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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:22 PM
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Remember the '70's TV shows with the crazed Viet Nam vet.
It finally became a cliche,whenever you needed a bad guy of the week. This disgrace came about because there where so many vets suffering from post distress. They only served one term in Nam. We have troops on their 3rd tour now. Chances are they will have to serve a fourth or fifth or god know's how many. Oh,and society is gonna pay for this.
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benddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:24 PM
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1. You are so right
this is going to be a problem for a long long time. Many WWII, Korea and Vietnam vets are still suffering from PTSD.
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:32 PM
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2. Yes. And that's not even counting the 300,000 physically sick from
Gulf War I. Which should be a national disgrace, and a subject of constant conversation, but for some reason isn't.

Redstone
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:33 PM
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3. This is the next saddest part after the deaths and the wounded
35 years for me and it's still here.
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jedr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:42 PM
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5. And you can't pull a "John Wayne" and tough it out or ;
ignore it. It will bite you in the ass , weather you want it to or not! ( BTW, John wayne never served, he stayed home and made love to Lana Turner, a real true hero like W )
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:56 PM
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6. sad to say you have no say. that little old ''beautiful mind" of mine
plays tricks on me sometimes.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:40 PM
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4. Society isn't going to pay as much as they are.
That's the saddest part, shattered human beings living in hideous pain and the VA will care exactly as much as it did for Vietnam vets.

Modern war destroys people who fight it as well as people who get caught in it. This is why we need to redefine the Pentagon's mission to one purely of national defense, put a choke chain collar on the generals and geopolitical wonks, and put the whole business on a very strict diet.

We can't afford the war machine gravy train. We can't afford to destroy our children in wars of corporate convenience. We can't afford war, period.
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kineneb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:05 PM
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7. "how many times must the cannon balls fly...
before they are forever banned..."

and how many of the walking mentally wounded will return home to explode or implode? How many will be sleeping in the streets?

:cry:
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:14 AM
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8. And at the same time .....



BushCo and the rethugs are closing VA hospitals and robbing vets of their benefits.


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Neil Lisst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:29 AM
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9. good observation
In Desert Storm, we lost about 150 troops.

Two of those American troops went home to become John Mohammed and Tim McVeigh. Guess how many Americans those two vets killed? More than 150.

Who knows what lies in store in our future, since we have military who have been told they can torture and abuse prisoners in their care.
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