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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.
Veterans

VA Proposes Change to Aid Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

According to Tom Philpott in his article New Agent Orange Rule to Allow Retro Claims by 86,000 about 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under Read More…

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Charity Watchdog Group Continues Giving Veteran and Troops Causes an “F.”

In a report published by the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), efficiency ratings of a few well known and not so well known Veterans and Troops charities and causes reflects very little change since testimony given to Congress by AIP in 2007.   AIP’s latest Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report for April-May 2010 shows ratings Read More…

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Do All Non-Profits really Support Veterans, Troops, and Military Families?

About the most important thing that donors must know about any relief or support efforts is percentage wise how much really goes to our Veterans, Troops, and Military Families compared to a Non-Profit’s Admin and advertising overhead. In fact it is the most IMPORTANT thing for anyone thinking about supporting our Vets, Troops, and Families Read More…

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Obama Administration Cautions Against An Overly Ambitious Outlook for Afghanistan

According to reports from Politico, Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressed “guarded optimism” yesterday, 26 March, about U.S. progress in Afghanistan but predicted “many tough and long days ahead” as evidenced by the sheer number of questions he faced on everything from police training contracts to the Afghan opium crop. Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Read More…

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Decries Health Care Reform “Scare Tactics”

Despite the media spin and scare tactics of opponents of health care reform as reported in previous articles on Veterans Today, Sec Def Gates Knocks Down Fox/VFW Report on Tricare, AND American Legion Says Health Care Reform Won’t Harm VA, DoD Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) has joined in chorus with the American Legion, Pentagon Read More…