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  • 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...
  • OC Man Found Guilty Of Murdering His Roommate, An Iraq War Veteran

    07/29/2014 2:42:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 29, 2014 1:43 PM
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County man was found guilty Tuesday of killing his roommate in 2013. Kwang Joy, 54, was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Iraqi war veteran and Cal State Fullerton student Maribel Ramos. Officials believe Ramos, 36, and Joy got into an argument on May 2, 2013 after the victim told him he needed to move out of her home in Orange. Ramos’ body was found in Modjeska Canyon off Santiago Canyon Road two weeks later. During the search for the victim, Joy maintained his innocence and repeatedly talked about his love for...
  • Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There

    01/10/2014 12:14:05 PM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    Adam Banotai was a 21-year-old sergeant and squad leader in the Marine Corps during the 2004 invasion of Falluja, a restive insurgent-held city in Iraq. His unit — which had seven of 17 men wounded by shrapnel or bullets in the first days of the invasion — seized control of the government center early in the campaign. So when Sunni insurgents, some with allegiances to Al Qaeda, retook the city this month and raised their black insurgent flag over buildings where he and his men fought, he was transfixed, disbelieving and appalled.
  • Officials Say Accused Reseda Killer Is Iraq Veteran With PTSD

    12/22/2013 6:57:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 21, 2013 1:29 PM
    RESEDA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities on Saturday identified the suspect they said shot two people — killing one and leaving the other critically wounded — at an apartment complex in Reseda. The shooting occurred just after 6:40 p.m. Friday. Officers with the LAPD’s West Valley unit said they arrived at an apartment in the 7500 block of Canby Avenue and found two people with gunshot wounds. In another apartment, they said they found a suspect bleeding and acting irrationally. They said the suspect, who was bleeding from his hands and arms, was taken into custody. Witnesses said the man was screaming...
  • New dad lured into fatal robbery after arranging to meet men to buy iPad listed on Craigslist

    12/08/2013 11:36:36 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 80 replies
    Daily Mail On LIne ^ | 12/8/13 | unknown
    An Iraq veteran who thought he was buying an iPad as a Christmas present after responding to a Craigslist posting, has been shot dead in an Indianapolis parking lot by the fake sellers. New-dad Jim Vester, 32, was lured to an address on Wednesday in the west side of the city and brothers Tyron Kincade, 19, and Tyshaune Kincade, 18, have been arrested after Vester was shot dead leaving behind his one-year-old son, Gavin and wife, Jamie. In the wake of the senseless murder, nearly 1,500 people have donated $58,000 to a YouCaring.com fundraiser set up by Vester's family for...
  • WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT IS A FRAUD

    11/11/2013 8:53:48 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 80 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/11/13 | Dean Graham US Army Ret, Iraq Vet
    The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) pays millions of dollars for commercials showing injured service members. Many were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (Why?). I have talked to many Veterans who were promised many things from WWP and did not receive anything in return for the use of their likeness in commercials and print ads. The commercials do not mention anything WWP does to help the injured service members. Listen closely to the commercials as they parade an injured veteran around like an injured animal. They pay famous actors and musicians to pull on the nation’s heart strings. Fox News takes...
  • Iraq veteran to challenge John Cornyn’s Senate seat

    11/02/2013 8:21:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 2, 2013 | Nora Lindtner
    Erick Wyatt, a 37-year-old veteran of the war in Iraq, is running for Sen. John Cornyn’s seat in the Republican primary in March 2014. The young Veteran said he does not think Cornyn is doing a good job representing Texas, and the current Senator is “a moderate at best.” Wyatt is currently the youngest challenger up for Cornyn’s seat, but believes his young age and lack of political background is an advantage because it gives him greater opportunity to relate to the working middle class and the younger generation.
  • Pvt. Jessica Lynch, 10 Years After Iraq Rescue: Pain But Much Gain

    09/19/2013 4:07:18 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 57 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 9-19-13 | ANGEL CANALES
    It was back in March 23, 2003, just three days after the start of the Iraq War, when Private First Class Jessica Lynch's unit was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq. Lynch was only 19 when she was captured, badly injured and raped by Iraqi forces and held hostage for nine days before her dramatic rescue by US Rangers on April 1, 2003. Controversy surrounds the "mythic" rescue story line. Lynch has blamed the Bush administration for exaggerating the bravery and success of the war with her story. "I knew that, even ten years later, I would not have been able to...
  • State Sen. Joni Ernst jumps into Iowa Senate race

    07/11/2013 3:25:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    The HIll ^ | July 10, 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) will run for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) seat, she announced Wednesday afternoon. "As a mother, soldier, and a conservative, the values I hold dear, and have fought more than 20 years to protect, are being threatened by the failed policies of this president," she said in a statement on her new campaign website. "Washington has failed us. We need and deserve better leadership. And that's why I am running for U.S. Senate." Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in Iowa's national guard and first-term state lawmaker, has received encouragement from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R)...
  • Two ex-Marines sentenced to death after they raped Iraq vet's wife and shot couple to death

    06/22/2013 8:31:59 PM PDT · by heartwood · 56 replies
    Mail Online ^ | June 21, 2013 | Kerry McDermott
    Two ex-Marines have been sentenced to death after they stormed the home of an Iraq veteran and his wife and shot the newly married couple dead. Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, was forced to watch as his wife Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, was raped, before the couple were shot in the head by their attackers, according to court documents. Emrys John, 23, and Tyrone Miller, 25, were both given the death penalty yesterday for their roles in the 2008 killings in Riverside County, California. A third ex-Marine, Kevin Cox, 25, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The three men -...
  • DHS Caught Spying On Veterans

    05/28/2013 9:09:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 27, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Included among the suspected terrorists were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. At the time it was revealed, the program called “Operation Vigilant Eagle” caused some controversy but was quickly forgotten and buried by the media. For the DHS, Vigilant Eagle was the expression of the misdirected paranoia that exists at the agency’s highest levels, which since President Obama stepped into office have issued multiple reports about a supposed wave of terrorism by American conservatives of various stripes, from Tea Party members to off-duty cops.
  • The hero always gets the girl: Victoria Cross winner Johnson Beharry marries...

    03/18/2013 3:33:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18th March 2013 | Kerry McDermott
    War hero Corporal Johnson Beharry, who saved the lives of 30 soldiers in Iraq, has married his girlfriend in a ceremony at a London registry office today. The decorated soldier and his glamorous bride Mallissa Venice Noel were photographed leaving Old Marylebone Town Hall after today's service, which took place under a veil of military-style secrecy. Guests at the wedding were ordered to hand over their phones before the ceremony after Cpl Beharry and his fiancee signed a magazine deal. Friends and family who attended the wedding had to give in their phones to make sure photographs of the happy...
  • Vet who saved many in Iraq couldn't escape demons.

    03/16/2013 5:07:00 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2013 | Sharon Cohen
    He had a knack for soothing soldiers who'd just seen their buddies killed by bombs. He knew how to comfort medics sickened by the smell of blood and troops haunted by the screams of horribly burned Iraqi children. Capt. Peter Linnerooth was an Army psychologist. He counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. Hundreds upon hundreds sought his help. For nightmares and insomnia. For shock and grief. And for reaching that point where they just wanted to end it all.
  • Indiana, Pa., veteran dies in helicopter crash

    02/12/2013 11:44:26 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 2 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 02-12-2013 | Alex Zimmerman
    An Indiana, Pa., man was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles while working on a military-themed reality show for the Discovery Channel. Michael Donatelli, 45, was one of three people, including the pilot, who were killed in the crash, according to Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Jason Brandenburg. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. The crash occurred about 3:45 a.m. on the Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, north of Los Angeles. Officials at the ranch declined to comment. Mr. Donatelli served four tours of duty in Iraq, worked as a Washington, D.C.,...
  • War veteran killed outside his Malden skateboard shop

    02/07/2013 3:44:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Fox-TV Boston ^ | January 30, 2013
    MALDEN (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) — A U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was killed in a shooting on Main Street in Malden on Tuesday afternoon. The Middlesex District Attorney's office identified the victim as 39-year-old Shawn Clark, of Saugus.
  • Study: 22 Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day

    02/02/2013 1:07:07 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | 1 Feb 13 | None listed
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The results of a new study indicate that suicide rates among veterans in the United States are increasing. An estimated 22 military veterans take their lives every day in America, according to the study helmed by Robert Bossarte, an epidemiologist and researcher who works with the Department of Veterans Affairs. While the percentage of all suicides reported as Veterans has decreased, the number of suicides has increased,” the conclusion of the study stated. Specific trends were observed during the course of the study regarding the age and gender of veterans who most frequently committed suicide. “A majority...
  • Author of "American Sniper" among the dead at Rough Creek (CHRIS KYLE MURDERED!)

    02/02/2013 7:01:42 PM PST · by hawkeye101 · 328 replies
    A former Tarleton State University student who wrote the best-selling book, "American Sniper," was one of two victims shot and killed at Rough Creek Lodge late Saturday afternoon. Chris Kyle and a friend were found dead at Rough Creek's shooting range.
  • 9 More Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Joining Congress

    11/24/2012 4:56:27 PM PST · by haffast · 11 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | 11/24/2012 | ABC OTUS News
    As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm. Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence. snip Veterans' groups say the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is welcome because it comes at a time when the overall number of veterans in Congress is on a steep...
  • Military Suicides 'Out of Control'

    11/20/2012 8:34:10 AM PST · by kristinn · 137 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News Herald ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012 | Randal Yakey
    CALLAWAY — Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. Locked inside his car, U.S. Army Spc. William Busbee sat with a .45-caliber gun pointed to the side of his head. “Look at me,” his mother cried out as she tried to get her son’s attention. “Look at me.” He wouldn’t look. He stared out the front windshield, distant, Busbee said, relating the story from an apartment complex in Callaway. “I kept yelling, ‘Don’t you do this. Don’t do it.’ He wouldn’t turn his...
  • SAS sniper jailed for 18 months for 'forgetting' about pistol(UK)

    11/12/2012 11:12:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies
    metro.co.uk ^ | 11 November, 2012 | NA
    Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to 18 months in a military jail last week. A working 9mm Glock handgun, given to him after he trained a counterterrorism force in 2007, was found in his home by police last year. He said he forgot he had the weapon and failed to declare it. His wife Sally described the father of two as a 'hero who has been betrayed', while the sentence came in for more criticism after it was handed down in the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday. Sgt Nightingale's lawyer said his client...
  • Gunman arrested near W.Va. school is in Va. National Guard

    08/21/2012 9:29:01 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 56 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 21, 2012 | N/A
    A West Virginia man arrested while running in desert camouflage with an AR-15 training rifle is a member of the Virginia National Guard who served a tour of duty in Iraq, and his father says he's not a terrorist. Stephen Alemar tells The Hagerstown Herald-Mail that he believes his 23-year-old son, William Alemar, was just trying to stay in shape for his next military assignment when he was arrested near two Martinsburg schools on Monday. William Alemar was charged with committing a terrorist act after police found him carrying two knives and ammunition clips, and wearing a bulletproof vest. Alemar...
  • Fiery Reaction to Marine’s Stolen Saddam Rifle (Marine Convicted of Possessing Iraqi AK-47)

    07/07/2012 5:22:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | July 6, 2012 | JOHN ASBURY
    Fiery Reaction to Marine’s Stolen Saddam Rifle Is it among the spoils of war? Or worthy of a felony conviction that carries a 10-year prison sentence? The recent conviction of a Twentynine Palms Marine from Hemet has sparked a debate from readers and a fierce defense from the Marine himself. To rewind, Staff Sgt. Joel Cleve Miller was convicted last week of illegal possession of a machine gun. Federal prosecutors said he smuggled a chrome-plated AK-47 that once belonged to Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard back to his home in Hemet after a 2005 tour in Iraq. Miller now...
  • Hemet: Marine convicted of smuggling rifle from Saddam palace (AK-47 stolen from Saddam's palace)

    07/03/2012 9:21:12 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | July 3, 2012 | JOHN ASBURY
    Hemet: Marine convicted of smuggling rifle from Saddam palace - An AK-47 seized from Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard, belonging to Twentynine Palms Marine Joel Cleve Miller. Federal prosecutors said former Staff Sgt. Joel Cleve Miller, 40, was found guilty of possession of an illegal chrome AK-47 that he smuggled back from Iraq during a 14-month tour in 2005. When he returned to his home in Hemet, he bragged to several friends that he smuggled the gun back after it once belonged to Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard. The U.S. Marine Corps discharged Miller in December 2011 after 20 years in the...
  • If Giants Get a Parade, Say Some Vets, Why Not Us? (What about the heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan?)

    02/07/2012 7:06:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/07/2012 | KATE TAYLOR
    The New York Giants on Tuesday will be showered with confetti and greeted by throngs as they are feted with the city’s most storied honor: a parade through its Canyon of Heroes. But all the fanfare — the parade this week is the fourth since 2000 to honor a sports team — has touched off anger and unease among some returned Iraq veterans, who are eagerly awaiting their own recognition. “Everybody recognizes that the Giants deserve a parade,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. But, he added, “If a football team gets...
  • Tens of Thousands Waving Flags Turn Out in Cold for St. Louis Tribute to Iraq War Vets

    01/29/2012 5:15:33 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    Tens of Thousands Waving Flags Turn Out in Cold for St. Louis Tribute to Iraq War Vets St. Louis parade on Iraq War's end draws thousands By JIM SALTER, Associated Press January 29, 2012 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans. The parade, borne out of a simple conversation between two St. Louis friends a month ago, was the nation's first big welcome-home...
  • THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin

    01/07/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 47 replies
    DEFEND OUR MARINES ^ | 1-6-2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin by Nathaniel R. Helms | Friday, January 6, 2012 | Day Two: Jury selection complete Camp Pendleton, Calif. – An eight-man panel of four officers and four senior non-commissioned officers will begin listening to testimony Monday morning when the lawyers fighting the final Battle of Haditha offer their opening statements at the General Court Martial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich, the last Marine standing in the six-year-old fight. The government is apparently expecting a tough battle in the weeks ahead. “I can’t think of a single witness desiring of...
  • Report: Rainier Park Gunman Dead

    01/02/2012 11:44:51 AM PST · by Doogle · 25 replies · 1+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | 01/02/12 | FOXNEWS
    Police say they may have found the body of Benjamin Colton Barnes, an Iraq veteran sought in the fatal shooting of a Mount Rainier National park ranger, who apparently died while trying to evade SWAT teams in a remote wilderness area.
  • Navy Pilot Hit While Riding Bicycle Dies [Iraq Vet killed by hit and run driver]

    12/04/2010 4:36:59 PM PST · by My hearts in London - Everett · 36 replies · 1+ views
    News4Jax.com ^ | December 3, 2010 | Unknown
    A 26-year-old Navy pilot struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle in Atlantic Beach early Sunday morning has died.
  • The New Victory Caucus in Congress (War Veterans Elected to Congress)

    11/05/2010 12:02:09 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | Pete Hegseth
    On Tuesday, six Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were elected to Congress (and possibly seven, if Jesse Kelly pulls out his race in Arizona’s 8th district). All six (seven) of them support victory on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan and a hawkish national-security posture overall. The impressive list of warriors can be found at the bottom of this post, and also at Vets for Freedom’s website. These warriors — and the two pro-victory Iraq veterans already in Congress (Duncan Hunter and Mike Coffman) — constitute a formidable new Victory caucus in the House. All eight (or nine) Iraq and Afghanistan...
  • Dem Candidate to Veteran: Military Service Isn't Public Service

    10/25/2010 5:44:07 PM PDT · by khnyny · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2010 | Amanda Marshall
    Twenty-four years in the military doesn't count as public service, at least according to Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran. In a video that's gone viral online, Moran is heard telling a Democratic gathering earlier this month that his opponent, Republican Patrick Murray, is just another unqualified GOP candidate. "What [Republicans] do is find candidates, usually stealth candidates, that haven't been in office, haven't served or performed in any kind of public service," Moran said. "My opponent is typical, frankly." The trouble is, Murray is a retired Army colonel with 24 years of service--including combat in Iraq. The idea that such...
  • Popaditch - Filner Debate parts 1 thru 5 (a whoopin)

    10/25/2010 12:35:52 PM PDT · by pissant · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/22/10 | Popaditch/Filner
    Filner - "I'm going to stick to the issues....right after I accuse my opponent of smearing me."
  • Nick Popaditch for Congress

    09/12/2010 11:29:45 PM PDT · by pissant · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | 9/11/10 | Neal Stevens
    25 Comments Nick Popaditch Nick Popaditch is running for Congress. Previous occupation? Gunnery Sergeant, USMC. That patch he wears? Not preparing for Talk like a Pirate day, but rather a wound at Fallujah. His district? California’s 51st. Oh yes, that district. Inland California tends to be right-leaning, but Imperial County is one big exception. It’s a poor expanse of desert along the Mexican border stretching from Arizona to San Diego County. Since redistricting shifted the seat’s number from 50 to 51, Democrat Bob Filner won by 19, 26, 27, and 48 points. This is not friendly territory, so it’s good...
  • Interviewing Nick Popaditch, the ‘Cigar Marine’

    08/05/2010 9:20:01 AM PDT · by pissant · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/3/10 | Cassy Fiano
    Nick Popaditch is an American hero who has spent his life in service to our country. He first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1986, serving with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. During Operation Desert Shield, he served as a tank commander before being honorably discharged in 1992. In 1996, he reenlisted with the Marine Corps, and once again served as a tank commander. From 1998 to 2002, he served as a drill instructor before returning to 1st Marine Division in 2002. He rose to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and deployed to Iraq. The 1st Tank Battalion pulled...
  • Huck PAC Endorses Nick Popaditch For Congress In California

    05/19/2010 12:49:42 PM PDT · by pissant · 20 replies · 304+ views
    Huck PAC ^ | 5/19/20 | Mike Huckabee
    As a decorated United States Marine, Nick Popaditch has clearly shown his loyalty and love of country. Nick was a career marine who first served his nation in combat as a Sergeant during Operation: Desert Shield and Storm – after an Honorable Discharge – he decided to re-enlist and returned to the front lines in Operation: Iraqi Freedom. Nick’s willingness to serve is testament to his character and heart. Now, Nick is once again going to serve and protect the liberties that make this nation truly exceptional, this time from liberals in Washington. Californians deserve a leader like Nick who’ll...
  • Warriors for Congress

    05/05/2010 6:57:26 AM PDT · by notaliberal · 8 replies · 202+ views
    Melanie Morgan's web site supporting combat veterans running for a congressional seat.
  • Back from Iraq, Frisco soldier finds his home sold by HOA

    05/15/2010 12:20:51 PM PDT · by GeronL · 228 replies · 5,157+ views
    Dallas Mourning Snooze ^ | May 14, 2010 | David Schechter
    FRISCO — A soldier returned home from combat to find his Frisco home, which was owned free and clear, sold off by his homeowners' association. While there is a law to protect service members from financial disaster while they're off fighting a war, it is frequently broken. On dangerous missions in Iraq, Capt. Michael Clauer of Frisco was responsible for the lives of 130 soldiers. He had a lot on his mind. "You can't worry about what's going on at home," he said. "It's enough stress there the way it is." His wife, Mae Clauer, was under stress, too. She...
  • From battle to ballots: Veterans aiming at Congress

    05/06/2010 5:42:50 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 7 replies · 550+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 6, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Usually a handful of ex-soldiers seeks political office every election cycle. But more than 20 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are running this fall for Congress alone. Almost all are riding a wave of public anger at incumbents over a profligate government and dishonest Wall Street -- and a general feeling that the Democratic remedy has proven as bad as, or worse than, the GOP disease.
  • Man Who "Died" 5 Times Is Becoming Catholic (Thousands to Enter Church at Easter)

    03/30/2010 10:38:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 245 replies · 2,449+ views
    zna ^ | March 29, 2010
    WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 29, 2010 (Zenit.org).- This Easter, thousands are planning to become Catholic, including a man who almost lost his life five times. The U.S. bishops' conference shared the story of Jeremy Feldbusch, 30, from Blairsville, Pennsylvania, who is among the thousands preparing to enter the Church Saturday evening. Feldbusch was in the armed services in Iraq, and on April 3, 2003, he was wounded with shrapnel from the conflict, which resulted in blindness in both eyes and traumatic brain injury. He was expected to die shortly after, or if he lived, to sustain extensive brain damage. Doctors put...
  • Heads Up: Live FR 'Press Conference' with Candidate 'Gunny Pop' Nick Popaditch - Thurs 8:00 AM, PST

    03/16/2010 12:02:38 PM PDT · by pissant · 75 replies · 1,030+ views
    FR/PopaditchforCongress ^ | 3/16/10 | Pissant
    Dear freepers. This Thursday morning, 3/18/2010, at 8:00AM Pacific (11:00 eastern) Marine Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch will join us for an hour or so live on FR to say hello and answer as many questions as he can in that time. His lovely wife April will be joining him as well. As many of you know, Nick is a candidate for Congress in California's 51st district. He is attempting to unseat the Pelosi butt kisser and socialist named Bob Filner. Nick is also a retired Tank Commander who had two great stints in the Marine Corps (prounounced 'core', Mr. Obama,...
  • Greg Brown for WV Senate 15

    03/04/2010 3:27:35 AM PST · by WVKayaker · 19 replies · 424+ views
    Greg Brown has a littlest son, Jacob, in the Petersburg, WV hospital. He needs our prayers. But, Greg is also the best man for the job. Helmick, the D is a spendthrift, and more...
  • African-American Republican To Seek (Pa) Gov. As Independent

    03/03/2010 7:35:39 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 12 replies · 421+ views
    Robert Allen Mansfield, a sergeant in the National Guard with service in Iraq, has announced he is dropping out of the May 18 Republican primary election to run for governor as an independent. The state Republican committee voted overwhelmingly, last month, to endorse Attorney General Tom Corbett for the spot. Still in the primary race is state Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-128) Mansfield is an African-American from Philadelphia, born in 1971, whose heroine addicted mother put him up for adoption. He spent two years in foster care before being adopted by the Mansfield family.
  • Those Who've Already Filed to run for Murtha's Seat

    02/08/2010 3:10:02 PM PST · by no dems · 38 replies · 1,015+ views
    D.C.'s Political Report ^ | February 8, 2010 | no dems
    O.K., I know it's not Murtha's seat; that was just for clarification. That said: Those who filed to run for Murtha’s seat in PA’s 12th District before his death are: Dems: Former Naval Officer Ryan Bucchianeri and Attorney Ron Mackell Republicans: Activist Dave Battaglia, Businessman Tim Burns and Army Vet & ’08 nominee William T. “Bill” Russell
  • First Female Black POW Speaks Out in Book

    02/05/2010 6:12:09 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 140 replies · 2,613+ views
    cbs ^ | WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 | unknown
    (AP) Shoshana Johnson survived gunshot wounds to both legs and 22 days as a prisoner of war in Iraq. Life wasn't so easy when she came home, either. In a new book out this week, the 37-year-old single mother describes mental health problems related to her captivity and tells how it felt to play second fiddle in the media to fellow POW Jessica Lynch, who was captured in the same ambush. "It was kind of hurtful," the former Army cook said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If I'd been a petite, cutesy thing, it would've been different."
  • Candidate was acquitted of killing Iraqis (NC 7th)

    01/31/2010 5:34:42 PM PST · by Hawk720 · 33 replies · 737+ views
    UPI ^ | January 28, 2010
    WILMINGTON, N.C., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Marine officer acquitted of killing two Iraqis announced Thursday he is a candidate for Congress in North Carolina. Ilario Pantano plans to seek the Republican nomination in the seventh district, now represented by Democrat Mike McIntyre, WECT-TV in Wilmington reported. "Anybody's background in a political race is fair game," Pantano said. "My life has been more dramatic and kinetic than any other candidate's." After his acquittal five years ago, Pantano wrote a memoir, "Warlord." He has also been a commodity trader for Goldman Sachs. Will Breazeale, who was defeated by McIntyre...
  • Breazeale (R-NC 7th) Responds To State Of The Union

    01/29/2010 7:36:46 AM PST · by Leader_Of_The _Conservatives · 10 replies · 378+ views
    www.awilltowin.com ^ | 1/29/2010 | www.awilltowin.com
    Jan. 29, 2010 - 11:43pm Will Breazeale, candidate for United States Congress in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, took the President to task for what he deemed an “instigating” State of the Union speech Wednesday night. “The speech was filled with a bulk of lies, half truths, and vague assertions,” observed Breazeale. “What is worse is that he repeatedly attempted to try to play class warfare, pitting ordinary Americans against each other.” The three-time Iraq War veteran took issue with numerous times where he felt President Obama was more interested in “getting even” than improving the country. In particular, Breazeale...
  • Foundation brings wounded vets back to Iraq

    01/31/2010 12:46:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 198+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, USA
    BAGHDAD - Rick Kell, executive director of the Troops First Foundation, has done it again. Six wounded warriors stepped off a C-130 Hercules here, Jan. 31, and took their first steps on Iraqi soil since being severely wounded the last time they were here. This is the fourth time Kell has returned wounded service members to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program aimed at helping the warriors find emotional closure after being injured. Although this is the fourth trip, this set of Soldiers differs from previous groups, as all six Soldiers are now retired. Capt. Ferris Butler...