More on Veterans’ day

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BikePunk had one hell of a post earlier today regarding what’s happening in this country of ours. And I’m going to chime in as well.

First up, first hand reporting from unhappycamper over at Democratic Underground:

Tue Nov 13th 2007, 04:26 AM
Wow! I have a DD-214 in my back pocket that shows I have nine years, ninths and six days of honorable service in Uncle Sam’s Army. That stint included two trips to Nam and two Bronze Stars.

I was ‘lucky’ enough to see Tet of ’68 up close and personal. My second trip included about six weeks in Cambodia in April of ’70. I know how to fly a helicopter, shoot a four deuce mortar and fix pretty much anything electronic. Not exactly an REMF, but I was there.

Now I realize that my anti-war views are not welcomed in some quarters, but don’t diss me because I disagree with you.

There are a few facts that we should be able to agree upon:

1. Veterans are treated like shit by the Veterans Administration.
2. Veterans represent 25% of the homeless population of the United States, yet comprise only 11% of the adult population of this country.
3. The Veterans Administration is woefully under funded.
4. Jobs and Veterans are problematic.
5. PTSD and TBI are going to become epidemic as time passes.
6. Depleted uranium is going to dwarf Agent Orange in terms of scope and toxicity.

You will not shut us up. On Sunday the Veterans For Peace marched behind the American Legion’s Veterans Day parade in Boston. About a block behind the parade. Led by five motorcycle Officers.

Read more:

Below the fold: Two embedded vids. Probably won’t work in IE6.

(For those with old browsers: Check out the Youtube link for Veterans for Peace Arrested at Veterans Day March in Boston here. And Youtube link for Keith Obermann’s segment on Countdown here.)

Veterans for Peace Arrested at Veterans Day March in Boston:

Video from Keith Obermann’s segment on Countdown:

I can already anticipate our dear George Crawford posting some inane comment on Hillary getting softball questions from some plant in the audience… (For the record, we at drunkcyclist think that sort of thing is pretty fucking lame. And some of us play softball.)

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  2. …ANY vet should be saluted despite WHATEVER politics or position he now embraces…they’ve served, they’ve lived & they’ve learned & sometimes they’ve survived at a far greater cost than many of us might imagine…

    …that foto yesterday of those gentlemen being arrested for silently protesting was disheartening, too say the least…

  3. CBS has come forward with a story about a Suicide Epidemic for servicemen and veterans that is worth reading. The statistics that neither the Pentagon nor Veterans Administration would compile:

    …In 2005, for example, in just those 45 states, there were at least 6,256 suicides among those who served in the armed forces. That’s 120 each and every week, in just one year…