Yearly Archives: 2011

VCS Book Review ~ The Tragic Impact of Bush’s Torture Order on Veterans and Survivors

None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture Written by:  Joshua E. S. Phillips March 3, 2011, Washington, DC (Veterans for Common Sense) – After suffering between 50 million and 70 million deaths, World War II also revealed … Continue reading

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Top Air Force Official Issues Religious Neutrality Policy in Wake of Truthout’s “Jesus Loves Nukes” Exposé

September 14, 2011 (Truthout) – A top US Air Force official, in an attempt to ensure the Air Force adheres to the Constitution as well as its own regulations and policies, issued guidelines that calls on “leaders at all levels” … Continue reading

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Editorial on Houston VA Cemetery: A Family’s Wishes

VCS Agrees with New York Times: Keep Forced and Unwanted Religious Proselytizing Out of Our VA Cemeteries September 7, 2011 (New York Times Editorial Board) – Four years ago, the Bush administration issued a regulation to protect families of veterans … Continue reading

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CIA Won’t Face Sanction for Destroying Tapes

ACLU – VCS Lawsuit Update October 6, 2011 (Courthouse News) – The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups cannot sanction, or find out who is responsible, for the Central Intelligence Agency destroying at least 92 interrogation videotapes of suspected … Continue reading

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Veterans Groups Brace for Disability Claims Hearing

November 22, 2011 (Wall Street Journal) – Veterans groups preparing for court hearing that could have a major impact on how disability appeals are handled. The Ninth Circuit agreed last week to rehear an earlier decision that placed the Department … Continue reading

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VCS Releases Updated War Statistics

VCS Releases “Iraq and Afghanistan War Impact Report,” VA Confirms Nearly 712,000 Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran Patients October 1, 2011 (VCS Exclusive) – In an effort to document the severe and escalating human and financial consequences of the Iraq … Continue reading

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VCS in the News: Over 700,000 New Vets Seek Health Care, Half with Mental Problems

VCS Releases “Iraq and Afghanistan War Impact Report” October 3, 2011, Washington, DC (TIME Magazine) – Nearly three-quarters of a million veterans back from Iraq and Afghanistan who are now out of the military have sought medical care from the … Continue reading

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The Best Medicine Just Might Be a Job

November 20, 2011 (New York Times) – I began my psychiatry residency at a community mental health center. The director liked to put trainees in their place. He’d trade any of us, he said, for a good employment counselor. Medication … Continue reading

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Report Reveals Sexual Assaults at Veterans Facilities

June 7, 2011 (USA Today) – There were 284 cases of alleged, attempted or confirmed sex assaults at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities from January 2007 to last July, according to a government investigation report released Tuesday. Men and … Continue reading

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Op-Ed: Veterans Deserve Better Treatment

Column by “The Watchdog” Mentions VCS / VUFT Lawsuit Victory May 25, 2011, Allentown, Pennsylvania (Morning Call) – As Memorial Day approaches, there is new hope the federal government will improve the care it offers military veterans. A federal appeals … Continue reading

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