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  • Gunman, 3 hostages reported dead at California veterans home [Yountville]

    03/09/2018 12:22:13 PM PST · by MeganC · 89 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3/9/2018 | FOX News
    An armed man took three hostages during an "active shooter situation" at a California veterans home Friday afternoon, a fire official said. Earlier, it emerged the veterans home was on lockdown after reports of shots fired. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office said officers responded to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville around 10:45 a.m. local time and a shelter-in-place order was issued.
  • Malkin: Give VA Secretary David Shulkin the boot

    03/07/2018 6:17:35 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 7, 2018 | Michelle Malkin
    This Obama holdover needs to hear the famous words: “You’re fired!” Will the VA scandal never end? While the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary lives high on the hog and his lying chief of staff resigns in disgrace while escaping any punishment, legions of vets every day in this country are denied the medical care they earned. President Trump was supposed to drain the swamp. But at the historically fraud-ridden and profligate VA, the alligators continue feasting on the public dime. This latest witch hunt for dissenters comes in the wake of a scathing inspector general’s report last month on...
  • Virginia Mother TerriLynn St. John Found Dead, Covered in Leaves Not Far From Her Home

    03/02/2018 1:07:37 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    A 23-year-old mother, who vanished from her front yard as her children played inside, was found dead and covered in leaves Thursday, less than a mile from her home, authorities said. Alvin Keyser, also 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and concealing a dead body after leading investigators to the remains of TerriLynn St. John, according to Middlesex Sheriff's Maj. Michael Sampson.St. John got into the van willingly, according to Sampson. Investigators say Keyser admitted that he pushed St. John out of the van, continued to hit her, and strangled her until she stopped breathing. Then he covered...
  • VA whistleblower: Veterans poisoned at Camp Lejeune need Trump's help getting care [op-ed]

    02/27/2018 7:16:29 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 27, 2018 | Scott Davis
    Several months ago, I contacted the White House to recommend that the Trump administration appoint a Czar for Veterans Affairs to resolve concerns relating to Military Toxic Exposure. Nearly 900,000 Marine Corps veterans were poisoned by contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Over the past year, I have been contacted by a number of these veterans who expressed concerns about delayed access to healthcare and disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as being denied tort claim benefits from the Department of Defense. Although VA leaders have expanded online communication relating to Camp Lejeune benefits,...
  • Weekly Update: JW Sues for Unmasking Targeting Trump Team

    02/17/2018 9:36:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 16, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    New Lawsuit for State Department Unmasking Documents VA Secretary Was Misled by Staff about Veteran Prosecuted for Posting Flag Much-Needed New Scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation New Lawsuit for State Department Unmasking Documents In its final year the Obama administration may have used our nation’s spy apparatus to identify, or “unmask,” members of the Trump campaign and subsequently leaking information about them to the press. One of the more curious details about this unlawful effort was that Obama’s U.N. ambassador was evidently engaged in unmasking and was doing so at a frenzied pace. We want to know more. So,...
  • VA probe to allege Dr. David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets, airfare:[TR]

    02/13/2018 9:04:37 AM PST · by buckalfa · 10 replies
    Beckers Hospital Review ^ | February 13, 2018 | Morgan Haefner
    Investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs will release a report accusing VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, of wrongly accepting Wimbledon tickets and paying for his wife's airfare with taxpayer funds during a European trip last summer, USA Today reports. Here are five things to know about the allegations. 1. Dr. Shulkin's lawyers deemed the accusations, scheduled to be released this week, unfair and questionable. "The draft report ignores critical facts, presenting a one-sided version of events that casts aside evidence contradicting your chosen narrative," lawyers Justin Shur, Eric Nitz and Emily Damrau wrote in draft rebuttal obtained by USA...
  • Va. missionary admits having sex with 21 boys, ages 5-17, on trips to Haiti

    02/06/2018 7:46:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 66 replies
    WJLA ^ | 2/6/18 | Don Parker
    A self-proclaimed Christian missionary from Virginia has admitted to having sex with at least 21 boys, ages 5 to 17, while on missionary trips to Haiti.James Daniel Arbaugh, 40, of Stuarts Draft, Va., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of illicit sexual conduct with a boy under the age of 18. According to court documents, Arbaugh admitted to befriending, grooming, and engaging in sexual conduct with minors while in Haiti on trips between 2008 and 2017.Arbaugh traveled throughout Haiti evangelizing and showing Christian-themed movies, according to a statement from United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.Arbaugh will be sentenced on June...
  • VA Facility Where Vet Got Prosecuted for Posting U.S. Flags Duped out of Millions by Bribed Official

    01/18/2018 9:52:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 18, 2018
    An official at the same Los Angeles Veterans Administration facility where an Army vet got prosecuted for posting American Flags took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a vendor that defrauded the VA out of millions. While the feds went on a witch hunt against the 75-year-old vet for affixing Old Glory at a site honoring those who served their country, the VA director was committing the real crime. This month the corrupt VA official, Ralph Tillman, agreed to plead guilty to two felony offenses for taking over a quarter of a million dollars in bribes from a...
  • After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights

    01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
    In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
  • Virginia parents murdered after warning daughter about teen boyfriend’s neo-Nazi affiliations

    12/27/2017 8:42:22 AM PST · by bgill · 48 replies ^ | Dec. 26, 2017 | AP
    Police in Fairfax County, a Washington suburb, announced Saturday they filed charges against the teen. His name wasn’t released because of his age. Scott Fricker, 48, and his wife Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, were shot Friday in their home in the community of Reston. Police say the teen knew the victims, who confronted him when he entered their home. Police say the teen then shot the couple and himself. The Washington Post reported Saturday the suspect had been dating the couple’s daughter, but that the family had recently persuaded her to break up with him because he espoused neo-Nazi philosophies.
  • *Faster VA Claims Decisions* .....?

    12/16/2017 9:33:54 PM PST · by 1_Inch_Group · 9 replies
    my email | Today | Me
    Since you last filed a VA disability claim, VA has improved the claim process by launching the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) Program. When you file a DRC, you can get a decision on your claim in 30 days or less by working with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO). Your VSO will help you gather and submit all relevant and required evidence so your claim is ready for VA to make a decision when you submit it. You can now file a DRC for the following claim types: Direct Service Connection Claims Presumptive Service Connection Claims Secondary Service Connection Claims...
  • Position Paper of the Silver Star Families of America on Opioid Use

    12/03/2017 9:35:21 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 11 replies
    The Silver Star Families of America, the SSFOA, is well aware of the dangers of opioids in all their various forms and, for the most part, agrees with the new federal and state guidelines that are tightening up the distribution of the drugs as long as it does not adversely affect the veteran population.
  • Don't blame the Donald for those losses; blame the candidates

    11/27/2017 6:24:50 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 11.12.17 | Paul Mulshine
    It was a bad week for establishment Republicans from New Jersey running for governor. And I'm not talking about just Kim Guadagno. Ed Gillespie managed to lose a big race as well. Both were New Jerseyans: Gillespie by birth, Guadagno by marriage. Let us dispense first with Guadagno, who was born in Iowa and came here after completing law school. From the beginning of this campaign it was obvious that her chances of getting elected governor rested with Chris Christie. -snip- Or in other words, it is run the same way the national party is run: by people like Ed...
  • VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

    11/22/2017 8:59:27 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-22-2017
    Veterans returned to the U.S. after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam a half century ago, but hundreds of them may be dying from a silent bullet — a slow-killing parasite living in the men decades after the war, a new study revealed. Liver flukes, parasites that infect a human when raw or undercooked fish is eaten, are being investigated as the cause of a rare bile duct cancer among veterans who served in the Vietnam War. It could take years for symptoms to show up, but when they do, the host is left with tremendous pain and given just...
  • WWII veteran calls for help and dies as nurses laugh, video shows

    11/18/2017 3:33:42 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 42 replies
    WXIA-TV [GA] ^ | 18 Novemer 2017 | WXIA-TV
    A hidden video from 2014 showed nurses laughing as a World War II veteran repeatedly called for help and died while in their care. The family of James Dempsey, 89, of Woodstock, Ga., hid a camera in the late veteran’s room in the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center which captured the night he died. The video showed the decorated WWII veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he could not breathe. It also showed the nurses failing to take life-saving measures and laughing as they tried to start an oxygen machine.
  • CAIR Exit Poll: 85 Percent of Virginia Muslim Voters Supported Northam

    11/08/2017 10:32:32 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 37 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | November 8, 2017
    The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), in partnership with the Virginia Council of Muslim Organizations (VCMO), today released the results of an exit poll indicating that Muslim voters in Virginia strongly supported now governor-elect Ralph Northam in Tuesday's election. The poll, conducted by an independent interactive voice response survey provider on behalf of CAIR and VCMO, indicated that 76 percent of registered Virginia Muslim voters turned out to the polls in the off-year election. CAIR said the more than 300 Muslim voters surveyed indicated the following preferences: Ralph Northam (D) 85% Ed Gillespie (R) 13% Cliff Hyra (L) 2%...
  • VA rejects push to alter ‘sexist’ motto: ‘Lincoln’s words are Lincoln’s words’

    11/02/2017 10:14:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Veterans group claims motto ‘symbolizes the agency’s resistance to gender equity’The VA is defending its motto this week against charges that it “symbolizes​ ​the agency’s​ ​resistance​ ​to​ ​gender​ ​equity.” A portion of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865 has been deemed “sexist” as a VA motto by the nonprofit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The group wrote a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin this week demanding a change, which it says would “better support women.” The motto in question, in place since 1959, reads: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for...
  • New VA Poll Suggest Stunning Turn For Gillespie

    10/26/2017 8:02:09 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/26/17 | ED MORRISSEY
    Has the ground shifted in the biggest election of this off-year with less than two weeks to go? Until this month, Republican candidate Ed Gillespie consistently trailed in polls for the Virginia gubernatorial election to Democrat Ralph Northam. Gillespie scored a one-point edge in a mid-month Monmouth poll, but now shows a commanding eight-point lead in a Hampton University survey:
  • Michael Bloomberg just made Virginia's governor race a referendum on gun control

    10/24/2017 5:09:09 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 23, 2017, 12:28 PM | by Philip Wegmann |
    Michael Bloomberg is hoping to ride to the rescue of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam two weeks ahead of the Virginia governor's race. Everytown for Gun Safety, one the foremost gun control groups in America that is bankrolled by the former New York City mayor, will drop another $400,000 in the election after an earlier $1 million commitment, the Washington Post reports. That makes the race very much a referendum on gun control. October Week 2 | Campfire Watch Full Screen While the Bloomberg cash could rile up the Democratic base and bring Northam victory, it could just as easily backfire...
  • The Push

    10/25/2017 12:03:16 AM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 7 replies
    My brains | Today | Me, Dammit
    The final push. Claim at the VA was denied, BUT..... I did get what I wanted. They formally noted that my previously undiagnosed illness that I applied for was now known as XXXXXdisease. I have a specialist at the VA that had noted in my record that XXXXXdisease "as likely as not" started while in service. VA returned no evidence, but changed undiagnosed illness to XXXXdisease. Am I reading something into this? It seems like they agree...but need me to add more. So I've got witness statements. Family, friends, and potential love interests. All of which have been pushed away...