friend, Afghanistan war veteran, healer, and activist Jacob George. Please also see " Remembering Jacob George " by Jacob's close friend and fellow Iraq Veterans Against the War and Afghanistan Veterans Against the War (AVAW) Committee member Brock...
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'War is the Antithesis of Motherhood:' A Voice From Puerto Rico
Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War , along with allies from various peace and justice organizations, congregated at the Woodbine Ecological Center in Sadalia, Colorado last month to attend the 2014 IVAW National Convention and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the post-9/11-era anti-war...
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'The War is Not Over': Many Vietnam Veterans Still Afflicted by PTSD
Research finds that combat stress affects 11 percent of Vietnam veterans
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Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble
Despite the July 4 tributes, millions of US soldiers and veterans are in serious trouble. Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration. A study by the Los Angeles Times found veterans are more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide ...
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Want to Prevent PTSD? End Unbridled US Militarism
Because my 33​-​year-old father was on the verge of embarking for Europe and the allied invasion of Italy, my birth certificate reads: U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. When he finally returned, PFC Lee Olson's decorations included a Purple Heart Medal for ​​shrapnel wounds suffered from a...
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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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