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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...

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.

Veterans and Children: NOT Just Homeless at the Holidays

Republican Governor Rick Scott was also photographed passing out Thanksgiving dinners in an East Naples, Florida shelter, which fed 7,000 families during the holiday week. Scott said “I care completely about all these programs,” but reality is that his budget cuts “slashed funding to some veteran and farm surplus programs that helped the homeless.”

“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?

More Victims of Agent Orange

Some Vietnam veterans who have had or now has diseases brought on by Presumptive Exposure to Agent Orange Dioxin are not alone.

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.

She Toured Vietnam With USO, Now She Shares Vets’ Cancer Battle

She began her journey alone, armed only with mountains of documents, photographs, maps and letters that she thought proved the rare cancers she suffered from were linked to chemical exposure during the Vietnam War.

The Last Bayonet Charge in Vietnam

Jim W. Dean..."The dead, and the not yet born, are as much a part of society as the living."

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.

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.

Vets with PTSD and Compassionate Cannabis Laws

From the time of the United States Revolution through World War I, Veterans had legal access to cannabis; but in 1942 a few powerful men managed to have cannabis removed from the United States Formulary. Medical research has shown medical marijuana has been very successful in treating PTSD and it's symptoms.

“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 .

Agent Orange Studies Overlook Vietnamese Americans

A few years ago, my father, a former naval officer in the South Vietnamese Army, developed liver cancer. The diagnosis followed decades of struggle with Hepatitis C, a viral infection he contracted through a blood transfusion during the war. A liver transplant saved his life.

“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.

Da Nang International Airport – Agent Orange and the Removal of...

Da Nang International Airport is the 3rd largest airport in Vietnam. Over 1 million passengers travel through the airport annually.

A Chance to Nail The Lid on The Agent Orange Coffin

Agent Orange-The dirty secret of the US Government

New Organization to Provide Assistance to Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange

50 Years After the United States Commenced Spraying Agent Orange on the People and Land of Vietnam, Millions of Victims Continue To Suffer

Agent Orange Update

Information about Agent Orange, possible health-related problems and VA benefits

Children of Agent Orange

Fifty years ago this month, in the early stages of the Vietnam War, the US military began spraying rural areas of the country with the herbicide, Agent Orange.

America’s Financial Armageddon and Afghanistan

As the U.S. economy grinds down to a finish, it becomes increasingly difficult to measure whether Washington understands the importance of how to deal realistically with the worsening crisis in Afghanistan.

Nurse Served in Vietnam Continues To Serve Proudly at VA

Arlene Adams-Cataldo, RN, BSN, CARN, CASAC, served in Vietnam and is also on the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation Board.

Years Later, Vietnam Combat Nurse Found Help for PTSD

Edie Meeks, RN, seems very positive on first impression. But, she says the sadness and anger that resulted from her service as a combat nurse in Vietnam has never left her.

Vietnam Vet Regains Long Lost Bronze Star

More than 40 years ago, Army 1st Lt. Robert C. Berkshire earned a Bronze Star Medal for valor during his service in Vietnam.

Mexican senators support AO victims

The Mexico-Vietnam Friendly Parliamentarians Group on August 11 declared support for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin in their struggle for justice.

Changing US Chemical Companies’ Attitude

The US must admit its responsibility and compensate the Agent Orange victims in Vietnam. It is your moral obligation. Sooner or later, it has to be done”, said Len Aldis, Secretary of the Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society.

Thousands of People Walk for AO Victims

Thousands of people walked around Hanoi’s Thien Quang Lake in the morning of August 7 to raise fund for Agent Orange victims.

2011, The Year of Agent Orange Victims

On August 10th 1961, the US Air force began spraying chemicals over Vietnam . Several events will take place this year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of that dreadful act.

Veterans Notice! No Date Cut-off for Compensation Claims

There has been misinformation spread by the media that all files for compensation for Agent Orange related presumptive illnesses must be filed by August 30th, 2011. UNTRUE and FALSE!