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  • Teen honors father killed in Afghanistan with special graduation photos

    08/20/2019 2:55:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2019 | Louis Casiano
    A Nebraska teen who was just a kid when her father died from an IED explosion in Afghanistan more than a decade ago found a way to honor him in her high school graduation pictures. Aurora High School senior Julia Yllescas sent her pictures to a photographer on Saturday to create an "angel picture" of her and her father, Army Capt. Robert Yllescas. The photos showed Yllescas with a faint shadow version of her father. One showed them sitting down on a bench. In another, Yllescas held a folded American flag while standing next to him in uniform. Julia Yllescas...
  • Father, son die in Army training accidents 15 years apart. N.J. community mourns terrible tragedy.

    04/03/2019 4:14:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 04.03.19 | Sophie Nieto-Munoz
    Three years ago, Nicholas DiMona III carried a Gold Star banner during the NJ Run for the Fallen to honor his father and namesake, who was killed in an Army helicopter crash during a training accident in 2004. He enlisted in the Army the next year. Now, DiMona’s name will join his father’s on the run’s Wall of Honor after he was accidentally shot and killed in a live-fire training exercise in Alaska on Saturday. Spc. DiMona, 20, of Medford Lakes, was assigned to the Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and was with his unit near...
  • Trump's border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids

    03/20/2019 11:49:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/20/2019 | Mike Stone
    The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to pay for President Donald Trump’s much-debated border wall by shifting funds away from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centers and other facilities for military children, according to a list it has provided to lawmakers. The Pentagon gave Congress a list on Monday that included $12.8 billion of construction projects for which it said funds could be redirected. Around 10 percent of the list relates to educational establishments and includes school buildings for the children of service members in places like Germany, Japan, Kentucky and Puerto Rico. The move comes...
  • Gary Sinise Flew 1,000 Children of Fallen Soldiers to Disney World for Christmas

    12/13/2018 10:20:12 AM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Dec 201 | Justin Caruso
    Actor Gary Sinise gave an amazing gift to Gold Star families for Christmas — a trip to Disney World for almost 1,700 family members of fallen soldiers. “Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services—either combat related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes,” The Gary Sinise Foundation founder said. “We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.” The families took 15 planes and stayed at Disney for five days, The Epoch Times reports.
  • Living in Military Family Housing or Living Off-Base (Away from predatory mortgage brokers)

    10/28/2018 1:05:39 PM PDT · by Hostage · 58 replies
    The Balance Careers ^ | August 08, 2018 | BY ROD POWERS
    Members who have dependents usually have the option of living on-base in the military family housing for free, or off-base and receive a monthly housing allowance. Members who are assigned to locations where dependents are not allowed to travel at government expense (such as basic training, and some unaccompanied overseas assignments) can live in the barracks for free, and still continue to receive the housing allowance (for the location of their dependents), in order to provide a household for their family members. At some bases, members may not have a choice. When I was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base,...
  • An Open Letter to My Teenage Son (Vietnam War era artifact)

    10/28/2018 1:26:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 23, 2017 | Victor Lundberg
    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group An Open Letter to My Teenage Son · Victor Lundberg Lost Hits Of The 60's ℗ 1967 Capitol Records, LLC
  • Pence takes Korean War veterans' children to repatriation ceremony in Hawaii

    08/01/2018 10:45:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | August 2, 2018 | Lee Haye-ah
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence picked up two family members of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War as he traveled to Hawaii to attend a ceremony marking the return of U.S. troops' alleged remains. Pence stopped in California en route to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where a ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday (local time) following the repatriation of 55 sets of remains from North Korea last week. "As we travel to @JointBasePHH, Karen & I are honored to be joined by Diana Brown Sanfilippo & her husband Robert," Pence tweeted early Wednesday. "Diana lost her...
  • 150 Military families stranded

    07/23/2018 4:16:52 PM PDT · by mainstreetradical.com · 51 replies
    Action News Jacksonville ^ | 7/23/2018 | Matt
    More than 150 military families say a Jacksonville-based moving company made their move a disaster, complaining of delays and ruined belongings. Action News Jax first exposed complaints on Thursday about military families spending weeks stranded without their belongings after the military assigned Suddath Relocation Systems to be their mover. Since then, dozens of military families have personally shared their stories with Action News Jax. A group of about 150 people have joined a Facebook group within the past month to vent their frustrations about Suddath military moves.
  • Inflatable bounce house could mean trip to 'big house'

    06/20/2018 3:11:33 AM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 32 replies
    WTRF ^ | June 20, 2018 | Staff
    A father and son may yet rue the day when an inflatable bounce house came into their lives, should it lead to an extended stay at the “big house.” In a press release, United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell announced federal grand jury indictments of Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan.
  • Trump honors wife and 7-year-old son of fallen Marine

    05/29/2018 11:26:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 29, 2018 | Fox & Friends
    In his first Memorial Day remarks as commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump paid tribute to fallen U.S. service members and their families. During his speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump saluted Brittany Jacobs and her 7-year-old son, Christian, who was dressed like a Marine. Jacobs’ father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, died during a training accident in California in 2011. “Last year at Arlington Cemetery, I met a young boy named Christian Jacobs. He was special,” Trump said. “He was standing fully in a uniform. His father was a great man to him and he was a great man to me. And...
  • Gold Star mom: I felt disrespected by Obama

    10/24/2017 4:55:53 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 24, 2017 | Michael Goodwin
    My column on Gen. John Kelly and whether previous presidents always made condolence calls to the families of fallen soldiers produced an outpouring of both praise for Kelly and vitriol for his criticism of a Florida congresswoman. Yet a note from a Colorado woman, Julie Schrock, stands out in the crowd. Her Marine son, Corporal Max Donahue, was severely injured in Afghanistan in 2010, and later died. He was 23. Here is what she wrote: “I’m a Gold Star mother and it pains me to see what is happening. The media bias is obvious to anyone willing to dig a...
  • Listen: Soldier’s widow shares her call with Trump

    10/21/2017 2:15:26 PM PDT · by paladinkc · 66 replies
    washington post ^ | 10/20/2017 | Thomas Johnson
    Our president has nailed it on the head again, and I am sure no media outlet will share this heartfelt video of our president calling to wish this lady his condolences. Mrs De Alencar released her copy of the video of the president's call.
  • AAFES and Military Exchanges to Allow Veterans to Shop Online – Coming in 2017

    07/26/2017 8:19:10 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 31 replies
    The Military Wallet ^ | 7/26/2017 | Pilgrim's Progress
    Veterans can now verify their online shopping eligibility at VetVerify.org. The Exchanges are also accepting some veterans as beta testers before opening the doors to all veterans. See updates below for more information.
  • Afghanistan: Friend raises $181,000 for family of Green Beret killed

    04/14/2017 11:25:52 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 04/14/2017
    Online donations have poured in for the family of a Green Beret killed in action while fighting ISIS extremists in Afghanistan over the weekend, Fox & Friends reported Friday. The GoFundMe page for Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar’s wife and five children raised more than $181,000 by Friday morning, far surpassing the original goal of $15,000.
  • Here’s the powerful moment from Trump’s speech that left even Democrats stunned

    03/01/2017 6:16:46 AM PST · by yoe · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 28, 2017 | Carlos Garcia
    President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress had a lot that angered Democrats, but there was at least one powerful moment that left everyone stunned, including his critics. President Trump recognized the sacrifice of Carryn Owens, the widow of the Navy SEAL that was killed during (the Yemen raid) weeks into his presidency. The applause was the longest of the entire night, and thundered through the chamber. “We are joined tonight by Carryn Owens,” Trump said, “the widow of U.S. Navy Special Operator Senior Chief William Ryan Owens. Ryan died as he lived a warrior and a...
  • Fallen SEAL's dad slams Trump [Unbelievable McCain quote!]

    02/28/2017 4:51:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    WPLG-TV, owned by Warren Buffet ^ | 2/27/17 | Eli Watkins
    Bill Owens, the father of the Navy SEAL killed in a late-January raid in Yemen, leveled biting criticism at the White House and called for an investigation into his son's death in a news story published Sunday...
  • Military Update: Average rise in stateside housing allowances: 2.4 percent

    12/18/2016 5:21:00 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | TOM PHILPOT
    Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to a million service members living off base in the United States will climb an average of 2.4 percent Jan. 1, or about $41 a month. Actual increases for individual BAH recipients will vary by Military Housing Area, pay grade, and dependency status. For a third straight year, BAH adjustments will not quite keep pace with the average rise in rent and utility costs, as the Department of Defense sticks to a five-year plan to trim the cost of stateside housing allowances gradually. The dampening of rates will continue until 2019 when recipients will...
  • Paul Warfield Tibbets, III, obituary

    10/23/2016 6:10:05 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 8 replies
    Monroe News-Star, Monroe, LA | 10-23-16
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thenewsstar/obituary.aspx?n=paul-warfield-tibbets&pid=182059677&fhid=20705 Death of the son of the Enola Gay pilot in Monroe, LA
  • 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