posted on Nov, 20 2005 @ 06:37 PM
Wonderful article, thanks for sharing it.
The Jeff Lucey story was a heartbreaker, especially this part
But on a Monday, the night before he killed himself, Jeff began talking to his father about Iraq. He asked if he could sit in his father’s
lap......“That night he sat on my lap for about 45 minutes,” Kevin says. “I scratched his head. It felt a bit awkward, but how could I say
no?” They sat and rocked. A middle-age man and his 23-year-old son.
This, also, was something that I had never even thought about.
While addressing a government conference in May, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson revealed that the unemployment rate for male veterans
between ages 20 and 24 was 20.4 percent, almost twice the 11 percent rate of their civilian counterparts.
And to all the Bush supporters, what's the excuse for this?
Then, in June, the VA admitted it was short $1 billion for this year’s budget. They’d underestimated the number of vets needing care after
returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005; they’d figured on 24,000, but now it looks more like 103,000.