Yearly Archives: 2004

US military sees sharp fall in black recruits

US military sees sharp fall in black recruits Dolly Wilson’s father proudly served in the Second World War and her husband in Vietnam. But her children will not join the military if she has any say in it. “We don’t … Continue reading

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Draft Update: National Guard Falls 30 Percent Short of Recruiting Goal

Guard Reports Serious Drop in Enlistment WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 – In the latest signs of strains on the military from the war in Iraq, the Army National Guard announced on Thursday that it had fallen 30 percent below its recruiting … Continue reading

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Analysis: Disabled veterans question VA benefits

Analysis: Disabled veterans question VA benefits By Al SwansonUNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Chicago, IL, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Disabled military veterans and political leaders in Illinois are posing tough questions to the Department of Veterans Affairs on why there’s no uniform … Continue reading

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Good News: England’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Blairs Fear Tactics

British Anti-Terror Law Reined In Highest Court of Appeals Rules Foreign Terror Suspects Cannot Be Held Indefinitely By Glenn FrankelWashington Post Foreign Service LONDON, Dec. 16 — Britain’s highest court of appeal struck a blow against the government’s anti-terrorism policy … Continue reading

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VA Payment Disparity Problems in Illinois Go Back to 1984

VA Payment Disparity Problems in Illinois Go Back to 1984 The Veterans Affairs office here [in Chicago] was condemned as callous and uncaring during a raucous City Council hearing Tuesday — with the state’s top veterans advocate testifying that the office has … Continue reading

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Some Marines Mentally Ill After Iraq, Documents Show

THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ Some Marines Mentally Ill After Iraq, Documents ShowFrom a Times Staff Writer December 15, 2004 U.S. Navy documents released Tuesday provided detailed accounts of Marines suffering from deep psychiatric problems after serving in Iraq. The portraits … Continue reading

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Rummy Back on the Rocks?

Rummy Back on the Rocks? WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (IPS) – Despite being asked by President George W Bush to stay in his post, Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld appears to be in growing political trouble, and not just because of his … Continue reading

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Rumsfeld’s fig leaf falling

Rumsfeld’s fig leaf falling Monday, December 13, 2004 SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD The fig leaves are tumbling from the cover story Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave to a soldier’s query on Wednesday about the lack of armored vehicles available in … Continue reading

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Amputation rate for US troops twice that of past wars

CARING FOR THE WOUNDEDAmputation rate for US troops twice that of past wars Doctors cite need for prosthetics as more lives saved US troops injured in Iraq have required limb amputations at twice the rate of past wars, and as … Continue reading

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Veterans are Seriously Ill, Yet Pentagon Refuses to Investigate Depleted Uranium

Danger Dismissed: How the Pentagon downplays the risks of depleted uranium weapons ‘Silver Bullet,’ Black Dust Chapter 1: Looking for a cause, looking for a cure.  Many vets suspect the magic weapon of the 1991 Persian Gulf War caused their … Continue reading

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