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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War


If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

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The Hazards of Military Worship


An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Proceeds as Emergency Request Is Denied


As the Sioux tribes run out of legal routes to halt the pipeline, military veterans travel to North Dakota to support the water protectors’ final stand.

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

‘Informed Rant’: Toxic ‘Burn Pits’ Poisoned American Veterans

As we honor our veterans this Friday, listen to this episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast, in which he speaks with author and former Marine Joseph Hickman.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Army Veteran: ‘I Killed Four People in One Hour in Iraq’

Isaac Lebonte, known as “Bone” to his fellow soldiers in Iraq, is filmed talking about killing people in his first firefight, the deaths of close friends and his difficulty adjusting to life outside war.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

One Veteran’s War on Islamophobia


When I chose to serve in the military 20 years ago, I did so to protect what I viewed as our sacred foundational values of liberty, equality and democracy. Now I’ve joined forces with fellow veterans to fight again for those sacred values, this time, right here at home.

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A Conversation About War and Peace With Ron Kovic, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges

By KiMi Robinson

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” met with the Truthdig journalists at the University of Southern California on Oct. 18 to talk about Kovic’s latest book, “Hurricane Street,” and how he became a peace activist. Truthdig broadcasted the discussion live on Facebook.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Hillary Clinton Comes Predictably Prepared, Trump Swaggers but Falters at Commander-in-Chief Forum


The former secretary of state spoke haltingly but had clearly rehearsed her answers. Meanwhile, Trump initially demonstrated that it’s possible to swagger sitting down, but he came up short in his responses to crucial questions about his preparedness—and about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Updated

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

War ‘Has Become a Permanent Condition’ for the United States


At the annual Veterans For Peace convention, speakers including filmmaker Oliver Stone, historian Andrew Bracevich and journalist Ann Jones discussed public relation campaigns in support of war and the struggles American veterans face.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home


A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE

Fighting for Peace on ‘Hurricane Street’


This impassioned, timely memoir about the American Veterans Movement picks up where author Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July” left off.

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Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism


In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Antal, Former Army Chaplain Who Resigned Over Military Policy


Antal first made headlines in 2012, when he posted a sermon condemning U.S. foreign policy. Now, he has made waves by publicly resigning from his religious role in the Army because of the Obama administration’s drone and nuclear policies.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE

New Bill Would Compensate Veterans Exposed to Mustard Gas


Sponsored by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the bill is aimed at World War II vets who were exposed to the gas in experiments designed to prepare for chemical warfare.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama Must Act on Marijuana Reform


Expanding legal access to cannabis would help veterans with PTSD and many other vulnerable populations. Because the next president may not do it, it’s a change that should be made now.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Military Presence in Iraq and Afghanistan Fuels Conditions for Terrorism (Video)

Chris Hedges and two combat veterans analyze the realities of American intervention in the Middle East and explain why the brutalized become brutal.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ailing Vietnam Vets Hunt Through Ships’ Logs to Prove They Should Get Benefits


Neither the Navy nor the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a comprehensive list of which ships went where during the Vietnam War. As a result, veterans themselves often have to prove their ships served in areas where Agent Orange was sprayed.

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Donald Trump Must Honor the Immigrant and Undocumented Veterans of America’s Foreign Wars


Donald Trump, the ultimate “chicken hawk,” pretends to be a big booster of veterans, but he’s been deeply offensive toward a significant group of vets.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Ron Kovic About the Continuing Struggle of Veterans

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist Ron Kovic discusses what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

American Democracy Down for the Count?


Most Americans are either overworked or hurting for jobs; housing is overpriced; hospitals, crowded and understaffed. Opioid or heroin overdose is a common way of death. Did the American soldiers I covered in Afghanistan know they were fighting for this?

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Nov 15, 2015 ENLARGE

How to Thank a Veteran on Veterans Day


Please don’t call us “heroes.” Honor our service by telling us you participate in our democracy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness


Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts


The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

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Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless


Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs


A new leak about shoddy treatment of ailing veterans is just the latest disclosure to cast shadows over the VA.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Your GI Bill Tax Dollars Are Paying People to Learn New Ways to Masturbate


Since 2009, $260 million U.S. tax dollars have been spent on unaccredited schools, thanks to a loophole in the GI Bill.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans


Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

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Jon Stewart: Congress Only Cares About Soldiers When They’re Fighting Wars, Not When They’re in Need

In a scathing segment on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the “Daily Show” host highlights how our government officials have no problem overspending on wars, but they cut every corner they can with veterans’ health.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Comedian John Oliver on the Americans Who Still Don’t Even Have the Right to Vote

Inhabitants of U.S. territories, like Guam, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, still don’t have voting rights, and surprisingly these aren’t the only rights some of them are denied.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Ron Kovic Reality-Checks TV’s Chickenhawks

The “Born on the Fourth of July” author, being interviewed by Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer at the veterans hospital in Long Beach, Calif., notes that any TV pundit who calls for war is “not the one who’s going to get hit by a bullet.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Feb 13, 2015 ENLARGE

Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran turned pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran-turned-pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers


In the latest move against companies targeting military customers, federal regulators prohibit two Virginia-based lenders from suing out-of-state debtors in Virginia courts.

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Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers


Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so—with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries—long after you’re dead. But who thanks those who refused to fight, even in wars that most people later realized were tragic mistakes?

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE

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Observing Veterans Day









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Posted on Nov 9, 2014 ENLARGE

Thank You for Your Valor, for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You ...


My heart sank, my shoulders slumped. Special guests at the Concert for Valor were to include: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg. The mission of the concert, according to a press release, was to “raise awareness” of veterans issues and “provide a national stage for ensuring that veterans and their families know that their fellow Americans’ gratitude is genuine.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE

Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide


With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE

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Posted on Jul 17, 2014 ENLARGE

Pity the Children


War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

Government Efforts to Treat PTSD Are for Naught


There is little evidence that the billions of dollars spent each year to treat military service members and veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are having their intended effects, a new report commissioned by Congress finds.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

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Statue Limitations









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