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  • VFW Members (But not the PAC) Supports LTC ALLEN WEST

    10/15/2010 6:36:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Blackfive ^ | October 08, 2010 | Michael C
    Despite the idiotic VFW support of LTC (ret) Allen West's opponent, over 500 VFW members supported LTC West at this event hosted by the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Leathernecks MC. Congressional candidate LTC (ret) Allen West addressing a gathering of veterans at the Vets For West Rally in Delray Beach, FL on September 25, 2010.
  • Man Puts Dog to Sleep, Wakes Up Next Morning to Find Pooch Still Alive

    10/12/2010 4:17:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    MyFoxDetroit ^ | 12 Oct 2010,
    SNIP On Saturday, Olivarez took Mia to the Westcott Veterinary Care Center on Grand River in Detroit to put her down. Afterward, he took the dog's remains back home and put them in his garage as he planned to bury the dog on Sunday. But when he went into the garage the next morning, he discovered Mia wide awake. "I was shocked," said Olivarez. SNIP
  • New York Fails To Mail Ballots to Active Military, DOJ Yet To Act

    10/12/2010 7:53:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 11, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    Despite a federal law requiring military ballots to mail by 9/18, military ballots across New York have not mailed as of today. The Justice Department has done nothing but talk about it. The 2010 debacle involving military ballots just became surreal. New York City and Westchester Country are but two of the several New York jurisdictions which admitted that they failed to mail military ballots. This fact should have been known on October 2, when the Justice Department should have marched into court seeking an immediate order that the ballots be sent — preferably by rapid express mail.Instead, a Justice...
  • VA, ATF say no guns for Iraq war vet

    09/05/2010 11:41:07 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 27 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | September 5, 2010 | David Codrea
    "Iraq Veteran Stripped of Right To Bear Arms," 5 News Ft Smith-Fayetteville tells us.Why?"A year ago the Irelan's began receiving a small stipend from Veterans Affairs because Lana had to take over the family's finances...The V.A. declared Wayne Irelan incompetent and now his right to own a gun is gone."Why would they do that, and what are the repercussions? "Irelan has post traumatic stress disorder from the Iraq war, but his wife says he has never been violent...The couple didn't know Wayne's gun rights had been terminated until they went to get a gun out of pawn. Days later Wayne...
  • Red carpet rolled out for WWII vets

    09/05/2010 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 3 replies
    The State ^ | 5 Sept 2010 | Jeff Wilkinson
    ...“This is personal to me,” he said. “I would be speaking with a German accent right now instead of a French accent if it weren’t for you,” he told the vets. French is the national language of Belgium. Diplomats from both Belgium and Luxembourg were in attendance at both events Saturday. Belgian Air Force Brig. Gen. Mike Delobel, defense attaché for the Belgian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Consul Mario Wiesen of Luxembourg said they were there to recognize the contribution the veterans made in the liberation of their countries. “It’s a unique opportunity to say ‘thank you’,” Wiesen said....
  • Columbians, fans cheer Bulge vets (SC)

    09/03/2010 2:31:26 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The State ^ | 3 September 2010 | Jeff Wilkinson
    Demetri “Dee” Paris of Silver Spring, Md., stood on the 50-yard line of Williams-Brice Stadium next to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, “2001” blaring, fans roaring and Gamecock players flooding the field in what has been called the greatest entrance in sports. “Wow,” said the 95-year-old president of the national Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge organization, who had just tossed the coin to open the game. “I live near the University of Maryland, but it’s nothing like this. This is wild!” Battle of the Bulge veteran Leif Maseng from Columbia rode with other veterans in a procession from Uptown...
  • 'Texas Challenge' to honor Vietnam vets

    08/13/2010 8:04:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    KXAN ^ | 13 Aug 2010 | Pamela Cosel
    War is never a lukewarm topic of discussion – most are either for it or against it, none lacking opinions. War may be between countries, but in the trenches it is about the people: troops on the ground, in the air, on the sea. It is people who fight, people who are wounded, people who come home to loved ones – or not. Such casualties are not forgotten, but live on in memories others cherish as the bodies rest in graves. Birthdays are remembered and anniversaries marked in a myriad of ways as families honor those who served. The U.S....
  • A Nite Cap at Freedom Radio

    07/25/2010 2:01:47 PM PDT · by HonestConservative · 4 replies
    A Nite Cap at Freedom Radio ^ | July 25, 2010 | Honest Conservative
    Share a NiteCap and an interview with HonestConservative, Tonight at 8 pm est. Welcome our guests to this most important show. Welcome back to Freedom Radio, Tim Brown retired firefighter of the FDNY, survivor of the 911 attacks and founder of http:thebravest.com . We will shine the light of truth on the finances behind the Ground Zero Mosque, and who is responsible. The terrorist links between these investors and the project will be revealed. Go to http://911familiesforamerica.org for more. Tim is also one of this year's recipients of the Freedom Flame Award from the Center for Security Policy. Kieran Lalor...
  • Letter to the editor: V.A. response to the war

    07/23/2010 7:16:19 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/23/2010 | Adam C. Walmus
    Recent media reports have declared that timely, dignified care should be provided to returning servicemen and women. At the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, we completely agree. America's soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen deserve the very finest medical care. Earned at enlistment, it is America's sacred promise to them. Nationally, and here in southeast Texas, VA works hard to honor that promise. Since 2003, more than 1.5 million military personnel have served and returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Roughly 40% have enrolled for care in a high-tech, quality-focused VA system, including more than 8,500 southeast Texas sons...
  • Cartoon Ridicules Combat-Wounded Veteran Congressional Candidate and Backfires

    07/20/2010 7:29:18 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | July 20, 2010 | James M. Simpson
    A few months back I wrote a story about Veterans for Congress, focusing in particular on Marine Gunnery Sgt. Nick Popaditch, who is running for Congress in San Diego’s 51st district. “Gunny Pop” as he was affectionately known in the Corps, was grievously wounded in the first battle for Fallujah, Iraq, when he was hit in the head by an enemy RPG. Medically retired, he lost one eye and retains 8 percent use in his second eye, only because of the medical staff’s heroic efforts and Nick’s indomitable spirit. Nick earned the Silver Star for his battlefield bravery and innovation....
  • I Fought For You By The Sound Tank--ABSOLUTE MUST SEE VIDEO!

    07/20/2010 3:00:57 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 20 replies · 3+ views
    I Fought For You By The Sound Tank
  • Obama: More post-traumatic stress help for vets

    07/10/2010 11:47:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/10/10 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is taking what President Barack Obama calls "a long overdue step" to aid veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, making it easier for them to receive federal benefits. The changes that Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will announce Monday fulfill "a solemn responsibility to provide our veterans and wounded warriors with the care and benefits they've earned when they come home," Obama said in his weekly radio and online address Saturday. The new rules will apply not only to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but also those who served in previous conflicts.
  • The Day after D-day. Ernie Pyle reporting from Normandy

    06/07/2010 8:06:07 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 24 replies · 66+ views
    Ernie Pyle ^ | 06-07-1944 | Ernie Plye
    Some of the best reporting to come out of Normandy in the aftermath of the D-day landings. Even across the gap of years, his words are incredibly powerful. Column 1 A Pure Miracle NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 - Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore. By the time we got here the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved a couple of miles inland. All that remained on the beach was some sniping and...
  • Who Are You Remembering This Memorial Day?

    05/29/2010 11:10:00 PM PDT · by mukraker · 22 replies · 393+ views
    mukraker
    A news story tonight reported that only 40% of those surveyed knew someone who had died in the service of Ameica. SAo, this being Memorial Day weekend, I'd like to ask my fellow FReepers to list the names of those you personally knew who have given their lives in the service of their country. I will start. Pfc John Mark Price Army killed during operation Just Cause in Panama, 1989 Hometown: Conover, Wisconsin http://www.arlingtoncemetery.org/historical_information/casualties_just_cause.html
  • Feds Remove Second Mojave Cross on Sunrise Rock

    05/21/2010 1:59:38 PM PDT · by opentalk · 51 replies · 2,053+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 21, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Last month the Supreme Court declared that the Mojave Cross on Sunrise Rock could stay where it was. It was put up 75 years ago to honor World War I troops.10 days later (leftist) vandals stole the 75 year-old cross from the rock. Yesterday federal authorities removed the second cross that was put up to replace the first one. The Press-Enterprise reported: The Mojave Cross saga took yet another unexpected turn Thursday, when the contested symbol that vanished last week reappeared briefly before being taken down by federal officials. National Park Service officials learned Thursday morning that a cross again...
  • Vietnam POW endorses Blumenthal opponent in Conn. Senate race

    05/20/2010 3:48:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 402+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 19, 2010 | SUSAN DAVIS, WSJ
    Decorated Vietnam prisoner of war Orson Swindle Wednesday endorsed Republican Rob Simmons in the Connecticut Senate race. The support comes at an opportune time -- just two days after the New York Times reported that leading Democratic candidate Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had wrongly said he had served in Vietnam. Swindle was Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) from 1997 to 2005 and he also served the Reagan administration. He retired from the Marine Corp as a Lieutenant Colonel. In a statement, Swindle praised Simmons as “my fellow Vietnam Veteran” and offered a sharp critique of Blumenthal that recalled his own days...
  • Blumenthal's Vets

    05/19/2010 10:33:16 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 12 replies · 774+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | May 19, 2010 | Daniela Altirmari
    One of those who stood with the AG has already drawn scrutiny. Elliott Storm of Milford. Conservative veterans groups and bloggers claim that Storm is a poser who invented a record of heroism . . . Phil Vasington, president of Leathernecks Connecticut MC, a group of Marines who also happen to be motorcycle enthusiasts, was annoyed when he spotted a newspaper photo of one of his members at the press conference wearing the club's official regalia. "We're a non-political organization,'' Vasington said this morning. "We're not taking a stance on the issue." But when a member wearing the group's vest...
  • One Phony Being Supported By Another Phony? (PICTURE)

    05/19/2010 3:30:14 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies · 549+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | May 19, 2010 | annem040359
    If there are certain things that REALLY get me upset the most, it is when it involves babies,animals,and veterans. Since I have got in my family people who either have in the past served in the past or at present are serving, seeing Connecticut State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who was in the presser he had yesterday surrounded by veterans, one who was second towards the right side behind him, it was discovered that he is a PHONY Vietnam war vet, considering I have a brother-in-law who is a REAL VIETNAM war vet, having served in the USA Air Force...
  • Blumenthal Lies; Vets Honored

    05/18/2010 4:32:58 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 4 replies · 196+ views
    scottfactor.com ^ | 05/18/2010 | Scott Factor
    To all of our veterans, I say “Thank You” for your service. For our Viet Nam vets who didn’t receive a hero’s welcome when you came home, I’d like to extend a hand of thanks for the service you gave to your country. This story, as I’m sure you may have heard, is about Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal lying about his service record. Specifically, he states that he served in Viet Nam when he really didn’t. Many people are making a specific point to expose this lying politician for what he really is…a service dodger. I agree that he...
  • Warriors for Congress

    05/05/2010 6:57:26 AM PDT · by notaliberal · 8 replies · 202+ views
    Melanie Morgan's web site supporting combat veterans running for a congressional seat.
  • EO 13540 of April 26, 2010-Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

    04/30/2010 10:19:21 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 387+ views
    Federal Register ^ | 4-26-10 | Barack Obama
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 102 of title I of the Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–186) (the ‘‘Act’’), and in order to establish an interagency task force to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies to improve capital, business development opportunities, and pre-established Federal contracting goals for small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment. The Administrator of the Small Business Administration...
  • Old German sword World war one (Vanity)big jpeg

    04/18/2010 11:45:04 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 16 replies · 922+ views
    NA ^ | april 18 2010 | Charlespg
    old sword bought at antique shop over 20 years ago in Columbia SC looking for info on original owner and wondered if any freepers could give me advice on were to start sword is marked For faithful in German sorry for the big jpeg dump
  • ABC Vets Insist Obama Not on Left, Blocking ObamaCare ...‘First Step Toward the Civil War’

    04/12/2010 11:09:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 76 replies · 2,834+ views
    newsbusters ^ | 4/12/10 | Brent Baker
    On ABC’s This Week, when retired ABC newsman Sam Donaldson recommended that President Barack Obama nominate, to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, someone who “is going to stand up for the principles – on the left, if you will – that he believes in,” Cokie Roberts jumped in: “I’m not so sure he is so far to the left.” Donaldson agreed: “Well, I’m not sure either.” Minutes later, Roberts contended the efforts of state attorneys general, to get a federal court to rule unconstitutional ObamaCare’s requirement every citizen get health insurance, reminded her of the “nullification” which led...
  • Thousands of vets missing out on better benefits

    04/02/2010 2:28:31 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 261+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 2 | KEVIN MAURER
    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Only a fraction of wounded veterans who could get better benefits have applied in the two years since Congress, acting on concerns the military was cutting costs by downplaying injuries, ordered the Pentagon to review disputed claims. As of mid-March, only 921 vets have applied out of the 77,000 the Pentagon estimates are eligible, according to numbers provided to The Associated Press by the Physical Disability Board of Review. The panel was created in 2008 but started taking cases in January 2009....
  • DANA PERINO: The Power of a Puppy

    03/18/2010 8:22:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 678+ views
    Pets2Vets ^ | Mar. 18, 2010 | Dana Perino
    The human-animal bond is incredible. Here’s how one man’s experience led to a mission to help the millions of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One of the most humbling parts of serving as the White House press secretary is getting to meet so many of our brave military men and women. It is hard to explain how they affected me — they are professional, courageous, and enthusiastic, as well as serene and grounded. Their decision to volunteer to serve our country — despite the hardships and dangers — made my decisions seem easy by comparison. One of the...
  • Military relents, agrees to fly vets to Iwo Jima for ceremony

    03/03/2010 10:30:36 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 31 replies · 798+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2 Mar 10 | Charlie Reed
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The military changed its mind and took a group of aging World War II veterans to Iwo Jima on Wednesday. The former Marines, who fought at Iwo Jima 65 years ago, went to the island Wednesday morning on a C-130 aircraft, said 2nd Lt. Lucas Burke, a Marine Corps spokesman on Okinawa, where the group has been staying while in Japan. They joined hundreds of Marines, including Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway, at Iwo Jima for a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the historic 36-day battle. The Pentagon initially denied the veterans’ request for...
  • As clock ticks, WWII veterans need help to get back to Iwo Jima

    03/02/2010 11:33:44 AM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 34 replies · 695+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 2 Mar 10 | Charlie Reed
    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – The military has denied a request from a World War II veterans group for transportation to Iwo Jima this week to commemorate the historic battle that took place there 65 years ago. The Greatest Generation Foundation asked the military for help after a charter plane company that had volunteered to take the group from Okinawa to the battlefield canceled unexpectedly two weeks ago. But Pentagon officials denied the request because it could set a problematic precedent for other nongovernmental agencies that ask for similar assistance, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Marine Maj. Bradley Gordon said Tuesday...
  • THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENT

    03/02/2010 10:28:53 AM PST · by illiac · 40 replies · 1,530+ views
    Self ^ | 3/2/10 | Personal Email
    Got this in my email today and had not heard this quote before....Don't know if its true, but may be discussion worthy....thanks THIS MOST UNBELIEVABLE PRESIDENT? HERE IS HIS RESPONSE WHEN HE BACKED OFF FROM HIS DECISION TO REQUIRE THE MILITARY PAY FOR THEIR WAR INJURIES. Bad press, including major mockery of the plan by comedian Jon Stewart, led to President Obama abandoning his proposal to require veterans carry private health insurance to cover the estimated $540 million annual cost to the federal government of treatment for injuries to military personnel received during their tours on active duty. The President...
  • Military Update: Law expands veterans’ benefits

    01/02/2010 6:25:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 947+ views
    The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year. The Department of Veterans Affairs will issue a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to Agent Orange. The rule, expected to be published soon, will make almost any veteran who set foot in Vietnam, and is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, B cell leukemia or ischemic heart disease (known also as coronary artery disease) eligible for disability compensation and VA medical care. The exception would be...
  • America Loses a Hero: Col. James Herbert Macia Dies at Age 93

    12/22/2009 3:13:50 PM PST · by mainstreetradical.com · 28 replies · 1,372+ views
    Main Street Radical ^ | 12/22/2009 | James Devere
    In the post-9/11 world, the term hero has been thrown around often by politicians and the media. At a time when our country is losing a generation of selfless men and women, it is a good time to reflect on the actions of some of our true American heroes. One of the latest losses is that of Col. James Herbert Macia, who died on Monday December 21st, 2009. Col. Macia was a Bombardier/Navigator on Crew 14 in Jimmy Doolittle’s Tokyo raid (pictured on far left). This volunteer action was considered by many to be a mission of no return.
  • Senate vote today, November 19th: Disabled vets care versus subsidies for the UN bureaucracy

    11/18/2009 2:20:39 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 124 replies · 5,286+ views
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    <p>Contact your Senators and let them know what you think!</p> <p>U.S. veterans or subsidies for United Nations (U.N.) bureaucracy.</p>
  • Some attendees feel duped by group's Veterans Day event

    11/15/2009 3:22:17 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies · 1,571+ views
    Foster's Daily Democrat ^ | Nov. 15, 2009 | Geoff Cunningham Jr
    Some members of local veterans groups who attended an Every Day is Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 8 in Berwick, Maine, said they were surprised to find it was a kickoff for a new Maine affiliate of the national Oath Keepers organization, which has been described as part of a rebirth of the nation's right-wing militia movement. An August report from the Southern Poverty Law Center describes the parent organization as a "particularly worrisome example of the Patriot revival," involving groups with a virulent anti-government sentiment, though organizers of the newly formed Maine affiliate say they are far from being an...
  • Sarah Palin to Visit Fort Hood

    11/13/2009 1:54:46 PM PST · by SolidWood · 14 replies · 1,018+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 13th, 2009 | WSJ
    Grieving soldiers and families at Fort Hood, Texas, will get a visit from Sarah Palin next month as part of her national book tour, her publisher told Washington Wire. The former vice presidential candidate, whose book “Going Rogue,” will be released on Tuesday, had already agreed to visit the Army base, according to her publicist. She said that after last week’s shooting that left 13 people dead and 30 wounded, an official on the base contacted HarperCollins to say that Palin should stick with the planned appearance. The Dec. 4 event had not been announced publicly or included in a...
  • Injured vets sign on for duty in Congress

    11/11/2009 6:23:36 AM PST · by Melissa 24 · 2 replies · 413+ views
    MSNBC ^ | November 11, 2009 | Marvin Joseph
    Dan Lasko swore his oath to join the Marine Corps early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 — just before the terrorist attacks. As he watched the towers fall and the Pentagon burn, he knew his service to his country would be more vital than he could have imagined. Just a month into his deployment in Afghanistan, in the spring of 2004, Lasko's vision of his service was violently disrupted again. Exiting a rocky canyon, his Humvee rolled over two makeshift bombs. "Everything is in slow motion," he recalls. "Two big blasts. You can't see anything. Everything is foggy....
  • A Pittance of Time (Two Minute Video Song for the Vets)

    11/07/2009 4:16:29 AM PST · by RummyChick · 1 replies · 448+ views
    Also Posted: The Things I Carry The old train lumbered up the track amid a hoofbeat clatter, its cloudy windows streaked by rain that fell in gentle patter. With duffle heavy on my back I trudged along the aisle Until I saw an empty seat next to a welcome smile. A stifled groan curled in my chest beneath the weight I bore; I shrugged the duffle off my back, it thudded on the floor. "That pack looks awfully heavy friend" he said with narrowed stare, "You got a load of cinderblocks or something tucked in there?" My gaze fell to...
  • Barack Obama Pledges 'Sacred Trust' with Veterans

    10/17/2009 7:40:41 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 38 replies · 2,215+ views
    All American Patriots ^ | March 3, 2008 | Unknown
    February 29, 2008 -- Austin, TX - U.S. Senator Barack Obama was joined by Congressman Chet Edwards (TX-17) in Houston this morning for a town hall meeting with area veterans. Obama discussed his track record of fighting for veterans in the U.S. Senate and pledged that, as President, he will ensure that veterans are treated with the dignity and respect they have earned. "America enters into a sacred trust with every single person who puts on the uniform," Obama said. "That trust is simple: America will be there for you, just as you have been there for America. Keeping that...
  • WWII Vets Take To The Sky For Flight Of Honor (daytrip visit to the World War II Memorial in DC)

    10/04/2009 5:42:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 1,200+ views
    WXII 12 ^ | 10/03/09
    WWII Vets Take To The Sky For Flight Of Honor101 Local Veterans Visit WWII Memorial UPDATED: 9:31 pm EDT October 3, 2009 GREENSBORO -- With family and friends looking on in anticipation, 101 local veterans took to the sky Saturday morning for a daytrip visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. These were the men and women who 65 years ago stormed the beaches in France, battled at sea, liberated Paris, marched to Berlin and served on the home front, all to squash the surge of tyrannical Nazism and preserve freedom in the world. The veterans, now...
  • Senators fight for Guardsmen's war pension (WW2 Territorial Guard)

    09/26/2009 9:16:33 AM PDT · by Species8472 · 10 replies · 1,508+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 26th, 2009 | ERIKA BOLSTAD
    WASHINGTON -- In a strongly worded message to Congress outlining presidential priorities for a military spending bill, the Obama administration said Friday it disapproved of including money for pensions for 26 elderly members of the World War II-era Alaska Territorial Guard. The White House move drew swift rebuke from the state's two senators, Republican Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Mark Begich, who had together sponsored the pension fix. The legislation honors 26 elderly Alaskans who are the few remaining survivors of a military unit that served the country with valor, Murkowski said, calling the administration's direction "deeply disappointing, bordering on insensitive."...
  • Gov. Palin's son Track is back from Iraq

    09/19/2009 4:01:52 PM PDT · by CRBDeuce · 70 replies · 4,205+ views
    Fox News TV ^ | 9/19/2009 | CRBDeuce
    Gov Palin skipped the Values Voter Summit since her son Track is back from Iraq this weekend....
  • Ambushed Marines' Aid Call 'Rejected'

    09/16/2009 7:02:22 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 266 replies · 5,601+ views
    Military.com ^ | 09/10/09 | Military.com
    NATO-led forces are investigating the death of four Marines in eastern Afghanistan after their commanders reportedly rejected requests for artillery fire in a battle with insurgents, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Tuesday's incident was "under investigation" and details remained unclear, press secretary Geoff Morrell told a news conference. A McClatchy newspapers' journalist who witnessed the battle reported that a team of Marine trainers made repeated appeals for air and artillery support after being pinned down by insurgents in the village of Ganjgal in eastern Kunar province. The U.S. troops had to wait more than an hour for attack helicopters to...
  • Vets For Freedom Unveils New Petition: "Give Our Generals What They Need" (Afghanistan)

    09/16/2009 9:31:15 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies · 387+ views
    Vets for Freedom ^ | 16 SEPTEMBER 2009
    Contact: media@vetsforfreedom / (202) 338-4070 (Washington, DC) – Today, Vets For Freedom—the largest Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans organization in America—released an online petition urging President Obama to follow the request of the commanders on the ground in Afghanistan and allocate the troop-strength necessary to turn the war around. The “Give Our Generals What They Need” Petition calls upon the President to honor the forthcoming troop-level recommendations of General Stanley McChrystal and give our troops the same chance to succeed in Afghanistan that they had in Iraq following the Surge. The full petition can be found at: www.vetsforfreedom.org/give_them_what_they_need “Unlike Iraq,...
  • "Give Our Generals What They Need" - Sign The Petition

    09/15/2009 7:31:38 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies · 204+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com ^ | September 15, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    Vets for Freedom Connecticut representative Melissa Weaver (SGT, CTANG, OIF 2003-2004) has sent me an e-mail requesting our help. A sometimes co-host and a brave woman and soldier … I assured her we would not hesitate. We have never wavered in our support for our soldiers … and right now our soldiers in Afghanistan need our help. Tomorrow (Wednesday) The Vets for Freedom, which led the charge for the surge in Iraq, will launch a petition drive urging the President to give the Generals the additional troops they have requested for Afghanistan.
  • Dole's Quiet Duty: Honoring Veterans

    09/09/2009 7:34:22 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 5 replies · 773+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-09-09 | GERALD F. SEIB
    Bob Dole, a venerable 86 years old now, was back in the Washington limelight over the weekend, appearing on ABC TV to dispense counsel on a bipartisan approach to health care, popping up in newspapers explaining how to cut a deal, even suggesting Gen. David Petraeus as a presidential possibility. But his most heartfelt weekend activity took place elsewhere, out of sight of Washington politicos and devoid of any potential for gain or notoriety. It came under a brilliant Saturday-morning sun, when the former Republican presidential candidate, now a bit more frail than most Americans recall him, stepped out of...
  • WSJ: Obama and Shinseki now pressuring Veterans toward Euthanasia

    08/24/2009 10:57:19 AM PDT · by nmh · 55 replies · 2,806+ views
    HUman Events e-mail ^ | 8/24/09 | Connie Hair
    The Wall Street Journal just published a shocking editorial written by a respected University President, confirming the Obama Administration is now using VA hospitals to order doctors to pressure all military veterans to sign "pull the plug" do-not-resuscitate orders, hastening their premature deaths through mandatory "end of life" counseling. President Jim Towey of Saint Vincent's College, founder of the non-profit "Aging With Dignity" and former White House Director of faith based initiatives, wrote a blistering expose entitled "The Death Book For Veterans," revealing President Obama's new Veterans Administration (VA) directive, presumably signed by VA Secretary, General (ret.) Eric Shinseki, which...
  • 82nd Airborne celebrates 67 years

    08/16/2009 7:43:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies · 2,275+ views
    fayobserver.com ^ | August 15, 2009 | Roy Parker
    August is a seminal month in the history of the airborne, and especially of the 82nd Airborne Division. Aug. 15, 1942, is the birth date of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions. "Airborne" was already well under way before the magic date 67 years ago when the War Department formally ordered the formation of two divisions of jumpers and glidermen. Battalions of jumpers had been training at Fort Benning, Ga., since 1940, and the high command of the Army was eager to grow the airborne force. By March, a new infantry division, the 82nd, was activated for training at Camp...
  • Fraudulent charity 'disgraceful' to vets

    08/15/2009 6:08:24 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies · 926+ views
    StarTribube ^ | 8/15/09 | JEAN HOPFENSPERGER
    Janie VandenBosch's blood boils when she receives telephone solicitations from a group that calls itself the Minnesota Disabled Veterans. The caller has offered to send her plastic bags, lightbulbs and other items in exchange for a donation. Problem is, VandenBosch works for Minnesota Disabled American Veterans (DAV) -- and her group has nothing to do with the calls. "Sometimes I think I should just let them send me the bags so I can see who they are,'' said VandenBosch, who coordinates clothing donations to the state DAV. "But I'm also hearing about them from people who donate clothes to us....
  • A Theif [sic] in the Night: Veterans’ Land Grab

    08/15/2009 11:28:06 AM PDT · by rvoitier · 5 replies · 877+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 15, 2009 | Jeani DiCarlo
    Did you ever have an encounter with a thief? If not, how many times have you read or heard about their sudden attacks in newspapers or TV and thought or gasped, “I hope that never happens to me”? Well, it is happening. As I write this, we have politicians all over the country stealing from us. Many of you are now more than aware of this new Cap and Trade bill brought to us by “our” representative in the 30th district of California, Mr. Henry Waxman. Well, you may also want to know that Mr. Waxman has been quite busy...
  • Larsen Sidesteps Questions on Health Care, For Now

    08/05/2009 9:02:07 AM PDT · by houeto · 7 replies · 604+ views
    NW Digest ^ | August 4th, 2009 | By Evan
    As we reported late last month, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is catching flack from all sides of the health care debate. Some in his district are patently outraged by his lack of support for proposals made by Democratic colleagues. One letter writer to the Bellingham Herald today accused Larsen of being beholden to lobbyists. Back in the district, Larsen again faced questions about his stance on health care reform. This time, speaking to veterans, the 2nd District Congressman refused to answer questions altogether: “You’re at the wrong meeting if you’re here to talk about health care.”
  • The VA Benefits and the Healthcare plan for the country

    07/29/2009 6:05:34 AM PDT · by q_an_a · 14 replies · 452+ views
    Wounded Warrior Handbook ^ | 1.30.2008 | Wounded Warrior
    Maybe a few folks going to the TEA Party forums with their congress people will take a few pages from this book and ask their congressman/woman or senator how long is the wait to get enrolled in the VA health care program? Why would enrollment in the Public Option be faster? Will there be the same categories for those who get service "based upon funding?"
  • Bettendorf woman says state wants late veteran’s assets

    07/07/2009 2:10:50 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies · 1,592+ views
    Quad City TImes ^ | 07/05/2009 | Barb Ickes
    Two tours in Vietnam. A Purple Heart. A welding accident. A wheelchair. Death at 61. A bill for $277,186.96. Two months after Roger Lennon died, the woman who took care of him for more than a dozen years got a bill in the mail. The state of Iowa said the Bettendorf veteran owes almost $300,000 for the medical care he received in the state-run veterans home. "I called them and said, 'Is this a joke?'" Sarah Miller said. "Who has that kind of money? And I was with Roger every time he was signed into the Iowa Veterans Home in...