VA Press Release: Opens New Website and Blog [Open Thread]

VA Welcoming Vets Home with New Web Site, Blog

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched its new “Returning Veterans” Web site -- Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF) -- to welcome home Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with a social, Veteran-centric Web site focusing on their needs and questions.

“VA is entering the world of Web 2.0, because that’s where this generation of Veterans is already communicating,” said Dr. Gerald M. Cross, VA’s Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Health. “We’re opening our doors to them virtually to let them know what they can expect when they step through our doors in reality.”

The Web site will feature videos, Veteran stories, and a blog where Veterans are encouraged to post feedback. The site also will restructure the traditional index-of-benefits format found on other VA pages into question-based, categorized, and easily navigated links by topic. This will allow Veterans to find benefits of interest easily and discover related benefits as they explore.

“We hope our returning Veterans find this site easy and helpful, but also engaging,” Dr. Cross said. “As the site grows, we will be linking to Veterans’ blogs and highlighting more of their own stories from their own views. We are their VA, so we are eager to provide a forum for Veterans to discuss their lives.”

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Lawyers who reject President Barack Obama’s decision not to seek prosecution of officials who may have participated in the torture of terror-suspect prisoners are seeking justice through another avenue: Sanctions against government lawyers who created the “enhanced interrogation” policies of former President George W. Bush.


Their first target is former Defense Department General Counsel William J. Haynes II. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has filed a complaint against Haynes, asking the State Bar of California to investigate him and revoke his status as Registered In-House Counsel. Haynes is now an attorney with Chevron Corp. in San Ramon, Calif. The Los Angeles Times reports that a similar complaint is being prepared in Pennsylvania against former Justice Department lawyer John C. Yoo, the University of California Berkeley law professor, for his role in drafting the legal guidelines that approved enhanced interrogation techniques including waterboarding during his service in the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) during the Bush Administration. >>>>>Rest Here

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Then maybe that's what will need to be done. State by State, revoke law licenses.

Many Jews in ghettos across eastern Europe tried to organize resistance against the Germans and to arm themselves with smuggled and homemade weapons. Between 1941 and 1943, underground resistance movements formed in about 100 Jewish groups. The most famous attempt by Jews to resist the Germans in armed fighting occurred in the Warsaw ghetto.


In the summer of 1942, about 300,000 Jews were deported from Warsaw to Treblinka. When reports of mass murder in the killing center leaked back to the Warsaw ghetto, a surviving group of mostly young people formed an organization called the Z.O.B. (for the Polish name, Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa, which means Jewish Fighting Organization). The Z.O.B., led by 23-year-old Mordecai Anielewicz, issued a proclamation calling for the Jewish people to resist going to the railroad cars. In January 1943, Warsaw ghetto fighters fired upon German troops as they tried to round up another group of ghetto inhabitants for deportation. Fighters used a small supply of weapons that had been smuggled into the ghetto. After a few days, the troops retreated. This small victory inspired the ghetto fighters to prepare for future resistance. >>>>>Rest Here


History celebrates Some uprisings, and rightfully so, against Occupiers, as others are condemned.


Today we label those that live in their own occupied countries 'Terrorists' if they don't Welcome the invasions, occupations, supression!!


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

A poll shows that three out of four Texans favor staying in the Union, which tells me one out of every four Texans is some weirdo you better keep an eye on.


I bring this up because Gov. Rick Perry implied the other day that Texas could secede from the union, which is doubtful. On the other hand, what the Lone Star State might be able to do legally is divide itself into five states.


If we go for this plan, and it's Perry's doing, I'd suggest naming the five states the Piney Woods, West Texas, the High Plains, the Gulf Coast and Rush Limbaugh. With pants the size of Big Bend National Park, he's large enough to be his own state, or even a whole 'nother country.


The reason Perry is bringing up seceding from the Union is that he wants to be ridiculed on Letterman. No, that's not it. What he really wants is to hammer Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in their upcoming battle for Texas governor.


And the only surefire way for him to get that job done is to out-right-wing Kay Baby by kissing Limbaugh's heinie. >>>>>Rest Here


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

The U.S. Marine Corps is trying to contact 500,000 people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to warn them about tainted drinking water.


The Corps is circulating fliers to be posted at bases around the world in an effort to track down an many Marines, civilians and families who lived at Camp Lejuene between November 1957 and February 1987, Stars and Stripes reported Monday.


"We've started using different venues to reach different populations in different areas," Corps spokeswoman Capt. Amy Malugani told the newspaper, adding that the Department of the Navy has spent nearly $10 million on outreach campaigns.


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Meghan McCain loves Twitter — except for the "creepy people." Like Karl Rove.


In a blog post for the Daily Beast published Monday, McCain says the social networking site has been a "liberating" experience for her — if only her dispatches weren't being read by the former Bush advisor.


"Karl Rove follows me on Twitter. That's creepy," she said.


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."