Weary Soldiers At Risk, They Know This

A poignant editorial on Al Jazeera seems to have more in depth observations than America’s Corporate media. Mainstream media must follow the money, toe the line for sponsors and political perks that promise ’scoops’.

‘The US military is exhausted”

By Sarah Lazare

The call for over 30,000 more troops to be sent to […]

VA Mismanagement and Government-sponsored Health Plans

If I had to choose between high priced arrogant profiteering insurance corporations and uninspired, underpaid, uninterested bureaucratic medical providers, I would hitchhike to Mexico or Canada. […]

But, When They Come Home …

This photo was taken on March 25, 2003.

Soldier in famous photo never defeated ‘demons’

They found Dwyer lying on his back, his clothes soiled with urine and feces. Scattered on the floor around him were dozens of spent cans of Dust-Off, a refrigerant-based aerosol normally used to clean electrical equipment.

Dwyer […]

What Military Recruiters Don’t Say Can Kill

Such as the Stop Loss Policy

— they discovered that the military wasn’t what they thought it was going to be. Many of them told me that the military wasn’t even close to what their recruiters told them it was going to be (either the recruiter lied to them, or they were […]

PTSD Collateral Damage Inevitable – Military Unprepared

Murder Trial Points to War Trauma

A Maryland murder trial is being turned into a debate on the lingering traumatic impact of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on the psyche of the Americans who served there.

Army Ranger veteran Gary Smith is on trial for murdering […]

The Dust Never Settles For Returning Veterans

Depression and suicidal thoughts aren’t limited to vets with PTSD; family members may experience it as well.

… an excerpt from testimony before a House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health hearing held February 28, 2008, regarding the Iraq War’s mental health impacts of Iraq War on the families of Guard/Reserve […]

What More Can We Do To Ruin Our Military?

Military Doctors Withholding Treatment from Soldiers with Mental Health Problems The military is denying crucial care to soldiers, making them vulnerable on the battlefield.

Since 9/11, one Army division has spent more time in Iraq than any other group of soldiers: the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, New York.

Over […]

Pentagon Threat – No Strings On Funding Or Else

Pentagon Warns of Civilian Layoffs If Congress Delays War Funding Democrats Are Firm on Link to Troop Withdrawals From Iraq

By Jonathan Weisman and Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post

The Defense Department warned yesterday that as many as 200,000 contractors and civilian employees will begin receiving layoff warnings by Christmas […]

Hey Kay Bailey, Thanks for your belated response … but no answer

Dear (BossKitty):

Thank you for contacting me regarding mental health services for American service members and veterans. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.

With the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is important that we have the capacity to treat mental health issues for returning soldiers and Marines to […]

Poorly Trained Troops Have No Clue How To Behave

Documents Show Troops Disregarding Rules

by Ryan Lenz

New documents released Tuesday regarding crimes committed by U.S. soldiers against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan detail a troubling pattern of troops failing to understand and follow the rules that govern interrogations and deadly actions.

“The simple fact of the matter is interrogation […]