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  • The California military cemetery that became a national shame

    05/24/2018 3:43:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 24th, 2018 | Foon Rhee
    As on every Memorial Day, small flags will be placed next to neat, respectful rows of headstones at military cemeteries across America. Neat and respectful is not how you would describe Mare Island Naval Cemetery – a forsaken plot of hallowed ground that fell between the cracks of Pentagon base closings and the city of Vallejo’s bankruptcy. The oldest military cemetery on the West Coast is in utter disrepair. It is the final resting place for 800-plus veterans, including a few who fought in the War of 1812 and three Medal of Honor recipients. The daughter of Francis Scott Key,...
  • Where is 'Louisiana'? Vietnam war buddies launch appeal to help them reunite with their comrade

    05/23/2018 1:29:55 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/18 | Matthew Wright
    A group of veterans from the Vietnam War who recently met for a reunion in Florida are searching for one of their comrades who they only knew by a nickname. 'Louisiana' is seen in photos with curly brown hair and a goofy face and his friends from the war remember the warm personality he had during the dark times. 'The picture represents the beautiful grin he had almost all the time,' said veteran James Garvin - who took the photo - to WBRZ. According to a Facebook post from wife Susan Waldrop Garvin, 'Louisiana' was a grunt on the ground,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 18 May 2018

    05/17/2018 5:59:45 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 112 replies
    May 17, 2018 | Ma's Gang
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup or a glass, and start a conversation.You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad...
  • Trump donates quarterly salary to Department of Veterans' Affairs

    05/17/2018 11:49:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 17, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump donated his salary for the first quarter of 2018 to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House said Thursday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump’s $100,000 quarterly salary will go toward the VA’s caregiver programs. The president is donating his salary each quarter to "important projects," she said....
  • Joy Reid Panel Attacks Military Veterans Who Support President Trump (VIDEO)

    05/14/2018 2:00:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Conservative US ^ | May 13, 2018
    MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance has long been a source of anti-conservative hysteria, but he outdid his self this week with a malicious smear against military veterans who support our President Donald Trump. A panel hosted by Joy Reid attacked the character of military veterans who support President Donald Trump on Saturday, as Malcolm Nance, who previously called for a terrorist attack by ISIS against a Trump property, said that veterans who support the president are “not honorable.” Nance said: “And these military people love him, all right? And I’m just going to come right out and say it: not...
  • Ernest Medina, Army Captain Acquitted in My Lai Massacre, Dies at 81

    05/14/2018 11:06:37 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | 14 May 2018 | Richard Goldstein
    Ernest L. Medina, the Army captain who was accused of overall responsibility for the March 1968 mass killings of unarmed South Vietnamese men, women and children by troops he commanded in what became known as the My Lai massacre, but was acquitted at a court-martial, died on Tuesday in Peshtigo, Wis. He was 81.
  • Disabled veterans invited to apply for tax-free student loan forgiveness

    05/11/2018 8:48:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Credible ^ | April 16, 2018 | Matt Carter
    Disabled veterans who may not have realized they can apply to have their student loans forgiven — or who were afraid of the tax implications of claiming the benefit — will soon be getting letters in the mail inviting them to apply for tax-free loan discharges. Until recently, the IRS treated student loan forgiveness granted to disabled borrowers as taxable income. The plight of retired Army 1st. Lt. Will Milzarski, an Afghan war vet who was received a $70,000 tax bill after having $223,000 in loans forgiven, helped inspire Congress to change the law. As part of the changes to...
  • Richard Overton, oldest living veteran, turns 112

    05/11/2018 7:06:11 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 8 replies
    KXAN ^ | May 11, 2018 | Chris Davis
    The oldest living World War II veteran and oldest living man in the U.S. turns 112 Friday, and his family and friends are celebrating by inviting everyone to stop by and see him. Richard Overton, born in 1906, still lives in east Austin in the house he built 72 years ago. Overton moved into the house, now on a street named after him, in 1946, and still spends his days on his front porch, smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. "I feel fine every day," Overton told a gaggle of reporters and photographers gathered outside his home on Thursday. "No pain...
  • Trump considering Army veteran for VA secretary [Rep. Mast - FL]

    05/10/2018 10:36:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 05/10/2018 | Zeke Miller and Hope Yen
    President Donald Trump is considering an Army veteran who is a Republican member of Congress for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, part of a lengthening search for a nominee following the abrupt firing of David Shulkin in March. A White House official on Thursday said Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, who was elected to the House in 2016, was among the list of candidates for the job heading an agency of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans. The White House official would not say if Mast is the leading candidate for the VA position. The official spoke on condition...
  • Paul Newman was determined to help veterans in need, says close friend

    05/09/2018 10:04:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 9, 2018 | Stephanie Nolasco
    Paul Newman may be celebrated as one of most iconic movie stars of the 20th century, but one of the achievements the actor was most proud of was helping others when cameras weren’t rolling. Newman passed away in 2008 at age 83, but his legacy in giving back lives on. In October 2017, Newman’s Own Foundation (NOF), the nonprofit founded by the screen legend, announced they were committing $6.7 million in grants to veterans organizations. Bob Forrester, President and CEO of NOF, told Fox News it’s a decision his beloved friend would have applauded. NOF launched 35 years ago, in...
  • The Vineyard Where Retired French Soldiers Make Wine

    05/08/2018 4:20:27 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 12 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | May 02, 2018 | Alexis Steinman
    “Tu n’abandonnes jamais les tiens, ni au combat, ni dans la vie.” These words grace the back label of Esprit de Corps Grand Cuvée, a Vermentino from Côtes de Provence Sainte–Victoire. It means, “You never abandon your own, not in combat, nor in life.” The phrase references Article VII of the French Foreign Legion’s Code of Honor, which is a hint at the bottle’s unlikely provenance: a retirement home for former legionnaires. Nestled in postcard-perfect vineyards in Provence, the Domaine du Capitaine Danjou winery is the antithesis of abandonment. It provides lodging, purpose, and, most importantly, brotherhood. Leave it to...
  • Barbara Bush get More Recognition from Military than War Veterans in Bush Wars

    04/26/2018 5:48:48 AM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    IWB ^ | Thinker
    How does a woman who was wife and mother of two presidents that took the nation to wars that have killed millions get the flags at half staff? Shouldn’t flags be at half staff as long as the U.S. military is in other nations and men and women of the U.S. are dying every day? Its easy to laugh when it isn’t your family member who is suffering, so how am I to have any sympathy for a first lady whose family didn’t have any for the troops that died to give them wealth? Dying Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young...
  • Rosen sells out veterans by raising money with ‘Hanoi Jane’

    04/25/2018 10:16:54 AM PDT · by VegasVictor · 16 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | April 25, 2018 | Victor Joecks
    Most politicians would do anything to avoid disparaging veterans. But Rep. Jacky Rosen, now running for the U.S. Senate, isn’t most politicians, and Sen. Dean Heller wants to make sure you know about it. Last Friday, Rosen and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto attended a fundraiser hosted by Jane Fonda and other Hollywood elites. Yes, that’s the same Jane Fonda whom many Vietnam War veterans dubbed “Hanoi Jane” when she was photographed smiling while sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. The same Jane Fonda who said POWs claiming torture were “hypocrites and liars.” The same Jane Fonda who voiced North...
  • Recommendations for car donations please

    04/24/2018 9:36:44 AM PDT · by pfflier · 28 replies
    Vanity
    I am considering donating my car to a charity. The internet is full of charities that want the car but there is very little on the money management "internals" that say how the money is distributed. The BBB says some give as little as 4% up to 44% but usually they don't name names at either end of the spectrum. Any Freepers out there with recommendations and positive experiences? My preference would be to donate to Disabled Veterans, Veterans or animal welfare organizations in that order.
  • Letter to LA City Councilman Mike Bonin

    04/17/2018 11:38:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/17/18 | Robert Rosebrock
    LA VETERANS FACILITY: Permanently maintained as a National Home for Disabled Soldiers National Home for Disabled Soldiers Mike Bonin Los Angeles City Councilman, 11th District Councilman Bonin ... First, this is to remind you that I am resident within your 11th district and a U.S. Military Veteran. Correspondingly, I used to be on your constituent list until I openly complained about you finagling a privileged agreement with Ann Brown, executive director of the Los Angeles VA, to run Brentwood School’s construction trucks through the VA property instead of through the neighboring communities.
  • R. Lee Ermey Passed Away

    04/15/2018 4:31:28 PM PDT · by musicman · 129 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4-15-2018 | Twitter
    Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin: It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.
  • Marching Orders for Trump's New VA Secretary

    04/04/2018 8:04:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2018 | Betsy McCaughey
    Since President Trump ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the question reverberating in Washington is whether Trump's new pick, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, is capable of heading a department with 360,000 employees and 9 million vets under its care. Senate Democrats carp he lacks experience running "a complex organization." Experience is overrated. President Obama's VA Secretary, Robert McDonald, failed miserably, despite having run Procter & Gamble. Vets died on phony wait lists on McDonald's watch. Jackson's last combat role was with a surgical shock trauma unit in Iraq. Sounds like good preparation for battling the killer VA bureaucracy. Jackson also...
  • North Carolina City Officials Reject Plan For Monument Honoring Soviet Aviators

    03/29/2018 11:06:58 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 54 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Mar 2018 | Associated Press
    The Russian Ministry of Defense is looking to install the 25-ton monument in Elizabeth City, which is the near the headquarters of a secret WWII mission called "Project Zebra," in which hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained at a time when U.S. and Soviet forces were allied in the fight against the Nazis. But the Elizabeth City council voted 5-3 on March 23 against a previously signed memorandum of understanding. If the plan had come to fruition, the Russian Defense Ministry would have paid for the monument, with the city then covering some $228,000 for improvements to the park where...
  • Our Veterans Deserve Due Process

    03/18/2018 5:36:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2018 | Sen Mike Lee and Mark Geist
    The men and women of our armed forces put themselves at risk around the world every day so that we at home can enjoy the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. At a bare minimum we should honor their service by making sure they have the same rights we do when they return home. Unfortunately some in Congress are working to pass legislation that would undermine our veterans’ due process rights. The Fix NICS Act of 2017 has a laudable goal: to decrease gun violence by increasing state and federal agency participation in the National Instant Criminal Background Check...
  • Readers' Poll: The 10 Worst Songs of the 1980s

    03/16/2018 2:50:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 513 replies
    rolling stone ^ | 10/6/2011 | Andy Greene
    A few weeks ago we asked our readers to vote for their least favorite songs from the 1990s, so it was the obvious next move to dial it back 10 years and see what you guys hated in the 1980s. The results are sure to infuriate a lot of people. For the record, I personally disagree with most of these selections. In fact, I love a lot of these songs... 10. Rick Astley - 'Never Gonna Give You Up'... 9. Taco - 'Puttin' On The Ritz'... 8. Toni Basil - 'Mickey'... 7. Bobby McFerrin - 'Don't Worry Be Happy'... 6....