In Ukraine, U.S. Veterans Step In Where the Military Will Not

Special Operations veterans are training Ukrainians near the front lines in the fight against Russia, despite warnings from the Pentagon.

#defense-and-military-forces, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-international-relations, #veterans, #vietnam-war

Where an Army Paycheck Is an Easy Target

An entire financial ecosystem surrounds the nation’s military installations. It’s a perilous landscape for young soldiers with little financial experience.

#credit-and-debt, #defense-department, #fort-campbell-ky, #omni-military-loans, #personal-finances, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #veterans

Experimental Psychedelic Therapy Returns to the V.A.

A series of clinical trials using MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms represent a resurrection of promising research abandoned in the 1960s.

#anxiety-and-stress, #clinical-trials, #ecstasy-drug, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

The Researchers Who Are Resurrecting Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans

Four Veterans Affairs clinicians, frustrated with existing treatments for addiction and PTSD, have turned to drugs the government still deems illegal.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecstasy-drug, #mental-health-and-disorders, #methamphetamines, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Civil Rights Veterans Should Get Veterans Administration Benefits

Those who fought for America’s democracy should be treated as the war heroes they are.

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These Veterans Started Businesses Inspired by Their Deployments

Some veterans have started businesses that draw from their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thrived.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #colombia, #e-commerce, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #labor-and-jobs, #rumi-spice-pbc, #small-business, #veterans, #vietnam, #women-and-girls

A Balm for Psyches Scarred by War

MDMA-assisted treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder “represents real hope for long-term healing,” health experts say.

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‘I Want to Reset My Brain’: Female Veterans Turn to Psychedelic Therapy

Traumatized by war and sexual assaults, some U.S. veterans and veterans’ spouses are seeking help in a Mexican clinic that treats depression and addiction with potent hallucinogens like toad poison.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #dr-martin-polanco, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mexico, #nemeroff-charles-b, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Massachusetts to Pay $56 Million After Deadly Covid Outbreak at Veterans’ Home

At least 84 veterans died after the outbreak at the state-run Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in March 2020. Massachusetts will pay their families a minimum of $400,000 each under the settlement.

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Death of American Fighting in Ukraine Confirmed by Family

Willy Joseph Cancel Jr., 22, died in combat earlier this week, according to his uncle. He is believed to be the first American killed while fighting in Ukraine.

#defense-and-military-forces, #kentucky, #ohio, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #indian-springs-nev, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mental-health-and-disorders, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #shaw-air-force-base-sc, #syria, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #veterans, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Should American Veterans Go to Ukraine?

People there are suffering. Discouraging my fellow veterans from going there would be both hypocritical and disingenuous.

#bucha-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #kyiv-ukraine, #lviv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #veterans, #volunteers-and-community-service

Supreme Court, in Case on Veteran Hurt by Burn Pits, Debates War Powers

The justices seemed split on whether Congress can allow suits against states that discriminate against injured service members returning from conflicts.

#federal-state-relations-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #torres-le-roy-1972, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

The Monster That Followed Him Home From War

A disabled veteran takes his case to the Supreme Court.

#burn-pits, #iraq-war-2003-11, #medicine-and-health, #respiratory-diseases, #veterans

Gurkha Veterans Fight a Colonial-Era Legacy Still Shaping Nepal

Nepal’s best and brightest have been recruited while young to fight for Britain for over 200 years, with their pay and pensions a fraction of their fellow British soldiers’ for much of that time.

#defense-and-military-forces, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #foreign-workers, #great-britain, #gurkhas-ethnic-group, #kathmandu-nepal, #labor-and-jobs, #nepal, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #veterans

A General Fights to Illuminate Mental Health Issues in the Military

The military has struggled to meet the mental health needs of troops, lawmakers and service members say.

#content-type-personal-profile, #defense-department, #depression-mental, #litynski-ernest, #litynskiernest, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #reserves-military, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

In Texas, Biden Says New Legislation Could Expand Benefits for Burn Pit Victims

The president is focused on veterans who fell ill after breathing in toxic materials from burning waste in Iraq and Afghanistan, exposure that he believes contributed to the death of his elder son.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agent-orange-defoliant, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #waste-materials-and-disposal

‘I Just Can’t Stand By’: American Veterans Join the Fight in Ukraine

All across the country, small groups of military veterans are hungry for what they see as a righteous fight to defend freedom against an autocratic aggressor.

#russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

The Soldiers Came Home Sick. The Government Denied It Was Responsible.

U.S. service members and veterans have long insisted that the military’s garbage-disposal fires in war zones made them ill. Why were their claims stonewalled for so long?

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-dick, #feal-john, #iraq-war-2003-11, #politics-and-government, #respiratory-diseases, #sanchez-ricardo-s, #shulkin-david-j, #stewart-jon, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Lawrence N. Brooks, 112, Oldest American World War II Veteran, Dies

He served in the largely African American 91st engineering unit at a time of segregation in the Army.

#brooks-lawrence-n-1909-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #veterans, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Families of Veterans Who Died of Covid Win $53 Million Legal Settlement

The New Jersey nursing home settlement is believed to be the first of its kind nationwide.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #elder-care, #holyoke-soldiershome-holyoke-mass, #menlo-park-veterans-memorial-home, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-veterans-home-at-paramus, #nursing-homes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #veterans

Hugs and Checkered Flags in a Race to Salute British Vets

The Race of Remembrance is put on by Mission Motorsport, a charity that uses racing to help military veterans recover from injuries or mental health issues.

#automobile-racing, #defense-and-military-forces, #mission-motorsport, #race-of-remembrance, #veterans, #wales

Can an Athlete’s Blood Enhance Brainpower?

Scientists who injected idle mice with blood from athletic mice found improvements in learning and memory. The findings could have implications for Alzheimer’s research and beyond.

#alzheimers-disease, #animal-cognition, #brain, #elderly, #exercise, #longevity, #memory, #mice, #nature-journal, #proteins, #research, #stanford-university, #tests-medical, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #your-feed-science

The Military’s Broken Culture Around Sexual Violence and Suicide

The Pentagon isn’t doing what is necessary to protect and care for service members facing trauma. 

#depression-mental, #goodwin-carri-leigh-1989-2009, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #sex-crimes, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Ian Fishback’s Death Highlights Veteran Mental Illness Crisis

Ian Fishback revealed abuse of detainees during the Iraq war, but struggled after leaving the service. He died awaiting a bed at the V.A.

#content-type-personal-profile, #detainees, #fishback-ian, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mental-health-and-disorders, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

For a 96-Year-Old Veteran, the Parade Came to Him

Jack Le Vine, usually spends the holiday doing “nothing.” His Brooklyn neighbors had other plans.

#brooklyn-nyc, #fire-department-nyc, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-day-us, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Biden Marks First Veterans Day in Two Decades Without a War Underway

President Biden, who ended the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan this summer, called veterans the “soul of America.”

#arlington-national-cemetery, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

Veterans Have Become Unlikely Lobbyists in Push to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs

Lawmakers find it hard to “just say no” to combat veterans seeking support for drug decriminalization efforts gaining traction around the country.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #anxiety-and-stress, #audio-neutral-informative, #food-and-drug-administration, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #veterans, #your-feed-healthcare

Max Cleland, Vietnam Veteran and Former Senator, Dies at 79

He lost both legs and an arm in the war. Republicans impugned his patriotism by linking him to Osama bin Laden in an infamous TV spot.

#cleland-max, #deaths-obituaries, #elections-senate, #georgia, #political-advertising, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-administration, #veterans-affairs-department, #vietnam-war

Military Grants Few Coronavirus Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

The majority of active-duty troops have gotten a mandatory coronavirus vaccine ahead of deadline, with religious-based exemptions largely dismissed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #freedom-of-religion, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Military Grants Few Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

The majority of active-duty troops have gotten a mandatory coronavirus vaccine ahead of deadline, with religious-based exemptions largely dismissed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #freedom-of-religion, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

‘American Veteran’ Honors the Many Faces of the U.S. Soldier

On the heels of America’s longest war, a new PBS documentary series sits down with nearly 50 veterans in hopes of helping to bridge a growing gap.

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5 Veterans Quit Kyrsten Sinema’s Advisory Council

The furious members accused the Arizona Democrat of “answering to big donors rather than your own people,” in the latest sign of the political pressure she faces.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #manchin-joe-iii, #mccain-john, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

They Fought Apartheid in South Africa. Now They Want Veterans’ Benefits.

A protest movement by those who took up arms against apartheid has grown confrontational. More than 50 of them have been charged with kidnapping the country’s defense minister.

#african-national-congress, #apartheid-policy, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #veterans

These U.S. Veterans Won’t Rest Until They’ve Kept a Promise to Afghans

An informal network that includes former government and military officials is working around the clock to fulfill a pledge to save Afghans who put their lives on the line for America.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #politics-and-government, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

For Military Families, V.A. Loans Are a Lifeline, but With a Catch

The mortgages have helped millions of soldiers buy homes, but they carry a mostly unfair stigma that has kept many families out of today’s competitive market.

#mortgages, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

I Don’t Regret Serving in the Afghanistan War

It’s not a surprise that many American veterans are highly cynical about these wars. We are also conflicted about our own service.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #iraq, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Agencies That Issued Mandates Before Biden’s Push Show Some Early Success

The military and Department of Veterans Affairs see vaccination rates increase, as do some companies and states, but they have a long way to go.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #mandates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

After Afghanistan: Veterans Reflect on Sept. 11

Two veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom reflect on where events from the fateful day led the nation.

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Veterans Struggle With Issues That Are Often Invisible to Others

Those who served in the wars that began after Sept. 11, 2001, are struggling with health problems, trauma and feelings of displacement and alienation.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #september-11-2001, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Americans Stretch Across Political Divides to Welcome Afghan Refugees

“Even the most right-leaning isolationists” are coming forward to help those fleeing Afghanistan, a pastor said. A mass mobilization is underway.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #arizona, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #veterans, #volunteers-and-community-service

Covid Survivors More Likely to Have Kidney Problems, Study Finds

In a study of veterans, Covid survivors were 35 percent more likely than other patients to have long-term kidney damage or declines in kidney function.

#chronic-condition-health, #clinical-journal-of-the-american-society-of-nephrology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kidneys, #transplants, #united-states, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #your-feed-science

‘A Sadness I Can’t Carry’: The Story Of The Drum

For Ojibwe, the Big Drum is a gathering to mourn, to process grief, to understand loss. Could it heal my pain from the past year?

#grief-emotion, #native-americans, #religion-and-belief, #veterans

How Veterans Online Are Scrambling to Get People Out of Afghanistan

Using office software, satellite maps and messaging apps, volunteers are acting like digital guide services to helping American citizens and Afghan allies flee the country.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

It Shouldn’t Fall to Veterans to Clean Up Biden’s Mess

Never have I witnessed a swifter collapse of competence than what I have seen with the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

A Digital Dunkirk: Veterans Online Scramble to Get People Out of Afghanistan

Using office software, satellite maps and messaging apps, volunteers are acting like digital guide services to helping American citizens and Afghan allies flee the country.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

A Black Veteran’s Wife Feared for His Safety. Officers Fatally Shot Him.

Gulia Dale’s wife was concerned for his safety when she called 911, in part because he had a gun. Minutes later, he was dead.

#black-people, #dale-gulia-iii-d-2021, #mental-health-and-disorders, #newton-nj, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #veterans

2 U.S. Representatives Try to Explain Unauthorized Visit to Kabul

Representatives Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer said they could not get answers on the evacuation from the Biden administration, so they went to Afghanistan to see for themselves.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #house-of-representatives, #kabul-afghanistan, #meijer-peter, #moulton-seth-w, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

The Harlem Hellfighters Were War Heroes. Then They Came Home to Racism.

An exceptional unit of Black soldiers who fought in World War I will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Online Appeal Quickly Raises Millions for Afghan Rescue Flights

Some refugee experts were skeptical about a GoFundMe campaign by an Instagram personality working with veterans and other groups. The U.S. State Department had no comment.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #gofundme, #heller-becca, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #philanthropy, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #veterans