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Special Project | Veterans' Affairs: Week Ending October 10, 2015

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Redeeming the Promise of a Square Deal

8 New Items including:

  • Why Are Veterans Denied Access To Their VocRehab Records?
  • A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.
  • Veteran Affairs scandal in context
  • Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA
  • Vietnam War Veterans Have Found the Enemy
  • Afghanistan Veteran on Food Stamps Writes Letter to ‘Caring’ Conservatives
  • Book review: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ by David Finkel
  • Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Why Are Veterans Denied Access To Their VocRehab Records? Benjamin Krause, Disabled Vets

These VocRehab employees were grossly mistaken, but their mistake served to embarrass the entire San Diego Regional Office and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VocRehab) across the nation because of employee ineptitude.

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A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A., Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News

  • Despite promises from the Bush-43 administration that the Iraq War would pay for itself, the price tag keeps soaring with the predictable impact on V.A. hospitals struggling to care for wounded warriors. But the political solution has been to make a change at the top.
  • Veteran Affairs scandal in context

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Veteran Affairs scandal in context, Liberation Radio

  • Budget cuts to the VA amid war profiteering by corporations and politicians
  • Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA

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Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA, Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

  • The VA is low priority: the Senate vets committee had the second lowest budget to spend on staff and other expenses -- just a few thousand dollars more than the Committee on Indian Affairs. It is also one of the few, if not the only panel, without its own press operation. And it's such an afterthought that the Senate lets a socialist run it. (We kid, but it is chaired by Vermont independent Bernie Sanders.)
  • Who is to blame for the crisis at the VA?

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Vietnam War Veterans Have Found the Enemy, Robert Rosebrock, Veterans Today

Vietnam’s Communism now appears to be a better solution than whatever kind of government America has today, so maybe President Obama’s upcoming meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong will at least inspire human rights at their level, because even the worst-of-worst governments would never treat their military veterans the way America’s government treats our war-injured and homeless Veterans.

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Afghanistan Veteran on Food Stamps Writes Letter to ‘Caring’ Conservatives, Richard Rowe, Americans Against the Tea Party

  • Some people measure a society’s condition by the lifestyles of the rich and famous — and those people are usually the rich and famous. For the rest of humanity, a society’s success is measured by the living conditions of the poorest. And who exactly the “poorest” are.
  • This letter, posted on September 19th by a combat veteran named Jason, speaks volumes of what American poverty looks like on the side streets of our society, and of the people who sleep on them.
  • Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare

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Book review: ‘Thank You for Your Service’ by David Finkel, Andrew Bacevich, Washington (DC) Post

Finkel, a reporter with The Washington Post, attends to what he calls the “after war.” His concern is with the soldiers who return from the war zone bearing wounds — and with the loved ones on whom those wounds also become imprinted. Above all, he is concerned with wounds that may not be fully visible: the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and related conditions that affect roughly a half-million younger veterans. Make that a half-million and counting.

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Disabled Veterans Shatter the Myths of American Warfare, Ann Jones, The Intercept

  • The military ambitions of the U.S. will not be restrained by the “true costs of war,” not even those exacted on the bodies of its soldiers.
  • A Trail of Tears