Iraq War http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Researchers: Death Toll for Iraq War Likely Near Half Million http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-researchers-death-toll-iraq-war-likely-near-half-million <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle researchers led an effort that has produced a new estimate of war-related deaths in Iraq, finding 461,000 Iraqis have died. </span><a href="http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001533" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">The study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the first of its kind to cover the entire span of the Iraq War, from 2003 to 2011.</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:42:27 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10491 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Researchers: Death Toll for Iraq War Likely Near Half Million Visas slow for Iraqis who helped U.S. war efforts http://www.kplu.org/post/visas-slow-iraqis-who-helped-us-war-efforts <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The federal government has issued less than a quarter of 25,000 visas created for Iraqis who helped American efforts during the Iraq War and the program is set to end this year.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>As the nation marks the 10th anniversary of the war, advocates and a group of Republican and Democratic congress members are urging the Obama Administration to extend and reform the visa program.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:02:46 +0000 The Associated Press 8127 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. gov't still paying families of Civil War vets http://www.kplu.org/post/us-govt-still-paying-families-civil-war-vets <p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px;">If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans — 148 years after the conflict ended.</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:31:46 +0000 The Associated Press 8051 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. gov't still paying families of Civil War vets Navy SEALs that killed Bin Laden also searched for Idaho POW http://www.kplu.org/post/navy-seals-killed-bin-laden-also-searched-idaho-pow A new book that documents an attempt to rescue an Idaho soldier in Afghanistan will not likely interfere with efforts to bring him home. That’s according to at least one national security expert. The controversial book is getting attention because it describes the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 05:53:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6239 at http://www.kplu.org Navy SEALs that killed Bin Laden also searched for Idaho POW Two years later, former soldier 'vindicated' by PTSD diagnosis http://www.kplu.org/post/two-years-later-former-soldier-vindicated-ptsd-diagnosis LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Washington Senator Patty Murray has introduced legislation to overhaul the mental health system for war veterans. The move comes in the wake of a scandal at Washington’s Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors there incorrectly told dozens of soldiers they didn’t suffer from PTSD. One of those soldiers was Richard Kellar.<p>Richard Kellar has entered year six of his fight to regain his life after getting blown up in Iraq. Doctors had to re-attach his nose. He has a Traumatic Brain Injury. And then there are the emotional wounds of war. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:44:10 +0000 5477 at http://www.kplu.org Two years later, former soldier 'vindicated' by PTSD diagnosis Final wave of NW soldiers welcomed home from Iraq http://www.kplu.org/post/final-wave-nw-soldiers-welcomed-home-iraq <p>As of this morning, there are fewer than 100 Northwest-based soldiers serving in Iraq. A plane carrying the final large group of returning soldiers touched down at McChord Field near Tacoma at dusk Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>The sweetest words for 170 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers and their families:&nbsp;&quot;Captain, dismissed!&quot;</p><p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 19:10:00 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 3385 at http://www.kplu.org Final wave of NW soldiers welcomed home from Iraq How important is a protest sign? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-important-protest-sign <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958287.mp3</p><p>How important is a protest sign?&nbsp; That&rsquo;s the question we&rsquo;re asking on the 8th anniversary of the war in Iraq.</p><p>Back in 2003,&nbsp; in the weeks and months leading up to the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and Coalition forces, millions of peace activists around the globe rallied against war.&nbsp;</p><p>At every protest you saw the same signs-- red, white and blue placards with the words &ldquo;No Iraq War.&rdquo;&nbsp; All of them came from one place, a family run sign shop in Seattle. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:16:09 +0000 Paula Wissel 1023 at http://www.kplu.org How important is a protest sign? Joint Base Lewis-McChord unit deploying to Afghanistan http://www.kplu.org/post/joint-base-lewis-mcchord-unit-deploying-afghanistan <p>The Defense Department is deploying about 700 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Afghanistan next summer to support combat operations.</p><p>The department said Friday the I (First) Corps Headquarters will serve as the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters.</p><p><a href="http://www.nwguardian.com/2010/12/17/9216/i-corps-alerted-for-deployment.html">In a press release, Joint Base Lewis-McChord public affairs </a>noted a historic aspect to the assignment:</p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 23:21:37 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 390 at http://www.kplu.org