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Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 11/6/14 Thurs. (58 days to go)

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58 days to go by my count, for US troops in Afghanistan. Now, articles are coming out describing a longer presence, perhaps until 2016. With the US in deep debt, and the US House and Senate both being run now by Republicans, it remains to be seen if the US Congress will fund two more years in Afghanistan, as the US needs this money to pay for care for US veterans, and to buy new US war equipment as the US military is worn down after being at war since 9/11/01.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Story describes the chance that US troops may stay in Afghanistan beyond the date set to leave of 12/31/14. Link:

http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/reassessing-the-us-withdrawal-timeline-in-afghanistan-1.1409215

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November 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Afghanistan Today, a GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 8-26-14-Tue. (127 days to go)

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127 days to go for US troops completing retrograde operations in Afghanistan as they close bases and pack equipment in this still dangerous country. Meanwhile, when they come home, they need a functioning VA and programs for veterans. President Obama, Commander-in-Chief addresses this today at the American Legion Convention in North Carolina. Links from around the GWOT:

1.) President Obama addresses the American Legion today:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-pay-penance-veterans-failures-american-legion-convention-article-1.1917035

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August 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-24-14-Sat. (221 days to go)

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221 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan.

While they face battles on the field of battle, returning vets are finding a new fight to get their VA benefits.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) VA medical system problems:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/23/hundreds-jobs-posted-at-va-hospitals-clinics-as-scandal-grows/

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May 24, 2014 at 5:07 am

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-23-14-Fri. (222 days to go)

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222 days to go until all US troops leave Afghanistan 31 December 2014. Keep them in your prayers.

In the meantime, on the home front, VA health care problems continue.

See the link at #1: former Kansas Republican Senator Bob Dole, a wounded WWII Army veteran, criticizes the Tea Party and wants to keep the current head of the VA in his position. All the while, as the headline reads, he calls the VA a “disaster”. What’s going on here? If it is a “disaster” why not call in new leadership?

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Former Sen. Bob Dole, a wounded WWII veteran, calls for the current head of the VA to keep his job pending an investigation. I don’t think veterans who need health care have time for this. If it is a “disaster” it seems it is time for the head of the VA to go. In addition, Dole criticizes US citizens who believe in the Tea Party concepts. I thought Republicans were supposed to have a “big tent” and be “inclusive”! What happened to those thoughts where Republicans accepted diversity into the GOP? Link:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/207049-bob-dole-va-a-disaster

Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-19-14-Mon. (226 days to go)

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226 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan, but on the home front, veterans of Afghanistan and other wars face long wait times, and even death at VA hospitals they depend on for care.

An idea I had: Retired generals and admirals should VOLUNTEER and go into VA’s to help straighten them up and help our veterans. I would say they could drop their contractor jobs and live on their retirement and VOLUNTEER with the VA to straighten out the problems, and even hold accountable those involved in criminal actions is making bogus lists and letting US vets die. I would put a call out for these generals and admirals among others to VOLUNTEER to lead the VA into a new era: Gen. Petraeus, Adm. Mullen, Gen. Mattis, Gen. Cartwright, Gen. Sinclair, and many others.

Pray for American troops and veterans.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.) Army Times calls for the head of the VA to resign:

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140516/NEWS01/305160046/Editorial-Army-Times-says-VA-s-Shinseki-must-step-down

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May 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 5-10-14-Sat. (235 days to go)

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Another weekend at war for US troops who have 235 days left in Afghanistan. Retrograde operations continue, closing US bases and packing equipment in this still dangerous country, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Meanwhile, on the homefromt, the VA health system faces charges of falsifying records, wait times to see doctors, and allowing veterans to die waiting. This needs a complete investigation. See the link at #1 for more details.

1.) Kansas Senator Jerry Moran answers questions about the VA. Our returning troops who leave the service and depend on VA medical care need our help, not delays. Link:

http://www.hayspost.com/2014/05/10/senator-moran-addresses-concerns-about-va/

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May 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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