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Post time 2011-4-1 21:50:01 |Display all floors

US war widows gain in retelling plight

Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:56PM


The US has been rocked by the award-winning American Widow Project (AWP) that aims to picture the pain of American women that have lost loved ones in US-led wars.


In February, the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Taryn Davis, was nominated for the 2011 DVF "People's Voice Award" worth USD 50,000 and was also cited in Newsweek magazine's “150-Women-Who-Shake-the-World" list.

The organization's website explained how the US-led “war on terror,” launched in 2001, has left an estimated 3,000 military widows across America.

One of the victims is Taryn Davis, who became a widow at age 23 when she lost her husband in a roadside bombing attack in Iraq on May 21, 2007, less than two hours after they had talked on the phone.

Davis then embarked on a journey around the country to hear other women's stories, which she later expanded into a non-profit organization, a documentary film, and a growingly popular website.

In In Their Boots, she interviews women that lost their husbands in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and directed an episode of the documentary.

The 75-minute movie, aired by prominent US broadcaster PBS, is committed to painting a candid picture of the physical and spiritual trauma inflicted on US military widows as well as the social and economic difficulties they are faced with.

“While the service member's sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a widow of war,” the AWP website says.

The project also has a 24-hour hotline, whereby US military widows can consult social workers, and a YouTube channel that publishes videos of interviews with these women. Additionally, it has an active presence in the community networks such as Twitters and Facebook, where it has more than 17,000 fans.

People can also order a copy of Davis's documentary via the AWP website, which also gives a regular update on the number of casualties in the US-led wars and news about their widows.

The project also holds real and virtual gatherings. “We do not hold seminars or have speakers, we have each other. The widows come together to enjoy life the way they did when their spouse was still alive...We are here to enjoy each other's company and share some of our fondest memories,” the website says.


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ToBeReallyHonest:
Americans and Israelis do not rate no more on the human scale. Israelis certainly never did. America, well what can we say. Pity the earthquake happened in Japan. It would be kinder for the whole world if both these evil warmongering nations were to be swallowed up by the earth and disappear forever. I wonder what Yasser & Geronimo will make of this?


"enjoy life":
Website says, "The widows come together to enjoy life the way they did when their spouse was still alive...We are here to enjoy each other's company". While US widows "enjoy life", Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis, Somalis, Yemenis, Libyans, Bahrainis, Palestinians, Lebanese & everywhere else USA-Israel-allies have their filthy hands & boots, raining their WMD, are weeping, suffering & being killed. These are nations of tears filled with widows, widowers, orphans, maimed, destroyed lives & countries.


Mercenaries, not "sacrifice":
"While the service member's sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a widow of war", AWP website says. What sacrifice? Supporting US wars, destroying countries, killing, maiming & displacing multiple millions of Iraqis & Afghans is Supreme Crime & genocide, not "sacrifice". Iraqis & Afghans are the sacrifices. US economy is nonstop wars economy, plunder & theft - wars of aggression, clandestine, covert & overt wars.


indian:
What about iraqi women? Palestenian women? Libyan women? Bahrain women ? Death to this americans and israelis.
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Post time 2011-5-12 00:27:56 |Display all floors

US begins responding to vet suicides

Wed May 11, 2011 2:30AM


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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has received orders from a federal appeals court to overhaul its mental health care system, largely over the fact that 18 US veterans commit suicide every day on average.


The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said that it usually takes four years for the department to fully provide mental health benefits to veterans, and several weeks for a suicidal vet to get a first appointment, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

"No more veterans should be compelled to agonize or perish while the government fails to perform its obligations," Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the three-judge panel. "Having chosen to honor and provide for our veterans by guaranteeing them the mental health care and other critical benefits to which they are entitled, the government may not deprive them of that support through unchallengeable and interminable delays."

"The delays have worsened in recent years, as the influx of injured troops returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan has placed an unprecedented strain on the VA, and has overwhelmed the system," Reinhardt wrote.

The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with more than 369,000 of its 1,580,255 active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories.

US personnel are seeing active combat in several countries, most notably Afghanistan and Iraq. Others are deployed as part of several peacekeeping missions.
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Post time 2011-5-12 00:29:21 |Display all floors

US troop morale at record low: Report

Tue May 10, 2011 7:49AM


A US military report suggests that American troops fighting in Afghanistan suffer growing psychological problems as depression and mental stress are major symptoms reported by the troops.


The report, published by the major daily USA TODAY, highlights that the morale of American forces are currently at the lowest in five years, compared to a similar study conducted in 2005, and that those who have had three or more deployments bear more severe mental stress symptoms, a Press TV correspondent reported Monday.

The Pentagon study is based on a 2010 survey of ordinary soldiers and the Marines, as the US military approaches the tenth year of its Afghan war, the longest one in US history.

According to the study, soldiers suffer trauma from killing, seeing their comrades killed or just the environment of being on constant alert.

Nearly 47 percent of troops reported medium, high or very high morale, compared with about 66 percent that responded similarly in 2005. Comparatively, close to one in seven soldiers and one in five Marines reported high or very high morale this year.

“The volunteer military was never expected to fight a long, sustained conflict,” said military analyst Larry Korb of the Center for American Progress.

Despite the discouraging report, Korb says the US military has improved in trying to provide counseling services but still has ways to go.

“You come home, you are at home for almost a year and what happens is you don't have time to decompress, because as soon as you get home you start training to go back,” Korb added.

However, the report indicates that soldiers may be too busy fighting wars to seek the help that they need.

The United States currently has about 100,000 and 50,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, respectively.
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Post time 2011-6-20 08:19:32 |Display all floors

US Army suicide rates reach yearly peak

Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:25AM


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US Army suicide rates have reached their highest level in a year both among active-duty soldiers and those who have not been deployed to conflict zones.


According to CNN, May 2011 was the worst month in terms of suicides and suicide attempts as the US military reported 21 cases of 'potential suicides' among active-duty soldiers.

The Pentagon announced the statistics on Thursday, adding that it is still trying to solve the problem.

The US military has also noted that it has difficulty finding a reason for the suicide hike.

April saw 16 potential suicides, which is more than twice the figure released for March.

One reason could be the fact that the military keeps redeploying many of its soldiers already diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, physicians conjecture.

"Today, soldiers and marines are doing multiple tours of duty with very little break time in between each deployment. Even though they are suffering from mental trauma, from PTSD, they are often redeployed to Iraq or Afghanistan without treatment," Dr. Dahlia Wasfi said in an interview with Press TV earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department's Pharmacoeconomic Center at Fort Sam Houston said last year that 20 percent of active-duty troops were taking prescribed psychotropic drugs including antidepressants, antipsychotics and sedative hypnotics.

The US military has blamed an increase in combat stress in Iraq and Afghanistan as a reason behind the higher suicide rates.

Furthermore, suicides have also increased among US soldiers who were not on active duty.

Figures released earlier this year by the US Army Vice Chief of Staff, General Peter Chiarelli, showed that the number of suicides among soldiers who have never been deployed to conflict zones had also increased sharply.
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Post time 2011-6-20 08:21:08 |Display all floors

jakie jay

6/18/2011 3:43:58 AM

evil,racist warmonger emperialist US Army suicide rates reach yearly peak yes US troops is to blame for guilt crimes committed in the so called war on terror killing innocent women,childrens,old in iraq,afghanistan,to me they US troops are murderers have no conscious what they do.
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Post time 2011-6-20 08:22:19 |Display all floors

Stranger

6/18/2011 3:19:18 AM

Part1; Come on guys/gals! The very simple and direct answer is GUILT, GUILT AND GUILT. These men were volunteered to go abroad and kill people. I've seen some of these young guys being interviewed before being shipped like a sheep. They brag about going over there kill some bad guys!! When they get there & kill innocent people soon their conscience gets hold of them. & most of them return home murderers.
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Post time 2011-6-20 08:24:38 |Display all floors

johnson

6/17/2011 10:00:47 PM

Nature will always take it course no matter how strong a nation is.no one will ever escape the power of nature.To all nation,it is better to abstane from all killing and slavery of humanity.
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