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We have a duty to take care of our veterans, but we're letting them die

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Letting Them Die

 

Veterans Day 2017 has passed with all of its hoopla and hype. There were ceremonies throughout the nation as politicians joined with civic leaders to pay homage to those who have served. Sports teams such as the New Orleans Saints took time for some flashy “salutes” even as their players took a knee during or immediately before the national anthem. Now, veterans are forgotten for the next 364 days until it is time for another public relations blitz.

Years Before Vietnam, the Chemical Industry Knew About Dioxins

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Dioxins

 

On 17 November 1953 a catastrophic accident took place at a German chemical plant owned by BASF (Badische Anilin und Soda-Fabrik). Production went badly out of control and dozens of workers came into contact with the reaction contents, which contained the chemical dioxin (principally 2,3,7,8-TCDD). These workmen developed chloracne, what a Monsanto medical doctor was later to describe as “horrible skin eruptions with nearly blister-like welts and some ulcerations where infections ensued”  (link p506). These welts were found on “the face, neck, arms, and upper half of the body.”

Each Veteran has “Borne the Battle.” VA’s podcast shares their stories

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Borne the Battle

 

VA’s podcast “This Week at VA” debuted last year on Veterans Day – sparking some interesting conversations and lessons learned over the course of 55 episodes. Some of my favorite interviews include those with legendary Duke basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski; Got Your Six Executive Director Bill Rausch and 2017’s Student Veteran of the Year Kate Tillotson, a Marine Corps Veteran attending University of Tulsa.

VA to Host 2 Dozen Events Across Country to Reach Homeless and At-risk Veterans

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Homeless Vets 500

 

This year, Veterans Day also marks the first day of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual initiative to educate the public on how they can help fix the critical but solvable problems of homelessness and food insecurity.

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