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  • Rolling Thunder POW-MIA's left behind in all US wars.
  • Social Science Information Gateway.uk gulf war syndrome info.uk links
  • TheWarComesHome State legislators in Vermont introduced legislation (Feb 08) demanding the state's National Guard troops return from Iraq. Lawmakers in Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania are poised to push similar legislation.  At the heart of the matter is a contention that President George W. Bush's legal authority to deploy the National Guard to Iraq has expired.
  • ToTheFallenRecords
  • Traprock Peace Center war casualties info, anti-war activism
  • ScienceDaily For Iraq Veterans, Migraines May Be Sign Of Other Problems
  • Sheehan-Miles  Gulf war MIA's ignored until 2003 war
  • SLDN 
  • Gulf War Vet Lawsuit.com     
  • IraqMemorial 
  • SNAFU Military and Veterans News
  • SourceWatch Iraq Coalition Casualty Statistics, Soldier Suicides
  • SouthWestern, Division of Epidemiology  Gulf War Syndrome is real
  • Suicide.org
  • Transgender American Veterans Association - formed to address the growing concerns of fair and equal treatment of transgender veterans and active duty service members.
  • Viet Nam Veterans Against the War  History of Vietnam war 
  • Veterans Against Iraq War
  • Veterans for 911 Truth - Veterans for 911 Truth, Operation Vigilant Truth is a nonpartisan thoughtful organization that seeks to broaden the public debate by providing information on 911.
  • Veterans for Common Sense News
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Vietnam War Internet Project
  • UMRC Uranium Medical Research Centre
  • VAVA Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin
  • Veterans Against Iraq War More than 600 families speak out against the invasion of Iraq
  • Veterans for Common Sense When Walter Padilla returned from the war in Iraq, his marriage ended, he was haunted by nightmares, he went bankrupt and felt most secure carrying a handgun. Last week, sitting on his bed, he placed his Glock to his head and pulled the trigger.
  • WayneMadsenReport The flatulent, cigarette-hazed alcoholics who make up the leadership of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars have decided to endorse chickenhawk George Allen over Vietnam hero Jim Webb in Virginia and another GOP chickenhawk against wounded Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth in Illinois.
  • Wellstone.org 2002, archive:  "As a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Wellstone often helps Minnesota veterans cut through bureaucratic red tape in order to ensure that the government provides the benefits to veterans that they deserve. Wellstone introduced and successfully pushed into law the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act, helping thousands of veterans and their families receive U.S. citizenship." see Wellstone assassination
  • WMR is truly outraged by the corporate veterans' organizations' support for a chickenhawk non-vet like Republican Peter Roskam over severely wounded and disabled Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth in the Illinois 6th Congressional District. Roskam won the House seat in a very close election.
  • Womanrant Heartless-Bitches
  • Yahoo, gulf war syndrome
  • and BBC and more below
  • Yellow Rose Peace Bus  Blog the bus was destroyed by fire, please help replace it.
  • search terms: post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, Army Reserve, intoxicated, served in Iraq, received a Purple Heart, among the first wave in 2003, attended group counseling, depressed, manslaughter,  three-car wreck, drove directly into oncoming traffic, struggled to adjust to civilian life, used alcohol to cope, overdose, took his own life six months after having received a medical discharge stemming from a Baghdad incident, suffered severe head injuries, acute migraine headaches, metal plates in his head, blinded in one eye, gifted in physics and struggling to pay for college signed up with the Army in 2001, safety net frayed at Walter Reed, spoke of the peace he had felt when he technically died in Iraq, 
  • VA Lawsuit, CNN
  • VA Watchdog
  • Courage to Resist War resistors: Agustin Aguayo, Eugene Cherry, James Circello, Brad Gaskins, Jeremy Hinzman, Brandon Hughey, Robin Long, Suzanne Swift, Ehren Watada, Mark Wilkerson
  • Wikipedia, Veterans of Foreign Wars   The VFW has been criticized for partisanship during election campaigns, with many arguing that it is a biased Republican organization. In the 2006 midterm elections, the VFW endorsed Peter Roskam, a Republican congressional candidate with no military background, over Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who lost both her legs in combat.[1]
  • WayneMadsenReport: "March 2007 -- The scandals about the appalling conditions and poor treatment of wounded U.S. military veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital and Veterans Administration hospitals around the country are resulting in a virtual military revolt against the Bush administration. The Bush administration is responding to military disgruntlement with courts-martial, threats of court martial, and a zero tolerance policy for military criticism of Bush and Cheney. According to our military sources, the most anti-Bush elements are found in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, the services that have suffered most from the disastrous neo-con war in Iraq. Morale in the Army and Marines has never been lower."
  • LeftintheWest "The connections between Jack and Conrad are nearly endless. Conrad Burns took more money from Abramoff, his associates, and his clients than any other member of Congress. He also shared two staffers, Chief of Staff Will Brooke and State Director Shawn Vassell, with Jack Abramoff. Brooke and Ryan Thomas, Conrad Burns’ appropriations staffer, took a trip to the Super Bowl and to some casinos paid for by a company that Abramoff owned a stake in. That trip is under investigation by the Department of Justice. Senator Burns also did favors for Jack Abramoff and his clients. Shortly after meetings between Abramoff’s office and Burns’ office, Burns voted to protect the Marianas Islands, one of Abramoff’s clients. The Marianas are part of the U.S., but fall outside the protections of U.S. law and operate as sweatshop economies complete with forced prostitutions and other horrors. Senator Burns has also come under fire for helping line up a $3 million school grant for the Saginaw Chippewas of Michigan, an Abramoff client and one of the wealthiest tribes in the nation. While Burns originally maintained that the grant was given at the request of Michigan’s Senators, records reveal that he offered his support for the grant more than a month before Michigan’s Senators requested Burns offer his assistance"
  • Winter Soldier update WMR  March 16-17, 2008 -- Winter Soldier reveals subservience of US troops to contractors in Iraq and malfeasance of John McCain's "great General Petraeus." US Army veterans of Iraq revealed how they were subservient to U.S. contractors in Iraq and were ordered to put their own lives on the line to improve the bottom line of Halliburton, the one time parent company of Defense Department contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR).  The veterans of Iraq testified at Winter Soldier 2008 held in Silver Spring in suburban Washington from March 14 through 16.  Kelly Dougherty, a veteran of a Colorado National Guard military police unit in Iraq said that upon her unit's entry into Iraq in late March 2003, their duties primarily consisted of military convoy escort and patrols. Soon, they were assigned convoy escort and protection duties for KBR convoys from Kuwait.
  • Veterans related data thefts: Dept of Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Birmingham AL, Muskogee Veterans Hospital, Manhattan Veterans Medical Center, US Dept of Veterans Affairs (28,700,000 SSN's and medical records - May 2006), Dept of Veterans Affairs - Minneapolis, WMR
  • Deflation of U.S. casualty figures in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to U.S. military sources, the Pentagon is consistently deflating the number of combat deaths in Iraq by manipulating the figures. For example, combat deaths in battlefield Medivac units are not being counted as combat casualties. One source said, "if someone is killed on the ground, that is counted as a combat death . . . if the wounded soldier is placed in a Medivac helicopter, the minute the door is closed and he dies . . . that is not counted as a combat death." The undercounting of combat deaths is supported in a new documentary titled "The Ground Truth."

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  • Kent State info, (2) InTouch Dean Kahler, shot and paralyzed at Kent State, interview, ...... search terms: National Guard troops, fired on crowd of demonstrators and bystanders, four killed, nine wounded (3) Jeff Miller, killed, from Long Island, Viet Nam war protest, drug use crackdown, Plainview High School grad, famous photo of him and teenage runaway, icon photo, 13-second fusillade by 28-man detachment, criminal charges filed by parents against guardsmen, $40 million lawsuit was settled for $675,000, college refused to put names of students on memorial until 25th anniversary of event, Elaine Holstein (mother) endured a flood of hate mail because of memorial names, "there is not one day when she doesn't think about her son and Kent State" 


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Agent Orange   top
  • National Acadamy Press
  • VeteransResources search biological and chemical testing under Projects Shad and 112
  • Wikipedia, Agent Orange "Studies of populations highly exposed to dioxin, though not necessarily Agent Orange, indicate increased risk of various types of cancer and genetic defects; the effect of long term low level exposure has not been established. Since the 1980s, several lawsuits have been filed against the companies who produced Agent Orange, among them being Dow Chemical, Monsanto and Ultramar Diamond Shamrock (produced only 5% [1]). U. S. veterans obtained $180 million in compensation in 1984, while Australian, Canadian and New Zealand veterans also obtained compensation in an out-of-court settlement the same year"
  • AP The Australian defence department on Monday denied testing the powerful defoliant Agent Orange in rainforest near a town in the country's far northeast during the Vietnam War.  ...  Defence officials were asked to investigate whether the toxic chemical had been tested near the Queensland town of Innisfail following media reports that it had been trialled there in 1966.  ... The media reports said that foliage in the area, which is about 100 metres (yards) from the town's water supply, had never properly regrown after the testing.  But the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) said Agent Orange had never been used in or near Innisfail.  "DSTO's search of archived reports shows that no trials have been carried out by defence scientists in the Innisfail area using Agent Orange," a defence spokesman said in a statement.  ....  The military conducted "one small-scale defoliation trial" in an area near Innisfail in 1966 to test the performance of herbicides in regular use in the farming and forestry industries, he said.  "Small quantities of commercially available chemicals, Diquat, Tordon and Dimethyl sulfoxide were used," the spokesman said.  ....  "Small quantities of commercially available chemicals, Diquat, Tordon and Dimethyl sulfoxide were used," the spokesman said. "Contrary to media reports, the herbicide 2,4-D -- a component of Agent Orange -- was not used in this trial."  Agent Orange, widely used by US forces in Vietnam to clear jungle cover, contains the extremely toxic chemical dioxin. 
Veterans Bill of Rights   top     MORE
  • Sen. Paul Wellstone (1944-2002) introduced the Veterans Bill or Rights.  See Wellstone.org
  • You Tube  
  • Brian Moran  House Democratic Leader Ward Armstrong and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Brian Moran announced they would support a Virginia Military Veterans’ Bill of Rights
  • GI Bill website  The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contains many important changes to GI Bill benefits for reservists, for more information click HERE.
  • Wikipedia Veterans Bill of Rights, Canada
  • From: Jim Baldridge <JAMBAL@jhmi.edu> Baltimore United For Peace and Justice is presenting the screening and discussion of "Winter Soldier" to support Iraq Veterans Against the War's 2008 "Winter Soldier" hearings on the completion of the fifth year of occupation following the invasion of Iraq on 19 March 2003.  The historical significance of IVAW's Winter Soldier hearings cannot be overemphasized. Just as VVAW's hearings in 1971 were done to present the hidden truth of what Americans were doing and being told to do in Vietnam, and being told to cover up, IVAW will be conducting hearings on the hidden truths of what American service members are going through in Iraq and Afghanistan, what they are doing, what is being covered up by the government, military leadership and the mainstream media. Please join us to help support IVAW and their important work. There is no admission cost, but we will be taking a collection and encouraging people to volunteer some support.  Jim Baldridge Veterans For Peace Vietnam Veterans Against the War Baltimore United For Peace and Justice 
Cold War Human Samplers   top
  • J. Clifton Spendlove, Cold War chemical and biological weapons tests planner, also Norman LaChapelle.
  • Project 112, Shipboard Hazard and Defense Project, 1962-1973
  • Deseret Test Center, Dugway, Utah
  • WhistleStopper    Project 112 and the Shipboard Hazard and Defense Project consisted of 50 tests conducted between 1962 and 1973. The tests were conducted in Alaska, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Utah, Panama, Canada, Britain and aboard ships in the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans."          file
  • WhistleStopper  AP  "The Pentagon is continuing to withhold documents on Cold War chemical and biological weapons tests -- including some in Alaska -- that used unsuspecting sailors as "human samplers" after telling Congress it had released all medically relevant information.  ...  The secretive tests involved 5,842 soldiers and sailors -- many of whom were unwitting guinea pigs. The experiments were designed to determine the effectiveness of biological and chemical agents in combat and methods to protect troops from attacks. An untold number of civilians also may have been exposed during some of the tests on the troops....  In most cases, supposedly harmless simulants were used to mimic anthrax, E. coli or other agents, although in a number of cases potentially deadly nerve agents were used, including sarin and VX. ... The tests described in Pentagon documents included tests at a Gerstle River site near Fort Greeley of how sarin gas and VX dispersed. ... Numerous veterans say they are now suffering from illnesses because of exposure, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has denied requests for health care coverage.  ... After a three-year investigation that Pentagon officials characterized as "exhaustive," the Defense Department released an overview of the tests and a series of fact sheets last June and then disbanded the probe. ... But the overview and fact sheets didn't acknowledge the documents and films that were obtained by the plaintiffs and authenticated by Spendlove, including results of tests to determine how much of the chemical simulants the "human samplers" were exposed to."
Employment   top
  • Iraq Veterans Against the War
  • Veterans For Peace (VFP)
    A national organization of US military veterans working together for peace and justice through non-violence. Founded in 1985, Veterans For Peace includes men and women veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, other conflicts along with peacetime veterans using personal experiences and perspectives gained as soldiers and veterans to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of militarism and war - and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives. 
  • Heritage.org  Putting America Back to Work: Reforming the Employment Security System First  ...  Second, transferring the ES system back to the states would improve the employment services provided to unemployed job seekers. ... Eliminating the federal multi-grant process also would remove barriers to the integration of state services, encourage states to cross-train ES agency employees, and improve significantly the delivery of employment services. For example, state ES staff hired to help veterans are prohibited by law from helping non-veterans.  If a local office is crowded with non-veterans, these staff members may not help, even if there are no veterans to serve.
  • Iraq War Veterans
  • Military.com  Veteran careers 
  • Pennsylvania Fellowship of Christian Veterans God is on our side.
  • Today's Military careers
  • Yahoo / AP  Strained by war, recently discharged veterans are having a harder time finding civilian jobs and are more likely to earn lower wages for years due partly to employer concerns about their mental health and overall skills, a government study says.  and vet job woes  AP 
Homeless Vets   top
  • End Homelessness Recent studies suggest that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan may face high risks of homelessness because of mental health problems: 19 percent of Iraq veterans reported a mental health problem, compared to 11.3 percent of those returning from Afghanistan
  • Operation Dignity  We also utilize professional staff from the VA, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, the VA Compensated Work Therapy Program, Health Care for the Homeless, Travelers Aid Society, the Jobs Consortium, and BOSS.
  • Army Public Affairs ARNews,   
  • Dept of Defense official website, global war on terrorism top priority
  • Military.com Data from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows that as of last July, nearly 28,000 veterans from Iraq sought health care from the VA. One out of every five was diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the VA. An Army study in the New England Journal of Medicine in July showed that 17 percent of service members returning from Iraq met screening criteria for major depression, generalized anxiety disorder or PTSD.
  • White House, Bush, troops to stay in Iraq through 09.


Senator Larry Craig, and The Veterans Affairs Committee   top
  • From the Left Craig gone
  • SourceWatch Larry Craig
  • Veterans for America Iraqinam
  • Vets For Justice forums  He has not one iota of any connection to Veterans or their issues, other than he was apparently "dumped" into the Senate Veterans Committee as a newbee and not much else for a reason why. ... So it's no wonder that he emerged as one of the most disconnected, most dysfunctional, most out of touch Veterans Committee person known to Vet-Kind everywhere in the 2006 session last year.
  • The Hill Vets Lash Out at House Over Budget Rules
  • National Acadamies Press
  • US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • VAWatchdog
  • Wikipedia, Veterans
  • Wikipedia, Veterans Against the War ... The group was founded in July 2004 at a the annual Veterans for Peace convention in Boston by Iraq war veterans. The founders are Kelly Dougherty (current Executive Director) US Army, Tim Goodrich US Air Force , Mike Hoffman USMC, Alex Ryabov USMC, Jimmy Massey USMC, Isaiah Pallos USMC, and Diana Morrison US Army. [1] In August 2007 the group elected Camilo Mejia as the co-chair of its board of directors.[2]
  • SourceWatch  On August 27, 2007, a report by Roll Call revealed that Senator Craig had been arrested in June of that year for lewd behavior in an airport bathroom. On August 8, Craig pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He paid over $500 in fines and was given one year of probation beginning August 8.[1] ... A spokesman for Craig commented that the incident was a simple “he said/he said misunderstanding.”[2] ... In June, according to a plainclothes police officer, Craig sought to engage in lewd conduct with him in a men's public restroom. In his report, the officer wrote, "At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly. While this was occurring, the male in the stall to my right was still present. I could hear several unknown persons in the restroom that appeared to use the restroom for its intended use. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area."[3] Craig attributed the incident to a misunderstanding stating in the report that he had "a wide stance when going to the bathroom 
Depleted Uranium   top
  • National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC)
    An international coalition of advocates and organizations providing a resource for information, support, and referrals for all those concerned with the complexities of Persian Gulf War issues, especially Gulf War illnesses and those held prisoner or missing in action.
  • Seattle PI
  • Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Soldiers for the Truth "My first order of business would be to fire the present occupant of that important office, Dr. Dov S. Zakheim."
  • Wikipedia Depleted Uranium, "Its high density has made it a valued component in some technical applications, specifically in military projectiles. Such uses remain controversial, as U-238, besides its residual radioactivity, is known from several laboratory studies to be toxic to mammals, especially to the reproductive system and fetus development, causing reduced fertility, miscarriages and fetus malformations"
  • AEPI
  • acunu.org
  • Dept of Defense official website, global war on terrorism top priority
  • JunkScience "The BBC reports, "A British scientist says the Americans' use of depleted uranium weapons in the war with Serbia is likely to cause 10,000 extra deaths from cancer." There have only been about 400 extra cancer cases from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Somehow I doubt that far lower levels of radiation exposure are going to cause 25 times more cancers.
  • nas.edu
  • faa.gov
  • eiap
  • safety.army.mil
  • dtic.mil/dtiwl
  • aec.army.mil
  • cbi-web.org
  • I apologize for these pics... but believe they are real....and need to be shown...Steve Francis .. author NFU....help protect our children from Bush
  • PoisonDust: "... a senior UN scientist said research showing how depleted uranium could cause cancer and other health problems was suppressed in a recent World Health Organization report: But Dr Keith Baverstock, who worked on the project, ...described a process known as genotoxicity, which begins when depleted uranium dust is inhaled. "The particles that dissolve pose a risk - part radioactive - and part from the chemical toxicity in the lung," he said. Later, he said, the material enters the body and the blood stream, potentially affecting bone marrow, the lymphatic system and the kidneys. The research was not included in the WHO report, and Dr Baverstock believes it was blocked.  During the current Iraq War the U.S. use of radioactive DU weapons increased from 375 tons used in 1991 to 2200 tons. Geiger counter readings at sites in downtown Baghdad record radiation levels 1,000 and 2,000 times higher than background radiation. The Pentagon has bombed, occupied, tortured and contaminated Iraq. Millions of Iraqis are affected. Over one million U.S. soldiers have rotated into Iraq. Today, half of the 697,000 U.S. Gulf War troops from the 1991 war have reported serious medical problems and a significant increase in birth defects among their newborn children.  The effects on the Iraqi population are far greater. Many other countries and U.S. communities near DU weapons plants, testing facilities, bases and arsenals have also been exposed to this radioactive material which has a half-life of 4.4 billions years.
  • New York Daily News "A MANHATTAN federal judge has ruled that a group of New York Army veterans who fell ill after inhaling depleted uranium dust from exploded U.S. shells can sue the federal government - but only for medical malpractice after their discharge. A 1950 Supreme Court decision - commonly known as the Feres Doctrine - has long prohibited suits against the federal government by soldiers, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl ruled last week. "To the extent that the injuries asserted in the plaintiffs' complaint arise out of their military service."
Gulf War I Diseases   top
Project Shad and 112    top
  • Dept of Veterans Affairs 
  • Mathaba  Conrad Burns "Conrad Black, the former chairman of the Telegraph, goes on trial in Chicago this Wednesday for criminal fraud and racketeering, search SHAD
  • VeteransResources search biological and chemical testing under Projects Shad and 112
  • Project SHAD, J.B. Stone,   From 1962 to 1973, the CIA, DOD, and Smithsonian Institution participated in Project 112/SHAD, during which more than 10,000 U.S. Servicemen became human test rats for the above-mentioned substances and more. At: Veterans Administration / Project Shad
    DeploymentLink / Shadand Citeseer/ Shad You will confirm that the Americans who suffered these injuries and losses are treated exactly as described, documented by the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, and Journal of the History of Biology. [Well, at least you’ll get the current “official version”.] VA Shad   MORE BELOW
PTSD    top
  • ePluribus Media PTSD  Timeline Welcome to the PTSD Timeline, a first-of-its kind database of reported OEF/OIF combat posttraumatic stress-related incidents.  Created, collected, fact-checked, updated, and maintained by members of the ePluribus Media community including ilona, JeninRI, standingup, leftylimblog, kfred, Cho, the PTSD Timeline is our attempt to record what some of our troops are experiencing after their return from war. If you have an incident you wish to add please contact us at: timelines@epluribusmedia.org. If you can support this work, please consider donating to our effort.
  • IraqWarVeterans PTSD page, resources, support pages, 
  • Orange Victims Fund
  • VietNow  "For the past 29 years, Darlene* has lived with Bob,* a Vietnam veteran diagnosed with PTSD. She describes this time as “walking on eggshells, never knowing when he’ll blow"
  • PsycoanalystsOpposeWar Blog of Stephen Soldz, US diplomats return for Iraq with PTSD, search terms: life in the green zone also leads to PTSD, debilitating, stress-related symptoms, survey of 1400, Larry Brown, State Dept director of Medical Services,
  • more search terms, a 26-year old who served two tours in Iraq, Army Special Forces, now stateside and a missing person.  Aggravated assault, battery, criminal mischief, improper exhibition of a firearm, brandished a gun at some hotel guests, girlfriend tried to calm him down.  Army MP, honorably discharged, returned to the French Quarter, self mutilation, killed and dismembered his fiance, scared by lack of remorse, Iraq incident involving a child that haunted him, self-reported coping with PTSD, can no longer watch violent movies or play video games, steering away from objects that appear suspicious near the road, you hear loud noises that shake you up a lot, came home a different person, you face the guilt of what you did over there, you start to think about what happened and why. source: ePluribus Media
  • Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • IraqWarVeterans PTSD page, resources, support pages, 
  • MSN Groups, PTSD IraqWarVeterans@groups.msn.com PTSD
  • PTSD Manual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 
  • SoldiersHeart "35% of the 1.2 million US servicemembers who have cycled through the region are already exhibiting strong signs of PTSD, an illness known for its tendency to lay dormant for years or decades."
  • search terms: post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, Army Reserve, intoxicated, served in Iraq, received a Purple Heart, among the first wave in 2003, machine-gun duty during Ramadi's 2004 violence, 26th on waiting list for one of the state's 12 beds, attended group counseling, depressed, manslaughter,  three-car wreck, drove directly into oncoming traffic, struggled to adjust to civilian life, preparing to kill himself, found him hanging from an electrical chord, couldn't eat, felt paranoid, struggled with relationships, admitted to drinking alcohol excessively, blood-alcohol nearly double the legal limit, reliving combat in his sleep, used alcohol to cope, overdose, took his own life six months after having received a medical discharge stemming from a Baghdad incident, suffered severe head injuries, acute migraine headaches, metal plates in his head, blinded in one eye, gifted in physics and struggling to pay for college signed up with the Army in 2001, safety net frayed at Walter Reed, spoke of the peace he had felt when he technically died in Iraq, demoted to private, given a general discharge, 2 counts of vehicular manslaughter, claimed the lives of two teenage girls, was returned to military service, received orders to return for a second tour in Iraq, witnessed a group of women and children blown up by a suicide bomber, children's body parts fell from the sky, conducted house-to-house raids, become very violent since returning from Iraq, hanging and beating a kitten, placing a bomb at the high school, and shooting the students, charged with possessing components of explosives, source:  ePluribus Media
  • Dept of Veterans Affairs 
  • Gulf War Medical Research Library 
  • Heritage.org  Proceed with Caution: The Unintended Consequences of Expanding VA Access ...  In 2001, the VA spent $21 billion on medical care for veterans.[6] In 2004, this spending reached $27 billion, and it is expected to reach $30 billon by 2007.[7] Between 2001 and 2004, the number of patients treated in the VA system increased 22 percent from 4 million in 2001 to 5 million.[8] Of the veterans currently enrolled in the VA, only 27 percent are in the lower-priority categories.
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information National Library of Medicine, NIH
  • US Army Human Resources Command
  • US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
  • VFW Magazine
  • search terms: female Iraq
  • PTSD Manual "According to a study (the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, NVVRS) performed in the mid 80’s 15.2% of the male Vietnam veterans, surveyed at that time, suffered from PTSD and 30% of heavy combat male Vietnam veterans suffered from PTSD. Even though no survey was done, 16,354,000 veterans served during WW-II and 5,700,000 served in Korea. Lets split the difference and say that 20% of all the veterans then and now suffer from PTSD of some intensity.  The Veterans Administration confirms that approximately 19,196,000 veterans are still living. That would mean that some 3,838,200 veterans suffer from PTSD and as of July 1997 only approximately 500,000 were being treated and only 102,000 are receiving disability compensation. This means that only approximately 1.3% of those veterans are being treated and only .3% of those being treated are receiving disability compensation.
  • PTSD search terms: exhaustion, mental shutdown due to individual or group trauma, hide fear in heat of battle, fatigue due to natural reaction to shock.  England: 'Railway spine resemblance to PTSD and Civil War 'Soldiers heart' symptoms: startle responses, hyper-vigilance, and heart arrhythmia.  WWII: overwhelming mental fatigue, 'the effort syndrome' and 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'.  and ...'shell shock', 'combat fatigue, stress and anxiety  as a result of combat trauma, and in 1980 PTSD term set in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by APA American Psychiatric Association, provides 'official' definitions of mental illnesses.  other terms: situational disorders.  High suicide rate of Vietnam Veterans.  PTSD changed in the manuals from a syndrome to a disorder.  The disorder occurs: confrontation with actual or threatened death or serious injury, war, recurring recollections of war events, hallucinations, flashbacks, dreams, thoughts, images, perceptions, intense psychological distress, internal or external cues, symbols.  Avoid, Avoidance, inability to recall traumatic events, detach detachment estrangement, restricted range of affect (can't 'love), sense of foreshortened future, drunk, alcohol, sleep disorders, irritability, outbursts of anger, 
  • Iraq Veterans Against the War  Winter Soldier  Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.  The four-day event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan - and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans' health benefits and support.  When: Thursday March 13 to Sunday March 16
Suicide    top
  • Alternet suicide
  • Bellaciao suicide
  • BuzzFlash As many as 121 U.S. soldiers may have committed suicide in 2007, a record number if confirmed, according to Army statistics
  • Dissident Voice, suicide watch ... "The higher suicide rate in Iraq can be attributed to the higher percentage of married and reserve troops, and the lower amount of stress training and screening in basic training for non-combat troops,"
  • Environmentalists Against War
  • Information Clearing House   The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it. 
  • Iraq Veterans Against War Last Monday, November 26, Sammantha Owen-Ewing, one of IVAW’s newest members, the wife of my friend Scott, and a former Army medic like me, committed suicide in her Rhode Island home.   search terms: Kyle Snyder, war resister, "I could not train or be trained under a false pretense of fighting for freedom".  turned himself in, AWOL, charged with desertion, 
  • SourceWatch Iraq Coalition Casualty Statistics, Soldier Suicides
  • Truthout
  • CDC Center for Disease Control, US
  • National Acadamies Press  
  • Healthline, suicide, depression
  • Hooah4health Suicide prevention
  • ScienceDaily For Iraq Veterans, Migraines May Be Sign Of Other Problems  Soldiers returning from combat in Iraq who have migraine headaches are more than twice as likely to also have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression or anxiety than soldiers who do not have migraines, The study involved 3,621 United States Army soldiers who were given a health screening questionnaire within 90 days after returning from one year of combat duty in Iraq. A total of 2,167 of the soldiers, or 60 percent, completed the questionnaire. Of those, 19 percent screened positive for migraine headaches, 32 percent screened positive for depression, 22 percent screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder, and 13 percent screened positive for anxiety.
  • Suicide.org The suicide rate for U.S. army personnel deployed in Iraq has increased to 19.9 out of 100,000, indicated army surgeon general, Lt.-Gen. Kevin Kiley. The data is from the Mental Health Advisory Team Report, which was released on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
  • Veterans for Common Sense When Walter Padilla returned from the war in Iraq, his marriage ended, he was haunted by nightmares, he went bankrupt and felt most secure carrying a handgun. Last week, sitting on his bed, he placed his Glock to his head and pulled the trigger.
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  • CBS News "The cause of death is Ibuprofin and amphetamine.  Self-inflicted overdose. ... The Pentagon says "
  • BBC The rate of 17.3 suicides per 100,000 soldiers compares with 12.8 in 2005, officials said.
  • AP Camp Kill Yourself
  • Army Public Affairs ARNews, search terms: Cucolo, Prater, Eder, Hoehne, Future Combat Systems, Army Campaign Plan, 
  • CBS News Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans A CBS News Investigation Uncovers A Suicide Rate For Veterans Twice That Of Other Americans
  • DefenseLink 'No Epidemic' Number Of Soldier Suicides In Iraq
  • Dept of Defense official website, global war on terrorism top priority
  • Global Security  Jan. 29, 2004 - Soldiers serving in Iraq are not committing suicide in record numbers, a senior DoD military medical officer asserted at the 2004 Tricare conference here Jan. 28.
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  • Seattle Times  self-inflicted
  • USA Today Army Probes Soldier Suicides, 2003
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  • VA's Suicide Prevention Hot Line - Toll-free 1-800-273-TALK (8255) To ensure veterans with emotional crises have round-the-clock access to trained professionals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun operation of a national suicide prevention hot line for veterans. Click Here for more information >>
  • CBS News "Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Americans age 15 to 24 (behind car crashes and firearm homicides) and the second leading cause of death for college students. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has detailed a few "signs of crisis" that might indicate someone is contemplating suicide: A recent precipitating event that has been particularly distressing, such as the loss of a loved one or a career failure; Depression and intense anguish with an urgent need for relief that expresses itself as rage, anxiety, guilt, hopelessness and/or an acute sense of abandonment; Changes in behavior; Direct or indirect talk suggesting that the person is contemplating suicide. Sometimes it sounds as if the person is saying goodbye or going away. Or the person might say something like "My family would be better off without me"; Actions ranging from buying a gun to putting one's affairs in order; Deteriorating function at work, school or in social settings; increasing use of alcohol or other self-destructive behavior."
  •   Iraq Veterans Against War Sammantha was only 20 years old, and in that short time had been an Army medic training to become a nurse while stationed at Walter Reed, then became a patient herself in Walter Reed’s mental health ward. In June, she married Scott Ewing, also an IVAW member, and was discharged from the Army. Despite an uphill battle to receive care from the VA, things seemed to be looking up; she was getting settled into life in Rhode Island, planned to continue her medical career, and was becoming active in Iraq Veterans Against the War. Although most of us were never fortunate enough to know Sammantha, she was one of us and we mourn her passing.
  • AFP WASHINGTON- Suicides and "psychological mortality" among US soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan could exceed battlefield deaths if their mental scars are left untreated, the head of the US Institute of Mental Health warned Monday.  Of the 1.6 million US soldiers who have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, 18-20 percent -- or around 300,000 -- show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or both, said Thomas Insel, head of the National Institute of Mental Health.  An estimated 70 percent of those at-risk soldiers do not seek help from the Department of Defense or the Veterans Administration, he told a news conference launching the American Psychiatric Association's 161st annual meeting here.  If "one just does the math", then allowing PTSD or depression to go untreated in such numbers could result in "suicides and psychological mortality trumping combat deaths" in Iraq and Afghanistan, Insel warned. 
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  • Guardian, Congress looking into hefty bonuses for VA leaders in face of $1 billion short in healthcare.  search terms: Rep. Henry Mitchell, chairman 
  • Huffington Post The Army was pressured by the White House to hire a Halliburton subsidiary to take over patient care at Walter Reed. search Al Neffgen.
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  • The Onion Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey has resigned after an investigation found systemic outpatient care deficiencies
  • Tom Paine Outsourcing ...Last September, Walter Reed Garrison Commander Peter Garibaldi sent an internal memorandum to his superiors warning that substantial numbers of skilled workers were leaving because of the impending takeover by IAP.
  • CNN The review was conducted by directors of individual VA facilities around the country and compiled in a 94-page report to Nicholson. It found that 90 percent of the 1,100 problems cited were deemed to be of a more routine nature: worn-out carpet, peeling paint, mice sightings and dead bugs at VA centers.  The other 10 percent were considered serious and included mold spreading in patient care areas. Eight cases were so troubling they required immediate attention and follow-up action.  Some of the more striking problems were found at a VA clinic in White City, Oregon. There, officials reported roof leaks throughout the facility, requiring them to "continuously repair the leaks upon occurrence, clean up any mold presence if any exists, spray or remove ceiling tiles."  In addition, large colonies of bats resided outside the facility and sometimes flew into the attics and interior parts of the building.  "Eradication has been discussed but the uniqueness of the situation (the number of colonies) makes it challenging to accomplish," according to the report, which said the bats were being tested for diseases. "Also, the bats keep the insect pollution to a minimum which is beneficial."  In other findings:  In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, secondhand smoke from an outside smoking shelter sometimes infiltrated the building through the women's restroom.  Deteriorating walls and hallways were common, requiring repair, patch and paint in 30 percent of patient areas in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Numerous unspecified "environmental conditions" affected the quality of the building in New York's Hudson Valley, with the private landlord repeatedly refusing to fix problems. The VA is taking steps to relocate to another facility.  Roof leaks or mold at facilities such as Hudson Valley; North Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Puget Sound, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Fayetteville, Arkansas.  
  • Guardian Congress looking into hefty bonuses for VA leaders in face of $1 billion short in healthcare.  search terms: Rep. Henry Mitchell, chairman House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee, department, Sen. Daniel Akala heads Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, VA chief Jim Nicholson, backlog and delays of cases averaging 177 days in getting benefits out, 
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Dov Zakheim, Zionist, former Pentagon Comptroller, Mastermind of 9/11? nogw, zakheim  WTC remote controlled aircraft?

If you like Stephen King, you’ll LOVE this one! It’s been giving me sleepless nights for three decades.

There’s a worldwide uproar concerning the whereabouts of Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Absorption. He used Bio-Chemical Weapons on 250 Kurd villages in 1988 and admitted to having plenty more after Gulf War I. The rest is, as they say, “History.” You’d be terrified from a large scale Bio-Chemical assault here. Remember that unsolved Anthrax Attack right after 9-11?

Let’s say 10,000 or more Americans were to succumb to exposures of Anthrax, Plague, Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis, Tularemia, Coxiella Burnetii, deadly manmade gasses such as Sarin, VX & Tabun, or hallucinogenic substances like BZ Gas. Some would die horribly from convulsions and others would suffer slow, lingering deaths and beget deformed and disabled children for generations. You’d be aghast at the debilitating cerebro-vascular, respiratory and painful skin ailments running amok in your neighbors. You’d demand immediate reprisals against the perpetrators and expect the best health care and compensation for the families who lost loved ones, just like 9-11, right?

No you wouldn’t.  If you were in the U.S. Congress or White House right now you wouldn’t lift a finger to address this situation. You’d just cover it up and look away. You’d make it impossible for the victims to even apply for Federally funded assistance.  Oh, yes you would! That’s EXACTLY what’s happening in Congress today.  Perhaps you missed the attack because the very same people who funded that activity now hide it from your view? The U.S. Government planned, funded, executed and denied the attacks.  “What Bio-Chemical attacks? When did this happen? You’re joking, right? You just made this up to get my attention!”  “Unfortunately, not.”

From 1962 to 1973, the CIA, DOD, and Smithsonian Institution participated in Project 112/SHAD, during which more than 10,000 U.S. Servicemen became human test rats for the above-mentioned substances and more. At: Veterans Administration / Project Shad
DeploymentLink / Shadand Citeseer/ Shad You will confirm that the Americans who suffered these injuries and losses are treated exactly as described, documented by the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, and Journal of the History of Biology. [Well, at least you’ll get the current “official version”.] VA Shad
Project 112 was the land-based component of the Bio-Chemical Weapons experiments, exercised in Civilian surroundings in: Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Panama, Puerto Rico, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah and Canada. Marine Jets, Army surface ships & tugboats, and at least one Navy submarine executed Project SHAD [Shipboard Hazard & Defense] at sea near Nova Scotia, California, Hawaii, and the Marshall Islands.  Robert McNamara sold this program to JFK & LBJ at the cost of $4 Billion 1962 dollars and 10,000 American lives over 10 years. Every session of Congress since then has funded some form of this activity under the guise of “national security”. How secure do YOU feel right now?  The current VA “SHAD Protocol” is designed to further prevent the Veterans involved from acquiring VA Benefits. The Veteran is required to supply his Medical Records for before, during and after SHAD to establish his “service connection”. That sounds reasonable. Too bad the NSA, CIA, & DOD won’t release the necessary “classified” documents. Veterans Administration / Project Shad   DeploymentLink / Shad  Citeseer/ Shad  VA Shad official version

House Resolution 5060 & Senate Bill 2704, “The Veterans Right to Know Act of 2002,” were initiated in the 107th Congress to alleviate that situation. They’ve since been shuffled off to various sub-committees with only superficial hearings. H.R.2433, known as “Health Care for Veterans of Project 112/Project SHAD Act of 2003”, was referred to the Senate on 9-11-03, a rather fitting date to address the problems of fallen Americans. It’s curious that vast majority of Congressmen who’ve sponsored these Bills are Democrats, yet Max Baucus, “Montana Veterans’ Senator” has ignored my pleas while Conrad Burns and Denny Rehberg have helped dispel the cloud of
Cold War Secrecy and acquire critical data.  I’m just one of at least six Montana SHAD/112 Veterans, four from the Flathead Valley. Furthermore, over 35,000 GI’s have perished since Gulf War I and 165,000 have been granted VA Disability Claims for illnesses due to Bio-Chemical and Depleted Uranium exposures in Iraq. Please urge your Congressmen to resolve this impasse.  My Sincere Thanks on Behalf of the SHAD/112 Veterans Nationwide,

J.B. Stone, ETN-2, USN, Project SHAD 1969
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Sen. Paul Wellstone1944-2002

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Wellstone Served On the Veterans' Affairs Committee. Wellstone's Office Frequently Helps Veterans Cut Through Bureaucratic Red Tape In Order to Provide Benefits. Wellstone Authored the 'Homeless Veterans Assistance Act,'  Wellstone Called for GAO Investigation Into Delays Of Veterans Records. Wellstone Was Chosen 1995 'Legislator Of the Year' By the Vietnam Veterans of America. In 1995, Paul Wellstone was chosen a 'Legislator of the Year' by the Vietnam Veterans of America for his tireless crusade on behalf of veterans across the country.


Wellstone Succeeded In Providing $17 Billion Over 10 Years To Veterans Health Care In 2002. 

Wellstone Introduced A 'Veterans Bill of Rights.'

Wellstone Introduced Legislation Providing For A Nationwide VA-Medicare Program.

Wellstone Has Repeatedly Called For Full Funding of Veterans' Health Care.

Wellstone Has Repeatedly Pushed To Provide Compensation To 'Atomic Veterans.'

Wellstone Cosponsored The 'Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2000.' 

Wellstone Sponsored A Measure Expressing the Sense of the Senate That Certain Types of Cancer Should Be Added to Veterans Affairs' Department Service-Connected Disabilities.

Wellstone Pushed For Veterans' Health Care 'Rainy Day Fund.'

Wellstone Introduced The 'Persian Gulf War Veterans Compensation Act of 1997..

Wellstone Blasted Legislation Restricting Gulf War Veterans From Filing Claims Against Frozen Iraqi Funds. 

Veterans Bill of Rights
Article I The Right to Understand Benefits Veterans have the right to comprehensive and accurate information about pay, benefits, and health care that is easily understood. This right is assured regardless of what organization is providing the benefits — federal, state, or local.

Article II The Right to Use Benefits Veterans have the right of ready access to all of the benefits for which they are entitled. Veterans with physical or mental disabilities or those who simply don't understand "the red tape" surrounding benefits must be provided assistance that will allow them ready access.

Article III The Right to a Good Job Veterans have the right to jobs commensurate with the skills and experiences gained in the military. Veterans must have access to tools that will allow them to create resumes that properly translate their military skills into civilian skills and language. They also have the right to understand all of their options surrounding federal employment and veteran preference. At the same time, employers, especially veteran employers, have the responsibility of understanding the advantages that veteran employees bring to the marketplace.

Article IV The Right to Keep That Job Veterans have the right to serve in the nation's National Guard and Reserve forces with the confidence that if they must leave their civilian jobs for extended periods they will be protected. Both veterans and their employers should understand USERRA and what the law requires in terms of veteran employment and re-employment rights.

Article V The Right to Treatment For Service-Related Illness Veterans have the right to health care for any service-related illnesses, be they physical or mental. Further, veterans have the right to the best medical care the government can provide.

Article VI The Right to Respect and Nondiscrimination As a result of demonstrated patriotism and the selfless desire to protect our way of life, veterans have the right to respect and nondiscriminatory treatment from all Americans and organizations both public and private.

Article VII The Right to Identity Protection Veterans have the right to trust that government organizations that possess personal data will safeguard that data.

Article VIII The Right to Education Veterans have earned the right to pursue dreams through education. Organizations charged with facilitating a veteran's use of GI Bill benefits must be responsive. Places of higher education must also give veterans appropriate consideration and treatment.

Article IX The Right to Community Veterans have earned their place among veterans and can depend on the veteran community to keep them informed, empowered, and enabled with respect to the issues articulated in Articles I through VIII. For its part, Military.com pledges to continue as the forum for these activities.



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