18. End the War in Afghanistan and Take Care of Veterans

Ending the War in Afghanistan and Care of VeteransAn immediate withdrawal of all combat troops from Afghanistan and a substantial increase in the amount of funding and tax incentives to businesses that hire for veterans. New funding for job training and job placement services particularly in the areas of technology, infrastructure rebuilding and green energy. The enactment of new comprehensive programs dedicated to the treatment of the emotional and physical injuries sustained by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Our veterans, who have sacrificed everything for this country, are committing suicide at an alarming and unprecedented rate of one person every 80 minutes. The 99% of the American People demand assistance to our veterans now.

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John Smith commented 2012-02-20 18:02:24 -0500 · Flag
I think you mean “End the War in Afghanistan and Continuing the Care of Veterans”
David Diaz commented 2012-02-20 18:02:11 -0500 · Flag
Yes, let’s not forget the record breaking oil profits that I heard about in the news while I served three tours of duty in Iraq and watched U.S. soldiers escort tanker truck after tanker truck to the Kuwaiti border. Other stories I heard was Walter Reed Army Medical center was in poor conditions, and whole communities had to hold local fund raisers just to get soldiers a wheelchair ramp into their own home. When I look back on the war and think about what we won, I can’t help but feel like a cheap mercenary.
John Lockette commented 2012-02-19 21:34:36 -0500 · Flag
@ chuck gregory – I disagree that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were merely stating what was unacceptable and they did not propose or state any solutions. In fact, they advanced two major solutions – elevating the colonies to the level of free and independent states and dissolving all ties to the British monarchy. At the same time, however, I agree with your sentiment that getting too specific in advancing too many solutions could create roadblocks in terms of gaining support for the cause.

Therefore, I suggest that we should stick to two or three paramount issues. I would argue that eliminating the influence of money in politics, instituting terms limits, and reforming some of our election practices are the bare minimum. All the other areas can be fixed if we the 99% can regain control of our democracy and our government through the enactment of new rules in those three areas. Essentially, that means going with #’s 2, 4, and 17.
chuck gregory commented 2012-02-19 06:41:31 -0500 · Flag
There are a few themes that underlie all of the proposed reforms at this site. It would be more effectively presented to the public if the Declaration of the 99 focused on those themes rather than solutions.

When the revolutionaries drafted the Declaration of Independence, they did not propose specific solutions; using a radical philosophical framework, they stated what was unacceptable . If they had demanded a federal system of government, the United States would never have happened; they would have been abandoned by the public as they sank into a quagmire of quibbling over details. While the goal is admirable, to propose solutions instead of defining the problem (as the Declaration of Independence did) is to undercut the purpose of the movement. They

If you want people to rally to your side, do as was done in the Declaration of Independence and clearly state the problem rather than offer the solution. Solutions are much better after people deal first with defining the problem.
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Maria Cadwallader commented 2012-02-17 20:00:40 -0500 · Flag
Retitle: End the War in Afghanistan; Provide Care for Our Veterans

I think it’s time we cared properly for all our veterans in every way. Instead of providing care for war injuries, we should provide complete comprehensive medical care (including even dental care and eye care), for life.

And then we should make sure we quit sending our young people off to fight in these nonsensical wars.
Wraevynn Moonwolf commented 2012-02-17 04:39:20 -0500 · Flag
Kyle here; Dictrict 31, Texas delegate; I do not suggest a grievance, but merely a re-wording of one of those listed. When I read the title of the grievance “Ending the War in Afghanistan and Care of Veterans”, being a veteran myself, I took a deeper look as I was initially under the impression that you were trying to end care for veterans as you were trying to end the War in Afghanistan. Please revise this title as there are many veterans out there who will not bother to look deeper but will dismiss the whole group for the perception that they do not support those who served the country.
Danie Clarke commented 2012-02-15 16:52:24 -0500 · Flag
Veterans joined to serve our country. They deserve to be able to continue serving anywhere in the USA. This can be done by offering a certain number of service jobs such as working parks and recreation etc in cities and towns all over the USA. If one veteran moves to a town and there is a empty position that veteran should get that job. Otherwise it should be filled by another veteran. When i got out of the USMC in 1974 i was offered a C.E.T.A. = comprehensive employement training act job working parks and recreation in N. Calif. I also did solid waste when a burning dump was closed i watched a new container site. There i started a recycling center as i collected bottles and cans in old used trash cans people wanted to dispose. However, my job ended after an 18 month funding. That was the last time i worked a regular job. From that time on i became a volunteer at other people farms / properties for a place to stay. I was basically homeless. I would have much rather worked as a service member to any community. Veterans are not your regular workers. They need to serve somewhere. they need to be guaranteed a job in some form in towns and cities all over the USA. That will help them to feel like contributing members of society. if they decide and can fit into the regular working world so be it. However, a veteran never should be left floating around wondering what they can do. It probably cost the goverment and tax payers even more having to deal with veterans depressions than it would if they had just had a list of job opening in cities and towns across the country. Please help our veterans so they don’t have to wonder the streets begging people for work and a place to stay.
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