Senate Republicans on Thursday derailed a sweeping $21 billion bill that would have expanded medical, educational and other benefits for veterans — in another chapter of the ongoing feud over amendments, spending and new sanctions on Iran.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moved Wednesday night to cut off debate on the bill and blocked consideration of amendments, including one on Iran sanctions demanded by Republicans. And on Thursday, Democrats came up four votes short of the 60 needed to keep the bill moving forward on a procedural budget vote, 56-41.
There were an estimated 150,000 homeless veterans. This figure comes from private groups that follow the issue, not the Department of Veterans Affairs, and it refers to the number of veterans who experience homelessness each year for some period of time.
there were an estimated 150,000 homeless veterans. This figure comes from private groups that follow the issue, not the Department of Veterans Affairs, and it refers to the number of veterans who experience homelessness each year for some period of time.
For two decades, the administrations of the United States of America and the United Kingdom have been waging continuous wars on Iraq to occupy this oil rich country.
The armed forces of those two countries attacked civilians with different kinds of conventional, non-conventional, and banned weapons such as cluster bombs ammunitions, napalm bombs, white phosphorous weapons and depleted Uranium weapons.
Depleted Uranium (DU) is a radioactive and chemically toxic heavy metal. If ingested, inhaled, or it enters the human body through wounds or skin, it remains there for decades.
Within the human body the (DU) particles would be a continuous source for emitting alpha particles. With its toxic effects, published research & epidemiological studies have proved that it causes serious health damages to the human body. Some of the damage to the human body is to lymph tissue, kidneys, developing fetuses, neurological system, the bones, lung fibrosis, and an increase in the risk of many types of cancer and malignancies.
Hundreds of tons of (DU) expenditure have been fired & exploded on Iraqi highly populated areas like Basrah, Baghdad, Nasriya, Dewania, Samawa, and other cities.
Exploration programs and site measurements by Iraqi and non-Iraqi researchers all proved the existence of (DU) related contamination over most Iraqi territories. Veterans have been thrown out of the Military and denied education and medical benefits, plus other items.
There is Nothing new about this, after World War Two, Sailors where contaminated by Atomic Bombs that where dropped on Various Pacific Atolls.
During the Vietnam War Agent Orange was used, a very dangerous pesticide. Vietnam Vets on both where contaminated. Animal life and Plants still will not flourish on these areas. Dioxin poisoning has had an effect of cancer and birth defects. This product was produced by Monsanto and Dow Chemicals.
Recently Democrats in Congress broke to join Republicans on allowing criminal investigations of Rape on military service women. Congress and The Senate Voted for protectionism and keep rape an inside job. The Kristen Gillibrand bill was sadly defeated.
Sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan where on a mission to help Japan during the Tsunami. The Radiation from the near by Nuclear plant has not only contaminated the Japanese, but also the Sailors. The Military continues to deny this is the case.
On April 4, 2010, Bradly, now Chelsea Manning, submitted data as a whistle-blowier to WikiLeaks published a classified video of a United States Apache helicopter firing on civilians in New Baghdad in 2007. The video, available at www.collateralmurder.com, shows Americans shooting and killing 11 individuals who do not return fire. Two of those killed were Reuters’ employees, including 22 year old Reuters’ photojournalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, 40 year old Saeed Chmagh.
The video includes an audio recording of the internal commentary by the American soldiers before, during and after the shooting. The soldiers repeatedly request and are granted permission to open fire, encourage one another and joke about the dead and dying civilians. (Full transcript available here)
A total of 11 adults were killed. Two children, passengers in a van that arrived on the scene after the first bout of gunfire had ceased, were seriously injured when the Apache helicopter opened fire on their van.
In 2007, Reuters called for an investigation into the attack. In response, a spokesman for the multinational forces in Baghdad stated: “There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force.”
Read the Army’s report on the death’s of two Reuter’s employees and the wounding of the two children. .There was no investigation into the nine other deaths.
And there is a lot more.