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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:11 AM
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Commentary: The disgraceful treatment of our veterans
By Joseph L. Galloway | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007 email | print tool nameclose
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As you do your holiday shopping this year and think about a big turkey dinner and piles of gifts and the good life that most Americans enjoy, please spare a thought for those who made it all possible: Those who serve in our military and the veterans who've worn the uniform.

There are some new statistics that give us reason to be ashamed for the way that our country has treated those who've served and sacrificed for us.

Those statistics damn the politicians who start every speech by thanking the troops and veterans and blessing them. They indict our national leaders who turn up at military bases and the annual conventions of veteran's organizations and use troops and veterans as a backdrop for their photo-ops.

Consider this:




An average of 18 veterans commit suicide each and every day of the year, according to recent statistics from the Veterans Administration (VA). Thats 126 veterans who kill themselves every week. Or some 6,552 who take their own lives each year. Our veterans are killing themselves at twice the rate of other Americans.


One quarter of the homeless people in America are military veterans. Thats one in every four. Is that ragged man huddled on the steam grate in a brutal winter wind a Vietnam vet? Did that younger man panhandling for pocket change on the street corner fight in Kandahar or Fallujah?

more:http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/23133.html
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:18 AM
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1. K & R . Thanks for posting this. n/t
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 01:37 PM
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2. Support the troops( lip service only)
but screw the vets,shame,shame on you greedy mfers.
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 07:10 AM
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3. K&R n/t
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