Well Welcome Brother and Sister Vets!!

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To Our Reality!

All you younger Vets to another, of many, DeJa-Vu moments, this time the Country can’t afford what’s comin!!

With the house take over and actually now, not in numbers except just enough, they also control the senate, no need to filibuster just vote in lockstep as they did the previous decade they controlled, and especially under the bush, as well as the total obstruction the last four years.

Got Veterans needs, there are still plenty, forget about even Hearings let alone Congressional Investigations into, as to any tweaking of the GI Bill more likely rollback on that and much that has been happening in the VA and from the Administration as to Military their Families and Veterans. These so called ‘teabaggers’ Don’t Want To Pay, Even The Vets Within!

I refer you to two recent articles:

Military families feel disconnect on Memorial Day

Mr. Gates said, “in the absence of a draft, for a growing number of Americans, service in the military, no matter how laudable, has become something for other people to do.”

And remind you that there was rarely a mention of the Occupations, unless a flag needed waving on their false meme of National Security, and as rarely as to Veterans during the Campaign, you’ll hear even less now and more danger to that ‘National Security’ meme!

We’ve had some forty plus years of fighting the Country and were finally even getting some of those battles won, after the 110th Congress actually did what the 108th and 109th didn’t as two more Wars were waged and the 111th started moving forward, That All Stops, and may be even more damaging with some on the extreme right who were elected!

So Welcome To The Reality Of Your Service To Country and Constitution, DeJa-Vu All Over Again!!

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    • jimstaro on November 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm
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    Was briefly mentioned in the first part of the PBS News Hour last night, and oh how so true!

    • jimstaro on November 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm
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    DOD Identifies Army Casualties

                     

    November 02, 2010 – The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died Nov. 1 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

                     Killed were:

                     Spc. Jonathan M. Curtis, 24, of Belmont, Mass., and

                      Pfc. Andrew N. Meari, 21, of Plainfield, Ill.

    Think you’ll hear any mention today or the next couple of much of anything related to the conflicts, don’t count on it!!

    • jimstaro on November 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm
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    UNHCR worried about growing number of conflict IDPs


    {Photo: Akmal Dawi/IRIN

    Shah Wali, a father of five, forced by fighting to leave Helmand Province and come to Kabul
    }

    3 November 2010 (IRIN) – The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says it is concerned about the growing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) caused by conflict in Afghanistan, and the fact that it is often too dangerous to assist them.

    Between June 2009 and September 2010, 120,000 people were forced out of their homes by armed conflict, increasing the number of IDPs to 319,000, it said.

    “These figures do not include IDPs scattered in urban/semi-urban locations for which systematic accounting is problematic. These figures equally do not reflect IDP groups that have scattered across the inaccessible areas of the southern swathe of the country following recent armed offensives,” Nader Farhad, a UNHCR spokesman in Kabul, told IRIN.

    In addition to conflict, some people are displaced by natural disasters (primarily floods), loss of livelihoods, and land disputes, aid workers say. The Ministry of Refugees and Returnees Affairs (MoRR) puts the total number of IDPs at nearly 500,000.

    Most IDPs are in the insecure south and east of the country and many are not accessible by aid workers.


    {A young boy carries a heavy bag in an IDP camp in Kabul, Afghanistan}

    As winter approaches, UNHCR said it was planning to distribute warm clothes, charcoal and blankets to thousands of “extremely vulnerable” IDPs, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it was working closely with UNHCR to assist IDPs.

    “WFP has been distributing a three-month emergency food ration to over 43,000 recently displaced people,” WFP spokesman Challiss McDonough told IRIN, adding that the organization would provide special winter food assistance to 320,000 vulnerable families – not all of them IDPs – across the country.

    The government is also moving to help IDPs: “We have submitted a request for US$5 million to the President’s Office which, if approved, will be used to respond to some of the basic needs of IDPs,” said the MoRR’s Islamuddin Joraat. {read rest}

    • jimstaro on November 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm
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    What the Country thinks as to those who Help, and some are, Veterans, even as the (R)’s two Wars continue, while if an obstructionist on same, Burr, get re-elected!!

    Democrats with military ties lose re-election bids

    {Joseph Kaczmarek / The Associated Press Rep. Patrick Murphy D-Pa., gives his concession speech to supporters at his campaign headquarters in Bristol Pa., with wife, Jenni Murphy, and children Jack and Maggie by his side.}

    Nov 3, 2010 – Tuesday’s elections swept some key Democrats from House of Representatives, including the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress.

    Also gone is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee who was one of the key proponents of improvement in military family housing and barracks, the House Budget Committee chairman who made sure there was money for improvement in military pay and benefits, and chairman of the veterans’ disability assistance subcommittee who have been pushing to eliminate the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims while trying to reduce the number of errors.

    The lawmakers were defeated in an election that will result in control of the House of Representatives shifting in January to Republicans.

    One of the biggest Democratic bulls to fall in the election is Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, the House Armed Services Committee chairman and a 17-term lawmaker. He had shown unusual concern during his career about the professional education of people in the military, and he played a key role in the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act that gave combatant commands more power and forced joint-service education and cooperation on a reluctant Defense Department. A self-taught military historian, Skelton believed that young military officers could learn lessons from the past, and created a list of books he felt every officer should read. {read rest}

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