Saturday, April 26, 2008

Resources For Our Troops

Since the current administration shows little interest in doing anything substantial to support our troops and veterans:

Citizen Soldier - GI Vetern's rights advocacy group founded during the Vietnam War.

GI Rights Hotline - who provide information to servicemembers about military discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights.

Military Law Task Force - assists those working on military law issues as well as military law counselors working directly with GIs.

National Gulf War Resource Center - help veterans of recent and current wars and operations.

National Institute Of Military Justice - to advance the fair administration of military justice and foster improved public understanding of the military justice system. NIMJ is not a government agency.

National Veterns Foundation - Lifeline for America's Veterns

National Veteran's Legal Services Program - ensuring that the U.S. government honors its commitment to our veterans by providing them the federal benefits they have earned through their service to our country.

Objector - supports and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war.

Don't Ask Don't Tell:

ServiceMembers Legal Defense Network - a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of intolerance.

Soloman Response - a place to voice opposition to the military discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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Last year it was reported that the Bush Administration thought an additional $6/month was too much for our troops we better support.

The Bush Administration also strongly opposes:

  • An additional $40 per month for widows of slain soldiers.
  • An additional $100,000 death benefit for surviving family members of civilian employees who died supporting US forces in military operations.
  • Price controls for prescription drugs under TRICARE, the military’s health care plan for military personnel and their dependents.
In addition, the administration does not want stricter accountability on contract employees, meaning the contractors doing the same or less work as the soldiers will get paid more than twice as much but we're going to look the other way.

Back in 2004 the Bush Administration's proposed budget cuts:
  • Cut $1.5 billion from military family housing.
  • Underfunded veterans' health care by $2 billion resulting in 200,000 United States veterans waiting more than six months for a medical visit because of health care shortages and 173,000 veterans across the country would be cut off from health care because enrollment fees and higher out-of-pocket costs.
  • Opposed plan to give National Guard and Reserve Members access to health insurance.
  • Cut $172 million allotted for educating the children of military personnel.
  • Denied military families increase in child tax credit.
According to President Bush and friends, as long as America plasters "I Support the Troops" bumper stickers all over their gas-guzzling, road hogging, cup-holder happy Cadillac Escalades, tank-like Hummers, and Chevy Suburbans, United States citizens are doing their part.

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