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VFW Supports Expanding Service Members’ Housing Protections

Yesterday afternoon the VFW joined Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., at the U.S. Capitol, where Reed formally introduced the Servicemember Housing Protection Act, S. 3179, alongside Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., as well as Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and leading veterans’ advocates.

Former Navy Doctor spearheading “Remote Medicine Initiative” to Pakistan

Let me introduce you to Dr. Gary Levin. Dr. Levin was in the US Navy from 1969 to 1971 serving as a general medical officer. He was in an amphibious group, and served on the USS Jeneau, LPD 10.

Google+ Plus and the L-Shaped Ambush (Part two)

In my earlier writings about the Google+ platform I suggested to my readers that this Google product was perhaps the most significant leap in social media technology since the invention of the telephone.

Military Veterans And Cancer

Men and Women in the military know that they risk their lives when they go into combat. What they have not anticipated is that they might be exposed to chemicals or toxins that could cause cancer many years later

Connecting the Military Dots

She walked onto the campus of the West LA Veterans Hospital in her Anne Taylor outfit and instantly could feel her throat tighten. "You OK Ma'am?" said one of the VA tour guides, a young male half her age.

CIA – DOD – Panetta and the Hidden Truth

Former CIA Director Panetta condemns Marines peeing on dead Taliban with "utterly deplorable" comment. Ain't that the pot calling the kettle black? .

Pissed off Marines

As many of you already know, I volunteer at the "National Veterans Hotline" a few nights per month. The hotline website can be found at www.Veterans911.com Last night, I was on duty for close to four hours and during that time I talked to over twenty callers.

Mitt Romney – Ted Kennedy and Veterans Milking Cows

Years later, I found out that the anonymous donor was Romney. Out of his own pocket he did this.

New Online Group for Out of Work Veterans

I was sent an email by a veteran who had lost his job last summer, and has been searching hard for a place to find work.

Homeless Veterans, Cable TV and the FBI

Once upon a time, I ran the largest shelter for Homeless Veterans in the USA, located in Boston Massachusetts. Here is a story that I remember with a smile:

Muslim Christian Jew, Extremism is Extremism

I recently read a story online about a little 8-year old girl from Israel and the trouble she encounters just going to her local elementary school everyday because some ultra-orthodox Jews living in a city called Beit Shemesh take offense to the way she dresses .

Homeless Veterans need to Stand Up – Not Stand Down

Almost 20 years ago I met a combat Vietnam Veteran named Robert Van Keuren and his partner in crime Dr. Jon Nachison both advocates like me doing work for homeless veterans in San Diego.

Syrian Dissidents Reach Out. Yes, Assad is Killing Children

"Yes, Children are being Killed the dissidents say"   NOTICE:  GRAPHIC VIDEOS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS STORY.    by Ken Smith   I admitted upfront in an earlier post that I know even less than...

Prosthetic’s for Peace. The costs of Land Mines and War.

A friend of mine called and said: We should try to find ways to advance ourselves with our allies and even our perceived enemies by sharing our knowledge of prosthetics.

Israel and the Blame Game

I admit upfront that I know even less than you do (the reader), about the twisted and fragmented history of Israel and it's interactions with Arab and non-Arab neighbors in the middle east.

Veterans Support Organization

I was searching the internet the other day and came across a story online about a group collecting money for homeless Veterans outside a shopping center.

America and Pakistan – Questions and Answers

Two VT columnists, one from America and one from Pakistan exchanged ideas, concepts and concerns. This posting reflects questions and answers that are important to both of our countries.

“Occupy HUD” Movement Gains Traction

Forget about Occupy Wall Street. My readers and other Veteran Advocates nationwide say "Occupy HUD" and ask How many Iraqi or Afghanistan Combat Wounded Veterans Live in HUD Subsidized or Disability Housing?

Hundreds Sign Up 4 Veterans Hotline

As my readers already know, I volunteer once a month for the Veterans Hotline. This is a two-hour commitment and I will be "On Station" from 5am to 7am, the third Monday of each month.

Veterans Hotline Seeking Volunteers

A new Veterans nonprofit, "Veterans Workshop" has begun their nationwide recruitment for Volunteers who can assist with answering calls from American Veterans via a new Veterans911 hot-line.

Red Hawk IT – SDVOB

SDVOB's are struggling to gain traction with Procurement officers is one of the most common statements that owners of SDVOB's share with me.

HUD Secretary Donovan : Veterans Don’t Count

Last week we asked the Honorable Shawn L.S. Donovan, Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development of HUD, the following question "Where has the HUD Veteran Resource Center (HUDVET) been hiding during our nations housing crisis?"

2011 Marine Corps 236th Birthday Message

The Continental Marines were the Marine Force of the American Colonies during the American Revolutionary War.

Veterans First – Not Veterans Last

The Department of Labor (DOL) has a "Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project" that is operated out of the office of the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Employment and Training.

HUD Secretary Donovan – Shame on You.

I know people who work at HUD, one of the largest federal agencies in the country. HUD of course deals in housing, but also in homelessness.

Veterans Suicide – Ken Smith on Iran’s Press TV

Military suicides have increased since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study conducted by the Center for a New American Security.

A Veteran Commits Suicide Every 80 Minutes

A veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes, according to a study published Monday.

American Prosthetic Sharing Program

"Used Prosthesis should be brought to foreign military veterans."

Veterans Unemployment Continues

I was called recently by someone I know, who asked me to talk to a veteran that he knew who was in trouble.

“When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless”

There are hidden wounds soldiers have always experienced upon returning home from every war- this documentary will shed Light and Healing on these many issues through the Voices of Veterans and their Families.

All Men Are Created Equal – Except Homeless Veterans

Since our nations founding, America's Veterans have fought for our liberties contained within our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

“Traumatic Brain Injury and the Great Lie”

I recently was invited by a good friend who lives in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts to participate in a panel discussion about PTSD and TBI .

“PTSD Secrets”

I must confess right upfront that this posting is a little self promotion. Well, kind of. Three months ago, a dear friend of mine that I have known for over 25-years contacted me with an urgent request concerning his son who had recently returned from Afghanistan.

Tribes of the Veterans who are Homeless

After founding and then running a shelter for homeless veterans for a number of years, I began to see patterns of pathology among the clients.

GE Global Research Offers Careers to Military Veterans

Their global presence, innovation and financial strength help to make GE a dynamic place to work, giving you the advantage of a large company, with the agility of a small company, where your voice is heard.

Gulf War Veterans/Desert Storm Forming Up on Facebook

The effort to get a Force Multiplier for Gulf War Veterans is gaining strength through Community Building on Facebook.

New Social Networking Effort Benefits Gulf War Veterans

Veterans Today has encouraged gulf war veterans to set up face book pages for their gulf war 90-91 Desert Storm by service branch/and specific units......gulfwar/desertstorm/specific unit.

TAP Eases Transition Burden for Military Personnel

TAP program eases the burden for military personnel transitioning to civilian life

Decision making and the effects of PTSD

We may face the possibility of having to address post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in those who return from war. Even for those who...

Check your Vitamin D Levels-More Research

Vitamin D insufficiency has been associated with a variety of clinical disorders and chronic diseases, including impaired balance, decreased muscle strength, mood and cognitive dysfunction, autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes (types 1 and 2), and certain forms of cancer," the authors write as background information in the article.