Veterans Day: Show Veterans and Active Soldiers Your Support

It’s the 8th Veterans Day since 9/11 and while hundreds of thousands of troops remain deployed in unstable areas of Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, what’s truly discomforting is the number of Veterans of the wars of this decade who are unable to return to normal citizen lives.

At least 4,780 U.S. servicemen and women are listed as casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post’s excellent tribute page.

Some estimates suggest there are more than 755,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Of that group, more than 181,000 are collecting disability benefits today, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. philly.com

And considering the current unemployment rate over 6% and the fact that as many as 50 million Americans are without health insurance, today is a great day to give back — even just a little — if you’re fortunate enough to have both a job and health insurance and most of all, good health.

One in four of America’s homeless are veterans and at least one in five veterans of the Iraq War are reported to suffer symptoms of PTSD.

So today, I’m donating to Iraq Veterans Against War (part of the Veterans for Peace 501(c)(3)) in hopes that I can boost the morale of troops still on the ground — not knowing for sure when they’ll return. And ultimately in hopes that we won’t have to fight wars in the future that have no clear agenda or endgame.

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PHOTOS: Obama Family Slideshow – Election Night

This has received considerable attention in the MSM and among geeks like me. I’d just like to say that it registers with much pride that the Obama administration is so progressive as to embrace such web 2.0 tools (that I’ve tried to convince and train friends and family to similarly use for years) as Flickr, UStream, and now YouTube with the Change.gov channel. And not only that, but to take the extra step and switch the all rights reserved license to a Creative Commons license, which effectively abolishes any copyright / licensing issues anyone would have with republishing these photos non-commercially.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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