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Updated Suicide Numbers in Veterans Alley
by D Boyer
Monday Apr 8th, 2013 3:19 PM
Masking The Pain of TRAUMA Through Paint
Veterans Mural Project in San Francisco updates suicide numbers among military veterans.

On March 28, 2013 in San Francisco the suicide numbers of US military veterans were updated in Veterans Alley or more specifically the San Francisco Veterans Mural Project to reflect the actual number of attempts and successes. Only 23 States out of 50 are reporting the numbers to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently there are 31 attempted suicides per day and 22 are successful, that’s’ over 600 per month and at least 1,300 a year. Those numbers include all veterans from all wars. California is one of the States that is not reporting nor documenting suicides among military veterans. Amos Gregory says basically they have no idea of the (exact) total number of suicides occurring nationally with military veterans. Even more disconcerting are the number of homeless vets, and according to the National Coalition for the Homeless there are 150,000-200,000 homeless veterans in the United States on any given day, including the disabled. As a response to those numbers Amos Gregory a Gulf War veteran started up the San Francisco Veterans Mural Project. Veterans Alley in San Francisco is an alley that sits on the edge of the Tenderloin and the Financial District and now has many murals. All of the murals tell a story. Amos Gregory has also started up veterans alleys in La Perla, San Juan Puerto Rico and London. Since Puerto Ricans who enlist in the US Military are most likely to be combat vets the Veterans Mural Project has been set-up there as well. Also Gregory started up a veterans alley in London because folks from other countries who sign up for the US Military are deported once they are discharged, which prevents them from accessing some of the services available to vets on the mainland in urban centers such as San Francisco.


Previous post about Veterans Alley, http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/08/16/18719680.php
§Updated suicide numbers Veterans Alley
by D Boyer Monday Apr 8th, 2013 3:19 PM


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The Nuremberg Trials (1945-46) chaired by U.S. Judge Jackson says that the Planning and doing of Aggressive War is the Supreme International Crime on the Planet Earth, as it actuates all other crimes high, low, big, and small. He further says it is the Supreme International Crime whether Germany does it or the U.S. does it.

This anti-fascist covenant is signed on to the U.S. Constitution and therefore to be treated as the Supreme Law of the Land. Too bad the U.s. Imperialist Military does not obey the laws of the world and the United States anymore.

The soldiers councils need to be formed as a kind of unionization of the soldiers themselves, and set the record and laws to the true path of liberation which was the anti-fascist side which set the goals of liberation as away from militarism, and to the necessity of dismantling the war machine as WMD-weapons of mass destruction, in each country so the peoples democracy can in reality free themselves.

First Canadian Division says the shortest way to liberation is to scrap the WMD and its manufactury and electe woman equally (Gender Parity doubling democracy) then to quit coal, gas, oil, and atomic energy as motivation of the Industrial revolution.

That requires ending fossil fuel burn-out of oxygen, and the need to RETOOL THE ENTIRE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, to wind, tidal, and solar power which transforms to electricity and is more power than can be used by all societies in all countries of the world. That way to stop the oxygen burn-out which is already at 38-40% gone, and we cannot live on the carbon-dioxide replacement.

Workers of the world unite!! End pollution wars, not endless wars for more and more pollution. You yet have a world to win!!