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Bobby Muller

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More Dwell Time for Our Troops

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 7:43 PM

Today, a long-overdue bill is being introduced in Congress by Rep. Ellen Tauscher which calls for increasing dwell time for our service members who will serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Current deployment policies and operational tempo, which usually consists of a 1:1 ratio of time deployed and time at home,...

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A Guide to Help Our Troops Survive -- at Home

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 2:27 PM

When I returned from Vietnam, I spent a year at Kingsbridge Veterans Administration hospital in the Bronx, learning how to live life as a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. Life magazine called the conditions in my ward a "medical slum." My closest friend found the despair, coupled with indifference from...

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What They Should Be Talking About In Pennsylvania

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 5:05 PM

I've mentioned before on this very blog that Veterans For America will not take sides in the Presidential Race. But right now, in Pennsylvania, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are asking voters to do just that. I hope as everyone in that great state goes about making their...

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Mrs. McCain: Retract Your Statements About PTSD

(22) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 7:12 PM

Veterans for America won't be taking sides in the presidential election, but as a veteran who has spent much of the past seven years helping and advocating for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress, I can't let the following exchange between Cindy McCain and a Marie...

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Alaska National Guard Members Aren't Getting What They Need, and Governor Palin Is Complicit

(10) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 8:00 PM

Governor Palin's cavalier approach to learning about U.S. national security policy is offensive, given that she is well aware of the horrific impact that the war in Iraq has had on the Alaska National Guard.

When I read the preliminary findings from Veterans for America National Guard Program's work...

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Who's Paying The Biggest Price Now For Our War In Iraq? Our National Guard.

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2008 | 2:24 PM

Between now and the end of President George Bush's term in office on January 20, 2009, almost half of the Soldiers scheduled to deploy to Iraq are members of our National Guard. Never before in the history of our all-volunteer military have we relied so heavily on the National Guard...

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Support the Stop-loss Compensation Act

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2008 | 6:11 PM

Veterans for America (VFA) strongly applauds Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) for introducing H.R. 6205, the Stop-loss Compensation Act, which requires that U.S. servicemembers whose tours of duty are involuntarily extended, commonly known as "stop-loss," receive special pay for the duration of their extension.

More than 70,000...

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Gen. Petraeus: Do Not Deploy 82nd Airborne Brigade Again

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2008 | 2:45 PM

Veterans for America applauds General David H. Petraeus for stating today in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he will probably recommend this fall that the U.S. military reduce its troop presence in Iraq by an additional Army Brigade Combat Team.

Veterans for America is deeply concerned...

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Mr. President: Stop Playing Games With The Lives Of Our Troops

(5) Comments | Posted April 10, 2008 | 12:01 PM

This morning, President Bush will make an announcement about the situation in Iraq. For every American who supports the troops, I hope that you will listen carefully when he announces that troop deployments are being reduced from the current back-breaking 15 months to 12 months at the end of...

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Two New Reports Prove: Our Deployment Cycles Are A Recipe For Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2008 | 1:38 PM

Next week, General David Petraeus will travel to Capitol Hill and make his report to Congress on the war in Iraq. If, as expected, he announces a pause in the withdrawal in troops from Iraq, our Congress must say "no" for the sake of our military and of our servicemembers.

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My Pet Goat II: President Sticks To His Story Even As Military Crumbles Around Him

(15) Comments | Posted January 28, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Advance word indicates that President Bush will ignore the stark warning issued by his own defense department by failing to draw down troops in Iraq. Our military is in critical condition. And while Iraq continues to stretch our already broken military, President Bush will stick to his script.

A recent...

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Iraq: Lessons Learned. What It Really Means To Support Our Troops

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2008 | 8:56 PM

The most important lesson the United States should learn from our Iraq experience is this:

U.S. military success is dependent upon the health of our military.

When our country spends the better part of a trillion dollars per year on "defense," how is it possible that it takes...

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Introducing The American Veterans And Servicemembers Survival Guide

(6) Comments | Posted December 4, 2007 | 10:01 AM

After I was shot and paralyzed in Vietnam, I spent over a year in the Kingsbridge Veterans Hospital in New York City, learning how to live life as a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair.

My ward was the focus of a Life magazine cover story that portrayed the conditions...

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Who's Looking Out for Our Troops?

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2007 | 10:08 AM

Think of what our military is being asked to do right now. Ongoing combat operations in Iraq entering their fifth. Fighting the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan for the sixth year.

And then think about what we might be asking them to do in the coming months:

What would we do...

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We're Killing Our Troops

(12) Comments | Posted September 20, 2007 | 1:31 PM

You. Me. Every single one of us. And especially the Senators who yesterday, for the second time in three months, voted against Jim Webb and Chuck Hagel's amendment to give our troops a fair shake.

Let me tell you exactly what the Webb-Hagel amendment was; you tell me if...

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How in Good Conscience Can We Do This To Our Men And Women in Uniform?

(18) Comments | Posted August 28, 2007 | 10:59 AM

I have a fundamental question -- a really simple basic question. One that every American should be asking themselves right now as our elected officials get ready to return from their month-long vacation.

If the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff told you that our troops were...

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Webb-Hagel Fails. And We've Failed Our Troops. Again.

(5) Comments | Posted July 11, 2007 | 2:58 PM

Where is the fairness? Where is the justice? How can time and time again we fail our men and women in uniform?

Today on Capitol Hill, the Webb-Hagel Amendment failed
. This amendment, offered by a Republican Veteran and a Democratic Veteran who now serve their country...

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We Must Stop Compounding The Wounds Of Our Wars

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2007 | 1:12 PM

When our men and women in uniform return home at the end of a tour of duty, it is critical that our nation's obligation to them not end as well.

Over the past few years, staff from Veterans for America have visited every major demobilization site in the...

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Walter Reed is Not a Photo Op

(15) Comments | Posted March 29, 2007 | 6:51 PM

I just learned that President Bush will visit Walter Reed tomorrow afternoon.

The President should use his visit to gather first-hand accounts from our newly injured soldiers. He should use this trip to become more aware of the appalling state of military and veterans health care in this country, and...

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America's Broken Social Contract -- Our Betrayal

(41) Comments | Posted March 21, 2007 | 12:11 PM

As we enter the fifth year of our war in Iraq, I am deeply distressed that our country is betraying our service members.

As a veteran, I can assure you that there is no greater pain than the sense of betrayal by a government and a country that send...

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