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Old 08-03-2014, 07:06 AM
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So I guess this is what happened:
Well hopefully throwing some money at this helps. I find this whole problem sad and shameful.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:25 PM
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I'm not sure money's the answer, to be honest.

Our countries (and they're probably not alone in this, but I'm just more familiar with Canada and the U.S.) seem to have a real problem acknowledging publicly that their policies have real-life consequences.

So that we tend to hide and dismiss what happens to soldiers in war zones.

Money can only go so far if the right structure of support and bureaucracy even isn't put in place to ensure long-term results.
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:07 PM
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I'm not sure money's the answer, to be honest.

Our countries (and they're probably not alone in this, but I'm just more familiar with Canada and the U.S.) seem to have a real problem acknowledging publicly that their policies have real-life consequences.

So that we tend to hide and dismiss what happens to soldiers in war zones.

Money can only go so far if the right structure of support and bureaucracy even isn't put in place to ensure long-term results.
I agree that more money may not be the fix. I don't know how other countries manage this issue...clearly the USA isn't doing it well though.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:56 PM
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I think that, on the whole, most countries aren't managing well at all.

I don't know if the version of health-care you all have has a role, because we have socialized health care here in Canada and it's clear that the solution isn't completely in that either.

I would be curious to find out how the U.S. health-care system affects veterans' issues, though. Just, you know, for my own information.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:55 PM
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Former White House press secretary's death ruled a homicide

James Brady had survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan

The death this week of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on US president Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide by a medical examiner, District of Columbia police said on Friday.

John Hinckley Jr shot Brady, who never regained normal use of his limbs and was often in a wheelchair. His family said he died Monday at age 73 from a series of health issues.

After the shooting, Brady undertook a high-profile, personal crusade for gun control, which continues to be one of the country's most hotly debated issues. The Brady law, named after him, requires a five-day wait and background check before a handgun can be sold. President Bill Clinton signed it into law in 1993.

Nancy Bull, district administrator for the Virginia medical examiner's office, which made the ruling, declined to disclose the results of the autopsy and referred inquiries to police.

District police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the department was notified of the homicide ruling on Friday.

Hinckley Jr attempted to assassinate Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on 30 March 1981, just two months into the new president's term. Reagan nearly died from a chest wound. Three others, including Brady, were struck by bullets from Hinckley's handgun.

Hinckley Jr, now 59, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of all charges in a 13-count indictment, including federal counts of attempted assassination of the president of the United States, assault on a federal officer, and use of a firearm in the commission of a federal offence.

William Miller, a spokesman for the US attorney's office in Washington, said the office "is reviewing the ruling on the death of Mr Brady and has no further comment at this time."

Calls to Hinckley's attorneys were not immediately returned. Barry Levine, Hinckley's long-time attorney, has said in court hearings that Hinckley is not a danger.

Officials at St Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, where Hinckley is a patient, have said that the mental illness that led him to shoot Reagan in an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster has been in remission for decades. Hinckley has been allowed to leave the hospital to visit his mother's home in Virginia and can now spend more than half of his time outside the hospital on such visits.
As far as I can see it, it's one of two things.

Either someone else tried to kill him a second time, and succeeded.

Or he did as the result of Hinckley's shooting.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:04 PM
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I am sorry for his family. But hinckley is already out of "jail" part of the time so what does this cause of dead really matter...
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