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  • Army veteran’s dying wish is a phone call or text from you

    07/14/2017 12:38:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    WOWK TV NEWS 13 ^ | July 14, 2017 | WOWK
    NEW BRAVOS, TX (WCMH) – An Army veteran in Arizona with a terminal illness has a unique final wish. Lee Hernandez is currently in hospice care in his home. According to the Arizona Republic, he has continuous strokes that affect his vision and cognitive abilities. Doctors can do nothing more for him except make him comfortable. Lee served more than 18 years in the Army, including a tour in Iraq. Earlier this week, he asked his wife to let him hold his phone, “in case someone calls,” according to a post on the Arizona Veterans Forum.
  • Wounded warriors coach softball to children with similar challenges

    06/17/2017 2:41:37 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 5 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | June 17, 2017 2:23 pm | Kathy Stewart | @KStewartWTOP
    A softball camp coached by wounded warriors teaches kids—who are also amputees—confidence, perseverance and, of course, softball. A softball camp coached by wounded warriors teaches kids—who are also amputees—confidence, perseverance and, of course, softball. WASHINGTON — It’s a kids’ softball camp where the coaches are wounded warriors and the children face similar challenges. But this camp is about so much more than just softball. This is the fifth year the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team has held a softball camp for children ages 8 to 12 who are amputees. This year, 20 kids from across the country attended the...
  • Democrats Eat Their Own: Tulsi Gabbard Attacked for not Blaming Assad for Chemical Attack

    Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Iraq War veteran, is getting blasted from the rabid Democrats of her party because she refuses to blame the alleged chemical attack in Syria on the Bashar Assad regime, which was used to justify President Donald Trump's missile strike on a Syrian airbase. Like Republican Senator Rand Paul and Representative Thomas Massie, Gabbard is also skeptical of the Syrian government being behind the attack on the town of Khan Shekhoun. https://twitter.com/CNN/status/850477149895131136 Disgraced former Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean tweeted, "This is a disgrace.  Gabbard should not be in Congress." https://twitter.com/GovHowardDean/status/850895059771957248 Aren't we glad Dean didn't make...
  • Green Beret dies during advising operations to counter Boko Haram in Africa

    02/11/2017 1:17:59 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    PopularMilitary ^ | February 10, 2017 | By Andy Wolf
    A warrant office in the United States Special Forces has died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while serving in Africa, according to official sources. WO1 Shawn Thomas of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group died on February 2, according to US Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bockholt. According to the Army Times, officials could not specify details of the accident, but said that SF troopers were conducting advising operations to counter Boko Haram in Niger and that the investigation is ongoing. “Our deepest condolences go out to Warrant Officer Thomas’ family, friends and colleagues,” 3rd...
  • Airport shooter’s life in Alaska was falling apart, though few seemed to notice

    01/12/2017 11:00:09 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 37 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | January 11, 2017 | Charles Rabin
    Esteban Santiago, an Iraq war veteran who for reasons still unclear shot more than a dozen random travelers in an airport 5,000 miles from his Alaska home, lived just three blocks from a popular Veterans of Foreign Wars hangout. He never visited. Santiago spent two years in Alaska, working as a security guard and National Guardsman... he didn’t make much of a mark— except with law enforcement from a string of domestic disputes with his girlfriend and mother of his infant son. But, increasingly, his life was falling apart. Last January, he was arrested after roughing up his girlfriend, accused...
  • TERROR AT THE TERMINAL (Jihadi - who would have guessed?)

    01/07/2017 2:44:15 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 83 replies
    The Sun ^ | January 6, 2017 | Ellie Flynn
    A GUNMAN who shot dead five people and injured eight others at a Florida airport “had walked into an FBI office claiming he was being forced to fight for ISIS”. Esteban Santiago, the prime suspect in the mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport’s baggage reclaim, spoke to authorities about the terror group in November. He told officials he was hearing voices in his head, some of which were telling him to join ISIS and watch their videos, and was taken to hospital for a mental health evaluation. Santiago, who also told the FBI the government controlled his mind, gunned down...
  • IRAQ WAR VETERAN CREATES WHEELCHAIR SNOW PLOW

    12/27/2016 8:54:28 PM PST · by rey · 8 replies
    WPVI ^ | 27 Dec 2016
    I thought many would appreciate this disabled vet giving back to his community, as though he had to, with his wheelchair snow plow. http://6abc.com/news/iraq-war-veteran-creates-wheelchair-snow-plow/1169458/
  • “It Feels Like a Slap in the Face,” Oklahoma Veteran Trying to Change Law That Repaying Severance

    12/21/2016 7:23:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KFOR ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2016 | SHELDRA BRIGHAM
    “It feels like a slap in the face,” Oklahoma veteran trying to change law that requires repaying severanceService members are often given severance when the military downsizes and closes bases, but now in some cases years later the government is taking that money back. Under federal law, until veterans pay back their involuntary separation pay, they can have their VA disability withheld. Tim Foster, an Oklahoma veteran, is trying to change that by changing the law. “It feels like a slap in the face. It really does,” he said. Foster started his military career at 23. The marine served for...
  • Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Comes Out Against Waiver For Gen. Mattis To Be Defense Head

    12/02/2016 2:16:40 PM PST · by drewh · 63 replies
    The hILL ^ | 12/01/16 09:39 PM EST | By Harper Neidig
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) came out against Donald Trump’s selection of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of Defense, saying she would not support a necessary congressional waiver to allow him to take on the role. Gillibrand is the first lawmaker to oppose waiving the prohibition on former military officers heading the Pentagon less than seven years after retiring. “While I deeply respect General Mattis’s service, I will oppose a waiver,” she said in a statement. “Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and I will not vote for an exception to this rule.”...
  • First of Murdered Dallas Cops Identified was US Marine and Iraq War Veteran

    07/09/2016 6:32:51 PM PDT · by GilGil · 20 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/8/2013 | Jim Hoft
    The first identified police officer, Brent Thompson, was a US Marine who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan... He was a newly married grandfather, a former U.S. Marine and a veteran cop who had gone to Iraq and Afghanistan to help train local police. But Brent Thompson died protecting the rights of fellow Americans to criticize his brethren in blue. The 43-year-old Thompson, who joined the Dallas Area Rapid Transit police department in 2009, was the first identified of the five city police killed in a coordinated sniper attack...
  • Iraq war veteran claims Trump University fired her for serving in the Army Reserve

    06/02/2016 1:00:40 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | June 2, 2016
    An Iraq war veteran claims she was fired by Trump University because she needed two days a month off in order to serve in the Army Reserve. Corrine Sommers, who worked for Trump University for five months, sued Trump University after she was dismissed in October 2007. She reached a confidential settlement in that case. But she later alleged that she was fired because of her military service in a November 2012 deposition she gave in a federal class action suit that accused the school of fraud. That deposition was unsealed this week. Sommers alleged that a supervisor at the...
  • War Veteran Turned West Virginia State Senate Candidate Is Brutalized in Brass Knuckle Attack

    05/09/2016 1:53:12 PM PDT · by Rio · 34 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | May 9, 2016 | Inside Edition Staff
    A candidate for West Virginia state senate was brutally attacked over the weekend when a man wielding brass knuckles blind-sided him at a cookout, police say. Retired Major Richard Ojeda, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who's challenging the incumbent Democrat, was attending the political function in the town of Logan when a man reportedly asked him for a bumper sticker. When Ojeda knelt to attach the sticker to the man's car, police say the suspect struck the candidate as many as nine times with brass knuckles, knocking him out. According to West Virginia State Troopers, the suspect--who's been identified as...
  • Teens allegedly assault Iraq War veteran over 'Black Lives Matter'

    04/25/2016 2:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | April 23, 2016
    WASHINGTON (KTRK) -- A decorated Marine veteran was attacked in the last place he expected, a McDonald's in Washington D.C. Chris Marquez says a group of rowdy teenagers started taunting him while he was eating. "They asked me if I believe that black lives matter," Marquez says. "I felt threatened and thought they were trying to intimidate me, so I figured I'm just going to keep to my food, eat my food, and hopefully they'll leave me alone." "And because I wasn't respond back to them, they were calling me a racist." Marquez says he doesn't really remember what happened...
  • One last indignity: The tea party swipes John Boehner’s seat

    03/16/2016 2:54:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 3/16/16 | Amber Phillips
    It was one of the tea party’s few highlights in Tuesday’s congressional primaries. But laying claim to former GOP House speaker John Boehner’s old seat (in all likelihood) is a big one, both for the bragging rights and the momentum it gives House conservatives in their ongoing fight to purify their party ideologically. Warren Davidson, a businessman and former Army Ranger, won a 15-way Republican primary Tuesday in the special election for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. The tea party candidate rather easily bested more moderate candidates, including two state lawmakers, in a campaign that quickly became ground zero for the...
  • Decorated Marine vet attacked, robbed at Washington DC McDonalds

    02/17/2016 8:47:05 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 9 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 2/17/16 | ukn
    Authorities were still working Wednesday to identify at least four people who attacked and robbed a decorated former Marine at a Washington, D.C. McDonald’s last week. Christopher Marquez, 30, an Iraq War vet, told the Washington Post he was eating in a back corner of the restaurant on Friday when a group of teens and young men approached his table. "They saw me and crowded around ... and they started asking me if I believed black lives matter,” Marquez told the paper. “I was ignoring them, then they started calling me racist." At that point, Marquez said he left the...
  • Gelzinis: Brian Williams' snub of vets no laughing matter

    02/08/2015 4:17:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    Bostonherald.com ^ | 2-8-2015 | Peter Gelzinis
    Back in the fall of 2006, long before Brian Williams confessed to “conflating” his helicopter adventures over Iraq, Neal Santangelo knew the NBC news anchor was a fraud. Santangelo, a Boston firefighter, former president of Local 718 and a proud veteran of the Navy submarine service, served on a committee that brought the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to Boston that year for its national convention. About six months before the society’s gala banquet at the Convention Center, Williams agreed to serve as master of ceremonies. But when he arrived on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, Williams told committee members Tom...
  • Peter Kassig, former U.S. soldier and current aid worker, threatened as next ISIS victim

    10/03/2014 2:08:55 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 28 replies
    The Daily News (New York) ^ | October 3, 2014 | Debora Hastings and Corrnine Lestch
    The former U.S. Army Ranger from Indianapolis was deployed to Iraq in 2007, and he decided to aid Syrian refugees after his service. He started his own aid group called Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA). ISIS has threatened to execute former U.S. soldier Peter Kassig, who has given most of his young life to others, next in the gruesome video showing the beheading of British citizen Alan Henning. A former U.S. Army Ranger from Indianapolis who was deployed to Iraq in 2007, Kassig went to help Syrian refugees in a Lebanese hospital and, in the spirit of humanitarianism shared...
  • When a Caring 8-Year-Old Girl Learned An Iraqi Vet Needed Help, She Just Had to Take Action Herself

    08/24/2014 6:32:36 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    ijreview ^ | August 24, 2014 | Soopermexican
    One special little girl made an Iraqi War vet tear up with her touching act of selflessness when she heard he needed help to train his dog to become an assistance animal. Nick Bailey served two tours in Iraq and suffers from spinal injuries and PTSD as a result from a rocket bomb attack. From WCSC: “For me, it’s just amazing that an 8-year-old girl would show any interest in me or my dog,” Bailey said. * Because of post traumatic stress from his military service, Bailey finds it hard to go out in public alone, and also suffers with...
  • Marine convicted of killing Iraqi to be retried (Camp Pendleton)

    08/15/2014 11:02:39 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 8/15/14 | Jennifer Hlad
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Marine sentenced to 11 years in prison for the 2006 killing of an unarmed Iraqi in Hamdaniyah will be retried later this month after his conviction was thrown out because a confession was obtained after he had been improperly denied a lawyer. But the civilian lawyer of the Marine, Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III, argued in a hearing Thursday that he should first get a new Article 32 hearing because the confession was the centerpiece of the government’s case against him. Hutchins was convicted of unpremeditated murder in 2007 for the death of the unarmed...
  • Marine sniper at center of viral video scandal found dead

    08/14/2014 11:38:47 AM PDT · by McGruff · 68 replies
    the Washington Post ^ | August 14, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    Retired Marine Cpl. Robert Richards, a combat veteran who was badly wounded in Afghanistan and later appeared in a controversial video urinating on dead Taliban insurgents, was found dead Wednesday night in his home in North Carolina. He was 28. The death was confirmed Thursday morning by Guy Womack, a lawyer who represented Richards in his long legal battle with the Marine Corps after the video was published anonymously on YouTube in January 2012 and erupted into an international scandal. Womack said the death does not appear to have been a suicide, and the cause will not be known until...