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Links 1 through 10 of 176 by Ilona Meagher tagged advocacy

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A real thrill tonight to have a turn as a guest poster for the Netroots For The Troops [on facebook] series over at Daily Kos. NFTT is a collaborative of online bloggers who came together at last years' Netroots Nation Convention, having collected donations and purchased needed care package items in advance, to pack boxes and ship them to soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. By all accounts, it was a smashing success. So why mess with success?

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Dunkin' Donuts, the Canton-based chain of coffee-and-baked-goods shops, announced an Iced Coffee Day on April 21 that aims to benefit injured veterans. On Iced Coffee Day, the price for a small cup of iced coffee will be reduced to 50 cents at participating Dunkin' Donuts shops, the chain said

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A disabled Gulf War veteran who left Norman earlier this month on a hand-propelled bicycle headed for Washington D.C. to honor fallen soldiers has died.

Kevin Baker suffered a seizure Friday morning in his sleep at the home of some friends in Lake Charles, La., said Norman resident Diane Zellner. He died in an ambulance en route to a local hospital, Zellner said she was told.

Baker, a 39-year-old Navy veteran, had a history of seizures, stemming from a traumatic brain injury, she said. He also had been diagnosed with lymphoma. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fnews%2Fnation%2Fstates%2Foklahoma%2F2009-03-15-377765766_x.htm

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The US government has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a federal claim by a Belchertown family who blamed Northampton VA Medical Center for the suicide of their son, an Iraq war veteran who hanged himself after he allegedly was denied mental healthcare.

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A group of veterans (and non-veterans, too) will cycle from one side of the country to the other over the summer of 2009 in an effort to re-acquaint themselves with the land, to reintegrate with their communities and families, and to positively re-invest their strength in America.

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By LILY G. CASURA - Patrick Jolly is so dedicated to helping veterans, he even started opening a claim for one he happened to meet while standing in line during a vacation at Disneyland. Jolly, a Vietnam Navy vet, has been Napa County’s Veteran Services Officer (VSO) since 2006, when he came to Napa from years spent doing the same job in Sonoma County. Today, 11,000 Napa veterans of various wars as far back as World War II — or 25,000 people, if you include veterans’ family members — rely on Jolly to get the straight scoop about filing claims, getting benefits approved and learning what they’re entitled to.

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The ever-enlightening webcast series In Their Boots ran the heartbreaking story of Jeffrey Lucey -- a Marine who'd served during the initial invasion of Iraq and returned home safely only to commit suicide less than a year later, on June 22, 2004. He would be among the first wave of OEF/OIF suicides, leaving his parents, Kevin and Joyce Lucey, to be on the leading edge of the senseless pain now known to hundreds of military families.

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Thank you to everyone who has stumbled across my writing over the years, either through this blog or my book or my posts at ePluribus Media or Daily Kos. I have received many, many emails over the past two months -- the longest I've gone without blogging since I began focusing on combat PTSD issues in 2005 -- asking where I've been.

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