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Medical Experts, Union Veterans Council Say, 'Don’t Shut Down Veterans Hospitals'

Medical Experts, Union Veterans Council Say, 'Don’t Shut Down Veterans Hospitals'

A wide range of experts, including veterans service organizations, leading academics and medical experts came together in Washington, D.C.., to oppose cuts to the VA and to explore the future of veterans' health care. They explained that the VA provides an array of important services that are vital to the lives of U.S. veterans. In addition to taking care of veterans and their medical needs, the VA also trains doctors, researchers and other health care providers, provides telehealth services to our communities, legal services for veterans and takes part in disaster response efforts.

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For Those Who Served, Every Day Is Veterans Day

For Those Who Served, Every Day Is Veterans Day

Each year on Nov. 11, Americans set aside 24 hours to pause, reflect and honor our nation’s veterans. But to those of us who wore the uniform, every day is Veterans Day. We are constantly flooded with thoughts and memories of places we served and the comrades who stood beside us. Yes, we remember. We remember what we went through. We remember what we were able to accomplish. We remember the good times. We remember the bad times. We remember it all.

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Don’t Let Special Interests Break Our Promise to America’s Veterans

Don’t Let Special Interests Break Our Promise to America’s Veterans

Some elected officials and organizations, including the misleadingly named Koch brothers-funded front group Concerned Veterans for America, have bashed the Department of Veterans Affairs at every opportunity. The problem with these people is their ultimate goal is not to improve the VA but to get rid of it. How can you improve care for the returning warriors when you repeatedly refuse to fully fund the VA and instead seek to sell it to private, for-profit businesses?

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The Working Class and the Veterans Class Are One and the Same

 

It was the great Athenian orator Pericles who once said:

[B]ut in the face of death they resolved to rely upon themselves alone. And when the moment came they were minded to resist and suffer, rather than to fly and save their lives; they ran away from the word of dishonor, but on the battlefield their feet stood fast, and in an instant, at the height of their fortune, they passed away from the scene, not of their fear, but of their glory.

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Amazon Sounds a Lot Like a Jungle: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Are You a Veteran?

Are You a Veteran?

Millions of our union sisters and brothers are veterans. Are you one of them?

The issues facing veterans and those facing working families aren’t independent of each other—a lack of good jobs, attacks on health care and fading dreams of a better life impact each one of us.

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Report: Koch-Funded 'Concerned Veterans for America' Wants to Dismantle VA, Cut Veterans' Benefits

Report: Koch-Funded 'Concerned Veterans for America' Wants to Dismantle VA, Cut Veterans' Benefits

When our troops come home, the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system keeps our nation’s promise to care for those who have borne the battle. These brave men and women served their country, and providing quality, veteran-focused VA health care and benefits is the least our nation can do to serve them in return. According to a shocking new report issued this week, however, not everyone sees it that way.

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IUPAT Helps Veterans Transition Out of Active Military Service Into Jobs

When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). 

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