Monthly Archives: December 2011

VCS in the News. Preliminary Impact Report.

Iraq War Lives on as Second-Costliest U.S. Conflict Fuels Debt 2011-12-27 05:00:29.0 GMT By Mike Dorning Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) — The war in Iraq is officially over. The costs will go on. Eight years of dodging improvised explosive devices, repelling … Continue reading

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From the Daily Beast

  As the Troops Come Home From Iraq, Here’s a Holiday Gift You Can Give Helen Benedict Dec 23, 2011 4:45 AM EST A series of hardships await soldiers who return home, including suicide, domestic violence, and divorce. But there … Continue reading

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VCS&VUFT Landmark Lawsuit in the News

Mercury News editorial: Help Iraq veterans succeed when they get home Mercury News Editorial Posted: 12/18/2011 08:00:00 PM PST The final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is a welcome way to conclude 2011. Young Americans will be coming home, and … Continue reading

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Wounded Doc Speaks out on his battle with PTSD

In this Dec. 14, 2011 photo, Dr. Ken Lee performs acupuncture on Gus Sorenson, a paralyzed patient at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Lee was nearly killed by a suicide bomb attack in Iraq in 2004. Now Wisconsin’s National Guard’s … Continue reading

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Houston ripoffs of disabled vets went undetected for more than a decade

Houston ripoffs of disabled vets went undetected for more than a decade By LISE OLSEN, HOUSTON CHRONICLE Updated 01:02 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1 of 2 VIEW: Larger | Hide Leland Spencer, sitting, shows his Christmas tree with his mother Shirley German, left, … Continue reading

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Residents Oppose Planned San Diego Vet Center

December 21, 2011 (Stars and Stripes) -A proposed rehabilitation facility for veterans in San Diego is garnering opposition from local residents who say they support the troops — just not in their backyard. The head of one Washington-based veterans advocacy … Continue reading

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Veterans Fight in 9th Circuit for Better PTSD Treatment

December 14, 2011 (Courthouse News Service) – Veterans appeared before the full 9th Circuit on Tuesday to secure better treatment for service members with mental health issues.      In May, a three-judge panel of the court took the rare step of … Continue reading

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Inconclusive Report Does Little to Cool Down Burn Pit Controversy

December 2011 (US Medicine) – Whether exposure to war zone burn-pits causes long-term health issues has created heated debate among military officials, veterans, Congress members and currently deployed troops. Unfortunately, a long-awaited report does little to provide definitive answers or … Continue reading

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A Hard Homecoming

Budget battles and a stagnant economy greet America’s soldiers as they return from Iraq and Afghanistan December 15, 2011 (The Economist) -BRETT QUINZON did two tours in Iraq before leaving active duty in May. Originally from Minnesota, Mr Quinzon now … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Inside a Secret CIA Prison

December 8, 2011 (MSNBC) – In northern Bucharest, in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the heart of the capital city, is a secret the Romanian government has long tried to protect. For years, the CIA used a government building … Continue reading

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