Long Covid Patients Face Lingering, Worrisome Risks, Study Finds

Patients who were not sick enough to be hospitalized still had a significantly greater risk of dying within six months than people who were not infected.

#chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #nature-journal, #research, #veterans, #veterans-administration, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Afghanistan War Is Ending. A Pennsylvania Town Exhales.

In Canonsburg, known for its big Fourth of July parade, many people say they are proud of America and its military but weary of the two-decade war in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canonsburg-pa, #pennsylvania, #polls-and-public-opinion, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #veterans, #washington-county-pa

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Veterans React to Biden’s Afghanistan Troop Pullout Announcement

President Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 is met with relief and anguish, frustration and regret among those who served there.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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How to Stop Schools That Prey on Veterans

Under Betsy DeVos, the Education Department sold out to predatory for-profit colleges. It’s welcome news that Washington is taking steps to protect students.

#cardona-miguel-a-1975, #colleges-and-universities, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #education, #financial-aid-education, #for-profit-schools, #united-states, #veterans

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An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

#andrew-carroll, #chapman-university, #content-type-personal-profile, #letters, #museums, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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‘Dear G.I.’: An Unlikely Friendship Built on Letters From a Foxhole

In 1966, a Massachusetts mother of three began writing to young men serving in Vietnam. One became her most steadfast pen pal, writing her 77 letters over seven years.

#black-people, #letters, #massachusetts, #north-carolina, #politics-and-government, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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Congress Closes Loophole That Made Veterans a Target of For-Profit Schools

The new economic stimulus package makes a tiny change that military veterans pushed for in hopes of stemming aggressive recruiting tactics.

#american-public-education, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #colleges-and-universities, #corinthian-colleges-inc, #for-profit-schools, #itt-technical-institute, #student-loans, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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The Military’s Extremism Problem Is Our Problem

Yes, veterans were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But this isn’t just the military’s problem to solve.

#draft-and-recruitment-military, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021

Comrades repeatedly told the Army that Capt. Paris Davis, one of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, deserved the Medal of Honor. The Army kept losing the paperwork.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #davis-paris, #discrimination, #medal-of-honor-us, #united-states-army, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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My Veteran Problem

I have an instinct to protect the image of American service members. But veterans alone should not control the conversation.

#movies, #polls-and-public-opinion, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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At the Capitol on Jan. 6, Veterans Fought on Both Sides of an American Battle

Military veterans trying to defend the Capitol were taunted by veterans in the pro-Trump mob who were storming it. Both felt they were doing their patriotic duty in a fractured country.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #metropolitan-police-department-dc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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Family of Man Attacked by Fire Ants at V.A. Facility Before His Death Sues U.S.

Joel Marrable, an Air Force veteran, was largely bedridden by cancer and “incapable” of defending himself when ants attacked him at a Veterans Affairs facility, his family said.

#atlanta-ga, #deaths-fatalities, #insects, #marrable-joel, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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The Trump V.A.’s Racist Legacy

“It needs to be cleaned up right away,” one employee said. Will Denis McDonough, Biden’s pick for V.A. secretary, help repair what’s broken?

#discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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From Navy SEAL to Part of the Angry Mob Outside the Capitol

The presence in Washington of a longtime member of the Navy SEALs who was trained to identify misinformation reflects the partisan politics that helped lead to the assault.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #content-type-personal-profile, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lisbon-ohio, #navy-seals, #newbold-adam, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #veterans

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Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

The nation’s military has a history of downplaying white nationalism and right-wing activism, but the siege of the Capitol has created a new urgency for dealing with them.

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Who Was Ashli Babbitt? Woman Killed in Capitol Embraced Trump, QAnon

After 14 years in the military, Ashli Babbitt bought a pool supply company and delved into far-right politics.

#babbitt-ashli-e-1985-2021, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #primaries-and-caucuses, #qanon, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-air-force-academy, #veterans

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Fire Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs secretary no longer has the trust of those who served.

#goldstein-andrea-n, #inspectors-general, #sex-crimes, #takano-mark-a, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #wilkie-robert, #women-and-girls

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Pandemic Leaves More Military Families Seeking Food Assistance

Veterans are in a similar situation, hunger advocates and service organizations have found.

#blue-star-families, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckworth-l-tammy, #food-insecurity, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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An Epic Israeli TV Drama Exposes War Wounds Old and New

Grappling with the traumatic opening of the 1973 war, when Israel feared destruction, the series “Valley of Tears” has prompted a national outpouring of emotion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #veterans

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Biden Names Susan Rice, Denis McDonough to Key Jobs

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, will lead the Domestic Policy Council. Denis McDonough, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, was nominated secretary of veterans affairs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #domestic-policy-council-us, #mcdonough-denis-r, #presidential-transition-us, #rice-susan-e, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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Inspector General Criticizes V.A.’s Handling of Sexual Assault Complaint

The inspector general’s report also expressed disappointment that the V.A. did not determine whether to take action “to provide a safer and more welcoming environment” for women at its facilities.

#goldstein-andrea-n, #inspectors-general, #missal-michael-j, #sexual-harassment, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #wilkie-robert

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Can an Algorithm Prevent Suicide?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has turned to machine-learning to help identify vets at risk of taking their own lives.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #firearms, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #veterans, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Army Agrees to Review Thousands of Unfavorable Discharges for Veterans

If approved by a federal judge, the settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit could result in thousands of veterans gaining access to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ full array of benefits.

#carson-alicia, #depression-mental, #kennedy-steve, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traumatic-brain-injury, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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Trump Pentagon Purge Could Accelerate His Goal to Pull Troops From Afghanistan

President Trump’s supporters hope he is the president to end America’s longest war.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #concerned-veterans-for-america, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #koch-charles-g, #miller-austin-scott-1961, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #national-counterterrorism-center, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #presidential-election-of-2020, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #votevets-political-action-committee

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The ‘Gut Wrenching’ Sacrifice of Military Moms

Building a successful career often means long deployments away from kids and home.

#children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #military-bases-and-installations, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #women-and-girls

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A Veteran’s Search for Meaning

Why we serve, and what we’re fighting for, isn’t always clear.

#middle-east, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Focusing on Firearms Proves Contentious in Struggle to Reduce Veterans’ Suicides

The gun control debate complicated an effort to encourage frank talk by health professionals about the risks posed by firearms.

#firearms, #gun-control, #hannon-john-scott-d-2018, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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For Veterans, Bonds Forged in Battle Are Tested by 2020’s Rancor

Toxic rhetoric and political polarization are doing what nothing else could: driving apart ex-Marines who had one another’s backs through wars and the stresses of civilian life.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

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Fake Guns, Fictional Battles, Real Uniforms: Inside the Immersive World of MilSim

Veterans, gamers, history buffs and gun enthusiasts are shelling out to take part in military simulations.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #firearms, #iraq-war-2003-11, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump’s Views

The vast majority of veterans do not join militias, but some fast-growing militias have many veterans among their ranks.

#antifa-movement-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-state-relations-us, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #neo-nazi-groups, #oath-keepers, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #whites

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Trump Attacks Military and Defense Contractors

President Trump’s public comments this week, perhaps fueled by anger over reports of his disrespect for those who died in America’s wars, take his attack on the military to a new level.

#arms-trade, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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After Report That Trump Disparaged War Dead, Democrats See Chance to Win Over Military Voters

Liberal groups had already ramped up efforts to win over veterans and military families in swing states, where even a small shift could prove decisive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Biden Condemns Report That Trump Called Fallen Soldiers ‘Losers’

Responding to a report in The Atlantic that the president had called soldiers killed in combat “losers,” Joe Biden cited his own son’s military service and said such remarks were “un-American.”

#atlantic-the-magazine, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Trump Angrily Denies Report He Called Fallen Soldiers ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

The report, in The Atlantic, could be problematic for the president because he is counting on strong support among the military for his re-election bid.

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‘A Hail Mary’: Psychedelic Therapy Draws Veterans to Jungle Retreats

Ayahuasca, a vomit-inducing hallucinogenic brew, draws thousands of people each year — including former soldiers — to jungle retreats that have become an unlicensed and unregulated mental health marketplace.

#amazon-jungle, #antidepressants, #costa-rica, #depression-mental, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #mental-health-and-disorders, #peru, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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The Met Is Reopening, and the ‘Hot Dog King’ Is Back

The rebound of the longtime vendor could be a bellwether for small-business owners in the city who rely on tourists and workers for sales.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hot-dogs-and-frankfurters, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #veterans

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U.S. Mail Delays Slow Delivery of Medicines

In addition to concerns over mail-in voting, the cost-cutting at the Postal Service affects the millions of people who get their prescriptions by mail.

#dejoy-louis, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #mail-order-companies, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j, #veterans, #your-feed-healthcare

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Trump Cites the V.A. as a Central Achievement. But Troubles Simmer.

The department’s long litany of problems has left some questioning why President Trump is trying to make his record there a centerpiece of his re-election campaign.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #wilkie-robert

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Tammy Duckworth Is Nothing and Everything Like Joe Biden

Despite their disparate backgrounds, the Illinois Democrat has carved out a public life most evocative of the man she could join on the presidential ticket.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #duckworth-l-tammy, #illinois, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us

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Returning From War, Returning to Racism

After fighting overseas, Black soldiers faced violence and segregation at home. Many, like Lewis W. Matthews, were forced to take menial jobs. Although he managed to push through racism, that wasn’t an option for many.

#black-people, #discrimination, #g-i-bill-of-rights, #matthews-lewis-w-1926, #race-and-ethnicity, #veterans, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Report Slams Doctor at V.A. for Dismissing Suicide Risk of Patient Who Later Killed Himself

Six days after being removed by the police from a veterans hospital in Washington, the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

#inspectors-general, #mental-health-and-disorders, #missal-michael-j, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #trump-donald-j, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #wilkie-robert

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A ‘Wall of Vets’ Joins the Front Lines of Portland Protests

Military veterans said they banded together to protect the free speech of demonstrators.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #veterans

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Former V.A. Nursing Assistant Is Charged in Deaths of Seven Patients

Reta Mays, who worked at a hospital in West Virginia, is accused of administering fatal doses of insulin to veterans.

#diabetes, #insulin, #mays-reta, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #west-virginia

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A #MeToo Moment Emerges for Military Women After Soldier’s Killing

Women in the military say the horrific killing of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen has swept the nation, galvanizing even civilians to the cause.

#metoo-movement, #black-lives-matter-movement, #defense-department, #guillen-vanessa, #hispanic-americans, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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The V.A. Made Me Vomit. And That Was a Good Thing.

After suffering from sleeplessness and anxiety for months, I finally saw a psychiatrist. I became so relaxed so quickly that I passed out.

#anxiety-and-stress, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #vasovagal-syncope-fainting, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

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Father of Slain Marine Finds Heartbreak Anew in Possible Russian Bounty

“If it does come out as true, obviously the heartache would be terrible,” said Erik Hendriks, whose son was killed while on patrol in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #concerned-veterans-for-america, #improvised-explosive-devices, #mattis-james-n, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans, #votevets-political-action-committee

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Coronavirus Left Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in ‘Total Pandemonium’

An independent report on the coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home describes “the opposite of infection control,” as administrators combined wards of infected and uninfected patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #holyoke-soldiershome-holyoke-mass, #massachusetts, #nursing-homes, #veterans, #walsh-bennett

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Trump’s Actions Rattle the Military World: ‘I Can’t Support the Man’

The president’s threat to use troops against largely peaceful protesters, as well as other attempts to politicize the military, have unsettled a number of current and former members and their families.

#discrimination, #families-and-family-life, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reserves-military, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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‘A Slap in the Face’: Black Veterans on Bases Named for Confederates

President Trump has vowed to block efforts to remove Confederate names from military bases.

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #davis-jefferson-f, #defense-department, #lee-robert-e, #military-bases-and-installations, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Over Veterans’ Protests, Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Student Loan Rules

President Trump sided with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over veterans groups, vetoing a measure that would have blocked new regulations that tighten access to student loan forgiveness.

#devos-elizabeth-1958, #for-profit-schools, #frauds-and-swindling, #student-loans, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #vetoes-us

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