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In 2003 some 72% of Americans fully supported the Abandoning of the Missions and those Sent to Accomplish so extremely Quickly after 9/11!!
At least some 95%, if not more as less then 1% serve them, not only still support the, just below, total lack of Sacrifice, they ran from any and all Accountability and left everything still on the table to be continually used if the political/military want was still in play in future executive/legislative wants!!
DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!


Thousands of people across America don’t just talk about honoring Veterans; they walk the walk. Dedicated Volunteers Serve Veterans for Decades

On this Executive Administration, it's Cabinet and those directly around same, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer National Military Family Association - Dec. 30, 2011, and plenty more of similar since Joyce, others, spoke and continues!

Ask yourself: If the Veterans Administration is so corrupt and mismanaged, as the conservative ideology, under which the seeds of are planted when they control, wants everyone to buy into as they obstruct the budgets and do extremely little after they charge same, then why does the Private sector, many problems within rarely heard about, adopt so many practices and advanced technologies developed within the VA, for free?! The VA, DoD, and in partnership with Universities and Colleges, not just Health Care are constantly in R&D and that developed that works is quickly moved into the private, for profit, sector, even as the VA is long under funded, decades, and especially during and after our wars that the few are sent into!

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President Obama 26 August 2014

Fact: "This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent. A hundred percent need to be supporting our troops. A hundred percent need to be supporting our veterans. A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families."

Fact:
"We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. We’ve protected veterans health care from Washington politics with advanced appropriations. We’ve been able to make VA benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. We’ve dedicated major new resources for mental health care. We’ve helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill."

August 26, 2014 - Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC
Fact: "Unlike, P&G, VA may not be concerned about quarterly profit and loss statements or shareholder value, but it does have a bottom line—Veterans. "
{which is why No Government agency should be turned into a private corporate entity feeding for profit off the Countries duty and responsibility, especially the VA}
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Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars."
26 September 2014

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: "12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility
{two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Fact: 25 June 2014 U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

Fact: How We Could Do More For Our Vets: "We need to go into debt to pay our debt to U.S. veterans to make sure they get the care and services we owe them."

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


Bob Herbert Losing Our Way : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2013: "As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt." read more>>>


Under two previous Executive administrations and wars from, father and son. With son and conservative congresses leading the extremely quick abandoning of the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11:

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Part Two: A Son Lost in Iraq, but Where Is the Casualty Report?

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

3/27/15 - U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Our Own Troops in Iraq
"During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today."
"When Brown and others tried to obtain their medical records to prove their illnesses were service-related, they learned that the records had disappeared."


Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by the Shinseki Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan - August 2012

The Rhodes Ahead: Second Anniversary of the End of the Combat Mission in Iraq
On August 31, 2010, President Obama traveled to Fort Bliss to mark the end of the combat mission in Iraq. On Friday, two years later, President Obama will return to Fort Bliss.

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes sat down to discuss what to expect from the speech the President will deliver to service members there about winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation’s obligation to stand by those who fought and their families, and the ways his administration is delivering on that obligation as troops transition back to civilian life.

To mark two years since the end of combat in Iraq, and with troops still serving in Afghanistan, take a moment to show your support for those that serve and their families. Here’s how you can participate. read more>>>

August 31, 2012 - Remarks by the President to the Troops at Fort Bliss, TX

'A new chapter': United States shuts down Iraq war
Nine years of conflict saw 4,422 Americans killed, 31,922 wounded and more than $800 billion spent

By the Numbers: 1.5 Million

Iraq Veterans: ‘National Day of Honor’ 19 March

OIF: Iraq, from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn Sept 1, 2010

December 20 2011 - Ceremony to Retire Iraq Mission Colors on U.S. Soil

The last Soldiers to die in service in OIF-OND at official end to the war and occupation in Iraq
Spc.David Emanuel Hickman 23 Greensboro, North Carolina, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Died of injuries suffered when his patrol was attacked with a roadside bomb in the Kadhimiya neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, on November 14, 2011

1st Lt.Dustin Dale Vincent 25 Mesquite, Texas, USA Battery A, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Kirkuk province, Iraq, on November 3, 2011

Though many still haven't come home from our previous wars, Iraq is Really Now Officially Over,All are out!!

U.S. military receives remains of last soldier missing in Iraq

There have been 4,804 coalition deaths
4,488 Americans
2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 179 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech, 7 Danes, 2 Dutch, 2 Estonians, 1 Fijian, 5 Georgians, 1 Hungarian, 33 Italians, 1 Kazakh, 1 South Korean, 3 Latvian, 22 Poles, 3 Romanians, 5 Salvadoran, 4 Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, 2 Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of January 2, 2012, according to a CNN and iCasulties count.
Graphical breakdown of casualties. At least 32,224 U.S. troops had been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan

Iraq war ends with a $4 trillion IOU: 15 December 2011 - Veterans’ health care costs to rise sharply over the next 40 years

POW/MIA: Afghanistan & Iraq

One U.S. soldier is currently listed as captured or Duty Status -- Whereabouts Unknown as of March 3 2012. The information below reflects the name as Prisoner of War or Duty Status -- Whereabouts Unknown by the Pentagon.

Sgt Bowe R. Bergdahl 23 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Ketchum, Idaho Captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. The Pentagon declared him Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on July 1 and his status was changed to Missing-Captured on July 3.

Memorial at the New JPED facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del..OEF: Afghanistan - Pakistan!! There have been 3,171 coalition deaths -- 2,110 Americans, 38 Australians, 425 Britons, 1 Belgian, 158 Canadians, 5 Czech, 42 Denmark, 25 Netherlands, 9 Estonians, 2 Finn, 86 French, 53 Germans, 7 Hungarian, 47 Italians, 2 Jordan, 3 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 10 Norwegians, 35 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 19 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 34 Spaniards, 5 Swedes, 14 Turks, 11 New Zealand, 11 Georgian and 14 NATO/ISAF -- in the war on terror as of August 4, 2012, according to a CNN and iCasulties count. Below are the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The troops died in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or were part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. At least 17,382 {17,024 up to August, 2012} U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. In addition to the military deaths, 11 U.S. intelligence operatives have died in Afghanistan.

Pvt.Nathanael John Aubrey Galagher 23 Wee Waa, New South Wales, Australia 2nd Commando Regiment One of two Australian soldiers killed when their UH-60 Huey transport helicopter crashed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 30, 2012

Lance Cpl.Mervyn John Aubrey McDonald 30 Carnarvon, Australia 2nd Commando Regiment One of two Australian soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 30, 2012

Lance Cpl.Stjepan Milosevic 40 Penrith, New South Wales, Australia 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, Queensland Mounted Infantry One of three Australian soldiers killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at Patrol Base Wahab in the Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, on August 29, 2012

Sapper James Thomas Martin 21 Perth, Australia 7th Combat Engineer Squadron, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment One of three Australian soldiers killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at Patrol Base Wahab in the Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, on August 29, 2012

Pvt.Robert Hugh Frederick Poater 23 Canberra, Australia 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment One of three Australian soldiers killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at Patrol Base Wahab in the Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, on August 29, 2012

Staff Sgt.Jessica M. Wing 42 Alexandria, Virginia, USA 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, Maine Army National Guard Died in a non-combat related incident in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on August 27, 2012

Spc.Mabry J. Anders 21 Baker City, Oregon, USA 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed when a member of the Afghan National Army turned his weapon against ISAF service members in Kalagush, Afghanistan, on August 27, 2012

Sgt.Christopher J. Birdwell 25 Windsor, Colorado, USA 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed when a member of the Afghan National Army turned his weapon against ISAF service members in Kalagush, Afghanistan, on August 27, 2012

Pfc.Patricia L. Horne 20 Greenwood, Mississippi, USA 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Died of non-hostile cause at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on August 24, 2012

Sgt.Louis Ramon Torres 23 Oberlin, Ohio, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Died on August 22, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds suffered when he encountered a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2012

Lance Cpl.Jacinda Baker 26 Christchurch, New Zealand 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, deployed with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team Baker was one of three New Zealand soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee traveling in a convoy northwest of Do Abe in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, on August 19, 2012. She is first New Zealand female soldier killed in action since a New Zealand nurse was killed in Vietnam in 1966.

Sgt. 1st ClassCoater Bernard Debose 55 State Line, Mississippi, USA 18th Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 351st Infantry Regiment, 158th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army Division East, Army Reserve Killed when an individual wearing an Afghan Uniformed Police uniform turned his weapon against ISAF service members in Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 19, 2012

Pvt.Richard Harris 21 Pukekohe, New Zealand 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, deployed with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team One of three New Zealand soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee traveling in a convoy northwest of Do Abe in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, on August 19, 2012

Cpl.Luke Tamatea 31 Kawerau, New Zealand 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, deployed with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team One of three New Zealand soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee traveling in a convoy northwest of Do Abe in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, on August 19, 2012

Sgt.David Vincent Williams 24 Frederick, Maryland, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Died as the result of a non-battle related injury in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on August 18, 2012

Petty Officer 1st ClassDarrel Lynn Enos 36 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Navy corpsman assigned to 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment Enos was killed along with Marine when a member of the Afghan Local Police opened fire on them near Kanesk, Farah province, Afghanistan, on August 17, 2012.

Spc.James Austin Justice 21 Grover, North Carolina, USA Company C, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Justice died on August 17, 2012, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries suffered from enemy small-arms fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on August 14.

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake 20 Wrexham, Wales Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Shadrake died of gunshot wounds when his checkpoint was attacked by insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 17, 2012

Staff Sgt.Gregory Todd Copes 36 Lynch Station, Virginia, USA 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment Copes was killed along with a Navy corpsman when a member of the Afghan Local Police opened fire on them near Kanesk in Farah province, Afghanistan, on August 17, 2012.

Sgt.Luis Antonio Oliver Galbreath 41 San Juan, Puerto Rico, None Company B, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Galbreath was one of four soldiers killed along with three sailors when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Chinartu area of the Shah Wali Kot district in northeastern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died in the crash.

Petty Officer 1st ClassSean Patrick Carson 32 Des Moines, Washington, USA Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three Carson was one of three sailors killed along with four soldiers when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Chinartu area of the Shah Wali Kot district in northeastern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died in the crash.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Daniel Hornsby 37 Melbourne, Florida, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Hornsby was one of four soldiers killed along with three sailors when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Chinartu area of the Shah Wali Kot district in northeastern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died in the crash.

Petty Officer 2nd ClassDavid John Warsen 27 Kentwood, Michigan, USA SEAL Team Three, Naval Special Warfare Group One Warsen was one of three sailors killed along with four soldiers when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Chinartu area of the Shah Wali Kot district in northeastern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died in the crash.

Pfc.Michael Robert Demarsico II 20 North Adams, Massachusetts, USA Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Died of wounds suffered when he encountered an enemy roadside bomb in Panjwayi, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Suresh Niranjan Aba Krause 29 Cathedral City, California, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Krause was one of four soldiers killed along with three sailors when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Chinartu area of the Shah Wali Kot district in northeastern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died in the crash.

Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Delaney Feeks 28 Edgewater, Maryland, USA SEAL Team Three, Naval Special Warfare Group One Feeks was one of three sailors killed along with four soldiers when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Chinartu area of the Shah Wali Kot district in northeastern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died in the crash.

Sgt.Richard Allen Essex 23 Kelseyville, California, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Essex was one of four soldiers killed along with three sailors when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the Chinartu area of the Shah Wali Kot district in northeastern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2012. Three Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian interpreter also died in the crash.

Pfc.Andrew James Keller 22 Tigard, Oregon, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Killed when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Charkh, Logar province, Afghanistan, on August 15, 2012

Staff Sgt.Eric Scott Holman 39 Evans City, Pennsylvania, USA 767th Ordnance Company, 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command Killed when he encountered an enemy roadside bomb in Godali, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on August 15, 2012

Lance Cpl.Gregory Thomas Buckley 21 Oceanside, New York, USA Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 10, 2012

Staff Sgt.Scott Edward Dickinson 29 San Diego, California, USA Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 10, 2012

Gunnery Sgt.Ryan Jeschke 31 Herndon, Virginia, USA 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment One of three Marines killed when an Afghan police officer opened fire after sharing a pre-dawn meal with them at a police compound in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 10, 2012

Cpl.Richard Anthony Rivera Jr. 20 Ventura, California, USA Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force One of three Marines killed while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 10, 2012

Capt.Matthew Patrick Manoukian 29 Los Altos Hills, California, USA 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment One of three Marines killed when an Afghan police officer opened fire after sharing a pre-dawn meal with them at a police compound in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 10, 2012

Lance Cpl.Matthew David Smith 26 Aldershot, England 30 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 26 Engineer Regiment Smith was part of a troop building a new checkpoint next to the Nahr-e-Bughra Canal in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, when he was hit by small-arms fire on August 10, 2012

. Staff Sgt.Sky Russell Mote 27 El Dorado, California, USA 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment One of three Marines killed when an Afghan police officer opened fire after sharing a pre-dawn meal with them at a police compound in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 10, 2012

Lt.Andrew Robert Chesterman 26 Guildford, England Company C, 3rd Battalion, The Rifles Chesterman was commanding a vehicle patrol when the lead vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 9, 2012. As he moved forward to take control of the situation, insurgents attacked the patrol with small-arms fire. Chesterman was shot and later died of his wounds at the hospital at Camp Bastion.

Maj.Walter David Gray 38 Conyers, Georgia, USA 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, 3rd Air Support Operations Group Killed along with two soldiers when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest bomb in Sarkowi, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on August 8, 2012

Master Sgt.Gregory R. Trent 38 Norton, Massachusetts, USA Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Died on August 8, 2012, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, from wounds sustained from small-arms fire in Bahktabad, Herat province, Afghanistan, on July 31, 2012

Command Sgt. Maj.Kevin James Griffin 45 Laramie, Wyoming, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed along with an airman when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest bomb in Sarkowi, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on August 8, 2012

Maj.Thomas Elliott Kennedy 35 West Point, New York, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed along with an airman when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest bomb in Sarkowi, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on August 8, 2012

Sgt. Maj.Franck Bouzet 45 Albertville, France 13e Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins (13th Mountain Infantry Battalion)Killed when French soldiers engaged in a security operation in support of the Afghan National Army were attacked with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades near Tagab in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2012

Petty Officer 3rd Class Clayton Ross Beauchamp 21 Weatherford, Texas, USA Navy corpsman assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force Killed when enemy forces attacked his unit with a roadside bomb during a dismounted patrol in Shaban, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2012

Spc.Ethan Jacob Martin 22 Lewiston, Idaho, USA C Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Killed when two individuals wearing Afghan National Army uniforms turned their weapons against ISAF service members in Koragay, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2012

Cpl.Daniel Lee Linnabary II 23 Hubert, North Carolina, USA 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2012

Lance Cpl.Rory Patrick Malone 26 Auckland, New Zealand 2nd/1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, assigned to the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team One of two New Zealand soldiers killed when their unit came to the assistance of local security forces who encountered suspected insurgents near a village south of Do Abe in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, on August 4, 2012

Lance Cpl.Pralli Durrer 26 Christchurch, New Zealand Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles, assigned to the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team One of two New Zealand soldiers killed when their unit came to the assistance of local security forces who encountered suspected insurgents near a village south of Do Abe in Bamyan province, Afghanistan, on August 4, 2012

1st Sgt.Russell Ryan Bell 37 Tyler, Texas, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated during dismounted operations in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 2, 2012

Staff Sgt.Matthew Steven Sitton 26 Largo, Florida, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated during dismounted operations in the Zhari district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 2, 2012

Sgt.Kyle Brenton McClain 25 Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA 1433rd Engineer Company, 507th Engineer Battalion, 177th Military Police Brigade, Michigan Army National Guard Died following an improvised explosive device attack in Salim Aka, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on August 1, 2012

1st Lt.Todd William Lambka 25 Fraser, Michigan, USA Company D, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in the Bermel district of Paktika province, Afghanistan, on August 1, 2012

Pfc.Jesus Jonathan Lopez 22 San Bernardino, California, None Company D, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in the Bermel district of Paktika province, Afghanistan, on August 1, 2012

Lance Cpl.Curtis Joseph Duarte 22 Covina, California, USA 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force Died following an improvised explosive device attack during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on August 1, 2012

Soldiers - Veterans - Families Of

On FLOTUS & SLOTUS "There is this sense that this is genuine," says Raezer. "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - December 30, 2011

What wasn't done by those who should have, that administration, those congresses, that VA administration, More Importantly the Country: "In 2004, we invaded Iraq," he said. "At that point, the VA should have seen it coming." Richmond attorney Matthew A. Kapinos, a veteran of Army service in Iraq and Afghanistan - May 13, 2012 - and obstructed since!

Our Nation: 'We Pretend the Vets Don't Exist'

"We want to talk about the glory of the war, how patriotic it is, but we don't want to focus on the costs of war, what happens when these men and women come back," Congressman Bob Filner Jun 26, 2012

It's oh so easy to lay blame on the agency, the Peoples responsibility, especially coming from the peoples representatives in Congressional/Legislative hearings and in public, which the People represented want to see and hear, certainly no demand they should Sacrifice, even some veterans of certain political ideology, and thus the media joins the fray as well, another DeJa-Vu all over again!!

How About This for Supporting the Troops: What Always Should Have Been!!

Note to Congressional Committee's: Instead of pointing figures at the VA personal in hearings etc., better understand your jobs as well as your staffs jobs of representing the people, thus the Veterans who've served, especially at war, don't ask "What can we do" while attacking them, or look for another profession!!

Country Must 'Sacrifice' not just Groups Within nor Just Non Profits Fighting for Donations!

If not fully funded, decades now not, while ignoring what we vets were saying on many issues, and especially the past decade plus with two more wars, on the front end and funded for maintaining and updating needs, especially as our next wars are cheered on, that causes much much more in trying to correct what wasn't done or modernized and not only as to monetary needs but the needs of all the Veterans who served the Country! The peoples representatives, fed and states, beat up on the agency and as their representatives the people support that, instead of calling themselves out as the problem!

The new 'magnetic ribbons' the 'parades', with no demand for sacrifice get same results, but 'parades' only last a few hours on one day! Think 'Desert Storm' and 'Gulf War Syndrome', Ignored till recently, finally, after the 'Parades'!
Have the 'Welcome Home Parades' but at each the one word that should be spoke and on the minds of All, 'Sacrifice', Demand It, You Owe It!

No Revenues = Still No Sacrifice = That's Called 'Support' For The Troops = DeJa-Vu all over again!!

Now a decade and counting added to the previous decades of under funding the VA, while the peoples reps Still try and lay blame on the Agency, after rubber stamping wars and costs of and those represented cheer on these wars! While the wealthy and other investors garner their booty, still from both, and many have the chutz·pa to call themselves more patriotic{?} then others wrapped in those false flags, using false slogans and various cheap symbols of!

Officials: Goal set for hiring 250K veterans, spouses by 2016
August 21, 2012 - Officials from the Joining Forces campaign say they have helped 125,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs in the last year and are setting a new goal of getting another 250,000 hired in coming years.

First lady Michelle Obama announced the jobs figures at her appearance at Naval Station Mayport in Florida on Wednesday. She identified several new companies committed to hiring veterans. The campaign had already secured more than 175,000 commitments for veteran hires this year.

Officials said the hiring numbers are a positive sign, not just of public efforts to find veterans jobs but also of corporate interest in their skills and talents.

“They’ve learned what you all have to offer,” the first lady told the troops at Mayport on Wednesday. “These companies are not making these decisions just because it’s the right thing to do – which it is. They’re doing it because it’s the smart thing to do for their bottom lines. read more>>>

First Ladies remarks link and video can be found here.

Now if congress would do their jobs, so much time wasted especially in the past couple of years even holding the transportation bill hostage and not fully funding the needs in the end. But especially if the reagan capitalist would actually stop the con and do the economic growth trickle down from that rapid growing huge wealth to the top, stagnating and cutting wages on those who actually do the work, then the country could move from the threat still lingering of total collapse, economically and more!

Team Rubicon Teams Up With Got Your 6 in Campaign to Support Veterans

Military veterans to get priority for police jobs under COPS grants

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. read more of mission statement>>>

Team Rubicon Teams Up With Got Your 6 in Campaign to Support Veterans
May 10, 2012 - In an unprecedented show of support for veterans and military families, nearly every major studio, broadcast and cable network, talent agency, and guild in the entertainment industry has united with Team Rubicon and other top-tier non-profit organizations to launch the Got Your 6TM campaign. Got Your 6 will create a wide array of opportunities for veterans to successfully convert their leadership operational training into positive civilian roles in our communities nationwide.

“Got your six” is a military expression that means “I’ve got your back, and you’ve got mine.” The six o’clock position or “six” is the designation of the rear of a military formation.

Got Your 6 will focus on six pillars of reintegration: jobs, education, health, housing, family and leadership. Got Your 6 will work with a lead non-profit organization to activate each pillar in pursuit of a specific, substantial launch goal. read more>>>

Homeless Veterans 'Stand Down' Events 2012

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Deadline to Apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Extended

Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses:
VA is seeking to extend the date to Dec. 31, 2018 for medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses and undiagnosed illness to have appeared in Gulf War Veterans. Medically unexplained chronic symptoms include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, and respiratory disorders: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses: Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisymptom Illnesses.

VA Continues Long-Term Study on Gulf War Era Veterans

Lung Disease Following Deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan

Leaked memo: Afghan 'burn pit’ could wreck troops’ hearts, lungs

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families
31 August 2012 - Since September 11, 2001, more than two million service members have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, many of them serving with unprecedented duration and frequency. Long deployments and intense combat conditions require optimal support for the emotional and mental health needs of our service members and their families, and ensuring that they receive the support they deserve is a top priority for the Obama Administration.

That's why today, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will help the federal government better meet the current and future demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment services for our troops and veterans, as well as their families.

Building on the ongoing efforts to expand these services, today's Executive Order: read more>>>

Executive Order -- Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

Fact Sheet: President Obama Signs Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

Studying of the Aging Brain in Vietnam War Veterans
Just think where this country would have been, and leading in, if it had listened to us Vietnam Vets, and properly funded the VA on same and the many other issues. On PTS and TBI's, not only as to combat theater veterans but the greater civilian populations! This also being an example of Government working together with private concerns in research and funding, we used to do so well not long ago in many area's.

SF VA brain research technology advances
August 1, 2012 - A room in the basement of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center is undergoing renovations for a new, $8 million magnetic resonance imaging machine, which will join an arsenal of some of the most powerful research scanners in the world.

The machine, known as a 7T - "T" standing for tesla, a unit of magnetic field - will offer researchers a more in-depth look than the VA center's current MRIs provide into the details of the brain and the roles biological markers play in developing dementia, Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other cognitive problems.

New, ultra-high resolution MRIs help researchers view details in the brain that they used to be able to see only after a patient died, such as subtle changes in brain structure and function and other abnormalities associated with Alzheimer's disease. The hope is that by seeing such signs earlier, doctors will be able to detect the disease earlier. read more>>>

American Forces Press Service: Special Report - Military Paralympians
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 - Twenty U.S. service members and veterans are among the more than 4,000 athletes participating in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Go to Military Paralympians to follow their progress in an American Forces Press Service special report.

Special Report: Military Paralympians

Military Paralympians

Sacrifice, Dedication, Teamwork – U.S. Service Members, Veterans Compete in London Paralympics
September 5, 2012 - From the start of the London Olympics through the closing ceremonies, we watched American athletes compete every day filled with patriotism and excitement. But for some athletes currently competing in the London Paralympics, Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, they are doing more than just wearing the American flag – they are wearing or have worn a uniform.

Of the 227 members of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team, 20 are active-duty service members or veterans, some injured during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. These world-class athletes are showing their countrymen and the world that it’s possible to overcome physical injuries, psychological health challenges and still excel. read more>>>

Once Denied A Purple Heart, A Soldier Gets Her Medal
In 2010, NPR reported that some Army commanders refused to award the Purple Heart to many troops who got concussions in combat because they didn't consider these "real" injuries. As a result of our story, the Army did its own investigation and put out new guidelines on Purple Hearts. Last week, the Army told NPR that under the new rules, they've finally awarded the medal to almost 1,000 soldiers, including Michelle Dyarman, whom we profiled in our original 2010 reports.

September 3, 2012 - Michelle Dyarman is at the American Legion on a recent Sunday more than two hours before the ceremony is supposed to begin. Her local American Legion is in a drab brick building in Hanover, Pa. They've set up three long folding tables in the social hall, covered with red, white and blue plastic tablecloths. There are platters with cubes of salami, cheese and vegetable dip.

Dyarman keeps tearing up and wiping her eyes. "It's a big day," she says.

She has set up poster boards on a side table with mementos and photos from her Army career. Her Army cap, her Army boots — they're tiny, like they belong to a kid. read more>>>

August 16, 2012 - Army Releases July Suicide Data

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline~~~Army Regulation 600-63 (Health Promotion) pdf~~~Army Pamphlet 600-24 (Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention) pdf~~~Suicide Prevention Program~~~Suicide prevention training resources for Army families~~~Information about Military OneSource~~~Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program~~~Defense Center for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center~~~American Foundation for Suicide Prevention~~~Suicide Prevention Resource Council~~~Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors~~~Army Medical Command: Civilian psych staff doubled since 2007~~~Army examining mental health programs~~~Eric Greitens & Paul Rieckhoff: Stresses of War & Tours In

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered an Army-wide 'suicide stand down' on Sept. 27

May 16, 2012 Army Leaders Order System-wide Review of Behavioral Health Care

VA to Increase Mental Health Staff by 1,900

VA Adding Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors to Workforce

American Psychiatric Nurses Association Joins Forces with First Lady Obama and Dr. Biden to Support Veterans and Military Families

UT College of Nursing Answers First Lady’s Call to Improve Veterans’ Care

Military affairs beat: For cops, courts, a primer on PTSD

'Give-Back-24' Events to Battle 'Invisible Wounds of War'

Mobile Vet Centers treat wounded warriors

Military Kid Tackles PTSD for School Project
August 29, 2012 - Military kid Hannah Rauhut was given an assignment: create a multimedia presentation about a topic that was important to her. While some 13-year-old students might use the opportunity to discuss anything on their minds (my own “groundbreaking” middle school presentation addressed what brand of chocolate chips make for a tastier cookie), Rauhut had a more passionate approach — educate her peers on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Her presentation included facts, a video she made of the local Wounded Warrior Horsemanship program and a live interview with founder retired Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes on coping with PTSD. Not only did Rauhut get a perfect score and gratitude from her enlightened classmates, she’s now raising awareness nationwide as a journalist for A Backpack Journalist, a program that teaches military youth about resilience through creative expression. I spoke with Rauhut about the significance of raising awareness of PTSD, especially for youth.

What inspired you to focus on PTSD? read more w/video's of >>>

Even in dementia, Korean War medic cares for his men
NORTHPORT, N.Y. - August 31, 2012 - It's a story that makes you think, "What are the chances?" It started with a mystery at a nursing home we visited, "On the Road."

John Angerame says when you love someone with advanced dementia -- like his father has -- you can't help but wonder: Are they still in there?

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Augie Angerame served in the Korean War, in an artillery unit. He was a medic, which may partly explain his recent behavior at his VA nursing home on Long Island.

A few months ago, Augie started going into the room of another veteran with dementia named Frank Dibella.

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The kids agreed: It seemed like Augie was trying to care for Frank -- like he was back in the war. Frank didn't seem to mind. The staff eventually moved the two men into the same room.

And that's when John started putting the pieces together. read more>>>

Honor our living brothers and sisters as they return from our wars, especially the wounded, physically and mentally, all the time! Fully Fund the Veterans Administration, no questions asked, as we fund the Department of Defense, no questions asked.

CNN-Iraq and Afghanistan War Casulties

In Remembrance - Moving Tributes

Afghanistan & Iraq Civilian Casualties - War Refugee's

Recording Casualties: Victims of Armed Conflict Worldwide

This programme draws on the principles of human security to develop and enhance the technical and institutional capacity, identify and consolidate the legal requirements, and build the political will to record details of every single victim of armed conflict worldwide. The programme incorporates research into emerging good practice and existing legal frameworks, the development and promotion of clearer legal and more effective regulatory instruments, and the creation and support of advocacy networks. visit site for updated reports

Every Casualty.org: New Org Website Launched On Casualty Recording The one-stop source for information on conflict's casualties worldwide and the organisations that record them

Film Highlights Perils Faced By Iraqis Who Helped U.S.
THE LIST: Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies

Refugee's: 27.5 million From Violence 2010

CIVIC: Working for Civilian Victims, Annual Report 2010

Exact Count of Civilian Casualties may never be known, as is the case in every conflict, especially an Invasion by another Country. For it is the Innocent Civilians and those Defending their Countries,of which All would be counted if this country, the U.S., were ever invaded, who suffer the most, during and long after!

All the Deaths, Maimings and Destruction are the Blood on All Our Hands, No One can Escape that Guilt!

Strasbourg judge: “Those who export war ought to see to the parallel export of guarantees against the atrocities of war”

The Rand Corporation Terrorism Report the press release here, you can get the full document here or a summary of the research brief here


97 percent {now more} of U.S. deaths in Iraq have occurred after George W. Bush declared an end to "major combat."
May 1, 2003 - "Mission Accomplished!" After leaving the Main Mission in Afghanistan, as to 9/11, to invade and occupy Iraq, which created the rise in the regional insurgents fighting in Afghanistan since!

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is," - George W. Bush, Texas Gov., 1999

"How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans." How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

"Torture is the tool of the lazy, the stupid, and the pseudo-tough. It's also perhaps the greatest recruiting tool that the terrorists have." Major General Paul Eaton

Airman Missing in Action from WWII Identified

August 22, 2012 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, has been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John E. Hogan, of West Plains, Mo., will be buried Aug. 24, in Arlington National Cemetery. On Sept. 13, 1944, Hogan and eight other crew members were on a B-17G Flying Fortress that crashed near Neust├Ądt-on-Werra, Germany. Only one of the crewmen is known to have successfully parachuted out of the aircraft before in crashed. The remaining eight crewmen were buried by German forces in a cemetery in Neust├Ądt. read more>>>

Soldiers Missing From Vietnam War Identified

August 27, 2012 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of three servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, were recently identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Army Sgt. 1st Class William T. Brown of La Habra, Calif., Sgt. 1st Class Donald M. Shue of Kannapolis, N.C., and Sgt. 1st Class Gunther H. Wald of Palisades Park, N.J., will be buried as a group on Aug. 30, in a single casket representing the three soldiers, in Arlington National Cemetery. Brown and Shue were each individually buried on Sept. 26, 2011, at Arlington and May 1 in Kannapolis, N.C. read more>>>

Done "In Our Names"!


HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military and Coalition Forces Killed in Action, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan from 2001 to September 2012 - My Honor Rolls, and more, to Share


National World War II Memorial


National Korean War Memorial


National Vietnam Veterans Memorial - "The Wall"


The Vietnam Women’s Memorial


Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries


Arlington National Cemetery


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