February 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will seek to right a historical wrong next month when he awards two dozen veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam - including 17 Latinos - the Medal of Honor after a lengthy Pentagon review into racial and ethnic discrimination in the awarding of the nation's commendation for combat valor. Obama will present the medals to three Vietnam War veterans, and to family members of the 21 veterans who are receiving it posthumously, the White House said late Friday.
November 30, 2011 |
When President Obama announced that 40,000 troops now in Iraq would come home by the end of the year, the initial excitement quickly turned to concern that our already struggling economy couldn't easily handle the shock of an additional 40,000 job seekers. Although we should, of course, care deeply about returning Iraq war veterans, we ought not to think for a moment that adding 40,000 workers to the job-seeking pool will break the back of the economy. It's already broken. The nation is laboring under the weight of a reserve army of nearly 27 million women and men who don't have a full-time job, but most surely want one. The term "reserve army of labor" is vintage Karl Marx.
February 21, 2012 |
The head of the Army 's Madigan Healthcare System, one of the largest military hospitals on the West Coast, has been temporarily relieved of command amid an investigation over whether the Army has avoided diagnosing returning combat soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder to save money. Col. Dallas Homas, a West Point graduate has been administratively removed from his position near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, Army officials announced Monday. Homas had headed the busy medical center since March 2011. Meanwhile, 14 soldiers who complained about their initial PTSD reviews were scheduled Tuesday to begin receiving the results of a new round of medical evaluations.
April 26, 2007
Re "Tillman's brother lashes out," April 25 If the Army can present a bald-faced lie to the family of one of its own, to the point of ordering witnesses to keep silent about the truth, what bigger lies could the Army be babbling at the rest of us? I can guess at some: That conditions in Iraq are getting better. That the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan are beatable. That the surge is something other than a further tragic waste of American lives. That our prisoners and "detainees" are being treated humanely and fairly.
February 20, 2006
The Army made up for recruiting shortfalls by welcoming 630 recruits last year with histories of what the Army termed "serious criminal misconduct" -- including manslaughter and making terrorist threats (Feb. 14). Meanwhile, more than 10,000 personnel have been discharged since 1994 under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian service members. Interestingly, a University of California commission's report on the same day as your article estimates that the Pentagon policy of booting sexual minorities has cost taxpayers $363.
October 30, 2009 |
Under a federal program to transform government facilities into models of energy efficiency, Honeywell International Inc. came calling on Army commanders here with a deal to replace the base's decades-old steam power plant. The company proposed installing millions of dollars in new heating equipment and hooking the base to the local power grid -- all free in exchange for the company getting the bulk of future energy savings. It was precisely the kind of deal that politicians and bureaucrats in Washington were pushing at facilities across the country -- modernizing aging machinery without the government spending any money of its own. But today, the Ft. Richardson deal, one of the largest among hundreds of similar contracts, has sunk into a morass of accounting disputes and allegations of misconduct.