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  • The Disgusting Attack On Military Service By Nevada Democratic Attorney General Nominee Ross Miller

    10/13/2014 4:36:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    The growing prospect of a Democratic wipeout on November 4 --of a GOP wave triggered by the president's serial incompetencies abroad and scandals at home, from the march of ISIS towards a massacre in Kobani to the incoherent response to travel restrictions on inbound passengers from West Africa to the collapses at the IRS, the VA, and the Secret Service and the growing inability of the CDC to transparently and fully communicate crucial details of Ebola's spread abroad and now at home-- has led to numerous Democratic candidates committing egregious acts of dirty, indeed filthy campaigning. Democratic Senator Mark Udall's...
  • Federal Funding for Honor Guards at Minnesota Veterans' Funerals Cut

    10/09/2014 10:51:59 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 10/9/14 | Megan Matthews
    Federal funding for honor guards at military funerals in Minnesota has been cut. KSTP sister station WDIO-TV reports instead of supporting 5,000 military funerals each year, only 3,000 funerals will be supported. Funerals held at Camp Ripley, Fort Snelling and a new veterans cemetery in Preston will get priority. John Marshall, captain of the Duluth Honor Guard, says that means some veterans in the Duluth area will likely miss out on having the two active duty military personnel at their funeral. “The federal government reneged on its promise to supplement two active military soldiers at all military funerals,” Marshall told...
  • Veterans Deserve Choice of Quality Higher Education

    10/07/2014 8:57:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Historically, Democrats have been politically vulnerable on military issues. The recent missteps President Barack Obama has made in dealing with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the situation in Syria are hurting his party’s chances for keeping control of the Senate in the next Congress. Another problem for the President and Congressional Democrats, is having to spend the 2014 election cycle explaining to voters why our Veterans Hospitals are government-run healthcare disasters. In Phoenix, Veterans Administration secretary Robert McDonald acknowledged that secret waiting lists and bad care needlessly “caused the death of veterans.”Why is such an outrage...
  • Landrieu Votes to Advance DREAM Act

    10/04/2014 2:36:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    Senator Mary Landrieu ^ | December 18, 2010
    United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement today after her vote to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act. The cloture motion was defeated by a vote of 55-41. Sen. Landrieu said: "America is a land of enormous opportunity that is strengthened, not weakened, by the immeasurable contributions of people from different backgrounds. There are 2.1 million young people in this country who were brought to America by their parents as children. They are undocumented, yet they know no other home than the United States of America. I believe these young adults deserve a chance to earn...
  • 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...
  • Indeed, How Dare We Leave Andrew Tahmooressi Behind?

    10/03/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Veteran Neglect: A Navy and Marine Corps veteran asks a House panel why an administration that says it leaves no one behind has let a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder sit in a Mexican jail for six months. From the famous "latte salute" to the Marine holding the presidential umbrella, President Obama's respect for our men in uniform has been open to question. Unless, of course, they desert their post in Afghanistan to try to join the Taliban, like Bowe Bergdahl. Then you have the parents to the White House and trade the Taliban general staff to obtain their release....
  • House Republican: If Tahmooressi Isn’t Released, Mexico Will No Longer Be Treated as our Friend

    10/02/2014 4:25:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Amanda Muńoz
    2014 – April 5: “Mom. I am not going to make it through the night. There are hit men in the cell with me and they told me they are going to kill me. Whatever you do, do not come down to ask questions or investigate because they are going to kill you, too. Change your bank accounts and go underground. Your life is in danger.” 2014 - April 14: “Mom. I tried to kill myself because the guards and the inmates were going to rape, torture and eventually execute me for information.” 2014 - May 1: “Mom. I have...
  • Louisiana VA hospital lacks pajamas and sheets, but spends millions on new furniture, TVs and solar

    10/01/2014 4:51:30 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 29 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 1, 2014 | Tori Richards
    Veterans at the Shreveport, La., Veterans Affairs hospital have been going without toothbrushes, toothpaste, pajamas, sheets and blankets while department officials spend money on new Canadian-made furniture, televisions to run public service announcements and solar panels, a Watchdog investigation has revealed. Sources inside the hospital told Watchdog.org that patients also have had to contend with substandard care, as many nurses spend less time on work than on cell phones, iPods or accessing personal data on hospital computers.
  • World War II vet, 93, visits Russia to thank soldiers who saved him

    09/29/2014 2:49:58 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 49 replies
    Leroy Williamson, 93, has seen relations between the United States and Russia during good times and bad, and has some advice for the countries: "We have to get along," he told ABC News. "We don't need a patriotic war or a World War III." The Texan was in Russia this week to share his appreciation for the Soviet soldiers who liberated his Nazi prisoner-of-war camp on May 1, 1945. He met with a Russian general for lunch, visited with veterans, and placed a wreath at Moscow's memorial to the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in the...
  • 1000 veterans line up for free marijuana

    09/28/2014 11:48:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 2:23 PM EDT
    A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel. The “Grow 4 Vets” giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications. […] Not all who received the bags were veterans. A $20 donation from non-veterans was encouraged. …
  • CCHR Says Congress Should Look at Conflicts of Interest Influencing VA’s Failure to Investigate

    09/28/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    CCHR International [mental health watchdog] ^ | Sept. 11, 2014 | Kelly Patricia O’Meara
    [Full Title: CCHR Says Congress Should Look at Conflicts of Interest Influencing VA’s Failure to Investigate Psychotropic Drug Deaths] While Congress currently is focusing on the VA’s alleged poor quality of care due to long wait times for medical access, still little, to no, attention is being given to the hundreds of veteran cardiac arrests and suicides that occurred after being prescribed cocktails of dangerous psychotropic drugs, especially antipsychotics. Why? The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the nation’s leading mental health watchdog, presented written testimony this year to Congressional hearings into military and veteran deaths and believes that conflicts...
  • American Legion demands name be removed from veterans park

    09/28/2014 10:12:32 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 10 replies
    The Dalton Georgia Daily Citizen ^ | Sept. 28, 2014 | Charles Oliver
    They were some of the driving forces behind creation of the Murray County Veterans Memorial Park, but now the members of Chatsworth American Legion Post 167 have sent a letter to county Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman asking that the post’s name be removed from monuments at the park and the refund of $10,000 in funds donated for the park. “We can no longer support the park in any fashion or form,” said Bruce Kendrick, a spokesman for the post. Soon after the park, which is off Hyden Tyler Road, was dedicated four years ago, post members discovered problems with some...
  • Judge orders Sheriff Stanek to reinstate Iraq war vet's gun permit (MN)

    09/26/2014 8:36:19 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 9/26/14 | MARK BRUNSWICK
    Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek overstepped his authority in revoking the gun permit of an Iraq war veteran who police say represented a possible danger to himself or others, a judge ruled Friday. The judge ordered Stanek to reinstate the vet’s permit to carry a gun. The case could have broad implications about how veterans in crisis are treated by law enforcement and about how much authority a sheriff may have in revoking permits to carry weapons. At one point, Bloomington police became so concerned about the man, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005,...
  • Minn. VA paperwork shows Marine rescheduled appointment — from the grave

    09/25/2014 5:43:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/23/14 | Douglas Ernst
    The family of a deceased Marine is looking for answers after records from the Department of Veterans Affairs showed that he rescheduled an appointment after his death. Cpl. Jordan Buisman, a former Marine videographer, was medically discharged after developing epilepsy. In June 2012 he saw a neurologist at a Minnesota VA, who instructed him to seek an appointment if there were any changes in his condition. After Cpl. Buisman had a seizure in September, he scheduled an appointment with the VA on Oct. 12, and was confirmed for an appointment Dec. 20, a local NBC affiliate reported.
  • School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy

    09/22/2014 1:56:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 250 replies
    Fox News | Sep 19, 2014
    Education School tells Missouri boy his 9/11 souvenir violates school weapons policy A souvenir shell casing handed out by veterans at a 9/11 ceremony landed a seven-year-old Missouri boy in hot water when he took the keepsake to school. Sherry Falke said her son, Zane, forgot he had the souvenir in his pocket when he showed up for class on Tuesday, Fox4KC.com reported. The boy was given the souvenir at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in Carrollton, Mo. "He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school," Falke told...
  • U.S. will train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels

    09/20/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    CTV News / The Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josh Lederman, The Associated Press
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans....
  • US to train veterans to install solar panels

    09/18/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 9:59 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans. …
  • Military Vets Targeted by Sophisticated Job Scheme

    09/17/2014 4:26:55 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area News Online ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | Vicky Nguyen, Liza Meak, Jeremy Carroll and Felipe Escamilla
    Mark Blum served his country for eight years in the Air Force. When he left the military, he had high hopes the skills he learned as a logistical advisor would help him land a new career in civilian life. Instead, he says, he was taken in by an elaborate online employment scheme that has financially ruined him. Blum posted his profile on LinkedIn, which led to an email from a woman identifying herself as Betty Blake from Blue Line Network. “The very first contact with me was, 'We’re looking to hire ex-military people because of their attention to detail,”' Blum...
  • Ex-POW Jessica Lynch Starring in Christian Film

    09/17/2014 3:20:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/16/14 | John Raby
    Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production. But the West Virginia native is not sure if an acting career is in her future. Lynch plays Beth Barlow, the president's daughter, in the JC Films production of "One Church." "It's a lot of stress," Lynch told The Associated Press on Tuesday as she was heading from West Virginia to Rock Hill, South Carolina, to finish filming. "But I have to say I've had fun with it and it's an opportunity. I'm one of those people who says 'never say...
  • VA Supervisor Made Her Employees Renovate Her House, Used Gov’t Money To Do It

    09/16/2014 9:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A former Veterans Affairs supervisor has been sentenced for stealing up to $20,000 of government property, a recent Justice Department release announced. From 2010 to 2013, 48-year-old Venita Godfrey-Scott directed her employees to use materials and supplies intended for VA medical center upkeep on her own house. These taxpayer-funded home improvement projects included “a deck in her backyard, carpet installation, and various kitchen, bathroom and basement improvements.” She also instructed employees to buy other necessary materials with her government-issued credit card, and had them work on these projects during normal work hours, when they were being paid by the VA....
  • Obama initiative to hire veterans for federal jobs triggers resentment ("Too conservative")

    09/16/2014 9:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Market Watch ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jeffry Bartash
    Military veterans are receiving preferential treatment for many federal job openings, and as with any kind of preferential-treatment program, it’s causing a backlash. In a remarkable story, the Washington Post describes growing tension between veterans and civilians who never served in the military throughout the federal government. Civilians complain that their veteran colleagues are conservative yes-men who don’t question authority and are sometimes lacking in the necessary skills. Some complained that male veterans sometimes act inappropriately around their women peers. “You’re getting a very conservative worker that’s very narrow-minded,” said one civilian who works in the Office of Personnel Management....
  • Obama's push to hire veterans into federal jobs fuels resentment

    09/16/2014 3:16:24 PM PDT · by Route797 · 25 replies
    President Barack Obama’s push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other’s competence and qualifications. With veterans moving to the head of the hiring queue in the biggest numbers in a generation, there’s growing bitterness on both sides, according to dozens of interviews with federal employees. Those who did not serve in the military bristle at times at the preferential hiring of veterans and accuse them of a blind deference to authority. The veterans chafe...
  • Obama Declines to Attend Memorial Dedication for Disabled Veterans

    09/16/2014 2:29:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 16, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    President Barack Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first such memorial of its kind, is set to be dedicated during a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. However, Obama, who was first invited to attend the event in January, will not be among those in attendance, according to a veteran’s advocate familiar with the situation. This would...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Controversy Overblown (Looks like he was promoted again)

    09/15/2014 2:27:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jillian Moyet
    Staff Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left captivity to be catapulted into an overgrown spotlight of controversy and reckless speculation in May of this year. What should have been a flood of relief to see the American POW return home was replaced with, oddly enough, outrage, mostly from the Right. Angry tweets accused Obama of endangering U.S. soldiers by exchanging five prisoners from Guantanamo for Bergdahl. Twitter filled with frothing accusations against not only the President but the POW himself, as well as his family, who even received death threats. Bergdahl was a Taliban sympathizer, it was decided, and so was his...
  • Medal of Honor: Lawrence Joel, Specialist 6, United States Army

    09/13/2014 7:20:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Arlington National Cemetery ^ | March 2006 | Michael Robert Patterson, webmaster
    Born at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, February 22, 1928, he earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam while serving as a Medical Corpsman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade on November 8, 1965. In spite of being wounded himself, he saved the lives of many members of his unit. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Johnson on March 9, 1967 at the White House. He was the first living black American to have received the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War in 1898. He died on February 4, 1984 and was...
  • God’s Call to Warriors

    09/09/2014 4:38:51 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Decision Magazine ^ | April, 2014 | Gen. Jerry Boykin
    I love warriors. I love being with warriors. I don’t care how badly injured you are. I don’t care if you’re blind. I don’t care if you are missing limbs. You’ve got a warrior’s heart. You’re a warrior, and you need to continue being a warrior. Exodus 15:3 says: “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name” (NIV). Exodus is pretty early in the Bible. And then in the last book of the Bible, in Revelation 19, it says He’s coming back. As what? As a warrior. It says He’s coming back riding a white horse and...
  • VA customer relations training equates vets angry over care with … Oscar the Grouch

    08/28/2014 3:19:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Needless to say, the Department of Veteran Affairs has had its public-relations challenges this year. The wait-list scandal cost Eric Shinseki his Cabinet post, and the families of dozens of dead veterans in Phoenix claim it cost the lives of those men, even though the government officially exonerated itself this week. A new report from the Philadelphia Inquirer shows that the VA has busied itself with an effort to cheer up veterans by asking its staff to think of them as … Oscar the Grouch? The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs depicted dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in a...
  • American Legion Silent As Obama Pauses For Applause

    08/27/2014 6:56:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama received a tepid response from veterans as he voiced his foreign policy ideals during a speech at the American Legion’s 96th national convention in North Carolina. Staring blankly at his teleprompter, Obama recited his speech, pausing for applause that never came.
  • Tepid clapping greets unpopular Obama's VA speech at American Legion

    08/26/2014 1:00:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 107 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 26,, 2014 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor, MailOnline
    President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion's convention-goers.The 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House's policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that 'a small group of Obama's admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him...
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasn’t there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Checkers flies US flag upside down; hear what Mexican employee tells concerned veterans

    08/14/2014 9:49:27 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 30 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 8/14/2014 | Jack Furnari
    An Army veteran joined a Marine cohort in confronting a Checkers restaurant for flying the American flag upside down. The vets say it’s the second time in three months that the eatery has improperly displayed Old Glory. The video was taken and posted on Facebook by John Zulu of Lakeland, Fl and according to Zulu: I just had to deal with checkers disrespecting the American flag for the second time. Please share this video everywhere. The employee even says, “I’m Mexican, I don’t even believe in the American flag.”
  • CNN Special Tonight on Veterans and PTSD Tonight at 9 pm EDT

    08/12/2014 5:05:31 PM PDT · by Bobibutu · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | August 12, 2014 | Soledad O'Brien
    Documentary airing on CNN looks at the fate of returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans Soledad O'Brien: Too many bring the war home in the form of post-traumatic stress The documentary follows the lives of two veterans, who cope with return from war O'Brien: The two entered a program that used meditation, equine therapy, counseling
  • Records show Obama met just once with Shinseki during VA scandal (day Shinseki resigned)

    08/08/2014 10:44:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Mike Emanuel
    President Obama touted the newly passed Veterans Affairs reform bill Thursday as he signed the measure into law and lamented the scandal that triggered it. But a review of records by Fox News shows the president – despite the urgency he placed publicly on the crisis – only met one-on-one with then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki once during the scandal. The records, provided through a Freedom of Information Act request, showed they met on May 30, the day Shinseki resigned.
  • Stealing from homeless veterans

    08/05/2014 8:13:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/05/14 | Joanna Rosamond
    Los Angeles VA Scandal: Wealthy elite members are treating themselves to dining alfresco and a Shakespeare play, while homeless and disabled veterans agonise in back alley squalor
  • Supreme Court ruling in toxic water case a setback for Camp Lejeune families

    08/04/2014 8:43:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    News & Observer (&newsobserver.com) ^ | June 9, 2014 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to North Carolina families trying to sue over groundwater contamination at a big Marine Corps base. In a technical decision with real-world consequences, the court upheld North Carolina’s limits on how long people have to bring certain pollution-related lawsuits. By upholding the state’s 10-year limit, called a statute of repose, the court effectively undercut lawsuits centering on Camp Lejeune. “Time is the controlling factor,” Justice Anthony Kennedy declared.
  • Progressive Amnesty Amnesia: They're Doing It For The Children!

    08/03/2014 10:27:26 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 1 replies
    Self | 8/4/14 | Me
    Dear Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of your progressive posse incapable of reason... ...if you were truly concerned about the plight of Mexican children & alike, why didn't you send enough food, clothes & medicine to these countries six years ago after Obama won election? Now, months before midterms and after you fail to pass Amnesty again, you orchestrate a mass exodus to our borders - with blood & chaos on your hands - in an attempt to blackmail Congress, stuff the ballot box with your newfound demographic, and nullify our immigration laws and very sovereignty?...
  • Sergeant Reunited With Military Contract Dog

    08/02/2014 8:27:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | Bridget Naso and Monica Garske
    The pair served side-by-side in Afghanistan for seven months as an IED detection team Smiling from ear-to-ear, a U.S. military sergeant was reunited with his four-legged best friend Friday: a contract dog that served side-by-side with him in Afghanistan. It is estimated that dogs like Belle save the lives of up to 200 troops during their service. Organizations like the American Humane Association and Mission K-9 Rescue help connect these dogs with service members through generous donations.
  • Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit

    07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT · by Solson · 80 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | July 29, 2014
    <p>Former Gov. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against the author of “American Sniper.”</p> <p>The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment.”</p> <p>Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict, as instructed. Instead, with the consent of both sides, they voted 8 to 2 in Ventura’s favor.</p>
  • Soldiers Reunite with Dogs They Served With in Iraq and Afghanistan

    07/26/2014 7:20:53 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Arlette Saenz
    They’re the four-legged veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – military war dogs, doing everything from sniffing out explosive devices on the battlefield to providing companionship to soldiers during wartime. Three of these dogs traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday with the same service members they served with on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, raising awareness about the need to reunite military war dogs with their handlers. Since 9/11, over 3,600 dogs have served in the military, with close to 2,000 dogs currently serving through various branches of the military. Earlier this year, the Army said 578 dog...
  • Fort Bragg soldier pleads for help in bringing combat dog back home

    07/26/2014 3:36:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    Fox News 8 ^ | July 26, 2014 | Staff
    Grommet is trying to get his dog back. Don Grommet was able to track Matty to Fort Bragg, where Vet Services was treating the K9 for a torn ACL, and preparing him for separation from service and adoption. The Grommets said they submitted and re-submitted adoption paperwork, and were told the first set of documents were lost. “We were told several times not to worry about it; that everyone knew that Brent was going to adopt Matty” said Don Grommet. But after months of weekly calls to check on the adoption status, Grommet said his son received a call in...
  • Lawmakers: Make It Easier For Military Dogs To Reunite With Soldiers After War

    07/24/2014 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 7/23/14 | Alex Pappas
    They served in the Civil War. They were there for American soldiers during both world wars. One was even on SEAL Team Six, the military team that killed Osama Bin Laden. But military dogs do not always get to go home with their military handlers after serving together in war. During a Capitol Hill event on Wednesday, legislators argued it should be easier for these veterans to reunite with their dogs.
  • Retired military dogs deserve a new leash on life

    07/25/2014 5:36:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | 7/23/14 | Robin Ganzert
    If a military working dog is retired in a non-combat zone overseas, then the military does not provide transportation home since they are no longer considered military dogs, and therefore, not legally allowed to be transported on military aircraft. The solution is simple: Military working dogs should be brought home to U.S. soil before being retired. And, their former handlers, who have the strongest bond with these animals, should be given the first chance to adopt. SNIP That’s certainly true for U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James Harrington, who served for four years with Military Working Dog Ryky, a seven-year-old Belgian...
  • Our veterans deserve better than VA’s ‘corrosive culture'

    07/25/2014 11:53:20 AM PDT · by April29 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2014 | Boustany
    Lewis-Payton admitted VISN 16 must work on “trust issues” with veterans and providers. Some of these individuals accuse VISN 16 of systematically gaming medical-record filing deadlines and leaving veterans with massive debts. When providers sent required medical records by certified mail, VA employees shredded them without explanation, insisting they were incomplete after the 90 day filing deadline had expired. As a result of this practice, one Louisiana veteran owes more than $22,000 and is being pursued by a collection agency. Lewis-Payton has not replied to questions about this case. In other cases, VISN 16 reportedly cited absurd reasons for leaving...
  • Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

    07/24/2014 7:59:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Wellna
    It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there. Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S. Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back. Carlos, one of five war dog veterans at a...
  • The Immigration Surge has nothing to do with immigration

    07/24/2014 9:13:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/24/14 | Alan Joel
    One month ago (in June), the topic of immigration was at 5%. Today? It’s 17%. According to a Gallup poll released a few days ago, immigration has surged to the top of the list as “the Most Important U.S. Problem”. This replaces “dissatisfaction with government” (16%).
  • U.S. marines confront 'fake sergeant major'

    07/23/2014 12:46:32 PM PDT · by pabianice · 91 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/23/14 | McCormack
    An explosive video posted online on Sunday shows two U.S. Marines confronting a man who they accuse of impersonating a military veteran at a funeral in Florida. The Marines first suspected the man was likely an imposer because his uniform featured a mix of mismatched medals and ribbons. After the service they approached the man, who identified himself as a ‘sergeant major’. His name badge states his surname as Davis. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2702355/Is-fraud-U-S-marines-confront-fake-sergeant-major-military-funeral-Florida.html#ixzz38K3eVdDH Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Congress must pass the OSS Gold Medal Bill

    07/23/2014 6:28:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press | 07/23/14 | Neil W. McCabe
    As our Second World War veterans pass to their eternal rewards, members of Congress are moving to recognize the most secretive of the veterans, the men and women of the Office of Strategic Services.
  • VA Fears Opening ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care

    07/21/2014 9:18:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Tom Philpott
    MILITARY UPDATE: VA Asks Hill Not To Open ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care.The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences in separate veteran health reform bills, need some major breakthroughs, according to lawmakers and staff. “I am very concerned that this conference committee will end up taking a step backward for veterans’ health care in this country,” said Sen....
  • Veterans show Obama how they turn their backs on him, as he has done to them

    07/20/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 19, 2014 | Amanda Shea
    Angry veterans protested President Obama’s visit to Delaware to show their disdain for how the administration has treated them. The 25 protesters — led by Martin Nicholson, a veteran Marine – lined the street and turned their backs to the president’s passing motorcade. “We feel he’s turned his back on us veterans, so we’re going to turn our backs on him as he drives by on his motorcade to show our appreciation that he does not care about us veterans,” Nicholson told BuzzPo.com. Obama was in Delaware to discuss a recently damaged bridge, a topic the protesters call a waste...
  • Injured veterans program in danger

    07/20/2014 6:48:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    A program that allows veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive treatment in assisted living facilities is in danger of closing down. With only two weeks to go before the August recess, Congress has yet to take action on legislation that would renew the pilot program before it expires on Sept. 30. Ralph Ibson, the national policy director for the Wounded Warrior Project, said it would be a “sad irony for Congress to fail to include in an access to care package, a critically needed access to care piece that will soon expire.” The VA started turning away applicants to...