Yearly Archives: 2009

Television Coverage of VCS Advocacy

Here is a sample of five television news broadcasts featuring Veterans for Common Sense and our highly successful advocacy efforts. VCS thanks our members and donors for their support for our advocacy. ABC News: VCS interviewed by ABC News anchor … Continue reading

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May 12, VCS in the News: Army Suicides in 2009 Double 2008 Pace

May 12, 2009 – The Army is on a pace this year to shatter the record suicide rate set among soldiers in 2008, according to data released by the Army to Salon. And the numbers, obtained a day after a … Continue reading

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May 12, VCS in the News: Army Soldier Massacre Puts War Trauma Under the Spotlight

May 11, 2009 – A U.S. soldier shot five of his colleagues dead at a base in Baghdad, Iraq Monday. The Pentagon says at least two other people were hurt in the shootings and the gunman is in custody. Details … Continue reading

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May 10, VCS Report About VA in the News: Veterans Groups Predict ‘Perfect Storm’ of Problems at VA

May 10, 2009, Washington, DC – From the economic crisis at home to a troop increase in Afghanistan, veterans’ advocates are warning of a “perfect storm” that could flood an already beleaguered health care network for former service members. Even … Continue reading

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May 6, VCS in the News: Vet Advocate, Politicians Disagree Over Protection for Soldiers

May 5, 2009 – Top U.S. Army officials say the Department of Defense took a revolutionary approach to helping wounded soldiers when the first 35 Warrior Transition Units opened nearly two years ago. Today, the Army boasts of 36 such … Continue reading

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VCS in the News, Pt. 1: One Soldier’s Struggle – Sgt. Fights Anger, Treatment System

May 3, 2009 – Sgt. John Jones’ anger usually starts simply. Sometimes, it’s triggered by a thought about circumstances he cannot change. It builds until he thinks of little else. Or it flares up when superiors speak to him harshly … Continue reading

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May 4, VCS in the News: Veterans Face Computer Delays for new GI Bill Education Benefits

May 1, 2009 – Veterans nationwide, trying for the first time on Friday to log on to online forms to apply for a rich package of educational benefits, encountered a network that either failed or was extremely slow. The Veterans … Continue reading

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May 4, Gulf War Illness News: Congress to Hold Hearing on Gulf War Ilnesses on May 19

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Subject: Gulf War Illness Research: Is Enough Being Done?Date: May 19, 2009, 10:00AMLocatin: 340 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC  

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Apr 30, PTSD News: 1.3 Million WWII Veterans Hospitalized with Mental Health Conditions

In one of the few accounts written, here is a realistic appraisal of the social readjustment of WWII veterans, contradicting the popular portrayal promoted by the news media and Hollywood. April 30, 2009 – We are all familiar with the … Continue reading

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Apr 29, VCS Civil Liberties Victory: Spain to Investigate Bush-Era Torture; VCS Urged Members to Write Spain’s Ambassador

Spanish judge opens Guantanamo investigation April 29, 2009, Madrid, Spain (AP) — A Spanish judge opened a probe into the Bush administration over alleged torture of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, pressing ahead Wednesday with a drive that Spain’s own … Continue reading

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