Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscar and 'Veterans Press 1'

Suicide in not new! Many issues in human life can bring on someone to take that route of self destruction! Veterans suicides aren't new, but are helped towards, especially in war theater veterans, by the ease in which those they served ignored the issues like Post Traumatic Stress {PTS} of war theaters, along with ignoring so many other issues, finally being addressed through the VA under Sec. Shinseki and continuing under Sec. McDonald with the continued help from an entire Executive Administration and it's Cabinet. So many of our brothers from Vietnam and Korea choose that route, not only suffering from PTS but the other issues as well, as the Country served ran from their responsibilities in fully funding the Agency they promised to the few who serve them, so they cope not cure from issues like PTS! That decades long, and wars from, under funding brings about constant costly problems that are turned into 'scandals', for the media political hype and the peoples representatives, who control the Countries purse strings of funding it's needs, own political enhancement as they attack the mostly Dedicated VA personal, thank god for the constant flow of young to old volunteer's! A few, so called experts, in their health care fields enriched themselves, in a number of ways, by feeding the needed 'proof' that these issues, like PTS, didn't even exist so the people and through their representatives needn't Sacrifice themselves! Talk of Veterans Suicides have come to light with these two recent long conflicts, once again, like so many other issues the VA and DoD taking the blame, from the people served and through their representatives who in turn feed the, very wealthy and extremely low taxed, media meme's, none looking in their mirrors at the real problems and who's actually creating the oft repeated and returned to 'scandals' so brazenly hyped!

My Congratulations to the Producers of and the voters who not only Nominated but blessed them with the 'WIN' on this Documentary not many will probably see, doesn't fit the political FOX speak meme's, after all they're getting 'American Sniper' also nominated all wrong in the message that should be learned in their poser patriotism, nor has there been much reporting, local and national, about. Just the same on who wore what and attacks or praise on who said what, from an apathetic society, unwilling to Sacrifice!

Neal Simon: 'Veterans Press 1'
“Veterans Press 1” takes viewers into the responders’ cubicles as they connect with veterans coping with everything from depression and divorce, to anger and anxiety. Often, the callers are teetering along the twin cliff edges of disillusionment and destruction. Many calls are routine, if that word is app...

Feb. 22, 2015 - Sometime tonight, tucked into the glitzy and glamorous celebration of all things movies, presenters will announce the Academy Award winner for Best Short Documentary film of 2014. And then, amidst the starlets in designer gowns, the leading men in tuxes, the acclaimed directors with shelves full of trophies in Malibu mansions and the Tinseltown blockbusters like “American Sniper,” a small film with a wide heart may take center stage for a few minutes. If that happens, if “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” wins the best short documentary Oscar, Hollywood’s bright lights will shine on a Hornell High School graduate and her 250 Veterans Administration colleagues who are employed at the national VA suicide hotline in Canandaigua.

The HBO film captures the crucial work of the highly-trained VA staff as they field some 1,000 calls a day from veterans, active service personnel and military family members.

The film — which was produced by Dana Perry and directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent — was shot over about nine months in 2012. The filmmakers were embedded, a couple days at a time, in the non-descript government building in Ontario County. Their camera lens documents with unflinching honesty the heartbreak, the tensions and the triumphs at the crisis hotline center.

“Veterans Press 1” takes viewers into the responders’ cubicles as they connect with veterans coping with everything from depression and divorce, to anger and anxiety. read more>>>

Oscars 2015: Who Dana Perry Is and Why She Want Us to Pay Attention to Suicide
Feb 23, 2015 - While accepting the Oscar for best documentary short subject, producer Dana Perry said suicide should be talked about "out loud," dedicating the award to her son.

During her acceptance speech on behalf of "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," the music abruptly cut off when Perry mentioned her son, Evan Scott Perry, who committed suicide at age 15 in 2005.

"I lost my son," Perry told reporters after the speech. "We need to talk about suicide out loud to try to work against the stigma and silence around suicide because the best prevention for suicide is awareness and discussion and not trying sweep it under the rug."

Perry also mentioned veteran suicide in her Oscar speech, which she called "a crisis." Tonight's Oscar-winning HBO documentary, directed by Perry and Ellen Goosenberg Kent, is about the Department of Veterans Affairs' 24-hour call center for veterans. read more>>>

Filmmakers put veterans and suicide in spotlight
February 23, 2015 - Two filmmakers who won an Oscar for their documentary on a suicide hotline used their acceptance speech to urge troubled veterans to receive help.

Dana Perry and Ellen Goosenberg Kent spent months at the Department of Veterans Affairs' suicide hotline headquarters filming Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, which showed the dedicated efforts staffers make to prevent veterans from killing themselves. Their Oscar on Sunday night was for best documentary short subject.

Perry mentioned her 15-year-old son, who had killed himself. "We should talk about suicide out loud," Perry said.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald praised the HBO documentary for highlighting "the challenges our veterans can face and the work of our dedicated Veterans Crisis Line staff." read more>>>

February 23, 2015 - Statement from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald on Oscar Win for HBO Documentary Highlighting Life-Saving Work of Veterans Crisis Line

America's longest war ended, fyi; but shared sacrifice wasn't part of it

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.”

February, 26th, 2014 Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!
Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!
As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wars: DeJa-Vu, Shared Sacrifice Wasn't Part Of It

America's longest war ended, fyi; but shared sacrifice wasn't part of it
February 21, 2015 - No more food rationing and melting down scrap metal, the war in Afghanistan has officially ended. As Americans went about their lives on Dec. 28, U.S. Army General John Campbell, commander of the International Security Force, participated in a ceremony marking the end of our nation's longest war.

You may have missed it because wars in the Middle East get headlines when they start, smaller or no headlines when they come to an ambiguous end. U.S. soldiers will now transition to a training and support role but will remain in harm's way.

Unfortunately, the divide between military men and women and their families and those sitting out these recent wars could not be wider.

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Leaders must be honest with the American public. After the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush asked citizens to support the troops but he failed to outline how, except by urging Americans to get back to their daily lives. Instead, he should have immediately withdrawn his tax cut plans and held fast to the balanced budget he inherited. Placing the cost of two wars on the backs of our children was the opposite of leadership.

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Shared sacrifice must happen or we risk continuing a pattern in which our nation's wars are fought by a warrior class almost completely disconnected from the citizens they fight to protect. read more>>>


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Veterans Solar Job Training

One of the huge area's way overlooked and ignored, unless of course conservatives invent or regurgitate anything they and the media can parrot far and wide, often again, as 'scandals' created by them and the great majority served, grossly under funding thus not building the agency promised for decades to the few who serve them, is the constant and continued full support by the Executive administration and it's full Cabinet from the beginning as they entered and bush left!! Totally ignoring all that Gen Shinseki had Finally starting to address so many issues ignored or out right denied existed, with the administrations help and backing, and continuing, thankfully, under McDonald. This is just one more example, oh so many over decades and wars from, with no help from the peoples representatives and the people served themselves, but in their names!!!!!!!!!

Many of those taking these courses are further advanced in the alternative energy development already, having used the advanced technologies on bases and especially in these war theaters, then those taking courses in in the private sector. Ignored by that private sector when leaving the Military they're just legitimizing that training and advanced knowledge, already experienced in!!

The first set of transitioning military service members graduated last week from the solar job training pilot program at Camp Pendleton in California. Minh Le, SunShot Initiative director, spoke at the ceremony. The pilot program provides participating military service members with four to six weeks of intensive solar training courses at no cost. Participants learn how to size and install solar energy systems and develop other related solar job skills. SunShot also announced two additional military bases that will host the solar job training pilot program – Fort Carson in Colorado and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The Camp Pendleton graduates have all been offered interviews with five prominent U.S. solar companies. Read more and see photos of the program’s first graduation ceremony.

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!
Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!
As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Marine snipers: "It's just not something that we share, sir,"

How Marine snipers are trained
QUANTICO, Virginia - February 18, 2015 - The success of the film "American Sniper" - the story of how Chris Kyle became the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history - has put Kyle's trade into focus.

We went to the scout sniper school at Quantico, Virginia to see how Marines are trained to become deadly weapons. As it turns out, pulling the trigger is only a part of the equation. A sniper's stalking skills are every bit as important as marksmanship, according to Brigadier General Austin Renforth.

He says the snipers must be able to infiltrate through "an unimaginable distance," - going undetected for miles.

"We've had guys that I know, it's been a two day movement for them to get to where their firing position was," said Renforth.

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Out on the range we watched snipers hit targets out to 760 yards. They've all been in combat and none of them will talk about it. I asked Gunnery Sergeant Gerald Gavin if he could tell me how many kills he has but he declined to answer.

"It's just not something that we share, sir," Gavin told me. read more>>>


Arlington National Cemetery ‘Walking the Mat’

First African American Tomb Guard Recalls ‘Walking the Mat’
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2015 – Arlington National Cemetery rests on an expanse of rolling hills in northern Virginia. One of the busiest tourist spots in the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which sits at one of the highest points in the cemetery.

Though there is a spectacular view of Washington, D.C., visitors don’t pay much attention to the scenery. They are focused on the white marble sarcophagus and the lone soldier who guards it, 21 steps at a time. While there has been a 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week military guard at the Tomb since July of 1937, the 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) didn’t assume its watch until 1948. And it wasn’t until 1960 that the Tomb Guard selected its first African American soldier to “walk the mat.”

Drafting and Recruitment

Specialist 4th Class Fred Moore, the first African American posted to the Tomb Guard, was drafted Aug. 13, 1959, and left his home in Cleveland, Ohio, for basic training shortly after. He wasn’t pleased with being selected and spent the first part of his training thinking about how he could go back home.

“When I got my letter from the government telling me that I had been selected, I was upset because I was working, and a lot of the guys, the friends that I knew they weren’t working,” Moore said. “And I had a job, and then when I went into the service, they were still doing what they were doing, and it just kind of rubbed me the wrong way.”

One night, Moore’s platoon sergeant lined up the new recruits and asked how many of them had been drafted. He sympathized, acknowledging that the draftees might have a few complaints about being in the service. And then he reminded everyone, “The Army can do more to you than you can do to it.”

“So, I just said ‘OK, I’m going to straighten up, I’m going to do the best I can, and make the best of it,’ and it worked out real well for me,” Moore said. read more>>>

African-Americans in Military History: Breaking Barriers
Feb 18, 2015 - Features a brief synopsis of African-American firsts throughout U.S. military history.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Moyers Tribute: Revisiting 'Bob Simon on Buying the War in Iraq'

Bill 'Moyers & Company': Bob Simon on Buying the War in Iraq
February 13, 2015 - The sad news about the death of award-winning CBS news correspondent Bob Simon on Wednesday had our team reflecting on an interview he did with Bill for the program Buying the War, investigating big media’s role in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In this clip from the show, which first aired in 2007, Simon, a correspondent for 60 Minutes who was based in the Middle East ahead of the war, questioned the Washington press corps reporting that linked Saddam Hussein with Al Qaeda. Watch:

Simon talks to Bill about his 2002 60 Minutes report investigating the Bush administration’s claims that the lead 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta and an Iraqi intelligence officer had a meeting in Prague, proving collusion between the terrorists and the Iraqi government. He also offers “a thousand mea culpas” for not digging deeper into the administration’s justifications for taking America to war. read more>>>

See the Full Show - April 25, 2007: Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company

"It's a shame Brian Williams will be the only person ever punished for lying about Iraq"

* * * CIA Torture: Read the Senate Intelligence Committee report * * *

In a Democracy: 'Citizens must know what is done in their name'

Pres. Bush: “Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated”

Human rights groups call for special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture

22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *
24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!


"Wounded: The Battle Back Home" to be Aired on Netflix

Wounded Warrior Project® Docu-Series “Wounded: The Battle Back Home” is Headed to Netflix
The Series Available Beginning Sunday, February 15

February 12, 2015 - The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) produced documentary mini-series “Wounded: The Battle Back Home” will become available on Internet television network Netflix starting Sunday, February 15, 2015. The project, produced in conjunction with Austin-based Flow Nonfiction, was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of WWP and focuses on issues of critical importance to this generation of injured service members and their families through personal stories of struggle and resiliency.

“Wounded: The Battle Back Home” is a documentary series that brings to life the experiences of this generation of wounded veterans as they battle both the visible and invisible wounds of war. Each episode of the series allows viewers to follow these inspiring individuals as they navigate their post-war lives in a society that struggles to understand them and a system that is failing to support them. In addition to physical injuries, the series highlights the invisible wounds that our nation’s service members battle as they transition from the military to civilian life, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST).

“With ‘Wounded: The Battle Back Home’ now available on Netflix, a new audience will have access to these inspirational and thought provoking stories, highlighting the challenges facing this generation of injured service members, their caregivers, and families,” said Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer for Wounded Warrior Project. “These documentaries underscore the need for the programs we offer as part of our vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2015/02/12/6793955_wounded-warrior-project-docu-series.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy read more>>>

Wounded: The Battle Back Home

A Country that calls itself a Representative Democracy of the People Really Really has a Huge Problem in Understanding that the Agencies of are them.

They're Responsibility to fully fund, and the direct Representatives they Elect Responsibility is to make sure they are funded sufficiently and given all the help those who've served are promised. So not to cause major problems that snowball and create other problems, causing the important agency funding, under funded for decades, to shift to costly corrections instead of the intended needs.

The oft repeated political 'scandals', from congress to congress to congress........, made for media coverage and personal political enrichment.

How does a Country served, and through their Representatives, avoid blaming themselves, they either totally ignore, PTS, Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome and plenty more, or for personal individual enrichment and political status create the political talking points by expertly{?} denying the issues, like PTS, even exist. Finally starting to be addressed, even with the gross under funding, by Gen Shinseki, continuing it seems with McDonald, and with the help of the Obama Executive Administration and it's Cabinet when those Agencies can, they don't control the Countries purse strings Congress does. And the Country, they're Representatives and even Veterans, political ideologies of, wraps itself in both, in blaming the Agency and it's personal, so they can escape their own Sacrifices in their Responsibility, the Veterans Administration!

Tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, while making policy of invasions and long occupations from, as well as the blowback from those policies, is not only irresponsible but is not shared sacrifice of those sent to carry out those policies! And this recent history was compounded by a near total collapse of the economy!

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!
Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!
As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!

Theodore Roosevelt, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” 1903


Friday, February 13, 2015

VA Sec. McDonald, Veterans, Discuss Veterans, 'American Sniper'

The message the movie carries but is ignored, once again, by the many rushing to see and talk about, especially by those served, the flag waving poser patriots, and having never sought to serve themselves. Their 'reality' comes from the movies, TV drama's {think torture, hey it worked on 24} as well and in today's world the video games played, that last for an hour or two and are meant as entertainment not propagandized 'reality'!

Kyle had the right idea in coping with his own PTS demons, after at first apparently not but finally recognizing they existed. One was doing what combat theater vets have done, especially since PTS was recognized and thus named, in talking and listening to other veterans of the theaters of operations, young and old, for decades. Talking and listening to each other, with help even from those civilians living with their own often misdiagnosed PTS as well as caring good listeners who were friends or family and knew no judgement would be made if they released their thoughts freely in talking about. As the Country, and Representatives of, served ignored many issues, PTS included, from those wars and as to PTS some made very comfortable livings as 'experts' denying it even existed Feeding the peoples Representatives, especially conservatives, the talking points needed to deny the funding for care for and not demanding those they represent should actually share in the sacrifices!

He became a Veterans Peer Counselor, many vets of Vietnam went into the mental health professions after they returned, wanting to help others cope. Can one get 'cured' of PTS, no. But one, many many many have, can learn to cope with, the total opposite from how they were brought up since infancy, and lesson, or rid themselves of, the triggers that might bring back those demons into their thoughts.

Kyle still had a long way to go in his own coping as apparently he didn't listen to others speak and study better the many triggers that can set off an individual, especially one not yet coping but falling deeper into those nightmares, so soon after returning from theater himself. He should have listened to the Mother who asked for the help for her son about how troubled he was. He should have gotten to know the son better. Instead, apparently he became comfortable enough to return to the gun ranges and his weapons hopefully understanding they could be his own triggers, he thought it was a great idea to do the manly recreation, helping fellow vets, of firing off rounds, weapons used in war, and talk then about what this vet he was helping was going through. The trial of his and his friends shooter, Eddie Ray Routh a veteran of the OEF/OIF era, just started. And in the first day this came out in testimony:

On the way to the outdoor resort where former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was killed, he sent a text message to the friend sitting next to him about the third man in the truck: “This dude is straight-up nuts.”

The friend text-ed Kyle back this response:

Littlefield responded to Kyle’s text message with one of his own indicating he was concerned, too.

“He’s right behind me. Watch my six,” Littlefield wrote, using a military phrase meaning “watch my back.”

Instead of, Kyle the vet peer counselor hadn't thought about apparently, sending one saying they probably should scrap the gun range visit and maybe go for coffee or a sit down someplace else and talk to Routh, get to know him better and what's troubling him, and listen to him, with weapons safely locked away. Hell, this vet Routh might have wondered why both were texting at the same time and if they were doing so about him, he was also in the truck cab, that might have started the direction of what was coming. When they were found, after the shootings, there were a number of semi-automatic weapons found with them!

ICYMI: Sec. Bob McDonald discusses Veterans, American Sniper with Charlie Rose
February 11, 2015 - On Monday, Feb. 9, VA Secretary Bob McDonald joined the Charlie Rose Show on PBS to discuss the attention brought to today’s Veterans by films such as American Sniper. Joining the panel discussion were the film’s screenwriter, Jason Hall, and two Marines: Team Rubicon co-founder Jake Wood and Jacob Schick, a Warrior Relations Specialist with the Brain Performance Institute’s Warrior Training Team.

McDonald was asked about the film American Sniper and said it gave the American public a look at what military Veterans have gone through.

“The obvious injuries and wounds are the ones seen by everyone, but it’s those inconspicuous wounds are the ones we often deal with in the VA. I thought it was great to be able to raise that to the American public,” McDonald said. read more>>>

Watch the Charlie Rose show. The discussion begins at the 10:07 mark.
{You can slide it over to the start time around that ten minute mark}

American Sniper Highlights Veterans' Readjustments
February 12, 2015 - Transitioning to civilian life can be extremely challenging. The current box-office blockbuster American Sniper graphically illustrates just how difficult this transition can be. The movie portrays the true-life story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. For those who haven’t seen the movie, many Servicemembers and Veterans have commented on how accurate the storytelling and acting is. Like Kyle, many of the men and women who serve our country find themselves feeling isolated, angry or conflicted when they return home, making it difficult to move forward and start the next chapter of their lives.

VA has developed, and continues to develop, resources to help Servicemembers and Veterans navigate the readjustment to civilian life. In addition to in-person resources such as Vet Centers and VA Medical Centers, VA also provides online programs and telephone-based services. Some of those resources include: read more>>>

VA Sec. McDonald Delivers Reality to Fellow, Congressional Rep., Vet

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!
Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!
As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Calling Out Media For Accepting Bush’s Iraq War Lies

Jon Stewart Uses Brian Williams Fiasco To Call Out Media For Accepting Bush’s Iraq War Lies
February, 10th, 2015 - During Monday night’s broadcast of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart addressed the recent revelation that NBC News anchor Brian Williams had made false claims about taking rocket fire during a helicopter ride in Iraq in 2003. After Williams had reiterated the claim during a nightly broadcast earlier this month, military personnel came forward and challenged the anchor’s recollection, leading to an avalanche of media criticism and calls for Williams’ resignation. While Stewart ridiculed Williams for making up his story for “infotainment” purposes, the comedian took aim at the media’s hypocrisy regarding how they covered the lead-up and early days of the Iraq War.

At the beginning of the segment, Stewart made sure to give Williams — who has been a Daily Show guest many times – a hard time for exaggerating what happened on the helicopter ride. The Daily Show host said it appeared Williams got struck with a case of “Infotainment Confusion Syndrome” when rehashing the story over the years. When Williams originally reported on it in 2003 as a new reporter, he told the basic facts. However, when appearing on David Letterman’s show in 2013, he went into anecdotal mode where he spouted out “total bullsh*t.”

In Stewart’s mind, this is more sin than crime, comparing it to masturbation. Essentially, getting caught is punishment enough. Stewart figured Williams’ colleagues in the news industry would surely agree. This led to a montage of over-the-top outrage from other anchors, reporters and pundits beating the drum of SCANDAL and suggesting that Williams destroyed his and the media’s credibility. After playing the clip of the media freaking out and attacking Williams, Stewart gave the perfect response. read more>>>

"It's a shame Brian Williams will be the only person ever punished for lying about Iraq"

* * * CIA Torture: Read the Senate Intelligence Committee report * * *

In a Democracy: 'Citizens must know what is done in their name'

Pres. Bush: “Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated”

Human rights groups call for special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture

22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *
24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!


rovianrevisionism: 'Still Denying Bush Lied About Iraq'

As the British political fight continues to get the long delayed Chilcot Iraq war Inquiry final report released before the coming elections there it looks like the revisionism is starting to take hold and grow over here in attempting to. once again, defend and protect the bush administration, and their conservative rubber stamping congresses, from the fall out when it is Finally released!! FOX speak is ramping up from the usual outlets and voices!!

Republicans Still Denying Bush Lied About Iraq
February 9, 2015 - As America hurtles toward a potential Bush-versus-Clinton dynastic rematch, no Democratic loyalists have yet come forward to insist that Bill Clinton was in fact speaking the truth when he denied having sexual relations with that woman. There is, however, a continual submerged effort to deny that George W. Bush’s administration misled the country into the Iraq War. Today, The Wall Street Journal op-ed page has Republican judge Laurence Silberman fiercely insisting that the Bush administration did not lie, and that the claim it lied is itself a calumny.

Silberman’s argument is a simplistic one aimed at confusing those who have already forgotten the basic sequence of events. Silberman argues that a bipartisan commission, which he co-chaired, investigated the matter, and found that the Bush administration was victimized by faulty intelligence. “Our WMD commission ultimately determined that the intelligence community was ‘dead wrong’ about Saddam’s weapons,” concludes Silberman. So, yes, mistakes happen, but intelligence failures happen, and the Bush administration cannot be blamed for dishonesty.

Silberman does not mention that the commission he chaired did not even investigate whether the Bush administration manipulated intelligence. Senate Republicans refused to allow the commission to investigate this matter, fearing it would harm Bush’s reelection prospects. Indeed, Silberman himself wrote in the report at the time, “Our executive order did not direct us to deal with the use of intelligence by policymakers, and all of us were agreed that that was not part of our inquiry.” read more>>>

In the early days of the Inquiry public testimony brought out plenty about the lead up to involving the Brit counterparts here in the States and their efforts in convincing the Brits that it was good policy and to support that:

Drip, drip, drip, ""He recalled noting that: "the dog didn't bark - it grizzled." Don't forget - this 'grizzling' for regime change was 6 months BEFORE 9/11."". drip, drip, drip, ""But there was a 'sea change' in attitude after the atrocities, with former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice targeting Iraq on the very day of the outrage."", drip, drip, drip, ""George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time."", drip, drip, drip, ""There was "a touching belief [in Washington] that we shouldn't worry so much about the aftermath because it was all going to be sweetness and light"."", drip, drip, drip, ""Boyce mentions the "dysfunctionalism" of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US adminstration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information"", drip, drip, drip...........!

"It's a shame Brian Williams will be the only person ever punished for lying about Iraq"

* * * CIA Torture: Read the Senate Intelligence Committee report * * *

In a Democracy: 'Citizens must know what is done in their name'

Pres. Bush: “Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated”

Human rights groups call for special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture

22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *
24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!


Sunday, February 08, 2015

Iraq War: The publishing of Blair and Bush conversations

Chilcot inquiry will break new ground in publishing Blair and Bush conversations
Chair of Iraq inquiry tells MPs he had to fight to get Whitehall to publish records of discussions between British PM and foreign leader

4 February 2015 - The Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq has led to an unprecedented dispute in Whitehall over the disclosure of sensitive and highly classified documents. The question now is how strenuously those criticised in the inquiry’s draft report – almost certainly including Tony Blair, Jack Straw, and the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, among many others – will object, leading to further delays.

However, after more than a year of heated exchanges, the inquiry has succeeded in breaking a longstanding convention that reports of conversations between a British prime minister and a foreign leader – in this case, Tony Blair and George Bush – can be published.

This became clear as Sir John Chilcot was questioned for more than an hour by the Commons foreign affairs committee. Chilcot did not apologise for the delay in producing his report. Far from it.

The inquiry panel, which started work in 2009, at first indicated that it could publish its report by 2011. It will not now see the light of day until well after the general election. That has annoyed MPs and upset many families of those killed in Iraq after the invasion. On Wednesday, Chilcot did his best to explain the reasons for the delay. read more>>>

Chilcot inquiry – what you need to know
Publication of the long-awaited official investigation into the Iraq war will now be delayed until after the general election. Why? read more>>>

This is a British Inquiry not an American Inquiry, we don't do 'accountability' no matter how much the rest of the World, especially those in the cross-hair's of our destructive policies especially, seek the justifications for our, 'we're number one', policies and targeting of others in more then just condemnations. From our Congressional reps, especially those with their own bloody hands involvement in, on down we just start laying all blame on the incoming executive branch especially if of the opposite political ideology!

These, Thirty people, including Tony Blair, to be criticised by the Chilcot Inquiry, are thirty Brit's testifying and more as to their involvement. With each one having 'counterparts' in the American government, in and out of, sharing information or trumped up information and working together with others in building the policies to implement. Though not an American inquiry much did come out as to what was happening here, especially in the early days of the very public testimony and then sprinkled throughout as it continued.

Chilcot report will be 'devastating' says No 10 as it emerges THIRTY are in the firing line of heavily critical Iraq Inquiry... and Blair's secret letters to Bush to be revealed in full
* Thirty people, including Tony Blair, to be criticised by the Chilcot Inquiry
* Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw among Labour figures sent letters
* Million-word report on the Iraq War understood to be 'largely finished'
* Report expected to be a 'devastating' indictment of the Blair Government
*Most explosive parts will be secret notes between Blair and George Bush

7 February 2015 - Thirty people, including Tony Blair, are set to be heavily criticised by the Chilcot Inquiry in its ‘devastating’ attack on the Iraq War.

Well-placed sources say that ‘approximately 30’ people have been sent letters by chairman Sir John Chilcot warning them that they will be criticised in his report into the 2003 invasion.

They include the former Prime Minister and ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, as well as a host of other Labour politicians, Whitehall mandarins, diplomats and intelligence officials.

The Mail on Sunday understands that Chilcot’s million-word report on the conflict is ‘largely finished’.

Sources close to the inquiry say its strongly worded criticisms of the way the war was handled make a nonsense of claims that it will be a ‘whitewash’.

Downing Street insiders expect the report to be a ‘devastating’ indictment of the Blair Government and large sections of the Whitehall establishment.

Among the most explosive parts will be the details of 30 secret letters, notes and conversations between Blair and former US President George W. Bush in the run-up to war.

Contrary to earlier claims, full details of the way that Blair privately promised Bush that he would go to war against Saddam – without telling MPs and British voters – will be published. Blair and Bush are said to have ‘signed in blood’ their agreement to oust Saddam Hussein in secret talks at the President’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, a year before the start of the war. read more>>>

* * * CIA Torture: Read the Senate Intelligence Committee report * * *

In a Democracy: 'Citizens must know what is done in their name'

Pres. Bush: “Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated”

Human rights groups call for special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture

22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *
24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

$14 Million An Hour: War Costs Top $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11, Say Congressional Researchers
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!


Saturday, February 07, 2015

FOX news{?} Aims to Please It's Viewers

Their, and anyone else's, kids as well!!

Torture Videos For All to See?
February 06, 2015 - In a world of relentless horror stories from around the globe, surely the news this week about the burning of a caged prisoner being held by ISIS stands out as an act of breathtaking brutality. I guess "novelty" is the point. The world must be getting used to beheadings. I was nauseated when I heard this particular news.

And when I looked online to find out the details behind the headlines, I was stunned – perhaps naively – to find that the video of this act is posted on at least one major US network-- and it’s also easy to find on social media.

Who in their right mind would want to watch a terrified person burning to death while gleeful captors sing or chant? I don’t-- and I didn’t. I clicked off.

But comments on Twitter suggest that lots of people found this particular video too tempting to ignore. How many young social media devotees will find it inadvertently? How likely is it that an “EXTREMELY GRAPHIC VIDEO” warning will discourage kids from watching? read more>>>


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Michelle Obama - 'American Sniper' and What Eastwood Hasn't Said

What Eastwood should have said instead of staying completely silent! As the FOX speak intolerant, mostly 'chickenhawks', many calling themselves christians, so comfortable and oh so brave sitting at their keyboards and Not In Combat Theaters, though many saying their ready to go, NOT, who have yet to pay for these wars and, DeJa-Vu, the long term results from them, the grossly underfunded VA for decades and wars from, including the growth in the blowback from the policies they fully supported 'In All Our Names', started ramping up their continued hate of all others:


"While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I've heard firsthand from military families over these past few years," she said. "This movie reflects those wrenching stories that I've heard -- the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure. The complicated moral decisions they are tasked with every day. The stresses of balancing love of family with a love of country. And the challenges of transitioning back home to their next mission in life."

Eastwood has yet to speak, reaping even greater extremely low taxed, starting with both wars and added to throughout, wealth from as they flock to the theaters, as he's one of them, talking to chairs and with the FOX, pointed hate, speak so popular among them all!!! My take from the marketing teaser clips for the movie is that was a main theme the movie was supposed to be focused on, the inner battles of many sent into war theaters and their return from, not any hero bravado only seen by many waving their, poser, patriotic flags!!

Michelle Obama weighs in on "American Sniper"
January 30, 2015 - First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday praised the recently-released movie "American Sniper," a film about a soldier in the Iraq War that's become a flashpoint between liberals and conservatives.

At an event with film industry leaders focused on expanding the public's understanding of veterans' issues, Mrs. Obama said she had a chance to watch "American Sniper" on Air Force One.

Mrs. Obama said her perspective on veterans' issues has been changed after meeting with veterans and military families personally. "But for all those folks in America who don't have these kinds of opportunities, films and TV are often the best way we have to share those stories," she said. read more>>>

Chris Kyle took it on himself to bury his own nightmares by using the dangerous weapons he became extremely comfortable with, that shouldn't be so easy to obtain in a civil society, and thought it was a great idea to try and help ease the effects of PTS, long ignored with many other issues and outright denied, his own, and of others on the firing range with fully loaded semi's that are one of many triggers for many especially without proper care to bring on their nightmares, now the veteran, Eddie Ray Routh who had been diagnosed with PTSD who killed him is awaiting trial, next month, because of those choices!!

As one, female Veteran, who assembled bombs for F16s in the Persian Gulf and Iraq, said in a CBS report the other night:

January 29, 2015 - She wrote that she's proud of her service but added this: "That doesn't change the fact that I contributed - however indirectly - to human beings vanishing from the earth in a moment of sheer agony." Portraits of War - Understanding the True Cost of War - 100 Faces

A biography of PTSD. A new study finds that veterans suffering from PTSD goes back nearly as far as warfare itself. Author David Morris joins Patrick Murphy to talk about his new book

The American Sniper You Didn't Hear About
27 January 15 - One American sniper called Iraqi natives “savages,” compared them to American welfare recipients, and bragged about looting their homes after killing them. Another American sniper became so disgusted by what he had done that he started the first-ever antiwar blog, and is actively encouraging his fellow soldiers to use their First Amendment rights to speak out against what he calls an “illegal occupation” in Iraq. Guess which one had a blockbuster movie made about him, and which one got ignored? read more>>>

* * * Got Your 6 * * *

* * * Joining Forces * * *


Friday, January 30, 2015

Understanding the True Cost of War - 100 Faces

Theodore Roosevelt, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” 1903

Portraits of war veterans show true cost of war
January 29, 2015 - It's pretty easy to miss the non-descript building on Chicago's North Side. But one floor up is the home of the National Veterans Art Museum and the 100 Faces of War Experience on display.

These are portraits of the men and women who went to war -- a cross section of the daring, devoted and even disfigured who heard the call. Each painting is accompanied by a personal statement which is meant to make you linger.

"If we want people to understand the true cost of war, it's on us to tell those stories," said Elizabeth O'Herrin.

O'Herrin was once Sergeant O'Herrin who assembled bombs for F16s in the Persian Gulf and Iraq. She says she's had trouble talking about her experiences but that writing was therapeutic.

"I felt that it came from the heart," O'Herrin told me.

She wrote that she's proud of her service but added this: "That doesn't change the fact that I contributed - however indirectly - to human beings vanishing from the earth in a moment of sheer agony." read more>>>

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A biography of PTSD

A new study finds that veterans suffering from PTSD goes back nearly as far as warfare itself. Author David Morris joins Patrick Murphy to talk about his new book

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Noonday Demon, a moving, eye-opening exploration of PTSD

Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, posttraumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame.

Now, David J. Morris — a war correspondent, former Marine, and PTSD sufferer himself — has written the essential account of this illness. Through interviews with individuals living with PTSD, forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness, and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

PTS - Condition Was Likely to be as Old as Human Civilisation