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Number Likely Far Higher
An accounting system, known as the Force Management Level (FML), was introduced in Iraq and Syria under the Obama administration as a way to exert control over the military. But the numbers do not reflect the extent of the US commitment on the ground, since commanders often find ways to work around the limits, sometimes bringing in forces temporarily or hiring more contractors.
Current FML figures are officially 5,262 in Iraq and 503 in Syria, but officials have privately acknowledged that the real number for each country is more.
The US has overtly lied about troop levels in Syria consistently throughout their deployment.
Less than a month ago, Gen. James Jarrard told reporters the US had about 4,000 troops in the country…
though the Pentagon at the time claimed he was wrong and the real number was only 503.
Adding to the confusion, the Defense Department had also offered figures to Congress on overseas deployments, and those figures said 1,723 troops were in Syria at the time.
Despite this, the official troop figure has not changed.
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Series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick airs on PBS starting Sep. 17.
The Vietnam War is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, airing on PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film.
USA TODAY and PBS have teamed up to examine the lasting repercussions of the divisive Vietnam War through a special print edition. “VIETNAM: Still haunts us” is now available on newsstands in advance of this powerful, documentary series.
In an exclusive essay, entitled, “Why do the ghosts of Vietnam continue to haunt us?”, Burns and Novik discuss the continuing role Vietnam plays in our politics and culture, as well as the parallels between a deeply polarized public a half-century ago andnd today.
Any and all Veterans should watch this. All people should watch this
My Fellow Patriotic Americans and Their Families,
After watching the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, I came to the conclusion that the MOST relevant issue that was NEVER even addressed is turning over ALL the mineral wealth of the United States and its territories to the proper owners, the military families that fought to create, protect, and defend this great Nation.
Not one single individual (group, company, or entity) that has been given mineral right ownership and that did NOT fight for the United States by serving in the U.S. military, has NO legal right or foundation to claim ownership of such mineral resources.
My family, like thousands of others who served our Nation, have been DENIED our legal right to the ownership of the mineral wealth in this country. I am tired of living in poverty (just like thousands of other military patriots), and being denied my right (our right) to claim such ownership, and I am going to take to task the noble cause to reclaim for ALL those military families the proper claims of ownership of ALL the mineral resources of the United States and to share that wealth equally among those honorable individuals and their families!
Nobody else has any such right to claim such mineral right ownership in the United States or its territories. Our collective sacrifices is our right to claim the ownership of these resources. Anything less is immoral, illegal, and blatant discrimination against all those honorable men and women who gave you your freedom!
Economic justice must be properly awarded to those who rightfully deserve it!
Absolutely NO foreign ownership will be tolerated. PERIOD!
If you are veteran, please, share this message. I need to get as many veterans to push for our legal right to claim ALL the mineral resources of the United States.
GOD will bless us all!
Robert Virgil Ruppert, Jr.
(U.S. Army Veteran)
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it is piloting a program to implement veterinary health benefits for mobility service dogs approved for veterans with a chronic impairment that substantially limits mobility associated with mental health disorders. To be eligible for the veterinary health benefit, the service dog must be trained by an organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International in accordance with VA regulations. The VA veterinary service benefit includes comprehensive wellness and sick care for the service dogs, including annual visits for preventive care, maintenance care, immunizations, dental cleanings, screenings, urgent/emergent care and prescription medications. For more information on service dogs, visit the VA Guide and Service Dogs webpage.
For more on veteran benefits, visit the Military.com Benefits Center.
Stars and Stripes reports that a new study, which is about to begin accepting participants, will assess the safety and efficacy of four types of smoked marijuana to manage chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. In the first phase, 76 participants will smoke randomly assigned types of marijuana, including a placebo strain, from a pipe for three weeks. They will then abstain from smoking for two weeks. The second phase is a repeat of the first. Afterward, participants will follow up with the researchers for six months. The study should run about two years. Those interested in participating in the study in the Phoenix area can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commission on Care leaders defended their tough diagnosis and 18-point treatment plan for what ails the VA healthcare system, including their controversial push to let veterans begin to choose their own primary care doctors from new, integrated networks of VA and private-sector physicians. Answering critics who say they went too far or not far enough in proposing to transform the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) over the next 20 years, Commission Chair Nancy Schlichting, chief executive officer of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and vice chair Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, CEO of worldwide Cleveland Clinic hospitals, warned the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday that VHA is rife with weaknesses. For more details, see this Military Advantage blog post.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates in the U.S. The final report will be publicly released later this month. Key findings of the analysis will include: (1) 65 percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older; (2) veterans accounted for 18 percent of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults; (3) since 2001, veteran suicides increased 32 percent; (4) since 2001, the rate of suicide among U.S. veterans who use VA services increased by 8.8 percent, while the rate of suicide among veterans who do not use VA services increased by 38.6 percent. If you are in crisis, or know a veteran who is, call the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or text 838255 or visit the Veterans Crisis Line website.
For more guides on mental health and wellness, including dealing with PTSD, visit theMilitary.com Mental Health and Wellness section.