{This blog is not affiliated with the VA. Though a Veteran, four yrs. all shore in Navy last year In-Country Vietnam, I don't work for the VA}
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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."

"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


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!!

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan" - President Lincoln

She wrote that she's proud of her service but added this: "That doesn't change the fact that I contributed - however indirectly - to human beings vanishing from the earth in a moment of sheer agony."

For our sisters: National Women Veterans Hotline, call 1-855-VA-WOMEN1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-66361-855-829-6636) New Hotline now up and running

They are a coalition of leading Veterans, mostly of OEF and OIF, and national security organizations who recognize that climate change is a major threat, and support fast, bold action. It is time for Americans to rise to the challenge, and we’re taking on the fight.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan - January 2013

'Freedom is Free' when a Country doesn't Sacrifice for their Wars and the Results Of!!
How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!

Obama, Biden honor fallen soldiers at Arlington Cemetery
January 20, 2013 - On the cusp of his second term, President Barack Obama solemnly honored the nation's fallen soldiers Sunday before taking the oath of office in an intimate White House ceremony, a swearing-in ritual he will repeat 24 hours later before a massive crowd at the Capitol.

The day began with a morning swearing-in ceremony for Vice President Joe Biden, committing him to four more years as the nation's second in command. Biden then joined the president at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony on a crisp, sun-splashed January day.

Obama and Biden jointly placed a large wreath, adorned with red, white and blue ribbon, in front of Arlington's Tomb of the Unknowns. Placing their hands over their hearts, the two leaders stood solemnly as a bugle played "Taps." read more>>>

Women on the Front Lines, Finally Recognized

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23 January 2013 - Lift on combat ban for US women opens door to recognition, opportunity

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More on this can be found Here>>>

January 24, 2013 - Defense Department Rescinds Direct Combat Exclusion Rule; Services to Expand Integration of Women into Previously Restricted Occupations and Units

'A new chapter': United States shuts down Iraq war
Nine years of conflict saw 4,488 Americans killed, 32,230 U.S. 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 on Sept 1, 2010

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

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

There had 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 32,230 U.S. troops had been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

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

CNN Map U.S. and Coalition Iraq Casualties

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 3,257 coalition deaths -- 2,177 Americans, 39 Australians, 440 Britons, 1 Belgian, 158 Canadians, 5 Czech, 43 Denmark, 25 Netherlands, 9 Estonians, 2 Finn, 86 French, 53 Germans, 7 Hungarian, 47 Italians, 2 Jordan, 3 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 10 Norwegians, 36 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 19 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 34 Spaniards, 5 Swedes, 14 Turks, 11 New Zealand, 17 Georgian and 14 NATO/ISAF -- in the war on terror as of February 3, 2013, 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 18,201 {18,167 up to January, 2013} 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.

Capt.Krzysztofa Wozniaka 36 Poland Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego, Wojska Specjalne Polskie (Operational Maneuver Response Group, Polish Special Forces) Died of wounds sustained when insurgents opened fire on Afghan and Polish commandos preparing to assault a building during a raid to detain suspected insurgents in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on January 23, 2013

Sgt.David James Chambers 25 Hampton, Virginia, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Killed when an enemy improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted patrol in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on January 16, 2013

Kingsman David Robert Shaw 23 Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom, England Company C, 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Died on January 16, 2013, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, from a gunshot wound sustained when his checkpoint came under attack from insurgents in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 14, 2013

Sgt.Mark Henry Schoonhoven 38 Plainwell, Michigan, USA 32nd Transportation Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Died on January 20, 2013, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan on December 15, 2012

Sgt.David Fernandez Urena 35 Bilbao, Spain Regimiento de Pontoneros y Especialidades de Ingenieros (Regiment of Bridges and Engineer Specialties) Killed when a roadside bomb detonated while his unit was conducting route reconnaissance between Qalah-ye Now and Darreh-ye Bum in Badghis province, Afghanistan, on January 11, 2013

Sgt.Aaron Xavier Wittman 28 Chester, Virginia, USA Company A, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Died from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small-arms fire during s mounted patrol in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on January 10, 2012

Sapper Richard Reginald Walker 23 Leeds, Englad 8 Troop, 42 Field Squadron, 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment Died of gunshot wounds sustained when an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire on ANA and ISAF soldiers at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 7, 2013

Sgt.Rene Brink Jakobsen 39 Veng, Denmark Jaegerkorpset (Huntsmen Corps, Danish Special Forces) Died of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated during a foot patrol northeast of Gereshk in Upper Gereshk Valley of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on January 2, 2013

CNN Map U.S./Canada and Coalition Afghanistan Casualties

Soldiers - Veterans - Families Of - and the Military Canine Veterans this month

Native Americans make history in the inaugural parade
Over 2,000 groups applied to be part of the presidential inaugural parade. Byron Pitts reports on one of the groups chosen, the Native American Women Warriors, who help promote diversity and equality in the military and on reservations. more here>>>

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Black History Month

105-year-old Veteran’s Long Journey - A Century of African-American History
01/31/2013 - Very few African Americans have witnessed as much of their history as Veteran Alyce Dixon.

She is 105 and has seen a century of social and cultural changes since Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Who better to reflect, during African American History Month, on the transitions in her life than a Veteran who has served in one World War and lived through all the other major military conflicts of the 20th century?

Alyce experienced racism and sexism but was born with a resilient strength that told her all along, before there was a song, that she would overcome.

She has seen 19 American Presidents including Barack Obama, the first African American president. Her opinion? “He’s brilliant!”

One of her first jobs was as a civilian at the Pentagon. “The building was still being built when I was there.” She worked in a secretarial pool where women waited each day for an assignment.

“They were calling for the white girls every day,” she recalls.

“I went in and talked to the man in charge. I said, ‘I’ve been sitting here now a whole week and you haven’t called me. What’s wrong?’ The man told me he was trying to find me a spot. So, I said, ‘What are you trying to find me, a ‘black’ spot?’

“I didn’t like that. God made us all. We all eat and sleep and bleed alike. It just doesn’t make any sense.” read more>>>

African-American History Month Focuses on Achievements
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 – African-Americans have made and continue to make major contributions to the nation’s defense, the director of the Defense Department’s office of diversity management and equal opportunity said in a recent interview.

As National African-American History Month commences today, this year’s theme -- “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington” -- is important for two reasons, Clarence A. Johnson told the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service.

“The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 years old, and the March on Washington is 50 years old,” he said. “The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, but it also enhanced America’s freedom.”

Because 1963’s March on Washington precipitated the Civil Rights Act, DOD components worldwide will celebrate with those events in mind because of their contributions to diversity and freedom, Johnson said.

National African-American History Month gives people an opportunity to recognize African-Americans who have contributed to the nation’s defense, and that recognition is important, he said.

“It gives us the time to appreciate the strides we’ve made,” he added. “I think we pride ourselves in … [making] sure all our individuals are treated with equality, dignity and respect.”

As the military services observe National African-American History Month, Johnson said, there are two things to keep in mind: service and commitment. Greatness is achieved by serving others, he said, while commitment to diversity is critical to the nation and to DOD. African-Americans have long since left their mark on defending the nation since the Revolutionary War, he added. read more>>>

The American Veteran - February 2013

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 - A series of short video features about veterans' rights and benefits along with inspiring stories of service and sacrifice made by America's men and women in uniform.

The Year in Review: Joining Forces to Hire American Heroes

TPC Exclusive: First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden Interview

01.20.2013 - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden sit down with TPC's SSgt Josh Hauser for an exclusive interview about the Joining Forces Initiative.

First Lady, Dr. Biden Vow to Continue ‘Joining Forces’
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2013 – Lauding Americans’ increased outpouring to service members, their families and veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, have vowed to continue leading the Joining Forces initiative during the next four years with a goal of creating a national culture of appreciation and support. read more>>>

Senate starts year with vets employment bill
Jan 23, 2013 - Helping veterans find jobs is one of the top legislative priorities for Senate Democrats.

One of the first 10 bills introduced in the 113th Congress is a measure that seeks to get more veterans hired for civil service jobs; provide federal grants to encourage employers to hire veterans as first responders; expand small-business loans; and strengthen employment and reemployment rights.

It also extends for two more years the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, or VRAP, that provides up to one year of GI Bill benefits to certain unemployed veterans so they can learn a new marketable skill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman and cosponsor of the bill, said his panel “will be looking very seriously at how to improve veterans’ employment and training programs.”

The bill’s chief sponsor is Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader. read more>>>

By the Numbers: Supporting Veterans Success as Small Business Owners

Support for our Heroes - Joining Forces

Joining Forces is dedicated to connecting our servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs at home.

DOT Helps Veterans Find Work and Success in Transportation

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

War veterans hit Sandy's front lines for rescues, cleanup

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>>>

Homeless Veterans 'Stand Down' Events 2012

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Privatizing wars of choice like the tepublican representatives long sought, along with many in the public, after privatization of the peoples responsibility the Veterans Administration for fun and bottom line profits!

KBR Secret Indemnity Agreement Signed By Army Chief Tainted In Enron Scandal
WASHINGTON -- 01/24/2013 -- The Army official who signed a secret agreement that military contractor KBR claims should burden taxpayers with the bill for the company's negligent poisoning of U.S. soldiers in Iraq resigned from the military in 2003 after a tenure marked by questions about his ties to Enron Corp.

Thomas E. White, named secretary of the Army in 2001, signed an indemnity agreement protecting KBR, the military's largest contractor, from legal liability on March 19, 2003. KBR had asked for the agreement as part of its contract to rebuild Iraq oilfields destroyed in the U.S. invasion. White resigned a month later, on April 23, under fire for his previous role as a senior Enron executive and after clashing with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over his advocacy for a multi-billion dollar artillery system. read more>>>

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.

Certain illnesses are associated with Gulf War service

Lung Disease Following Deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan

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

Initial Research on the Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan
02/04/2013 - Action - Notice.


This notice announces the preliminary plans of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a longitudinal cohort study of adverse health effects related to military deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, to include potential exposure to airborne hazards and burn pits, and to take related actions to promote the effective monitoring and assessment of deployment-related exposures and potential health effects of deployments. The planned actions are based in part on VA's review of the analysis and recommendations in an October 31, 2011, report of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concerning the potential long-term health consequences of exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. for more>>>

Veterans Administration Mental Health Home Page

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

Special Report: Uncounted Casualties
Scores of recent Texas war veterans have died of overdoses, suicide and vehicle crashes, a six-month Statesman investigation finds.

A necessary inquiry into veterans’ deaths

Army Vice Chief Tours TBI, PTSD Treatment Center

February 01, 2013 - Army Relases December 2012 and Calendar Year 2012 Suicide Information

Depart. of Veterans Affairs Suicide Data Report, 2012
More and more information, that should have been widely reported all along is being so with ever growing actions taken, studies, research and actual public and private collaborative help, have been finally coming into the light of day these past few years that should always have been. Especially in these modern times past to present and the invasions and long occupations by the few who serve the Country.

One huge area, but they all are for those that have served, is the information on active Military and the Veterans community suicides. Being reported like it's a shock it's taking place and never before did. The country that refuses to Sacrifice, though finds it very easy to wave flags and use words and symbols of their patriotism, especially this past decade plus and it's two more long occupations, added to the previous decades and wars of and the treasury deficits, are now shown what they've easily ignored, many doing today, when the soldier comes home.

Active duty and Veterans Suicides, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Sexual Trauma, the Agent Orange vets, the Desert Storm Gulf War Syndrome vets, the Homeless Veterans, Chemical Warfare Agent Experiments and oh so so much more.

Read More Here: 22 veterans commit suicide each day: VA report

Grim Aftermath of a Decade of War
AIR DATE: Jan. 15, 2013 - More U.S. Troops Died by Suicide Than in Afghanistan Combat in 2012

Suicides by active duty U.S. troops last year exceeded the number of servicemen and women killed in combat in Afghanistan. Ray Suarez talks to psychiatrist and retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, who says more than half of the soldiers who killed themselves had already sought help from a mental health professional.


STEPHEN XENAKIS: We have seen this before.

We saw it 20 years ago in the first Gulf War.We even in some ways saw it after Vietnam.I mean, the issues of medical health, of personal stress, of family stress, in fact, go up after the actual fighting has stopped and the soldiers redeploy, they're back in garrison, because the force is still under a lot of stress. Transcript>>>

Watch More U.S. Troops Died by Suicide Than in Combat in 2012 on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

January 15, 2013 - The Wilderness After War: Living with PTSD
Photojournalist Lori Grinker profiled three former U.S. service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The video, which features Hart Viges, Mark Wilkerson and Jessica Goodell telling their stories in their own words, was produced by Grinker for the Dart Society, an association of journalists who cover violence. The audio inconsistencies are due to the differing locations and modes of interviewing, including Skype. Some of the war images from this video may be too graphic for some viewers. read more>>>

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~~~Army Seeks To Curb Rising Tide Of Suicides~~~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~~~DoD and VA to Fund $100 Million PTSD and TBI Study~~~Department of Defense Expands Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts~~~Identifying Suicide Risk Factors

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

Mid Year - Afghanistan Annual Report 2012: Protections Of Civilians in Armed Conflict {67page pdf}

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

Done "In Our Names"!

HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military and Coalition Forces Killed in Action, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan from 2001 to January 2013 - 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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