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  • Poll: Veterans Much Prefer Trump to Clinton

    05/26/2016 10:17:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | May 26, 2016 | Cameron Easley
    The news on Donald Trump and veterans hasn’t been very flattering this week, but recent Morning Consult surveys show that members of the military and their families largely back the presumptive GOP nominee in the race for the White House. Almost half of veterans and voters who belong to veteran households (47 percent) picked Donald Trump as their presidential nominee in surveys taken from May 13 through May 24. Of the 1,668 military voters polled, only 38 percent support former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Fourteen percent of military voters remain undecided....
  • After 70 Years of Waiting, WWII ‘Memphis Belle’ Gunner, 94, Revisits Britain. And Dies Quietly There

    05/26/2016 3:53:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26 | Travis M. Andrews
    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Melvin Rector long carried Britain in his heart after he helped defend it during World War II, but 70 years passed without him stepping foot in the country. The 94-year-old finally decided to leave his home in Barefoot Bay, Fla., to visit Britain earlier this month. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans conducts a travel program through which interested parties can visit certain sites of the war. He signed up for one, in hopes of visiting the Royal Air Force station Snetterton Heath, in Norfolk. He served there with the 96th Bomb...
  • FReeper Canteen - Favorite "Flower" Song, Tell Us Yours! - 27 May 2016

    05/26/2016 6:00:59 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 237 replies
    Thanks to all who serve!!! | Canteen Crew
    Favorite "Flower" Songs *Video* Killswitch Engage - Rose Of Sharyn Numb and broken, Here I stand alone, Wondering what were The last words I said to you Hoping, praying that I'll find a way To turn back time, Can I turn back time? What would I give to behold. The smile the face of love, You never left me, The rising sun Will always speak your name. Numb, i'm broken Here i stand alone. Wondering the words, The last words i said to you It won't be long We'll meet again... What would i give, to behold The smile,...
  • Undocumented immigrant posed as dead veteran to get VA, Social Security benefits

    05/26/2016 7:08:33 AM PDT · by exbrit · 28 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/25/2016 | Joe Enea
    Link only. Illegal immigrant stole ID of deceased veteran and got, among other things, a VA Choice Card
  • We’ve lost perspective on what Memorial Day means

    05/25/2016 7:59:33 PM PDT · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 25, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Like a lot of other Americans these days I’m spending too much time pissed off about way too many things in this great nation of ours. I’m not perceptive enough to fully understand how we got ourselves into such a mess but I do know it’s gotten me to thinking about Memorial Day this year. And that’s another thing that pisses me off. As a veteran, I’m angry that this day will be passed by most of my countrymen with not one thought about the millions of Americans who lost their lives in our nation’s wars or undeclared conflicts. As...
  • Documents show ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle embellished record

    05/25/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 72 replies
    QFox13 ^ | 5/24/16
    Documents show that slain Navy Seal and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle misrepresented the number of medals he received. Navy documents obtained by an online magazine through an open records request show that Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with valor. In his best-selling book, Kyle wrote that he had received two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. A Navy spokeswoman confirmed the validity of the documents and says the armed services branch is investigating the discrepancy. The Intercept first reported the discrepancy and posted the documents. Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, didn’t immediately return a phone call...
  • VA Admits to Wrongly Declaring Over 4,000 Veterans Dead

    05/25/2016 11:41:24 AM PDT · by russbart · 22 replies
    The Department of Veterans Affairs admitted it wrongly declared more than 4,000 veterans dead over the past five years, cutting off benefits for them and their dependents.
  • VA chief: 'I deeply regret' wait-time comparison to Disney

    05/24/2016 5:10:36 PM PDT · by russbart · 33 replies
    WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park.
  • Senators calls for VA chief to resign over Disney remark

    05/24/2016 2:53:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2016 | Joe Davidson, Paul Kane
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has called on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to resign because of his remarks comparing wait lines at a Disney park to VA health care. “Secretary McDonald’s preposterous statement is right out of Never Never Land,” Blunt said Tuesday. “I call on him to resign because it’s clear he cannot prioritize getting our veterans the health care they deserve and have earned in a timely manner. Dismissing wait times when veterans can often wait months for an appointment is negligent and a clear sign that new leadership is needed at the VA.”
  • Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Won't Apologize For Disneyland Comparison

    05/24/2016 11:40:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/24/16 | Daniel Halper
    The secretary of veterans affairs, Bob McDonald, refused to apologize for comparing VA wait times to Disneyland wait times earlier today on MSNBC. "Wait times are important but it is not the only measure of veterans experience. That's what veterans are telling us. We talked to a lot of veterans. It is important and if I were misunderstood or said the wrong thing, I am glad i have to correct it," said McDonald.
  • Hillary Clinton’s Camp Set Up ‘Veterans Against Trump’ Protest

    05/24/2016 9:29:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 23, 2016 | Tim Mak and Kelly Weill
    It seemed like an outpouring of veteran anger against Donald Trump: over a dozen former service members protesting outside Trump Tower. But the reality was more complicated. The protest was actually a coordinated effort, led in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, to embarrass her Republican rival for his failed efforts to raise money for veterans. It only looked like a grassroots demonstration. A spokesman for the demonstrators insisted they had no affiliation with any campaign. Later he said the protesters had reached out to the Clinton campaign for press contacts, but that’s all. Then the activist finally admitted that,...
  • VA secretary: Disney doesn't measure wait times, so why should VA?

    05/23/2016 11:24:16 AM PDT · by Mariner · 82 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 23rd, 2016 | By Sarah Westwood
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn't use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn't either. "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important? What's important is, what's your satisfaction with the experience?" McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind...
  • VA secretary: Disney doesn´t measure wait times, so why should VA?

    05/23/2016 9:03:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 120 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/23/16 | Sarah Westwood
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn´t use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn´t either. "When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what´s important? What´s important is, what´s your satisfaction with the experience?" McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. "And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind
  • Am I the only one upset by this...

    05/23/2016 8:53:04 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 75 replies
    Me | May 23, 2016 | HarleyLady27
    This to me, is a total disgrace to America and our Veterans that served during Viet Nam. We have a wall with names of fallen Veterans that served this Country for it's freedoms and making it safe, and this President goes there and offers them weapons and other things... Maybe I am upset because a lot of people I knew served there, people I grew up with, boys that I dated, men that I rode with, that never came back home... I was privledged to see the "Viet Nam Wall" when I went with the Rolling Thunder out of PA....
  • Obama weighs selling U.S. arms to Hanoi in bitter irony for Vietnam veterans

    05/22/2016 7:33:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/16 | Dave Boyer
    In a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans, President Obama will discuss selling more U.S. arms to Hanoi during his visit to Vietnam that began Sunday night. Top White House advisers said Mr. Obama hasn’t made a decision whether to lift the partial U.S. embargo on sending military equipment to Vietnam, where more than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed before the fall of Saigon in 1975. But the administration sees advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record...
  • FReeper Canteen - Armed Forces Day - 21 May 2016

    05/20/2016 5:58:14 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 229 replies
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  • Shared Mission to Pardon U.S. Soldiers Who Killed Civilians

    05/20/2016 5:11:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2016 | DAVE PHILIPPS
    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — An unusual coalition of largely older and conservative former military men and younger, left-leaning law students are waging a joint campaign for one of the most unlikely causes: clemency for troops convicted of killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. They want to push President Obama to reduce sentences and grant pardons for seven convicted war criminals, ranging from a private who followed an order to shoot unarmed detainees, to the more well-known case of Robert Bales, an Army staff sergeant sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of 16 Afghan civilians in 2012. The...
  • #guns - Over 100,000 #veterans have been deprived of right to keep and bear arms by Obama admin

    05/18/2016 6:43:34 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 31 replies
    Compleat Advocate ^ | May 18, 2016 | Sen. Chuck Grassley
    ... There appears to be a troubling trend within the VA. As of December 2015, almost 99 percent of the names listed on the 'mental defective' category for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, otherwise known as the national gun-ban list, are from the Veterans Administration. Once a person's name is on that list, they are banned from owning or possessing a firearm. Their Second Amendment rights are completely null and void...
  • $10 Billion Later, The VA Makes Veterans Wait Even Longer To Get Care

    05/17/2016 3:31:12 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2016 | John Merline
    When Congress rushed in two years ago to fix a chronic delay problem at the Veterans Health Administration, one of the key reforms was a new, $10 billion program called Veterans Choice. The goal was to give vets an option of going to a private doctor if they weren’t able to get a timely appointment with a government-paid VHA doctor.
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 14 May 2016

    05/13/2016 5:59:06 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 289 replies
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  • American Legion Discards Its Own Survey Showing Vets Want Private Care

    05/11/2016 7:58:57 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05.11.2016 | Luke Rosiak
    The Legion’s top brass told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it threw out the survey results because surveys aren’t comprehensive and veterans weren’t savvy enough to know that private-sector doctors don’t always provide perfect care either.
  • ‘HUNTING FOR BUGS’: Surprise VA Kitchen Inspection After Reports of Roaches in Food

    05/11/2016 7:05:44 AM PDT · by sally234 · 18 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-11-16 | Tori Richards
    The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General went “hunting for bugs” in the middle of the night at two VA kitchens Tuesday after a Conservative Review investigation revealed allegations of an infestation so severe that cockroaches were served in patients’ meals. The inspectors descended upon Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in suburban Chicago at 3 a.m. to “conduct an impromptu walk-through of the kitchens,” according to an internal VA email sent to union leaders at 7:24 a.m. “They were hunting for bugs, I believe that’s what they were doing at 3 o’clock in the morning,” said dietician Kelvin Gilkey, who...
  • Judge [Lester]: Pam Bondi does not have to answer Internet gambling casino questions

    08/06/2013 9:27:34 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 6, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    A Sanford judge today ruled that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi does not have to answer defense attorneys' questions under oath in a mammoth Internet casino gambling case pending in Seminole County. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. made that ruling this morning.The case involves more than 50 defendants, accused of violating the state's gambling, racketeering and money laundering laws by operating Internet cafes that prosecutors say served as storefront gambling parlors. Each had ties to the non-profit Allied Veterans of the World, a group that provided charity to military veterans but, according to authorities, donated just two percent of its...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 7 May 2016

    05/06/2016 6:01:59 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 238 replies
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  • Feds Put Credit Card Felon In Charge of Major VA Purchasing Program

    05/06/2016 6:46:06 AM PDT · by IChing · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/5/2016 | Luke Rosiak
    Almost immediately after Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate #11109-017 completed a 14-month sentence for using sensitive credit card data on his previous employer’s computer system to steal $70,000, he was hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs in a position that ultimately led to his present job — running an office racked with credit card fraud and bribery problems. Braxton Linton is prosthetics service chief at the Caribbean Veterans Affairs hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Service chiefs are the top officials in each department in VA hospitals. VA prosthetics offices procure all assistive devices and use government credit cards...
  • The secret movement to draft Gen. James Mattis (USMC-Ret.) for President

    05/04/2016 9:55:41 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 95 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2016 | Daily Beast
    An anonymous group of conservative billionaires is ready to place their bets on a man dubbed “Mad Dog,” hoping to draft him into the presidential race to confront Donald Trump. Think of it as a Plan B should Trump be nominated by the Republican Party in Cleveland: swing behind retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis and press him into service yet again as a third-party candidate. Mattis is the former commander of Central Command, which includes the strife-afflicted conflict zones of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and has developed a reputation among troops as a general...
  • Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq Identified as Grandson of Charles Keating Jr.

    05/04/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 May 16 | Zusha Elinson
    The U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq on Tuesday “felt called” to return to the war-torn country after the extremists group’s atrocities, according to his grandfather Bill Holmes. Charlie Keating IV “decided he wanted to go back,” Mr. Holmes said in an interview. Mr. Keating, the grandson of Charles Keating Jr., who served time in prison as a result of the 1980s savings and loan scandals, had been an instructor at a base in California before he left for Iraq earlier this year. The 31-year-old had joined the SEALs “because it was the hardest...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 30 April 2016

    04/29/2016 5:58:35 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 237 replies
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  • Whistleblower: Cockroaches Served for Dinner at Chicago-Area VA Hospital

    04/28/2016 9:04:54 AM PDT · by sally234 · 72 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 4-27-16 | Tori Richards
    A vermin infestation has overrun the kitchen of a suburban Chicago Veterans Affairs hospital and is reportedly so severe that cockroaches routinely crawl across countertops as cooks prepare meals. The insects have even found their way into patients’ food, employees say. The bug invasion has attracted the attention of a U.S. senator who is demanding to know how the VA is fixing the problem. It’s just the latest scandal at an agency rocked by allegations of abuse, incompetence and the needless deaths of veterans who wait years for medical appointments.
  • Judge sentences Special Forces vet, spends night in jail with him

    04/23/2016 10:47:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2016 | AP
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina judge sent a retired Special Forces sergeant to jail for violating probation — then spent the night in the cell with him. News media outlets report Joe Serna, 41, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after three tours in Afghanistan, was diverted to Cumberland County Veterans Court after being charged with driving under the influence and other traffic offenses. The court is designed to help troubled veterans avoid jail time and get the help they need. Serna was told to stay sober and return to the court every two weeks. But when he appeared...
  • Only half of the $6 million Trump raised for vets has been delivered to charities

    04/23/2016 6:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2016 | John Sexton
    One of Trump’s most enduring and arguably most endearing campaign lines has been his promise to treat American vets better. When Trump dropped out of a Fox News debate in January he held a separate event at which he raised money for veterans. But three months later, Trump’s campaign adviser for veterans, Al Baldasaro, doesn’t seem too concerned about it. He told the Daily Beast, “I’m not concerned about it, because I know [Trump is] an honorable, honest guy… you guys just want to say, ‘gotcha.’”To be fair, Baldasaro is not a Trump staffer. The real problem is that...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 23 April 2016

    04/22/2016 5:49:33 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 260 replies
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  • FReeper Canteen - Merle Haggard, Tunes For Our Troops-16 April 2016

    04/15/2016 5:59:11 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 277 replies
    Our Troops Rock!!!!!!!!!! | The Canteen DJ's
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  • VA Manager Says ‘Thank God’ They Don’t Have To Hire Veterans

    04/15/2016 12:08:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 13, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring manager said in a sworn deposition “thank God” they don’t give veterans hiring preference for well-paying jobs. The statement came when a VA dentistry chief was asked if being a veteran helps someone get a dentist job in the agency. His response was “not really. And thank God,” The Daily Caller News Foundation recently discovered in a court filing. Being a scout master in the Boy Scouts would do more to help someone get a top job at the VA than serving in the armed forced, Dr. Gonzalo Solis Sanchez of the VA...
  • D-Day veteran Verdun Hayes celebrates 100th birthday with skydive

    04/11/2016 3:10:31 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 7 replies
    A great-grandfather has celebrated his 100th birthday with a skydive from 10,000ft (3,000m). D-Day veteran Verdun Hayes made the jump at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton, Devon, to raise money for the North Devon Hospice.
  • Bible removed from POW display at Wright-Patterson medical center [FU Mikey Weinstein]

    04/11/2016 3:20:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/11/16 | Barrie Barber
    Wright-Patterson Medical Center has removed a Bible from a POW/MIA display after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation lodged a complaint, according to a base spokesperson. Mikey Weinstein, MRFF founder and president, said in a telephone interview today the organization was contacted by 31 people who objected to the Bible as part of the table display and 10 of those who complained were identified as Christians. “They objected very clearly that having the Christian Bible on that table provided supremacy to one faith over all the other faiths and since these are government facilities that’s a direct violation of the no...
  • Trump Skipped A Debate to Raise Money for Veterans? Veterans Still Haven't Received Their Money

    04/09/2016 7:04:19 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 77 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 4/8/2016 | AAron Bandler
    Right before the Iowa caucuses, real estate mogul Donald Trump wormed out of a Fox News debate because he was scared of moderator Megyn Kelly, so he held an event to raise money for veterans. Over two months later, the veterans have yet to receive the money. The Wall Street Journal reports that they surveyed 19 of the 22 groups that the Trump campaign said they would be donating to, and discovered that only $2.4 million has been given to the veterans. The event raised roughly $6 million. The organizations that did get money received it in checks that were...
  • Inside the Plot to Destroy Veterans' Health Care

    04/08/2016 6:10:07 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    AFGE (fed employee union) ^ | April 1, 2016 | N/A
    Veterans earned their VA health care when they signed the dotted line to serve our country. So when American Legion Commander Dale Barnett saw that a commission that is top-heavy with private hospital executives was trying to dismantle it, he had to be blunt. “I don’t understand how commissions paid by the federal government are able to break ranks, create an unapproved report and try to advance self-serving agendas while operating as congressional appointees,” Barnett said. He's talking about the congressionally-mandated Commission on Care, an entity dominated by private hospital executives and Koch Brothers-affiliated "policy experts." The commission's charge under...
  • Group that helps vets battle PTSD honored at [USMC] gala [video= FREE PTS help]

    04/08/2016 5:15:13 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 3 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 7, 2016 | Fox & Friends
    Video Only: Apr. 07, 2016 - 3:38 - Executive director of Cohen Veterans Network explains organization's efforts
  • MIA Veteran's Body Returns Home After 66 Years

    04/07/2016 9:41:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | wowk
    FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. - It has been 66 years since Roy Henderson has been on American soil. We live in an unrecognizable United States to the one the private first class left, but he has never been forgotten. And he has finally been welcomed home to the Ohio Valley after going being killing in action, declared MIA in July of 1950. "It's closure for the family, and not only for the family, but for the veterans who fight on a daily basis," said casualty assistance officer SFC Bradley Maston. "We want to see our brothers and sisters come back home and...
  • Cats Excited To See Their Returning Veteran Humanz

    04/06/2016 5:07:07 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 36 replies
    IMGUR ^ | April 6, 2016 | geoscoot
    Cats excited to see their returning veteran humanz by geoscoot Via IMGUR Made withVideo to GIF "...some heartwarming moments when returning servicemembers are reunited with their feline companions." 5,344 points 353,715 views
  • Lawmakers want answers why VA stripped 260K vets of gun rights

    04/05/2016 7:12:53 PM PDT · by kitchen · 49 replies
    gus.com ^ | 3/25/2016 | Chris Eger
    Two Senate Republicans are seeking to understand the Veterans Affairs office practice of reporting veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system. Currently a veterans assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy guns. As of December 2015, the VA has reported 260,381 individuals to the FBI, effectively making them prohibited firearms possessors under the law. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa lawmaker who is currently the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, finds this...
  • JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

    04/02/2016 5:45:46 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 22 replies
    http://vaincourt.homestead.com/ ^ | n/a | A. Larry Vaincourt
    Larry Vaincourt's classic poem was first published in his 1987 Remembrance Day newspaper column. There are several incorrect versions of this poem circulating the web; below you'll find the original text. JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today) He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past. Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one. And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke, All...
  • MILITARY UPDATE Care Commission Shocker: The push to end VA health care

    04/02/2016 10:13:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 37 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    Seven of 15 outside health advisors appointed to recommend ways to improve veterans’ health services over the next two decades have proposed shutting down all VA medical centers and outpatient services, and having its nine million enrollees get their medical care in the private sector. The 34-page “straw man” document released by the congressionally-created Commission on Care, calls for an immediate halt to construction of new VA hospitals and clinics, and launch of a “BRAC-like process” to begin closing existing facilities. Shuttering the largest medical system in the country would leave the VA to be “primarily a payor” for the...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 2 April - 2016

    04/01/2016 5:52:14 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 195 replies
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  • Obama Decision on U.S. Military Deployments to Iraq Expected in 'Coming Weeks'

    04/01/2016 8:20:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 31, 2016 | John Hayward
    “Those recommendations are being made and the president will have an opportunity to make some decisions here in the coming weeks,” Dunford said about plans to send in more American troops to help recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State. “I brought it to the Secretary. The Secretary will engage with the President,” Dunford said, referring to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The number of troops deployed in Iraq is already much higher than the American people were led to expect, as the public learned after ISIS fired on a Marine artillery position near Mosul two weeks ago,...
  • VA Makes Contract Awards Totaling up to $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations

    03/29/2016 8:21:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Provides efficient, streamlined process in support of the MyVA Initiative of Medical Disability Examinations for Veterans WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of twelve major contracts that will enhance its ability to deliver timely disability benefits claims decisions to the nation’s Veterans in line with the MyVA initiative. The contracts make up a $6.8 billion enterprise-wide Medical Disability Examination Program under Public Law 104-275, and represent a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans. A unique feature of this multi-contract award will see the consolidation of the contracts under a...
  • FLASHBACK: NEW YORK PAYS HOMAGE TO VIETNAM VETERANS (Trump consistently pro-veteran)

    03/28/2016 7:40:10 AM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 1985 | Jane Gross
    The centerpiece of the commission's effort is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a glass-block wall, 70 feet long and 16 feet high, which is etched with excerpts from 83 letters - including Sergeant Calamia's - that were written by or to the soldiers who served in America's most unpopular war. ''It's not just brick and mortar,'' said Donald Trump, the real-estate executive who donated $1 million of the $2.5 million raised by the commission, which is also charged with financing programs for unemployed local veterans. ''It's very much a living monument.'' ''I was a very strong opponent of the Vietnam War,''...
  • Angry IDF veterans and other Israelis protest jailing of soldier

    03/28/2016 2:09:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 26/3/16
    Demonstrators waving posters, honking horns and yelling slogans gathered in Be’er Sheva Saturday night to protest against the arrest and jailing of an IDF soldier who shot and killed a terrorist who was apparently “neutralized” in Hebron last week. The protesters stood across from Prison No. 4 on Saturday night, where the soldier is incarcerated, according to Israeli radio. One of the protesters spoke with Channel 1 as other bystanders shot video with their cellphones, saying that he had served as a member of the Border Guard Police, and as a father of two combat soldiers,...
  • Man who set himself on fire at Northfield veterans' clinic has died

    03/25/2016 7:35:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Press of Atlantic City ^ | March 23, 2016 | Michelle Brunetti
    An Egg Harbor Township veteran who died after setting himself on fire Saturday outside a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Northfield has drawn attention to problems in the VA system. Charles R. Ingram III, 51, was airlifted to the Temple Burn Center in Philadelphia on Saturday, where he died later that night, Northfield police said. No note of explanation was left at the scene or at Ingram's home, said Northfield acting Police Chief Paul Newman. RELATED ARTICLE EHT man sets himself on fire in Northfield Ingram's family members have declined to speak to The Press. But the public...