PTSD plummets for veterans who try horseback riding

A new study found that PTSD scores dropped 87 percent after just six weeks of therapeutic horsemanship sessions.

Spoiler: The moral of the story is never underestimate the power of horses.

By some estimates, more than 23 million military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) each year, described by Rebecca Johnson as “an anxiety disorder that occurs after exposure to life-threatening events or injuries and is marked by flashbacks, avoidance, and changes in beliefs and feelings.”

While counseling and behavior therapies are often prescribed to help treat the symptoms of PTSD, complementary therapies like therapeutic horseback riding (THR) have also been put into play. Johnson, a professor in the University Of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and the Millsap Professor of Gerontological Nursing in the Sinclair School of Nursing, was interested in exploring how useful THR could be in treating PTSD. And thus, the study “Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans” was born.

Working with a nearby Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, 29 military veterans suffering from PTSD were introduced to a THR program once a week for six weeks. In these sessions, they learned basic horsemanship skills and completed tasks on horseback. The hour-long classes consisted of grooming and interacting with the horse before riding, applying the riding tack to the horse, then riding with a horse leader. They also had side walkers until they were capable and comfortable enough to ride alone.

The horses that worked in the study were chosen by a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)-certified riding instructor for their fitness and experience of being ridden by adults. The study notes, “As part of the ethics approvals, the VA Research and Development Animal Component of Research Protocol (ACORP) involved a visit by a VA-affiliated veterinarian to the riding centers to verify the welfare and husbandry conditions for the horses.”

PTSD symptoms were measured after three weeks and again after six weeks, using the PTSD Checklist-Military Version assessment, as well as other tests, to assess improvements made in the treatment of the anxiety disorders.

“Results showed that participants in the program experienced a significant decrease in PTSD scores, almost 67 percent, after just three weeks of THR,” Johnson says. “After six weeks, participants experienced an 87 percent drop in PTSD scores.”

And maybe even more remarkable is that some of the participants had been suffering PTSD from the Vietnam War. “Interestingly, the veterans who self-identified for the study all were from the Vietnam War era meaning that some of these military veterans had been experiencing PTSD symptoms for 40 or 50 years,” added Johnson.

Most of us who have known and loved horses understands how powerful they can be. And of course the same goes for therapy animals of every stripe. Tucked away in the study was the following paragraph, showing how help can come in surprising ways.

One gentleman who was a Vietnam war veteran said that he did not want to participate, but his wife encouraged him to come. However, after his first session (which occurred the week before the University went on spring break and the THR was also on recess), he thought that it was too bad to have to wait 2 weeks to do this again. This veteran not only completed the study, he expressed interest in continuing to volunteer at the riding center after completion of the study.

We tend to think that animals need us; but what if it’s the other way around? In the case of military veterans and the tragic reality of PTSD, healing may very well come in the guise of four legs and a whinny.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/animals/ptsd-scores-plummet-veterans-who-try-therapeutic-horseback-riding.html

Nets Ignore NFL Quashing ‘Please Stand’ Super Bowl Ad by Veterans Group

As the controversy-filled 2017 NFL season was set to come to an end in a couple of weeks, the league found itself engulfed in controversy Tuesday when they banned an ad from a veterans group asking people to “please stand” for the national anthem. It was a truly sad story, but the none of the major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) felt the need to report it to their viewers during their evening broadcasts.

While the liberal networks were drooling over the recently announced Oscar nominations, Fox News Channel’s Special Report was going the veterans group justice. “New England and Philadelphia will play on the field, but there is another battle taking place involving the NFL, veterans, and the national anthem,” announced anchor Bret Baier as he introduced the segment.

“The NFL has rejected a $30,000 print ad from a veterans group for the games program that addressed the issue with these two words: Please stand,” reported Fox News’ media analyst Howard Kurtz. “Amvets, founded by World War II veterans, had already modified the wording of the request of the company handling the program, but the league has final say. And Amvets now accuses the NFL of corporate censorship.”

Amvets National Commander Marion Polk laid it all out for Fox News. “The NFL, bottom line, just denied us our opportunity for free speech,” he explained. “We didn’t place this ad, please stand, for any political reason whatsoever. It was our way of just getting the American public to stand in their beliefs.”

 

 

As reported by Kurtz, despite the Amvets’ non-political intentions, the NFL asserted that the program had “never been a place for advertising they could be considered by some as a political statement.” But it was clear that the NFL was shutting down those they saw as opposing the players: “The NFL naturally wants the day’s focus on the Patriots and Eagles, not political ads. But since any on-field protest will draw huge media coverage, the league does seem to be blocking the other side’s message.”

Kurtz also noted how rough the year had been for the NFL because of their position to back their protesting players. “It’s been a tough season for the NFL with sinking ratings and constant controversy over protesting players who kneel during the national anthem,” he recalled. “And that controversy is now casting a shadow on the league’s premier showcase: the Super Bowl.”

It’s no wonder the liberal networks didn’t care about what happened to the veterans because they enthusiastically took the side of the protesting players. When President Trump first went to battle with the NFL, ABC and NBC claimed Trump was using racially coded rhetoric. And as Puerto Rico was just beginning their insanely long road to recovery after Hurricane Maria, they elevated the spat with 3.6 times more airtime than the crisis (92 minutes to 25 minutes).

As with most political subjects, the networks picked their side and supported it over everything else, including veterans.

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Fox News Channel
Special Report
January 23, 2018
6:38:05 PM Eastern

BRET BAIER: Welcome back to the White House. You may have heard the Super Bowl is coming a week from Sunday, Super Bowl LII [52]. New England and Philadelphia will play on the field, but there is another battle taking place involving the NFL, veterans, and the national anthem. Fox News media analyst and host of Fox’s Media Buzz Howard Kurtz fills us in.

[Cuts to video]

HOWARD KURTZ: It’s been a tough season for the NFL with sinking ratings and constant controversy over protesting players who kneel during the national anthem. And that controversy is now casting a shadow on the league’s premier showcase: the Super Bowl. The NFL has rejected a $30,000 print ad from a veterans group for the games program that addressed the issue with these two words: Please stand. Amvets, founded by World War II veterans, had already modified the wording of the request of the company handling the program, but the league has final say. And Amvets now accuses the NFL of corporate censorship.

MARION POLK: The NFL, bottom line, just denied us our opportunity for free speech.

KURTZ: An NFL spokesman said the big game has “never been a place for advertising they could be considered by some as a political statement.” He said the super bowl will salute vets of the military on the field, at the NFL had asked Amvets to consider alternative wording, “Please honor our veterans,” the group didn’t respond in time.

POLK: We didn’t place this ad, please stand, for any political reason whatsoever. It was our way of just getting the American public to stand in their beliefs.

KURTZ: President Trump kicked off a season of controversy by tweeting about the kneeling players and personally denouncing them.

DONALD TRUMP: Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a [bleeped] off the field right now?

[Cuts back to live]

KURTZ: The NFL naturally wants the day’s focus on the Patriots and Eagles, not political ads. But since any on-field protest will draw huge media coverage, the league does seem to be blocking the other side’s message.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2018/01/23/nets-ignore-nfl-quashing-please-stand-super-bowl-ad-veterans

Toxic firefighting foam contaminated the water at a Colorado Air Force base, now veterans and residents are coming down with cancer

Image: Toxic firefighting foam contaminated the water at a Colorado Air Force base, now veterans and residents are coming down with cancer

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A Colorado air force base recently came under fire as water contaminated with perfluorinated compounds (PFC) was associated with the onset of various forms of cancer among people living in close proximity to the base. A Daily Mail report noted that former soldiers, firefighters and residents near the Peterson Air Force base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, were diagnosed with thyroid, prostate, and testicular cancers following direct exposure to water containing the toxic chemicals from firefighting foam.

Just last year, the base admitted that it accidentally released up to 150,000 gallons of water containing the hazardous chemicals into the sewage system. Reports noted that the Air Force so far spent more than $4 million to provide bottled water and filtration systems to the bases. Thousands of firefighters and first responders across the U.S. inferred that exposure to the fire retardant and other firefighting equipment might play a role in the upsurge of cancer cases among the residents.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stressed that any toxins over 70 parts per trillion found in water pose great threat to the general public’s health. Data from water analysis showed that water samples taken from Colorado Springs contained more than 1,300 parts per trillion. In addition, the agency warned that up to 15 million Americans across 27 states could be exposed to PFCs in their drinking water. (Related: PFCs contaminate 67 percent of New Jersey’s public water systems.)

“What we’re saying is these still are chemicals that have potentially toxic side effects. I’ve got to rely on the Environmental Protection Agency and on the health agencies… to tell us whether or not that’s going to be a problem in the future. We’re going to treat it as if it were any other hazardous material… so that we can prevent contamination in the ground water and in the soil by cleaning it up immediately,” Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for environment safety and infrastructure, said in a CBS News article.

Dennis Pinski, health risk assessment supervisor for New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services, confirmed that the contaminants may raise the odds of various health woes including certain types of cancer.

“Scientific studies have shown exposure to PFOA and PFOS in drinking water to be associated with … developmental effects, decreased bone formation, accelerated puberty in males, reduced newborn body weight, liver toxicity, thyroid effects, immune system effects (and) cancer. The EPA determined that there is ‘suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential’ for both PFOA and PFOS under EPAs 2005 Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment,” Pinski told The Portsmouth Herald online.

“Human studies suggest that PFOA exposure could lead to increased risk for kidney and testicular cancer. Animal studies have indicated that PFOA exposure could result in increased risk of liver, testicular and pancreatic tumors,” Pinski added.

Health experts offer tips to prevent PFC exposure

health information summary published by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) warned that once PFCs enter the body, it would take between two to four years to reduce those levels by half. In line with this, the data sheet listed a few ways in order to prevent PFC exposure. These tips include:

  • On private wells – The agency advised that households using private wells to contact the EPA. The agency also suggested using alternative water sources if PFC levels were higher than the safety guidelines.
  • On public water – The ATSDR suggested conducting routine water testing for public water sources. Likewise, the agency recommended that people contact water filtration device manufacturers to gain more information about how well the devices work on public water sources.
  • On fish consumption – The agency discouraged consuming fish from certain water sources due to high levels pf PFC contamination.

Sources include: 

DailyMail.co.uk

CBSNews.com

SeacoastOnline.com

ATSDR.CDC.gov [PDF]

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Hypocrisy: Trump Signs Veterans’ Mental Health Bill as Jeff Sessions Declares War on Their Medicine

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President Trump signed an executive order that was presented as an effort to improve veterans’ mental health treatment, just days after reports claimed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to wage war on their medicine by rescinding a policy that keeps federal prosecutors from aggressively enforcing federal law in states where cannabis is legal.

Trump signed an executive order titled, “Supporting our Veterans during their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life” on Jan. 9. The order calls for the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to work together to provide “seamless access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for transitioning uniformed service members in the year following discharge, separation, or retirement.”

The measure is intended to improve reintegration into civilian life and to prevent suicide if at all possible. But the type of mental health services Trump is asking for almost certainly do not involve using cannabis for PTSD, depression, or chronic pain. That is because the U.S. Attorney General just rescinded the Cole memo, allowing state Attorney Generals to go after legal weed.

As The Free Thought Project has reported on numerous occasions, legal cannabis and access to it is not supported by VA hospitals. In fact, we interviewed one veteran who suffers from PTSD and lives in Phoenix. For privacy reasons we will call him “Jeremy.”

Jeremy told TFTP that his disability benefits are directly connected to his blood tests. If his blood does not demonstrate a measurable level of psychotropics then the VA will end his disability benefits. In other words, if he does not take dangerous antidepressants and antipsychotics then he loses his monthly cash benefit.

While Trump’s executive order will guarantee 100 percent of veterans will now be able to get mental health benefits (whereas only 40 percent were able to get them before), what veterans really want is access to legal weed. So do the majority of Americans. They also do not want to be forced to take psychotropics, drugs that have actually caused the very suicides the executive order has stated it is attempting to combat.

Jeremy is a budtender at a Phoenix-area marijuana dispensary. He said he loathes being forced to take psychotropics but cannot part with the significant disability payouts each month. So he takes as little as he possibly can and throws away the rest. He says weed works much better and he would use it exclusively if he could.

Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole memo follows months of similar actions by the government. As TFTP reported in July, the House Rules Committee blocked an amendment called the “Veterans Equal Access,” which would have allowed the VA to discuss cannabis as an option for veterans’ treatment in VA hospitals. The amendment did not pass largely because cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I narcotic (purely for political and Pharma-Cartel reasons) much to the dismay of a majority of Americans, including veterans advocacy groups, like the American Legion, who want cannabis made available to veterans.

Veterans who choose to go against the VA and to use cannabis as a viable mental health protocol not only face the loss of financial benefits, they run the risk of prison time as well. Kristoffer Lewandowski is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC was arrested in Oklahoma for personal possession of marijuana. He says the VA had him taking 18 different medications daily for his PTSD, which included deadly opiates. At one point, he was taking 180 Percocets per month, but the drugs were killing his liver.

After finding that cannabis worked better, Lewandowski quit taking his prescription pills. Because Oklahoma does not have medical marijuana, he began growing a few plants for his personal use and treatment of PTSD. The police discovered the plants and arrested him.

Lewandowski was charged with cultivating marijuana, and the police confiscated the ounce of cannabis they found. They charged his wife as well and took their children away. After getting approval from the OK district attorney, the family bonded out of jail and moved to California. But Lewandowski’s freedom was short-lived. After missing an appointment at the Veterans Administration’s psychiatric hospital, he was arrested again. Later, he accepted a plea deal and was allowed to stay in California to continue taking the plant he says saved his life.

While Trump’s executive order sounds like a great idea by giving all veterans access to mental health services, what veterans really need and want is universal access to cannabis as a natural treatment for depression, PTSD, and pain. Instead, they are given prescription pills, which are needlessly driving up the suicide rate among veterans.

Ironically, one of Trump’s campaign promises was for veterans was that they would be able to bypass the VA and go wherever they wanted for treatment. That promise has yet to be fulfilled and almost certainly did not mean going to the marijuana dispensary for their medicine.

It’s time for Congress to act on behalf of all veterans and Americans to legalize marijuana across the nation. Too many people are in jail, are going to jail, and are being charged with felonies for a plant—one that has demonstrated the power to treat pain, depression, addictions, and to prevent suicide.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/trump-signs-veterans-mental-health-bill-jeff-sessions-war-medicine/

‘US doesn’t acknowledge environmental issues’: Veterans slam US polluting Okinawa

Michael Hanes, a former US marine, saw for himself the effects of decades of pollution caused by the American military on the island, which is home to nearly 1.1 million residents. Now he is a member of Veterans for Peace, a global group of military veterans which promotes alternatives to war. In an interview to RT Hanes recalled his visit to Okinawa, within the group’s delegation supporting local people opposed to the construction of military bases in Henoko district. US bases take up nearly 19 percent of Okinawa. 

“I heard reports that there was trash all over the place, but I had to see with my own eyes,” Hanes said, “So I went up there and it just blew my mind, I couldn’t believe what I saw. All that trash in such a pristine area.”

Having seen all the trash left by US marines, Hanes says that he is sure the US is the biggest polluter in the world. “The US doesn’t look to the environmental issues or acknowledge them,” he said.

Hanes recalled that when he served in Okinawa he never littered. “Marines [with whom I served] would never do that. We were trained if you would pack it in, you take it out,” he said.

Earlier in December Hanes, together with the Veterans of Peace, was featured is the video showing the Yanbaru rainforest in the north of the island. The US Jungle Warfare Training Center occupies some 7,500 ha of Yanbaru’s land.

The activists found dozens of empty packs for Meal Ready-to-Eat – commonly known as the MRE – a field ration for the US military which doesn’t seem to be clearing up after itself.

“Do US marines behave like this even in their own country? Or they just do it here because it’s Okinawa?” Akino Miyagi, a local biologist who joined the group, asks rhetorically. She says she comes to the forest every weekend to clean up the trash.

Former US soldier William Griffin believes that Washington doesn’t want to cooperate in any investigation on the environmental issue in Okinawa “because it’s a direct threat to their national security goals.”

“The problem is that environmental issues [are] a direct threat to our lives. The US gets away with a lot of environmental issues,” Griffin, who also joined Veterans for Peace, told RT.

Having a training center in the middle of a rainforest should ultimately come down to the people who live in and near that rainforest, Griffin said, referring to the Yanbaru area. “People who live there have to suffer from the consequences of that training. They don’t want it there,” he added.

In the meantime, empty packs from chicken and brownies are not the only litter found on the island. According to a Japan Times report from 2013, workers unearthed some 20 rusty barrels from beneath a soccer pitch in Okinawa which was once a part of Kadena Air Base. The barrels contained ingredients of highly toxic military defoliants used in the Vietnam War.

READ MORE: Banned chemicals contaminate groundwater near US bases on Okinawa

The Pentagon repeatedly left pollutants containing arsenic, depleted uranium, nerve gas and carcinogenic hexavalent chromium on Okinawan soil, the report said.

In May 2017, the Eco Watch environmental news site ranked the US military the world’s biggest polluter. “While the US military’s past environmental record suggests that its current policies are not sustainable, this has by no means dissuaded the US military from openly planning future contamination of the environment through misguided waste disposal efforts,” Eco Watch said. 

Source Article from https://www.rt.com/usa/414260-us-doesnt-acknowledge-environmental-issues/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ A Bloody, Brutal Depiction of Veterans

Marvel’s The Punisher originally appeared as a supporting character from Netflix’s Daredevil where he stood out as a character with a particularly violent way of dealing with criminals. His solo season in Netflix’s The Punisher, which premiered on November 17 after being delayed following the Vegas shooting, is no different as it glorifies in blood, beatings, and even a couple of beheadings. To add insult to very violent injury, the series also manages to squeeze in a less than admirable depiction of veterans as nothing more than killer time bombs.

Throughout the season, we focus on former Marine Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) looking to exact revenge on the people behind the deaths of his wife and kids. Right off the bat, that’s not a great image for veterans coming back dealing with trauma, but it gets progressively worse.

Over the course of the series, we also check in on a local veteran counseling program run by Frank’s old friend Curtis (Jason R. Moore), one of the few veterans in the show without a kill mission. At his program, a young veteran named Lewis (Daniel Webber) struggles with returning back to civilian life and falls in with a boisterous NRA member who laments that Christians and gun owners are the most persecuted minority in the nation.

Angry at a country that has seemingly turned its back on him and the Second Amendment, an unstable Lewis sets off a bomb at the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms field office at Wall Street to send this message to the public, which he also provides in a letter to New York Bulletin reporter Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll).

Obviously the writers were inspired by the likes of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, down to the background, methods, general distaste for a tyrannical government, and a fondness for the phrase sic semper tyrannis. In that case, the show not only promotes a negative view of veterans with PTSD as dangerous and unhinged, but can’t even do it originally. Plus, as far as my viewing of the news goes, guns rights advocates aren’t usually the ones behind acts of violence and have even been seen to stop them.

To be fair, in the midst of all of this, the show manages to give a more nuanced view on the right to own guns. After the bombing, Karen goes on a radio show with a very pro-gun-control liberal senator. While the senator’s answers are the same as any Democrat senator’s solution to violence (restricting gun access), both the radio host and Karen, who happens to also be a concealed carry holder, have valid criticisms for the politician. Then a clearly disturbed Lewis calls in and Karen attempts to draw out the bomber by calling out the cowardice of his actions.

I suppose a show where the hero is a gun-toting vigilante couldn’t pretend gun control legislation is the end-all, be all solution to violence. CW’s Arrow tried that earlier this year, and we know how well that ended. I have been waiting a long time for a show to treat a liberal politician as out of touch with the reality of needing something to defend yourself. I never dreamed it would be this one.

But I’m also disappointed that it had to come from a series like this. Are we supposed to understand that the only world where the right to defend oneself is promoted is one packed with bloody murders, where gruesome beatings are common? I’m not onboard with that trade, and I’m certainly not onboard with dragging down veterans in the process. The nation does need to show more respect and consideration for those who defend it, but this is definitely not the right way to show it.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2017/11/20/netflixs-punisher-bloody-brutal-depiction-veterans

Why Doesn’t The Left Give Our Veterans The Respect That They Deserve?

Our veterans deserve the very best, and yet way too often they get the very worst.  The Department of Veteran Affairs is a disaster, it takes forever to get claims processed, and VA facilities are often extremely dirty and poorly managed.  Rates of unemployment and suicide are far higher for veterans than they are for the population as a whole, and yet the left is strongly backing the NFL players as they disrespect our veterans when they refuse to stand for the national anthem.  There are more than 18 million veterans in the United States today, and more than 9 million of them (including my father) are over the age of 65.  As a society, it is time for us to make it exceedingly clear that we are not going to put up with mistreatment of our veterans any longer.

There was one promising sign on Sunday.  It is being reported that for the first time this season, every player stood for the national anthem

No NFL players protested during the national anthem during Sunday’s early games, according to multiple reports.

The NFL Players Association unanimously passed a resolution earlier in the week calling for a moment of silence during Sunday’s games in honor of Veterans Day.

Players who previously knelt or raised their fists during the anthem stood this week. Tennessee Titans receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers, then stood for the anthem, The Associated Press reported.

Hopefully this show of respect will continue in the weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, we have a ton of work to do in order to make things right for our veterans.

Things got especially bad during the Obama administration.  Obama did not make our vets a priority, and it showed.  At one point it was taking an average of seven months to get an appointment at a VA facility, and thousands upon thousands ended up dying as they waited for treatment that they desperately needed

A leaked document shows nearly one-third of the 847,000 veterans in the Department of Veteran Affairs’ backlog died while waiting for treatment, amounting to more than 238,000 patients, according to documents obtained by the Huffington Post.

Are you angry yet?

And as I mentioned above, many VA facilities were found to be in absolutely horrific condition during the Obama years.  An ABC News investigation from a few years ago discovered the following conditions at facilities around the nation…

*Bathrooms filthy with what appeared to be human excrement.

*Dirty linens from some patients mixed in with clean supplies.

*Examining tables that had dried blood and medications still on them.

*Equipment used to sterilize surgical instruments that had broken down.

*Some patients were forced to beg for food and water.

*Veterans that were neglected so badly that they developed horrific bedsores and dangerous infections.

The federal government needs to get this fixed, because our veterans deserve far better treatment, and if I get elected I am going to fight for our vets as hard as I can.

During the Obama years, one study discovered that 22 military veterans were killing themselves every single day.

Just think about that.

At the time, that accounted for about 20 percent of all suicides in the United States.

And on any given night, about 200,000 homeless vets are sleeping in the streets.

We can do better than this, and we must do better than this.  Our veterans fought to defend the liberties and freedoms that we are enjoying today, and we all need to work diligently to make sure that they receive the respect, care and treatment that they deserve.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

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Does Honoring Veterans Perpetuate War?

By Henry Makow Ph.D.

When the United States and England loaned Mexico money in 1903 using its customs revenue as collateral, Illuminati banker Jacob Schiff cabled his English counterpart, Ernest Cassel: “If they don’t pay, who will collect the customs?”

Cassel replied:  “Your marines and ours.”   (The Life of Otto Kahn, p. 22)

Marine General Smedley Butler (1881-1940) confirmed that he was “a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.”

In War is a Racket (1935) he wrote: “I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China, I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.”

Flash forward to 2011 when NATO fomented and led a mission in Libya one of only four countries that didn’t have a Rothschild central bank. Now Libya does. They don’t call it imperialism anymore. They call it “Our mission in Libya.” Soldiers aren’t mercenaries; they are “missionaries.”  Now they’re after Syria, North Korea, and Iran, three of the four remaining countries without a Rothschild central bank

CENTRAL BANKERS ARE BEHIND ALL WARS

All wars are organized by the Illuminati bankers to collect or incur debt, kill goyim, plunder or profit, and to advance their program for Masonic Jewish “world government” tyranny. They appeal to our patriotism to sucker us in. We are told we are fighting to “preserve freedom” when the opposite is actually the case.

memorial_day.jpgSo how should we regard veterans? Certainly, a few are heroes, but usually in a bogus cause.

I think we have to regard them as dupes and mercenaries. We have all been duped for a very long time. That gives Veteran’s Day a taint of pathos and cynicism.

WORLD WAR TWO

On Nov 11, we are mostly commemorating World War Two. While we were losing fathers and sons, Allied and Nazi central bankers were sitting shoulder to shoulder in Basel at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) mainly financing the Nazis.

The BIS handed the Nazis the national treasure of Czechoslovakia, Holland, and Belgium to ensure the war could go on.This gold, worth $378 million at the time, was the basis of loans to the Nazis and was never returned.

The BIS accepted and stored Nazi plunder — art, diamonds and precious metals including dental gold and wedding ring from concentration camp inmates. 

The US Federal Reserve, the Banks of England, France, Italy, Japan and the Reichsbank were all members of the BIS. The Nazi Reichsbank had most seats but the BIS President was a Rockefeller factotum Thomas H. McKittrick (1889-1970). (Significantly he has no Wikipedia entry.)

“CHANGING THE WORLD”  MEANS HAVING A WORLD WAR
 

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Questioned by a US Treasury Dept official in March 1945, McKittrick said that the war had been a charade all along, with Germany taking the fall.

Asked why the BIS worked with the Nazis, he replied, “In the complicated German financial setup, certain men who have their central bankers’ point of view, are in very strategic positions and can influence the conduct of the German government…”

Then he spelled it out, albeit in a euphemism. The war’s purpose was to reposition Germany in the banker New World Order:

“McKittrick went on to say that there was a little group of financiers who had felt from the beginning that Germany would lose the war; that after defeat they might emerge to shape Germany’s destiny. That they would “maintain their contacts and trust with other important banking elements so that they would be in a stronger position in the postwar world to negotiate loans for the reconstruction of Germany.”

This quotation is from Charles Higham’s mind-blowing book, Trading With the Enemy, 1983, p. 37. (See excerpts here) 

These bankers controlled a Who’s Who of corporations which had factories in occupied Europe that underpinned the Nazi war effort and profited handsomely. 

Ford, General Motors, Standard Oil and ITT provided the Nazis with essential trucks, airplane engines, materiel, and technology, often giving the Nazis preference during shortages.  In a telling example, the Allies bombed a ball bearing plant in Germany only to have the stock replaced by a factory in Pennsylvania (via Sweden.)

Higham refers to these bankers as “the fraternity.” They are the Illuminati.

An earlier set of bankers masterminded World War One and kept it going. But you get the picture. All wars are really waged by the Luciferian central bankers against humanity, i.e “the goyim.” 

In 1916, almost 1.2 million British, French and German soldiers died or were maimed in the Battle of the Somme alone.They were the cream of their generation. The British national debt multiplied tenfold.

By participating in any war, we are accomplices in our own destruction. 

The military is catching on too. A recent poll found that only 34 percent of U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believed that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were worth fighting. US soldiers now generally say they are fighting “for their buddies” not for their country. 

kiss.jpg(left.  Henry Kissinger said, “Military men are “dumb, stupid animals to be used.”)

Source Article from https://www.henrymakow.com/veteransdayrequires.html

Larry David’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Mocks Veterans With PTSD

HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is based on Larry David insulting everyone around him. In the October 29 episode titled “Thank You for Your Service,” David targets an Afghanistan war veteran. It went too far, even for Larry David.

The daughter of Larry’s manager has gotten engaged and a small dinner party is planned in their honor. As the fiancé, Victor (Chet Hanks), is introduced to the guests, each one thanks Victor for his service in the military. Except Larry, of course. He simply says, “Nice to meet you.”

In most circumstances, this would be perfectly normal behavior but, because this is a so-called comedy, the writers turn it on the veteran. Victor is shown as unable to deal with not being thanked and he excuses himself from the room.

[Warning: Language]

 

Victor: Mrs. Greene.
Susie: Oh, my baby.
Sammi: Hi, Mom. Victor, my boy.
Victor: How you doing? How you doing?
Susie: Okay, so this is our friend, Richard Lewis.
Richard Lewis: Thank you for your service, bro.
Victor: Oh, thank you. Thank you.
Susie: And our neighbors, Leslie and John.
Leslie: What a hero you are. Thank you for your service.
Victor: Oh, thank you. The real heroes are still there, but I appreciate that.
John: Thank you for your service.
Victor: Thank you. You have a grateful nation.
Susie: And this is our friend, Larry.
Larry: Hey. Hey. Nice to meet you.
Victor: Um, yeah, it’s, uh…You know what? Um, I’m gonna excuse myself.
Sammi: Victor. Victor.
Larry: Huh? What– what’s…?
Susie: You didn’t thank him for his service, asshole.
Larry: They thanked him. Three people thanked him. Why do I have to thank him?
John: Fuck, how hard would it have been? “Thank you for your service.”
Larry: Does everybody have to thank him for his service?
Susie: Now you’ve ruined everything, Larry. I’m making all this delicious salmon, and the whole night is ruined.
Larry: Are you sautéing that?
Susie: Yes.
Larry: Would you mind broiling mine? That a face?
Susie: Get the fuck out. Leave.
Larry: Hmm. Okay. Thank you for serving the hors d’oeuvres.
Susie: Out!
Larry: Um, thank you for being a very good manager. Thank you for coming over in this brisk weather.
Susie: Thank you for leaving!

I’m sure I am not the only person that was disgusted with the writers for inflicting that scene upon the viewer. Veterans deserve as much thanks as possible and it is so insulting to believe that Hollywood bubble dwellers think it is funny to show a man unable to cope without thanks.

To make up for his “insult,” Larry takes Victor to participate in a Revolutionary War re-enactment in a local park. Live cannons are used, for some reason and Victor experiences a flashback.

As Larry and Victor head to the country club for golf, they approach the valet stand. In Victor’s mind the valets wearing red jackets turn into British Red Coats – he and Larry were patriots – and he goes nuts. The obvious implication is that he has been triggered into a PTSD episode. Victor takes off running towards the men and Larry tries to stop him.

 

 

Victor: What the fuck is this?
Larry: You all right?
Victor: Oh, fuck. Pull over! Pull over! – 10:00. Redcoats, man. Larry, there’s fucking redcoats, man! – You motherfuckers!
Larry: Hey.
Victor: Don’t tread on me, motherfuckers!
Larry: Come on!
Victor: Yeah!
Larry: Hey! No!
Victor: It’s your last day, you bitches. Get the fuck outta here!
Larry: They’re valets! Come on, man!
Man: Hey, please!

Yeah, no. Using PTSD to mock veterans is not ever funny. Frankly, it turned my stomach. Hollywood bubble-dwellers are just nasty. Maybe if they knew a few modern-day veterans in their own lives some empathy would be a little easier to write.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/karen-townsend/2017/10/30/curb-your-enthusiasm-mocks-veteran-ptsd