Veterans

Veterans

VA Scandal Is Bipartisan

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Brent Budowsky: Obama should name a whip-cracking, butt-kicking, hard-charging, retired military officer to spend six months pursuing the SOLE mission of deciding what needs to be done to improve healthcare for vets and going to Congress to get bipartisan support for whatever is needed.

The Value of Vets and Public Service

Veterans and Public Service

Lance Simmens: Unless we find our soul in the conviction that our institutions of government and governance play a major role in this quest we will find ourselves adrift in a society where increasingly it will be every person fending for themselves.

Serving the Women Who Served

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Diane Lefer: A high percentage of homeless women vets suffer from Military Sexual Trauma or are survivors of domestic violence. Because male veterans so outnumber females, a woman may find herself alone and isolated in the settings intended to help her.

Veterans Deserve Better

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Hector Villagra: The VA’s failure to meet Valentini and other veterans’ most basic need for housing should cause us to question how much our government values the sacrifices they make.

Memorial Day Proposals

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Brent Budowsky: Let’s escalate the effort to eliminate the backlog of benefits due to wounded warriors and disabled vets by devoting whatever resources are necessary to complete this mission, and enlisting a major business leader.

Military Sexual Trauma: Beyond Zero Tolerance

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Karen Finney: While there is much to celebrate in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act recently passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, the rights of one group of Americans remain inadequately protected: the women and men in our armed forces who are victims of military sexual trauma.

Should Chuck Hagel Be Secretary of Defense?

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Brent Budowsky: Hagel is a devoted, fierce, passionate and untiring champion of wounded warriors and veterans causes of all kinds. When the phrase “band of brothers” is used, Hagel is one of the true brothers. His commitment to helping troops and military families is boundless.

Veterans: The War After The War

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Dick Price: Veterans who gathered last week in San Diego were eager to find out what California’s political leaders might do about the alarming rates of homelessness, unemployment, suicide, and disability among the state’s veterans.

Not So Sweet Home Alabama

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We have been back in the United States about two weeks now but I immediately realized why I had “opted out” of this system. I had not fully unpacked from our trip to Vietnam when my e-mail was flooded with messages from my conservative friends reminding me that the president was “black”, not really from […]

Republicans to Veterans: No Thanks

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Hans Johnson: Provoking some of the growing anger against Tea Party Republicans is the tone of callousness toward people of color, women, and the sacrifice of veterans who voice frustration at the toll of cuts and barriers in the democratic process itself.