Fort Hood Shooter Was Iraq War Veteran With PTSD Symptoms

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 6:03 am

UPDATE: Army secretary says Fort Hood shooter saw no combat in Iraq, was not wounded. The soldier who engaged in a shooting spree at Fort Hood yesterday, killing three and then himself, was an Iraq War veteran suffering from conditions like PTSD according to the commanding general of Fort Hood. The shooter, Army Specialist Ivan [...]

Military Pension Cuts Stay In Ryan-Murray Bill

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 6:10 am

Yesterday the Ryan-Murray budget passed broke through the filibuster in the Senate. The Democratic namesake of the agreement, Patty Murray, went on to the Senate floor to trash her own bill before voting for it, noting it did nothing to create jobs nor help the unemployed. Her defense relied on claims that the Republicans wanted [...]

Are We Taking Care Of Our Veterans?

By: Monday November 11, 2013 11:00 am

Today is Veterans Day, a good time to consider how veterans are being served by the country they served. One of the problems that has plagued the veteran community are the mental health effects of their service. Long deployments, injuries, stress, and a lack of an effective support system have lead to an unacceptably high [...]

House Votes To Cut Food Stamps By $40 Billion

By: Friday September 20, 2013 5:50 am

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Yesterday, in act of extreme viciousness and cruelty, the House of Representatives voted to give those already down a swift kick to the teeth. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and backed solely by Republicans in a 217-210 vote, cuts $40 billion [...]

Dying Iraq War Veteran Writes Last Letter To Bush And Cheney

By: Wednesday March 20, 2013 4:57 am

As we mark the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq War one of the war’s most outspoken veterans is going on hospice care, soon to leave this world. But before Tomas Young exits he had one last letter to send to the men responsible for his condition and so much senseless pain. ——————- To: George [...]

Number of Homeless Iraq, Afghan Veterans Doubles

By: Friday December 28, 2012 5:06 am

One of the Vietnam War’s legacies was a generation of homeless veterans – traumatized by war and uncared for by the system that happily used them for its own ends before leaving them to the streets. Now, despite constant crowing about reforms at the Veterans Administration and treatment for mental illness in the military, it [...]

Victims of Foreclosure Crisis Line Up Demographically With Core Democratic Voting Blocs

By: Friday July 20, 2012 12:22 pm

If we were to build the perfect example of an individual borrower squeezed by the foreclosure crisis, they would line up somewhat favorably with the attributes of the average voter that the Obama campaign is hoping will turn out in large numbers to put him over the top in this election. First of all, you [...]

Obama Brings Back the American Jobs Act From the Mothballs

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 9:46 am

Perhaps showing concern about the softening economic forecasts of recent months, President Obama has provided a to-do list for Congress that would, in his words, “create jobs and help restore middle class security.” The to-do list includes several ideas from the American Jobs Act and subsequent legislation proposals announced in recent months. They include: 1) [...]

Waxman: Administration Endorsed Selling VA Property in West LA

By: Friday March 16, 2012 6:30 am

During the Super Committee negotiations last year, Republicans proposed, and the White House endorsed, the sale of a sprawling Veterans Administration campus in West Los Angeles that Democrats have long wanted to use to house homeless veterans, according to Congressman Henry Waxman. The longtime Democratic Congressman told a crowd at a town hall meeting in [...]

More Camo-Washing: DoJ Gets $117,000 Per Violation From BofA on Wrongful Military Foreclosures

By: Friday November 11, 2011 6:10 am

Over six months ago, I wrote a piece for The American Prospect about something I dubbed “camo-washing,” an effort by big banks to prove their attentiveness to the foreclosure crisis by going out of their way to compensate military families for violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. These violations included egregious behavior, like moving [...]

Veterans Hiring Bill Indicative of Impossibility of Eliminating Tax Expenditures

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 8:55 am

Within the hour, it’s likely that the veterans hiring measure, which offers tax credits of up to $9,600 to businesses for hiring returning veterans, will pass the Senate, attached to a measure that makes it easier for government contractors to cheat on their taxes. Two things stand out with the passage of this. Obviously, it [...]

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