Yearly Archives: 2007

Rise in Soldier Suicides Spurs Questions

December 20, 2007 – DALLAS – The Army says in 2006 soldiers committed suicide at the highest rate in nearly three decades. However, at 109 deaths so far, this year has been even worse. While the military is taking action … Continue reading

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The War Over PTSD

December 20, 2007 – There’s a war inside the military over how to treat a not-so-new enemy: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “I’ve never had a guy in my unit develop PTSD,” one senior general from Iraq told me. ‘It’s nonsense.” … Continue reading

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Former CIA Analyst Says Evidence Abounds for Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

December 21, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire — The evidence for impeachment of the president and vice president is overwhelming, former CIA analyst and daily presidential briefer Ray McGovern told a room full of people at the Portsmouth Public Library Monday … Continue reading

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250 Former Iraq Detainees Claim Torture in New Lawsuit Against U.S. Government

December 18, 2007 – More than 250 people once held in Iraqi prisons, including the notorious Abu Ghraib, have filed suit against a US military contractor for their alleged torture, attorneys said Tuesday. The Center for Constitutional Rights said a … Continue reading

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Dec. 21: VCS Offers Copies of ‘The Ground Truth’

VCS Offers Four Free Copies of Documentary Film, ‘The Ground Truth’ VCS Sets Goal of Raising $10,000 by Dec. 31 Dear VCS Supporter: Today is the fourth day of our year-end fundraising drive. We are asking for your support to … Continue reading

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Mightier Than the Sword – Local Veterans Turn to Healing Power of Poetry

December 20, 2007 – This was, perhaps, the most radical thing a Southern California boy had ever done in order to see a Bouncing Souls concert. It’s almost certain that at some later moment, Joe Hatcher looked back and thought … Continue reading

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Salon’s People of the Year – Two Iraq War Veterans

December 19, 2007 – In warfare’s long history, the rules of the battlefield have remained unchanged. Soldiers follow their orders, and refrain from criticizing their command. It is a pact. They will fight, kill and die for the decisions of … Continue reading

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Congress Passes Bill to Strengthen Freedom of Information Act

December 19, 2007 – Taking aim at Bush administration secrecy, Congress yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would toughen the Freedom of Information Act and penalize government agencies that fail to surrender public documents on time. The bill would speed … Continue reading

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An Iraq War Soldier’s Suicide: The Last Days of Army Private Scheuerman

Sanford, North Carolina, December 20, 2007 (AP) — Private First Class Jason Scheuerman nailed a suicide note to his barracks closet in Iraq, stepped inside and shot himself. “Maybe finaly I can get some peace,” said the 20-year-old, misspelling “finally” … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Disability Payments for PTSD Vary Widely Among VA Regional Offices

“There’s no reason in the world that a veteran from Ohio should be shortchanged on benefits simply because he is from Ohio.”U.S. Rep. Zack Space, an Ohio Democrat December 19, 2007 – WASHINGTON – Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan … Continue reading

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