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It’s Not So Pretty in Emerald City

Written by Jack Doxey Vice President, Veterans for Peace, San Diego Chapter Published with permission by Patrick Gokey Every time I pick up friends or relatives at the San Diego Airport I enjoy watching their reactions as they see, for the first time, the San Diego skyline. They are particularly impressed with the breathtaking views at night. The bright lights ... Read More »

Predatory Education

When the GI bill changed in July of 2008 to the post 9/11 it created an exponential increase in the amount of money available to veterans. I went to school on a yellow ribbon scholarship on the post 9/11 GI bill and, quite frankly, I felt somewhat guilty about the amount of money that the government was spending on me. ... Read More »

Predatory Banking Targets Veterans

It is a well known fact that the recruiting practices of the military target the lowest economic dregs of our society. Once in the military they are also targeted by banking institutions. Outside of every stateside base there is a check cashing place that will charge the equivalent in interest that one could get from a speak easy loan shark. ... Read More »

The Unknown Soldier

On this day meant to commemorate veterans young and old, it is imperative  that we do not let the recent improper disposal of veterans’ ashes in Virginia sully the unknown soldier’s symbolism. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was first erected in France as a monument to the unnamed fallen. Today one exists in almost every country in the world. With the onset of forensic science, the ... Read More »

Out With the Garbage. Really?

Sometimes I know we as soldiers, sailors, and veterans we’ve felt like we were treated like trash, but the sentiment was never meant literally. Until now. The Washington Post revealed that unidentified body parts of fallen soldiers have long been cremated and disposed of in a Virginia landfill. Apparently the practice was squashed in 2008 but the fact that it ... Read More »

Veterans Affairs Closes Its Doors

Have you ever heard of a governmental organization closing its doors? Not answering its phones? That is exactly  what I observed this summer with the Philadelphia VA. In the spring I had received a letter from the VA informing of their intentions of recruiting me.   Unfortunately, this all amounted to nothing and when I called the VA (over and over again) the number ... Read More »

Unmarketable Skills

Being employed without pay. We used to call it indentured servitude, and then slavery, now we call it an internship. I have had a job since I was too young to have one, I was never overworked, but I was also underpaid. But that is beside the point. In reality, nobody ever feels like they are being paid enough. I ... Read More »

Phillip Spooner: Equality Maine

Philip Spooner is a WWII vet and a born and bred republican. His speech on gay marriage became an Internet sensation. When veterans speak in this country people listen. It’s a responsibility never to be taken lightly. Read More »

War Fever

I’m built backwards. I have legs for arms, hands for feet. No, that’s not the right. I was wise beyond my years, isn’t that the term your elders use when the first signs of intelligence spark in your eyes, and the grey mush inside your skull begins to take on some form? Yeah, I think that’s it. So the mind ... Read More »

Obama’s Jobs Plan

When President Obama and J.P. Morgan introduced the 100,000 Jobs Mission I was extremely excited because I was planning to propose to my girlfriend soon and the idea of career opportunities would make that possible. (I’ve since proposed in light of the fact that I don’t have a job). I immediately called the J.P. Morgan recruiters and sent over my resume. ... Read More »

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