Steve Hochstadt: Republican lawmakers’ interest in buying expensive armaments, however, has not been combined with a willingness to support veterans when they return from combat.
Ernest Canning: While huge gains have been made over the past six years, the fact that on any given night there are fifty thousand homeless veterans on the street is a national disgrace.
John Seeley: Housing plan for the West Los Angeles V.A. property would help, but some say it doesn’t go far enough.
James Rhodes: From the inception of this great nation, deceased veterans have been revered as fallen heroes while, on the other hand, living veterans, in many cases, have been shortchanged and discounted.
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.
Tina Dupuy: In 50 years, the Republicans have gone from building the middle class with the aid of government to admonishing the middle class for utilizing government.
Jim Rhodes: The mainstream press has been critical of Occupy’s “failure” to provide alternative solutions, but I assure you they are being developed in spite of the built in mechanisms that guarantee failure.
James Rhodes: As President John Kennedy said in the 1960s, regarding the inhumane treatment of the people of Berlin, “We are all Berliners.” Today, the world should say, “We are all Vietnamese.”
Brent Budowsky: Every time a Republican predicts the GOP will win the Senate and 70 seats in the House, more Democrats become scared stiff and decide to vote, and more moderates worry about partisan gridlock and the arrogance of Republican power.
Last year I was on a street corner in Chicago standing with a Quaker woman and a young Quaker girl at a peace demonstration – just like I did in 1962 when I was 14. Only this time on the ground there were combat boots painted white, which symbolized the soldiers who had committed suicide […]
Thousands of GIs have suffered preventable hearing loss because they were not supplied with earplugs to reduce the din of battle. Many have a permanent ringing in their ears they will suffer throughout their lives. The condition is widespread. In 2006, the Veterans Administration paid out more than a half billion dollars to veterans with […]
by Charley James — Since neither the Pentagon nor the Veterans Administration seems to show much real interest in the plight of returning Afghan and Iraqi vets beyond a few discredited talking points spouted during interviews, organizations such as the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are taking the lead.
What’s the true cost of the war in Iraq? The total, long-term cost of everything from tanks and jet fuel and the interest on the money Washington is borrowing to the cost of caring for a double amputee for 40 years? It’s probably a lot higher than you think, but try about $3 trillion. That’s […]