Yearly Archives: 2006

Iraq War Vets Return; Some Have No Home

National Guard Cpl. Joe Raicaldo is home from Iraq with things he didn’t have when he left: an honorable discharge, metal rods and screws up and down his spine, and an arm that moves like a robot’s. He’s also homeless, … Continue reading

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Data Suggests Vast Costs Loom in Disability Claims

Nearly one in five soldiers leaving the military after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan has been at least partly disabled as a result of service, according to documents of the Department of Veterans Affairs obtained by a Washington research group. … Continue reading

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Letter to Editor: Veterans’ Health Care

To the Editor, New York Times: As a former Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters project manager who monitored returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, I agree with Paul Krugman’s comment that the V.A. is a stunning success for quality medical care … Continue reading

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Kingston GI brought home hidden injuries

When 23-year-old Michael Torok returned home to DeKalb County in September 2004 after serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, he had more health issues than anyone had suspected. Michael’s father, Roland, recalled recently that his son visited a veterans … Continue reading

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A Case for Accountability

We have the best military in the world, hands down. We must complete what we started in Iraq, and there is no doubt in my mind that we have the military capacity to do that, provided the political will is … Continue reading

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Anthrax escaped at Army lab in ’01, ’02

The Army’s biological weapons defense laboratory at Fort Detrick probably had multiple episodes of anthrax contamination as workers strove to process a flood of samples sent there for testing in 2001 and 2002, an internal report says. The report contains … Continue reading

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When Our Troops Come Home

Last year, I was invited by Gen. B.B. Bell, commander of the U.S. Army in Europe and Korea, to speak to a group of active-duty military men and women and their families in Heidelberg, Germany. My goal that day was … Continue reading

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Baghdad Slipping Into Civil War

The new clashes between Shia militiamen dressed in Iraqi military and police uniforms and resistance fighters and residents from the Sunni Adhamiya district of Baghdad have convinced many that what Baghdad is witnessing is no less than a civil war. … Continue reading

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The Worst President in History?

George W. Bush’s presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be … Continue reading

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Iran president suggests West ain’t seen nothing yet in high oil prices

Wading into oil politics for the first time, Iran’s president said crude oil prices – now at record levels – still are below their true value. In statements expected to rattle world oil markets, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said developed … Continue reading

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