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Posts Tagged ‘veterans

Myths of War and Combat

July 19, 2012

[America] conditions the poor and the working class to go to war. We promise them honor, status, glory, and adventure. We promise boys they will become men. We hold these promises up against the dead-end jobs of small-town life, the financial dislocations, credit card debt, bad marriages, lack of health insurance, and dread of unemployment. […]

The bittersweet end of the Iraq War

December 15, 2011

The Iraq War has come to an official end, ending a chapter in U.S. history. In a small ceremony in Baghdad, the U.S. military formally ended its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of war, 4,487 lives lost and more than 32,000 wounded. For many Americans who served in the war, as well as […]

A Tribute to War Veterans on the 10th Veterans Day since Operation Enduring Freedom

November 10, 2010

This marks the 10th Veterans Day since the advent of Operation Enduring Freedom–that first foray into Afghanistan and the precursor to what has become the longest, most expensive war in American history. Dollars, however, are but a small portion of that price tag. The impact of these wars not only on those who’ve served, but […]

What President Obama could say about the true cost of wars

October 4, 2010

Veterans For Peace drafted a speech that the President could read, which would go something like this: “Fellow Americans, let us begin a new era of candor and honesty about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Specifically, I’m referring to the true costs of war. You have seen that the cost to taxpayers of these […]

Today’s U.S. wars could cost future generations $4 trillion to $6 trillion

October 1, 2010

The authors of the book “The $3 Trillion War” noted in a conference call on Wednesday that when they first released their findings two years ago, the estimates were widely criticized as being too high. Now, the researchers believe they may have been too low. Joseph Stiglitz, who received the 2000 Nobel Prize for Economics, and […]

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily

May 4, 2010

An average of 18 US military veterans are taking their lives every day. The stunning figure was reported last week by the Army Times, citing officials in the US Veterans Affairs Department. The greatest growth in suicides has taken place among veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who accounted for 1,868 suicide […]

The Tragic State of US Health Care “Millions sentenced to a slow death”

November 24, 2009

In 2008, according to the Census Bureau, the number of U.S. citizens without health care grew to a record 46.3 million. “The new figures, however, understate the severity of the economic downturn because a large portion of the nation’s job losses and unemployment rate increases occurred after the Census survey data was collected.” Lack of […]

Adding Up the True Costs of Two Wars

July 10, 2009

Last week the US “stood down” in Iraq. But not so fast. The death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan reached 5,000 in June. An additional 80,000 Americans have been wounded or injured since the war in Iraq began. More than 300,000 of our troops have required medical treatment, and Army statistics show […]