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  • Trump signs VA reform bill, following through on campaign promise

    06/23/2017 7:51:16 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Fox ^ | June 23, 2017 | Barnini Chakraborty
    President Trump on Friday signed Veterans Affairs reform legislation meant to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problematic employees at the department. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act passed by Congress earlier this month streamlines the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. In addition, it authorizes the VA secretary to recoup any bonuses awarded to employees who have acted improperly. “Veterans have fulfilled their duty to this nation and now, we must fulfill our duty to them,” Trump said. “So to every veteran who is here with...
  • Federal union leader says Senate health care bill ‘shameful’

    06/23/2017 4:05:48 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | June 22, 2017 | American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr
    AFGE: Millions of veterans, low-income Americans could lose health care coverage WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. released the following statement in response to the Senate’s draft legislation dismantling the Affordable Care Act:“The Senate’s bill follows the same failed approach as the House-passed bill. It would deny health care coverage to millions of Americans in order to lavish huge tax cuts on corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent.“The Senate bill would cut Medicaid even deeper than the House bill, and both bills could leave millions of veterans unable to afford health insurance...
  • Trump Close to Signing Bill Into Law to Make it Easier to Fire Folks at the Failing Veterans Affairs

    06/18/2017 6:00:52 AM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    The crippled and corrupted Department of Veterans Affairs is the ultimate evidence of why government-run healthcare will never work. The Republican-held House of Representatives passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 on Tuesday 386 to 55. This is a breath of fresh air during these divisive days in that poor performing and incompetent government workers are going to be held accountable, assuming President Trump signs the bill into law. The Senate passed the bill on June 6th and Trump is expected to sign it into law, tweeting last week that “we can’t tolerate substandard...
  • North Texas Teen Racing Against Time to Interview War Heroes

    06/17/2017 5:24:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jun 17, 2017 | Larry Collins
    We are losing World War II veterans at an alarming rate. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an average of more than 370 World War II veterans die every day. But, 17-year-old Andy Fancher is dedicated to keeping their legacy alive and he's racing against life's clock to tell their stories. "I would see this man just sitting in his wheelchair with no one to talk to," Fancher recalled. He was only 12-years-old when he met that gentleman, and it was then that he realized someone had to record the story of those veterans. He decided to use his...
  • Missouri Civil War Museum Wants the St. Louis Confederate Memorial But City Says No

    06/13/2017 7:21:43 AM PDT · by Rebeleye · 14 replies
    KVTI News ^ | 12 June 2017 | Vic Faust
    Koran Addo, chief of staff for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, says they will not allow anyone to take total ownership of the monument without allowing the city a say in how it's displayed in future. "We need to make sure that the monument will never be displayed in a way that celebrates the Confederacy." Addo said.
  • Phoenix Mayor wants to rename Robert E. Lee Street; prevent residents from having a say

    06/11/2017 3:00:48 PM PDT · by Rebeleye · 25 replies
    azfamily.com ^ | 7 June 2017 | Dennis Welch
    Phoenix mayor plans to rename a street that is named after Robert E. Lee. Residents do not want to see the name of their street changed. 75 percent of people living on a Phoenix street need to approve of a name change before it's made. But the council will vote on changing that, giving the elected officials the power to make changes without residential approval.
  • Massachusetts Governor Favors Removing Memorial to Deceased POW's at Fort Warren

    06/11/2017 2:30:43 PM PDT · by Rebeleye · 44 replies
    The Boston Magazine ^ | 9 June 2017 | Kyle Scott Claus
    Gov. Charlie Baker indicated he would support ridding Massachusetts...of its only such (Confederate) memorial. A modest stone marker was placed on Georges Island in Boston Harbor by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1963. It commemorates the Confederate soldiers imprisoned in Fort Warren on the island during the Civil War (and lists the names of those who died as POWs).
  • Special Ops Veterans Become Guardians of the Sea

    06/11/2017 12:29:11 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 3 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | June 8, 2017 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    A human with a purpose is a beautiful thing. A group of highly trained combat veterans with a mission is truly astounding. Enter Force Blue, a nonprofit that brings together ex-Marines and special operations veterans to help save the oceans from environmental destruction. “Basically what we’re doing is we’re taking men and women trained to destroy stuff underwater and re-teaching them instead how to preserve it, and through the process, perhaps restore themselves as well,” said co-founder and executive director Jim Ritterhoff, in a video. The idea for Force Blue grew out of a dive trip that Ritterhoff and former...
  • Fred ‘Earl’ Smith, Pearl Harbor vet, former Santa Rosa Junior College instructor, dies at 94

    06/09/2017 8:17:45 PM PDT · by rey · 6 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 9 June 2017 | CHRIS SMITH
    The day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, an 18-year-old sailor named Fred “Earl” Smith, quite a baseball player, took the infield for two intra-Navy games. Smith and his shipmates from the battleship USS Tennessee took on the team from the Arizona, then from the West Virginia. The first game was close, the future Santa Rosa Junior College instructor recalled in an interview in 2015, until he hit a home run. “It won the game against the Arizona,” Smith told Hawaii Public Radio. “The West Virginia, we stomped ‘em.” The Navy baseball players partied that Saturday night...
  • VETERANS:At Oversight Hearing,Sen.Murray Urges VA Secretary to Reject Trump Administration...

    06/07/2017 5:22:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Jun 07 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    VETERANS: At Oversight Hearing, Sen. Murray Urges VA Secretary to Reject Trump Administration’s Efforts to Move VA Toward Privatization While VA works on a long-term plan to reduce wait times and improve veteran care, the Trump Administration is pushing provisions that would weaken the entire VA systemSen. Murray: “These moves show a disturbing trend toward downsizing and dismantling this VA, rather than strengthening the system to better serve millions of veterans in communities in Washington state and across the country” (Washington, D.C.) –  Today in a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) questioned Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr....
  • Messenger: Sgt. Joe Schicker was Missouri's hero. Now he's the forgotten soldier.

    06/05/2017 6:11:11 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | June 5, 2017 | TONY MESSENGER
    In January 2013, Sgt. Joe Schicker was Missouri’s hero. A member of the Missouri National Guard, he had been injured while deployed in Afghanistan. When he returned to Missouri, none other than Gov. Jay Nixon pinned the Purple Heart on Schicker’s battle fatigues. Then Schicker stood in the House gallery in his dress blues as Nixon gave his annual State of the State address and received a standing ovation from state lawmakers. ***snip*** Four years later, Master Sgt. Joseph Schicker is a forgotten man. Today, he can’t talk without shaking. He gets dizzy and has headaches. He’s missing his two...
  • Dangerously Addictive Painkiller Patients Who Shouldn’t Have Received It, Says Whistleblower: SUBSY

    06/05/2017 5:11:43 AM PDT · by GailA · 37 replies
    NBCnews ^ | 5/5/17 | Corky Siemaszko
    This DRUG is being used OFF LABEL and KILLS, fueling the FAKE Opioid Crisis. PIG PHARMA pushed. It's called Subsys and it's a painkiller 100 times more powerful than morphine that was approved by the FDA for cancer patients whose agony can't be relieved by other narcotics alone.
  • Rep. Claudia Tenney Celebrates Memorial Day on Rolling Thunder Ride with Rex Tillerson(t)

    06/03/2017 7:58:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/2/2017 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), a freshman conservative House GOP member from New York State, rode with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News after the fact, Tenney said she was honored to join Tillerson as the only member of Congress on the Rolling Thunder ride to remember prisoners of war and those missing in action on Memorial Day weekend.
  • Memorial Day ceremony at Lincoln National Cemetery draws nearly 3,000

    05/30/2017 6:47:50 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Chicago Southtown ^ | May 29, 2017 | Frank Vaisvilas
    Memorial Day ceremony at Lincoln National Cemetery draws nearly 3,000 Frank Vaisvilas Daily Southtown Communities across the Chicago area held Memorial Day ceremonies but none may have matched the awe and spectacle of the event at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Organizers said the event drew nearly 3,000 people from around the state and the Midwest. "It was phenomenal," said Lois Duncan, of Crestwood. "I come every year." Tracey Lingle of Mokena said his father, who was a veteran of World War II, was buried in the cemetery earlier this year. He said the Memorial Day ceremony at...
  • 98 percent of Republican military veterans approve of Trump: Poll

    05/29/2017 11:48:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 29, 2017 | Jennifer Harper
    President Trump has some unwavering support from a very unique demographic: Republican military veterans. An extensive new Pew Research Center reveals that 98 percent of these GOP vets approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing. He has some fans across the greater population of vets as well. The poll also found that 54 percent of them also approve of the president. Another 47 percent of independent vets and 10 percent of Democratic vets approve of the president. “U.S. veterans, who broadly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, have remained positive about the job he is doing as president,”...
  • World War II Vet Gets High School Diploma After 71 Years

    05/29/2017 7:13:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 29, 2017 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    It’s never too late to graduate. That’s the lesson World War II veteran Milton Mockerman shared with the Kalkaska High School class of 2017 with whom he graduated on Saturday. Mockerman, 89, received an honorary diploma from the school and participated in its graduation ceremony, fulfilling his lifelong dream of earning a high school degree – 71 years later than expected. “We got a phone call from Milton Mockerman wondering if there were any classes he could take to finish his graduation,” Kalkaska High School Principal John Sattler told CNN.
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/29/2017 6:51:58 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 18 replies
    Self | May 29, 20127 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services within eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. These civilians become warriors confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by missions completed or a fixed deployment time. The infantryman was enveloped within a most deranged, barbaric, and brittle existence against a resolute enemy where victory often...
  • Reminder of when Hollywood produced heroes

    05/29/2017 10:34:29 AM PDT · by LS · 40 replies
    Hardly anyone thinks of "heroes" when you say "Hollywood" today. But not long ago, most of Hollywood's leading men--or those who would later go on to be stars---fought and many died in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Of course Jimmy Stewart always is among the first mentioned, flying missions in B-24s over Europe and remaining in the Air Force Reserve after the war to become a general. But did you know these stars also served in the USAAF? Charles Bronson, Gene Autry, Gene Roddenberry, Burgess Meredith, Cameron Mitchell, Kevin McCarthy, Dale Robertson, George (Superman) Reeves, Jackie Coogan (gliders), Martin...
  • Dems view vets as strong candidates in bid to retake House

    05/29/2017 9:01:11 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 35 replies
    AP/yahoo ^ | 5/29/2017 | Bill Barrow
    <p>Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House.</p> <p>Looking ahead to next year's elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with a military background on their resumes appeal to independent voters and can help the party break the GOP grip on Washington.</p>
  • # Veterans Dishonorably Discharged for PTSD Infractions Deserve Benefits

    05/29/2017 8:34:13 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 43 replies
    MILITARY.COM AND US DEPT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS VIA BLACK & BLONDE MEDIA BLOG ^ | MILITARY.COM AND US DEPT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS VIA BLACK & BLONDE MEDIA © BOB PARK
    The vast majority of servicemembers joined the military to serve their country. While ready to do whatever that entailed, nothing prepares them for the horrors of war, some people were deeper "in the shit" than others and one can only imagine the long-term head trip that ensues.