these poor skeletons risked their lives to protect us from the fuckboys, and now they are homeless, with no money to help them recover from ptsd, and have resorted to begging on the streets just to get enough money for food. These brave veterans are yet 2 more victims of our governments incompetence when it comes to caring for our veterans.

Help save these brave skeletons as they fought to save us.

On September 17, 2014, Jacob George, just 32 years old, took his own life. It was not an act of cowardice or selfishness on his part, but a failing on ours. We failed Jacob as a community of veterans and a country as a whole….

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The issue with Fox’s misogyny toward female pilots is that it reinforces the very thing military women already deal with from male counterparts.

And veterans are speaking out.

Read an open letter to Fox about Eric Bolling’s “boobs on the ground” remark, written by U.S. military veterans from the Truman Nat’l Security project:

Before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

The less obvious implication of your remarks, however, is that by offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively hurting the mission. We need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.

We issue an apology on your behalf to Major Al Mansouri knowing that anything your producers force you to say will be contrived and insincere. Major, we’re sincerely sorry for the rudeness; clearly, these boys don’t take your service seriously, but we and the rest of the American public do.

Disclosure: Lisa Reed is a Media Matters employee. 

Why Are We So Bad at Talking About Homelessness?

I don’t know what it feels like to walk around all winter in wet shoes. I’ve never had trench foot. I’ve never had a skin infection that I couldn’t get rid of. I don’t know how it feels to hold a sign on a street corner for months at a time. I’ve never had to defend a grocery cart. My hands don’t usually split and seep yellow.

But I do know how it feels to be hungry all day, and to eat ketchup packets because they’re free. Mustard packets, sugar packets, cream shots intended for coffee I don’t have the money to buy. I do know how it feels to be cold and on the street and have to keep walking because sitting down or lying down would mean freezing to death.

I’ve slept in a hedge and listened to gunshots all night. I’ve slept under bridges. I’ve slept in a 7-11 parking lot, next to a dumpster. I’ve slept in a Greyhound bus station. I’ve slept on city sidewalk grates. I’ve slept in an alley leaning against a brick wall, pretending to be awake so people wouldn’t mess with me.

I wasn’t homeless very long, so I’m not going to pretend that I was. And even though my high school counted me as homeless for a month as a sophomore and for five months as a senior, during the periods when I was officially deemed “homeless” I was actually sleeping on a soft mattress at one of my friend’s houses—warm and comfortable, with books to read in a quiet, dry space. So I haven’t had it hard.

I don’t know real suffering. But I know a little.

The other day I was biking to the Oregon high school where I work and I stopped at a red light. Next to me was a homeless man I’d seen on other street corners and fed at homeless outreach events. I don’t know his name, but I know him. The man is disabled and an addict. He seems to have mental health issues as well. He’s a fairly well-known member of the homeless population in Eugene, Oregon.

Next to us, in the car lane, a late-model Cadillac pulled up. The driver rolled down the window. As the light turned green, he said, “Get a job, fucker,” and drove away.

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Photographer’s Project Focuses on Homeless Female Veterans

Female veterans are four times more likely to become homeless than civilian women, according to photographer Mary F. Calvert, who has received the 2014 Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for her project “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.” Her work supported by this grant will focus on the Los Angeles region, which has the largest concentration of homeless veterans. She will examine the slow response to this crisis by the beleaguered U.S. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs as well as the organizations that attempt to help these women.

Ms. Calvert notes that women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan arrive home with health care issues like PTSD, as well as custody battles resulting from the strain of deployment on their families. For many women, the military was a way to escape a difficult situation, yet harassment, sexual assault and the lack of advancement opportunities have driven them out of it.

Read more on the Alexia Foundation’s website.

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Two wars, two veterans, both homeless. Henry Addington, 67, served with the Navy in Vietnam and Dan Martin, 29, was a medic in Afghanistan.

If you ask them, homeless veterans might tell you they only have a vague idea of what they look like, or how they got to where they are. At least that was true of the few we met in San Diego.

There are about 50,000 homeless vets in the U.S., according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who have struggled with drug use or mental illness, unemployment or criminal records — or any number of things.

NPR spoke with Henry, Dan and 7 other veterans in a pop-up portrait studio at Stand Down San Diego. Find out what they had to say.

Melissa Stockwell:

Was the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat and was the first Iraq War veteran to compete in the Paralympic Games as a swimmer in 2008 • Was one of four athletes featured in a documentary called “Warrior Champions” • Completed her residency in prosthetics where she fit other amputees with prosthetic devices.

Right-Wing Radio Host Attacks Veterans Suffering From PTSD As "Weak": "No Wonder ISIS Can Defeat Our Military"

Now here is a conservative media figure who DOES NOT support our troops, as an estimated 11-20% of veterans who served in recent wars suffer from PTSD in a given year. 

Michael Savage, October 21st 2014: 

"I am so sick and tired of everyone with their complaints about PTSD, depression. Everyone wants their hand held, and a check — a government check. What are you, the only generation that had PTSD? The only generation that’s depressed? I’m sick of it. I can’t take the celebration of weakness and depression.

See, I was raised a little differently. I was raised to fight weakness. I was raised to fight pain. I was raised to fight depression. Not to give into it. Not to cave into it and cry like a little baby in bed. ‘Boo-hoo-hoo. Boo-hoo-hoo.’ Everyone has depression in their life. Everyone has sickness and sadness and disease. And loss of relatives. And loss of career. Everyone has depression in their life. But if the whole nation is told, “boo-hoo-hoo, come and get a medication, come and get treatment, talk about mental illness.” You know what you wind up with? You wind up with Obama in the White House and liars in every phase of the government. That’s what you wind up with. It’s a weak, sick, nation. A weak, sick, broken nation. And you need men like me to save the country. You need men to stand up and say stop crying like a baby over everything. Stand up already. Stop telling me how sick you are and sad you are. Talk about the good things in your life.

When have you last heard that? Oh, everyone’s holding their hand. “Oh, welcome to Good Morning America, sir. You almost committed suicide, how interesting. Please tell us your story.” Maybe a young child who’s on the edge can commit suicide. What a country. No wonder we’re being laughed at around the world. No wonder ISIS can defeat our military. Take a look at that. Take a look at that, why people aren’t even getting married anymore to have children. They don’t even have the guts to raise a child. The men are so weak, and so narcissistic, all they want to do is have fun. Bunch of losers. Just go have a brewski and look at the 49ers, you idiot, you. They won’t even get married, won’t have a child, it takes too much of a man to do that. What a country. You’re not a man, you’re a dog. A dog raises babies better than most American men do.

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Faces Of World War I By Steve Pyke

 “ The war had always gripped me. As a child I met and spoke openly to the old timers who had fought, including  my grandfather Arthur Pyke who served as a cabin boy at the battle of Jutland in 1916. I realized that by chance of birth had I been born in the late 19th century, then undoubtedly I would have served too. By the time I completed this project to photograph the veterans of WWI – in their homes and in multiple countries,  most of those who had fought had passed away. As the centenary of the War approaches it’s a poignant time to revisit these faces of WWI.”

Caption:Vahan Dukmejian, a veteran of World War I, on Long Island, USA, 1993. (Photo by Steve Pyke/Getty Images)

Caption:Nicholas Keating, a British veteran of World War I, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, UK, 17th May 1994. Residents of the hospital are known colloquially as Chelsea pensioners. (Photo by Steve Pyke/Getty Images)

Caption:Rene Vincent, a veteran of World War I, 12th June 1993. He fought at the Battle of Verdun in 1916. (Photo by Steve Pyke/Getty Images)

Yet another problem created by Bush/Republicans that Obama and Democrats are fixing.

A conservative would tell the same veteran to pull themselves up by ‘bootstraps’ that Republicans were cutting and defunding. #SNAP

Pro-Pot Group Giving Free Weed to Colorado Vets

(TIME) Marijuana-smoking veterans may find themselves flocking to Denver, Colorado Saturday, when a pro-pot organization will host a weed giveaway to get grass in the hands of military veterans who seek it.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Central Denver, the group Grow4Vets will give out cannabis products worth more than $200 to veterans who RSVP for the event by noon Friday. Others will be asked for a $20 donation at the door and get more than $100 in pot products in exchange, organizers told ABC7 News Denver.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Modesto Cartagena, the most decorated Hispanic soldier of the Korean War

Today we remember Modesto Cartagena, the most decorated Hispanic soldier of the Korean War.

Korean War veteran, Sgt. 1st Class (ret) Modesto Cartagena, 12/02/2000. (National Archives Identifier: 6519402)

Cartagena was a humble man born to a poor family who lived in the small town of Cayey, Puerto Rico. He was among the first from the island to volunteer for military service when the United States entered World War II. He served in the 65th Infantry Regiment, an all-Puerto Rican regiment also known as “The Borinqueneers,” during World War II and later in the Korean War.

During the Korean War, Cartagena earned the nickname “One Man Army.” Hill 206 near Yonchon, Korea, was heavily guarded on April 19, 1951, by a well-entrenched and fanatically determined hostile force. While under attack, Cartagena destroyed four enemy emplacements before he was wounded, thus saving the lives of the men in his unit and enabling the company to take the hill.

Keep reading (and en español) at:  Prologue: Pieces of History » Modesto Cartagena, the most decorated Hispanic soldier of the Korean War / Modesto Cartagena el soldado hispano más condecorado de la Guerra de Corea. 

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