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  • FBI: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents have received threats

    06/07/2014 6:15:32 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 92 replies
    CNN ^ | 06-07-2014 | Michael Martinez
    (CNN) -- As the controversy surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release gains growing attention, Bergdahl's family is now the target of recent threats, according to an FBI spokesman. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl family have received threats following his release after five years in captivity at the hands of the Taliban, an FBI spokesman told CNN on Saturday. "We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously," FBI Special Agent William Facer said in an e-mail. Facer declined to detail the nature and severity of the threats. Additionally, the military spokesperson for the Bergdahl family...
  • VIDEO Bombshell: First words of Bergdahl’s father at White House were Arabic

    06/03/2014 1:02:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Allenwest ^ | june 2, 2014 | Allen West
    Clare Lopez is a former CIA operations officer, a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, WMD, and counterterrorism issues, and a friend of mine. She emailed me this morning a very poignant analysis that only someone knowing language and Islam could ascertain. She wrote: “What none of these media is reporting is that the father’s (SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob) first words at the WH were in Arabic – those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – these...
  • Bob Bergdahl: "I'm proud of how much Bowe wanted to help the Afghan people"

    06/01/2014 12:31:23 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 76 replies
    Vanity | June 01, 2014 | CivilWarBrewing
    So.. Bowe abandoned his post to go help the Afghan people? WTF? Watching this news conference with his parents is a surreal and confusing experience.
  • Michelle Obama announces million-dollar philanthropic effort to help military families

    04/30/2014 12:27:46 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 30 at 1:53 pm | Katie Zezima
    First lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday the launch of a nationwide philanthropic effort to raise millions of dollars to help military families receive the support they need. Under the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, more than 30 organizations are promising to raise $102 million for military families to help with things such as improving schools on military bases and helping families transition when a service member returns home. This is in addition to $62 million in commitments that exist. "Right now we are in a pivotal moment for our military families and our country," Obama said at an event at the...
  • Mother: My son died waiting for care from Phoenix VA

    04/28/2014 11:36:47 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    KTAR ^ | April 28, 2014 | By Sandra Haros
    PHOENIX -- A grieving Maricopa, Ariz. mother claimed her son was one of 40 veterans who died while waiting for medical services from the Phoenix Veterans Association. Carl Mclaughlin, 38, hung himself from a four-post canopy bed in his father's bedroom in December. "Everyday I think, 'How did this happen? How am I supposed to go on without him,'" said Terry Mclaughlin, Carl's mother. She said her son served the country proudly and for eight years as an Army scout and left the military life several years ago. She believes her son suffered from PTSD and other mental illnesses, but...
  • A Killed Serviceman's Letter to His Mom

    01/30/2014 12:53:36 PM PST · by pabianice · 5 replies
    Written to his mom while he was flying P-40s in Italy. She found it in the chest of his belongings when it was returned to her after his death.
  • 3 found dead at Fort Hood military base

    01/21/2014 12:20:44 PM PST · by BBell · 21 replies
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - Special agents are investigating the deaths of three people at Fort Hood, according to fort officials. The bodies of one man and two children were found Tuesday morning around 7:15 at an on-post home. Officials are calling the deceased military dependents. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command is looking into what happened, but does not believe there is a further threat to the community.
  • ‘Hillary killed my son’ (Sean Smith's Mother Responds to NYT Article on Benghazi)

    01/01/2014 7:25:48 PM PST · by xzins · 106 replies
    World ^ | Dec. 31, 2013 | J.C. Derrick
    WASHINGTON—The mother of a victim in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with WORLD, saying a recent article in The New York Times is only trying to protect Clinton’s 2016 presidential aspirations. “They’re just covering up for Hillary,” Pat Smith, mother of slain foreign-service officer Sean Smith, told me by phone. “Hillary killed my son. … As far as I can tell from all my sources, she was responsible—directly.” Lawmakers, media outlets, and analysts have all criticized a front-page story in Saturday’s edition of The New York Times, in which...
  • Two Brothers, Two Heroes

    11/08/2013 11:36:37 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    We don't spend much time examining the underpinnings on which our lives rest. We remember the cops and firefighters and EMTs when we need them -- and when we need them, we really need them -- but otherwise, we've got things to do, or think about doing, or get out of doing. We may volunteer to do some work for our church or political party or civic club. Or maybe not. We may vote, or not. We sit in classrooms listening to another lecture. Or maybe even giving one. We take the kids to school on the way to work....
  • Military families say they will curtail Thanksgiving (too [poor to buy food)

    11/01/2013 5:41:13 AM PDT · by pabianice · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes | 11/1/13 | Zoroya
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  • Priests face arrest for celebrating Mass in defiance of shutdown

    10/05/2013 8:30:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    World War II Veterans denied access to their memorial is appalling. But, Catholic priests denied the opportunity to celebrate Mass, even as volunteers, leaves me speechless. Read below from the general counsel of the Archdiocese for Military Services as he explains priests that defy the governments orders may even face arrest. "If the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors." "Military personnel enjoy, like all Americans, the First Amendment guarantee of the 'Free Exercise' of...
  • Benghazi Dad Wishes Obama Hadn’t Slept Through the Murder of his Son

    09/16/2013 6:18:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 23 replies
    frontpage ^ | 9/15/13 | d greenfield
    Charles Woods is the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the Navy SEALS who disobeyed orders and heroically rushed to the rescue of the Benghazi mission personnel and was abandoned without support. Under Bush, the media turned Cindy Sheehan into an icon. But none of the Benghazi family members can get airtime outside of FOX to discuss the sense of pain and abandonment that they feel. When asked about Obama, Charles Woods, father of Ty Woods who was killed in Benghazi, said: It’s a little late for that. I wish he had taken the time the night of September 11,...
  • SEAL Team 6 families' suspicions of gov't grow

    09/01/2013 5:37:33 PM PDT · by Errant · 35 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1 September, 2013 | Jack Minor
    'I believe someone on their side definitely made a deal with somebody on our side' More than two years after President Obama reassured the father of a member of SEAL Team 6 that the government would look into the death of his son, the father is still waiting for a response, and his suspicions are growing. On Aug. 9, 2011, Taliban forces were waiting for a Chinook helicopter carrying members of the elite unit SEAL Team 6 to approach its landing site. The helicopter was attacked from three sides in a coordinated ambush.
  • Extortion 17: Bodies of the 22 slain SEAL Team 6 members cremated without their families permission

    07/30/2013 2:27:13 PM PDT · by Man_Wolf64 · 29 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 7/29/13 | Chad Miller
  • Navy SEAL's father: Obama sent my son to his death Tells Michael Savage 'they knew something was up'

    07/26/2013 8:48:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    WND ^ | 7/26/13 | staff
    The father of one of the 25 Navy SEALs killed in August 2011 when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan, told talk-host Michael Savage he believes the U.S. government sent his son and his colleagues to their deaths. After Vice President Joe Biden revealed that SEAL Team 6 carried out the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011, Strange said the members of his son’s team gave startling indications to their families they were about to meet their demise. Charles Strange, the father of slain SEAL Michael Strange, told Savage Wednesday night that...
  • Jesse Ventura lawsuit vs. murdered Navy SEAL can move forward, judge says

    07/22/2013 11:02:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 41 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 7/22/13 | N/A
    Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle -- purportedly the deadliest-ever American servicemen -- can proceed with the war hero’s widow as a substitute defendant, a judge has ruled.
  • My daddy, my hero': Two-year-old son of murdered soldier attends funeral.

    07/12/2013 6:10:47 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 4 replies
    The son of Fusilier Lee Rigby arrived at his father's funeral today wearing a t-shirt that said: 'My Daddy, My Hero'. Jack, Rigby two, arrived at the funeral wearing a blue t shirt with 'My Daddy's A Fusilier. Lee Rigby' printed on the front. He was joined by hundreds of mourners at the service for the 25-year-old, who was hacked to death outside Woolwich barracks in east London on May 22. The service began with a hymn and a reading by Sean Sheer, one of Lee's fellow soldiers and a family friend, bringing laughter from mourners. He spoke about how...
  • Uncovering the Camp Bastion Cover-Up

    06/21/2013 4:47:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    All it takes is one crack for a stone wall to start crumbling. Nine months after the deadly 9/14 raid on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, the families of two fallen Marines may finally get some answers. Real accountability, of course, is another story. A formal internal investigation into lax security at the base -- a British-run NATO compound that adjoins our Marines' Camp Leatherneck -- is now under way. A few members of Congress are putting pressure on the administration for the truth. And a couple of mainstream reporters are digging deeper. More, please. And faster. Camp Bastion belongs in...
  • Parents of Navy SEAL Killed in Afghan Crash File the First Suit on NSA Spying

    06/11/2013 12:01:01 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 Jun 2013 | Dashiell Bennett
    A couple in Philadelphia has filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency and Verizon, claiming they and their phone records were targeted for surveillance because of their outspoken criticism of Barack Obama and the U.S. military. This is believed to be the first official lawsuit filed against the government and the company, since it was revealed that Verizon had been ordered to turn over phone metadata for all of its customers. The couple who filed the class-action suit are not just any disgruntled Verizon customers, however. They are Charles and Mary Ann Strange, the parents of a Navy...
  • NAVY SEAL TEAM 6 FAMILIES TO REVEAL GOVERNMENT’S CULPABILITY IN DEATH OF THEIR SONS

    05/07/2013 3:59:56 PM PDT · by iontheball · 86 replies
    Save America Foundation ^ | May 7 2013 | Victoria Baer
    NAVY SEAL TEAM VI FAMILIES TO REVEAL GOVERNMENT’S CULPABILITY IN DEATH OF THEIR SONS IN FATAL HELICOPTER CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL RAID ON BIN LADEN’S COMPOUND DATE: MAY 9, 2013 PLACE: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (HOLEMAN LOUNGE) TIME: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM (Washington, D.C.). Three families of Navy SEAL Team 6 special forces servicemen, along with one family of an Army National Guardsman, will appear at a press conference on May 9, 2013, to disclose never before revealed information about how and why their sons along with 26 others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011,...
  • Mother Of Slain Benghazi Victim Rips Hillary Clinton: "I Blame Her"

    05/07/2013 5:18:00 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 31 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 5/7/13 | Real Clear Politics
    Mother Of Slain Benghazi Victim Rips Hillary Clinton: "I Blame Her" Pat Smith's son Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, was one of four Americans killed during the attack. JAKE TAPPER: One woman still looking for answers is Pat Smith. Her son, State Department Information Officer Sean Smith was one of the four Americans killed. Pat, thanks so much for being here. I know this is not an easy time. How are you holding up? PAT SMITH, MOTHER OF SEAN SMITH, KILLED IN BENGHAZI: Terrible. I cry every night. I don't sleep at night. I need answers. TAPPER: What...
  • Military tuition assistance restored, but timing is uncertain

    03/27/2013 12:46:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 3/27/2013 | Leo Shane III
    The military’s tuition assistance programs will resume soon, but no one knows when. Last week, Congress rolled back plans to halt all new enrollments to the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps tuition assistance programs, after veterans groups and military advocates protested the budget-saving moves. The measure, included in the new appropriations bill to fund government operations through October, was signed into law Tuesday by the president. But military officials said they still haven’t restarted the education benefit enrollments, because they are trying to decipher what the new budget bill requires and where additional cuts will come from. Pentagon spokesman...
  • Kind Gesture Toward Girlfriend of Deployed Soldier Becomes Internet Sensation

    03/19/2013 1:00:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Yahoo Shine Healthy Living ^ | 3/19/13 | By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
    The story of a good deed has spread like wildfire online since Sunday, when an anonymous do-gooder left a kind note and $40 on a woman’s windshield in a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. More on Shine: One Girl, 89 Random Acts of Kindness: Teenager's Amazing Homage to Late Great-Grandmother “I noticed the sticker on the back of your car,” the note read, referring to a “Half my Heart is in Afghanistan” bumper sticker. “Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting.” It was signed “United States veteran”...
  • My hero brother: Heartbreaking moment soldier's grieving sister collapses(Short Title)

    03/12/2013 8:17:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 3/12/13 | By Beth Stebner and Louise Boyle
    FULL TITLE: My hero brother: Heartbreaking moment soldier's grieving sister collapses in front of his grave at Arlington National Cemetery This is the heart-wrenching moment a sister was so overcome with grief that she lay down and sobbed on the grave of her brother, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Lesleigh Coyer, 26, traveled to Washington’s Arlington National Cemetery with her parents on Monday to pay respects to her brother, Army Ranger Staff Sgt. Ryan Coyer, on the first anniversary of his death. Her only sibling served two tours of duty during the war
  • 'Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?' Biden to father of Navy SEAL....

    10/26/2012 10:46:43 AM PDT · by Justaham · 69 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10/26/12 | Hugo Gye
    Original title: 'Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?' Biden's bizarre question to father of Navy SEAL who died in Benghazi attack --------------------------- The father of one of the Navy SEALs who was killed in the Libya consulate attack has criticised the White House reaction to his son's death - especially a bizarre and obscene comment Joe Biden made to him. Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, said he thought Barack Obama had 'no remorse' over the attack and felt Hillary Clinton was 'not telling the truth'. And he revealed that at the ceremony for the...
  • Mother of slain Navy SEAL: Romney shouldn’t politicize her son’s death (OUTRAGEOUS!)

    10/10/2012 12:28:30 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 151 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/10/12
    After Romney's remarks, Barbara Doherty told Boston's WHDH 7News that the GOP nominee shouldn't invoke her son that way again. "I don't trust Romney," she said. "He shouldn't make my son's death part of his political agenda. It's wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama." Romney has amplified his criticisms of Obama's foreign policy and defense record with a speech on Monday that fact-checkers and the Obama campaign said was rife with errors and policy reversals
  • Obama sues to restrict military vote in swing state

    08/02/2012 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 97 replies
    Washington Times.com ^ | August 3, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    Obama, in particular, likes to be seen visiting troops and photos taken with members of our military. So, why is his campaign and the Democrat party suing to restrict their ability to vote in the upcoming election?
  • Vanity Thread: My Youngest Graduated from Lackland AFB on 3/2/12 and I am a PROUD Mama!

    03/20/2012 4:51:31 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 24 replies
    My youngest graduated from Lackland Air Force Base, 322/184 San Antonio Texas on 3/2/12 and it was AWESOME! I believe ALL children should go into military training starting at age FIVE! I say this as I look around at the sad lack of parenting and parenting by guilt that I see today. It was very refreshing to see all those young people in uniform obeying the rules instead of doing drugs, living in their parents basements, and cursing out those same parents. I also felt that it was a shame for these bright and talented young people to have to...
  • Text message Tells Ft Stewart Wife of Husband's Death

    02/27/2012 10:49:39 AM PST · by TSgt · 36 replies · 2+ views
    WSAV ^ | February 24, 2012 | WSAV
    Two Fort Stewart soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. 25 year old Sgt. Joshua A. Born of Niceville, Florida and 22 year old Cpl. Timothy J. Conrad Jr. of Roanoke, Va. died Feb. 23, in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their unit came under small arms fire. They were assigned to the 385th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Stewart, Ga. According to an interveiw she did with WPSD-TV in Paducah, Kentucky, Joshua Born's wife lives in Illinois, and found out about her husband's death not through military channels, but when someone sent...
  • Christmas 2011

    12/23/2011 3:47:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2011 | Oliver North
    Four years ago, this annual Christmas column was written from Baquba, Iraq, while our Fox News "War Stories" team was embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division and special operations units operating against the Iranian-supported Mahdi Army in the outskirts of Baghdad. A year earlier, the Christmas 2006 column was written in Ramadi, Iraq, while we were embedded with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in what was then the bloodiest place on the planet. And in 2005, this column originated with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and the 2nd Brigade of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, in Anbar province,...
  • Not photoshopped beam of light shines on fallen soldiers miracle dog.

    11/25/2011 7:54:32 AM PST · by mk2000 · 74 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/24/2011 | Kimberly Launier
    It was an overcast day in Newport, N.H., when a simple “20/20″ shoot turned into something that made me wonder about life after death. I was filming soldier Justin Rollin’s parents Skip and Rhonda playing with their dog Hero, whose rescue from the Iraq War zone where Justin died was nothing short of a miracle. Sometimes when Rhonda hugged Hero she would softly pet her face and coo, “Justin, are you in there?” It was Rhonda’s gentle way of remembering their son and his last living connection to Hero. At one point, Hero wandered off and took a stroll in...
  • US soldier returns from Iraq to surprise daughter as she gets 'sergeant' right at spelling bee

    10/13/2011 5:52:32 AM PDT · by NakedRampage · 6 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | 10/13/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Skylar Johnson had not seen her father since last Christmas when she stepped on stage for her school's spelling bee on Friday. So when the moderator asked the nine-year-old how to spell 'sergeant', she was overcome with emotion when he appeared from behind the curtain. Staff Sergeant Therron Johnson and his little girl embraced for the first time in almost a year at Boca Raton Elementary in Florida An Avionics Line Supervisor with Charlie Company of the 1,111th Florida National Guard, Sergeant Johnson has been serving in Iraq for the past ten months.
  • AARP interviews Michelle Obama - Did she know about Osama bin Laden, Will she run for office?

    08/03/2011 3:10:43 PM PDT · by casinva · 22 replies
    AARP Magazine ^ | Sept/Oct 2011 Issue | Marilyn Milloy
    Outside the sunny East Room of the White House, some 200 spouses and parents of military-service members are waiting in line. It's a slow march to the front, but nobody seems to mind: First Lady Michelle Obama and vice-presidential spouse Jill Biden have planned an elegant tea in their honor and are intent on greeting each, one by one. (snip) They whisper tales of pain and loss — "My husband came back from Iraq, then died....I lost my son.... (snip) In return, Obama and Biden offer a hug, a squeeze of the hand, a promise of prayer. And always, a...
  • Kids Open Present From Military Dad (Vanity/Tears alert)

    07/09/2011 10:59:31 AM PDT · by RWB Patriot · 4 replies
    Comedy Network ^ | 7-08-11 | N/A
    A father returning from war surprises his kids by showing up as a large present.
  • First Lady Wants Pro-Military Movies?

    06/13/2011 11:52:46 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 15 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 06/13/11 | CaroleL
    For several decades Hollywood has been producing anti-military films which have been instrumental in brainwashing new generations of liberals. The Great Escape and The Green Berets were replaced by Coming Home and Born On The Fourth Of July as examples of the way the film industry represented those who serve. In 2007 a rash of anti-military films coincided with the political rise of Candidate Barack Obama, an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq. How ironic that now that he is the Commander In Chief, Mr. Obama's wife is trying to convince film industry leaders to improve the way military...
  • White House bars gay groups from military families event

    04/12/2011 7:07:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 12, 2011 | Brian Montopoli
    Today marks the launch of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's "Joining Forces" initiative to "support and honor America's service members and their families." The two women, along with President Obama and Vice President Biden, will make remarks at the White House in conjunction with the kickoff. Shortly before the event began at noon, Servicemembers United, which represents gay and lesbian troops and veterans, complained that the White House had barred civilian representatives of gay and lesbian military families from the event. "It is rather unfortunate that both East Wing and West Wing staff have refused to allow a representative of...
  • Bob Barker donates $2 million to Semper Fi Fund

    03/08/2011 10:30:28 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 8, 2011
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former TV game show host Bob Barker is donating $2 million to a charity that helps injured members of the military and their families. The former host of "The Price is Right" will donate to the Semper Fi Fund, which assists Marines, soldiers, sailors, and Air Force and Coast Guard members who are injured during service.
  • Fallen Marine's family adopts his best friend (tissue alert)

    02/04/2011 9:28:40 AM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    USAF ^ | Feb. 3, 2011
    2/3/2011 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- "Whatever is mine is his," Marine Corps Pfc. Colton W. Rusk wrote about Eli, his military working dog, in the final days of their deployment in Afghanistan. On Feb. 3, Private Rusk's family helped prove his words true when they adopted the black Labrador retriever in a retirement and adoption ceremony at the military working dog school here. After 20-year-old Private Rusk was killed Dec. 5 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, by Taliban sniper fire, Marines officials told Darrell and Kathy Rusk, his parents, that Eli, his infantry explosives detector dog, crawled...
  • Fallen Marine's Parents Adopt Son's Bomb Dog

    02/03/2011 6:40:44 AM PST · by algernonpj · 44 replies
    myfoxdc ^ | Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 | A.P.
    The parents of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan are adopting the bomb-sniffing dog who the military says loyally rushed to their son's side when he was fatally shot. ... Brief excerpt per ap rules.
  • Obamas make a Christmas visit to the troops - Marine's son sticks his tongue out at President

    12/26/2010 11:06:52 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies · 15+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Dec. 26, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle took time from their Hawaii vacation to drop by a Marine Corps base on Saturday, where they greeted service men and women during Christmas dinner. One young fan in turn greeted the President by sticking his tongue out at the commander-in-chief while the two posed for his picture. Obama, who has otherwise kept a low profile during the 11-day family holiday, visited the same base last year and the year before on Christmas Day. The President and First Lady shook hands, posed for pictures, admired babies and chatted with Marines and their families...
  • Marine dad first to get Gold Star California license plate (Father of 3/5 Fallen Marine)

    12/13/2010 8:49:14 PM PST · by Saoirise · 18 replies
    North County Times ^ | 12/13/2010 | Mark Walker
    Six years ago, on Dec. 14, Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Mike Anderson Jr. lost his life during house-to-house combat in the city of Fallujah, a seminal battle in the Iraq war. Last week, his father became the first person in California to be issued a "Gold Star" license plate in recognition of his family's loss. For the senior Anderson, the presentation Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger capped a five-year-long effort to get California to join 45 other states that have made the plates available to families of troops killed in action. "It's an acknowledgment of the sacrifice of families left...
  • Union Stagehand Fired for Wearing Bush Hat and Shirt (Wore USS Bush attire at Obama set-up)

    10/22/2010 12:11:44 PM PDT · by kristinn · 84 replies · 2+ views
    KTLA via BreitbartTV ^ | Friday, October 22, 2010
    YouTube video.A stagehand working on the stage set up for President Obama's appearance in Los Angeles was told to go home when he refused to remove his hat and shirt honoring the aircraft carrier named USS George H. W. Bush. His son is in the US Navy and serves on the ship.Link to the USS George H.W. Bush website
  • Pat Tillman's Mom Accuses McChrystal of Cover-up

    08/16/2010 4:51:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 2+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mon, Aug 16, 2010 | GREG WILSON
    Family's anger burns six years after ex-football star's deathA documentary about Pat Tillman is due out Friday and his mom is not mincing words about the scandal that followed the NFL star turned Army Ranger's death in Afghanistan. In an interview on CBS' "Early Show," Mary Tillman accuses Gen. Stanley McChrystal of peddling the story of Tillman's heroic death when he knew the soldier had been killed by friendly fire. "I wrote the book, came out in 2008, and I indicate that McChrystal was involved in orchestrating the cover-up," Mary Tillman said. "He falsified the Silver Star. He was very...
  • Mother's message in a bottle to son killed in Afghanistan

    08/06/2010 4:57:16 AM PDT · by mware · 23 replies
    Mail On Line ^ | Last updated at 9:41 AM on 6th August 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A message in a bottle written by the mother of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan has been found by workers cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Sarah Adams, 43, was on holiday in Barbados when she wrote the loving message about her son Private James Prosser, 21, who was killed by a roadside bomb. She threw it into the sea and after floating 1,300 miles it was fished out of the water by workers cleaning up the oil leak from the BP pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. The workers were so moved by Mrs Adams' message...
  • Married Pilots Hook Up on Military Refueling Mission

    07/02/2010 6:34:04 AM PDT · by Joy in the Journey · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Online ^ | July 2, 2010 | Meg Jones
    As reunions go, it only lasted a few minutes. But Jeff and Christine McLean were thrilled nonetheless to see each other, even though they couldn't hug, let alone kiss. Married in May 2009 in Fox Point, the couple has spent most of their first year of marriage apart. Really far apart. As in different cockpits in different airspaces. Air Force Capt. Christine McLean pilots a refueling plane and Navy Lt. Jeff McLean flies an F/A-18 Super Hornet. After Christine McLean was deployed from England to southwest Asia in May for refueling missions in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and other...
  • Illegal Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags

    05/08/2010 5:37:59 AM PDT · by Flavius · 27 replies · 692+ views
    nyt ^ | 5/7/10 | Preston
    Lt. Kenneth Tenebro enlisted in the armed forces after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, signing up even before he became an American citizen.
  • Military Teen Copes With Parents’ Absence

    04/23/2010 5:12:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 204+ views
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., April 23, 2010 – At age 16, Cornelius Madison already has moved five times, started five new schools and has dealt with two deployments within three years. Cornelius Madison, right, greets his best friend, Brian Keith, between classes at Fort Campbell High School on Fort Campbell, Ky., April 15, 2010. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But it’s not the separations or multiple first days at new schools that gets to him. It’s the string of best friends he has had to leave behind.“You go somewhere and meet that best friend and...
  • Dad of a fallen Marine perseveres against protests at military funerals

    03/31/2010 11:10:56 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 43 replies · 927+ views
    yahoo ^ | 3.30.10
    Washington – A father of a Marine killed in Iraq says he won't pay the legal fees of a protest group who picketed at his son's funeral in 2006 – at least not until he hears from the US Supreme Court on the matter. Albert Snyder, whose son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, was killed in Iraq, learned Friday that a federal appeals court is requiring him to pay more than $16,000 in legal fees to the Westboro Baptist Church, a Christian fundamentalist group that demonstrates during military funerals to gain attention for its antigovernment, antihomosexual message. The group rallied at...
  • Marine's Father Will Not Pay Court-Ordered Funeral Protesters' Fees

    03/30/2010 3:01:27 PM PDT · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 144 replies · 2,447+ views
    Fox News.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    The father of a Marine killed in Iraq whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters told Fox News he will defy a court order and not pay the protesters' appeal costs. Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., told Fox News he does not intend to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, which held protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006. "I don't think I'm going to be writing a check until I hear from the Supreme Court," Snyder told Fox News on Tuesday. "I'm not about to pay them anything." The Court...
  • York County U.S.Marine Father Must Pay Court Costs of Funeral Protesters

    03/29/2010 7:34:42 PM PDT · by Blonde · 19 replies · 880+ views
    Fox43.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | AP Staff reporter
    BALIMORE, MARYLAND - Lawyers for the father of a Marine who died in Iraq say a court has ordered him to pay legal costs for the anti-gay protesters who picketed his son's funeral. The protesters are led by Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church. Albert Snyder of York, Pa., had won a $5 million verdict against Phelps, but it was thrown out on appeal. On Friday, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Maryland ordered Snyder to pay the costs of Phelps' appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed earlier this month to consider whether the protesters' provocative messages,...