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Dehumanization Eliminates the Guilt

So the cat is out of the bag… Soldiers kill people. Now what are we going to do about it? And the big one at the moment is the case of Robert Bales. It’s the major issue that has spearheaded this sudden distaste for the ravages of war — the issue of the American soldier that killed 16 civilians in ... Read More »

I am a Homeless Veteran

This essay was sent to us by Roger Whitefeather Roberts of Occupy Tampa via facebook and it touched us so much that we found it necessary to feature it here. I am a homeless veteran.  I first arrived at Occupy Tampa on November 10th, 2011.  At that point in time the Occupation was attempting to officially establish in Curtis Hixon ... Read More »

The Immeasurable Costs of a War

Lt. Col Daniel L. Davis needs little introduction. He has been called a whistle blower and has become a hero to many. His article in The Armed Forces Journal,“Truth, lies and Afghanistan,”  has caused a stir by the scuttlebutt. Davis has been speaking out against the war since 2010. Assessment of the Afghan War, according to Davis, is grim and pointless. He ... Read More »

Treating PTSD with Marijuana

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) afflicts military veterans more than any other group. That is why it is not surprising that the medical marijuana (MM) debate has spilled over into the discussions on PTSD treatment. The Department of Defense (DoD) has a well known zero-tolerance policy against any scheduled substance. However, the Veterans Administration (VA) has traditionally been separate from the DOD. The ... Read More »

Justice Department Attempts to Block Medical Malpractice Lawsuits by Military Families

According to an article published January 30, 2012 in The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and legal analyst for 60 Minutes claims that the Justice Department is attempting to make the legal process more difficult for military families to sue the government for medial malpractice. This has the possibility of becoming a big issue during the ... Read More »

A Cry for Help that Never Came

Ester Contreras is an attractive young lady who was married to the late Cpl. Leonardo Contreras. In the year 2008 they were living on base at Camp Pendleton and were blessed with the recent arrival of a baby girl. Leonardo was, by nature, an outgoing, amiable young man and had a positive outlook on life.  However, after two tours in ... Read More »

Meditation and New Ways to Combat PTSD

When a person endures a psychological trauma such as kidnapping, a traumatic “act of God,” a violent act or has to commit a violent act, is raped, tortured, or has to go to war a kind of hyper awareness emerges. Soldiers returning from war find themselves unable to cope with constantly reliving events where they failed to save one of ... Read More »

Surviving PTSD

Forty-two years ago today, I arrived at Valley Forge Army hospital, my tour in Vietnam mercifully cut short by the timely affliction of pulmonary tuberculosis.  Having thus survived Vietnam, I have spent the years ever since contending with its aftermath in the form of a wound far more resistant to healing than the disease that once lodged in my lungs. ... Read More »

Post Office Evicted

Did you know that the post office doesn’t run on tax dollars? It runs on stamps. The cost of stamps pays for the entirety of the USPS operations. The post office is guaranteed in the constitution. As of September’s cutbacks the USPS and analysts project a slow down in first class delivery service. The USPS’s position is unique because it does not receive federal subsidies ... Read More »

Profit Focused Military

As a Navy veteran, I can speak for the unreasonable profit focus drive of the military industrial complex. I had to witness people be turned away from medical care with nothing but Motrin and the need for hearing protection from the sound of jets taking off on an aircraft carrier ignored for the sake of presentation in lieu of micro-management. ... Read More »

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