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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 10, 2011 / 13 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

Our vets are a national problem?

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The U.S. soldiers, sailors and aircrews and the vast uniformed logistics apparatus that supported them in the harsh, grueling and often desperately boring slog to victory in World War II did not think of themselves as a problem.

The veterans later recalled thinking of the war as a simple proposition: They had been given a job to do, which the overall majority willingly accepted, even though it was dangerous, and, in 1942, there was no end in sight. They did that job with efficiency and dispatch. And they wanted to get it over and done with for one reason: So they could go home.

But, privately, some in government wondered if these veterans wouldn't be a problem -- a happy one to have, certainly, because they were safely home -- but a problem nonetheless.

Over 15 million veterans, mostly young men whose schooling and careers had been cut short almost before they had started, were flocking back to an economy that had recently been in a deep depression and one that, without the powerful engines of the war industries, might easily relapse into depression.

Congress worried about this problem well into 1944. That June, the lawmakers, struggling to do the right thing in the short term, enacted legislation that was more far-reaching than even the most insightful of them knew, a law that reshaped our society and economy -- the G.I. Bill. It was big government being big-hearted.

The actual name of the law reflected the modesty of its original intentions: the Servicemen's Readjustment Act.

In past wars, the government strived, in President Abraham Lincoln's eloquent words, "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan ..." In other words, repair the visible damage, and leave the others to get on with their lives.

The G.I. Bill had, intentionally or not, a far loftier aim: To give returning veterans not only a future but a better future. During the 12 years of the original law -- it has been modified and extended several times since -- 7.1 million vets, who had gone into the service when education beyond high school was more the exception than the rule, had obtained college educations or advanced vocational training under the bill.

They staffed America's great corporations, and the 2.4 million who took advantage of the bill's low-cost home loans were integral to the creation of the modern American suburb.

Now we are faced with the all-volunteer military coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a sluggish economy with a 12.1 percent unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets and 9 percent overall. About 1 million more service members are expected to join them in the job market by 2016.

President Barack Obama has proposed, and Congress is considering, financial incentives for businesses to hire unemployed vets.

The financial incentives are fine, but what is needed is a change in the national mindset. These disciplined, skilled, initiative-taking veterans should be treated not as a national problem but as a national opportunity.

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Previously:

11/09/11 Requiem for a once-great sport

11/08/11 A toilet as smart as its occupant

11/07/11 Prerevolutionary gems in need of TLC

11/04/11 Feds must stop scam of stealing from dead children

11/03/11 Bank listens ‘very closely’ to customer lynch mob

11/01/11 TV that's leading the people away from ‘core socialist values’

10/31/11 NATO should not be a victim of its success

10/28/11 Iran mulls getting rid of president and presidency

10/27/11 Bienvenidos a Dayton and bring your businesses with you

10/26/11 Archivists long for Obama's teleprompter

10/25/11 United Nations to run the Internet?

10/24/11 Attention, world: You've got the cash. We've got the houses

10/19/11 Oil pipeline must be in America's future

10/18/11 U.S. plans ‘limited’ mission in an Africa with no limits

10/17/11 Social Security's grave mistakes

10/12/11 NASA's help-wanted sign for astronauts

10/10/11 Saving Thomas Jefferson''s chimneys

10/06/11 Uncle Sam's answer to deadbeats --- robo-calls

10/04/11 Christie should ignore jibes on his weight

10/03/11 Iran says its warships will head for Jersey shore

09/29/11 Europeans bristle at Obama's lectures

09/28/11 Jessica Rabbit for the defense

09/27/11 Russia learns outcome of next March's presidential election

09/26/11 Another try at leaving no child behind

09/23/11 This generation needs a job more than a name

09/22/11 In the lane next to you: A driverless car

09/20/11 Cloudy, cool, chance of falling satellite

09/14/11 Humanitarian extortion

09/13/11 Paging Dr. Watson; he's there in 3 seconds

09/09/11 Forecasting 100 percent chance of heavy metal

09/08/11 A jobs program at Obama's doorstep

09/07/11 Iran's government afraid of the water

09/06/11 Congress returns, tanned, rested and testy

09/05/11 Space nations must clean up after themselves

09/02/11 Osama bin Laden died a failure and he knew it

09/01/11 Time to retire political pie in the face

08/31/11 Labor Day celebrates what, exactly?

08/30/11 These arrestees really are framed

08/25/11 When in an earthquake, block traffic

08/23/11 A case for discretion in deportation arrests

08/22/11 Tough times or not, parents shell out for school

08/18/11 Being unpleasant for fun, profit, promotion

08/17/11 Time to prepare for the end game in Libya

08/16/11: ‘Super Committee’ starts facing reality

08/15/11: World's fastest plane disappears even faster

08/12/11: British cops track rioters through security cameras

08/11/11: Relax. There is no Death Star

08/10/11: House pages run final errands

08/09/11: U.S. treading water on job creation

08/08/11: Uncle Sam, the world's permanent guest

08/05/11: Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records

08/04/11: Russian PM calls U.S. a ‘parasite.’ He should be so lucky

08/03/11: Congress goes from one bind to another

08/02/11: D.B. Cooper may no longer be a mystery

08/01/11: Libya's latest weapon against NATO --- lawsuits

07/29/11: He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler

07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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