Tag Archives: By Ken Olsen

BOOTED AFTER BATTLE Thousands of combat veterans have been kicked out of the military for misconduct without regard to PTSD, TBI or their right to medical retirement

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved)  Max Fernandez was arrested for a bar fight the first weekend after he came home from Iraq. The Marine Corps machine gunner didn’t think twice about the altercation.”Coming back, my mindset was … Continue reading

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Bogus Benefit: USAJOBS.gov frustrates military veterans as downsizing sends thousands into the civilian workforce

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved)  Before John Spanogle left the Army in the fall of 2014, he enrolled in a weeklong transition course at Fort Knox, Ky., and hired a professional résumé service to translate two and … Continue reading

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Green River Gamble: A group of post-9/11 veterans set out to create a Legion post for a new generation — and it’s paying off

 By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2015, All Rights Reserved) Critics predicted total failure. A handful of veterans were attempting to revive an American Legion post in Green River, Wyo., that was so far gone almost no one knew it had ever … Continue reading

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Betrayed: In West Los Angeles, VA is leasing property to private businesses as mentally disabled veterans languish in the streets

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved) Of all of the egregious cases involving homeless veterans in Los Angeles, one stands out for attorney Mark Rosenbaum. VA police arrested a homeless Vietnam War veteran they caught taking food from … Continue reading

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‘We are not giving up on him’ — A Colorado community and The American Legion rally around the family of an Army veteran lost in last year’s historic floods

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved) Before Gerry Boland went missing, he made his way to Lyons Elementary School to make sure the lights were on for people taking refuge from the floods ravaging Colorado’s Front Range last September. … Continue reading

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Stealth Soldiers of the Vietnam War: The Little Known Legacy of the U.S. Army’s Combat Tracker Teams

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved) Pete Peterson was recruited for the combat trackers while recovering at a U.S. military hospital in Japan during the fall of 1968. It wasn’t a hard sell for the two trackers who … Continue reading

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Camp Lejeune’s Toxic Legacy: Marine Corps families who were exposed to decades of contamination search for answers

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2013/All Rights Reserved) Jerry Ensminger’s 9-year-old daughter died of a rare form of leukemia he believes was caused by solvent-laced drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Her death could have been prevented, he says, if the … Continue reading

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