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Biography

Readers are more than welcome to use the articles I've posted on Veterans Today News, I've had to take a break from VT as Veterans Issues and Peace Activism Editor and staff writer due to personal medical reasons in our military family that take away too much time needed to properly express future stories or respond to readers in a timely manner.

My association with VT since its founding in 2004 has been a very rewarding experience for me.

Bobby Hanafin

BOB'S BIO

Retired from both the Air Force and Civil Service. Went in the regular Army at 17 during Vietnam (1968), stayed in the Army Reserve to complete my eight year commitment in 1976. Served in Air Defense Artillery, and a Mechanized Infantry Division (4MID) at Fort Carson, Co. Used the GI Bill to go to college, worked full time at the VA, and non-scholarship Air Force 2-Year ROTC program for prior service military. Commissioned in the Air Force in 1977. Served as a Military Intelligence Officer from 1977 to 1994. Upon retirement I entered retail drugstore management training with Safeway Drugs Stores in California. Retail Sales Management was not my cup of tea, so I applied my former U.S. Civil Service status with the VA to get my foot in the door at the Justice Department, and later Department of the Navy retiring with disability from the Civil Service in 2000.

I've been with Veterans Today since the site originated. I'm now on the Editorial Board. I was also on the Editorial Board of Our Troops News Ladder another progressive leaning Veterans and Military Family news clearing house.

I remain married for over 45 years. I am both a Vietnam Era and Gulf War Veteran. I served on Okinawa and Fort Carson, Colorado during Vietnam and in the Office of the Air Force Inspector General at Norton AFB, CA during Desert Storm. I retired from the Air Force in 1994 having worked on the Air Staff and Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon.

AGENT ORANGE: Okinawa

AGENT ORANGE: Okinawa

This article focuses on who has not been asked about sea lane cargo shipping and unloading of the Rainbow colored toxic chemical agents on Guam and Okinawa to include the US Merchant Marines, civilian contracted US Navy cargo ships, and the smaller fleet of Army contracted cargo vessels.

SEPTEMBER 11- Exploitation

SEPTEMBER 11- Exploitation

With the 10th Anniversary of September 11th fast approaching. I, for one, am getting tired of (or is it immune to) how every politician regardless of ideology, most every lame stream media outlet, and especially the Pentagon has exploited 9/11 for political, ideological, psychological, and propaganda motivations and effect.

The Cult of the Uniform

The Cult of the Uniform

It was wrong to demonize our service members in Vietnam; to canonize them now is wrong as well. Both distortions make us forget that they are human beings.

REVISED: News from Veterans and Military Families in the Peace Movement

REVISED: News from Veterans and Military Families in the Peace Movement

Despite the fact that both the Bush and Obama Administration have made it easier for Americans to go to war, since most U.S. citizens have never been asked by either administration or any political party to share in the sacrifice of our troops and military families, both the conservatives and so called liberals have been able to neutralize the anti-war movement (defined as pure pacifists) into being as much of a nuisance as a mosquito on an elephant.

Update: Dayton VA Medical Center Scandal

Update: Dayton VA Medical Center Scandal

Since that update, instead of the scandal simply going away, we have witnessed (1) the scheduling of a U.S. Senate hearing next week on Tuesday 26 April, and (2) reports in Dayton Daily News and local TV station news that both patient and VA employee satisfaction with the Dayton VA Medical Center falls below that of other Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Mrs. Obama and Biden, Military Families Don’t Need Another Propaganda Program.

Mrs. Obama and Biden, Military Families Don’t Need Another Propaganda Program.

On 12 April, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden kicked off a new initiative called “Joining Forces,” which encourages every department of the government as well as companies, schools, philanthropic organizations, religious groups and local communities to recognize the burden placed on military families by the ongoing military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ohio Politicians Refuse to let the VA scandal go away!

Thinking that maybe politicians in Ohio would eventually back off on the Dayton VAMC Dental Clinic scandal under pressure from mainstream Veterans Service Organizations defensive of the VA system, I placed the last update on this story in the comments section of Ohio Congressman calls for a Congressional Investigation into the VA System. WRONG – […]

Ohio Congressman calls for a Congressional Investigation into the VA System.

Congressman Mike Turner (R.OH) plans on pushing for a Congressional Investigation into the Dayton VAMC calling the VA investigation and actions by VA leadership a cover-up. Though we do not totally doubt the views of Congressman Turner, Veterans Today does question his sincerity and partisan political motivation. However, we also question the partisan motivation of […]

Damage Control at the Dayton VAMC Continues

As Congressional Representatives in Congress continue to raise questions about how the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has mishandled the Dental Scandal at the Dayton VAMC in Ohio, one Veterans Service Organization has downplayed the incident in defense of the VA.

Dayton VAMC Dentist Under Investigation Named

In early February Veterans Today (VT) reported that the Dayton VA Medical Center in Ohio was notifying Veterans who may have been exposed to Hepatitis or  HIV/AIDS. Veteran’s activist Darrell Hampton has been a thorn in the side of Dayton VAMC management long before this investigation began, and he has worked closely with investigative reporters […]

BOBBY HANIFIN: Lasik Eye Surgery Denied Reserves, Guard

This article and expose of National Guard and Reserve troops being treated inferior to active duty troops when it comes to combat readiness to include corrective vision without eye glasses or contact lens comes in two part (1) explaining the situation, and (2) justification for waiving the time remaining on active duty requirements that ban all Guard and Reserve members from being treated the same as Regular troops when it comes to combat readiness.

Peace Activism: The American People are not at war with anyone

According to Major General Dennis J Laich, U.S. Army-Retired, in his article Ideals Versus Interests , he tells readers a few things most everyone who questions or opposes the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan already know, and a few tidbits about the overall Costs of Wars that people should be thinking about. Robert L. Hanafin, […]

PEACE Activism: Daniel Ellsberg urges people to support VFP

Daniel Ellsberg’s message to Support VFP This message was sent into Veterans Today by the Peace Activist group Veterans for Peace. Posted on behalf of VFP by Bobby Hanafin, Veterans Issues and Peace Activism Editor, Veterans Today News Network Veterans Today (VT) is a network of 63 web sites that service the U.S. Military Family […]

Peace Activism: These are the times that try men’s souls

Dayton, Ohio Chapter of Veterans for Peace represented at the 16 Dec 2010 Peace Protest at the White House. It is important to emphasize that the reason why I’m spending so much time and energy focusing on – what – one War Protest in Washington, DC when over the past decade or so there have […]

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