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Photo: Number of disabled veterans rising Number of disabled veterans rising
Associated Press - Sat May 10, 2008
Increasing numbers of US troops have left the military with damaged bodies and minds, an ever-larger pool of disabled veterans that will cost the nation billions for decades to come - even as the total population of America's vets shrinks. More»

VA blasted over veterans suicides
CNN - Mon May 5, 2008
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Veterans Committee blasted the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday, accusing the agency of criminal failure to respond to evidence of rising suicide rates among former soldiers. More»

Vets say they feel misled about GI benefits
CNN - Mon Apr 28, 2008
Cheated - Baited and switched - That's how veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan say they feel about military recruiters who sold them on how the GI Bill would benefit them. More»

Army widens probe after finding bad conditions at Fort Bragg
Associated Press - Mon Apr 28, 2008
Army officials said Tuesday they are inspecting every barracks building worldwide to see whether plumbing and other problems revealed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, last week are widespread. More»

Gulf War ills tied to chemical exposure
Associated Press - Sun Mar 9, 2008
WASHINGTON - Increasing evidence ties pesticides and other chemicals to some, not all, of the Gulf War illnesses that afflict thousands of veterans of the 1991 war, says an analysis published Monday. More»

Water makes US troops in Iraq sick
Associated Press - Sat Mar 8, 2008
Dozens of US troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. More»

U.S. troops buy own gear for safety
Christian Science Monitor - Thu Mar 6, 2008
FORT BENNING, Georgia - Commando Military Supply on Victory Drive here is about as different from a musty Army surplus store as you can imagine. More»

Photo: Why does Johnny come marching homeless? Why does Johnny come marching homeless?
Associated Press - Fri Jan 18, 2008
LEEDS, Massachusetts - Peter Mohan traces the path from the Iraqi battlefield to this lifeless conference room, where he sits in a kilt and a Camp Kill Yourself T-shirt and calmly describes how he became a sad cliche: a homeless veteran. More»

Photo: Veterans make up 1 in 4 homeless in US Veterans make up 1 in 4 homeless in US
Associated Press - Tue Nov 6, 2007
Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population, according to a report to be released Thursday. More»

Photo: Stuck in a hole, Limbaugh keeps digging Stuck in a hole, Limbaugh keeps digging
Carpetbagger Report - Wed Oct 3, 2007
When MoveOn's "Betray Us" ad drew a firestorm of attention, the progressive group stood by the advertisement, but it didn't take out another, even more provocative ad. More»

Many soldiers get boot for 'pre-existing' mental illness
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sun Sep 30, 2007
Thousands of US soldiers in Iraq - as many as 10 a day - are being discharged by the military for mental health reasons. More»

Photo: Brain injuries from war worse than thought Brain injuries from war worse than thought
USA Today - Sun Sep 23, 2007
Scientists trying to understand traumatic brain injury from bomb blasts are finding the wound more insidious than they once thought. More»

Injured vet stuck in limbo at Walter Reed
Washington Post - Sat Sep 15, 2007
After nearly three years as an outpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Staff Sgt John Daniel Shannon had begun the wrenching process of turning himself into a civilian. More»

Female airman won't face court-martial
Associated Press - Thu Sep 13, 2007
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Air Force has dropped a criminal indecency charge filed against a female airman who refused to testify against another airman she had accused of rape, her lawyer said Friday. More»

Photo: Thousands of GIs cope with brain damage Thousands of GIs cope with brain damage
Associated Press - Sat Sep 8, 2007
The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: an epidemic of brain-damaged soldiers. More»

Whistleblowers Treated Like Terrorists
Associated Press - Fri Aug 31, 2007
One after another, the men and women who have stepped forward to report corruption in the massive effort to rebuild Iraq have been vilified, fired and demoted. More»

Walter Reed flap puts retirement on hold
Navy Times - Thu Aug 30, 2007
The Army will not process the retirement request of its former surgeon general until completing a review of last winter's Walter Reed patient care scandal, officials say. More»

Photo: Abu Ghraib whistleblower's ordeal Abu Ghraib whistleblower's ordeal
BBC - Thu Aug 16, 2007
The US soldier who exposed the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison found himself a marked man after his anonymity was blown in the most astonishing way by Donald Rumsfeld. More»

Army suicides highest in 26 years
Associated Press - Tue Aug 14, 2007
WASHINGTON - Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report. More»

Bush Adviser Considering the Draft
Associated Press - Thu Aug 9, 2007
WASHINGTON - Frequent tours for US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday. More»

Photo: Gates: U.S. to keep troop presence in Iraq for "protracted period" Gates: U.S. to keep troop presence in Iraq for "protracted period"
CNN - Sun Aug 5, 2007
WASHINGTON - US forces will probably be in Iraq for a "protracted period" to support the country's year-old government, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday. More»

Photo: Vets on the Street Vets on the Street
Newsweek - Fri Feb 23, 2007
Kevin Felty came back from Iraq in 2003 with nowhere to stay, and not enough money to rent an apartment. More»

Case Workers for Wounded GI's Laid Off
Army Times - Mon Jan 22, 2007
Defense Department officials have laid off most of their case workers who help severely injured service members, sources said. More»

Big Money: The Compensation Angle
The Raw Story - Tue Oct 31, 2006
Veterans' advocates fought long and hard to have Congress pass measures in 1997 that require the Department of Defense (DOD) to document the pre- and post-war health of American troops. More»

The Myth of Accessible Health Care
The Raw Story - Sun Oct 29, 2006
If you were thinking of enlisting in the military and you read the press releases from the DOD and VA public relations machine, you'd think that signing up would make you part of a body of men and women who were the nation's greatest asset -- a corps that would enjoy every possible means of care at all stages of their professional and personal lives. More»

To Hell and Back: Spinning the Downward Spiral
The Raw Story - Tue Oct 24, 2006
The same troops whose mental health issues were more or less ignored while they were active service members face numerous obstacles to proper care in the military's mental health system once they return. More»

Mental health disorders among returning troops
The Raw Story - Mon Oct 23, 2006
The same administration that many claim sent US troops overseas without sufficient intelligence, planning, numbers, or armor is equally unprepared to deal with the war's psychic toll on service members, RAW STORY has learned. More»

Photo: Air Force's Agent Orange Study Ends Air Force's Agent Orange Study Ends
Associated Press - Wed Sep 6, 2006
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - The government is taking steps to preserve data and biological specimens from a quarter-century investigation into the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans, having found an elevated risk for diabetes but no clear links to cancer from the soon-to-end study. More»

Gearing up for another wave of homeless vets
Village Voice - Fri Aug 18, 2006
On the first Tuesday in August, Thomas Mullifield, who fought with the Army in Vietnam from 1964 to 1967 and struggled with alcoholism in the 1990s, was engaged in another battle-against the overheated, leaden air filling the residence that he and 149 other vets call home on Commonwealth Avenue in the Bronx. More»

The US propaganda machine: Oh, what a lovely war
The Independent UK - Thu Mar 30, 2006
The Lincoln Group was tasked with presenting the US version of events in Iraq to counter adverse media coverage. More»

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