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  • State law means names of state employee fraudsters stay secret (CT)

    07/04/2014 4:18:07 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 3 replies
    Journal Inquirer ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | Ed Jacovino
    The state employees were disciplined for lying to get money through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an extension of food stamps available to poor residents who lost food or income in September 2011 after Hurricane Irene hit here as a tropical storm. While Larson said the law merits revisiting, other members of the state's congressional delegation weren't so forthcoming about their views on the state measure or the similar federal law that have left taxpayers in the dark about the conduct and punishment of state employees -- many of whom were fired but rehired after they appealed. U.S. Sens....
  • Are Americans Going Galt?

    01/12/2014 9:39:30 PM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies
    Independent Women's Forum (IWF) ^ | 12 Janaury 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    Ninety-two million Americans are not in the work force—they don’t have jobs and they aren’t looking for jobs. These 92 million Americans aren’t just out of work—they are resigned to being out of work as a way of life. The ballooning numbers of Americans who are resigned to long-term joblessness inspired Roger L. Simon to suggest in a bleakly humorous piece over at PJ Media that Americans are going Galt: Tell all your “Objectivist” friends and the libertarian gang at Reason magazine to break out the champagne. Americans may have skipped the movie of Atlas Shrugged, nor have many read...
  • 1/3 Population of Puerto Rico Gets Food Stamps From US Government - $2 Billion In 2012

    05/12/2013 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SeminoleCounty · 41 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) The feral government spent more than $2 billion to provide Puerto Rico in food stamps in 2012, up to 25% of it is untraceable because it is distributed in cash and there is "no way to verify that funds are being spent on food" according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funds are used to provide more than one-third of the population of Puerto Rico with food stamps
  • Army suspends tuition assistance.[College foundation extends scholarship deadline]

    03/11/2013 6:10:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA— The U.S. Army suspended its tuition assistance program on Friday, which will impact many local soldiers who use those funds to take courses at Cochise College, though those already enrolled are not affected. In response to the suspension, the Cochise College Foundation has re-opened its scholarship application system, extending the deadline to March 20, according to a release from the college. Generally, students need to be enrolled in at least six credits to be eligible for one of the 100-plus scholarships available starting in the fall semester. Cochise College could see an impact from this suspension before the...
  • VANITY: Need suggestions on military organizations worth donating to

    12/25/2012 3:35:16 PM PST · by rlmorel · 68 replies
    12/25/2012 | Myself
    Over the years, my wife and I have taken this time of year to make donations to various organizations. My wife has generally chosen different avenues to help than I have (in the civilian sector locally) since I tend to choose organizations dedicated to helping the military (the exception being the Salvation Army) such as the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, The Wounded Warrior Project, etc. (I was a brat and served myself, so I prefer giving to those types of organizations) One of the organizations I have given money to over the years is the USO, and for...
  • MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Residents Put Onus on Government to Help the Poor

    11/29/2012 8:08:33 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 27, 2012 | Joana Silva, Victoria Levin, Matteo Morgandi, and Cynthia English
    This article is the first in a two-part series on social assistance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region based on data collected for the forthcoming World Bank MENA flagship report, "Inclusion and Resilience: The Way Forward for Social Safety Nets in the Middle East and North Africa." WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At least eight in 10 adults in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia say their respective governments should bear the primary responsibility for helping the poor in their countries, according to a forthcoming World Bank MENA flagship report. Far fewer residents identified other social actors, such as religious...
  • Feds: Too few Americans ‘turn to government for assistance’ [Unbelievable!]

    08/27/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by upchuck · 33 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Monday, August 27,2012
    More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance. “Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs.The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results: Savings...
  • Government assistance expands

    02/07/2012 6:43:24 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 7, 2012 | Tami Luhby
    New York (CNNMoney) - More than one in three Americans lived in households that received Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance, according to a new report. And when Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are included, nearly half of the nation lived in a household that received a government check, according to the analysis of third-quarter 2010 Census data done by the Mercatus Center at George Washington University. That's more than 148 million Americans.
  • Half of U.S. Households Received Government Benefits in 2010

    01/18/2012 1:20:26 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 18, 2012 | By contributors@theatlantic.com (Derek Thompson) |
    A record-high 49% of the population lived in a household receiving some type of government benefit in the second quarter of 2010, according to Census data reported by the Wall Street Journal. Most of this group received so-called "means tested" benefits like food stamps, subsidized housing or Medicaid. Many are also benefiting from unemployment insurance spending, which has quadrupled since the downturn. This is the sort of figure I call a Rorschach Statistic, because (a) it's guaranteed to provoke a passionate reaction and (b) that reaction will say a lot about your politics. Liberals are more likely to see this...
  • Found Engineers For Fukushima!

    04/17/2011 10:46:07 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 14 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | April 17, 2011 1:35 PM | Niuhuru
    Well, having recruited a couple engineers I now need help in getting permission to go and help out, plus if anyone knows of any inexpensive inns in Japan, it would be a great help.
  • Immigrant households have higher usage rates of welfare than native households, report finds

    04/10/2011 5:54:28 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 Apr 2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Households headed by immigrants have a substantially higher rate of welfare use than native-headed households, according a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies this week. The report examined census data about the use of welfare programs – cash assistance, food assistance, housing assistance, and Medicaid – and compared usage by immigrant headed households with at least one child – those headed both by legal and illegal immigrants – with usage by native headed households with at least one child. 57 percent of immigrant headed households participate in at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent of native...
  • Caption: Hillary Clinton: US prepared to offer "any kind of assistance" to Libyans

    02/27/2011 9:44:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo Photos ^ | 2/27/11 | AFP/Jewel Samad
    The United States is prepared to offer "any kind of assistance" to Libyans seeking to overthrow the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.(AFP/File/Jewel Samad)
  • Obama offers assistance to New Zealand [finally!]

    02/24/2011 4:20:49 PM PST · by americanophile · 21 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | February 24, 2011 | Press Trust Of India
    US President Barack Obama on Thursday offered all help in rescue and relief operations, as he called New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to offer condolences over the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch. During the telephonic conversation, Obama noted that a US search and rescue team was on its way to New Zealand, and said the US was ready to provide whatever further support was needed in this difficult time. "The President underscored the close and enduring friendship between the American people and the people of New Zealand," the White House said. Prime Minister Key described the determination of the...
  • Teens are getting pregnant to get on MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ show

    12/07/2010 4:23:28 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 25 replies
    Popeater ^ | December 7 2010 | Popeater
    If you’ve ever seen Teen Mom, you know that it in no way glorifies teen parenthood. Those young moms and dads are struggling, and despite the rumors that MTV pays them around $60,000 a season, (which MTV refuses to comment on) many of them are shown relying on government assistance to get by. The young women on the show, as much as their lives are put under the microscope, do get famous in their way.
  • 'Today' Sees 'Help' in White House Remedy for Foreclosures

    03/29/2010 1:18:50 PM PDT · by kangpin · 8 replies · 338+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 03/29/10 | Anthony Kang
    The Obama administration is trying out a second big-government remedy for people facing foreclosure, but NBC's "Today" failed to mention criticism of the initial program or provide any free-market solutions. The White House has now tapped $14 billion in TARP funds to expand the administration's existing mortgage assistance program. Matt Lauer introduced the "Today" show March 29 discussion of the program saying: "New help for millions of homeowners who are facing foreclosure. The Obama administration is rolling out new incentives to the federal mortgage relief program - so what's different this time?" "If you're unemployed, this is going to give...
  • U.S. sending disaster response teams to Haiti

    01/12/2010 7:19:11 PM PST · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 812+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2010
    The U.S. Agency for International Development is sending disaster response teams to Haiti to help the impoverished nation after it was hit by a major earthquake on Tuesday. USAID said in a statement it would be sending teams including up to 72 people, six search and rescue dogs and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment. The teams will be accompanied by USAID disaster experts...
  • Command Opens Assistance Yard to Help Afghans

    10/13/2009 6:19:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 158+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Marcos Alices, USA
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Oct. 13, 2009 – Because success in Afghanistan depends on winning the confidence of the people, U.S. forces are increasing reconstruction activities and changing the way they interact with the Afghan population. Officials at Joint Sustainment Command Afghanistan are reaching out to the community as they establish the second humanitarian assistance yard in Afghanistan. “We are providing needed supplies to communities around the region,” said Army Spc. Antonio V. Charles, a humanitarian assistance specialist from Newark, N.J. The program started in 2005 at Bagram Airfield. The yard’s purpose is to provide timely disaster and emergency relief to...
  • Dial 911 for suicide assistance?

    09/27/2009 11:49:39 AM PDT · by Saije · 6 replies · 339+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9/27/2009 | Rita L. Marker
    Live in Washington State? In a crisis? Suicidal? Call 911. Then what? A dispatcher sends crisis negotiators who, if they follow the suggestions provided at a recent negotiators' training session, could help you consider "all options." If you're eligible, you may be referred to friendly volunteers who will help you find a doctor willing to prescribe a deadly drug overdose. Just take the prescription to a pharmacy. Have it filled by a pharmacist who hands it to you with instructions to "take this with a light snack and alcohol to cause death." But what if the pharmacy has opted out...
  • Homeless Children: The Growing Epidemic

    06/17/2009 7:42:35 AM PDT · by jxb7076 · 9 replies · 4,050+ views
    hubpages.com ^ | JXB7076
    The typical image of a homeless person is a male in his mid 30’s to late 60”s living in abject poverty. You see him hanging out at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and on street corners. His mobility includes shuffling between makeshift street locations while sleeping on steam grates, in doorways, under roadway overpasses or temporary housing shelters when available. We may see these men at busy street intersections with creative signs often depicting some religious message, the most common being the favorite ‘God loves You” – or – ‘God Bless You” – or – “Disabled Veteran.” We often walk, or...
  • Humanitarian Assistance Provided by Iraqi Soldiers in Maysan Province

    03/13/2009 5:59:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Sean Frankum, USA
    A woman from Amarah thanks an Iraqi Army Soldier during a humanitarian aid drop in Amarah, March 9. Photo by 2nd Lt. Sean Frankum, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. FOB GARRY OWEN — Iraqi Soldiers recently traveled house to house in a small neighborhood in the Maysan province on the southeastern border of Iraq to hand out essential supplies to citizens in need.The Iraqi Soldiers, assisted by their American counterparts, provided blankets, canned food and other household necessities during the humanitarian aid drop in the city of Amarah.Along with food and bedding supplies, Iraqi children were also given comic books...
  • Navy Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Faina Crew

    02/06/2009 3:29:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 386+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Feb. 6, 2009 – The U.S. Navy is providing humanitarian assistance to the Ukranian ship Faina and its crew following the ship's release yesterday by Somali pirates. The U.S. Navy fleet ocean tug USNS Catawba provides fuel and fresh water to the Ukranian ship Faina following its release by Somali pirates, Feb. 5, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael R. McCormick  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Sailors from the Norfolk-based destroyer USS Mason went aboard Faina to conduct a health and comfort inspection of the crew as well as to provide Faina's...
  • Call Center Provides Assistance to Wounded Marines

    11/11/2008 2:56:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 85+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2008 – The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment’s Call Center is dedicated to helping wounded Marines and their families with various issues and referral assistance. Navy Cmdr. William Tanner, the Wounded Warrior Regiment’s regimental surgeon, said the call center is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Any Marines [or] sailors that have served with Marines, and their families, [and] have questions and need help can call into the center,” Tanner said Nov. 6 on the “DotMilDocs” radio program on BlogTalkRadio.com. The call center’s mission is to provide support through distribution of information, resources, advocacy...
  • Free Republic Scammed Me and Zotted my (Vanity)

    10/04/2008 2:07:12 AM PDT · by MarkT · 46 replies · 1,559+ views
    FreeRepublic | October 3, 2008 | Me
    Yesterday, I was on FreeRepublic and read an article. There was a prompt that said I could download something that would help the GOP if I did. It is somehow affiliated with Yahoo.Well, long story short, it is garbage. It takes me a few minutes to get on the internet. When I hit my homepage (msn), my screen goes white and at least 2 or 3 minutes later, I get the internet. I tried to call FreeRepublic to report and could not find a phone number in Fresno. Somebody tell me how to get this crap off.
  • America Supports You: Fund Assists Severely Injured Veterans

    07/09/2008 4:53:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 78+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Meghan Vittrup
    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2008 – An organization that focuses on helping severely injured veterans channels its efforts toward providing the kinds of assistance they don’t otherwise get. The Independence Fund provides “the tools, therapies and guidance that they are otherwise not receiving,” said Steve Danyluk, the organization’s president. The Independence Fund, he explained, is built upon three pillars of support. These pillars, according to the Independence Fund Web site, include providing specialized tools and therapies to troops and veterans, promoting the overall well-being of severely injured veterans through physical and leisure activity, and providing advocacy and guidance through veterans...
  • Guard Floods States With Assistance as Waters Rise

    06/12/2008 4:49:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 59+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, USAF
    WASHINGTON, June 12, 2008 – Governors in four of six Midwestern states affected by heavy rains and subsequent flooding called out more than 2,000 National Guard members this week as flood waters forced residents from their homes, left thousands without power and damaged infrastructure. Army Spc. Joseph Stamm, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry, helps residents load sandbags into their vehicle in Martinsville, Ind. Flash floods tore through the area after more than 10 inches of rain poured over the already saturated land. U.S. Army photo by Spc. William E. Henry, Indiana National Guard  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The...
  • NATO turns to Russia for help in Afghanistan (Seeks aid in moving troops and equipment)

    03/06/2008 9:45:19 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies · 177+ views
    The Gazette ^ | March 6, 2008 | PETER O'NEIL
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, meeting today to consider new strategies to bring development and peace to increasingly violent Afghanistan, is looking to its old Cold War rival for help. NATO is seeking assistance from Russia even though Afghans on both sides of the current struggle have bitter memories of the old Soviet Union's brutal 1979 invasion and decade-long occupation that ended in a humiliating withdrawal of troops by Moscow. The transatlantic alliance will stop short of asking for Russian troops or the dreaded attack helicopters used in Afghanistan during the 1980s, since that would represent a huge propaganda coup...
  • Help needed creating a WordPress Theme

    08/30/2007 9:04:27 AM PDT · by rochester_veteran · 6 replies · 326+ views
    Vanity | August 30, 2007 | rochester_veteran
    I'm working with a few other people in the Rochester area on creating a conservative website/blog. The blogger software for the webhosting company that we have our website on is WordPress. Unfortunately for me, WordPress uses php, something I know little about. I'd like to have a unique look and feel to the website, a patriotic theme preferably a three column theme. I did find a couple of free themes on the web, but they're two columned. I'd rather a Freeper helped us out with this. If you have any ideas, please post here.
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Offer Assistance (850+ villagers & 120 animals benefit)

    08/09/2007 5:01:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2007 — Afghan National Security Forces, advised by Coalition forces brought medical, veterinary and material assistance to Afghan civilians at the Sangin District Center, Helmand Province, Aug. 1-5. The medical and veterinary assistance were made possible due to diminished Taliban enemy activity in the area. Coalition forces have put heavy pressure on insurgents in Helmand Province since spring, a strategy that disrupted the Taliban’s plan for a spring offensive. “Most of the people who come here have problems that are preventable or easy to fix. We can make simple advice and a little bit of...
  • How to get a human

    08/07/2007 7:39:02 PM PDT · by gondramB · 11 replies · 693+ views
    I came across this today. A web site that helps you get through phone menus and get to a human. The "F"'s are their grades. http://www.gethuman.com/
  • Bush authorizes arming of Serbia

    03/22/2007 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Banat · 37 replies · 1,201+ views
    Serbianna ^ | March 20 2007 | N/A
    March 20, 2007 -- In a memorandum to the Secretary of State, President Bush has authorized arming of Serbia and its once partner, Montenegro. According to the White House Press Release, President Bush has authorized "furnishing defense articles and defense services" to both, Montenegro and Serbia. "Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 503(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and section 3(a)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to the...
  • IRS Offers Free Tax Assistance for Troops, Families

    03/06/2007 4:39:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 298+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2007 – With income tax deadlines quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding troops and their families that free assistance is available to them at military tax centers worldwide. The IRS has provided the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to servicemembers from more than 25 years. Bill Cressman, an IRS spokesman, said the revenue service wants to help lift the burden of tax filing from members of the military who often run into complicated tax exemptions. “The IRS offers volunteer income tax assistance to both military servicemembers and civilians,” Cressman said. “We want to make...
  • America Supports You: ‘Quad-A’ Offers Families Assistance

    02/21/2007 4:18:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 172+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2007 – An organization that has distributed more than $3 million in scholarships and interest-free education loans has entered its second half-century of service to the extended Army Aviation family. The Army Aviation Association of America, or “Quad A,” was organized 50 years ago at Fort Rucker, Ala., to support U.S. Army aviation soldiers and their families, the group’s national president said. The group’s AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc., a member of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, furthers that purpose by offering financial assistance for educational pursuits. America Supports You highlights the ways Americans are...
  • FrontPage 2003 help (vanity)

    01/31/2007 8:28:40 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 7 replies · 391+ views
    n/a | myself
    If anyone can offer assistance, I would appreciate it. I'm trying to upload website changes to my company server. For some reason, on several files (but not all) I am getting an error message (see below). Like I said, some files will publish with no problem, but if/when I try to upload all at once and even some one by one, I get the error message. Why do some go through and others not? The server could not complete your request. Contact your Internet service provider or web server admin to make sure that the server has FP Server Extensions...
  • CA: Assistance centers now open (Gubinator touring hardest-hit farmland areas)

    01/25/2007 12:12:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 291+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 1/25/07 | Gregor McGavin
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is touring the hardest-hit of California's farmland today, as efforts continue to gauge the damage done by the recent cold snap. The tour of Central Valley farms and orchards coincides with the opening of one-stop assistance centers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and 16 other communities for agricultural workers out of work because of the frigid temperatures. The centers are offering job and unemployment assistance, food, healthcare and other services, according to the governor's office. New centers are at the following locations: * Workforce Development Center 1151 Spruce Street Riverside, CA 92507 * San Bernardino Employment...
  • Iraqi Army provides safety, assistance

    11/15/2006 4:44:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 252+ views
    An Iraqi national policeman and Sgt. Robin Roberts share smiles with local children during a humanitarian assistance distribution at the Khadra Neighborhood Advisory Council Nov. 11. Approximately 70 boxes of school supplies for five area primary schools and 1000 boxes of food for local families were distributed along with toys for children. (Courtesy Photo) BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Soldiers are striving to improve security and living conditions throughout neighborhoods here and throughout Iraq. Iraqi Army Soldiers and National Policemen delivered more than 1,000 boxes of food, 70 boxes of school supplies and toys to local children and families Nov. 11...
  • America Supports You: Assistance Program Brings Message to Freedom Walk

    09/11/2006 4:37:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 -- Amid the thousands of walkers at the Pentagon yesterday commemorating the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the nation’s past and present veterans, was a group that looks to help those veterans in a very tangible way. The American Legion’s “Heroes to Hometown” program, which was represented at the end of yesterday’s America Supports You Freedom Walk, is a group that works to provide a seamless transfer for severely injured veterans from the hospital to their hometowns. “We wanted to be a part of this, of course,” David L. Marsh, assistant director of...
  • Dear Rising Star in Iraq

    08/24/2006 10:09:22 PM PDT · by jason1998 · 12 replies · 1,036+ views
    Asian Week ^ | August 25, 2006 | Vu-Duc Vuong
    Captain James Van Thach a Rising Star in Iraq. Your job highlights the “nation-building” purpose of this war, and your choice of this dangerous assignment speaks well of you as highly idealistic.
  • U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program

    07/17/2006 4:10:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 249+ views
    This web site provides information to US citizens covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) If you are not a UOCAVA citizen, and wish to vote absentee as a regular state voter, please click here for links to State Election Sites. If you wish to vote in person, please contact your local county election official (listed in the Government Pages of the telephone book). Only 113 days until Election Day!
  • Medical Assistance Team Visits Afghan Villages

    06/26/2006 10:26:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 386+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Nina J. Ramon
    U.S. Army Capt. Frank Cerfogli (right) and Spc. Heather Kikulski treat Afghan villagersÂ’ sheep and goats with deworming medicine in Ander Key Bay, Afghanistan, June 13, 2006. Cerfogli and Kikulski, assigned to the 7/19 Medical Detachment, were part of a Cooperative Medical Assistance team, that provided much needed medical assistance to the remote villages of Hazarbez and Ander Key, June 9 to 13, 2006. Cerfogli, from Boone, Iowa, is a field veterinary officer. Kikulski, from Lake Geneva, Wis., is an animal specialist. U.S. Army photo by Army Sgt Nina J. Ramon Medical Assistance Team Visits Afghan Villages Despite the...
  • Medical Civic Assistance Program Helps Korengal Valley Afghans

    05/10/2006 8:42:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 272+ views
    JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 10, 2006 – Defying estimates of a low turnout, more than 6,300 patients were treated during a historic six-day medical civic assistance program conducted by the Afghan National Army and coalition forces in Kunar province's Korengal Valley in Afghanistan recently. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Sandra Hearn of the cooperative medical assistance team for Combined Joint Task Force 76, treats an Afghan girl with a head injury during a six-day medial civic assistance program run by Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistan''s Korengal Valley. More than 6,300 patients were treated. Photo by Capt. Dan Huvane, USMC  (Click photo...
  • Germantown Sailors Provide Medical Assistance to Injured Iranian Fisherman

    05/08/2006 6:23:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 373+ views
    ABOARD USS GERMANTOWN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Germantown (LSD 42) provided medical assistance to an injured Iranian fisherman May 7, in the Northern Persian Gulf. During routine surveillance of three dhows by Germantown’s Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team, radio contact revealed an injured crew member on one of the vessels. The dhow’s master stated that the crew member injured a foot during rough seas the day before and requested medical assistance from the VBSS team. A corpsman from Germantown was then transported to the dhow, where he diagnosed the injured man with a severe sprain...
  • Tax dollars and a sex change: a story of one patient

    04/11/2006 7:18:47 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies · 553+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Tuesday, April 11, 2006 | Ralph Thomas
    For more than two decades, Andy had collected monthly disability checks and food stamps. Taxpayers picked up his medical bills, too, including the cost of more than half a dozen stays in mental hospitals. But Andy has a job now and says his life is finally under control. He says he received his last disability check this month. What's changed? Andy used to be Ava. A woman. Tormented since childhood with what doctors later diagnosed as gender-identity disorder, Andy six years ago won a legal settlement that required the state to pay for him to undergo a sex change. In...
  • Mexico's migrant assistance agency has different view of the border

    04/09/2006 12:34:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 928+ views
    WEST OF NACO, Sonora, Mexico — Grupo Beta agent Waldo Montiel had just finished a brief off-road spin through a gully known to be a waiting area for migrants when the red Chevy Suburban roared past, headed west along the dusty border road. “Do you recognize that truck?” asked fellow agent Bertha Alicia De la Rosa from her seat beside Montiel. “No,” he said. “It’s not from one of the ranches around here?” “I don’t think so,” he answered as he pulled the bright orange Dodge Ram truck back on to the road and took up pursuit of the Suburban....
  • Extended FEMA Deadline Approaching for Katrina, Rita Federal Assistance

    04/07/2006 7:15:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 286+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Lt. Charles A. Gasque
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The April 10 deadline for all victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita requesting assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is rapidly approaching. In an initial news release March 10, David Paulison, FEMA acting director, announced that the deadline for registering for assistance as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas would be extended 30 days to April 10. Applicants may qualify for help under a wide range of federal and state programs, such as temporary disaster housing assistance; SBA low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses; and assistance for...
  • Chicago Voting Spots Open For New Orleans Election (NAACP opens two voter assistance centers)

    03/22/2006 4:14:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 391+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | 3/22/06
    Chicago Voting Spots Open For New Orleans ElectionCenters To Help Displaced Hurricane Katrina Victims Vote Mar 22, 2006 8:08 am US/Central (AP) CHICAGO The NAACP has opened two voter assistance centers in Chicago to provide displaced Hurricane Katrina victims with information on the New Orleans city election. The Chicago centers will help Katrina victims by providing voter registration and absentee ballot information for the April 22 election. The last day to cast an absentee ballot is today if displaced New Orleans residents were registered as of Sept. 25. After today, voters will only be able to vote in New Orleans....
  • Medical Assistance Visit Aids Bamian Province Residents

    03/08/2006 6:52:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 162+ views
    Medical Civil Assistance Program visits to Bamian Province provided basic medical care to residents and their livestock. BAMIAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan, March 8, 2006 — Officials in Bamian Province tended to health of fellow Afghans – and their livestock – during Medical Civil Assistance Program visits in early March. The government officials put together five visits from March 1 through March 8 in coordination with coalition forces and the Bamian Provincial Reconstruction Team. The purpose of the visits was to improve health conditions in the province by vaccinating, deworming and providing basic medical care to people and livestock. Over the five-day...
  • Voting Assistance Officers Help Sailors With Absentee Voting Process

    03/04/2006 9:45:18 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 212+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Journalist (SW/AW) Sherri Onorati
    MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Navy is encouraging Sailors and their families to take part in the 2006 election season with help from the Navy Voting Assistance Program. The program and its Navy Voting Assistance officers can assist with the process of absentee voting in time for the start of this year’s election season, which begins March 7. “The Navy Voting Assistance Program is here to assist every Sailor who is eligible to vote,” said Lt. Dave Truman, Navy Voting Assistance Program manager, Commander, Navy Installations Command, Millington Detachment. “Sailors can still vote in their state primary through the process...
  • USS Nassau Provides Assistance to Disabled Cargo Ship Off Kenyan Coast

    02/01/2006 4:52:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 484+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | Chief Journalist (SW/AW) Dean Lohmeyer
    ABOARD USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Nassau (LHA 4) and embarked units provided assistance to a distressed vessel off the coast of Kenya Jan. 31 while conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the area. Motor vessel Al Manara reported a need for provisions, engineering assistance and medical attention. The crew aboard Nassau responded as part of their MSO mission to provide supplies, medicine and assistance to the vessel’s crew. “We received a report from Coalition Task Force (CTF) 150 stating that the motor vessel Al Manara had suffered an engineering casualty approximately 680 miles off the coast of...
  • Lynne Stewart, Jihadi Lawyer

    01/11/2006 7:14:11 AM PST · by forty_years · 34 replies · 1,153+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | January 11, 2006 | Sharon Chadha
    A federal court will soon sentence attorney Lynne Stewart to prison for "providing material support" to terrorists, among related charges.[1] The charges center upon her assistance to Egyptian sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman who, from a federal prison cell in Minnesota, has continued his quest both to install an Islamist government in Egypt and to kill Americans and Jews around the world. Stewart's case is symbolic of a corollary battle in the war against terror and highlights the need not only to counter terrorism but also the ideology of Islamism. Her infatuation with her client's cause evolved into an example of...
  • Centers Offer Veterans Distinctly Qualified Assistance

    11/08/2005 7:55:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 140+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 8, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2005 – Combat veterans dealing with readjustment issues as they return home have a place to turn, thanks to a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative. The Vet Center program provides returning veterans with someone to talk to who can relate to their experiences. Former Army Cpl. Rafiq Raza of Orlando, Fla., is one of about 100 "global war on terror outreach technicians" working for the Vet Center program. Like his colleagues, he is a combat veteran, which gives him an edge in his job, he said. Raza said his two tours in Afghanistan as an intelligence analyst...