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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wave Of Firings At VA Targets Working Staff, Not Top Officials

Last June, President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing a bipartisan bill to make it easier to fire employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The law, a rare rollback of the federal government’s strict civil-service job protections, was intended as a much-needed fix for an organization widely perceived as broken.

March 13, 2018

Military Vets Blast Trump And NRA Over Guns In Schools

A vocal group of retired military veterans thinks the idea of arming teachers to possibly open fire on students as complete madness, and they’re taking aim at Trump and the NRA for the dangerous plan. For many who served in the military, unlike Trump, the obvious and horrific red flags are obvious.

February 24, 2018

When Service For The Country Isn’t Enough

Perez became a permanent resident in 1989 and said he mistakenly thought he became a citizen because of his military service. He served half of a 15-year prison sentence after he was pleaded guilty to distributing less than 100 grams of cocaine. After his release from prison in September 2016, he was turned over to ICE and sent to a Wisconsin detention center to await deportation.

February 14, 2018

How The VA Promoted The Opioid Crisis

Late one summer night in 2014, Kevin Keller broke into his best friend’s home. Keller was a U.S. Navy vet wracked with constant pain, and because his right arm had been crippled by a stroke, he had to use his left hand to scrawl a note of apology to his buddy: “Marty, Sorry I broke into your house and took your gun to end the pain! FU VA!!!

October 15, 2017

Shooting Ghosts: How Veterans Recover From Afghanistan

Finbarr O’Reilly was a canny Canadian war photographer embedded in Helmand province in Afghanistan. T.J. Brennan was a boisterous, profane and skeptical Marine sergeant who played host to O’Reilly in 2010, as he and his men undertook the thankless mission of fending off invisible Taliban fighters in a moonscape of dusty villages. One day, Brennan, while out on patrol, was knocked down by the shockwave of a rocket-propelled grenade. O’Reilly took a photo of the wounded warrior, and they fell in love.

August 28, 2017
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U.S. Veterans Stand With Dakota Pipeline Protesters

The response last month to a call for 2,000 veterans to act as a barrier between activists and law enforcement was much swifter than expected – with organizers having to stop accepting volunteers.

December 4, 2016

Aleppo, Arrests, And The Danger Of Third Parties

Voters should perhaps take heart that Gary Johnson now knows what Aleppo is. He is on the ballot in all 50 states, competing with the major party nominees for your vote.

September 30, 2016
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Veterans’ Groups Call Out The NRA: ‘Don’t Use Our Dead To Score Political Points’

Veterans’ groups are criticizing the National Rifle Association for releasing a pro-Donald Trump ad that was apparently filmed at a national cemetery in violation of government policy, calling for the ad to be taken down and accusing the gun group of “using our dead to score political points.”

July 4, 2016
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The Buck Never Stops At Donald Trump: He Takes No Responsibility For His Actions

When reporters asked Donald Trump months after his veterans fundraiser where the money went — including whether Donald had, indeed, donated $1 million — he told them he didn’t have to account for the funds.

June 16, 2016
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Why Trump’s Success With Vets In Polls Is Misleading

Trump’s particular popularity with veterans is, historically speaking, lower than it should be. Compared to polls of previous GOP presidential candidates in the summer months preceding an election, a Morning Consult survey shows that Trump’s candidacy has split the usual Republican advantage in half.

June 5, 2016
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Trump Donated To Vets Group Known For Being A Scam Operation

Following a lengthy temper tantrum aimed at the media, Donald Trump released a list of veterans charities that were going to receive the money he claims to have raised back in January. One of those charities, Foundation for American Veterans, is known to be a scam operation.

May 31, 2016
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Veterans Protest Trump As He Bashes Press Over Veterans Fundraising Stories

“I’m protesting the hate speech he stands for,” said Peter Bronson, an 81-year-old Korean War veteran who served on a French air base in Morocco, to The National Memo. “We all served with Muslims. Most of us served in the Middle East.”

May 31, 2016
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Trump Upset That Press Revealed He Didn’t Actually Give $6 Million To Vets

Recall that Trump wasn’t obligated to raise money for veterans while skipping the Fox News debate. Nor did anyone force him to claim that he had raised $6 million at the end of the night. The former increasingly appears to have been a publicity stunt, and the latter a blatant lie.

May 24, 2016
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Trump Claims To Aid Veterans, But Is He The World’s Least Charitable Billionaire?

The billionaire developer’s latest stunt was all about him, not helping those who served. While he did raise $6 million, those funds all went to the Donald J. Trump Foundation — a tax-exempt non-profit entity that generally gives barely $1 million a year to charity.

January 29, 2016

Respecting Vets Means More Than Clapping

When those same soldiers we enthusiastically send to fight our wars return with physical or mental issues, we’d privately prefer that they stay out of view. Which renders us hypocrites.

November 24, 2015

The Urgent National Crisis That Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About

While some 2016 presidential candidates are talking about income inequality, few have directly addressed perhaps the most jarring manifestation of poverty.

September 5, 2015

The One Candidate Who Did Something In Congress

Only one 2016 presidential candidate can claim to have driven the enactment of landmark legislation while in Congress: Jim Webb.

July 10, 2015

A ‘Family Hero’ Of Vietnam War Will Be Remembered At Military Cemetery

On Memorial Day, Purdie will visit the grave of her son — whom most everyone called David — at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. It will be her 100th birthday.

May 25, 2015
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PFC Jared Hunter Forced To Make A Shameful Choice

Before Jared Hunter tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.

May 25, 2015
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Shelter From The Storm: Homelessness At Its Worst Since The Depression

The scale of the homeless population is so massive it’s difficult to visualize. And from coast to coast, it’s getting worse.

May 12, 2015

‘Marching Home’: Veterans of Civil War Faced Struggles Similar To Those Of Today’s Soldiers

In a way, the “boys in blue and gray” also still live with us in the experiences of veterans returning home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Caring for those who have borne the battle and for their families remains an urgent task.

April 19, 2015
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Starbucks As Citizen: CEO Schultz Acts Boldly On Social, Political Issues

At Starbucks, both coffee and progressive policy issues are matters of concern.

March 18, 2015

100-Year-Old Chicago Vet Receives French Legion Of Honor For WWII Bravery

Almost 71 years ago, Leonard Goldstein stormed a Normandy beach during the D-Day invasion.

March 13, 2015

Racially Segregated War-Memorial Plaques Divide South Carolina Town

The mayor of Greenwood tried to desegregate a war memorial — and was threatened with arrest.

February 23, 2015

GOP Senators Seek To Put Focus Back On VA Scandal

A group of Republican senators is trying to bring the VA scandal back to the spotlight.

January 29, 2015