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Four ways to celebrate Veteran’s Day, after the parades

Summary: After the parades, here are four other ways to celebrate Veterans’ Day. . Contents Why Veterans’ Day? Four ways to celebrate Veterans’ Day Other posts about Veterans Video: History of Veterans’ Day . (1) Why Veterans’ Day? Veterans’ Day originally celebrated the service and sacrifices in the first of the modern era’s mad wars. …

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Chuck Spinney describes the next phases of the Afghan War: defeat, retreat, & demobilization

Summary: Now that we see the end of our war in Afghanistan, this article by Chuck Spinney asks an important question.  What happens to our vets when they come home?  The demobilization process might be painful, for these Vets and for America.  Spinney suggests that we plan now, rather than wait for problems and then react. …

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Suicides skyrocket among US soldiers

This is nothing about which I have any knowledge or expertise, but it seems important.  Salon has run a series about it which IMO deserves attention.  Here it is, with their 2 follow-up reports.  At the end you will see links for more information about this problem, and other posts on the FM site about our men and women in uniform. …

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Is post-traumatic stress disorder more common now than in past wars?

Is post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) more prevalent in modern times than in earlier wars?  If so, why?  What can we do to prevent and treat it?  As our troops return from Iraq, we must do better than we did with the veterans from Vietnam. Here are some amazing numbers about one unit’s experience with PSTD:  a …

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“VA testing drugs on war veterans” – The Washington Times and ABC News

These things are like a bug on the kitchen counter.  Easily squished, but telling us something about the larger picture. This is another in a series of similar stories, like the problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Correcting another specific problem is nice but not sufficient.  There is a larger problem in the system.  These repeated incidents reveal …

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