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From Chicago VARO Blues by Ray Parrish:

If you are a veteran trying to get a difficult VA claim approved, I'm afraid that I have to advise you to try it anyplace but Illinois. Recent stories in the Chicago Sun-Times by Cheryl Reed revealed that, thanks to the work of the "service center" at the Chicago VA regional office (VARO), Illinois veterans are the most dissatisfied in the nation and have one of the lowest per-capita VA disability payments. I wrote about this problem in a 2002 article in the Veteran. The unserved veterans here are the homeless—mentally ill veterans with the most severe PTSD, anger-control problems, or mood disorders—who are being abused by the system that's supposed to help them. As a result of the initial story, the Chicago city council and Senator Obama held hearings overflowing with veterans waving sheafs of documents... Read More

Also In This Issue:

  1. VVAW Statement to the People of Vietnam by VVAW National Office
  2. The Struggle Continues in Fayetteville by Janet B. Curry
  3. From the National Office by John Zutz
  4. Fraggin' by Bill Shunas
  5. Notes from the Boonies by Paul Wisovaty
  6. My View by John Zutz
  7. Thity Years Further Down the Pike by Horace Coleman
  8. NYC Vets' Statement by VVAW
  9. Creating a Pain inthe Brass: Counter-Recruiting in Chicago by Ray Parrish
  10. Chalabi Oil Minister cartoon by Jeff Danziger
  11. Defending the Barricades: March 19 in Chicago by Barry Romo
  12. Lowering the Flag by Barry Romo
  13. Long Acronym, Short Memory by Bill Perry
  14. Pentagon-AbuGhraib cartoon by Jeff Danziger
  15. Fear and Loathing in America by Terry J. DuBose
  16. Jazz Funeral for Democracy by Ward Reilly
  17. End War, Don't Honor It by Lane Anderson
  18. Help Iraq Veterans Against the War by VVAW
  19. Second Annual Candlelight Vigil for the Dead by Ward Reilly
  20. Coaching Winter Track in Time of War poem by W.D. Ehrhart
  21. From Hawk to Dove by Paul Wisovaty (Reviewer)
  22. Objectivity in the Mirage: Al-Jazeera and the Struggle to Report a War by Edith Shillue (Reviewer)
  23. IVAW Holds First National Meetings at Fort Bragg by Ward Reilly
  24. Abu Ghraib Soldiers: Scapegoats for a Flawed Military by Lou Plummer
  25. Lynndie England cartoon by Jeff Danziger
  26. That War by Marc Levy
  27. Chicago VARO Blues by Ray Parrish
  28. Criminal Facilitation: Helping the Military Recruit Our Students by Ben Chitty
  29. Veterans Day 2004, Chicago by VVAW
  30. Terror and Preventive War are "American" Values by S. Brian Willson
  31. Historic Photos by VVAW
  32. Oxy the Smart Bomb by Billy X. Curmano
  33. The Day the Earth Stood Still poem by Cesar Ruvalcaba
  34. Soldiers in Our Midst by Douglas Nelson
  35. Five Lives Ruined by Dian Campbell
  36. Back Porch Blues by Bob Riggle (Reviewer)
  37. Dead Letter Day poem by Marc Levy
  38. Words From Pete poem by Paula J. Countryman
  39. Double-Time Duffy by Joseph Giannini
  40. Dead Wrong cartoon by Jeff Danziger

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