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August 30, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Jon Soltz rapped his pen on a conference table as he ran through plans to take on politicians who back the war in Iraq. The former Army captain and Iraq war veteran demanded television ads. "I want a hit on Fox," he barked into a speakerphone. He wanted more e-mail blasts and more donors. "Do we have a target list?" he asked of the team gathered for a Monday morning conference call. "Let's go get those dollars." He seethed when the phone went dead during a discussion of an upcoming fundraiser.
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August 30, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Jon Soltz rapped his pen on a conference table as he ran through plans to take on politicians who back the war in Iraq. The former Army captain and Iraq war veteran demanded television ads. "I want a hit on Fox," he barked into a speakerphone. He wanted more e-mail blasts and more donors. "Do we have a target list?" he asked of the team gathered for a Monday morning conference call. "Let's go get those dollars." He seethed when the phone went dead during a discussion of an upcoming fundraiser.
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May 16, 2008 | From the Washington Post
The physician in charge of the post-traumatic stress disorder program at a medical facility for veterans in Texas told staff members to refrain from diagnosing PTSD because so many veterans were seeking government disability payments for the condition.
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February 15, 2006 | From Associated Press
With a shove from party leaders, Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett abruptly quit a key Senate race in Ohio and further exposed a disconnect between the Democratic establishment and Internet-fueled challengers. The political novice withdrew under intense pressure from party leaders in Washington, clearing the field for Rep. Sherrod Brown -- a 30-year veteran of Democratic politics with more than $2.5 million in the bank.
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January 26, 2006 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
An organization of veterans disillusioned with President Bush's handling of the Iraq war plans to launch a political action committee today dedicated to electing antiwar veterans to Congress. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America PAC hopes to raise as much as $10 million this year to support veterans seeking House and Senate seats on platforms promoting a change of strategy in Iraq, said Jon Soltz, the group's executive director.
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January 28, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes and Kate Linthicum
President Obama said he wanted action this year to abolish policies that prohibited gays from openly serving in the military, for the first time establishing a timetable for one of his long-held goals. Obama called for repeal of the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law near the end of his State of the Union speech, addressing the issue in a single, passing mention, but rekindling the debate between supporters and opponents of the move. "This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," Obama said.
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April 17, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that the Obama administration would move cautiously in shifting policies on gays serving openly in the military, but he signaled that service members should prepare for possible changes. In his most extensive remarks to date about the ongoing ban on gays who serve openly, Gates said he and other military leaders had "begun a dialogue" with President Obama about the issue.
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October 4, 2007 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Brian McGough, a 31-year-old former Army staff sergeant who was wounded in a roadside attack in Iraq, knew he wouldn't get a warm response from talk show host Rush Limbaugh when he starred in an ad by the anti-Iraq war veterans group VoteVets.org. The ad, which featured a photograph of McGough's shaved head with jagged scars, was a response to Limbaugh's implication during his broadcast last week that antiwar vets were "phony soldiers": "Rush, the shrapnel I took to my head was real.
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March 30, 2008 | Scott Lindlaw, Associated Press
Merry Lane, a cul-de-sac shaded by redwoods in Sonoma County wine country, would seem a pleasant place to recover from the psychological wounds of war. Nadia McCaffrey's dream is to set up a group home there for veterans beset by post-traumatic stress disorder. But she is running into stiff resistance from the neighbors. They object to the brand-new structure, which looks like a four-story apartment house wedged amid their cabins, and they worry that unhinged veterans will move in. At a community meeting in December, "one person was concerned that even firecrackers would set these people off," said Andrew Eckers, 54, who lives across the street.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2010 | By Kenneth R. Harney
Can you name a housing controversy that pulls Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, consumer advocates, labor unions representing transport workers and government employees, the title insurance industry, the National Council of La Raza, libertarian and property rights groups and the National Assn. of Realtors all together into a protest coalition demanding quick action from the Obama administration? A more unlikely collection of real estate bedfellows is hard to imagine. Yet at the end of July, 11 groups with widely divergent agendas and memberships formed something called the Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees.
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