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May 30, 2008 | Edward Humes, Edward Humes is the author of "Over Here: How the GI Bill Transformed the American Dream" and, most recently, "Monkey Girl."
MORE THAN a few people have been puzzled by Sen. John McCain's dogged opposition to the updated GI Bill of Rights now before Congress. The dissonance between McCain's military-man image and his actions on this issue have introduced a jarring note to his presidential aspirations -- and have highlighted the shoddy treatment many Iraq war veterans have received. Why would a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war, a man who is personally acquainted with the difficulties vets can face in returning to civilian life, join President Bush in opposing a popular bipartisan bill to support the troops?
September 21, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Veterans and those in the military will receive more state benefits, including help with education, finances and even fishing licenses, under 18 bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown noted that the measures were sponsored and supported by members of both major political parties, and he used the occasion to take a jab at Congress. "Yesterday, a [federal] bill to invest in job training for veterans was blocked because of Washington political infighting," Brown said.
December 14, 2009 | Hector Tobar
I took a walk last week with the Ghost of Recessions Past. I traveled back to the Great Depression, when the Los Angeles River ran unfettered and public gardens bloomed on the Eastside and parents swallowed their pride and took "relief" to feed their children. Then I visited the recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s, when auto and aerospace factories closed, and more than a million people packed up and moved away, and part of the city exploded in rage and burned. Talking to the Ghost of Recessions Past is a real downer.
November 24, 1990
I read with interest the words of Ellsberg, Martin, Robert Hunter and Rosen. To Martin, a young man not old enough to remember Vietnam, and Hunter, a gentleman who can: Your points make the most sense. To Ellsberg and Rosen, bull. If we wait out the embargo, the only lives in jeopardy are our hostages and those of other nations, along with those Kuwaitis left behind. We hated Iran for taking hostages. We wish we could go into Lebanon and retrieve the hostages held by terrorists.
June 3, 2008
Re "McCain's attack on vets," Opinion, May 30 John McCain's commitment to veterans and services to support them is second to none. Regarding the current GI Bill proposal that recently passed the Senate, Edward Humes fails to understand that McCain and others proposed a bill that is better for veterans, better for military retention and is transferable to spouses or children. McCain's bill acknowledges, as do sponsors of Sen. Jim Webb's (D-Va.) bill, that the Webb bill provides a substantial incentive for just one enlistment, which could deprive the military of candidates for extremely necessary non-commissioned officers (NCOs)
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