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Meditation and New Ways to Combat PTSD

When a person endures a psychological trauma such as kidnapping, a traumatic “act of God,” a violent act or has to commit a violent act, is raped, tortured, or has to go to war a kind of hyper awareness emerges. Soldiers returning from war find themselves unable to cope with constantly reliving events where they failed to save one of ... Read More »

Surviving PTSD

Forty-two years ago today, I arrived at Valley Forge Army hospital, my tour in Vietnam mercifully cut short by the timely affliction of pulmonary tuberculosis.  Having thus survived Vietnam, I have spent the years ever since contending with its aftermath in the form of a wound far more resistant to healing than the disease that once lodged in my lungs. ... Read More »

Post Office Evicted

Did you know that the post office doesn’t run on tax dollars? It runs on stamps. The cost of stamps pays for the entirety of the USPS operations. The post office is guaranteed in the constitution. As of September’s cutbacks the USPS and analysts project a slow down in first class delivery service. The USPS’s position is unique because it does not receive federal subsidies ... Read More »

Profit Focused Military

As a Navy veteran, I can speak for the unreasonable profit focus drive of the military industrial complex. I had to witness people be turned away from medical care with nothing but Motrin and the need for hearing protection from the sound of jets taking off on an aircraft carrier ignored for the sake of presentation in lieu of micro-management. ... Read More »

It’s Not So Pretty in Emerald City

Written by Jack Doxey Vice President, Veterans for Peace, San Diego Chapter Published with permission by Patrick Gokey Every time I pick up friends or relatives at the San Diego Airport I enjoy watching their reactions as they see, for the first time, the San Diego skyline. They are particularly impressed with the breathtaking views at night. The bright lights ... Read More »

Predatory Education

When the GI bill changed in July of 2008 to the post 9/11 it created an exponential increase in the amount of money available to veterans. I went to school on a yellow ribbon scholarship on the post 9/11 GI bill and, quite frankly, I felt somewhat guilty about the amount of money that the government was spending on me. ... Read More »

Predatory Banking Targets Veterans

It is a well known fact that the recruiting practices of the military target the lowest economic dregs of our society. Once in the military they are also targeted by banking institutions. Outside of every stateside base there is a check cashing place that will charge the equivalent in interest that one could get from a speak easy loan shark. ... Read More »

The Unknown Soldier

On this day meant to commemorate veterans young and old, it is imperative  that we do not let the recent improper disposal of veterans’ ashes in Virginia sully the unknown soldier’s symbolism. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was first erected in France as a monument to the unnamed fallen. Today one exists in almost every country in the world. With the onset of forensic science, the ... Read More »

Out With the Garbage. Really?

Sometimes I know we as soldiers, sailors, and veterans we’ve felt like we were treated like trash, but the sentiment was never meant literally. Until now. The Washington Post revealed that unidentified body parts of fallen soldiers have long been cremated and disposed of in a Virginia landfill. Apparently the practice was squashed in 2008 but the fact that it ... Read More »

Veterans Affairs Closes Its Doors

Have you ever heard of a governmental organization closing its doors? Not answering its phones? That is exactly  what I observed this summer with the Philadelphia VA. In the spring I had received a letter from the VA informing of their intentions of recruiting me.   Unfortunately, this all amounted to nothing and when I called the VA (over and over again) the number ... Read More »

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