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Via Gabe Howard, Mental Illness is an A**hole. | elephant journal
"We didn’t know it was military-related because the VA never said this was exposure that we should watch out for," Kimberlee said.
It wasn’t until December that they discovered they could file a medical claim with the VA.
"The VA doesn’t come forward and say, ‘Here’s all this stuff. We can help,’" Kimberlee said.
Veteran exposed to chemical weapons finally gets coverage ~Jennifer Best, Lompoc Record
“He is not a racist.”
He probably isn’t, at least not in the way they understand the term.
But what he is, is a citizen of a country where the fear of black men is downright viral. That doesn’t mean he burns crosses on the weekend. It means he’s watched television, seen a movie, used a computer, read a newspaper or magazine. It means he is alive and aware in a nation where one is taught from birth that thug equals black, suspect equals black, danger equals black.
"Video provides evidence of our racial divide", Leonard Pitts Jr, Miami Herald
Via U. S. Congressman Bill Huizenga’s newsletter:
“Yesterday, I joined my colleagues from across the nation in building care packages for our men and women in uniform. These care packages contain toiletries and items that are not readily available while serving in combat zones across the globe. The USO has been a vital partner not only for our men and women in combat, but for the families of our soldiers here at home that need to make ends meet while their loved ones are in harms way.”
Why it is up to volunteers to ensure that servicemembers have basic goods available to them? Why have the extra niceties that care packages traditionally included been crowded out by basic needs items?