“Thank you for your service: You’re fired”

This is how our troops are being treated. The politicians love the troops before they send to war. But when they come home, our servicemen and women are discarded.

Not all veterans who have served this country have been served well in return. Many come home to their families injured and traumatized from witnessing the unimaginable. Still, many desire to continue serving by taking jobs in the federal government.

But a troubling trend is emerging for veterans in the federal workforce who seek mental health services to manage the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder: Federal managers encourage our veterans to seek mental health services but then suspend security clearance, move them to administrative roles, label them unfit for duty, or fire them outright.

The Hill, opinion piece

World military spending reaches all-time high of $2.24 trillion

This does not bode well for the future. It is sad statement of the times. It is a sign of bad things to come.

World military spending reached an all-time high of $2.24 trillion in 2022, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fuelled a sharp jump in military spending across Europe, according to a leading defence think tank.

Global spending rose for the eighth consecutive year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday in its annual report on global military expenditure.

A good chunk of that is coming from the U.S. Not sure all that spending on the military has made us safer: