Standing along the historic “Canyon of Heroes” route in lower Manhattan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a group of veterans this week urged the city to work with the U.S. Department of Defense to host a celebration welcoming home individuals who served their country in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Veterans and veteran advocates have denounced a New York Times opinion piece that connected veterans to white supremacist groups, Military Times reports.
The NYT piece, titled “Veterans and White Supremacy,” tried to explain the actions of Frazier Glenn Cross (also known as Frazier Glenn Miller), the suspected gunman responsible for the deadly shooting outside a Kansas Jewish center.
Veterans activists have condemned The New York Times for publishing a commentary connecting war vets to white supremacist groups to help explain attacks on Jewish communities in Kansas this week.
"How could the New York Times publish such a hurtful piece?" Paul Rieckhoff, director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told the Military Times. "Veterans deserve answers from the Times — and an apology."
On Tuesday, an op-ed at the New York Times attempted to link veterans to white supremacist groups, citing the recent Overland Park, Kansas, shootings in which Frazier Glenn Miller -- a veteran with a long history of white supremacist activity -- allegedly shot and killed three people. The op-ed sparked outrage from veterans and prompted a stinging rebuke from the Military Times on Wednesday.
Years away from even being allowed to have a war memorial, the dead from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be honored by their fellow Vietnam veterans Memorial Day weekend at The Wall, where the first-ever reading of the names of all the post-9/11 heroes will take place.
Two years after veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq asked for a ticker-tape parade down New York City's famous "Canyon of Heroes," a senator said now the time is right with the Afghanistan war winding down.
"Now is the time to keep with long-standing American tradition and kick off a campaign for the first New York City welcome home parade for troops that served in Iraq and Afghanistan," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement Monday.
Military recruits might have a new hurdle to overcome before joining the armed forces: a mental health test.
Lawmakers from both parties in Washington are coalescing around legislation that would require military recruits to undergo a mental screening, much like they have to pass medical and physical exams, before starting boot camp.
Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing a New York City homecoming parade for troops returned from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Along with veterans' groups, Schumer says it's time to honor "America's post 9/11 troops," continuing the modern tradition of welcome home parades down Broadway in lower Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes."
The U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan is expected to end this year. The Iraq war officially ended in 2011.
Photo Caption: Sen. John Walsh and members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America held an event on the National Mall late last month.
The Fort Hood shooting reignited the national debate over the surge of suicides among those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. But older veterans have been largely overlooked in the conversation.
Nearly 70 percent of all veterans who commit suicide are age 50 or older, according to the Veterans Affairs Department. This is double the suicide rate for the same age group in the nonveteran community.