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  • "VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying" billboard displayed in Tomah

    10/04/2015 1:45:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WXOW-TV ^ | September 29, 2015 | Caroline Hecker, Multi-Media Journalist
    Drivers on I-94 passing by Tomah will now see a billboard that says "VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying," as part of a national campaign to bring awareness to alleged issues within the VA system. The group behind the billboards is called "VA is Lying," and multiple billboards, like the one in Tomah, have been displayed in places like Tampa and Minneapolis. Candace Baer-Delis lost her father at the Tomah VA in January and is a member of the group. Baer-Delis is from Marshfield and took part in the unveiling of the billboard on Monday. "It's a project that was...
  • Supreme Court to hear Iranian bank appeal over $1.75B judgment in terror case

    10/04/2015 4:35:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court said Thursday it hear an appeal from Iran's central bank over a $1.75 billion judgment awarded to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon. The justices agreed to review a ruling from the federal appeals court in New York that said the judgment against Bank Markazi could be distributed to several hundred victims and families of those killed or injured in attacks sponsored by the government of Iran. The bank had argued that seizing the assets would conflict with treaty agreements between the United States and Iran. The money is...
  • CNN Report: Veterans Tried to leave Classroom to Stop Shooter, Denied By Staff

    10/01/2015 5:23:30 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 115 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Nick Leghorn
    On CNN right now, one person is reporting that a number of military veterans were present at the community college at the time of the shooting earlier today. They report that the veterans wanted to leave the classroom to try and stop the shooter, but the staff at the college stopped them from leaving the classroom. An audio recording of the incident indicates that it took five minutes from the initial radio call for the police to engage the shooter.
  • It’s Time to Get Rid of the VA

    09/25/2015 3:12:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg, Senior editor
    There is only one guaranteed way to get fired from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Falsifying records won’t do it. Prescribing obsolete drugs won’t do it. Cutting all manner of corners on health and safety is, at worst, going to get you a reprimand. No, the only sure-fire way to get canned at the VA is to report any of these matters to authorities who might do something about it. That, at least, is what the U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently reported to the president of the United States. The Special Counsel’s office is the agency to which government...
  • What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

    09/21/2015 3:19:28 PM PDT · by madison10 · 10 replies
    self | 9/21/2015 | maddie10
    Why are we in Afghanistan? Opening schools? Way to kill off our best and brightest? News certainly not on every night like it would be if there were a Republican president. What is the end game?
  • In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another

    09/21/2015 7:18:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 19, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS
    After the sixth suicide in his old battalion, Manny Bojorquez sank onto his bed. With a half-empty bottle of Jim Beam beside him and a pistol in his hand, he began to cry. He had gone to Afghanistan at 19 as a machine-gunner in the Marine Corps. In the 18 months since leaving the military, he had grown long hair and a bushy mustache. It was 2012. He was working part time in a store selling baseball caps and going to community college while living with his parents in the suburbs of Phoenix. He rarely mentioned the war to friends...
  • Veterans’ suicides, ignoring child abuse in Afghanistan, the Bergdahl case, [truncated}

    09/21/2015 7:13:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 21, 2012 | Karoun Demirjian
    VETERANS’ SUICIDES. Over the weekend, The New York Times published a moving and sobering account of one unit of veterans from Afghanistan who have had an extremely high incidence of suicide – and what the living members of the unit are trying to do to save each other. The report bring to life the ongoing struggles of these soldiers, even years after they have returned from combat, and how even those most determined to survive can end up overwhelmed, and taking their lives. The system in place to help them didn’t seem to be working, so these vets created their...
  • 7 Marines in Deadly Rollover Still Hospitalized

    09/18/2015 4:26:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 | Andie Adams
    One died and 18 others were injured when a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) rolled during routine training on Sept. 10.Of the seven still hospitalized, four are in critical condition, and three are in stable condition, according to 1st Lt. Colleen McFadden. All others have been sent home to recover. On Sept. 10, Corporal Bryan Michael Lauw, 21, died and 18 others were hurt when a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) rolled during routine training Thursday. Lauw, a resident of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. During his career,...
  • APNewsBreak: Vet group hosting Trump lost nonprofit status

    09/16/2015 10:10:06 PM PDT · by JoSixChip · 95 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 16 | JEFF HORWITZ
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service revoked the nonprofit status of the veterans benefit organization that hosted and sold tickets to a foreign policy speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump aboard a retired U.S. battleship
  • Trump wins veterans crowd aboard battleship

    09/16/2015 12:53:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 15, 2015 | Eli Stokols, national politics reporter
    His appeal was on full display as GOP rivals prepare debate assault.LOS ANGELES — Master showman and Republican poll leader Donald Trump strode across a stage aboard a retired battleship on Tuesday night, reveling in the cheers and chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump!” “I am with the veterans 100 percent,” Trump declared when he took the podium on the USS Iowa, having just been endorsed by the group hosting the event, Veterans for a Strong America. Dubbed “the battleship of the presidents” for having hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the Iowa offered a useful backdrop...
  • Trump calls for better health care for military vets, says 'illegal immigrants treated better'

    09/16/2015 11:53:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | September 16, 2015 | The Associated Press
    Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is promising subsidized private health care for frustrated veterans, charging that immigrants in the country illegally receive better care than the nation's wounded soldiers. The comments, delivered Tuesday aboard a retired World War II battleship in Los Angeles harbor, came on the eve of the second Republican presidential debate in nearby Simi Valley, where some of the billionaire businessman's GOP rivals are expected to challenge his fiery rhetoric on immigration. "We have illegal immigrants that are treated better by far than our veterans," Trump declared, the USS Iowa's massive 16-inch guns behind him. "It's not...
  • Trump Makes Big Promises to Veterans in L.A.

    09/16/2015 7:09:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/16/2015 | Alexis Levinson
    Los Angeles — In a speech here Tuesday evening, Donald Trump promised that he would dismantle and fix the system by which veterans receive health care. Trump spoke aboard the USS Iowa, a decommissioned battleship used in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War that now serves as a museum at the Port of Los Angeles. He was there at the invitation of Veterans for a Strong America (VSA), a 501(c)(4) group that has often praised him, and officially endorsed him at the start of the event. Veterans have been a frequent focus of Trump’s campaign, for...
  • Video: Donald Trump Speaks In Los Angeles Aboard USS Iowa

    09/15/2015 6:38:56 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 80 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 9-15-15 | Donald Trump
    In case you missed the live stream. Not as in depth as I would have liked him to particulars.
  • Trump Picks WWII Battleship in L.A. for Defense Speech [LIVE THREAD]

    09/15/2015 1:05:58 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 151 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | September 15, 2015 | Chris Jennewein
    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump picked a World War II-era battleship in San Pedro as a backdrop to share his views Tuesday about national security. Trump’s appearance, organized by Veterans for a Strong America, is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees to the top deck of the USS Iowa, which has been docked in Los Angeles as a nonprofit tourist attraction, community gathering space and educational museum since 2012. The Iowa was launched in 1942 and recommissioned in 1984 during the military build up at the end of the Cold War. In April 1989, an explosion of undetermined origin...
  • Bob Dole to Lead Fundraising to Build Eisenhower Memorial(Help From Tom Hanks,Tom Brokaw)

    09/12/2015 9:44:29 AM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2015 | BRETT ZONGKER
    Longtime Kansas Sen. Bob Dole is planning an ambitious fundraising effort to build the long-debated Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, and he will have help from Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw and others. Dole told The Associated Press on Friday that he aims to raise $150 million in private funds, if necessary, to build the memorial after more than 15 years of planning. Critics of the memorial's design have stalled funding in Congress. The 92-year-old World War II veteran says it's time to honor "Ike," the 34th president and supreme Allied commander during World War II. Organizers hope to create...
  • Trump Threatens Debate Pullout Unless CNN Donates Ad Revenue to Veterans

    09/10/2015 12:19:04 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 91 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | Sept 10,2015 | Rush Limbaugh RUSH: Trump's maintaining that before this CNN was charging $5,000 a minute. That's news that we had yesterday. With the anticipated audience for the September 16th debate, CNN's charging $200,000 a minute.
  • A VETERAN’S OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS (Michael Connelly - Constitutional Attorney)

    09/09/2015 2:47:54 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Connelly (blog) ^ | Sept 7, 2015 | Michael Connelly
    As a member of the U.S. Army I took an oath “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” As a member of the United States Congress you took the same oath; you said the same words. No one ever told me that when I became a veteran that the oath expired or that I was excused from living by it. So who told any of you that you no longer had to abide by your oath? When were you absolved from being loyal to the Constitution, loyal to your...
  • Non-Vet Donald Trump Insists Military School Is the Same As Military Service

    09/08/2015 7:34:39 PM PDT · by familyop · 92 replies
    Esquire ^ | Sep 8, 2015 | Matt Miller
    After undercutting John McCain's war hero status and brushing his own Vietnam deferments under the rug, Donald Trump has once again mythologized his own time in the military in hopes of bolstering his presidential campaign. The funniest part: someone out there buys it. According to a new report from ​The New York Times, Trump recently told biographer Michael D'Antonio that he "always felt that I was in the military" because of his education at a military-themed boarding school. As the ​Times ​writes: According to the book, Mr. Trump attended the New York Military Academy after years of rowdy and rebellious...
  • Vets Died Waiting for VA to Process Huge Paperwork Backlog

    09/04/2015 2:51:33 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | September 04, 2015 | Michael Tennant
    The Veterans Administration (VA) has an enormous backlog of paperwork, and as a result, hundreds of thousands of veterans have died waiting for the VA to process their records. Meanwhile, over 10,000 records were deleted without processing, and the employees responsible were not disciplined. Those are the conclusions of a new report from the VA’s inspector general (IG). At the request of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the IG undertook an investigation of a series of allegations made against the VA. The IG substantiated the allegations with only minor caveats.
  • 307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

    09/03/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/03/2015 | By Curt Devine
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. In a response to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' request to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly...
  • VJ Day 2015: Dropping the atomic bombs 'saved so many lives' says Cheltenham veteran Ken Blake

    09/02/2015 5:33:02 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 17 replies
    Gloucestershire Echo ^ | September 2nd 2015 | Gloucestershire Echo
    One man from Bishop's Cleeve has a very good and personal reason to be thankful that it's VJ Day today. Seventy years ago, Ken Blake was on a troop ship sailing from India bound for Singapore as part of preparations for an invasion when the Japanese government surrendered to the Allies after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ken, now 88 said: "There was a bloody big cheer on the ship when we heard. We didn't know what was going to happen. But I think if we'd been in any invasion of Japan, every man, woman and child...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Ted Cruz talks veterans issues at New Hampshire town hall (now)

    08/31/2015 7:16:32 AM PDT · by Isara · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 31, 2015
    Republican presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz holds a town hall event on military and veterans issues in Milford, New Hampshire.
  • Donald Trump: U.S. Treats Illegals Better than Vets

    08/30/2015 9:53:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 89 replies
    Brietbart ^ | August 30, 2015 | Tony Lee
    On Saturday, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said illegal immigrants are treated better than Wounded Warriors and veterans in America. Speaking in Nashville at a National Federation of Republican Assemblies event, Trump said that “illegal immigrants, in many cases–not in all cases, but in many cases–are treated better than our veterans, who are the greatest people we have.” Trump spoke about some of the horrors veterans have had to face in accessing basic medical care and services and vowed that veterans would be treated like first-class citizens under a Trump administration.
  • What More Evidence Does the President Need that the VA Must Be Reformed?

    08/30/2015 9:34:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 2, 2015 | David French
    In the battle between bureaucrats and veterans, the Obama administration stands with the bureaucrats. Last week the White House threatened to veto the VA Accountability Act, a bill that would moderately streamline the process for firing incompetent Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Under the terms of the act, the VA secretary can’t place employees on paid administrative leave for more than 14 days per year, employees’ initial-hire probationary period is extended to 18 months, and terminated employees have seven days to file an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. But these streamlined termination provisions — which still provide far...
  • Trump & Palin Preview Worst Ticket Ever

    08/29/2015 11:51:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 29 2015 | Ben Collins
    On her fledgling, and embarrassingly low-tech, network, Sarah Palin interviewed Donald Trump, and managed a feat no journalist has yet. She made it boring.As in-focus civilians flowed up the Trump Tower taking selfies in the background, an inexplicably out-of-focus Donald Trump sought to explain his rising poll numbers on Sarah Palin’s janky new program on an unknown right-wing news network. “We’re bringing back—I use the term again, (as) it hasn’t been used in a long time—the silent majority,” he told Palin at the tail-end of her 10 p.m. newscast, On Point with Sarah Palin, on Friday night. Of course, Donald...
  • GOP LEADERSHIP’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUMMER TOWNHALLS: Ignore Voters on Illegal Immigration and Trade

    08/28/2015 9:45:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | August 28, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans’ wages. Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who orchestrates the GOP Senators’ PR pitch. This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration. Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents’ concerns and to...
  • Cruz Announces National Campaign Military Coalition

    08/26/2015 3:22:07 PM PDT · by Isara · 31 replies
    Conservative Fifty Dot Com ^ | August 26, 2015 | Javan Browder
    Bill Connor, (LTCP) named as Director of Cruz Military Coalition US Senator and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz has taken a major step toward securing a major voting block within the GOP electorate, the military/veteran block.Today the Cruz campaign announced the formation of the Cruz for President military coalition, “Vets for Ted.”The coalition will be led by Bill Connor of South Carolina, a 24 year Army officer and decorated combat veteran who will serve as the National Director for the coalition. A graduate of the Citadel, Connor has served as an Army Ranger, Senior US Advisor to Helmand Province...
  • [Satire] Iranian President Lashes out at Those Who Slander Islam

    08/25/2015 11:40:47 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Aug 2015 | John Semmens
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced “those who would use the murders committed by ISIS, Hamas, and kindred terrorist organizations to contradict the truth that Islam is a religion of peace” and called upon all true Muslims “to rise up and slay the defamers.” Rouhani rejected the contention that his own endorsement of the “death to America” slogan might fuel the perception that Islam might not be a religion of peace. “America is the prime opponent of world peace,” Rouhani argued. “Crushing the infidel enemy of peace is the only sure path to the universal peace that will prevail when all...
  • U.S. Navy Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

    08/20/2015 4:09:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monica Garske
    Wayne Edward Carr, of San Diego’s Imperial Beach community, served 34 years in the U.S. NavyA San Diego-based U.S. Navy veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday and, without a hint of hesitation, said his favorite memory of his long life will always be the day he married his wife. “I was only married once, you know,” centenarian Wayne Edward Carr told NBC 7 proudly, remembering his wedding day. Carr, who still has a sharp sense of humor, then joked that he got arrested on his wedding day. “I was charged with theft for robbing the cradle,” the Imperial Beach resident...
  • ‘I Look Forward to Dying:’ U.S. Veteran Fights Gulf War Syndrome

    08/19/2015 8:11:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Glenn Stewart, a U.S. veteran of the first Gulf War a quarter of a century ago, has a deadly dilemma. Stewart, who served as a communication specialist in the U.S. forces tasked with taking back Kuwait from the clutches of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1991, wants to see his grandchildren grow. But at the same time, he also waits daily to hear the “good news” of his impending death. The 54-year-old suffers from what is commonly known as Gulf War syndrome (GWS) or Gulf War Illness (GWI), a cocktail of ailments. Its multiple symptoms are both physical and psychological...
  • VA caught sending veterans' mail to the shredder

    08/19/2015 5:39:45 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 18, 2015 | PETE KASPEROWICZ
    The government watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs reported Monday that it was able to substantiate claims that the VA's Los Angeles office was sending mail from veterans to the shredder. The VA's Office of Inspector General said it launched an "unannounced inspection" of the Los Angeles office after hearing allegations that the VA staff there was shredding mail related to veterans' disability compensation claims. Though the OIG said it can't measure how often this might have happened, it did say it found some examples of mail lined up for the shredder that instead should have been opened and...
  • VA probes report of military headstones used for patio, stairs

    08/19/2015 4:01:51 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 13 replies ^ | 08/18/2015 | staff reporter
    GAINESVILLE, Mo. —The federal Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general is investigating reports that a southern Missouri patio and staircase is made out of military gravestones. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Navy veteran Ed Harkreader, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, posted on social media last week photographs of the arrangement he found on property in Ozark County, near the Arkansas line. Chris Erbe is a spokesman for the National Cemetery Administration in Washington. He said the VA's inspector general's office is investigating. Erbe added that military headstones periodically are replaced, but old stones are supposed to be destroyed.
  • VA under fire for tossing claims in trash

    08/18/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 8-18-5015 | Cheryl Chumley
    The Office of Inspector General for Veterans Affairs just found staffers with the Los Angeles VA Regional Office improperly shredded numerous disability claims, tossing them in the trash rather than giving them proper review. ... The IG report also stated: “The shredding of these documents would have prevented the documents from becoming part of the veterans’ permanent record and potentially affect veterans’ benefits.” Examples of the documents that were shredded included disability-compensation claims submitted by two homeless veterans, and a letter from a medical provider confirming a veteran was unemployable due to “service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder,”
  • Queen Risks Life To Mark 70th Anniversary of WWII, Whereas Obama Releases Spotify Playlist

    08/15/2015 12:31:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 101 replies ^ | August 15, 2015 | Andre Walker
    LONDON, United Kingdom – Today HM The Queen attended a memorial service in central London to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. She was guest of honor despite the media having uncovered a plot to blow up the event and kill her. Her attendance at St Martin-In-The-Field church was in sharp contrast to President Barack Obama who did not appear to be commemorating American efforts to defeat the Japanese. Instead he chose to release a list of his favorite songs on the music website Spotify. A move that is likely be seen as disrespectful...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (8/14/2015) [Prayer]

    08/13/2015 9:09:21 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 21 replies
    14 August 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. Psalm 125:3 (NIV) ----
  • Veterans protest at Trump event in Michigan

    08/13/2015 6:16:42 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo
    Spero News ^ | 8/12/2015 | Martin Barillas
    Russia's standard of living is being tested by Moscow's attempt to prove a point to the West. Despite the rampant criticism, the Russian government is standing behind its move to limit illegal food imports
  • The Story of the Other Racist Flag (Mega BARF Alert!)

    08/12/2015 7:06:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    Washington ^ | August 10, 2015 | Rick Perlstein
    The Story of the Other Racist Flag As the Nixon administration prosecuted the Vietnam War, American citizens enacted a bizarre psychic reversal By Rick Perlstein Posted on August 10, 2015 in Politics You know that racist flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down. Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about this.
  • CAUGHT ON CAM: Cop confronts disabled veteran for not looking 'handicap'

    08/11/2015 4:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    WPEC-TV ^ | August 10, 2015
    [WARNING: The video below contains profanity. Viewer discretion advised.](VIDEO-AT-LINK) RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) — A Riviera Beach police officer was videotaped confronting a disabled veteran for not looking "handicap" for parking in a disabled parking space. U.S. Army combat veteran Isiah James, who has served nearly 10 years for our country, was absolutely shocked when a trip to a popular Riviera Beach drug store turned confrontational with the law. James says he was issued a disabled person parking permit, and it was properly displayed in his vehicle the entire time. During his deployment, James took fire and was hit with...
  • Rhode Island remembers Green Beret killed in Friday's Afghanistan attack

    08/10/2015 3:19:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 9, 2015 | N/A
    The Green Beret killed Friday in Afghanistan was a Rhode Island native who was being remembered Sunday as a “true patriot.” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) offered condolences to the family and friends of Master Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna who died when the Taliban attacked the U.S. military’s Special Forces base near Kabul International Airport. Two other American soldiers were wounded. “I join all Rhode Islanders in mourning the loss of Sgt. McKenna, a truly great citizen, soldier, person and patriot,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said on Twitter late Saturday.
  • Ceremony to honor World War II's greatest generation next Sunday.

    08/09/2015 8:14:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The United States is fast approaching the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. America’s entry into World War II officially began on Dec. 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and other military installations in Hawaii early one Sunday morning. One of the deaths during the attack was Bisbee resident Seaman 1st Class James Murphy, one of seven Arizonans who died while serving on the battleship USS Arizona. Although the U.S. was already providing war support war primarily to England by escorting merchant ships through the Atlantic, the official war status of...
  • GUN-CONFISCATION Fears Lead to Protest in Northern Idaho

    08/06/2015 10:57:50 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 6 replies
    AP ^ | August 6, 2015, 7:54 EDT | Kimberlee Kruesi
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran's house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man's weapons. Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms. The protest -spearheaded by Scott- attracted roughly 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold's guns, and Republican Washington state...

    08/06/2015 10:52:59 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 70 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 6, 2015 | BY KIMBERLEE KRUESI
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran's house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man's weapons. Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms. The protest -spearheaded by Scott- attracted roughly 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold's guns, and Republican Washington state...
  • Cyber Insecurity…How the Government is Failing to Protect Money Owed to Our Seniors and Veterans

    08/05/2015 6:27:13 PM PDT · by homelandnsecurities · 3 replies ^ | 8/5/2015 | Homeland Insecurities
    Year after year the American people have been constantly warned of the impending doom that are their Social Security benefits due to fact that there are now more people collecting Social Security than paying into it. While the controversy over the future of Social Security is well known, what has not received much attention is that right now Americans are in danger of having their benefits delayed, and not just their Social Security checks. Veterans who fought for this country, and who are dependent on financial support from the Veterans Administration (VA) to purchase medicine or treatment could also see...
  • What I think of Donald Trump/Ted Cruz...

    08/04/2015 10:39:12 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 43 replies
    04 Aug 2015 | US Navy Vet
    I think that US Senator Jesse Helms would have been more than proud of both men.
  • Fact Check: The Washington Post on Sen. Graham’s Military Service

    08/04/2015 5:42:20 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies ^ | 08/04/2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    One might think that any story about a current presidential candidate’s alleged exaggeration or dishonesty of battle-like experience would warrant at least a mention of perhaps the oddest and most blatant case of all: that of Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ frontrunner. While running for office in 2008, Clinton incorrectly and repeatedly claimed she faced “sniper fire” on a trip to Bosnia in 1996. She stuck by the false story even after we aired CBS News video showing that no such thing had happened.However, the Post did not deem the Clinton case relevant to its dissection of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s...
  • Donald Trump Cashin' In Full Interview. Trump Not Beholden To Anyone

    08/01/2015 10:14:42 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 63 replies
    Cashin' In ^ | August 1, 2015
    Donald Trump on Cashin' In with Eric Bolling ox Fox.
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Compound drugs fleece TRICARE, create deep budget hole.

    08/01/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the TRICARE program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are largely to blame for a $2 billion defense health budget hole Congress is scrambling to fill. In fiscal 2010, military outpatient pharmacy costs totaled $6.6 billion, with only $23 million spent on compound drugs. By fiscal 2014, outpatient pharmacy costs had risen to $7.7 billion but compound drugs costs soared to $515 million. In the first nine months of fiscal 2015, compound drug costs tripled again for TRICARE, to $1.7 billion, or more than...
  • 34,000 Vets Lost Healthcare Eligibility

    07/27/2015 5:17:02 PM PDT · by Harmless Teddy Bear · 14 replies
    Military.Com ^ | July 27,2015
    Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta, says 34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired.
  • Trump Names NH Vets Who Support Him - At Least Two Say They Have No Idea Why They’re On The List

    07/27/2015 5:13:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 25, 2015 | Angelo Young
    A day after Donald Trump announced the formation of “Veterans For Trump,” a small New Hampshire-based coalition that supports the bellicose business mogul’s bid for the White House, at least two of the veterans named as supporters distanced themselves from team Trump. The announcement of the veterans group came five days after Trump said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is only considered a war hero because he was captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War. “I don’t know anything about it,” said Ernie Fusi, a World War II veteran whose name was still listed among the 51 veteran supporters on...
  • Donald Trump Surges To Commanding Lead In Post-McCain Backlash Poll

    07/24/2015 1:20:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    While his favorability rating took a hit, a new poll shows that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s comments about Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s war record are not the silver bullet many in the GOP and media hoped. A YouGov poll taken after Trump’s ill-considered remarks show his support among Republican voters has surged by double digits and well-ahead of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, his two closest competitors. During the week of July 4-6, Trump was in first place, with 15% choosing the billionaire businessman over the rest of the field. Bush sat at 11%, which tied with Kentucky...