Guest Post: The Economic Abuse Of Veterans In America

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

The Economic Abuse Of Veterans In America

Volunteering to join the military has always been a process rife with internal and external conflictions.  A vital aspect of one’s ultimate decision to do so often depends greatly upon the era in which one becomes eligible.  U.S. citizens leaped at the chance to defend their country at the onset of World War II because the enemies were indeed a legitimate and obvious threat to the freedom and sovereignty of all nations.  During Vietnam, the waters were muddied (at least in the view of millions of citizens), and many Americans did not see the fight as their own.  The line between our system, and the enemies we were supposed to despise, had become progressively more foggy and disjointed.  For any wise and honorable man to go out of his way to risk his life, the fight must be clearly just, otherwise, he may feel that his death will serve no purpose.

No matter what era of war an American soldier happens to take part in, his desire is usually simple and honest; most seek to defend the underlying principles of freedom which have guided the soul of this country for generations.  They seek a righteous cause, and transparent leadership.

Unfortunately, for decades, sincere leadership by our government, from Washington D.C. down to the good-old-boy networks of county politics, has all but been erased.  Not even a trace of truth permeates the bedrock of our legal or bureaucratic structure anymore.  The system has become so corrupt, so leprous and putrid, that it now actually influences originally honorable men and women to do great evil just to survive and to thrive.  Our administrative structure encourages and even breeds thieves, murderers, and tyrants.  It is a self-perpetuating monster machine. 

U.S. soldiers are in a unique position in the middle of this plague of political power gaming.  They are usually the first to bear witness to the blunders (or crimes) of government.  They get to experience up close on the ground where decisions go wrong and how.  They are among the first to witness the changes of mood within our political dynamic, and the first to know when a government has gone rogue.  When these soldiers leave the service as veterans, many have seen the ugliest of the ugly faces of the officialdom running the show.  They become a liability to the carefully crafted image of the U.S. government and the military industrial complex because they know the ultimate truth.

The mistreatment of veterans is often examined with shock and dismay, primarily because the general public cannot fathom why federal, state, and local governments would work against men and women who once served their interests.  However, when one understands that the establishment system views veterans as a political and social threat, a cultural base that is respected by average citizens and carries weight when exposing corruption, the abusive actions of the oligarchy make perfect sense.

I could delve into the disparaging world of Veterans Hospitals and the horror stories surrounding the dime-store-style socialized medical care that men and women receive there (I could also point out that this is a perfect active example of what medical treatment would be like under Obamacare).  I could write for hours about soldiers exposed to chemical and biological warfare from Vietnam to the Gulf War; soldiers who went on to suffer recurring health problems, and who were quickly swept under the rug by Washington.  I could even outline the numerous instances in which the DHS, the Bush Administration, and the Obama Administration, have all attempted to categorize veterans as “possible terrorists” who present a danger to national security:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/napolitano-stands-rightwing-extremism/

While it is absolutely imperative that veterans and current serving military alike research every aspect of these issues, I would like for a moment to focus on a far less discussed crisis that looms over former military; financial subversion.

Today, most people are suffering an economic loss of one kind or another, and the knee-jerk response by those in financial dire straights might be to question why they should care at all about veterans being squeezed by the system.  I would point out that while the credit crisis is certain to strike the vast majority of average Americans, it has crashed like a ten-ton sack of bricks upon the heads of veterans in particular.

While the U.S. Interagency Council On Homelessness did launch a program called “Opening Doors” in an effort to reduce veteran homelessness, claiming a 12% reduction in 2011, the official number of homeless former serving still stands at 67,000.  This, unfortunately, is a misleading stat, and only counts veterans who have are considered “consistently without shelter”.  In reality, it is estimated that 200,000 or more veterans are homeless on any given night:

http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/homeless-veterans-programs.html

That is large population of people under consistent poverty (23% of overall homeless by some measures), and this is not even counting those veterans that just scrape by.  Approximately 40% of these homeless veterans suffer from war related psychological disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and are not responsible for the difficulties they face in the job market.

The unemployment rate for veterans continues to be epidemic, with official numbers between 8% and 9% (and we all know how the Labor Department undercuts real unemployment statistics).  For younger veterans, especially those involved in Gulf War II, unemployment has skyrocketed to 30%:

http://www.businessweek.com/finance/occupy-wall-street/archives/2011/11/the_vets_job_crisis_is_worse_than_you_think.html

One would think that a military background with years of training and command experience in the midst of the most chaotic environments the world has to offer would translate well in the business and working world, but the numbers say otherwise.

Government programs to aid veterans are tossed to the public every year like trick-or-treat candy, but in most cases, they are only a half-hearted attempt to pay lip service to the problem, falsely reassure Americans, and place a band-aid on the gaping wound.  This has become painfully apparent after the 2008 derivatives bubble implosion, which has now triggered the bankruptcy foreclosures of over ONE THIRD of all veteran households:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/30/banks-targeting-military-families-for-illegal-foreclosures/

A homeowner’s mortgage assistance program under the U.S. government does exist, but only covers active duty military.  Veterans are forgotten.

The most active banks foreclosing on veterans include JP Morgan, Bank Of America, Wells Fargo, and PNC.  All of these institutions have been cited for using illegal and hidden fees to increase mortgage liability.  This tactic has been specifically and violently applied to veterans in particular, and over 30,000 cases of possible banking fraud against veterans were exposed in 2011 alone:

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-10/politics/congress.military.mortgages_1_military-orders-active-duty-service-member-returns?_s=PM:POLITICS

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/veterans-bank-fees_n_996422.html

Why would banks place such priority on aiming their crosshairs at veterans?  There are a multitude of reasons.  Most veterans have made a career out of following a chain of command and paying heed to authority figures.  Often, this mindset is carried over into the civilian world, where new authority figures like lawyers, judges, bailiffs, even bank representatives, are given far too much credence and are approached with a subservient attitude.  Many veterans also spend so much time within the unique legal structure of the military system that they lose familiarity with civil law, and become frustrated with its operations and complexities.  Some find it impossible to adapt.  To put it bluntly, corporate banks see veterans as easy targets.

To make matters much worse, local bureaucracies have been more than happy to aid major banks in their criminal enterprises, and veterans have been principle victims.  Instead of providing relief and aid to those in financial distress as was originally intended when the bankruptcy court apparatus was created, it has now become a network of parasites honing in on the fiscally weak and using their despair and confusion to rob them of every last possession. 

I have WITNESSED this first hand while examining the case of Warren Bodecker, a Montana local and WWII hero who helped to liberate over 2000 prisoners near execution from the Los Banos prison camp in the Philippines. 

Bodeker’s 89 years of life have been filled with amazing accomplishments and a certain level of success.  It is saddening that in his old age, during days in which he should be allowed some measure of peace, he has come under attack by so many despicable circumstances and people.

Warren’s wife, after battling cancer for a decade, had finally passed.  Her body was put to rest on the family farm, but her medical bills were not.  With debt and interest payments mounting, and Warren living essentially alone, the stress and fear of insolvency ruled his waking moments.  He then made a terrible error; he trusted his fate and his home to the bankruptcy system.  Warren’s story in his own words can be found in the video interview below, conducted by the founder of Oath Keepers and Constitutional Lawyer Stewart Rhodes:

 

I analyze and write about legal corruption on a regular basis.  I have uncovered and outlined banking criminality for years.  But, to watch this tyranny wrought upon an individual right in front of me, a man I know to be good hearted, a person who absolutely does not deserve it, is difficult to endure.

What I found most disturbing in this case was the number of deviants who came out of the woodwork to claim their pound of flesh.  The Trustee, Christy Brandon, has gone out of her way to intimidate Warren, which puzzled me until I learned that she had also appointed HERSELF lawyer for the estate.  If proceedings became “adversarial”, under the law, she would be conveniently awarded a percentage of the bankruptcy loot.  Warren’s former son-in-law (whose motivations remain mysterious and suspicious) wrote secret letters to the courts accusing him of deliberately hiding gold and silver assets.  Warren’s own lawyer advised him little, and in some cases very poorly, pushing him to wave his homestead exemption and feeding Warren to the wolves as it were while he quietly collected his salary. 

The vet was surrounded by frenzied piranha.  With little understanding of bankruptcy law or what was expected of him, he didn’t have a chance.  The system, his lawyer, and the Trustee all asserted the same lie; that if he just quietly rolled over, all would be well.  He has now lost everything, including his home.  He will be forced to exhume his wife’s body from the land he also planned to rest on, with no conceivable future beyond homelessness and regret.  

The system not only failed Warren, it hunted him down and mauled him.  At every level, the legal structure sought to harm him, not protect him, or to conduct fair justice.  It became clear to me after speaking with Warren, even more so than before, that there is no recourse through the legal realm.  It is utterly broken, and beyond all possible repair.  If a veteran and WWII combat hero can be treated so egregiously, what possible chance do the rest of us have?

Warren is just one example of a detrimental and sometimes organized crippling of veterans and their economic safety across America.  Sometimes it is done out of mere greed, sometimes it is done out of idiocy, sometimes it is done with downright malicious intent, and sometimes it's a combination of all three.  In light of this, and as Warren Bodeker's situation proves, there are no solutions within the bounds of the establishment anymore.  The problem, then, goes to those of us who are aware, and to those who also share a military background.  It is up to the Liberty Movement to rally around veterans, and for veterans to rally around each other.  The enemies they face today are much more insidious than any they ever faced on the battlefields of the past.  There will be no relief or comfort unless we support each other.

If you would like to make a donation to the Warren Bodecker Fund, please visit the link below and scroll to the paypal button at the bottom of the article:

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2012/06/15/wwii-veteran-forced-out-of-home-and-forced-to-exhume-wifes-body-needs-your-help/

If you would like to question Christy Brandon, Trustee for this case, on her side of the story, or if you wish to ask her why she is handling the situation in such a manner, you can use the contact information she provided on her publicly released court documentation (please remain courteous):

Attorney Christy Brandon
Brandon Law Firm, PLLC
P.O. Box 1544
Bigfork, MT 59911
Phone: (406) 837-5445
Fax: (406) 837-5420 Christy@brandonlawfirm.com

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boiltherich's picture

...then explain why there is not one place on this planet where you can go and not pay taxes to your government...

 

Thanks, that's all we need to know.  You think you should get all the benefit of being a free man in a great nation with no cost to you.  Only a defective personality would ever even come up with the concept of being a total free rider on the backs of all the rest of us.  Inever want to hear another word out of YOU about who is or is not a leech on society because buddy you just proved what a real leech is.

Harlequin001's picture

That's bullshit. "You think you should get all the benefit of being a free man in a great nation with no cost to you.' I didn't say that. Other nationalities can but you cannot, yet you claim you are free. Bullshit. You don't know the meaning of the word. You are more enslaved than any nation on earth, but hey, you go tell yourself that everyone else pays taxes, and that it's one big team effort if it helps.

If that's not fucking naive then I don't know what is.

kridkrid's picture

Why should love of country mean something, in and of itself?  Is it something you should honor, just because?  Those who loved Nazi Germany... what does that mean?  And before you get on your high horse, I'm not comparing the two, I'm merely poking a hole at your what seems to be your general position that "love of country" should be admired. 

Can you not take a step back and see what a horrific propaganda machine this whole "love of country" think is?  This has ALWAYS been the case, throughout all of recorded history.  We are no different.  Our empire has been built just like any other empire... and will fall, jut like any other empire.  As the greatest Marine once wrote:

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

Lucky Guesst's picture

I love my country (USA) and I love its vets. I hate those who would destroy it for greed. I will never believe that all is lost because I love my children and have to have hope that things will get better for them. Even if I believe things will have to get worse first, I will never give up or in.

Harlequin001's picture

well there's one in the photo at the top of the page that could use some of your 'love' right now...

Lucky Guesst's picture

You think that pic is real? LOL

Harlequin001's picture

Yep, looks like a real tree to me..

newworldorder's picture

RE: Harlequin001

You are  making political arguments on a very emotional subject. For many who served, even those who would not want to repeat the experience military service will always be an honorable event even under some dishonorable circumstances.

There are so many things to say on the subject of veterans but there is not enough time and column lenth to say them to you. Veterans deserve our respect and understanding of their needs at different times of their lives. Not for merely serving but for enduring at times the unedurable. (Waving the flag, yellow ribbons and the obligatory "Thank you for your Service" don't cut it any more.)

We as a country, simply do not fully understand what they need and that some of their needs are a direct result of their military experiences.

Like it or not, - and despite all their individual motivations for voluntering, - they do serve you and do protect our flawed governance system. They are never asked to change the system, they are asked just to serve.

Changing the system is your and mine business as citizens. I have not seen many willing to take up this challange lately. Most are stuck in the thetoric of the 2 party system without an original thought on our political future.

AnAnonymous's picture

Like it or not, - and despite all their individual motivations for voluntering, - they do serve you and do protect our flawed governance system. They are never asked to change the system, they are asked just to serve.

Changing the system is your and mine business as citizens. I have not seen many willing to take up this challange lately. Most are stuck in the thetoric of the 2 party system without an original thought on our political future.
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Protect from what? Reads like the ultimate dilution of responsibility device. Because the change in the system might come by not serving and thus not protecting the system. A decision they could make as citizens.

So more dilution of responsibility as brought to you by US citizens and their fondness for circular logics.

knightowl77's picture

Sounds like Obama's composite biography....just more B.S.

Those companies may have profitted by military actiion, but to claim that was the sole reason or even the main reason for military action is certified bovine excrement.

This website amd many others talk about how to profit from coming financial calamities.  These coming disasters will be terrible to some, but others will make money. So by your logic no one should profit after the mess has ended? People and companies have ALWAYS come in afterwards and made money, but to say that was the reason for the conflict.....is putrid.

I volunteered and not for the money. Since I was 12 I wanted to be a soldier. When I got there, I realized it wasn't what I thought it was. I learned a lot about the world that I never would have in college. I got my degrees to get promoted, but everything useful I learned, I learned in the military or afterwards on the job...

Cathartes Aura's picture

coming up to the 4th of July folks. . .

this "for love of country" meme is moth ridden - whose country?  which country?  whose version of "history" are you imbibing?

any of you out there waving the flag for your "country" does "it" a great disservice by not defending it against the parasites that have taken over and are currently devouring the nation from the inside out.

if you really loved "your country" you'd be working together to save it - not drawing a paycheck along side corporate mercenaries, killing other people in their own nationstate, as invaders.

no really, get your minds straight on the truths before you wave someone's flag.

good post kridkrid, as always on this subject.

Harlequin001's picture

Be careful, some of these buggers would die for that.

Oh wait, they haven't...

Cathartes Aura's picture

when you, and others, continually ask this,

Did you ever serve?

I would only ask you, and others, to tell yourself the truth,

who are you serving?

cui bono?

Likstane's picture

Really?  How many would participate for free?    edit-whoops, sorry harlequin-I'll stay in my own fight.

Harlequin001's picture

Be my guest, it's a free world...

Lucky Guesst's picture

I would fight to stay free for no money... does that count?

Harlequin001's picture

I'd say that depends on your definition of 'Free'...

kridkrid's picture

Why? You served, didn't you?

Likstane's picture

You 'served' for 33 years?  How long would you have done it for free? 

Nobody For President's picture

Battle axe, just ignore these civilian assholes and their opinions:

 

Stand Proud Forever, Brother- Welcome Home!

"I stood up, I showed up, I stepped forward. I raised my right hand, I stood in the gap, I walked in the fire. I did not run, I did not hide, I did not dodge, I did not evade. Consequently... I have nothing to prove, no one to convince, those who matter, already know. Those who don't, never will."

-Author Unknown"

 

Harlequin001's picture

You made that up yourself didn't you?

 

battle axe's picture

No I have heard that quote before many times. Harlequin001, Kridrid, Cathertes Aura: You are wrong for one simple reason, those who serve believe in something and are willing to risk their lives for it. You might not believe in the same thing (Love of Country) but you have that right. The thing about you three, and probably most of the others who feel it is alright to insult those who serve, is that you guys are spectators, you talk a big game but when push comes to shove all you do is get on a website and spout shit about citizens who step up to the plate. Again this is your right, but that right is paid for by better people then you. 

kridkrid's picture

You are so manipulated... I hope, at some point, you can break through.  Somewhere above someone who served said that he has told his children that when serving once again means defending our land, that he would support them joining... not before.  The cause that our military now serves has changed, but the emotional value that you place on that service has not. 

And what do you mean "step up to the plate"?  It would seem that the only noble route to take is military service... am I hearing your correctly?

battle axe's picture

You do not understand what I mean by "step up to the plate"? In the context of this dialogue? Wow. Ok, I will put it another way and simplify this. What have you ever done in your life that would put your life in danger to back up your beliefs? Ok, we can even take it down a notch, when have you ever put yourself in any kind of danger where physical harm could happen to you because you believed in something? My guess is never, all talk, no action, like I said, you are a spectator, nothing more. Maybe the biggest sheep here. 

kridkrid's picture

I have too much to live for to run around looking for something to die for. That level of common sense has been taken from you and replaced by some silly military creed... a creed that serves the MIC well, but not your country, your people, your family or you. As for being a sheep... Meh. That's reserved for people who blindly follow, without question, the things that they are told. If you would like, call me a coward. Perhaps I could or should fight the system... I don't. But you are the sheep.

Harlequin001's picture

'My guess is never, all talk, no action, like I said, you are a spectator, nothing more. Maybe the biggest sheep here. '

Again, you shouldn't guess, you just might be talking to someone who did and holds a different point of view.

You could of course lose the bland and pious statements and answer the question...

Precisely which 'plate' did you step up to and what motivated you to do it? Did you feel Bush, Clinton or Obama needed you help in Afghanistan or Iraq or Vietnam or whatever?

Did you feel that their foreign policy was noble? Precisely which part of this nobleness did you feel was worth risking your life for?

Just curious, and keen to get away from these very bland statements you keep making...

'What have you ever done in your life that would put your life in danger to back up your beliefs?' I suspect no less than you have, and quite possibly a lot more...

Harlequin001's picture

You seem to be having a problem with explaining this 'love of country' bit. It must be important if it would cause you to advise your children to walk into a hail of bullets for it.

So once again, what is it?

and once again, can you justify this, 'Again this is your right, but that right is paid for by better people then you. ' you don't know anything about me, and certainly not enough to make statements like that...

battle axe's picture

But I do know you, because you still run away from answering one simple question. Did you serve? You ask questions yet I have asked that question before and you will still not answer, like a child. By you still avoiding giving a direct answer like your buddy, you have given me your answer,  you did not serve. It says that you will never understand, or face your own flaws, and that is a just who you are. Where does such dislike for Veterans come from? Your own weakness? Again I pity you..

Harlequin001's picture

No, I'm just not stupid enough to give out personal information such as that over the internet. Any military man should know that.

Did you never undergo even the most basic R To I course? Apparently not...

Now if you wouldn't mind pointing out this dislike of veterans to which you refer, I only said they fight for money, you made the rest up yourself...

Now back to this 'Love of Country' you keep spouting, any answers forthcoming?

battle axe's picture

Personal Information? What the hell kind of lame excuse is that. I am not asking for your SS# or bank account or even first name. I am not even asking what branch you served in only if you served. That is the most idiotic, cowardly excuse I have ever heard. Again you just answered my question, you never served, all talk no balls. You are pathetic. You lose...Goodbye. 

akak's picture

I have read your fallacious and insulting exchanges, and find your implicit "argument" that only those who served in the military forces of a statist empire have the right to debate the issues surrounding the existence and functioning of said military forces to be laughably childish and completely without logical or moral foundation.  You are clearly a statist at heart, who worships with religious zeal the concept of the State and its monopolization of force and social coercion, and I will only add that I have nothing but contempt for you and your ilk.

battle axe's picture

akak: Statist Empire? Ok, who left the gate open at the mental ward again? One of the mentally disturbed has gotten loose, and got his hands on a computer. akak it is time for you to take your medication and go sleepy time, or else it will be electroshock therapy time again. Dumb-ass.

Gully Foyle's picture

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-mancession-16-signs-that...

#16 Our system often treats elderly American men like absolute trash.  Just check out what happened to one elderly veteran up in Montana recently....

Warren C. Bodeker is an 89 year old World War II Army Airborne combat veteran and war hero, living in Montana, who is being thrown off of his own land and thrown out of his own house, by Montana Federal Bankruptcy Trustee, Christy Brandon, with the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Montana. And to make matters worse, Warren’s wife Lorna just died of cancer this past year, and is buried there on their land, right next to the house. Warren had planned to live there till he died and then be buried right next to his wife, there on their property at 11 Freedom Lane, in the town of Plains, Montana, but now, not only is he being forced off his land, he is being forced to exhume his wife’s body and take her with him.

WillyGroper's picture

imo--it's not just men, but all of the elderly. same with the warehousing of children.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

So, what you are saying is that many posters here might want to reconsider their thinking every the time they bitch and moan about "deadbeats" who bought houses they can't afford and who are now getting foreclosed upon when it's often circumstance beyond their control? Perhaps big bankers who turned the entire economy into a big casino and trashed the entire globe in the process, yet who are still getting big bonuses, carry much of the burden here? Maybe them, along with their government lackeys who have done their level best to turn every government agency into an enforcement arm of the corporate agenda are to blame too?

Face it folks, this entire system is so corrupt it is beyond repair. You can only sustain the unsustainable with huge, ever increasing, inputs of energy and resources. The inability to keep adding these two ingredients, along with the corruption, leads to one known outcome.

New World Chaos's picture

The system sees that he committed great crimes: Alturism. Patriotism. Freeing prisoners. Honor. Having a backbone. All of these must be punished. But his problems really got going when some toady narced to the court that he kept a small stash of PMs as a retirement plan. That's when the system decided that everything he owns must be consumed by a flying monkey brigade of lawyers. The local sherrif was a willing henchman, as always. The Law is the Law, and it is sacred, even though it is an essential part of the worldwide paper-shuffling, soul-sucking monster known as the Beast. The conscience and discernment of the indivudual must be destroyed so as not interfere with the will of the Beast. Sometimes I wonder why a 90yo terminally ill vet doesn't just take a few of the soulless bastards with him. 3 hots and a cot retirement plan.

Alan Ginsberg:

What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination?

Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! Children screaming under the stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men weeping in the parks!

Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch! Moloch the loveless! Mental Moloch! Moloch the heavy judger of men! Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment!

Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch the stunned governments! Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!

...Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen! Moloch whose name is the Mind!

rbg81's picture

Honestly, I'm a veteran and I think this piece is full of shit.  There are plenty of programs for veterans out there, including VA home mortgages, the GI Bill, and many (many) states + the Federal government have veterans preferences for jobs and business contracting.  My one complaint is the VA healthcare system, which won't even look at you unless you were injured (didn't always used to be this way, but whatever).  Obviously some veterans do come back from war with deep physical and psychological scars.  These are hard to fix and there is no easy answer to ensuring these people have "normal" lives. Sadly, in some cases, it may just not be possible regardless of the treatments.  However, the vast majority of these individuals get VA disability payments.  It probably won't completely compensate, but its something.  But, overall, I think the Government makes a very credible effort to help its veterans.

Cathartes Aura's picture

and yet,

For the second year (2010) in a row, more US soldiers killed themselves (468) than died in combat (462). “If you… know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,” General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times, “because we don’t know.”

http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/1-more-us-soldiers-c...

let's help them by telling the truth, on their behalf, and on behalf of those considering signing up for a paycheck.

ich1baN's picture

I don't comment much, but I think this will be worth a read as I have a personal story to share about my brother who is an iraq vet and everything stated in this article is the most vivacious, truthful information ever spoken in such a succicnt and direct manner.

First, when my brother came home from Iraq I was interested in seeing that he would frequently be targeted by cops as they would give him petty tickets when almost always they would give you a warning for certain things such as parking (he had a Marine sticker on the back of his truck) and they would follow him a lot as if they were waiting for something to happen. 

The part that really vexes me is the justice and health system. My brother suffers from PTSD and the military medical system does nothing for him as I know he is suffereing as my brother. Anyways, that is minor compared to what I am about to reveal. 

A little over 2 years ago my brother was involved in an altercation while driving as someone was tailgaiting him and he reacted in a negative way and threw a plastic dixie cup out the window at the car. The lady ended up calling the police and played the role of severe victim and started crying and screaming immediately when the police showed up. Now, I know my brother wasn't innocent on this account of throwing the cup but what happens next is pure sickening. They end putting him in jail for 21 months and my brother (as stated in the article trusted the justice system to work) took the trial by judge and prosecutor over trial by jury. They tried to give him 10 FREAKING YEARS IN PRISON!!!!! WTF?!?!?! and he ends up going to prison for 21 months for throwing a plastic dixie cup at the other car??!?!?!!?

I just don't understand our inept justice system and the vile and ruthless nature prosecutors have taken the last 20 years. Now, my brother's life has been ruined to some extent and he has this permanent black smudge on his record where the system tries to margianlize those that one day are going to stand for liberty and protect us from an evil federal government.

 

I have been saying this for a while now.... After the implementation of the final police state.....THE LAST TO DEFEND YOU AND I WILL NOT BE SOME LOCAL HILLBILLY COP. IT WILL BE THE MEN AND WOMEN IN MILITARY UNIFORM SWORN TO PROTECT FROM ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. 

They are the ones that are growing in numbers who fear what power the federal government has usurped in the last 10 years. There are countless youtube videos of returning Marines and veterans coming home to NYC and finding cops dressed in full battle riot gear to arrest and abuse unarmed citizens..... they literally are confused how such force and power can be used and they naturally stand up for the unarmed citizen against the cops in every video.  I know my message was long but I felt it was needed as I know from personal experience the horrors and can reassure you everything you just read is 100% true.

 

Comay Mierda's picture

sorry to hear about your bro

i agree lots of returning vets are disgusted about the state of affairs and the dictator running everything.

why do you think tptb are investing heavily into drones and robot warfare?

the humans wont listen to them anymore

and the robots in the future will attack the "sovereign citizens" who care about the constitution

ich1baN's picture

I thank you for your condolences comay. I never thought about the drones in that manner, thanks for the insight.

New World Chaos's picture

They dream of a day when cheap, insectile drones with deadly stings will be seamlessly integrated with NSA databases and real-time tracking.  Anyone who even thinks about leaving the grid will be terminated.

Ben Fulford says we're dealing with a worldwide artificial intelligence:

http://americankabuki.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/battle-has-been-against-artificial.html#more

As the old cliché goes, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Empirical evidence proves the current financial crisis has been caused by an artificial intelligence. This artificial intelligence was born out of a monetary system that was not based in reality but was parasitical on reality. That is why most trading on today’s financial markets is carried out by computers and not humans. That is why they are trying to remove all human traders from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. That is why the small human elite still living an astronomically rich life have been promoting the use of killer drones to replace human soldiers who are no longer obeying orders. That is also why so many youth reduced to slavery and drudgery by the elite are escaping into virtual reality. Well, reality has struck back and dealt a fatal blow to the money matrix known to some as Satan.
ich1baN's picture

I thank you for your interesting perspective as well. I see that the elites are relying heavily on machines more and more and it seems one day in the not so distant future that these machines can have the potential for AI and unique programmable behaviorial characteristics in which they never refuse an order..... just what the elites want and now they are conditioning our minds for it as they are allowing all police units in the country to use machines and drones so the avg Joe will say the same thing they say for TSA airport scanners.... "Hey as long as it is for security".... Pure deception and illusion of reality. 

New World Chaos's picture

Small penis syndrome.  Cops feel emasculated by the mere existence of the veterans so they seek to emasculate them and grind them down any way they can.  The Feds have also been giving local goons an earful about how dangerous the vets are.  They seek to cut off their resources and support network, make sure they are in jail when the revolution comes, or even drive them to suicide. 

"Our sincerest thanks for helping us line our pockets.  But there is no place in our New World Order for honorable men like you.  There must be no light to contrast with our darkness.  Only sociopaths like the prosecutor and bottom-feeders like that screeching victimist will be allowed.  Now why don't you fuck off and die before you can threaten us or even tell the truth about us?  We'll give your kid a plastic American flag to remember you by.  Lead-tainted and made in China, of course."

11b40's picture

....and fuck any and all of you pikers, shirkers, and anonymous pieces of human waste who gave Comay a down arrow for his comment.

What a fine example of what's wrong with this country you are.

yabyum's picture

To all vets: Thank you for your service. To all who would take the benefits away: Go to hell.

jayman21's picture

Makes me think of a quote I see on ZH every so often.

 

If the 1st amendment does not work, try the second.