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A Decade Later, a Year in the making. What should have been demanded by the Country right at the beginning of that destructive decade of lies, failed policy and increasing the threat to National Security as well as destroying our place of leadership on many issues on the World Stage. The Soldiers sent, over and over, and their Families are getting Support from across this Administration, this added to what the DoD and Veterans Administration have been doing, finally, these past couple of years.

Now what's needed, and long overdue for this entire Nation, that cheers on occupations of choice of others, is the Demand that they Sacrifice as well with a Support the Troops and Veterans War Tax.

The occupations weren't even mentioned, outside of the Administration and relevant Agencies of, except for those candidate words of flag waving, lapel pin wearing patriotism, during the last election campaign cycle and rarely mentioned since, till Yesterday.

Jill Biden, Michelle Obama and President Obama walk the walk on Support for Troops and their Families

Jan. 24: Rachel Maddow explains how the number and quality of initiatives by President Obama in support of military families will disempower perennial Republican "support the troops" bluster.

First Lady, Dr. Biden Laud New Family Support Effort

Jan. 24, 2011 – First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, today lauded the government’s new military family support effort, calling it an "important next step" in the nation’s support of troops and their families.

Speaking from the White House earlier today, President Barack Obama unveiled a new, whole-of-government approach to military family support, with agencies uniting to create new resources and support programs for military families worldwide.

"I want to emphasize that this is not a one-time press conference," the first lady said at the event attended by the Defense Department’s top brass and other senior government officials. "These are lasting commitments by the government to address your needs and concerns for years to come. And my hope is that these recommendations will live on no matter the president, no matter the party." {continued}

Strengthening Our Commitment to Military Families

Posted by Dr. Jill Biden on January 24, 2011 {continued}

President Barack Obama looks over at First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as he delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House unveiling efforts to better coordinate and strengthen the Federal government’s support for military families, Monday, January 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama touts steps to support military families

Jan 24, 2011 - In a wide-ranging report announced Monday, the White House outlined about 50 commitments from federal agencies to help military families, including a review of compensation for some service members, caregivers and survivors.

The report is the results of a presidential study directive last May that called on all cabinet secretaries and other agency heads to find better ways to support military families in areas such as spouse employment and education, youth employment, suicide prevention, families’ psychological well-being, and protection from predatory lending practices.

At President Obama’s direction, Defense officials are also evaluating compensation levels for service in a combat zone, compensation and benefits for reserve and National Guard members, benefits for caregivers and surviving families, and incentive pay for critical career fields such as mental and behavioral health professionals. This is part of the 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, which will be completed in May and will compare military pay levels with civilian counterparts.

Some of the commitments in the report reinforce ongoing efforts, such as the My Career Advancement Accounts program that provides financial assistance for two-year degrees, licenses, and certifications for portable careers, for spouses of members in the ranks of E-1 to E-5, W-1 and W-2, and O-1 and O-2.

Others address long-standing needs. For example: {continued}

Originally posted to jimstaro on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 04:45 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Women say 7,000 a day, Men 2000plus, little sarah at around 28,000 w/no common sense nor idea's!

    by jimstaro on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 04:45:50 AM PST

  •  I Run 4 Miles A Day (8+ / 0-)

    I say that cause it is the same route each day. I know the houses that have a "Golden Star" in them. I don't think most folks have any clue how many have died serving our nation.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 05:14:00 AM PST

    •  The wars have fallen out of the media (1+ / 0-)
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      so most folks don't really remember they are still going on.

      There was an incident in Mosul last week that was alarming because it indicated that the Iraqi Army units our troops are training are infiltrated by insurgents/al Qaeda/the opposition....and the only reason I saw it was that I regularly look for information since I have a son serving over there.  The story was essentailly buried - I found a small mention on yahoo and CNN.com. Two American soldiers were killed and a third wounded. The IGTNT team did remember them though (thanks again to those dedicated diarists!)

      I did get regular updates on facebook though since the Army is using the social media to get information out to families that way now.  But it was a scary day watinig to find out if my son happened to be with the troops that were involved. And I was well aware that my son's safety meant another parent somewhere would get the bad news that theirs was one of the soldiers that would never come home home to them.

      It's sad that these wars are still dragging on - and I am tired of the not so subtle message that "supporting our warriors" means sending care packages as opposed to working to bring them home. One makes you a "good American" and the other makes you a crazy liberal worthy of media derision. How is that sane?

      "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

      by blue armadillo on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 06:23:52 AM PST

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  •  Troops aren't the only ones... (0+ / 0-)
    ...who are serving overseas and have taken an oath to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."  There's the Foreign Service (Dept. of State), many of whom are in PRTs in Iraq and Afghanistan next to soldiers, others in place like Tunesia, Cote d'Ivoire and Sudan.  There's the Peace Corps, USAID, MCC, the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce's overseas folks.

    It's more than just supporting the troops.  It's supporting all of our folks who serve the United States in countries other than their own.

    ----------- "Decisions are made by those who show up"

    by rkolker on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 05:40:58 AM PST

    •  Right (0+ / 0-)

      And that's why we 'Nam Vets along with our brothers of Korea have been fighting the country for over four decades while same country ignored or spun that we were just whining!!

      Those you mention Aren't Sent to Kill, in Our Names, and Be Killed and Maimed then ignored after the cheering quickly dies down, and now over and over, while their families wait!!!

      Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Women say 7,000 a day, Men 2000plus, little sarah at around 28,000 w/no common sense nor idea's!

      by jimstaro on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 06:07:40 AM PST

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      •  No (0+ / 0-)

        They are sent to do the work so troops don't have to be sent the kill in our names.

        You do know that Foreign Service Officers serve alongside troops in frontline units in Iraq and Afghanistan, right?

        You know that they serve in all the disintegrating countries overseas where we don't have troops -- like those I mentioned above.  That they were held for 444 days in Iran, died in the embassy bombings in East Africa and killed by IEDs in Iraq?

        It's not the military vs. the others who take an oath to "protect and defend the Constitution", it's all of us together who see public service as a valuable way to spend our lives.

        ----------- "Decisions are made by those who show up"

        by rkolker on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 06:24:47 AM PST

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    •  You Know (0+ / 0-)

      With that response you make a good teabagger candidate, if not one now, including the Vets that follow that logic!

      Women say 7,000 a day, Men 2000plus, little sarah at around 28,000 w/no common sense nor idea's!

      by jimstaro on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 06:15:56 AM PST

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  •  A majority of people oppose the wars. (1+ / 0-)
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    It seems like it's dwindling down to just the phony rah rah teabaggers who are cheering on wars that they themselves would never dream of participating in.  So it doesn't seem fair to add a tax burden to everyone.  Tax the Wall Street fatcats and hedge fund managers a little more and we would have adequate funds for soldiers and their families.

    I've seen drives in grocery stores to send bottled water to soldiers.  I'm thinking to myself, why in the heck can't the government even provide water to the soldiers.  They are considered expendable, just like the poor and now the middle class in America.  Our priorities are all wrong.

    •  Love (1+ / 0-)
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      How everyone wants but doesn't want to pony up for!!!

      Iraq had a 70% plus support for and Afghanistan had more, even as we left Afghanistan to smolder into the quagmire it is!!

      I'll bet your just as against taxes for the ever increasing defense budgets, most is graft, and I wouldn't buy it if you said no!

      Wars are done In Our Names, Sacrifice Should Cut Across The Whole not a pick and choose or get the wants by having things like 'sin' taxes on just a portion!!

      Women say 7,000 a day, Men 2000plus, little sarah at around 28,000 w/no common sense nor idea's!

      by jimstaro on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 07:55:01 AM PST

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      •  The wars aren't waged in my name (0+ / 0-)

        at least not by my choice.  I was not ever for the Iraq or Afghan war.  If I had my way, tax dollars would be spent on defense of this country only, not imperialistic war making and bases all over the world that piss off other nations and do nothing but benefit the MIC.  They already get a huge portion of the taxpayer pie and you want us to cough up more.  

        End the wars and American hedgemony and spend the increasingly smaller pieces of the pie on this country's needs. If the warmongers want to chip in extra bucks on their own, let them have at it, but don't ask me to do it.

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