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  • The Paradox of the Gold Star Left

    08/08/2016 8:45:52 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Ronald Wieck
    Donald Trump has a knack for saying things that provide the Dems with a target-rich environment. He frames issues imprecisely, at least initially, gets bogged down in wild irrelevancies and ends up with his words twisted by spectacularly unscrupulous foes whose standard operating procedure seeks to blur important distinctions. Curiously, his most outrageous assertions often prove on analysis to be more right than wrong. Let us take a close look one of the left's trademark bogus controversies: At their convention, the Democrats trotted out the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq in 2004 to bash Trump's call for...
  • Trump meets with Gold Star families amid controversy

    08/03/2016 7:00:41 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 17 replies
    vanity | August 3, 2016 | self
    Good article at Military Times about the meeting Trump had with some Gold Star families in Florida
  • An Open Letter to Mr. Khizr Khan

    07/30/2016 9:22:36 PM PDT · by pboyington · 48 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 30, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Dear Mr. Khan: I, like millions of Americans saw your speech at the DNC on Thursday night. I wish to offer my sympathy for the death of your son, Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq. As a former US Army officer, and a veteran of the Gulf War, I can certainly understand the pain and anguish that you and your wife endure every day. Your son died saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. As John the Baptist wrote, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends....
  • Ghazala Khan: Trump Criticized My Silence. He Knows Nothing About True Sacrifice.

    07/31/2016 8:53:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 104 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, Juy 31, 2016 | Ghazala Khan
    Donald Trump has asked why I did not speak at the Democratic convention. He said he would like to hear from me. Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart. Donald Trump said I had nothing to say. I do. My son Humayun Khan, an Army captain, died 12 years ago in Iraq. He loved America, where we moved when he was 2 years old. He had volunteered to help his country, signing up...
  • Slain soldier's Father: World Seeing "Blackness" Of Trump Soul

    07/31/2016 1:34:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 157 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier who was killed in Iraq, kept up his attacks on Donald Trump on Sunday, saying the world is seeing the "blackness" of the Republican presidential nominee's soul. The world is receiving us like we’ve never seen,” Khan said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” "They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul.”
  • Muslim Family of Fallen Army Captain Responds to Trump: 'Shame on Him'Now Khan says about Trump, "Sh

    07/30/2016 9:27:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 505 replies
    ABC ^ | July 30 2016 | ABC
    Khan's latest attack on Trump: "Running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families and [a] Gold Star mother not realizing her pain. Shame on him! Shame on his family!" Khizr Khan said, struggling to hold back his anger. "He is not worthy of our comments. He has no decency. He is void of decency, he has a dark heart."
  • Joy Behar: Benghazi Mom’s RNC Speech ‘Completely Inappropriate’

    07/20/2016 4:03:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 108 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 20, 2016 | Katie Yoder
    A mother speaking out about her son’s death is “inappropriate” for the RNC, according to The View’s Joy Behar. But will she say the same about the DNC’s speakers? On Tuesday, The View ladies discussed the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. At one point, co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked the panel about an RNC speech delivered by Patricia Smith, “a mom who lost her son in Benghazi [and] still blames Hillary for her son's death.” Fox News analyst Jedediah Bila began by defending Smith: I think she feels that Hillary Clinton – you know, and she said this, wrote...
  • 'PRESS SHOULD BE ASHAMED' Trump defends fundraising for vets, takes aim at 'sleazy' media

    05/31/2016 10:40:33 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 31, 2016
    Donald Trump fired back Tuesday at reports questioning his fundraising haul from a high-profile veterans event in January, releasing an extensive list of charities he said received the donations -- and slamming the media for questioning him. During a press conference at Trump Tower, the presumptive Republican nominee said he's raised $5.6 million and more is coming in. He rattled off the list of charities and the amounts they received, while taking scathing and sometimes-personal shots at the media for pressuring him to disclose the information. “I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job,” Trump...
  • Military Families Are Getting Shafted By Public Health Insurance

    05/17/2016 8:42:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press | 05/17/16 | Megan Barth
    TRICARE should admit wrongdoing and pay past due amounts to the UVP states It is no secret that America’s veterans are getting the shaft. We have seen these troubling headlines: A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list Veteran dies after setting himself on fire outside New Jersey VA clinic The stories behind these and similar headlines reveal that America has not lived up to its promise to “care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.” In fact, military families, specifically the children of military families, face similar...
  • Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack

    03/31/2016 10:26:00 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Spero News ^ | MAR 31, 2016 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack POLITICS | MAR 31, 2016 | BY MARTIN BARILLAS Identified among those killed by Muslim terrorists in Brussels was the wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kato Martinez. Defense Department officials identified Gail Minglana Martinez, 41, of Corpus Christi TX as among the four Americans murdered in a suicide bomb attack at the international airport outside the Belgian capital. Lt. Col. Martinez had been stationed in Brunssum in the Netherlands. The couple had been married 21 years. The Air Force officer, and the couple's four children, were...
  • Air Force wife killed in Brussels attack has been identified

    03/30/2016 3:23:52 PM PDT · by Traveler59 · 24 replies
    Popularmilitary.com ^ | March 30th, 2016 | Michael Swaney
    Air Force officials have confirmed that the 41-year old wife of an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel was killed in the terrorists attack in Brussels. Gail Minglana Martinez died at the Brussels international airport after suffering injuries from the bombs detonated by Islamic State terrorists. Her husband and active-duty airman, Kato Martinez, and their four children were hurt and are still hospitalized.
  • Middle Eastern Men are Watching U.S. Military Families, FBI Warns

    08/14/2015 3:19:03 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 5 , 2015 | Judicial Watch
    It was not meant for public disclosure but a news outlet got ahold of a chilling Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alert warning U.S. military families that they are being watched and confronted by Middle Eastern men. The cryptic FBI memo was issued to law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Wyoming and says that Middle Eastern men are approaching families of U.S. military members at their homes in both states, specifically in Greeley and Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Middle Eastern men have also tried to gain personal information about military members and their families through intimidation, according to the FBI bulletin,...
  • A Memorial Day Tribute in Honor of 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, USMC - KIA 12/09/06 Anbar province, Iraq

    05/24/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    The Concert for Valor ^ | November 19, 1014 | Steven Spielberg & CDR Bill Krissoff, USN
    This video is a moving tribute to honor an outstanding young Marine Officer by his father, Dr. Bill Kristoff. At the age of 61, Dr. Bill Kristoff of Truckee, CA joined the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in order to honor the memory of his oldest son by serving as a surgeon in Afghanistan to treat wounded Marines. While doing some further research on this amazing family, I found this: The outdoor activities were a joy shared by Nathan, his father, and his younger brother, Austin, 24, who joined the Marines shortly before Nathan died.The family kept word of Nathan's death...
  • Fallen US Marine’s Father returns Obama’s Condolence Letter with an Incredible Rebuke

    01/04/2015 6:17:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 42 replies
    Give Me Liberty ^ | 1/4/2015 | Tim Brown
    This is from Freedom OutPost. Mr Steven R. Hogan I applaud your backbone and your addressing the disgrace that Obama really is. I also greieve with you at the loss of your son and his comrades in arms. I also despise the way Barack Hussein Obama has tied the hands of the military with this bull shi@ rules of engagement. Barack Hussein Obama is strutting around, boasting of his ending the war in Afghanistan. However, let’s be reminded of one United States Marine’s father reply to a condolence letter from Obama, in which he rebuked the idiot-in-chief over the rules...
  • Army warns US military personnel on ISIS threat to family members

    10/02/2014 10:09:44 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 02, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    An Army intelligence bulletin is warning U.S. military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members – and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them."
  • S.N.A.P Benefits to Increase In October

    09/29/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 31 replies
    It's about a 4 per cent increase between the benefit increase and the increased expense deduction. Heard about this increase and searched 'Bing News' and Google News' and found nothing. Finally found this Pa. state welfare site that mentions it.
  • Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama's resignation

    09/02/2014 7:09:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 September 2014 | Ashley Collman
    One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American photojournalist executed on camera last month by the Islamic State. Billy and Karen Vaughn also lost their son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011, when the SEAL Team Six soldier's Chinook helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. Now the couple are calling on President Barack Obama to step down, citing his reaction to the Foley video and 'lack of leadership' in confronting ISIS.
  • Video: Parents of fallen SEAL demand Obama resignation

    09/02/2014 11:26:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Tough words from Billy and Karen Vaughn, whose only son Aaron gave his life in a 2011 crash of a SEAL Team Six Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, perhaps in the shootdown shortly after the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. For years, Barack Obama relied on the success of the bin Laden mission to make the argument that he could lead the nation in war. Now the Vaughns accuse Obama of “a cowardly lack of leadership,” and demand his resignation over the administration’s failure to stop ISIS when it had opportunities to do so: On Monday, the Vaughns wrote...
  • More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries (1/4)

    08/18/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT · by Drango · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/18/14 | Pam Fessler
    Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or one in seven — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. food banks. The — conducted in 2013 — found that almost 620,000 of the households using Feeding America services have at least one member currently in the military. That's one quarter of all U.S. military households. , who's president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, says she isn't...
  • 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...