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Showing posts with label veterans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label veterans. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Worst Years of Our Lives

Two new books offer shocking, enraging and, in the end, deeply sorrowful accounts of our veterans' lives after they've returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. READ MORE HERE

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Must-see: “Least Among Saints”

Name one happy movie about war veterans.

Time’s up.

From “The Best Years of Our Lives” in 1946 to the Vietnam War’s “Coming Home” and “Born on the 4th of July,”  veterans have been portrayed as troubled, bitter, dangerous and unconscionably scorned.

And often, of course, they are. Politicians love sending young men into battle, but they largely forget about them when they come home broken.

That’s much the case in "Least Among Saints," Martin Papazian’s engrossing portrayal of Anthony, a sensitive Afghanistan war vet haunted by memories of accidentally killing an Afghan family in their car at a Marine roadblock.

With a difference.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Veterans Subjected to Drug Experiments Still Bound by Secrecy Oaths

Military veterans who were subjected to unwitting tests of mind-control drugs are still bound by secrecy oaths not to discuss their decades-old ordeals, according to a law suit filed on their behalf in San Francisco.

The suit, brought on behalf of eight ex-GIs and two veterans service groups charges that the military victims of the “human testing programs” were forced to sign secrecy oaths that have never been revoked, and “were denied Notice and medical care, and had their constitutional rights violated by the Secrecy Oaths.”

It demands that the Army, Veterans Administration and CIA track down the victims and release them from the oaths, which in any case should be void because the veterans weren't informed of what was being done to them, the suit says

The suit also says that unknown thousands of veterans may not know that health problems they developed in subsequent years could be traced to the secret experiments, which were carried out by the Army as far back as World War One. Throughout the Cold War, the Army and CIA tested mood-altering and mind-control drugs like LSD on unwitting veterans and civilians. The VA, responsible for veterans health care, took part in experiments, the suit says.

Monday, May 30, 2011

For the fallen: Day is Done

Originally known as "Butterfield's Lullaby," for the Union general who composed the mournful lyrics and melody of "Taps," the bleak and lovely tune is instantly and universally recognized for its austere, moving beauty.

I offer it, first, to the memory of my fallen brothers in Vietnam, but also to the men and women of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, State Department and Central Intelligence Agency who are shouldering the burden for the rest of us everywhere, today.