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The Navy Seal shooter who sent bin Laden to hell is scraping by, hard-pressed to find a job despite the pressure of the cost of paying for his family's
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The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story --speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives.

Senate GOP blocks veterans jobs bill.
(AP) WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans blocked legislation Wednesday that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country's federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments.

Republicans said the spending authorized in the bill violated limits that Congress agreed to last year. Democrats fell two votes shy of the 60-vote majority needed to waive the objection, forcing the legislation back to committee.

Supporters loosely modeled their proposal after the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps used during the Great Depression to put people to work planting trees, building parks and constructing dams. They said the latest monthly jobs report, showing a nearly 11 percent unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, merited action from Congress. ...

GOP blocked cost-of-living adjustment for veterans.
GOP blocked cost-of-living adjustment for veterans, Sen. Murray says
By Steve Vogel,September 27, 2012
The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee complained Thursday that an unnamed Republican senator blocked a bill last week to provide veterans with an annual cost-of-living adjustment, a maneuver that could delay payments for recipients.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) brought the bill to the floor Sept. 21. The bill was cleared by Democrats but was held up by an unidentified Republican, according to her office. The Senate subsequently recessed without passing the bill. ...

“It is outrageous that disabled American veterans are once again being held hostage to partisan politics,” said Bob Wallace, executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Republicans block U.N. disabilities treaty.
Senate Republicans block U.N. disabilities treaty
December 04, 2012|By Morgan Little |
The Senate rejected a United Nations treaty aimed at banning discrimination against individuals with disabilities Tuesday, falling five votes short of the two-thirds needed in a 61-38 vote.

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities calls on participating countries to work to attain equality in access to education, healthcare and more, and was based largely on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It was negotiated by President George W. Bush’s administration in 2006 and has since been signed by President Obama. So far, 126 countries have ratified the treaty....

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  •  Remember when Republicans were the champions (1+ / 0-)
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    of all things military, including Veterans?
    And Liberal, Democratic type groups (like DKos) were not so big on military stuff?
    What happened? What flipped that dynamic?
    Certainly one change was that when the Bush Wars started, the opposition to those wars, remembering how we were defamed after VietNam, made a good effort to ensure that the soldiers didn't get the focus of blame for these wars. We made sure that the blame and the protest were clearly aimed at the Civilians that sent them and that Veterans from conflicts as far back as WWII were featured prominently in demonstrations and marches.
    But that can't be all of it.
    Some major social shift has taken place here and I would love to know what it was.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:56:33 PM PST

    •  Republicans don't go to war. (2+ / 0-)
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      They send workers to war.

      Lindsay Graham was a courageous hero of what war?

      And Rand Paul?

      And Boehner?

      And Gingrich?

      And Santorum?

      They all fought bravely, right?

    •  The more the Republicans grift, the more their (1+ / 0-)
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      social circle contracts. The more their circle contracts, the more people are left out in the cold, discovering that they really weren't "in on" the grift to begin with.
      The faster money and information get, the easier it gets to steal, and to be seen stealing.
      It's still an ongoing process, but more people are seeing the light.

      Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

      by Icicle68 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 02:14:13 PM PST

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      •  Republicans had credibility with Eisenhower (1+ / 0-)
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        That was 60 odd years ago.

        After that, they embraced whacko ideas and got farther and farther away from having admirable leaders.

        Nixon, Goldwater, the Bushes. Their war heroes (Dole & McCain) couldn't get elected.

        Their leadership is now far removed from the experiences of ordinary people, especially those wearing boots on the ground in far-away places where Republican leadership is happy to send soldiers as cannon fodder.

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (1+ / 0-)
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