- Navy Veteran’s Plight Indicative of Houston’s Growing Homeless Population (News 92 FM, March 11, 2013):
A homeless Navy veteran faces up to a $500 fine for dumpster diving in downtown Houston. Veteran James Kelly was cited for “disturbing the contents of a garbage can” on Thursday morning of last week in front of the Hobby Center.
- Exclusive: Homeless Veteran Grateful as Lawyer Tackles City’s ‘Anti-Homeless’ Agenda [Listen] (News 92 FM, March 12, 2013)
- Suicide among US veterans 22 per day, 3 times national rate: Report (PressTV, Feb 1, 2013):
A new official US study says that nearly 22 war veterans of the country commit suicide per day, an estimate that is almost 20 percent higher than the 2007 rate suggested by government’s Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
The two-year study, performed by a VA researcher, further suggests that two-thirds of the veterans who kill themselves are 50 year old or older, indicating that the surge in the suicide rate among US veterans is not chiefly shaped by soldiers that recently fought in the US-led war in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports on Friday. Continue reading »
US military’s most prolific sniper wrote bestselling memoir on his four tours in Iraq and was known for helping veterans with PTSD
- Former Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle shot dead at Texas gun range (Guardian, Feb 3, 2013):
A former Navy Seal who went on to write a bestselling book chronicling his life as the US’s most prolific marksman has been shot dead at a gun range in Texas.
Police said Sunday that the body of Chris Kyle was found by officers responding to an incident at the Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose the previous evening. Chad Littlefield, a 35-year-old friend of the war veteran and author, was also killed at the scene.
In a statement, Sergeant Lonny Haschel said Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster, had been charged with two counts of murder in relation to the double shooting. The alleged gunman was found at his home just hours after the shooting, having earlier fled the gun range in a pick-up truck, it is claimed.
- ‘Unimaginable number of veterans homeless’ (PressTV, Dec 30, 2012):
American military veterans who have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are homeless in “almost unimaginable numbers,” says Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today.
American veterans are returning to the United States “where our economy is in total shambles, where we have massive unemployment in the non-veteran work force,” he in a phone interview on Saturday.
“Despite our lowered unemployment figures, a large percentage of those are people that are no longer even bothering to look for work because there is no work in the U.S.,” he added.
- Impaired Veterans Could Be Barred From Owning Guns If New Legislation Goes Through (FOX News, Dec 4, 2012):
The question at the center of a new legal debate is, should the Second Amendment right of veterans be taken away? It’s being asked as a sticky issue in the Defense Bill is being tackled about whether or not vets should be allowed to carry guns.
Judge Andrew Napolitano calls it a natural right and one that should be protected. “It’s not a gift from the government,” he said. “You don’t need a permission slip to defend yourself.”
This legislation would permit bureaucrats in the V.A. to make an evaluation as to whether or not a vet is competent to keep and bear arms. “This is not power we repose into the hands of bureaucrats,” Napolitano said.
This latest legislation, he suggested, is an example of those who oppose gun rights using whatever leverage they can to impinge on those rights.
- Army veteran and his wife die in tragic ‘suicide pact’ after becoming ‘too poor to live through the winter’ (Daily Mail, Nov 9, 2012):
- Every month the couple walked 12 miles to a soup kitchen to get free food
- Charity said they ‘slipped through the net’
- Mark and Helen Mullins kept food in plastic bags in their garden because they couldn’t afford a fridge
- Driven to despair at having to live off £57.50 a week
- Poverty-stricken pair found dead at home last Friday
- Happy Veterans Day (ZeroHedge, Nov 11, 2012):
As we stop to remember the sacrifice of so many, we thought perhaps some reflection from over 50 years ago would provide a little context for that ‘shared’ sacrifice…
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