Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sent to War Over and Over

Tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the war started thus abandoning the reasons, all of them, for invading Afghanistan and the promises, once again, made to the Afghan people!

Wanted to share a few articles I caught this morning and post at my site, wasn't going to till I hit this last one a few minutes ago:

At War Over and Over: Wife of accused soldier kept blog on anguish of Army life

In the New York Times and being picked up by other outlets now.

It follows a report on NPR this morning, as well, of a discussion with a recent Military retired Officer who not only raised awareness in his last years but continues his service after his active duty days.

After some forty years of ignoring what always has been, and not only related to soldiers sent into war theaters but those civilians who experience the many extreme trauma's in their own lives, after many of us, with the help of a few civilians mostly from that times anti-war movement, returning Veterans of Vietnam fought to get it finally recognized it still isn't understood!

As to Soldiers, and then Veterans of, it isn't the only ignored major issue some come back with, think 'Agent Orange' or how about from the first Gulf War 'Gulf War Syndrome', or with these two those suffering from the 'Burn Pits' of both, as to just a few of oh so many. This time it's two wars and over a decade of No Sacrifice by the country, told to go shopping as they get a tiny tax cut while gas prices start rising and rising, nor Demand they should, added to the previous decades of same and leading to constant Veterans Administration underfunding thus costing much much much more in constantly trying to catch up to the needs with the very quick influx of returning war soldiers with every war of choice. And what comes with each, the peoples reps lay blame for anything bad reported on the Agency as the people do same, even some veterans in our community of, never looking in the mirror nor what their responsibility is as they wave those flags and purchase cheap symbols of 'patriotism' or so they call it that, like sports team memorabilia with the cheers that die down after the game is over!

The Impact of War: Troops' Mental Health, How Much Is Unknown?
Mar 18, 2012 - The killing of 16 Afghan civilians last Sunday is now one of the greatest tension points between the United States and Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly killed the civilians in cold blood; those close to him say they were shocked by the news.


Screening With Uncertainty

Gen. Peter Chiarelli spent the last couple years of his military career working to help troops returning from combat with invisible wounds of war like post-traumatic stress.

He retired from the military in January, ending a four-decade career as a vice chief of staff of the Army. He is now the CEO of One Mind for Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for brain disorders.


Stamping Out Stigma

But Chiarelli is also careful not to stereotype.

"What worries me when we talk about this, more than anything else, is that there's a tendency to kind of paint a brush across every single soldier, male and female, who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and think that they have come back with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury. That's simply not the case," he says.


Whose Responsibility?

The commander on the ground, he says, has a responsibility to look out for the mental health of those under his command.


"I get upset when people start throwing numbers around about the number of people that are affected. I promise you, all the numbers are far less than the real number," Chiarelli says. "Because for every soldier that's out there that has a family, you multiply that number by the size of their family. That's why we have got to find a way to properly diagnose and treat these diseases." read more>>>

And earlier the reports keep coming out about Dover Air Base and more then just about the recent as to body parts of the fallen but also of their possessions that apparently have been held there for the years of these wars.

Army widow's nightmare: Sgt. Daniel Frazier's effects continue to turn up
Mar 18, 2012 - One Army Widow's Nightmare Just Won't End.

Brittany Frazier buried her husband in late 2009, only to learn two months later that not all of his remains were included.

Now, more than two years after Sgt. Daniel Frazier died a hero in Afghanistan, his widow has learned that not all of his personal belongings were returned to her, either.

Frazier, who said she has relived her husband's death with each new revelation, feels betrayed.

She wonders how many other widows or family members of deceased soldiers have gone through similar torment.

"I'm angry," she said. "What else are they hiding? Body parts? Belongings? It's just frustrating." Dover problems

Each time, the news was delivered to Frazier by a casualty assistance officer relaying information from officials at Dover Air Force Base mortuary in Delaware.

News that personal effects of soldiers who have been dead for years have been sitting at the mortuary is the latest issue to surface at the Dover facility, which as been plagued by problems. read more>>>

Related: Former Dover mortuary supervisors face more discipline

DOVER AFB: Ammended Port Mortuary Report (redacted)

A Reminder

No Revenues = No Sacrifice = No Support = DeJa-Vu all over again!. Now a decade and counting, the country was told to go shoppin, added to the previous decades of under funding the VA, while the peoples reps Still try and lay blame on the Agency, after rubber stamping wars and costs of and those represented cheer on these wars!

While the wealthy and other investors garner their booty, still, from both and many have the chutz·pa to call themselves more patriotic{?} then others wrapped in those false flags, using false slogans and various cheap symbols of!

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