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Forum: VetsCoR

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  • A music-video tribute to all Vets

    09/25/2011 12:45:16 PM PDT · by Madly57 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    A brand-new music video from the group "Due South" pays tribute to our Military, both past and present, as well as first responders.
  • Retiree Benefits for the Military Could Face Cuts

    09/19/2011 8:12:18 PM PDT · by Crazy ole coot · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New Youk Times ^ | JAMES DAO and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    snip... By far the most contentious proposal circulating in Washington is from a Pentagon advisory panel, the Defense Business Board. It would make the military pension system, a defined benefit plan, more like a 401(k) plan under which the Pentagon would make contributions to a service memberís individual account; contributions by the troops themselves would be optional. Mr. Panetta has said that if adopted, the plan would not apply to current military personnel.
  • Vet: Honor WWII survivors now, while they're alive

    09/02/2011 7:14:37 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | AUDREY McAVOY
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - A Marine who fought in the Battle of Okinawa urged Americans on Friday to honor those who served in World War II now, while veterans from that conflict are still alive. E. Bruce Heilman, speaking at a ceremony marking the 66th year since the end of the war, noted fewer than 2 million of the 16 million men and women who served in the war are alive. They are dying at a rate of 30,000 per month, he said.
  • Oh apologizes for Green Beret 'confusion or misimpression'

    08/28/2011 5:11:24 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Philly.com ^ | August 26, 2011 | Bob Warner
    City Council candidate David Oh issued a formal apology Thursday for what he described as carelessness in describing his five-year stint in the Army National Guard - an issue that led some veterans to complain he was embellishing his military record. Although Oh was assigned to a National Guard Special Forces unit, he said he should have been more careful as a candidate in his use of the terms Special Forces and Green Beret, both used to describe elite units whose combat soldiers typically have endured months of rigorous training. "I apologize to the public for any confusion or misimpression...
  • US MILITARY/agent orange....(vanity)

    08/18/2011 1:55:17 PM PDT · by Doogle · 18 replies · 1+ views
    American Legion newsletter | 08/18/11 | Doogle
    I thought I would give a heads up to fellow vets who served in Thailand from 1967..forward After years of fighting, the VA finally relinquished and admitted that AO was used on bases throughout Thailand. IF YOU HAVEN'T FILE YOUR CLAIMS...get on it..the new deadline is THIS AUGUST 30th,2011. Check the VA site for details....file that claim that has been denied to you NOW!!
  • Utah's forgotten veterans receive military funeral

    08/17/2011 4:40:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies · 1+ views
    | Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2011
    BLUFFDALE, Utah Ė It's been four years since Randall Hester last heard from his older brother, Ron, a Navy veteran his family called a lone wolf. He had no idea Ron had died in January 2009 until relatives saw the man's name in a newspaper along with 15 other veterans whose bodies were unclaimed. On Monday, Hester prepared for a final goodbye, gripping an urn containing his brother's ashes and heading off to the Manti-La Sal National Forest. "It will be our last elk hunt," the 50-year-old Hester said with a great laugh, a bit like old times. He planned...
  • Military Headstones

    08/17/2011 3:42:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Where do our military headstones come from? A great story. I often wondered where and how our military headstones were made .... Click on the link below turn up sound very interesting.
  • July 29, 1967 USS Forrestal Vietnam Memorial

    07/24/2011 8:34:47 AM PDT · by Revski · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Memorial of the US Naval Disaster of the aircraft carrier, USS Forrestal - CVA-59, July 29, 1967 in North Vietnam, Golf of Tonkin. Song of this Memorial video is, Pray For Me, sung by the Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • Military Veterans Learn to farm with Farmer-Veteran Coalition

    07/20/2011 1:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Grit ^ | The July/August 2011 edition | Evan B. Welch
    An innovative, relatively young program provides active-duty soldiers and military veterans a jump start into civilian existence while bringing life to agriculture. One-sixth of the U.S. population is enlisted in the military, and 45 percent of that number is from rural farm communities, according to the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Farms need more hands, and veterans need work after service. So Michael OíGorman founded the nonprofit Farmer-Veteran Coalition, based in Davis, California, to plow the hindrances and help reintegrate service men and women on a national scale. OíGorman, a seasoned organic farmer, watched the...
  • DOD Announces Iraq, Afghanistan Campaign Stars

    06/30/2011 3:00:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 Ė Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Department officials announced today. The new campaign stars, worn on the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals, recognize service during Operation New Dawn in Iraq and the Consolidation III campaign phase in Afghanistan. Operation New Dawn began Sept. 1, 2010, marking the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and U.S. combat operations in Iraq and a new focus on advising, assisting and training Iraqi security forces. The Consolidation III campaign...
  • Face of Defense: Airman Honors Father With Bronze Star

    06/21/2011 3:34:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Air Force Capt. George Tobias
    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., June 21, 2011 Ė An Air Force Space Command chief master sergeant used the occasion of her retirement ceremony here to take care of one last troop -- her father, who was presented with the Bronze Star Medal he earned four decades ago. Army Col. Timothy Coffin, deputy commander of Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Strategic Command, pins the Bronze Star on retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Porter as his daughter, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Nancy Geisler, looks on during her retirement ceremony June 13, 2011, at Peterson Air Force Base,...
  • A Little Help Please (Vanity)

    06/19/2011 2:52:20 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity ^ | 2011 | Steve Newton
    Need a little help with voting
  • Group, event will benefit Marines

    06/10/2011 4:26:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1+ views
    SIERRA VISTA ó A Marine Corps League event Sept. 18 will benefit active, retired and former Marines and their families in the area with social functions, morale and welfare. The Marine Corps League Poker Run will kick off with a rally at 9 a.m. at Cochise County Choppers on Highway 92 in Bisbee. Register from 10 a.m. to noon, with the last rider out at 1 p.m. and in by 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per rider, $5 per passenger. A parts swap meet and 50/50 raffle also are planned. For more information, call 234-6402. The Marine Corps League can...
  • Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Guardsman Savors View From Top

    06/09/2011 5:43:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 1+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Army Sgt. Darron Salzer, National Guard Bureau
    ARLINGTON, Va., June 9, 2011 Ė As one of the last remaining active-duty National Guard members with service experience in Vietnam, Army Master Sgt. Leland Lesher said the most rewarding thing about his career is the view from the top while at the Army Guard headquarters. Army Master Sgt. Leland Lesher, Army National Guard force protection branch noncommissioned officer in charge and an Illinois National Guard member, swears the oath of extension and enlistment at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va., June 7, 2011. Lesher is one of the last active-duty Guard members who has service time...
  • Salute to D-Day Veterans - [Vanity]

    06/06/2011 1:06:05 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Self | 6/6/2011 | Self
    Thank you D-Day veterans. You service will always be remembered, as well as that of the fallen.
  • The Incredible Story of "Reckless" - Equine Korean War Vet & Heroine

    06/02/2011 7:12:23 AM PDT · by soozla · 2 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 06/02/2011 | 5th Marine Recoiless Rifles - 1st Marine Div
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIo3ZfA9da0&feature=player_embedded
  • Memorial Day In Brooklyn

    05/30/2011 5:00:02 PM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies · 1+ views
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 30, 2011 | Gerard Perry
    Iíll attempt to keep my commentary to a minimum, since I donít think I can add much to the images Iíll be posting today. The image above is of the Field of Flags, a memorial to the 266 New Yorkers who been killed in action during operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and associated theaters of the War on Terror. The fact that I couldnít get the entire field into view illustrates the extent of the sacrifice made by men and women of our Armed Forces, but also the contribution New York as a state has made to their missions overseas....
  • Marine Corps foundation honors heroic Vietnam War priest

    05/22/2011 3:46:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 2+ views
    CNA ^ | Triangle, Va., May 20, 2011
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Marine Corps foundation honors heroic Vietnam War priest By Marianne Medlin Marine Cpl. James Capodanno, stands next to the window dedicated to his brother. Credit: Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Triangle, Va., May 20, 2011 / 02:35 am (CNA).- Servant of God Fr. Vincent Capodanno, a chaplain who was killed in action while protecting U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War, was honored with a permanent tribute at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.ďThe Marines who served with Chaplain Capodanno remember him as the Chaplain who went wherever his Marines needed his comfort and guidance, no matter the personal...
  • Old Guard Soldiers recall 9⁄11 role at ceremony

    05/14/2011 2:27:59 PM PDT · by shove_it · 1 replies · 1+ views
    DC Military ^ | 12 May 2011 | Sgt Erica Vinyard
    ¬Ď¬ĎLast Monday morning, the nation woke to the news of the death of the mastermind of the 9‚ĀĄ11 attacks and the nation¬ís most wanted criminal, who met the same fate that he imposed on more than 3,000 citizens,¬Ē said Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington, during a May 9 ceremony at Fort McNair, commemorating the actions of MDW personnel who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. ¬Ď¬ĎLast Sunday¬ís actions are a striking example of American commitment; that same commitment that brings us here today, to dedicate a...
  • Navy wife makes desperate plea for missing husband with PTSD

    05/06/2011 12:45:44 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 11 replies · 1+ views
    KFMB 8 TV ^ | May 6, 2011 | Craig McKee
    SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local Navy wife is desperate to find her missing husband, who has post traumatic stress disorder and hasn't been seen in days. "My whole world is collapsing because this is the guy I was going to spend the rest of my life with," says Amanda Hamilton. She and Nicholas married four and a half years ago and have two sons together. As a couple they've faced deployments, but the most recent deployment on the USS Ronald Reagan to provide humanitarian relief to Tsunami victims in Japan proved to be a tipping point, according to...