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Honor those who served with care for their wounds, meaningful work, and acceptance

Posted by Charles II on May 26, 2013


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Good men/women served. Good men/women stayed at home.

Posted by Charles II on May 27, 2012

Please honor those who have served… and those who tried to prevent wars.

On Monday, May 28th, Memorial Day, IAVA asks for a moment of silence at 12:01 PM to honor those who have died in the service of this country.

A minute is not enough. Veterans need to be honored with jobs, healthcare, and the opportunity to make their lives whole again. I recommend IAVA as an organization that is trying to make that happen.

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It didn’t have to end this way: Marigold and the lost chance to end the Vietnam War in 1966

Posted by Charles II on January 15, 2012

James G. Hershberg, via National Security Archive:

Who Murdered “Marigold”?

Warsaw, Poland. December 6, 1966: a date which should live in diplomatic infamy. Five thousand miles away, the Vietnam War is raging, with the dead piling up and the escalating violence poisoning international affairs and American politics. Early that morning, the Pentagon informs President Lyndon B. Johnson at his Texas ranch that 6,250 U.S. military personnel had been killed in Vietnam (and Laos) since January 1961, when his predecessor, John F. Kennedy, took office[a] —but few imagine that 52,000 Americans are still to die, along with millions of Vietnamese on both sides of the 17th Parallel. Outwardly, the bloodshed shows no sign of subsiding.

Yet, far from Southeast Asia’s jungles and rice paddies, in this grey, frigid Central European city, a secret breakthrough for peace seems imminent. The United States and North Vietnam lack diplomatic relations and, relying on combat to resolve their clashing visions, appear stuck in a Catch-22 that precludes direct negotiations: Hanoi insists it will not talk until Washington stops the bombing it began in early 1965, and Washington maintains just as stubbornly that it will not halt the raids until assured that Hanoi will pay a reasonable price, such as curbing its support for the Communist insurgency fighting to topple the US-backed regime in Saigon.

But on that cloudy Tuesday, after months of furtive machinations by Polish and Italian intermediaries (with the Soviets lurking in the shadows), Washington and Hanoi have agreed that their ambassadors to Poland will meet to confirm a ten-point outline of a settlement, or at least a basis for direct talks.

Here are the US deaths by date:

1957 – 1
1958 – 0
1959 – 2
1960 – 5
1961 – 16
1962 – 53
1963 – 118
1964 – 206
1965 – 1,863
1966 – 6,144
1967 – 11,153
1968 – 16,589
1969 – 11,614
1970 – 6,083
1971 – 2,357
1972 – 640
1973 – 168
1974 – 178
1975 – 160
1976 – 77
1977 – 96
1978 – 447
1979 – 148
1980-1995 – 66


Almost all of those men, and millions of Vietnamese could have been saved, and soldiers and civilians been spared casualties and illness, had those talks gone forward.

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In memory of those who fight for freedom in war or in peace

Posted by Charles II on November 11, 2011

Let us remember those who died by preserving freedom–real freedom–at home. Let us make it more than what our present leaders would tell us: that freedom is the freedom to buy and own, the freedom to amuse ourselves, the freedom to vote even if the process is corrupted.

Freedom is much, much more.

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Iraq/Afghanistan vet beaten, requiring hospitalization, in Oakland Occupy

Posted by Charles II on November 4, 2011

Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian:

Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.

Sabeghi, who left the army in 2007 and now part-owns a small bar-restaurant in El Cerrito, about 10 miles north of Oakland, said he was handcuffed and placed in a police van for three hours before being taken to jail. By the time he got there he was in “unbelievable pain”.

He said: “My stomach was really hurting, and it got worse to the point where I couldn’t stand up.

“I was on my hands and knees and crawled over the cell door to call for help.”

A nurse was called and recommended Sabehgi take a suppository, but he said he “didn’t want to take it”.

He was allowed to “crawl” to another cell to use the toilet, but said it was clogged.

“I was vomiting and had diarrhoea,” Sabehgi said. “I just lay there in pain for hours.”

Sabehgi’s bail was posted in the mid-afternoon, but he said he was unable to leave his cell because of the pain. The cell door was closed, and he remained on the floor until 6pm, when an ambulance was called.

Who disrespects veterans? The left? Or the people who have thrown in with the 1%?

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In memory…

Posted by Charles II on May 30, 2011


In memory of all veterans, who go to fight for promises unredeemed and return to a nation unrepentant.

May all humankind come to know: there is no good war.

I visited the graveyard today. There’s a new plot this year. Not a vet. Just a guy who worked the oil rigs, played a mean guitar for more celebrations than anyone can remember, drank way too much, and lived longer than any of us expected.

And a family vet is headed back into the carnage for his third tour. Lord, watch over him. He has a one-year old who needs him.

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Veterans Administration For The Win

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 14, 2010

Spocko Tweeted the link to this Palm Beach Post story:

Maggots have been discovered in the eye socket of a 76-year-old man under the care of a Gainesville nursing home with ownership ties to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, his outraged daughter said.


The Gainesville nursing home is part of a chain that includes Glades Health Care Center in Pahokee, controlled by the family of executive Maxcine Darville of Okeechobee. An investigation by The Palm Beach Post last year found Darville and family members enjoyed salaries above industry norms and spent money on luxury cars and hot tubs while two of three nursing homes in the chain, including the Gainesville home, received the lowest possible one-star rating from state regulators.


A Veterans Administration official confirmed the agency filed a report with the Adult Protective Services unit of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

“Please note that the discussed veteran was not under VA care when this matter occurred at this non-VA nursing home,” said VA spokeswoman Cindy Gaylord in an e-mail. “The veteran was brought to our medical center for care and shortly thereafter, the issue was forwarded to Adult Protective Services, Department of Children/Family Service for investigation.”

Exactly. The problem was only discovered when the man was brought to the VA for treatment.

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In memory of those who served their country faithfully

Posted by Charles II on May 30, 2010

Even as this country fails to properly support and care for those veterans who return, scarred, from these present wars– as from every war.

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The new epidemic: damaged brains

Posted by Charles II on March 24, 2010

No, I’m not talking about listeners of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, though they certainly are brain-damaged. I’m talking about crime victims, abused children, and most especially veterans. Mary Susan Littlepage:

New statistics show that the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran patients being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and who have had PTSD claims approved increased. …

The statistics, prepared by the advocacy group Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) with information obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), indicate that the number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans treated by the VA increased from 480,000 reported in June 2009 up to 508,000 reported in September 2009.

Also, of those veterans treated by the VA, the number of patients who were diagnosed with at least one type of mental health condition, such as PTSD or TBI, were about half of the veterans treated both as of June last year and March this year.

Research is ongoing:

Of eight planned clinical trials, one that is to begin this spring will test the benefit of administering a synthetic form of a neuro-steroid drug to PTSD patients. The drug naturally appears in the brain, but at lower levels, among some PTSD patients. It is expected to help relieve some PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, rage and aggression.

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How Convenient For Him That He’s Not Running Again For Governor

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 13, 2010

Otherwise, this little boo-boo of Smilin’ Tim’s probably would have been on the front page instead of buried in the Metro section of the Strib’s print version:

When Minnesota motorists paid out $30 apiece for “Support Our Troops” license plates, it’s a good bet they had no idea they were supporting Lee Buckley, a political appointee of Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Last year $30,000 from the license-plate fund was used to pay a portion of Buckley’s salary. Buckley worked in Pawlenty’s office as a $92,000 a year special adviser on faith and community services.

During budget hearings on Pawlenty’s office budget this week, Sens. Steve Murphy, Don Betzold and other legislators were furious over what they saw as a siphoning off of the money and a deception to those who bought the plates thinking they were directly helping veterans organizations. By state law, money from the plates is split between the Department of Military Affairs for family members of deployed service members and the Department of Veterans Affairs for grants for homeless and needy veterans.

“For money that was supposed to go to fund things for veterans going to fund people in the governor’s office, it’s outrageous,” said Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, a Marine veteran. “The governor runs around telling everyone he’s cutting all these budgets, and then he back-door fills in his own department. I’m just disgusted with this.”

If Rudy Perpich or Jesse Ventura had tried this, Republicans would be on all the local TV and radio stations calling for impeachment. But I suspect that most Minnesotans will never know about this little Friday news dump. It will disappear without a ripple, and Governor Gutshot will have once again artfully dodged his day of political reckoning as he tries to fail upwards into a spot on the 2012 Republican presidential ticket.

Posted in 2012, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, supporting the troops, Tim Pawlenty, veterans, WTF? | 9 Comments »

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