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  • NYT: Our Veterans are a Bunch of Murderers on a 'Downward Spiral'?

    01/14/2008 3:02:12 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 38 replies · 1,404+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 01/14/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    In a long report published on Sunday the New York Times appears to be trying to promulgate the idea that our returning military vets cannot successfully reintegrate back into their communities and into "normal lives" after returning from the stress of active duty overseas. The Times seems to be saying that our veterans have become murderers and are so mentally wracked that coming home is difficult for them. Their entire report is written as if the rate of murders committed by returning veterans is shockingly high. But, a look at real statistics proves that vets are less likely to become...
  • EXCLUSIVE: New York Times ‘Killer Vet’ Story Exposed as Erroneous by Pro-Troop Group

    01/14/2008 4:15:04 AM PST · by Impeach98 · 128 replies · 539+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | 01/14/2008 | Melanie Morgan - Move America Forward
    January 14, 2008 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary Pearson: (916) 441–6197 or Email: mary@moveamericaforward.org EXCLUSIVE: New York Times ‘Killer Vet’ StoryExposed as Erroneous by Pro-Troop Group SACRAMENTO- Move America Forward (website: www.MoveAmericaForward.org), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, today announced that after vetting the numbers cited by The New York Times in their Sunday, January 13, 2008 story, “Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles,” it became clear that the Times had engaged in demonstrably erroneous and false reporting. It took seven New York Times researchers to find 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a...
  • Crazed Veterans Spark Nationwide Crime Wave

    01/13/2008 6:06:24 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 76 replies · 167+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | January 13, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    Crazed Veterans Spark Nationwide Crime Wave That's the theme of a front page article in today's New York Times: "Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles." The article reports on what must have been a major effort by the Times to comb through news reports from across the country, identifying and tabulating instances where servicemen who returned from Iraq or Afghanistan were charged with some form of homicide. The Times summarizes the results of its research: Town by town across the country, headlines have been telling similar stories. Lakewood, Wash.: “Family Blames Iraq After Son Kills Wife.” Pierre, S.D.: “Soldier...
  • Report: 121 Veterans Linked to Killings

    01/13/2008 7:50:13 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies · 653+ views
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | January 13, 2008
    Report: 121 Veterans Linked to Killings Date posted online: Sunday, January 13, 2008 NEW YORK - At least 121 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have committed a killing or been charged in one in the United States after returning from combat, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper said it also logged 349 homicides involving all active-duty military personnel and new veterans in the six years since military action began in Afghanistan, and later Iraq. That represents an 89-percent increase over the previous six-year period, the newspaper said. About three-quarters of those homicides involved Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans,...
  • Report: 121 veterans linked to killings (The military and vet bashing continues)

    01/13/2008 6:19:04 AM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies · 114+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/13/2008 | ap
    NEW YORK - At least 121 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have committed a killing or been charged in one in the United States after returning from combat, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper said it also logged 349 homicides involving all active-duty military personnel and new veterans in the six years since military action began in Afghanistan, and later Iraq. That represents an 89-percent increase over the previous six-year period, the newspaper said. About three-quarters of those homicides involved Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, the newspaper said. The report did not illuminate the exact relationship between those...
  • Report: 121 veterans linked to killings

    01/13/2008 5:07:09 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 36 replies · 400+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1-12-2008 | New York Times
    At least 121 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have committed a killing or been charged in one in the United States after returning from combat, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper said it also logged 349 homicides involving all active-duty military personnel and new veterans in the six years since military action began in Afghanistan, and later Iraq. That represents an 89-percent increase over the previous six-year period, the newspaper said. About three-quarters of those homicides involved Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, the newspaper said. The report did not illuminate the exact relationship between those cases and the...
  • Disability payments depend on where veterans live

    12/20/2007 3:38:04 AM PST · by NCDragon · 4 replies · 65+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | December 20, 2007 | Chris Adams
    WASHINGTON - Veterans coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating mental ailments are discovering that their disability payments from the government vary widely depending on where they live, a McClatchy analysis has found. As a result, many of the recent veterans who get monthly payments for post-traumatic stress disorder from the Department of Veterans Affairs could lose tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits over their lifetimes. The Bush administration has sought to reassure soldiers that they'll be treated fairly, but veterans in some parts of the country are far more likely to...
  • Afghanistan war veteran to deliver Channel 4's alternative Christmas message

    12/20/2007 5:58:07 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 6 replies · 120+ views
    Afghanistan war veteran to deliver Channel 4's alternative Christmas messageA former soldier who lost his arm during fighting in Afghanistan will deliver this year's Channel 4 alternative Christmas message. Sgt Major Andrew Stockton will recount his experiences on the frontline and urge the public to support Britain's returning troops. His arm was severed by a rocket-propelled grenade as he went to the aid of fellow soldiers ambushed in Helmand Province in June 2006. The 40-year-old was medically discharged from the Royal Artillery in September. In a change to the usual schedule, the Christmas Day message will not be broadcast at...
  • U.S. War Vets to Speak Publicly About War Crimes

    11/30/2007 10:41:29 PM PST · by Phil Harmonic · 149 replies · 1,072+ views
    OneWorld.Net ^ | Nov 30, 2007 | Aaron Glantz
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (OneWorld) - U.S. war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have announced they're planning to descend on Washington, DC this March to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in Iraq. "The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for reporters to cover it," said Liam Madden, a former Marine and member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War. "That's left a lot of misconceptions in the minds of the American public about what the true nature of military occupation looks like." Iraq Veterans Against the...
  • Airmen in Afghanistan Honor Veterans With Silent Vigil

    11/11/2007 2:46:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 135+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Michael Meridith, USAF
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2007 – Airmen here honored veterans past and present with a 10-hour silent vigil today. Senior Airman Michael Salansky, a member of the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, stands a silent vigil in Afghanistan in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2007. Photo by Capt. Michael Meridith, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Following a formal wreath-laying ceremony, teams of two airmen -- a total of 80 in all -- stood at “parade rest” near the flagpole of Camp Cunningham here as a constant reminder of the significance of Veterans Day....
  • A Post-Iraq G.I. Bill

    11/09/2007 1:10:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 184+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 9, 2007 | JIM WEBB and CHUCK HAGEL
    MEMBERS of Congress and other political leaders often say that the men and women who have served in our military since 9/11 are the “new greatest generation.” Well, here’s a thought from two infantry combat veterans of the Vietnam era’s “wounded generation”: if you truly believe that our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are like those who fought in World War II, let us provide them with the same G.I. Bill that was given to the veterans of that war. In terms of providing true opportunity, the World War II G.I. Bill was one of the most important pieces of legislation...
  • Tales from the NRA convention

    09/22/2007 11:13:36 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 8 replies · 100+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2007 | Ray Robison
    The National Rifle Association conference yesterday in Washington, D.C. drew lots of media attention because of the high powered presidential candidates invited to speak. McCain got in a line on a protester, Thompson got in a line on Bill Clinton, and Rudy tried to make peace with his previous anti gun positions; stories for which Drudge has linked to on his site. But to my complete shock, the best speaker of the evening was not Fred, nor Newt nor Mike Huckabee all of which I enjoyed immensely. But the best speaker of the day was not a politician, lobbyist, nor...
  • America Supports You: Project Aims to Help Vets Rebuild Connections

    08/01/2007 5:37:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 165+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2007 – Deployment to a war zone can exact a unique toll on not only those in imminent danger but also their loved ones back home. One group, however, is working to lessen these effects. “We build a safe space, a community for veterans and their families to come together and share their stories, struggles and accomplishments,” said Dr. Joseph Bobrow, director of the “Coming Home Project.” “Our programs address the mental, emotional, spiritual and relationship challenges faced by veterans and families before, during and after deployment.” The San Francisco organization, which is devoted to providing...
  • Call to action: Veterans coming to DC to Demand support to their mission

    07/30/2007 11:39:02 AM PDT · by Ninoman · 18 replies · 977+ views
    Vets for Freedom ^ | July 30, 2007 | Ninoman
    WEEK 4: Sign up Today to Show up on September 17/18 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In September, General Petraeus will report to Congress on the status of the mission in Iraq. At that time, members of Congress will decide whether to continue the mission and defeat Al Qaeda, or abandon the mission and surrender to America’s enemies. The stakes could not be higher. It is absolutely crucial that veterans have a voice in September's debate. And therefore we're asking every Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who believes in the mission - and supports our fellow soldiers and Marines still serving - to converge on...
  • The Taliban took Jody Mitic's legs. Then strangers gave him a custom motorbike. ...

    07/29/2007 8:45:47 AM PDT · by Clive · 17 replies · 1,624+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2007-07-29 | Joe Warmington
    The Taliban took Jody Mitic's legs. Then strangers gave him a custom motorbike. Now condo management is taking his parking spaceBy JOE WARMINGTON First a foreign enemy took away his legs and now back home someone is trying to take away his wheels. This is a story about how some people know how to treat our war heroes and how some don't. Master Cpl. Jody Mitic had his legs blown off in Afghanistan fighting people who are unbending in their ridiculous rules. And now Mitic is facing the same kind of austere stupidity here. Flashback to January, just a week...
  • A CALL TO ACTION

    07/14/2007 10:41:10 AM PDT · by AngryCapitalist · 54 replies · 1,842+ views
    Vets For Freedom ^ | 7-7-07 | Vets for Freedom
    I'm not Affiaiated with the group, but thought it would be a good idea to make people aware. This is a call to action. We are asking every Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who believes in supporting the mission--and defeating America's enemies--to converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 17. It's time the fighters in this war tell their representatives--face to face-that now is no time to betray the mission. What You Can Do This Week! Week #2: Converge on Capitol Hill, July 17 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have already sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears on foreign battlefields....
  • Illinois Unveils Mental Health Services for Returning Guardsmen, Veterans

    07/06/2007 4:39:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2007 – All Illinois National Guard troops returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan now will be screened for traumatic brain injury and get access to post-traumatic stress disorder help under a new, first-of-its-kind state program. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Tammy Duckworth, director of the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, announced the program earlier this week in Chicago. The program includes mandatory traumatic brain injury screening for all returning National Guard combat veterans, voluntary screening for all other Illinois veterans, and a 24-hour toll-free psychological help line for veterans suffering from PTSD. Blagojevich called the new...
  • Visit from Bush motivated soldier who lost his leg to help other military amputees

    06/18/2007 5:23:03 AM PDT · by RDTF · 9 replies · 471+ views
    MSNBC.Com ^ | June 16, 2007 | AP
    MARIETTA, Ga. - Mike McNaughton, a soldier who lost his right leg in a mine explosion in Afghanistan, was still in the early stages of recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center when he received a visit from President Bush. ''I told him one day I'll outrun him,'' McNaughton said. ''He said, 'When you feel better, let me know.'" McNaughton took the president at his word, and 14 months later the two ran a mile together on property surrounding the White House, even though McNaughton was still adjusting to running with his new prosthesis. He recalled that run Friday, noting...
  • Bush Meets With Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

    07/21/2006 4:43:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 279+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2006 – President Bush met today in Aurora, Colo., with a group of servicemembers who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, thanking them for their service and expressing America's support for all troops. "This country supports you and admires you and appreciates your dedication," Bush told the troops. "You're doing some hard work. It's hard work to defeat terrorists -- killers that wanted to achieve their objective. But we'll succeed; we'll prevail." Bush had lunch with the troops before speaking at a reception in Englewood, Colo., and traveling on to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. The...
  • Sergeant ‘Scruff’ McGough — obituary

    06/25/2006 6:02:31 PM PDT · by dighton · 5 replies · 679+ views
    Sergeant Paul “Scruff” Mcgough, who has died aged 41, was a member of the Special Boat Service unit which took part in the siege of Qala-i-Janghi, Afghanistan, one of the most highly decorated missions in the recent history of the British special forces.In November 2001 McGough was with C Company, SBS, when it flew unannounced into the former Soviet airbase at Bagram.A key strategic objective in north-east Afghanistan, it was disputed by thousands of Afghan government fighters, and the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, led by the Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum.Though vastly outnumbered, the SBS held the huge airbase for a...
  • We Lost; The Soldiers Won't (UPDATE on Fran O'Brien's & Walter Reed)

    05/13/2006 10:31:34 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies · 1,280+ views
    “You’re killing us,” a Hilton Deputy CEO told a JINSA supporter who managed to break through the telephone blockade. Would that it was true. You - our readers plus thousands of others infuriated by the Hilton’s tossing of Fran O’Brien’s Stadium Steakhouse Restaurant in Washington, home of dinners for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan vets - made Hilton’s life extremely unpleasant for a while. They turned off e-mails and fielded phone calls from former Hilton Honors cardholders. They got negative - and soldiers got positive - media coverage from The Washington Post, The Washington Times, NBC Nightly News, National Review Online...
  • District Briefing: [Fran] O'Brien's Creates Charity [to assist wounded soldiers]

    04/22/2006 8:10:03 AM PDT · by Coop · 80 replies · 1,037+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/18/06 | Petula Dvorak
    VETERANS O'Brien's Creates Charity The owners of Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steakhouse in Northwest Washington have created a charity to help fund the Friday night steak dinners they hold for wounded soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Organizers and veterans are trying to find a place to keep the dinners going while the restaurant's owners look for a place to reopen. Donations can be sent to: Aleethia Foundation Inc. C/O Fran O'Brien's Steakhouse 1001 16th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20036.
  • Fran O'Brien's Loses Lease

    04/15/2006 7:53:17 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies · 1,015+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2006 | Petula Dvorak
    The steaks are great, of course. But it isn't the T-bones, the porterhouses or the rib-eyes that will be sorely, even painfully, missed when Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steakhouse loses its lease and closes its doors this month. The downtown D.C. restaurant, which has hosted a decade's worth of power lunches, political dinners and salacious hookups, is more poignantly known for its Friday night steak dinners for severely wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. "It looks like they're kicking us out," sighed Marty O'Brien, son of the late Redskins offensive lineman Fran O'Brien, before closing the restaurant yesterday...
  • Troops in Support Of the War

    04/13/2006 6:02:38 AM PDT · by aculeus · 24 replies · 711+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2006 | By Wade Zirkle
    Earlier this year there was a town hall meeting on the Iraq war, sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), with the participation of such antiwar organizations as CodePink and MoveOn.org. The event also featured Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a former Marine who had become an outspoken critic of the war. To this Iraq war veteran, it was a good example of something that's become all too common: People from politics, the media and elsewhere purporting to represent "our" views. With all due respect, most often they don't. The tenor of the town meeting was mostly what one might expect, but...
  • OEF, OIF veterans receive preference for federal hiring

    04/07/2006 5:48:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 473+ views
    4/7/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Airmen now have increased eligibility for veterans’ preference when released or discharged from active duty, Office of Personnel Management officials here wrote in a recently released memo. More servicemembers are now eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for government civilian jobs. Pres. George W. Bush signed into law the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2006, which contained two provisions that broadened the definition of a “veteran” and clarified eligibility for those released or discharged from active duty, said the statement. The first provision gives preference to those who have served on active duty for a...
  • Hire A Hero (Ollie North)

    03/30/2006 8:29:25 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies · 580+ views
    GOP USA ^ | 3-31-06 | Oliver North
    Hire A Hero By Oliver North March 31, 2006 America's soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen and Marines are in near-constant combat against brutal, committed adversaries. Yet, in nine trips to Iraq and Afghanistan covering U.S. military operations for FOX News since 2001, I've never seen our troops bested in battle. But it turns out that not all the fights are on foreign soil, and sometimes the outcome depends on unusual allies. Last month, on March 6, the Supreme Court handed our Armed Forces a major victory when it ruled in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights that colleges accepting...
  • Rumsfeld Pays Surprise Visit as Wounded Troops Hit the Slopes

    03/05/2006 11:00:14 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 16 replies · 558+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 5 March 2006 | Donna Miles
    Rumsfeld Pays Surprise Visit as Wounded Troops Hit the Slopes By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 5, 2006 – Wounded troops participating in the third annual Vail Veterans Program here got a surprise visit on the ski slopes today when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived to cheer them on and congratulate them for their accomplishments. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld poses with wounded troops participating in the Vail Veterans Program just before they begin their third and final day of skiing in the program at Vail, Colo. Photo by Donna Miles   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • America Supports You: Toyota Helps Guardsmen, Reservists Find Jobs

    02/27/2006 4:22:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 452+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2006 – Don Esmond, a Vietnam War hero, walked into the Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, Calif., one day in early 2004 and told the staff he wanted the company to develop a hiring program for guardsmen and reservists returning to civilian life from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. David Sweat, left, the parts department manager at Priority Toyota in Chesapeake, Va., said Army National Guard Sgt. Ricardo "Ricky" Velez came to the company about two months after leaving active duty. Velez previously served in Iraq for 14 months. Photo courtesy of James Wallace  (Click photo...
  • Marching Toward the Midterms [NYT graph: Soldier-Candidates running in 2006 US elections]

    02/19/2006 5:21:18 AM PST · by summer · 17 replies · 881+ views
  • Iraq War Veterans Storm Onto the Campaign Trail [Nearly all Democrats]

    02/09/2006 10:50:24 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 29 replies · 849+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 2/7/2006 | J. Scott Orr
    Andrew Duck, an Iraq war veteran and Democratic candidate for Congress, listens to teachers in Middletown, Md. (photo by Timothy Jacobsen) Iraq War Veterans Storm Onto the Campaign Trail BY J. SCOTT ORR   MIDDLETOWN, Md. -- The war veteran, sleeves rolled up, talks politics with a group of small-town educators dining on roast pork and twice-baked potatoes. The vet, Andrew Duck, is explaining how his wartime experience in Iraq and around the globe makes him just the man to represent this rural Appalachian district in Congress. The teachers offer questions and encouragement. He hands out little rubber duckies...
  • Troops Back From War Zones Dying On Motorcycles

    02/06/2006 6:01:17 AM PST · by Abathar · 84 replies · 1,801+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | February 6, 2006 | AP
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- More troops have died in off-duty motorcycle accidents after they returned from duty in Afghanistan than have been killed fighting there since Sept. 11, 2001, safety records show. Military commanders in North Carolina say the deaths are largely the result of boredom, bonus pay, and adrenalin to burn off after troops return from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 350 troops have died on bikes since the 2001 terrorist attacks. That's compared to 259 killed while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 1,000 more troops have been injured on bikes. Marine Lance Cpl. Mark Strickland, 24, was one...
  • Democrats assemble an army of veterans to beat Bush

    02/08/2006 9:43:14 AM PST · by listenhillary · 135 replies · 2,996+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | January 24, 2006 | Tim Reid
    ANDREW HORNE, clear-eyed, clean-cut and ramrod straight, never wanted to be a politician. But then something happened to the Marine Reserves lieutenant colonel who once supported the invasion of Iraq. He was sent to fight there. It was an experience that turned him vehemently against President Bush and a war he now believes can never be won definitively. “Iraq is a symptom of what’s wrong with this Administration,” Mr Horne told The Times over coffee near his Kentucky law office. “It’s hubristic. It’s wedded to political cronyism. It hides the truth. It ignores advice. I want to go to Washington...
  • Online support for OIF and OEF Veterans

    01/07/2006 4:57:27 PM PST · by Diva Betsy Ross · 66 replies · 1,493+ views
    Because Freepers Care: Please follow these links for a list of agencies and groups who are dedicated to aiding our newest, returning veterans. ***Resources for Veterans here ***Iraqi Veterans Online ***Online Support Groups ***Marine Parents ***THE NATIONAL VETERANS FOUNDATION~Hotline for crisis management ***Help Our Heroes Always remember that you are never alone. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.
  • A SOLDIER TAKES ON MURTHA AND MORAN

    01/06/2006 5:57:25 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies · 3,895+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | January 6, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Mudville Gazette has the details on an Army soldier who confronted Dem Reps. John Murtha and Jim Moran at a town hall meeting in Arlington, Va. Greyhawk transcribed the confrontation: "Yes sir my name is Mark Seavey and I just want to thank you for coming up here. Until about a month ago I was Sgt Mark Seavey infantry squad leader, I returned from Afghanistan. My question to you, (applause) "Like yourself I dropped out of college two years ago to volunteer to go to Afghanistan, and I went and I came back. If I didn't have a herniated disk...
  • How are returning personel treated? and such...

    12/15/2005 7:20:53 PM PST · by SledgeCS · 18 replies · 608+ views
    myself | 12/15/05 | SledgeCS
    This is a personal expression of a very heartwarming experience that recently had the pleasure or being a part of and having it give me hope in the future of this country. I witnessed something on a flight from Atlanta to Denver recently that amazed me and filled me with hope. While the plane was being backed away from the terminal, one of the flight attendants announced that there were 2 VERY SPECIAL passengers aboard the flight. There were 2 ARMY personnel returning from Iraq and when it was announced, the applause on the aircraft was extremely loud and long....
  • DoD Program Making Strides in Providing Wounded Troops Jobs

    12/15/2005 4:24:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 354+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 15, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2005 – A program designed to help wounded veterans find meaningful civilian jobs is paying off by enabling some to use their military expertise to ensure their former comrades are getting the quality weaponry they need in combat. Since becoming a partner in the Defense Department's "Hire a Hero" program last summer, the Defense Contract Management Agency has hired five permanent employees as well as two volunteers who lend their talents while undergoing rehabilitation, Nancy Adams, the agency's program director, told the American Forces Press Service. DoD established the program last December to encourage agencies to develop...
  • PROJECT TO DOCUMENT VETERAN EXPERIENCES

    12/01/2005 12:49:26 PM PST · by Patriot62 · 3 replies · 394+ views
    ROIL ^ | 12/01/2005 | Veterans’ Truth Project
    VETERANS' TRUTH PROJECT Recent Veterans: We Need Your Stories Why? Because these are stories every American needs to hear. When it comes to military service, most Americans just don’t get it. Why should they? Only soldiers know about the REAL military, the military that doesn’t get shown on the evening news or featured in recruitment commercials. The result? • Kids keep signing up without knowing what it’s really like. • Veterans keep coming home to communities that don’t understand what they have been through. • Americans go about their daily lives, oblivious to the fact that a WAR is being...
  • Vet's Unemployment Rate Skyrockets

    11/14/2005 8:31:07 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 17 replies · 759+ views
    Military.com ^ | November 14, 2005 | Agence France-Presse
    WASHINGTON - The return to civilian life for U.S. soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is full of pitfalls, with an unemployment rate three times the national average. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that for the first three quarters of 2005, nearly 15 percent of veterans aged 20-24 are jobless -- three times the national average. According to the website VeteransToday, published by veterans for veterans, the high unemployment rate is "partly because most service members seriously injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are in the early stages of their military careers and possess limited transferable job skills or...
  • Veterans still haven't seen college money

    11/11/2005 5:09:55 PM PST · by Dubya · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Knight Ridder Tribune News ^ | Nov. 10, 2005 | ALISON YOUNG
    WASHINGTON - More than a year ago, Congress passed a law giving extra college money to as many as 175,000 veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and other actions in the war on terrorism. Specifically targeting activated members of the reserves and National Guard, the benefit is worth as much at $827 a month. But as a second Veterans Day goes by, not a single check has been mailed and most reservists haven't even applied for it. The program remains in bureaucratic limbo. The Department of Defense is still creating a database of eligible veterans that the Department of Veterans Affairs needs...
  • Want to help recent veterans returning to the world (and to college) ?(Veteran's Day vanity)

    11/10/2005 10:18:13 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 280+ views
    me ^ | 11=11=05 | Rakkasan1
    www.comfortforcourage.org http://www.tc.umn.edu/~c4c/
  • Injuries aside, war on terror veterans move on to marathon (amazing troops!!!!!!!)

    11/05/2005 10:37:15 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 5 replies · 551+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 6, 2005 | Amanda Shifflett
    Imagine running 26.2 miles with a prosthetic leg, or navigating such a race in a wheelchair or a hand-crank chair. On Sunday, 35 servicemembers, wounded in the war on terror, were to compete in the New York City Marathon. These individuals traveled to the Big Apple from military hospitals across the United States to be part of the Achilles Track Club and the Wounded Warriors Project. Both programs work with the Walter Reed Rehabilitation Program, designed to improve the quality of life for recently wounded troops. “The whole rehabilitation model has been a sports model. The goal has been to...
  • Job Fair Highlights Veterans' Unique Skills, Commitment

    11/04/2005 4:08:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 4, 2005 | Donna Miles
    NEW YORK, Nov. 4, 2005 – Employers anxious to tap into the skills and discipline military service instills in its members converged with thousands of job-seeking veterans here at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Nov. 3 during the first Salute Our Heroes Veterans Job Fair and Career Expo. The fair brought together an estimated 7,000 veterans, many recently returned from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 87 private-sector, government and union employers hoping to entice current and former servicemembers into their workforces. Guy "Doc" Holliday, vice president for advertising for The New York Times, which hosted the event, said...
  • Top Employers Honored for Guard, Reserve Support

    10/14/2005 5:53:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 421+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 14, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2005 – Representatives of the nation's top organizations in supporting their Reserve and National Guard employees are here today to meet President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and to receive the 2005 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. The award, to be presented here during an Oct. 15 ceremony, publicly recognizes employers for exceptional support above what the law requires. The Freedom Award is the highest in a series of Defense Department employer awards that include the Patriot Award, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Above and Beyond Award, and the Pro Patria Award....
  • Veterans Affairs Strives to Find Jobs for Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets

    10/14/2005 4:58:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 327+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 14, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2005 – For young men and women fighting the war on terrorism, coming home in good health is a major goal, but coming home to a good job also is a primary concern, Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson said during a news conference today announcing a VA jobs program for transitioning servicemembers. "Fulfilling the Commitment - Coming Home to Work" focuses on ensuring that servicemembers re-entering civilian life, particularly service-connected disabled veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, have access to a full range of resources to obtain and retain suitable employment, VA officials said. The initiative will...
  • Governor Warner Announces New Home Modification Program for Injured and Disabled Veterans

    09/16/2005 9:07:58 PM PDT · by EagleClaw · 10 replies · 296+ views
    Governor Warner Announces New Home Modification Program for Injured and Disabled Veterans — Governor recounts forward momentum in safe and affordable housing in Va. — ROANOKE - Governor Mark R. Warner today announced Granting Freedom, a home modification program for soldiers injured or disabled in the current military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Granting Freedom will provide grants up to $4,000 per home or rental unit to make home accessibility improvements and modifications. The Virginia Housing Development Authority and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will administer the program. The Governor announced the program during his keynote address...
  • Veterans Eye Seats in Congress

    09/06/2005 2:20:50 PM PDT · by Prost1 · 17 replies · 610+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | Tuesday, September 06, 2005 | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to challenge congressional incumbents on both sides of the political aisle in 2006, but which party will benefit remains to be seen. While dispelling speculation that Democrats are actively recruiting war veterans to feed into the public's growing concern over President Bush's strategy in Iraq, party operatives say they are sure that such candidates could pose a formidable challenge to Republicans next year. "[Veterans] do have more leeway to criticize Bush," said Tom King, a Democratic strategist. "It gives Republicans something to think about."
  • War Wounds: Breaking a Taboo, Army Confronts Guilt After Combat

    09/04/2005 6:13:41 PM PDT · by baseball_fan · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Wall Street Journal (free two week subscription available) ^ | 8/17/05 | Greg Jaffe, Staff Reporter of WSJ
    Subtitle: West Point Professor Pushes Military to Talk to Troops About Battlefield Killing
  • Standing on his own 2 feet … with the help of a few Marines (TISSUE ALERT)

    08/19/2005 6:10:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 908+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug 19, 2005 | Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Aug. 18, 2005) -- To any casual observer visiting the F-11A pistol and battlesight zero range here, 1st Lt. Charles E. Hayter, a 26-year-old native of Billings, Mont., looks like any run-of-the-mill platoon commander… standing, watching over his Marines as they zero their rifles before they deploy to Iraq. A closer examination might reveal otherwise, but it would have to be a real close observation. The only telltale sign would be the tightness of one boot over the other and it’s rigid appearance, because inside that boot exists a prosthetic. Hayter, platoon commander for...
  • War's Wounded Roll Their Message Into Washington

    07/12/2005 12:04:44 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 5 replies · 390+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/11/05 | Donna St. George
    Heath Calhoun is cycling across America. Because he has no legs, he is doing this with his hands, pushing his pedals mightily up the sides of mountains, through rolling stretches of farmland, across suburban byways and city streets, with one idea in mind: that the country, which may be forgetting, needs to remember its wounded soldiers. They are women and men like him, returned from duty in Iraq -- and some from Afghanistan -- without a leg or an arm or an eye or a hand, troops who lived when others died but who have a long way to go...
  • Wounded Soldiers Make Cross-Country Trek

    07/12/2005 6:02:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 411+ views
    America Supports You ^ | July 12, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    A 4,200-mile bike ride would be challenging for anyone. For someone missing a limb, it would seem impossible. But Army veterans Heath Calhoun and Ryan Kelly are proving just how possible it is. Calhoun, a double leg amputee, and Kelly, who lost his right leg, are both participating in Soldier Ride 2005, a cross-country bike trip to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that assists servicemembers who were injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the world. Calhoun and Kelly are leading the ride, along with Chris Carney, a bartender from East Hampton, N.Y.,...