Tag: Veterans

Pervasive and Perverse Poverty Porn

Pervasive and Perverse Poverty Porn

The following essay was written by my friend Krystle DuPree, a member of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party Executive Board (among many other roles she has) of which I am the Chair. It is in response to an article posted on MLive.com titled “Ann Arbor area’s cost of living jeopardizes veteran’s efforts to escape poverty“. Since the article was published, […]

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Proof Bill Schuette is running for Gov: He’s finally doing his damn job, files charges in retired veterans abuse case

Proof Bill Schuette is running for Gov: He’s finally doing his damn job, files charges in retired veterans abuse case

Bill Schuette hasn’t filed paperwork to run for governor in Michigan yet but there are plenty of signs that he’s going to. For instance, he has already raised nearly $1.6 million. But the clearest evidence is that the man who has spent millions upon millions of our tax dollars to promote his extremist conservative views has finally started doing his […]

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Republican Gary Glenn’s campaign admits it exploited elderly Korean War vet for political purposes

Republican Gary Glenn’s campaign admits it exploited elderly Korean War vet for political purposes

Last week I wrote about how the campaign of notorious homophobe and anti-worker Republican Gary Glenn had exploited an elderly Korean War vet in an effort to smear Glenn’s Democratic opponent Geoff Malicoat. An “open letter” was sent to multiple media outlets suggesting that horrific anti-veteran comments made on an online forum in 2006 were penned by Malicoat. The letter […]

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UPDATED: GOP House Rep. Gary Glenn exploits elderly veteran in an attempt to smear his Democratic opponent

UPDATED: GOP House Rep. Gary Glenn exploits elderly veteran in an attempt to smear his Democratic opponent

A letter was recently sent to the Midland Daily News and the Midland and Bay County Democratic Parties (and probably from others) purporting to be from a retired Korean War veteran named William Miller. The letter, titled “Open letter to the Midland Democratic Party and the citizens of Bay and Midland Counties” and sent by email, contains the link goo.gl/idnIMf […]

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VIDEO: Donald Trump has crossed a line regarding our heroic veterans with PTSD and Joe Biden is PISSED!

VIDEO: Donald Trump has crossed a line regarding our heroic veterans with PTSD and Joe Biden is PISSED!

As you likely know by now, Donald Trump, addressing a group of veterans, let them know that he believes soldiers returning to the USA with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) aren’t strong and “can’t handle” being in combat: When people come back from war and combat, they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen […]

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Help the Michigan Democratic Party send U.S. Constitutions to Donald Trump

Help the Michigan Democratic Party send U.S. Constitutions to Donald Trump

By now you’ve likely at least heard about if not actually heard Khizr Khan’s powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention last week. Mr. Khan and his wife Ghazala lost their son Captain Humayan Khan when he was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. This Gold Star family had some very pointed words for Donald Trump: Donald […]

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This I can tell you: One veterans group that (finally) got its Trump #VetGate cash is a shady operation out of Michigan

This I can tell you: One veterans group that (finally) got its Trump #VetGate cash is a shady operation out of Michigan

Donald Trump is involved in a number of scandals this week. First, his swindling of Trump University students has made the national spotlight when the Washington Post convinced the judge overseeing the case to release internal Trump U. documents to the public. That sham operation is still unfolding and the “sleazy” media that’s daring to do its job by investigating […]

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MI-01 GOP candidate “troubled” that privatization of veterans home healthcare he oversaw is harming disabled vets

MI-01 GOP candidate “troubled” that privatization of veterans home healthcare he oversaw is harming disabled vets

Earlier this week, former Michigan state legislator Jason Allen told UP Matters reporter Brittany Denny that he is “troubled” by the recent reports of disabled veterans in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans suffering under the atrociously inadequate care provided by J2S Group. J2S Group is the for-profit healthcare corporation that was the beneficiary of Gov. Snyder’s privatization scheme that […]

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Mistreatment of elderly veterans result of privatizing government services to for-profit group with no background in healthcare

Mistreatment of elderly veterans result of privatizing government services to for-profit group with no background in healthcare

NOTE: Big tip o’ the Eclectahat to Eclectablog reader D. Harvey D. who provided much of the background research and perspective for this post. I’ve already written about the scandal involving the mistreatment of elderly disabled veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. A report released by the State Office of the Auditor General detailed a scathing laundry list […]

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As predicted, military veterans in Michigan are suffering, the price paid for the Republican privatization steamroller (updated)

As predicted, military veterans in Michigan are suffering, the price paid for the Republican privatization steamroller (updated)

Back in 2011, reports began to emerge that conditions in the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans had deteriorated after part of the staff had been privatized. According to reporting by The Detroit News, “contract workers [were] responsible for incidents in which a veteran suffered a broken neck as a result of improper lifting procedures and another veteran had a gastric […]

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Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek’s hypocrisy on veterans issues lands him in GOP’s Vulnerable Patriots Program

Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek’s hypocrisy on veterans issues lands him in GOP’s Vulnerable Patriots Program

Dan Benishek, the Congressman from Michigan’s 1st Congressional District made a pledge when he first ran for that seat that he would only serve three terms. When he recently reneged on that pledge, I sorta shrugged. Republican politicians lying about things isn’t particularly BREAKING NEWS!!! However, when Benishek revealed his supposed reason for breaking his pledge, I got angry. According […]

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