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.
Skip Rizzo: One thing we do know about PTSD is that if it’s left alone, don’t count on it just going away like a common cold. The hard legacy of the post-Vietnam era taught us that lesson.
Stephanie Stone: Young women, despite having no infantry training, have fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans.
Steven Mikulan: Study after study has shown Walmart to be a cutthroat employer of last resort, most of whose business innovations seem to involve new ways to save the corporation money by slashing employee hours and benefits.
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.
Kevin Swanwick: Overcome with emotion, it took me several minutes to compose myself enough to approach and offer this young man a smile and a “thank you.”
Walter Brasch: If the Republicans truly wanted to support the troops, they would have demanded—early in the wars—better armament and vehicles for the troops.
Tom Degan: Of the over 20,000 men who proudly – gallantly – served in the Montford Point Marines, less than 500 of them survive on Independence Day 2012.
Linda Milazzo: Using Senator John McCain as his foil to demean Duckworth, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh smeared Tammy Duckworth’s service and undermined her sacrifice.
Marie Lemelle: Sherman is one of the few surviving African American veterans of World War II, having served with honor in both the European and Pacific theatres of war.
Bruce Reilly: After 68-year-old Marine Kenneth Chamberlain told police he was alright, over the course of 15 minutes, they finally broke in his door and killed him immediately.
Berry Craig: Nugent is more proof, as if proof were needed, that talk is about the cheapest commodity around. And tough talk from a foul-mouthed old draft dodger is not just cheap, it’s worthless.
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.