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“Wounds of War”: the VA health care system and why we all need it

This important discussion necessary for all of us to hear around attempts to privatize the VA, opposed by most Veterans groups, describes the work of the VA not only for Veterans but the everyday things we use developed in their research area, among other work by the VA. The VA gets a bad name–yet Suzanne Gordon advocates that the VA is the best model for an effective National Health Care system. The attempts to discount the work of the VA and privatize it are nothing more than more capitalistic greed–more capitalism on steroids.

Chris Hedges: Pity the Children

“…when will we start to care about people whose names are difficult to pronounce? The list of people lost is so vast. How do I write about this and share it in a country that does not want to hear it?” An Afghan child looks toward the site of a suicide bombing that occurred near […]

Evergreene Digest: 1 in 4 vets of Iraq, Afghanistan wars visiting Minneapolis VA need food help

Study author Rachel Widome: “The estimates for the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq range between $4 and $6 trillion. They went on for over a decade. I just think it’s unconscionable that such a sizeable proportion of our military that we sent to fight these wars are struggling to afford food.” Susan […]

Alice Walker: Thousands of Feet Below You

Thousands of Feet Below You  By Alice Walker Thousands of feet Below you There is a small Boy Running from Your bombs. If he were To show up At your mother’s House On a green Sea island Off the coast Of Georgia He’d be invited in For dinner. Now, driven, You have shattered His bones. […]

Suicide and the Soldier

When wars result in suicide numbers that exceed those killed in action (KIA) or missing in action (MIA), something is wrong and there should be a hue and cry demanding to know the reasons why. And we also should be questioning the reasons behind the secret decisions to send mentally and physically healthy soldiers “into […]