First Annual Downtown Los Angeles Stand Down — May 6

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First Annual Downtown LA Stand Down, Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2341 East Olympic boulevard. Help homeless vets combat life on the street.

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.

Homeless in Los Angeles

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Jerry Drucker: In all of Los Angeles County, except for Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach, which conduct their own census counts, the 2011 census count of the homeless was 51,340, 3% less than 2009 at 52,931.

Michelle, Hillary, Elizabeth

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Brent Budowsky: Elizabeth Warren is the honorable, principled, unbought, unbossed and incorruptible champion of the men and women of the 99 percent.

ACLU Lawsuit Over Homeless Veterans Exposes VA Scandal

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Jeff Norman: There has to be some reason – and probably not a good one – that the VA has been making secret land use deals with private enterprises.

A Few Cutting Remarks

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Walter Brasch: Slagheap World Airlines announced that in the spirit of national cost cutting, it would cut back its cockpit crew to one pilot and eliminate flight attendants, meals, and life rafts. “This way,” said the president, “we won’t have to penalize our loyal stockholders by lowering our return on investment.”

Homeless Veterans: How We Can Help

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4-Star Democratic Club & United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance present Homeless Veterans: How We Can Help. Tuesday, January 25, 7 – 9 PM, Historic AMVETS Post II, 10858 Culver Blvd, Culver City CA 90230, (310) 559-2116

Veterans Fight to Save “Hallowed Ground”

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With the Iraq Occupation grinding through its fifth year, the Bush Administration and its supporters continue to trot out the “Support the Troops” bumper stickers and yellow ribbon decals at every opportunity, shaming us into wasting even more billions of dollars on a failed exercise in empire-building that keeps our soldiers in harm’s way. Meanwhile, [...]

The War Comes Home

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Dick Price: The Iraq-Afghan War has taken on a sad new face as stories of shoddy health care given returning veterans began surfacing lately. Newsweek brought us up short with its coverage last month of the Minnesota veteran suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts whose runaround at the local Veterans Administration hospital ended only when he managed to hang himself.

Reporting for Duty in Vietnam

Chicken Hawks Talk like tough guys. They’ll send your kids to war but they never reported to duty themselves and they make sure their own kids don’t serve duty.

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