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Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (the Afghanistan Scandal) 12/30/14 Tue. (2 days to go)

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2 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan. I consider today and tomorrow, thus the #2. But, even though it was set in stone so to speak for all US troops to be out of Afghanistan by 12/31/14, in fact, this past weekend Operation Enduring Freedom was ended a few days early. The ISAF, NATO and US combat mission and there was a ceremony ending the war in Afghanistan. After years of updating this blog nearly every day, I too will suspend daily updates with the end of US involvement in this war. I will update on occasion if US generals are he,d responsible, or US politicians, for the failed COIN (nation building) strategy which came at such high cost for US taxpayers and came at the ultimate cost for US troops who fell in Afghanistan. May God bless and continue to heal American troops still suffering from their combat injuries, line of duty injuries, traumatic brain injury and those suffering from various war related mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and/or post traumatic stress disorder. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) From about a year ago in Bati Kot, Afghanisatn: February 2014. Link:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/120716/ten-insurgents-killed-bati-kot#.VKMMQ0dOKrU

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Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 9-15-14 Mon. (108 days to go)

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108 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, a country where they gave their blood and risked their lives, while US taxpayers gave up our treasure, and apparently will continue to do so after US troops leave 31 December 2014. The US Congress needs to step forward, US taxpayers need to demand it, and STOP the flow of US tax dollars to Afghanistan. The US troops who served and American veterans need this funding, look no further than the VA scandal and crisis. Use the money for US troops and veterans! Links from around the GWOT:

1.) US tax dollars wasted in Afghanistan and will continue to be wasted after all US troops leave on 31 December 2014. The US Congress needs to step forward and defund this waste of US tax dollars and redirect the funding to the US military and our veterans, to the VA, etc. Americans need to let their voices be heard! Link:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/14/us-on-long-term-track-to-waste-billions-of-dollars/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

2.) More on the waste of US tax dollars in Afghanistan. This must stop! Congress must defund this and redirect the funds to the US military and US veterans, to the VA, etc. Link:

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/09/15/Eyes-ISIS-America-s-104B-Afghanistan-Failing

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 8-19-14 Tue. (134 days to go)

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134 days left for US troops in Afghanistan, as they complete retrograde operations in preparation for all US troops to leave that country by 31 December 2014.

Remember our injured troops, and families of the fallen in your prayers.

Remember in your prayers, the family of Sgt. Rob Richards, Marine Sniper, Purple Heart recipient, who was found dead in his home in North Carolina a week ago tomorrow.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) RIP Marine Sgt., Purple Heart Recipient, Rob Richards:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/robert-richards-dead_n_5680092.html

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sat. 8/16/14 (137 days to go)

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I am still shocked and saddened at the death of Marine sniper Sgt. Rob Richards, found dead in his home Wednesday. May he rest in peace.

 

 

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-9-12-Fri. (236 days to go)

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236 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, may they all come home safe and sound.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Afghanistan vet Wes Moore discusses re-entry problems US troops face in 3 part TV series:

http://tbo.com/list/military-news/altman-pbs-series-examines-military-suicides-20140427/

2.) Latest from MilitaryCorruption.com: Calls for VA Secretary to be fired:

http://www.militarycorruption.com/shinseki.htm

Afghanistan Today, he GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-8-14 Th. (237 days to go)

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237 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they transition home from 13 years at war since 9/11/01. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Therapy dogs help US troops deal with post war stress:

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140508/NEWS/140509701

 

 

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 4-27-14-Sun. (248 days to go)

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While it is 248 days left to go for US troops in Afghanistan, as I read several recent stories concerning military suicides and PTSD, I realized, that for some troops, their experience in Iraq and Afghanistan are going to go on many days past 31 December 2014. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter’s mission to help those with combat stress, PTSD, and other mental health issues related to their service to our country. God bless him, and may those suffering emotionally find help and peace, as we honor their service and combat stress. Link:

http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/medal-of-honor-recipient-ty-carter-comes-home-to-antioch-1.280206#.U10G6NN-2Es.facebook

2.) The Army has confirmed three suicides, one a captain, at Ft. Bliss over the Easter weekend, written about in the links below at MilitaryTimes.com and ArmyTimes.com, but does not list the names of the soldiers.  In the meantime, MilitaryCorruption.com reports on Ft. Bliss suicides, including naming  the woman captain, one of three suicides over Easter weekend. God bless our troops, and our veterans, and those who suffer from mental and physical wounds. Prayers go out to the families of these three soldiers. Their loved ones served during a time of war, protecting us in a volunteer military that has been at war 13 years. Condolences to the families of these three soldiers. Link:

http://militarycorruption.com/hasselman.htm

3.)  More on the death of a woman Army captain at Ft. Bliss. Official Army reports state that there is an ongoing investigation and at this time to do not list the names of the soldiers (see the two links below from MilitaryTimes.com and ArmyTimes.com). With the suicide investigation, will there be, an investigation into the deployment of this Female Engagement Team, as it seems maybe there should be? RIP Captain, and prayers for your loved ones. Two tours of Afghanistan. Honor and respect. Thank you for your service brave Captain. Pray for our troops and veterans with physical and emotional scars from these wars the last 13 years. They are America’s finest, stepping up, swearing to protect us, volunteering in a time of war. Such honor. Such pride. Such dedication. Such love. Love for country. Love for their fellow Americans and our way of life. I live free due to their sacrifice. God bless you Captain, God bless your family.

http://www.thinkinghousewife.com/wp/2014/04/soldier-and-super-achiever-commits-suicide/

4.) When I read these stories about three suicides at Ft. Bliss, this one posted at MilitaryTimes.com, I just have to wonder: What is going on at Ft. Bliss? It says an investigation is ongoing into these suicides? The 3 Suicides were reported at Ft. Bliss last weekend (Easter Weekend). No names are given for the three suicide victims. May God comfort their families. They volunteered to serve in a time of war. Honor. Respect. Service. Love. Pray for our troops and veterans with physical and emotional injuries of war.  Link:

http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140424/NEWS/304240052/3-possible-suicides-Fort-Bliss-last-weekend

5.) Fort Bliss, Texas: ArmyTimes reposts on suicides at this Army base, including three Easter Weekend. They do not name the soldiers. God bless and comfort the families of these soldiers, they chose to serve during time of war. They volunteered to protect us, while the US has been at war these last 13 years. Link:

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140424/NEWS/304240052/3-possible-suicides-Fort-Bliss-last-weekend