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  • Grassley to Holder: Why Is The VA Putting So Many Veterans on Your Federal Gun Ban List?

    04/17/2015 5:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, editor
    Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as "mentally defective" and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm. According to Grassley's office, the VA "reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits," keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights. (Bolding is mine) "The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is effectively a national gun ban list and placement on the list precludes...
  • Box office hit! Film shatters lies about Vietnam

    04/17/2015 7:58:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 4/17/2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    It’s is a vividly accurate, cutting-edge film about one of the most shockingly misunderstood wars in American history – and it took Westminster, California, by storm when it premiered there this month, selling more than $30,000 in tickets in just three days during its limited release at a single movie theater. Overall, the film brought in $50,923 in a week of showings at the Regency Westminster 10 theater from March 27 to April 2. The film profits will support four charities: Semper Fi Fund, Agape International Missions, Field of Dreams and Allegiant Giving. “I’ve been waiting 40 years for this...
  • Veterans, Dependents - Disproportionate Share of ‘Mental Defective’ Category on Gun Ban List

    04/16/2015 6:47:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | Apr 15, 2015 | Senator Chuck Grassley
    Veterans, Dependents Account for Disproportionate Share of ‘Mental Defective’ Category on Gun Ban List Apr 15, 2015 WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is requesting an explanation for why nearly all of the names on the Justice Department’s gun ban list in the “mental defective” category belong to veterans or their dependents. “It’s disturbing to think that the men and women who dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and values face undue threats to their fundamental Second Amendment rights from the very agency established to serve them. A veteran or dependent shouldn’t lose...
  • Indiana Couple Gives MIA Bracelet to Local Family

    04/15/2015 11:49:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Fifteen years ago, Indiana couple Denise Jones and her husband purchased two missing in action bracelets to help veterans. Over the years the name Bunyan Price Jr. became part of their lives. Often wearing the bracelet, Jones couldn't help but wonder about him. She even sought out his name. "We had seen his name on the traveling wall." Jones said. News of the emotional homecoming last week traveled all over the world through the internet. Jones and her husband watched the news report on WCNC.com. "The name was just ringing a bell with me. And I told my husband go...
  • A Suicidal Veteran Called the VA’s Crisis Hotline. The Response He Got Will Make You Furious.

    04/15/2015 8:01:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    blaze.com ^ | Apr. 14, 2015 | Zach Noble
    He is a veteran. He was thinking about committing suicide. But when he called the suicide hotline for veterans, he says he wasn’t helped — he was put on hold. Ted Koran experienced deep depression on Saturday night, so much so that he considered killing himself, the Florida Air Force veteran told WFTS-TV. “I was missing my wife,” he said of his life partner Karen, who died of cancer six months ago. In his pain, he turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Woman Finds Note on Car and Fears the Worst — Then She Sees What It Says

    04/11/2015 3:18:59 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 9, 2015 | oliver darcy
    Jerilynn Robinson feared the worst when she initially saw a note left on her car. However, upon closer inspection, she realized it was actually a note thanking her husband Tom for his service in the armed forces. Georgia teenager James Dorris, 13, had seen the veteran license plate on Robinson’s car and decided to leave a note,WSB-TV reported. “I was surprised,” Tom told WFLA-TV. “This is one of the very first notes I’ve ever gotten left on my vehicle, just thanking me for being a veteran, or for serving. And that did it. It brought joy to me.”
  • America's Story (part 17) - The Last of the Doolittle Raiders

    04/11/2015 1:41:34 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 43 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | 11 April 2015 | smithsk
    wikipedia/Doolittle Raider RL Hite blindfolded by Japanese 1942 Ever hear of the Doolittle Raiders? On Sunday, March 29, 2015, one of the last of the Doolittle Raiders, Robert Hite, passed away at 95.   [reference:  Robert Hite, 95, Survivor of Doolittle Raid and Japanese Imprisonment, Dies - NYTimes.com ] And his obituary included the photo, shown above in this public domain picture.  And it can be found on wikipedia with the following description: U.S. Army Air Force Lt. Robert L. Hite, blindfolded by his captors, is led from a Japanese transport plane after he and the other seven flyers were flown...
  • First Thing Gov. Scott Walker Did Before Delivering Big Speech at NRA’s Annual Meeting

    04/10/2015 1:02:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    NASHVILLE — Before mentioning the National Rifle Association or even firearms at the gun rights group’s annual meeting in Nashville on Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, asked all the men and women in the audience who serve or have served in the armed forces to stand so they could be properly thanked. “Freedom. Endowed by our Creator. Defined by our Constitution, but defended each and every day by the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of these United States,” Walker began. He then asked anyone who is serving or has served in the military to stand...
  • Nevada Transportation Committee OKs pro-gun license plate design

    04/10/2015 10:56:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    guns.com ^ | 4/10/2015 | Jennifer Cruz
    Residents of Nevada may soon have the option of trucking around with a license plate displaying their support for the Second Amendment. The bill to authorize the new plate design was unanimously passed by the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday, and will now head to the Senate floor for a vote.
  • Jeb Bush Calls for Privatizing Elements of Veterans Health Care

    04/08/2015 8:27:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire ^ | April 8, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    While Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) was formally launching his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday, still-not-a-candidate Jeb Bush was in Colorado, where he called for privatizing some parts of veterans’ health care. Mr. Bush, sitting in front of an untouched breakfast at an IHOP in Colorado Springs, told a group of veterans that he favors transferring some elements of veterans’ care to private hospitals from government-run Veterans Affairs facilities. “This is where I think empowering people with the equivalent of a voucher that gives you the same economic benefit of receiving care inside of a clinic or a hospital,” Mr. Bush...
  • VA Reform: Another Obama "Success Story"

    04/08/2015 4:11:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Eight months ago, President Obama put on a grand show for the troops. Surrounded by new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, assorted politicians, military leaders and a bevy of TV cameras, the commander in chief signed the "Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act." He's good at inking things. Obama condemned the "inexcusable conduct" at VA hospitals across the country (and under his own watch). He vowed to "do right by all who served under our proud flag." He promised America's veterans new "reform," "resources," "timely care" and an end to the disgraceful disability backlog. The bill he signed, in...
  • VA Officials' $288K 'Relocation Payment' Tied To Little-Known House Buyout Program

    04/07/2015 6:35:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/6/2015 | Chuck Ross
    A high-ranking Veterans Affairs official who was paid nearly $300,000 to relocate from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia last year was issued that hefty payout as part of a little-known program used to incentivize “highly qualified candidates,” TheDC has learned. Diana Rubens, the former undersecretary for field operations, was paid $288,000 last year under what’s called the Appraised Value Offer program to take a job as the director of the Philadelphia VA regional benefits office. Formerly known as the Guaranteed Home Buy Out, AVO serves as a back-up for VA and Veterans Benefits Administration employees who agree to relocate to take...
  • Obama Announces Plan to Train 75,000 Solar Workers

    04/03/2015 10:38:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 120 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | April 3, 2015
    The White House has announced a goal to train 75,000 workers in the solar industry by 2020, many of them veterans. "These are good-paying jobs that are helping folks enter the middle-class," President Barack Obama said on Friday at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The plan will expand on the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative's Solar Instructor Training Network currently running at more than 400 community colleges. The White House also announced the Solar Ready Vets program aimed at helping veterans transition into the solar industry. A joint program between the Department of Defense and the DOE, it's currently...
  • Ted Nugent: Obama Is Causing Veteran Suicides

    04/03/2015 8:38:23 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Ed Mazza
    Ted Nugent is blaming the "enemy" for veteran suicides: President Barack Obama. “Here’s your job, Republican Party," Nugent said over the weekend in comments posted online by Right Wing Watch. "Twenty to 25 of those guys kill themselves every day, and they haven’t told you why and they haven’t told anybody else why but they told me why: because the commander-in-chief is the enemy.”
  • Stevie Nicks finds a higher calling helping wounded warriors

    03/31/2015 11:47:38 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    WJLA ^ | 3-25-2015 | Alex Parker
    ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) – One of the most successful and recognizable singers in music history has found a higher calling. Rock icon Stevie Nicks has devoted countless hours visiting and helping wounded warriors and their families heal—both physically and emotionally. “I am more proud of this than Fleetwood Mac or any of the other things I’ve done,” she said. Nicks, the Grammy-award winning singer and star of Fleetwood Mac, was in the Washington area Tuesday, receiving an award for her profound and passionate work with the USO.
  • Saturday ceremony to honor indigent service members. Public invited to attend

    03/27/2015 10:03:44 AM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — The Missing In America Project will have another ceremony Saturday at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery during which the cremains of 17 former service members and one dependent will be laid to rest. Joe Larson, the cemetery administrator, said normally two such ceremonies a year are held in which indigent service members are honored. This year, two of those involved are World War II veterans. Since those being honored may not have family members, Larson said the public is a stand in for them an he hopes area residents will attend the ceremony. People should arrive...
  • Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology

    03/26/2015 3:29:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/26/2015 | C. J. CHIVERS
    The under secretary of the Army on Wednesday apologized for the military’s treatment of American service members exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and he announced new steps to provide medical support to those with lingering health effects and to recognize veterans who had been denied awards. Under Secretary Brad R. Carson acknowledged that the military had not followed its own policies for caring for troops exposed to old and abandoned chemical munitions that had been scattered around Iraq, and he vowed improvement. He also said that the Army had reversed a previous decision and approved a Purple Heart medal...
  • VA Hospital Director Paid $288K In ‘Relocation Payments’ To Move 140 Miles

    03/25/2015 7:55:25 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/25/2015 | Chuck Ross
    The director of the Philadelphia regional VA hospital was paid $288,000 in “relocation payments” to move the 140 miles from Washington D.C. to his new home last year.Diana Rubens was tapped last June to take over the Philadelphia hospital, which is one of many currently being investigated over claims that it placed veterans on unauthorized wait-lists.Rubens, who previously served as the D.C.-based deputy undersecretary for field operations, where she oversaw 57 regional hospitals and four area offices, was brought in to help fix the embattled Philadelphia facility.A breakdown of Rubens’ “relocation payments” was not immediately available, according to the...
  • Liberal Talk Radio Host Loses Bet and Stiffs Wounded Warrior Project

    03/25/2015 4:55:53 PM PDT · by BlueBerrier0341 · 7 replies
    Twitter/ @BlueBerrier0341 ^ | 3/25/2015 | @Blueberrier0341
    On August 7, 2014 I made a bet with Mr. Britt Whitmire of the Brand and Britt radio show. He was convinced a radio station in North Carolina was flipping to sports because of recent events. This radio station ( 94.5 WPTI) is predominantly a conservative radio station. Their line up includes The K.C. Odea, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh,Sean Hannity and up until August 1st Jason Lewis. When Jason Lewis went off the air Mr. Whitmire got excited that this radio station was finally failing. I proceeded to tell him he was wrong and a bet was made. Mr. Whitmire...
  • U.S. veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

    03/21/2015 12:54:38 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Today | Eric Talmadge
    IOTO, Japan — Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II. More than 30 veterans flown in from the U.S. island territory of Guam toured the black sand beaches where they invaded the deeply dug-in forces of the island’s Japanese defenders in early 1945. They were bused to the top of Mount Suribachi, an active volcano, where an Associated Press photo of the raising of...
  • Senators Unveil Bill To Legalize Federal Medical Marijuana

    03/11/2015 4:30:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 170 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand Tuesday to propose legislation to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level. The bill, termed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, allow access for veterans and put a final stop to federal raids on dispensaries, among other things. This is the first time a medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the Senate, whereas the House has seen 15 pieces of legislation on marijuana reform in the last session of Congress, according to Marijuana.com. The move...
  • Disenchanted by Civilian Life, Veterans Volunteer to Fight ISIS

    03/11/2015 12:58:31 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 March 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and THOMAS JAMES BRENNAN
    Last fall, Patrick Maxwell, a 29-year-old Iraq war veteran now selling real estate in this bustling city, saw something in news footage of Islamic fighters in Iraq that he never saw as an infantry Marine there: the enemy. “We patrolled every day, got shot at, mortared, hit by I.E.D.s, one of my friends was killed,” said Mr. Maxwell, a former sergeant who deployed in 2006 to Anbar Province. “But I never saw the enemy, never fired a shot.” With the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, hoisting its black flag above many Iraqi cities that United States troops...
  • VA’s Double “State of Emergency”

    03/11/2015 11:27:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/11/15 | Robert Rosebrock
    Stop the inhumane treatment of disabled homeless Veterans in Los Angeles LOS ANGELES - America’s capital for homeless Veterans is not only in a state-of-emergency to house and care for thousands upon thousands of war-injured and impoverished Veterans, but it’s also in a state-of-emergency for trusting and caring VA leadership to end this crisis—NOW—not months and months, or quite possibly, years from now. A small child could tell you that the homeless Veteran problem in Los Angeles is beyond “state of emergency” status. In comparison, downtown Skid Row makes the most poverty-ravaged communities of Third World countries seem safe and...
  • Baldwin talks transparency while keeping her secrets in Tomah VA scandal

    03/11/2015 10:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-11-15 | M. D. Kittle
    The irony cannot be lost on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Can it? The Madison Democrat, whose office dropped the ball on a report last year pointing to serious problems at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, fired off a press release Tuesday night nodding and saying ‘Amen’ to the initial findings of a review that reiterated what Baldwin’s folks have known for some time. “These initial findings substantiate the troubling concerns my office has heard from current and former employees and patients at the Tomah VA,” the senator said in the statement. “As the investigation builds on this...
  • World War II Vet: “I Was Young”

    03/09/2015 9:22:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/09/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    "That is the main reason we are free," he said. "The Blessings of God have always been on this country. Today, I am not so sure." A couple of years ago at a Veteran’s Day event in Hemet, California, I had the opportunity to talk to a 92-year-old World War II veteran. Today I spoke with an 89-year-old World War II veteran. Both said the same thing to me. “It was hell, but I was proud to serve.” The elder of the two entered the U.S. Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, and fought in the Pacific theater of...
  • They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan

    03/07/2015 4:09:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 06 March 2015 | John Batchelor interview author SgtMaj David K. Devaney
    Audio interview 39:32
  • Tampa veterans to be featured on Sarah Palin’s show

    03/04/2015 6:35:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Tampa Tribune's Military News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Howard Altman
    If you want to see a blind Iraq war veteran from Tampa go hunting, tune into the Sportsman Channel Thursday night at 9 p.m. Joel Tavera, who was severely burned, suffered traumatic brain injury, lost part of his right leg, the sight in both his eyes and the fingers on his left hand on March 12, 2008 when a rocket exploded near his armored Chevrolet Suburban inside Talil Air Base in Iraq, will be one of three area veterans appearing on Amazing America with Sarah Palin. “It was awesome,” said Tavera of being on the show. Tavera shoots with the...
  • Our Nations Heroes - We Salute You

    02/28/2015 5:10:29 PM PST · by Windflier
    LiveLeak.com ^ | 28 February 2015 | Unknown
    Freedom is the unimpeded pursuit of happiness and prosperity in America. Freedom is something our veterans fight for and fight to defend. Thank you to all current and former armed service members for standing up to answer the call to defend our freedom. (click link for video)
  • Gov. Sarah Palin Honors Veterans at 2015 CPAC

    02/26/2015 9:01:11 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 19 replies
    Convservatives4Palin ^ | February 26 2015 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Sarah Palin brought focus onto the military veterans who have served this nation in a powerful speech delivered at this year’s CPAC conference. Palin focused on the sacrifice veterans and their families have given to this country, and how our D.C. politicians and the current Obama administration have failed their service. It was a well received emotional speech that resonated strongly with the audience. After her remarks, Palin took a few questions from the event moderator. Palin was introduced by Medal Of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer to a packed audience at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Obama’s Woes With VA Problems Expand to a Lying VA Secretary

    02/25/2015 10:21:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/25/15 | Judi McLeod
    Obama is the most incompetent, lying and untrustworthy, not to mention questionable ethics and suspicious dereliction of character ever to hold high office Only mere weeks into the scandals of Veterans Administration’s improper handlings and bingo; the story gets more odorous when Obama’s hand-picked Secretary of that federal agency admits he lied about his own military service. I have to ask you, the general public, is there anything this usurper of America’s highest executive, administrative, elected officer has done in a proper and legitimate way? I hear you now and I agree, he is the most incompetent, lying and untrustworthy,...
  • Video: New VA scandal shows vets cheated out of benefits

    02/25/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    And some of them never lived to see their rightful benefits from service to our nation. The VA in Oakland, California routinely ignored the query letters from veterans seeking various benefits, despite regulations requiring a response. When the issue came to the attention of VA leadership in 2012, they assigned a team to go through the records — and then deep-sixed those records when it became obvious that something very wrong had taken place. In fact, as one whistleblower tells CBS News, the cover-up lasted until “a few months ago,” cheating thousands of veterans:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) But whether the veteran was dead...
  • Tipton blasts proposal to raid vets’ program ( Colorado )

    02/24/2015 6:58:24 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    resident Barack Obama’s proposed budget would allow him to raid a program he approved that was aimed at improving medical treatment for veterans living in rural areas, said a letter signed by, among others, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. The Veterans Choice program, which had funding of $10 billion when it was approved and signed last year, was intended to reduce waiting times for veterans who had been on waiting lists for more than 30 days or who lived more than 40 miles from a Veterans Affairs clinic. The proposed budget — which was roundly criticized by Republicans in the...
  • Veterans Affairs Secretary admits he LIED (to homeless Veteran) about serving in Special Forces

    02/23/2015 10:23:54 PM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2015 | Christopher Brennan for Daily Mail
    Robert McDonald, who took over VA last year, says he 'reacted wrongly'Secretary told homeless man that he also served in Army Special ForcesWhite House says McDonald 'never intended to misrepresent' his service   Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has admitted that he lied about serving in the military's special forces. 'Special Forces? What years? I was in special forces,' McDonald said when a homeless man told him he had served among the Army's elite troops. The late January comments were caught on camera for a CBS piece about the continued large numbers of homeless veterans.
  • V.A. Crisis Call Center Documentary Wins Oscar

    02/23/2015 9:29:13 PM PST · by RonPaulLives · 1 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 22 Feb 2015 | Breitbart
    The HBO documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 picked up the Oscar for Best Short-Subject Documentary at Sunday night’s 87th annual Academy Awards. The 40-minute film follows staffers at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 24-hour call center as they speak with veterans experiencing emotional crises.
  • Report: VA Secretary Lied About Serving in Special Forces

    02/23/2015 6:04:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    weekly standard ^ | february 23, 2015 | daniel halper
    The Veterans Affairs secretary lied about serving in the special forces, a report in the Huffington Post alleges. "Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s," the report reads. U.S. special operations forces (SOF) are composed of exhaustively trained and highly capable troops from each military service, including the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force and Navy SEALs --...
  • Trooper Shines Much-Needed Spotlight on Iraq Vets and Uranium Poisoning [2009 released]

    02/22/2015 3:35:00 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joshua Kors
    ****snip*** The result is Trooper, a beautiful, heart-wrenching film that offers far more than empathy. It dares viewers to explore a disturbing corner of the Iraq War, a realm that no film has yet to touch: the blight of depleted uranium poisoning, which has infected thousands of Iraq veterans but is yet to be acknowledged by the Pentagon and is virtually unknown to the American public. ****snip*** Trooper has just been released on iTunes, Xbox, Vimeo, Playstation, Google Play, and Shaw on Demand. Martini spoke with me about creating the film and why Iraq and the depleted uranium scandal was...
  • Please Don’t Thank Me for My Service

    02/21/2015 2:52:47 PM PST · by jonascord · 85 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 21, 2015 | MATT RICHTEL
    HUNTER GARTH was in a gunfight for his life — and about to lose.He and seven other Marines were huddled in a mud hut, their only refuge after they walked into an ambush in Trek Nawa, a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. Down to his last 15 bullets, one buddy already terribly wounded, Mr. Garth pulled off his helmet, smoked a cheap Afghan cigarette, and “came to terms with what was happening.”“I’m going to die here with my best friends,” he recalled thinking.I didn’t know any of this — nor the remarkable story of his survival that day — when I...
  • VETS DRIVE YELLOW NYC

    02/21/2015 10:55:51 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Vets Drive Yellow NYC ^ | 2/21/2015 | VetsDriveYellowNYC
    VETS DRIVE YELLOW IS A COALITION OF NYC TAXI GARAGE OWNERS WHO ARE LOOKING TO HIRE VETS TO DRIVE YELLOW CABS IN NEW YORK CITY. AS MANY VETERANS RETURN HOME AND DISCHARGE FROM THE MILITARY, OR ARE LOOKING TO MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY WHILE ACTIVE OR ON RESERVES, GARAGE OWNERS ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING NEW DRIVERS. MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. WE ARE HERE TO HELP! VETS DRIVE YELLOW NYC WILL PROVIDE VETERANS ACCESS TO AFFILIATED GARAGES IN THE FIVE BOROUGHS. THESE GARAGES WILL NOT ONLY GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING A HACK LICENSE, BUT THEY WILL...
  • New rules on narcotic painkillers cause grief for veterans and the VA

    02/21/2015 6:27:24 AM PST · by pabianice · 37 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2/21/15 | Wax-Thibodeaux
    Craig Schroeder was injured in 2006 while serving with the Marines in Iraq and suffers from traumatic brain injury and pain, for which he has been on a steady regimen of opioids. WASHINGTON — New federal rules that make it harder to get narcotic painkillers are taking an unexpected toll on thousands of veterans who depend on these prescription drugs to treat everything from missing limbs to post-traumatic stress. The restrictions, adopted last summer by the Drug Enforcement Administration to curb a national epidemic of opioid abuse, are for the first time, in effect, forcing veterans to return to the...
  • “American Sniper" Trial Blasts Holes in Insanity Defense

    02/20/2015 10:01:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Mark Davis
    Those of us who were Chris Kyle’s neighbors are looking for a lot from the trial of his killer. We want justice for Chris. We want peace for his widow. We want closure for our community. But there is something else some of us are looking for. I can’t speak for all, but I have about had it up to my eyeballs with the very concept of the “insanity defense.” What exactly are Eddie Ray Routh’s attorneys trying to pull with this jury, and thus with a nation that has come to know of the tragedy of February 2013, when...
  • Watch Live: Military Service Initiative Summit February 18, 2015

    02/18/2015 10:23:47 AM PST · by huldah1776
    George W. Bush Presidential Center ^ | February 18, 2015 | N/A
    On February 18th, the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center will host its second national Summit in support of post-9/11 veterans and military families. Leaders from the public and private sectors will examine how to empower communities, non-profit organizations, business and philanthropy to more effectively serve our transitioning warriors and their families. During the Summit, the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative will release new research and functional tools that will enable funders to make more informed investment decisions, and veteran and military serving non-profits to better provide services and enduring outcomes for a successful transition. The...
  • Obama Betrayal: Effort To Snatch $10 Billion From Veterans

    02/15/2015 11:27:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Tea Party.Org ^ | 2/15/15 | staff/Newsmax
    (Newsmax) - President Obama and the Veterans Administration bureaucracy are already sabotaging the VA reform law passed in August. The ink is barely dry on the 8.6 million “Choice Cards” that supposedly allow vets to see a doctor outside the delay-plagued system. Obama’s budget tries to snatch the $10 billion allocated for the Choice program and allow it to be spent however VA top administrators want. It’s a sickening betrayal. Even worse, VA secretary Robert McDonald is telling federal lawmakers that this underhanded move will better serve “VA system priorities.” That’s the problem. He’s more interested in protecting “the system”...
  • Obama Betrayal: Effort To Snatch $10 Billion From Veterans

    02/15/2015 11:17:51 AM PST · by blueyon · 6 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | 2/15/15 | Newsmax???
    President Obama and the Veterans Administration bureaucracy are already sabotaging the VA reform law passed in August. The ink is barely dry on the 8.6 million “Choice Cards” that supposedly allow vets to see a doctor outside the delay-plagued system. Obama’s budget tries to snatch the $10 billion allocated for the Choice program and allow it to be spent however VA top administrators want. It’s a sickening betrayal. Even worse, VA secretary Robert McDonald is telling federal lawmakers that this underhanded move will better serve “VA system priorities.” That’s the problem. He’s more interested in protecting “the system” than vets....
  • Iraq Vet: IRS Extorted Me, Left Me No Money to Run My Business

    02/12/2015 10:18:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 12, 2015 7:44 pm
    An Iraq War veteran says the IRS extorted him and left him no money to run his small business. Navy veteran Andrew Clyde, owner of Clyde Armory in Georgia, explained on tonight’s “On The Record” that the IRS seized nearly $1 million from him back in April 2013 due to a federal program which allows the IRS to seize assets over suspected criminal activity. Clyde said two IRS agents showed up with a seizure warrant and took $940,313 from the company bank account. They accused him of “structuring,” or frequently depositing sums under $10,000, since deposits above $10,000 must be...
  • Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill

    02/12/2015 7:28:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 9:05 AM EST
    President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. […] The measure is named for a Marine who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. …
  • Adams-Kinard gets 20 years in death of WWII veteran

    02/07/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | February 6, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating death of World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton. The 2013 murder garnered national media attention as much for Belton’s status as a war veteran as for the racial overtones: The two teens suspected of attacking and robbing him as he sat in his parked car outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane are black; Belton, who later died from the beating, is white. Demetruis Glenn, the other teen accused...
  • Burial Ceremony of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War | 1984 | Ronald Reagan Memorial Day Speech

    01/31/2015 9:43:10 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Memorial Day 1984 | President Ronald Reagan
    Remembering when we had a real president. Remembering our brothers who gave all. Freedom is not free. Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. God bless America.
  • American Sniper: What do veterans say about the movie? (+video)

    01/24/2015 7:22:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor | January 24, 2015 | Samantha Laine
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Since the film opened earlier this month, "American Sniper" has stirred up passionate responses from critics and supporters alike. What began as a surprise box-office hit, raking in $105 million its opening weekend, is now a flashpoint for conservative and liberal views of the Iraq war. The movie follows the life of Chris Kyle – one of the deadliest snipers and a US Navy SEAL – and his deployment on four tours to Iraq. During this time, he was credited with 160 kills before he was honorably discharged in 2009 after 10 years of service. His 2012 memoir, also...
  • 'I have everything in my life because of him': Poignant moment Holocaust survivor salutes

    01/24/2015 2:12:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 21, 2015 | allan hall
    This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour and gave him a salute almost 70 years later. Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: 'I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much...'. Kaufman, now 87, was a 'walking corpse' on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the...
  • 'American Sniper': The Strategy Behind Warner Bros.' $107M Opening

    01/22/2015 3:27:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman can't count the number of times he has called Clint Eastwood over the years to relay opening-weekend box office. But never had he phoned with news like this: American Sniper was exploding. It was Saturday morning, Jan. 17, and Fellman informed the 84-year-old filmmaker, who lives in Carmel, Calif., and doesn't use email, that Sniper looked to cross $80 million over the four-day weekend. Fellman wasn't planning on calling Eastwood again until Monday — but by late Saturday, it became clear that the $60 million-budgeted Sniper was surging to a historic $107.2 million...