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  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/25/2015 6:16:41 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 59 replies
    Self | May 25, 2015 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • War Documentarian: Veterans Awed By Valor, Sacrifice Of Millennials Fighting In Iraq

    05/25/2015 12:47:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Adelle Nazarian
    America’s war veterans are among the most unappreciated members of society. Countless films and documentaries put out by Hollywood and the mainstream media fail to accurately depict their true grit and the horrors they have faced battling evil around the world.
  • Ballad of the Green Baret (Let's sing along!)

    05/25/2015 11:37:23 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 10 replies
    Fallen Heroes Channel ^ | May 25, 205 | SSgt Barry Sadler
    Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America's best One hundred men we'll test today But only three win the Green Beret Trained to live, off nature's land Trained in combat, hand to hand Men who fight by night and day Courage deep, from the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America's best One hundred men we'll test today But only three win the Green Beret Back at home a...
  • Remember

    05/25/2015 11:07:42 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 5 replies
    TomHoefling.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Tom Hoefling
    Remember On this day, remember The men who died And, for their sake, don't ever forget The loved ones they left behind They gave it all For you and me They paid the full and final price To keep us strong and free Despite their worst fears They took the bloody field They faced the awful foe They would not yield Greater love for his friends Can no man show Than to give his life And take the blow Christ set the perfect example Long ago, across the sea Of service, of sacrifice, of suffering To set, and to keep,...
  • Do we really want to remember our heroes on Memorial Day?

    05/25/2015 10:48:10 AM PDT · by ProfDavidASmith · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David A. Smith
    Do Americans really want to remember their war heroes? Not just to claim to one day per year, but really to do so in a meaningful way? If by remember, we mean it in the same sense in which we remember things like the 2004 World Series, the television show Cheers, or the Ford administration, then sure, we can remember those who have given their lives in war.
  • Do Americans Really Want to Remember Their War Heroes?

    05/25/2015 10:21:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | David Smith
    Do Americans really want to remember their war heroes? If by saying “remember,” we mean it in the same sense in which we remember things like the 2004 World Series, the television show Cheers, or the Ford administration, then sure, we can take some time to think of those who have given their lives in war. But in reality, Memorial Day ought to involve something more substantive than merely remembering. What the day really calls for is commemorating, but very little in our contemporary culture is particularly attuned to having the orientation toward history that would make this truly...
  • The Unknown Soldier

    05/25/2015 9:14:30 AM PDT · by heartwood · 3 replies
    David Jay Portfolios ^ | 5/25/2015 | David Jay
    There are no words, only pictures of wounded veterans. Please go to the site, and click through.
  • Memorial Day 2015: A Day of Remembrance

    05/25/2015 6:37:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-25-2015 | MOTUS
    "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." —Winston Churchill As we do on this day each year, we pause to remember the men and women who died fighting for our freedom. We stand by humbly, gratefully, silently, to honor their sacrifice.We remember…We mourn for those lost…And we mourn for those they’ve left behind…As we reflect again on the the steep price of freedom.By all means, enjoy your picnics, parades and celebrations today – it is a holiday after all. But do pause to remember and honor all the brave...
  • Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 6:17:42 AM PDT · by Chainmail · 36 replies
    Self | May 25th, 2015 | Myself
    "I don’t trust anyone who was in the military." - sickoflibs, posted last night.
  • MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE: Ballad of the Bloody Shoes

    05/25/2015 5:26:00 AM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 1 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | May 25, 2015 | R.G. Yoho
    As I sat all alone in the courthouse square, an old man named Sam approached me there. His once-dark locks were now all gray. His eyes were bright, sharp, and clear. They pierced your soul, your heart, your mind, and showed not a trace of fear. He looked tired and weary, aged past his years. His lips held a smile, but his hand wiped a tear
  • Liberals Disgrace Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 4:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    As ISIS continues its orgy of rape and beheadings in Ramadi, perhaps our president could show a rare flash of dignity by simply slipping out the back door of the White House and down the road to the links instead of putting on his annual farce of “honoring” the sacred dead at Arlington. If he gave one half a damn about those who gave their lives for this country, the black flag wouldn’t be flying over the cities and towns purchased with the blood of so many valiant warriors. But Barack Obama, like the rest of the liberal elite, cares...
  • National restaurant chain offers veterans a free meal

    05/24/2015 3:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KFOX-TV ^ | May 24, 2015 | Victor Venegas
    EL PASO, Texas -- On the day to remember America's war dead, Twin Peaks is saying thank you to military veterans by offering a free meal this Memorial Day. The national chain is making the meals available to all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces at all its locations in the Borderland and across the country. The offer is valid for lunch or dinner. Veterans will get to choose a free entrée from a special menu, which includes Blackened Chicken Quesadillas and Fish Tacos.
  • Unquestionable courage & sacrifice

    05/24/2015 5:35:55 AM PDT · by statestreet · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 23, 2015 | Salena Zito
    ARLINGTON, Va. The perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones, majestically holding formation along this national cemetery's pastoral hills, reminds you that our soldiers are sentinels guarding our republic, even in death. On a sunny spring day, a lone figure held a tiny flag blowing vigorously in the wind as he knelt before a headstone. He held a conversation with a lost service member, perhaps a son or daughter, alternating between amusement and grief. Taps played from off in the distance. Only the heartless could fail to be touched by the raw emotion of that moment or by the somber presence of...
  • Memorial Day: Remembering a generation defined by duty, one woven into our national tapestry

    05/24/2015 2:30:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | May 23, 2015 | Llewellyn King
    Seventy years ago, we celebrated the end of World War II in Europe. That celebration is not the first memory of my childhood but it is one of the clearest. I was a 5-year-old boy in Cape Town, South Africa, proudly displaying a paper Union Jack, the familiar British flag, and watching the victory parade. I often wonder where the flags came from — before offset printing and photocopying — in time for the parade. Someone knew victory was at hand. There was a palpable, universal happiness — though more subdued, I am told, than the outbursts that greeted the...
  • Hollywood, star Gary Sinise now entertains only for veterans

    05/21/2015 9:54:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Althoff
    Uses his stardom to ‘do a little more’ Gary Sinise began providing free performances and dinners for Vietnam veterans — what he called “vets nights” — in the late 1970s, long before he was a household name thanks to his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the man who loses his legs in the jungles of Vietnam. Even before he portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor, the Vietnam commander saved by Forrest Gump from certain death in the 1994 best picture winner, the Chicago native and co-founder of the iconic Steppenwolf Theater knew he had to do something to give back to America’s heroes. “I...
  • ...Michelle Obama Joins the Elizabeth Dole Foundation at the 2015 Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit...

    ....Michelle Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald, Tom Hanks, and Pastor Joel Osteen will all play a part in a special week devoted to military and veteran caregivers, hosted by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, May 19 – 21, in Washington, DC.
  • Gov. Palin at the SEAL-NSW Fundraiser on the USS Iowa

    05/17/2015 8:58:42 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 3 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | 05-17-2015 | iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin attended last nights fundraiser for the SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation aboard the USS Iowa in San Pedro, California.
  • Sarah Palin Honors SEALs Aboard USS Iowa

    05/17/2015 7:50:12 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 27 replies
    US for Palin ^ | May 17th, 2015 | Ron Devito
    Sarah Palin Honors SEALs Aboard USS Iowa Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin honors SEALs aboard the USS Iowa last night at a dinner gala and auction held by the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation. In a brief interview with Ruben Jay, she said, “what an honor for Todd and I to be here. This is iconic of course – the history of this chunk of metal and what it represents; the history and the representative that it is of the virtues and characteristics of our military. It’s an honor to be here to help raise money for families of Navy SEALs and...
  • VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility, Effective Immediately

    05/15/2015 7:57:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been published in the Federal Register and is effective immediately. “VA is pleased to announce the distance calculation change from straight-line to driving distance for the Veterans Choice Program,” said Secretary Robert McDonald. “This update to the program will allow more Veterans to access care when...
  • NYC will get 500 solar-powered food carts this summer (100 earmarked for disabled veterans)

    05/15/2015 1:37:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Treehugger ^ | May 12, 2015 | Derek Markham
    In a pilot program designed to reduce GHG emissions and safety risks and provide better clean food preparation in mobile food vending, the Big Apple will be home to the next generation of eco-friendly food carts.Food carts, while being convenient for consumers and a good small business venture for foodies and entrepreneurs, are also a source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, as well as being potential public safety hazards from their onboard propane tanks. And in a metropolis like New York City, with some 8000 mobile food carts on the streets, the environmental and health effects of...
  • Joint Chiefs to Get Overhaul as Obama Presidency Nears Final Approach

    05/11/2015 7:02:40 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 26 replies
    Military.com ^ | | Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 | Brendan McGarry
    President Obama plans to overhaul the Joint Chiefs of Staff this year as he seeks to replace a handful of longtime members whose terms are coming to a close. Obama on Tuesday nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman this fall. He also tapped Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, head of U.S. Transportation Command, to replace Navy Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld as vice chairman. In the roles since 2011, Dempsey and Winnefeld are expected to retire after their current two-year terms end in October and August, respectively. What’s more,...
  • Lynchburg veterans mark 700th week of military support rally(started right after 9/11)

    05/08/2015 6:15:21 PM PDT · by AppyPappy · 3 replies
    The 700th consecutive "Support our Troops" rally was held Friday at Monument Terrace. Men and women have gathered along Church Street every Friday since November of 2001.
  • Veterans Affairs Employee Stole $150,000, Spent it on Strippers and Prostitutes

    05/05/2015 2:15:09 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 5, 2015 | BY: Brent Scher
    A former Veterans Affairs employee who managed one of the department’s retail stores admitted that he stole $150,000 from the store and spent it on strippers, prostitutes, and gambling, according to the Justice Department.
  • ‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups

    05/04/2015 7:05:53 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/4/15 | Mak`
    What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully? For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profits—spending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve. At issue is the Wounded Warrior Project’s brand: the charity has become particularly litigious over the use of the phrase ‘wounded warrior’ or logos that involve silhouetted soldiers. At least seven such charities have discussed their legal problems with The Daily Beast. The Wounded Warrior...
  • George W. Bush Bikes 100K With Wounded Vets

    05/03/2015 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Former President George W. Bush doesn’t like to complain. How can he when he’s riding through sunny trails alongside some of our nation’s heroes? Number 43 kicked off the 5th annual Warrior 100K in Crawford, Texas, a three-day bike event held to recognize wounded warriors.Fox News’s Dr. Marc Spiegel caught up with the former president before he hit the trails Thursday. President Bush explained what made this group of bikers so special.President George W. Bush's 2015 W100k bike ride (Video) “We’re here riding with people that got hurt. Yet they’re refusing to let their injury consign them to a dull,...
  • Tolerance? Liberals want to kill conservatives

    04/30/2015 12:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 29, 2015 | Phil Elmore
    The immediacy of social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, offers us a window into the prejudices of others that is unprecedented in the history of our society. Not a day passes in the United States when some person does not commit career suicide, achieve viral fame, or both by posting to Twitter or Facebook. A hundred and forty characters or less can make a hero or freshly mint a villain. All it takes is an ill-chosen word or, perhaps more accurately, a moment of honesty. We are all creatures of prejudice to one degree or another; we all harbor likes,...
  • CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Blames Military Veterans For Baltimore Riots VIDEO

    04/28/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4-28-2015 | Alex Griswold
    While conducting an interview with Democratic Maryland Representative Elijiah Cummings, CNN host Brooke Baldwin questioned whether the violence in Baltimore had something to do with the amount of military veterans in the police department. “Another thing that has to be done here, is we’ve really got to look at our police department,” Cummings began.
  • Quake avalanche kills 8 at Nepal's Everest Base camp

    04/25/2015 4:08:17 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/25/15 | Reuters
    An avalanche triggered by a deadly earthquake in Nepal on Saturday buried a part of the base camp for climbers bound for Mount Everest, killing at least eight people, Nepal's tourism ministry said. "The toll could go up, it may include foreigners as well as sherpas," tourism official Gyanendra Shrestha said.
  • College Students Disrespect Veterans at the Warrior Beach Retreat

    04/24/2015 3:37:02 PM PDT · by Reverend Wright · 31 replies
    WJHG TV ^ | April 23, 2015 | WJHG.com, Kelly Baumgarter
    Twice a year Panama City Beach welcomes our wounded heroes into the community for the Warrior Beach Retreat, but an event aimed at honoring our nation's veterans took a different turn at their hotel. A group of college students didn't show these veterans the respect they deserve. "They actually spit on me and my service dog as well, and that's just so disrespectful and it hurts. I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I'm defending myself," said wounded veteran Nicholas Connole. Veterans say they were shocked at the...
  • Palm to the head: VA manager forced underlings to pay his wife $30 for fortune telling

    04/23/2015 5:04:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-23-15 | David Boyer
    In a voice choked with emotion, Rustyann Brown told lawmakers Wednesday how the Department of Veterans Affairs routinely turned its back on veterans and their families, even in death. Mrs. Brown, a former employee in the VA’s Oakland office, was assigned one day in 2012 to a special team given the job of reviewing more than 13,000 veterans’ claims dating back to the mid-1990s that had never been addressed. As they sorted through the mounds of papers, she said, they often discovered that the veterans had long since died without receiving the requested benefits. In those cases, Mrs. Brown testified,...
  • Florida Vietnam And All Veterans Annual Reunion

    04/20/2015 6:35:01 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 9 replies
    Florida Veterans reunion ^ | 20 April 2015 | NonValueAdded
    The annual Veterans Reunion is upon us at Wickham Park in Melbourne Florida. See this link for the flyer and the main web site for agenda, etc. Opening ceremonies start tonight, 20 April, at 6PM with the wreath presentation ceremony.
  • 2015 - 4th Annual Salute to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans - General James Mattis [video]

    04/19/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    YouTube - Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel ^ | April 18, 2015 | Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
    [Video only] Watch the full version of the 4th Annual “Salute to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans”, featuring General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.) at the Marines’ Memorial Club on April 16, 2015. The program included a Social Reception that followed General Mattis’ remarks.
  • 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 · 37 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 · 26 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 · 7 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...