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Robert L. Hanafin

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Readers are more than welcome to use the articles I've posted on Veterans Today, I've had to take a break from VT as Veterans Issues and Peace Activism Editor and staff writer due to personal medical reasons in our military family that take away too much time needed to properly express future stories or respond to readers in a timely manner. My association with VT since its founding in 2004 has been a very rewarding experience for me. Retired from both the Air Force and Civil Service. Went in the regular Army at 17 during Vietnam (1968), stayed in the Army Reserve to complete my eight year commitment in 1976. Served in Air Defense Artillery, and a Mechanized Infantry Division (4MID) at Fort Carson, Co. Used the GI Bill to go to college, worked full time at the VA, and non-scholarship Air Force 2-Year ROTC program for prior service military. Commissioned in the Air Force in 1977. Served as a Military Intelligence Officer from 1977 to 1994. Upon retirement I entered retail drugstore management training with Safeway Drugs Stores in California. Retail Sales Management was not my cup of tea, so I applied my former U.S. Civil Service status with the VA to get my foot in the door at the Justice Department, and later Department of the Navy retiring with disability from the Civil Service in 2000. I've been with Veterans Today since the site originated. I'm now on the Editorial Board. I was also on the Editorial Board of Our Troops News Ladder another progressive leaning Veterans and Military Family news clearing house. I remain married for over 45 years. I am both a Vietnam Era and Gulf War Veteran. I served on Okinawa and Fort Carson, Colorado during Vietnam and in the Office of the Air Force Inspector General at Norton AFB, CA during Desert Storm. I retired from the Air Force in 1994 having worked on the Air Staff and Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon.

PTSD: From Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan

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In my latest issue of The Veteran Magazine (September-October 2011), from Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), is an excellent series of articles focused on PTSD.

WAR ECONOMY: Growing Number of Vets View Iraq/Afghanistan as MISTAKES

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Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

AGENT ORANGE: Okinawa

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This article focuses on who has not been asked about sea lane cargo shipping and unloading of the Rainbow colored toxic chemical agents on Guam and Okinawa to include the US Merchant Marines, civilian contracted US Navy cargo ships, and the smaller fleet of Army contracted cargo vessels.

SEPTEMBER 11- Exploitation

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With the 10th Anniversary of September 11th fast approaching. I, for one, am getting tired of (or is it immune to) how every politician regardless of ideology, most every lame stream media outlet, and especially the Pentagon has exploited 9/11 for political, ideological, psychological, and propaganda motivations and effect.

U.S. ECONOMY: Justifications for Cutting Defense Spending Keep Adding Up

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This story from AP Reporter Richard Lardner is a follow-up to two earlier stories I posted dealing with the need for cuts to the Defense Budget.

A Clash of Cultures: Veterans and Non-Veterans

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Research into the views that there is a cultural clash between Veterans and Non-Veterans on college campuses.

Movement To Stop Soldier Suicides Gains Momentum

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Historic speak out at Ft. Lewis brings together active-duty soldiers, veterans and military families

The Cult of the Uniform

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It was wrong to demonize our service members in Vietnam; to canonize them now is wrong as well. Both distortions make us forget that they are human beings.

Doomsday Defense Budget?

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It is remarkable how politicians with close ties to the Defense Industry love to demonize and label any significant cuts to our defense budget with terms like DOOMSDAY.

Defense Spending Will and Should be Cut but How Much?

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As gridlock and debate recently raged over debt ceilings and how and where to cut the federal budget a band-aide was applied that raised the U.S. debt ceiling for now.

Devaluing Heroism – Do All of US Need to Be a Hero?

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It's been quite a while since I've posted anything on VT, the main reason being that I plain ran out of anything to say negative, positive, debating, challenging, or agreeing. Simply put, I had a brain fart.

Iraq Veteran Comes Home to Warm Welcome Then Apathy!

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We've done a series of stories here at VT (VT) dealing with the shocking scandals that tend to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system

REVISED: News from Veterans and Military Families in the Peace Movement

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Despite the fact that both the Bush and Obama Administration have made it easier for Americans to go to war, since most U.S. citizens have never been asked by either administration or any political party to share in the sacrifice of our troops and military families, both the conservatives and so called liberals have been able to neutralize the anti-war movement (defined as pure pacifists) into being as much of a nuisance as a mosquito on an elephant.

Urgent Agent Orange Action Alert – DEADLINE IS TODAY!

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URGENT AGENT ORANGE ACTION ALERT - DEADLINE IS TODAY! My apologies to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), but we at VT received a request from...

Update: Dayton VA Medical Center Scandal

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Since that update, instead of the scandal simply going away, we have witnessed (1) the scheduling of a U.S. Senate hearing next week on Tuesday 26 April, and (2) reports in Dayton Daily News and local TV station news that both patient and VA employee satisfaction with the Dayton VA Medical Center falls below that of other Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

I Fixed the Federal Budget and You Can Too!

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Now that Congress and the President have finished playing Let's Make a Deal on the annual gridlock over the federal budget, readers may think this debate is over.

Mrs. Obama and Biden, Military Families Don’t Need Another Propaganda Program.

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On 12 April, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden kicked off a new initiative called “Joining Forces,” which encourages every department of the government as well as companies, schools, philanthropic organizations, religious groups and local communities to recognize the burden placed on military families by the ongoing military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ohio Politicians Refuse to let the VA scandal go away!

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Thinking that maybe politicians in Ohio would eventually back off on the Dayton VAMC Dental Clinic scandal under pressure from mainstream Veterans Service Organizations...

Ohio Congressman calls for a Congressional Investigation into the VA System.

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Congressman Mike Turner (R.OH) plans on pushing for a Congressional Investigation into the Dayton VAMC calling the VA investigation and actions by VA leadership...

Damage Control at the Dayton VAMC Continues

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As Congressional Representatives in Congress continue to raise questions about how the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has mishandled the Dental Scandal at the Dayton VAMC in Ohio, one Veterans Service Organization has downplayed the incident in defense of the VA.

Ivy League Colleges Debate Military and ROTC Presence on Campus

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What the little media coverage the heckling of a Wounded Iraq Vet who advocated bring ROTC back to the campus of Columbia University got from a few anti-ROTC protesters. Press coverage has been political and ideological in view points. This article strives to give a balanced two sided view.

Dayton VAMC Dentist Under Investigation Named

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In early February VT (VT) reported that the Dayton VA Medical Center in Ohio was notifying Veterans who may have been exposed to Hepatitis...

Lasik Eye Surgery Denied Reserves, Guard

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This article and expose of National Guard and Reserve troops being treated inferior to active duty troops when it comes to combat readiness to include corrective vision without eye glasses or contact lens comes in two part (1) explaining the situation, and (2) justification for waiving the time remaining on active duty requirements that ban all Guard and Reserve members from being treated the same as Regular troops when it comes to combat readiness.

Dayton VA Medical Center Notifies Veterans of Screening for HIV/AIDS

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The Dayton VA Medical Center is notifying 535 Veterans they are eligible to obtain free screenings for possible infections due to potential lapses in infection control procedures that occurred in the Dental clinic from January 1, 1992 through July 28, 2010.

WISCONSIN AND AMERICA’S WARS (VIDEO)

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This video aired on Wisconsin Public Television and may be the first public or Town Hall Meeting in the nation to recently discuss the impact that the wars in Iraq and Afhganistan have had on a state's economic and moral health.

The American People are not at war with anyone

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According to Major General Dennis J Laich, U.S. Army-Retired, in his article Ideals Versus Interests , he tells readers a few things most everyone...

PBS: Will there be a Peace Movement in 2011?

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The PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly last Sunday morning downplayed the existence of any Peace Movement to oppose the continued occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan going into 2011.

Daniel Ellsberg urges people to support VFP

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Daniel Ellsberg's message to Support VFP This message was sent into VT by the Peace Activist group Veterans for Peace. Posted on behalf of VFP by...

These are the times that try men’s souls

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Dayton, Ohio Chapter of Veterans for Peace represented at the 16 Dec 2010 Peace Protest at the White House. It is important to emphasize that...

March Forward! – 15 Dec Afghan War Protest

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Veterans lead dramatic act of civil resistance at White House - Over 130 arrested protesting the wars. This statement was sent into VT via Facebook...

GI Resistance to Afghanistan War Planned for 2011

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White House Afghanistan Progress Means Staying the Course This was sent to VT from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Posted on behalf of IVAW...

The Rock Band Sunchunck: Checks with Watchdog Groups to find top Vet and Military...

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ROCKERS TOPS IN VET SUPPORT! By Bobby Hanafin STAFF WRITER/Veterans Issues Editor When it comes to doing their research on checking out the most efficient and...

HOPE, from now on, will look like this.

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Peace Veterans and Supporters Mass at the Gates of Power - 16 Dec 2010 Back in late November, VT published an Action Alert from Veterans...

Suppressing Dissent: “The VA is not the place to talk politics”

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Psychologist Dr. Johanna (Hans) Buwalda is a therapist providing Mental Health advise and assistance as one of Vietnam Veterans Against the War's Military Counselors. This presentation covers several suggestions that could make VA Mental Health accessible to more Veterans of all wars, IF the VA would stop using these these eight words, “this is not a place to talk politics” the hidden intent is to suppress dissenting views on WAR!

US presence in Afghanistan surpasses failed Soviet attempt at occupation

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When the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the early 1980s, one of the last acts of the Carter Administration was to implement a...

December 16, 2010: Veterans, Military Families Demand an End to US Wars

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Endorsers of the December 16 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance against War has asked VT to post this Call to Action. Although these may or may not...

Thanksgiving Message from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)

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Giving Thanks Give Thanks that the War(s) have not spread even futher THUS FAR requiring the other 99% of Americans to understand what the two...

MFSO Issues an Apology to the Bidens

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Retraction of the Article OUTRAGEOUS: Joe & Jill Biden lie about military families speaking out against the wars After receiving an ACTION ALERT from Military Families...

The Debate Over Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

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As the lame duck Congress scrambles to pass as much legislation as it can before Conservatives once again take over the House, the debate over Gays in the Military rages on with efforts to pass repeal of DADT and efforts to stop it.

The War Economy pits Social Security against Defense

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It is going to take much more people than the Veterans and Military Families in the Peace Movement to be able to connect the dots between the fiscal costs of Wars and the threat to Social Security and other domestic programs. The CATO Institute provides talking points on how to cut the Defense Budget and save Social Security.