Iraq Vets Group Supports Climate Change Legislation

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Support for a strong climate change bill, coupled with the argument that cutting America’s addiction to oil in half will help us increase our nation’s security and reduce the likelihood of a war against Iran, comes from a quarter that will surprise many: veterans of the war on Iraq. VoteVets, a [...]

Wreaths Across America

By Karen St. John An evergreen wreath, decorated with a single red ribbon, is carefully placed upon the grave of the fallen serviceman or woman who lay buried in the national cemetery.  It is a simple gesture, unbounded in its respect for the memory of the service to our country, and profound in its reverence [...]

Over the River and Through the Woods

By Karen St. John   “Tis the time of year for family get-togethers and such songs as Lydia Child’s, “Over the River and through the Woods;” or perhaps the reading of a beautiful and seasonally relevant poem as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  But while you are passing through the woods [...]

Pennsylvania plan to help returning rural veterans

By Al Cross A new report from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire reveals that veterans with service-related disabilities are more concentrated in the rural places and the South, the nation’s most rural region. “The concentration of disabled veterans in the South and rural America is largely because veterans represent a higher [...]

Boston Red Sox Hit the Home Run of a Lifetime: Healthcare for Veterans

By Karen St. John To the die-hard fans in Massachusetts and those of us scattered across the nation, good news about the Boston Red Sox is not a surprise.  In fact, it is downright expected when our team has so many players with awesome skills and fierce determination.  But even I, a steady Red Sox [...]

Of Thee I Sing …

        by Debra Kozikowski Wreath laying, flag waving, parades, backyard barbeques and on every cable movie channel it’s a war movie marathon. I watched one yesterday afternoon, set during World War II with a scene of soldiers in foxholes under a snowy sky. Some were trying to sleep, some were chatting, others complaining, and all but one unaware of the name [...]

A Bone to Pick with U.S. Representative Robin Hayes

By Karen St. John I admit it.  When it comes to issues I consider important in this election, I tend to nag people a little bit.   Okay, okay…it’s more like I stay on an issue like a dog on a bone.  And, boy, do I have a bone to chew with Congressman Robin Hayes of [...]

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

By Karen St. John “Ensuring that our veterans receive the first-rate benefits they have earned and deserve remains one of my top priorities.”  — New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu This sentiment from Senator Sununu’s 2007 Veterans’ Day speech gives every indication that the senator respects and understands the needs of our noble military veterans. [...]

The Silent Echo: Empty Promises to Veterans with PTSD

By Karen St. John “Our injured and fallen heroes and their families must be a top priority.  They deserve no less.” US Senator Elizabeth Dole concluded a speech made on the floor of the Senate with those words.  In a February 2005 press release, Providing for Injured and Fallen Soldiers and Their Families repeated the [...]

Veterans’ Issues Under “Friendly Fire:”

By Karen St. John If radio and You Tube ads are any indication, veterans will be hearing a great deal more of Senator John McCain’s supposed support of their issues.  It will not be stated in facts, but in hostile innuendos, obvious digs and vague claims against his political opponent, Senator Barack Obama.  And if [...]