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  • Wounded Warrior Project execs fired

    03/10/2016 3:28:40 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 82 replies ^ | March 10, 2016 | CBS NEWS
    In an update to a CBS News investigation of the country's largest veterans charity, Wounded Warrior Project, the board has fired the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer. The CBS News investigation raised questions about how the charity spends the millions of dollars it receives in donations each year. Wounded Warrior Project's CEO, Steven Nardizzi, and COO, Al Giordano, were fired after criticisms from more than 40 employees about how it spends its more than $800 million raised in donations in the past four years. The allegations include lavish spending by the charity at staff retreats, and other...
  • Charity Watchdog Reportedly Places Wounded Warrior Project On Its Watch List

    01/31/2016 6:11:30 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-31-2016 | Fox News
    January 31, 2016 The Wounded Warrior Project, the charity for wounded veterans, has been placed on Charity Navigator’s watch list over accusations of using donor money toward excessive spending on conferences and parties instead of on recovery programs, according to CBS News. According to the charity’s tax forms, obtained by CBS News, spending on conferences and meetings increased from $1.7 million in 2010, to $26 million in 2014, which is the same amount the group spends on combat stress recovery. Charity Navigator is a watchdog organization that evaluates charities in the U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette, who returned...
  • Wounded Warrior Project criticized for how it spends donations

    01/28/2016 8:44:49 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    wcvb ^ | 1-28-2016
    The Wounded Warrior Project is coming under fire after being accused of wasting donations meant for soldiers and their families. Videos highlight the plight of wounded veterans and ask Americans to donate generously. And generously they have. In 2014, Wounded Warrior Project received about $300 million in donations, but the organization is under criticism after former employees allege the charity spends lavishly on staff parties and travel. They allege the Wounded Warrior Project spent $26 million dollars on conferences and meetings in 2014 alone. "It's incredibly disturbing," Rep. Seth Moulton said. "I mean, we're talking about people who put their...
  • Veterans' Groups Line up to Reject Money from Trump (if He is Even Raising Any)

    01/27/2016 11:56:38 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 169 replies
    Red State ^ | January 27, 2016 | Leon H. Wolf
    Trump's standard line when he is about to storm out of a media event because he doesn't like how it covers him is that he is going to go host an event to raise money for veterans. Thus it was no surprise when he announced that he would be skipping the FoxNews event to hold a separate event to raise money for.... well, "veterans," generally. Of course, Trump did not name a specific charity so that his feet might be held to the fire on this, just "veterans," generally. Well, there are two small problems. The main veterans group that...
  • Investigation: Wounded Warrior Charity Only Spends 60 Percent Of Funds On Vets

    01/27/2016 3:37:53 PM PST · by mazda77 · 54 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/27/16 | Jonah Bennet
    The Wounded Warrior Project, a charity organization dedicated to helping injured former military members, only spends about 60 percent of its donation funds helping veterans. An investigation by CBS News discovered that the Wounded Warrior Project has a dismal record when compared to other similar charities, though the group managed to pull in $300 million just in 2014. The organization apparently raised more than $1 billion since 2003. “Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, but what the public doesn’t see is how they spend their money,” Army Staff Sgt. Erick Millette told CBS News. Millette worked with...
  • Wounded Warrior Project reportedly accused of wasting donor money

    01/27/2016 9:17:05 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 65 replies
    CBS via FoxNews ^ | January 26, 2016 | staff
    The charity for wounded veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project, is facing accusations of using donor money toward excessive spending on conferences and parties instead of on recovery programs, according to a CBS News report.
  • Wounded Warrior Execs Make Out Like Bandits, Actual Wounded Warriors? Not So Much....

    Everyone wants to support American vets and when you hear about the great work Wounded Warriors Project does for our own American vets, well, … you just can’t fight the urge to dig deep and give to support the cause. But who/what are you really supporting? Not so much the vets…. DC Clothesline: In the first version of this article, I used the 2012-2013 Wounded Warrior Project 990 Tax Forms. This updated version is using the 2013-2014 Wounded Warrior Project 990 Tax Forms. (Thank you, David Isakson, for all of your assistance) I had made some errors in my original...
  • 'Wounded Warrior Charity Unleashes HellOn Other Veteran Groups

    05/04/2015 4:12:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5-4-15 | Tim Mak
    What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully? For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profitsspending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve. At issue is the Wounded Warrior Projects brand: the charity has become particularly litigious over the use of the phrase wounded warrior or logos that involve silhouetted soldiers. At least seven such charities have discussed their legal problems with The Daily Beast. The Wounded Warrior...
  • College Students Disrespect Veterans at the Warrior Beach Retreat

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

    11/15/2014 11:56:58 AM PST · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    wsj ^ | 11/15/2014 | R Alexander
    Michael Slee is not one to shy away from danger. A veteran documentarian of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was sitting in the back of a humvee when it tripped an IED. Slee has a passion to help other vets who didnt survive the military unscathed, while honoring all those who serve the nation. One of the military events Slee produced was the International Sniper Competition held at Ft. Benning, Ga., where the best in the world from all allied military services come to see whos the best of the best. There, he met the winner of...
  • Soldiers hero dog stolen by military

    11/09/2014 8:34:42 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11-9-14 | Maureen Callahan
    Wheres Matty? On July 20, 2013, Spc. Brent Grommet returned from Afghanistan with his military working dog, a Czech German shepherd named Matty. The two had gone through basic training together, deployed together and were injured together when a roadside IED detonated. Grommet slept on top of Mattys crate as they flew back to the United States. Upon landing at an Air Force base in New Jersey, the two were separated standard operating procedure. Grommet wasnt worried, though: According to Army regulations, if he wanted Matty, he had the sole right to adopt his military working dog. This right...
  • Oak Creek Army Ranger Justin Slaby to graduate from FBI training in October (Wisconsin)

    08/29/2014 10:07:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    WHBL News ^ | August 29, 2014
    Oak Creek Army Ranger Justin Slaby to graduate from FBI training in October Friday, August 29, 2014 10:34 a.m. CDT OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - A wounded Army Ranger from Oak Creek will graduate from the FBI's training academy in October. Justin Slaby won a federal lawsuit last year, after he claimed he was wrongly dismissed from the FBI academy because he lost his left hand while serving in Iraq. This week, the Justice Department's inspector general found that former Milwaukee FBI office director Teresa Carlson urged agent Mark Crider to commit perjury, by testifying that Slaby wasn't qualified to...
  • When getting a math problem RIGHT means more than calculating the correct number...

    03/27/2014 1:25:52 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 33 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-27-14 | The Looking Spoon
    We don't need to know anything else about this kid to know they're a good one...
  • Northwestern to honor military

    11/04/2013 3:26:48 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | November 4, 2013 | Darren Rovell
    Football uniform creativity has been taken to the next level, as Northwestern will shed its familiar purple to go red, white and blue for its Nov. 16 game against Michigan. The uniforms, designed by Under Armour, will raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to empower servicemen wounded in battle.
  • Pascagoula native McDaniel wins gold at Warrior Games

    05/18/2013 5:24:50 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 4 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | May 18, 2013 | By TAMMY LEYTHAM
    Anthony McDaniel of Pascagoula took home two gold and two silver medals in the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week. McDaniel won first place in both the 100- and 200-meter wheelchair races. --- snip A 2006 Gautier High School graduate, McDaniel had his legs and left hand amputated while serving in Helmand province, Afghanistan. On Aug. 31, 2010, McDaniel stepped on an improvised explosive device "that was instant amputation," he said. McDaniel, who has three children, lives in San Diego. The sergeant was medically retired on the second anniversary of his injury. Mr. McDaniel is #2

    03/24/2012 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 14 replies
    Silver Star Families of America ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    Semi Vanity
  • Liberty U. to investigate alleged untruths by seminary president

    05/11/2010 2:54:39 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 23 replies · 518+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 5-11-2010 | Bob Allen
    LYNCHBURG, Va. (ABP) -- Liberty University will investigate reports that its seminary president has misled the public in his testimony about converting from militant Islam to Christianity, officials of the school in Lynchburg, Va., announced May 10. Liberty Provost Ron Godwin is reportedly forming a committee to conduct a formal inquiry into questions surrounding Ergun Caner, president of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, that have circulated on blogs and more recently in media outlets including Christianity Today and Associated Baptist Press. "Liberty does not initiate personnel evaluations based upon accusations from Internet blogs," said Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., breaking weeks of...
  • Controversy follows Baptist theologian to North Texas

    06/22/2011 7:54:13 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 21, 2011 | BRETT SHIPP
    If there is such a thing as a controversial, lightning rod Baptist minister, then one is headed to North Texas. Ergun Caner is the former head of Jerry Falwell's Liberty Baptist Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia, and his claims of having terrorist ties have clouded his credibility and perhaps his future. Claims of being so hated that he once had to dodge oranges being hurled from the audience is not what you might expect to hear from the Dean of Theology at Liberty Baptist Seminary. But it's part of the Ergun Caner mystique and legend... of having been raised a...
  • Jerry Falwell: Former Muslim Becomes Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

    02/12/2005 7:13:15 PM PST · by wagglebee · 32 replies · 899+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/12/05 | Jerry Falwell
    On February 4, to the surprise of thousands of Liberty University students, I arose in a convocation service to announce that Dr. Ergun Caner, a converted Sunni Muslim and son of an ulema (Muslim scholar), was to be the first former Muslim to become the dean of an evangelical seminary in the United States. In fact, he will become dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary on the campus of Liberty University, the school I founded in 1971. The announcement came on the heels of Dr. Danny Lovett, present dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, announcing that he was accepting the...
  • New name, same historical revisionism [Liberty Theological Seminary, SBC]

    02/09/2008 7:02:31 AM PST · by Ottofire · 16 replies · 1,535+ views
    Founders Ministries Blog ^ | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2008 | Tom Ascol
    On December 21, 2007 Ergun Caner sent me an announcement about the name change of Liberty Theological Seminary to Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. I gave it only passing notice. From all that I know, Liberty may be the finest Fundamentalist seminary around and I don't care how many times they extract and reinsert the name "Baptist" on their letterhead. When Caner became dean of the seminary in 2004 he took the name "Baptist" out. The rationale given for reinserting it I found mildly amusing, but again, not worth much more than a raised eyebrow. He wrote, [S]ince 2004, much...
  • Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church

    02/02/2013 9:27:21 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 44 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 2-2-2013 | GOPUSA Staff report
    Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church By GOPUSA Staff February 2, 2013 7:13 am Here's a story that will leave you scratching your head. A Christian church and affiliated school in Florida held a fundraising drive to help the Wounded Warrior Project. Children in the school were excited about the task, but later were crushed when the funds were turned down, because the organization is "religious in nature."As reported by Todd Starnes at Fox Radio, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy, Wallace Cooley, said that "they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money...
  • Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money

    02/01/2013 2:21:14 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 44 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Christian church and school in Florida are devastated after they said Wounded Warrior Project refused to accept their fund raising effort because it was religious in nature. We were heartbroken, said Wallace Cooley, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla. Cooley said they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization. The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from...
  • Wounded Warrior massive FAIL on Gun Talk Radio

    11/19/2012 7:26:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 38 replies
    Guns Save A ^ | Nov 18, 2012
    Wounded Warrior massive FAIL on Gun Talk Radio November 18, 2012 Steven Nardizzi, the $319k/year Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project, fumbled badly out of the gate in his efforts to diffuse the brouhaha over his groups refusal to participate on Gun Talk Radio last weekend on Veterans Day. The whole disaster was spurred when their communications director declined the invitation to promote WWP on Gun Talk Radio because of the gun-related content of the nationally syndicated radio show. Late last week, WWP announced their executive director would appear on Greshams show to clarify the WWP position, in addition to...
  • Wounded warriors anti-gun?

    11/17/2012 7:46:59 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 39 replies
    Tom Greshams Gun Talk Radio ^ | 11-11-2012 | Tom Gresham
    Wounded Warriors declined to come on his (Tom Gresham) show on veterans day because they are against gun or religious organizations. At around the 5:00 mark. There is another orginazation "" that is non communist. I will be trying to get a return of this years donations to wounded warrior. They are so dissapointing! I am trying to find out more, but everything points to this being true. I really hate communists!
  • Wounded Warrior gun snub flap draws in knife rights advocate

    11/15/2012 6:07:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 November, 2012 | dave workman
    What is being defined as a snub of Gun Talk the popular syndicated national Sunday radio program by the popular Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has ignited a fury in the firearms community, and late Wednesday afternoon, this column learned that the Knife Rights organization has also entered the fray. Doug Ritter, chairman and executive director of the activist knife group, confirmed to Examiner via e-mail that he had sent a letter to WWP Public Affairs Director Leslie A. Coleman, questioning what he called the irrational basis of what appears to be discrimination towards firearms and, by association, the...
  • Wounded Warrior downs record buck at McAlester(OK)

    10/28/2012 7:04:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 27 October, 2012 | NA
    Quinton Picone, 23, harvested this nine-point buck Oct. 12 at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant during a Wounded Warriors in Action hunt. Picone is undergoing rehabilitation after losing both lower legs in 2011 while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. His buck set a new base record for the heaviest deer taken on the property. I'm sharing the following release from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation verbatim. A great hunt for one of our nation's best. --- For Quinton Picone, 23, a native of nearby Panola, first times seem to be the charm. At least first-time hunting trips, that...
  • Wounded Warrior - US Army Combat Medic Specialist Mason "Doc" Steill (You Can Help)

    07/23/2012 7:03:56 PM PDT · by mnehring · 27 replies
    Honor The Troops (via Direct Email)
    US Army Combat Medic Specialist Mason "Doc" Steill was seriously injured in Kandahar, Afghanistian, on June 1, 2012, by an I.E.D. The blast devastated his face, blinded an eye and left him without the top jaw or palette. He is recovering at Walter Reed. Family is asking for cards to be sent to him. Spc Mason Steill Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 8901 Wisconsin Ave, Building 62 Room 316 Bethesda, MD 20889-5600.
  • Documenting a Long Journey (Wounded Warrior)

    05/25/2012 2:20:36 PM PDT · by turbocat · 1 replies
    Shooting Wire ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jim Shepherd
    A Blackhawk pilot and flight leader with the Fifth Battalion, 101st Airborne Brigade, CW3 Trevor Baucom was recognized by his superiors and fellow soldiers as much more than just a highly-capable leader. He seemed destined for a great career in the military- until the night his copilot flew their Blackhawk into the ground during a nighttime special forces mission against the Taliban. Three Australian soldiers and one of Trevor's flight crew were killed. Baucom survived, but life changed forever. Paralyzed from the waist down, Baucom's military career was over. That's only the beginning of "Trevor's Story".
  • BENADOR: Afghanistan's Taliban Cause Thousands Civilian Casualties - Not American Soldier

    03/27/2012 6:32:45 AM PDT · by Eliana Benador
    Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Batsheva Benador ^ | March 27, 2012 | Eliana Benador
    In time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell Springtime has finally arrived and it didnt take long for the dust to settle. So has American public opinion now almost buried in the dust of the desert they lodge in their hearts the one topic that should not only be burning their blood but, above all, their conscience. A highly decorated, twice injured in his services in Iraq, 38-year old veteran of four combat tours, American hero, Sergeant Robert Bales, is now being sullied by the treasonous Obama government -unbelievably, under the watchful eyes of...
  • Prayer Request

    12/15/2011 1:58:28 PM PST · by Jemian · 44 replies
    email | 15 December 2011 | Jemian
    Please pray for a Lance Corporal stationed in Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED today. The email I just now received is that he is "on the bird and is stable." Thank you for holding him before Our Father's throne in this fight against evil.
  • Wounded Soldier Gets Rousing Welcome in Nevada

    12/18/2010 6:33:40 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies · 5+ views ^ | 5:56 PM Dec 18, 2010 | Associated Press
    A soldier who had both legs amputated after a June mortar attack in Afghanistan received a rousing welcome from friends and family Saturday in his hometown of Hawthorne.
  • Prove to Jeff Obama is not a Socialist and win $100. 2000 hits and Wounded Warriors gets $350

    09/30/2010 1:27:52 PM PDT · by GracieB · 12 replies
    If there is no one that can change Jeffs mind by October 6th, will donate $200 to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.*Update: If this post receives more than 2000 views we will donate $250 to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. So please tweet this article and share it on Facebook. ****Update**** It is now up to $300 if this gets 2000 views..Please share From a facebook friend; (you would have to be a blind fool not to see whats going on here, Im in for $50) ****Update***** If this post receives 2000 views it is now up to $350 to the...
  • Wounded Georgia Soldier needs a freeped poll!

    09/13/2010 8:33:08 PM PDT · by Seth_Stuck · 9 replies
    To help spread the word about resiliency, The National Guard held a video contest tasking the states to produce videos to inform Soldiers about the issues that can affect resiliency. After a recent promotion to receive submissions, the Army National Guard has now selected three finalist videos. Please vote for the Georgia video and help send this amazing Soldier to AUSA 2010 to share his AMAZING story of personal courage and resiliency!
  • Face of Defense: Officer Beats Suicide, Helps Others

    08/12/2010 2:37:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Face of Defense ^ | Alexandra Hemmerly-Brown
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2010 Walking her cousin's dog past a cemetery on a winter day in 2009, Army Capt. Emily Stehr realized she envied the bodies buried there -- they had peace. Army Capt. Emily Stehr battled with suicide upon returning from her deployment to Iraq in 2008. She now uses her experience to help others. Courtesy photo(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. That was the day she recognized she was suicidal. "I started to fixate on death, especially my own death. I would think of different ways to kill myself," Stehr confessed. Enveloped in what she...
  • Face of Defense: Holiday Has Special Meaning for Captain

    07/02/2010 8:40:25 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Face of Defense ^ | Tim Hipps
    FORT CARSON, Colo., July 2, 2010 The Fourth of July is especially significant to Capt. Fred Babauta, commander of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Five years after an improvised explosive device put him in a coma for 11 days, Capt. Fred Babauta commands the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. This Independence Day marks the fifth anniversary of Babautas awakening from an 11-day coma after encountering an improvised explosive device in Ramadi, Iraq, that twice cut his jugular vein and left him blind in the...
  • U.S. Flags Salute Wounded Warrior Athletes

    04/29/2010 5:01:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 131+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2010 The American flags raised over five military installations dont look any different from the one raised over the U.S. Capitol on any given day, but there is one distinct difference. These flags will bear the well-wishes of servicemembers stationed around the world for injured soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and veterans competing in the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., next month. With the help of the Defense Media Activity and the USO, five American flags found their way to Afghanistan, Germany, Hawaii, Iraq and South Korea, where they were raised over military points...
  • Wounded Soldiers Seek Growth at Warrior Games

    04/15/2010 6:07:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 234+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 15, 2010 Each of the 200 disabled veterans and wounded servicemembers training for next months inaugural Warrior Games has demons to battle and obstacles to overcome. Army Spc. Craig C. Smith, a wounded warrior recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., launches a discus during training at Walter Reed on April 13, 2010, for the inaugural Warrior Games scheduled May 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. After a sniper shattered his upper right leg two years ago in Iraq,...
  • Pursuing Liberty Is The Clear Choice For Conservatives

    04/14/2010 7:23:44 AM PDT · by writer33 · 24 replies · 307+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 04/14/10 | Chris Davis
    When the darkness and fog cleared on August 29, 1776, the mud soaked trenches were empty. General George Washington had slipped away during the night, living to fight another day. The Battle of Long Island was a clear British victory, but it was a lesson learned in the pursuit of liberty that the American conservative knows, and a lesson that Americans of every race, color and creed should know. So, on August 27, 1776, General Washington arrived in New York, overseeing the construction of new fortifications in Brooklyn Heights. The men found it hard to warm their food or keep...
  • Wounded digger fought on for two days

    03/21/2010 3:24:02 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 433+ views
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 22nd March 2010
    A WOUNDED Australian soldier continued fighting in southern Afghanistan for two days before he sought help - because he did not want to let his mates down. Defence said yesterday the latest casualties occurred last Tuesday when a roadside bomb was detonated by Taliban insurgents. The soldier, who sustained back injuries, was one of six Australian soldiers hurt while travelling in a Bushmaster military vehicle in the Chora Valley, in southern Afghanistan's Oruzgan province.
  • Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Hopes to Inspire Others

    03/17/2010 7:11:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 246+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2010 Army Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister has endured some of the most grueling conditions on the planet. In the past 15 years, Hoffmeister has tackled extreme challenges with adventure and expedition races through the Rocky Mountains, treks through the Alaskan wilderness and an Eco Challenge in Fiji, not to mention combat tours in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Adventuring is very much a part of who he is. But in the blink of an eye, a roadside bomb in Iraq all but crushed Hoffmeisters spirit. He nearly lost his life, and was left with little...
  • Face of Defense: Wounded Soldier Continues Service

    02/04/2010 3:26:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 284+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Kari Hawkins
    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., Feb. 4, 2010 A chance meeting with Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell in June led to a dream job for Iraqi war veteran and Purple Heart recipient Army Sgt. Sophia Malone. Army Sgt. Sophia Malone is working toward getting back to health from wounds she suffered during her deployment to Iraq with the Alabama Army National Guard's 128th Military Police Company. U.S. Army photo by Kari Hawkins(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Alabama National Guard soldier, assigned to the community-based warrior transition unit here, is continuing her service to the nation as a human...
  • Wounded Warrior: Blind Soldier Becomes Company Commander

    02/02/2010 5:17:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 467+ views
    West Point, N.Y., Feb. 2, 2010 Soldier, infantryman, Airborne Ranger, combat diver, mountain climber, skier, tri-athlete, surfer, husband and father are just a few words to describe Army Capt. Scott M. Smiley. Army Capt. Scott M. Smiley salutes 1st Sgt. Deon E. Dabrio after returning the guidon during the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Unit change of command ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2010. Smiley is the first blind officer and second wounded warrior to hold a position of command. U.S. Army photo by Tommy Gilligan(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Yesterday, the...
  • Sarah Palin On Facebook: Laura Ingrahams Auction To Benefit Our Military

    12/10/2009 10:51:42 AM PST · by MaxCUA · 4 replies · 528+ views
    I posted the photo of the red jacket and links. Its a privilege to participate in the auction Laura Ingraham is organizing to help our men and women in uniform. Laura asked if I would donate the jacket I wore on the cover of my book, Going Rogue. I cant think of a better cause, and its especially fitting because the book is dedicated to patriots and in particular to our women and men in uniform. All the proceeds from the auction go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and The Fisher House (please click the links for more information...
  • Executives Honor Soldier Working for Wounded Care

    11/30/2009 3:46:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 165+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2009 A young Army captain wounded in Iraq and now working to improve conditions for other wounded servicemembers will be honored by the Business Executives for National Service tonight in New York. Capt. D.J. Skelton will receive a special recognition from the group during its annual black-tie Eisenhower Award dinner. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the recipient of this years Eisenhower Award. Skelton, from Elk Point, S.D., was grievously wounded when he was hit in the chest by a rocket-propelled grenade in Fallujah in November 2004. Today, he works in the Office of Warrior...
  • Captain, family reflect on blessings

    11/25/2009 6:27:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 609+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Sonny Cohrs, USAF
    11/25/2009 - FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (AFNS) -- Susan and Joseph Kosek are thankful for many things. This Thanksgiving they're especially thankful for tourniquets, helicopters, "battle buddies" and scores of doctors and medics across the globe. They're also thankful for the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle that absorbed most of the blast from a 35-pound improvised explosive device meant to kill their daughter. "Wendy called me a few hours after she was brought to the Green Zone and said, 'I want to talk to Dad,'" Mrs. Kosek said. "We didn't' know the extent of the injuries and neither did she."...
  • Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Begins Second Career

    11/24/2009 3:23:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 319+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Alison Kohler
    FORT RILEY, Kan., Nov. 24, 2009 A former soldier who spent about 16 months in the warrior transition battalion here now looks forward to a rewarding career as an Army civilian. Erik Stewart discusses preparations for an upcoming higher-headquarters assessment with Ward Philips at Fort Riley, Kan., Nov. 6, 2009. Stewart was a soldier in Fort Riley's warrior transition battalion who transitioned to a civilian career with the Fort Riley garrison. U.S. Army photo by Alison Kohler(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Former Army Capt. Erik Stewart advises other warriors in transition not to rush the process. "Make...
  • Face of Defense: Officer Works to Walk Again

    11/16/2009 3:59:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 482+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Heather Graham
    SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 16, 2009 Five months ago, Army Lt. Col. Tim Karcher was in Sadr City, Iraq, commanding the 1st Cavalry Divisions 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, and preparing to complete the hand-off of the volatile region to the Iraqis. Army Lt. Col. Tim Karcher and his wife, Alesia, leave a physical therapy session at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Nov. 6, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Heather Graham(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Today, he is relearning how to walk. On June 28, Karcher was on his way to...
  • Our Military and Our Nation Deserve Better

    11/12/2009 7:52:49 AM PST · by Leah at A Better Florida · 4 replies · 255+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/12/09 | Yomin Postelnik
    Failure to recognize the attack at Fort Hood as one of terror certainly sends the wrong message. The alleged mass murderer was found to have made statements in support of terror. His attempts to connect with al Qaeda were confirmed through computer forensics. Action, not failure to act together with help from Above is the only way to respond with effectiveness. If leaders on the national level can do nothing more than give shout outs to their favorite doctors in the face of crisis, then the many voices that are the people of the United States of America...
  • Adaptive Sports Rehabilitation for Disabled Soldiers [moving photos]

    10/29/2009 2:05:12 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 1 replies · 730+ views
    Brent Stirton ^ | Oct 29 2009 | Brent Stirton
    This is a two-fold story about an adaptive sports rehabilitation program for severely disabled US soldiers who are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The first half focuses on a river rafting trip down the Salmon River in Idaho, the second focuses on the medical facility where these men have been rehabilitated. It is a story of how these men reach a point where they can embrace life again and feel a reason to go forward despite their permanent, often horrifying injuries. The three soldiers on the river trip are Major Anthony Smith, 39, an African American man who...
  • Balad Airman creates wounded warrior program

    10/26/2009 6:58:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 257+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond, USAF
    10/26/2009 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- An Airman here helped develop the Balad Wounded Warrior Program, a program created to ease the transition of wounded servicemembers through the medical evacuation process. Senior Airman Raymond Jones, a plans and programming projects manager with the 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, started the program Oct. 3 after he experienced the medavac process firsthand. "I received an injury where I dislocated my knee, requiring me to be evacuated to Germany," he said. "It was a confusing time for me, but I told myself that if I was given the chance to redeploy, there...