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  1. Clipart for Veteran's Day (ClipsAhoy.com)
      Provides free clipart samples. 2-01

News
  1. -01-31-06 Failed Services for Wounded Soldiers (ABC News - Nightline)
      "A study commissioned by the First Infantry Division estimated that eight out of 10 of its wounded soldiers from Iraq have gone through the same or a similar ordeal [of paycheck mixups]." 02-06

  2. -03-10-09 Some Wounded Soldiers "Punished for Injuries" (MSNBC News)
      "Instead of gingerly nursing them back to health, however, commanders at Fort Bragg's transition unit readily acknowledge holding them to the same standards as able-bodied soldiers in combat units, often assigning chores as punishment for minor infractions." 03-09

  3. -04-14-07 Study: Drug Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Chicago Tribune)
      "A widely used hypertension drug improves sleep and reduces traumatic nightmares in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, federal researchers say." 04-07

  4. -07-18-07 Replacing the Head of Veterans Affairs (Time Magazine)
      "President Bush has a job opening for the head of a department with a crushing backlog of work, a sharp increase in demand for services and a battered public image." 07-07

  5. -Stories Related to Veterans (CNN News)
      Provides news stories and articles related to veterans. 11-08

  6. Couple's Love Story, Tested by War (CNN News)
      "What could be more adventurous than joining the Army and seeing the world? That's how they met and married. And in March 2003, the couple found themselves sitting together in a tent in the Kuwaiti desert just hours before the invasion of Iraq." 12-11

  7. Dogs Help Veterans with PTSD (Time.com)
      "Although the government has been providing service dogs to troops who have lost their sight or suffered other physical injuries, it is only beginning to look into whether these animals can improve the lives of those who are psychically injured. The need for good treatment options is enormous: some 40,000 troops have been physically wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, but 10 times as many exhibit symptoms of PTSD." 12-10

  8. Military Education Scholarships (VAMortgage.com)
      "VA Mortgage Center.com is proud to now offer five bi-yearly $1,500 scholarships in conjunction with our Military Education Scholarship Program. The process and purpose is simple - many college students currently struggle to meet the financial requirements of pursuing their education, even with the help of financial aid and other scholarship programs. Our scholarships are awarded each year in May and November." 09-08

  9. VA Home Loans (VAMortgage.com)
      "This year the VA Home Loan program will receive $6 Billion in funding. However, less than 10% of the individuals who are eligible for a VA Home Loan use their benefits." 09-08

  10. VA Home Loans (VAMortgage.com)
      "VA Mortgage Center.com is proud to now offer five bi-yearly $1,500 scholarships in conjunction with our Military Education Scholarship Program. The process and purpose is simple - many college students currently struggle to meet the financial requirements of pursuing their education, even with the help of financial aid and other scholarship programs. Our scholarships are awarded each year in May and November." 09-08

Papers
  1. -Army Negligent in Paying for War-Related Injuries (CNN News)
      "Erik Roberts, an Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq, underwent his 13th surgery recently to save his right leg from amputation. Imagine his shock when he got a bill for $3,000 for his treatment."

      "Dr. Obremskey said it's 'frustrating' to hear about cases like Roberts'. He says the lesson from Roberts' story is 'pretty obvious.' "

      " 'If they're injured in the service to our country, we should continue to take care of them even if they are discharged from active duty because of their injuries. Some mechanism ought to be available for them to obtain whatever care they need,' Obremskey said." 03-09

  2. -Editorial: Scrap Metal, Not Soldiers (MSNBC News)
      "Two months ago the secretary of the VA went to a House committee, hat in hand, because the agency had so grossly underestimated the number of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan needing medical services that he found himself $1 billion short of necessary funding. Never mind the yellow-ribbon magnets; patriotism is an empty, dumb show if it doesn't include adequate health care, a living wage and decent shelter for people who laid down their lives." 05-06

  3. -First Bionic Leg Controlled by Thoughts (Time.com)
      War veteran demonstrates the use of a bionic leg that he controls with his thoughts. 12-13

  4. American Legion (Legion.org)
      "The American Legion is the nationís largest veterans organization, supporting present active duty military personnel along with its commitment to all veterans and their families." 11-04

  5. American Legion (Legion.org)
      "The American Legion is the nationís largest veterans organization, supporting present active duty military personnel along with its commitment to all veterans and their families." 11-04

  6. Duckworth Testifies to Congress on Needs of Vets (MSNBC News)
      "Do you agree with veterans groups who say that rehabilitation facilities like the Intrepid Center should be funded by the government, not through private donations?"

      "I think the Iraq war has created a need for these centers that was not there before. Because of the nature of the combat injuries coming out of Iraq, wounded soldiers are needing long-term care of more than just a month or two. And there was nothing set up for them."

      "The VAís budget is not a mandatory one, and I personally think it needs to be. The budget can be cut, which means that there are veterans who, after having served this country, have to go without some of the basic care they were promised they would get Ö There are veterans from the first gulf war that have to wait eight, nine months to get into the VA system. In the meantime, a lot of them go without health insurance." 06-06

  7. Foundation Helps Vets with Medical Problems (ABC News)
      "Faced with tighter budgets after the Iraq War but still in charge of treating tens of thousands of injured troops, the military is getting a hand from a private foundation that is building medical centers specializing in the signature physical and psychological injuries of Iraq and Afghanistan."

      "The Pentagon has a partnership with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which is raising $100 million to build clinics on military bases. The clinics will form a network aimed at treating and researching traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, two areas the military has focused on since roadside bombs became a common weapon in Iraq and Afghanistan."

      "Army officials say the foundation, which grew out of the philanthropic efforts of the late New York real estate businessman Zachary Fisher, has been highly effective because it can sidestep government bureaucracy on construction projects and provide a financial boost for medical advances that are desperately needed for injured soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors." 08-12

  8. War Veteran to Prisoner (CNN News)
      " 'The defendant is an Iraqi war veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury and various other physical injuries as a result of his service to the country,' they said in court documents. 'He is completely disabled as a result of his injuries.' " 05-11

Projects
  1. Homes for Our Troops (HomesforOurTroops.org)
      Builds specially adapted homes for severely disabled veterans. 04-08

  2. Kids for Our Troops (KidsforOurTroops.org)
      "Homes for Our Troops has created this website to help parents, children, teachers, students, club leaders and civic organizations find out how they can get involved in our effort to provide specially adapted homes for our most severely wounded soldiers." 06-06

   
   


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