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Some Parents of Vets Coming Home From Iraq & Afghanistan Forced to Give Up Retirement To Care For THeir Brave Offspring

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-Series USA's supposedly covert wars in Latin America in the 1980s

-Bombing deaths of over 200 marines in Lebanon in 1983

-Bad economic spending decisions on military hardware and budget over the past 3 decades

-Privatization of American military and Intelligence Agencies

-Invasion of Panama in 1989

-Coalition War with Iraq 1991

-Military quagmires in Somalia (1991-1993), in Afghanistan (2001 to Present), and in Iraq (2003 to Present)

-Bad management of Peace in Israel and the Middle East in general from the Reagan administration onwards since 1981

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Alas, the state department and U.S. government agencies find me-and others like me-to be unemployable.


In the aforementioned, piece from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) on the burdens that veteran victims of war are importing home to their families, the author, Barry Yeoman, notes that it is "estimated 10,000 recent veterans of these conflicts now depend on their parents for their care. Working unheralded, these parents have quit jobs, shelved retirement plans, and relocated so they can be with their injured sons and daughters. Many have become warriors themselves, fighting to make sure this new wave of injured veterans gets the medical care and rehabilitation it needs."

In the main human interest tale introducing the topic, a frustrating tale of a women name Cynthia and her son, it was noted that the main character's son had entered the military only because in the two years prior, the economy in her family's region of the country was doing so poorly, i.e. jobs were lacking.

I understand this. My own brother joined the navy during the Reagan recessions of the 1980s.

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However, I wonder how many young unemployed or underemployed young Americans will come home injured now and in the immediate future?

In doings so, I also wonder how many of those entering national military service will feel that between (1) joblessness, (2) entering the U.S. military or (3) joining its private military contractor, signing the recruiter's paperwork is a no-brainer?


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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)

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