(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 19, 2009 'You Saved My Life' . . . A Reason to Keep Reporting
After six years of war in Iraq, it is easy to get exhausted and depressed -- to think that all your repeated exposures to the trauma of war are for nothing, that you are screwing yourself up for next to no money for no reason -- then something happens that suddenly gives all your work meaning, that gives you the strength to continue.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 15, 2008 Winter Soldier Book Now Available to Preorder
All the gripping testimonyand photosfrom Winter Soldier are being compiled into a book Winter Solider Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations which will be published by Haymarket Books this September. Haymarket is a small, activist press so the more copies they sell as pre-orders the more money they'll have to get the word out come September. Please, support these courageous soldiers and veterans and reser
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, April 11, 2008 John McCain: No Friend of Veterans
Everyone knows McCain is a former POW, but did you know he refuses to support a bipartisan effort to modernize the GI Billand has voted against nearly every effort to increase funding for health care and disability benefits for wounded soldiers? Did you know that Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave him a D+ when they scored his voting record (whereas Obama got a B+ and Clinton an A-).
SHARE Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Presidential Candidates Vow No Withdrawal From Iraq
The big news about General Petraeus' testimony before Congress came not from the General himself (what should we expect from someone hand-picked by President Bush) but from the Senators who grilled him. Each of the three contenders for President -- Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain -- was critical of current policy. But they all also spoke out against removing all US troops from Iraq.
SHARE Thursday, March 6, 2008 299,585 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Have Gone to the VA for Medical Treatment
So we've had to update the War Comes Home embeddable American Casualties of Iraq and Afghanistan widget for the second time in two days. At a federal court hearing of a class action lawsuit brought by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who allege inferior treatment from the VA, a high ranking VA official revealed 299,585 veterans of the "war on terror" had gone to the VA for medical treatment as of September 30, 2007.
SHARE Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Winter Soldier: Remembering John Kerry's Testimony in 1971
Senator John Kerry was a young Navy Lieutenant when he attended the first Winter Soldier gathering of Vietnam Veterans in 1971. Afterwards he testified to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and asked: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
SHARE Monday, March 3, 2008 Winter Soldier: US Army Sgt. Logan Laituri on the Rules of Engagement
Former US Army Sergeant Logan Laituri served a tour in Iraq before returning home and filing to be discharged as a conscientious objector. At the Winter Soldier gathering later this month, he'll describe how the rules of engagement he operated under lead to the approved killings of innocent civilians and the destruction of ancient landmarks.
SHARE Sunday, March 2, 2008 Winter Soldier: US Army Medic Perry O'Brien on Civilian Cadavers in Afghanistan
Former US Army Medic Perry O'Brien served a tour in Afghanistan before returning home and filing to be discharged as a conscientious objector. He says the corpses of dead civilians were used as medical teaching tools in Afghanistan without the consent of the dead. He says this shows how war is inherently dehumanizing and hopes Winter Soldier will change the conversation in America about the morality of the war.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 1, 2008 Another high ranking Bush Administration official Resigns
Another high ranking Bush Administration official has resigned. The Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Daniel Cooper quit amid mounting criticism over a backlog of disability claims for injured veterans that runs six months long and an appearance he made in a fundraising video for an evangelical Christian organization where he said Bible study was more important than doing his job.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 28, 2008 Iraq and Afghanistan Casualty Widget for Your Website, MySpace or Facebook Account
Don't Let the Bush Administration bury the human costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! Embed the War Comes Home Iraq and Afghanistan Casualty Widget on your website, MySpace, or Facebook page. Close to 73,000 American servicemen and women have been killed, wounded, injured or fallen in ill the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another 263,000 have received treatment from the VA. 245,000 have filed a disability claim. These a
SHARE Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Soldier Arranges to be Shot to Avoid Redeployment to Iraq
The San Bernardino County Sunreports a soldier trying to avoid redeployment to Iraq had a friend shoot him in the leg and then claimed he'd been wounded in a hold-up. 20 year old Army Pfc. Mathew John Myers of San Bernardino County limped into a minimart about 9:30pm Sunday and reported he had been walking on a golf course when a gunman stole his wallet and miltiary identification and shot him in the right thigh.
SHARE Tuesday, February 26, 2008 US Army at the Breaking Point, Schwarzenegger Wants CA Guard Home
Top Army officials have told a Senate panel that the Army is under serious strain and must reduce the length of combat tours as soon as possible. Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of Staff said, "The cumulative effects of the last six-plus years at war have left our Army out of balance."
SHARE Monday, February 25, 2008 Agent Orange: Federal Court Sides Against Vietnam Vets, Vietnamese People
Even as the costs of the Iraq war pile up, the human costs of the Iraq war continue to ripple out. On Friday, a federal appeals court rejectedan effort by Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange to reinstate claims that U.S. companies (including Monsanto and Dow) committed war crimes by making the toxic chemical defoliant used in the Vietnam War.
SHARE Friday, February 22, 2008 KPFA to Broadcast Historic Winter Soldier Event in Full
From March 14th to 16th, KPFAwill suspend regular programming to broadcast the historic Winter Soldier hearings in Washington, DC. The three day live broadcast will be co-hosted by myselfand former Army medic and KPFA Morning Show host Aimee Allison. A live web-stream of the broadcast will be available through the War Comes Home website.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 7, 2008 18 Percent of Recent Veterans Unemployed
A Department of Veterans Affairs study leaked to the Associated Press shows recently discharged veterans are having a harder time finding civilian jobs and are more likely to earn lower wages for years than those who never served in the military.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Military Donors Favor Antiwar Candidates
On this "Super Tuesday" primary, it's worth noting that members of the US military favored antiwar candidates with their campaign dollars. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, they gave the most money to Texas Republican Ron Paul, who voted against the Iraq war and advocates a complete and immediate withdrawal of all US troops, with at least $212,000 in contributions. Barack Obama was second with about $94,000.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 2, 2008 Take the War Comes Home "Did You Know?" Quiz
Did you know? More than 72,043 American soldiers have been killed, wounded, injured, or ill as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan How well do you know your facts about U.S. veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan? Take the War Comes Home "Did You Know?" Quiz and find out!