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  •  Knight Ridder's exemplary series (4.00)
    on veterans getting screwed is well worth reading.

    Discharged and dishonored: Shortchanging America's veterans

    Great diary.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 11:17:10 AM PST

    •  K-R has done some great reporting lately. (none)
      It almost restores my faith in journalists. Almost.

      "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." -- Will Rogers

      by Shiborg on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 11:42:57 AM PST

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    •  TY bumblebums for the link... (4.00)
      Here is the info at the bottom on the page of THIS article:
      Bureaucratic tangle delays education payments to veterans
      http://www.realcities.com/...
      For more information about the new Chapter 1607 education benefit for activated reservists,
      contact your school's veterans benefits coordinator.
      Or call the Department of Veterans Affairs
      at 1-800-827-1000.
      Information and applications are available
      on the web at
      http://www.gibill.va.gov
      details about the new benefit are halfway down this page.

      I appreciate this 'heads up' diary from Arizona...and the link from bumblebums.

      My son is presently serving in Iraq.
      His SIX year contract was OVER yesterday!!
      He was deployed after 9-11 to guard an airport right after the attacks in NY, Penn, and DC.
      He was then given orders to Iraq in Dec.'04.
      He isn't coming home anytime soon, as far as we know.
      Although we thought it would be May '06; as that would be a year, "in country", "in the sandbox".
      His orders clearly state that he was ordered to report for OIF for NO LESS THAN 753 DAYS!!
      He called me at 3 AM the other night, courtesy of a phonecard from...
      http://cellphonesforsoldiers.com
      to tell me he might be there an additional six months AFTER May '06!
      He IS counting on the benefits and $$$, so he can complete his last year of college,
      when he gets back to the USA.
      I will be forwarding this article to him.

      Don't let ANYONE tell you there is NO STOP LOSS!!
      It's a COMPLETE LIE!!!

      "Speaking the Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act." George Orwell

      by Breeze54 on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 12:58:51 PM PST

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