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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:56 AM
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Joe Galloway Commentary: The disgraceful treatment of our veterans
Commentary: The disgraceful treatment of our veterans
By Joseph L. Galloway | McClatchy Newspapers

* Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007



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?

For the past four years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been insisting that its doing everything it needs to for the nations veterans. That's simply not true, particularly when it comes to the VA's treatment of mental health issues.

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/23133.html
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:18 AM
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1. K&R
It sure is disgraceful, to treat the men and women who serve their country like so much garbage. How anybody can believe that the Republic party gives a damn about anything but stuffing their pockets full of money never ceases to amaze me.
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tuckessee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:21 AM
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2. They are being treated better than they treated the Iraqis. n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:35 AM
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3. As me old mum used to say, two wrongs don't make a right. nt
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:42 AM
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4. The clearest attack on BushInc's hypocrisy on vets I've read from ANY newsmedia
Thank you Mr. Galloway.
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:43 AM
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5. K&R n/t
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