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  • Ventura wins $1.8 million in defamation suit

    07/29/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT · by Solson · 77 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | July 29, 2014
    <p>Former Gov. Jesse Ventura won his defamation case against the author of “American Sniper.”</p> <p>The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment.”</p> <p>Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict, as instructed. Instead, with the consent of both sides, they voted 8 to 2 in Ventura’s favor.</p>
  • Soldiers Reunite with Dogs They Served With in Iraq and Afghanistan

    07/26/2014 7:20:53 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Arlette Saenz
    They’re the four-legged veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – military war dogs, doing everything from sniffing out explosive devices on the battlefield to providing companionship to soldiers during wartime. Three of these dogs traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday with the same service members they served with on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, raising awareness about the need to reunite military war dogs with their handlers. Since 9/11, over 3,600 dogs have served in the military, with close to 2,000 dogs currently serving through various branches of the military. Earlier this year, the Army said 578 dog...
  • Fort Bragg soldier pleads for help in bringing combat dog back home

    07/26/2014 3:36:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    Fox News 8 ^ | July 26, 2014 | Staff
    Grommet is trying to get his dog back. Don Grommet was able to track Matty to Fort Bragg, where Vet Services was treating the K9 for a torn ACL, and preparing him for separation from service and adoption. The Grommets said they submitted and re-submitted adoption paperwork, and were told the first set of documents were lost. “We were told several times not to worry about it; that everyone knew that Brent was going to adopt Matty” said Don Grommet. But after months of weekly calls to check on the adoption status, Grommet said his son received a call in...
  • Lawmakers: Make It Easier For Military Dogs To Reunite With Soldiers After War

    07/24/2014 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 7/23/14 | Alex Pappas
    They served in the Civil War. They were there for American soldiers during both world wars. One was even on SEAL Team Six, the military team that killed Osama Bin Laden. But military dogs do not always get to go home with their military handlers after serving together in war. During a Capitol Hill event on Wednesday, legislators argued it should be easier for these veterans to reunite with their dogs.
  • Retired military dogs deserve a new leash on life

    07/25/2014 5:36:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | 7/23/14 | Robin Ganzert
    If a military working dog is retired in a non-combat zone overseas, then the military does not provide transportation home since they are no longer considered military dogs, and therefore, not legally allowed to be transported on military aircraft. The solution is simple: Military working dogs should be brought home to U.S. soil before being retired. And, their former handlers, who have the strongest bond with these animals, should be given the first chance to adopt. SNIP That’s certainly true for U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James Harrington, who served for four years with Military Working Dog Ryky, a seven-year-old Belgian...
  • Our veterans deserve better than VA’s ‘corrosive culture'

    07/25/2014 11:53:20 AM PDT · by April29 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2014 | Boustany
    Lewis-Payton admitted VISN 16 must work on “trust issues” with veterans and providers. Some of these individuals accuse VISN 16 of systematically gaming medical-record filing deadlines and leaving veterans with massive debts. When providers sent required medical records by certified mail, VA employees shredded them without explanation, insisting they were incomplete after the 90 day filing deadline had expired. As a result of this practice, one Louisiana veteran owes more than $22,000 and is being pursued by a collection agency. Lewis-Payton has not replied to questions about this case. In other cases, VISN 16 reportedly cited absurd reasons for leaving...
  • Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

    07/24/2014 7:59:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | David Wellna
    It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there. Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S. Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back. Carlos, one of five war dog veterans at a...
  • The Immigration Surge has nothing to do with immigration

    07/24/2014 9:13:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/24/14 | Alan Joel
    One month ago (in June), the topic of immigration was at 5%. Today? It’s 17%. According to a Gallup poll released a few days ago, immigration has surged to the top of the list as “the Most Important U.S. Problem”. This replaces “dissatisfaction with government” (16%).
  • U.S. marines confront 'fake sergeant major'

    07/23/2014 12:46:32 PM PDT · by pabianice · 91 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/23/14 | McCormack
    An explosive video posted online on Sunday shows two U.S. Marines confronting a man who they accuse of impersonating a military veteran at a funeral in Florida. The Marines first suspected the man was likely an imposer because his uniform featured a mix of mismatched medals and ribbons. After the service they approached the man, who identified himself as a ‘sergeant major’. His name badge states his surname as Davis. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2702355/Is-fraud-U-S-marines-confront-fake-sergeant-major-military-funeral-Florida.html#ixzz38K3eVdDH Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Congress must pass the OSS Gold Medal Bill

    07/23/2014 6:28:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press | 07/23/14 | Neil W. McCabe
    As our Second World War veterans pass to their eternal rewards, members of Congress are moving to recognize the most secretive of the veterans, the men and women of the Office of Strategic Services.
  • VA Fears Opening ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care

    07/21/2014 9:18:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Tom Philpott
    MILITARY UPDATE: VA Asks Hill Not To Open ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care.The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences in separate veteran health reform bills, need some major breakthroughs, according to lawmakers and staff. “I am very concerned that this conference committee will end up taking a step backward for veterans’ health care in this country,” said Sen....
  • Veterans show Obama how they turn their backs on him, as he has done to them

    07/20/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 19, 2014 | Amanda Shea
    Angry veterans protested President Obama’s visit to Delaware to show their disdain for how the administration has treated them. The 25 protesters — led by Martin Nicholson, a veteran Marine – lined the street and turned their backs to the president’s passing motorcade. “We feel he’s turned his back on us veterans, so we’re going to turn our backs on him as he drives by on his motorcade to show our appreciation that he does not care about us veterans,” Nicholson told BuzzPo.com. Obama was in Delaware to discuss a recently damaged bridge, a topic the protesters call a waste...
  • Injured veterans program in danger

    07/20/2014 6:48:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    A program that allows veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive treatment in assisted living facilities is in danger of closing down. With only two weeks to go before the August recess, Congress has yet to take action on legislation that would renew the pilot program before it expires on Sept. 30. Ralph Ibson, the national policy director for the Wounded Warrior Project, said it would be a “sad irony for Congress to fail to include in an access to care package, a critically needed access to care piece that will soon expire.” The VA started turning away applicants to...
  • Honoring Vietnam veterans: Help us put a face on sacrifice

    07/19/2014 6:06:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Mark Green
    Courtesy of the author The genius of Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- “The Wall” -- is the visitor’s overwhelming sense of loss. The names of the dead, on 140 black granite panels, appear infinite in number. It has been 32 years since The Wall was dedicated. It has become a place of healing, where Americans could separate the sacrifice of the warriors from what had become America’s most unpopular war. Back then, a young veteran, Jan Scruggs, took $2,000 of his own money and began raising the $8.4 million in private contributions to build what...
  • Mrs. Obama's Operation VA Scandal Distraction

    07/18/2014 2:33:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7/18/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Barack and Michelle Obama are quite the diversionary tag-team. He blames everyone else for his problems. She takes credit for progress on his behalf that he doesn't deserve and distracts public attention from his avalanche of failures with endless feel-good photo-ops. While the shirker in chief golfed and grubbed for money at closed-door celebrity fundraisers this week, his East Wing flak-catcher provided him cunning cover on the still-festering VA scandals. Mrs. Obama flew to Los Angeles to declare a war or something on veterans' homelessness. At a summit with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday, she said the neglect...
  • Veterans to Obama: You Turned Your Back on Us So We Will Turn Ours on You: Literally (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 6:53:13 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com/ ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Burke
    President Obama’s visit to Delaware was not met with all cheers and admiration as his photo-op shots might suggest. BuzzPo reports that a group of 25 veterans decided to show Obama just what they think about his poor treatment of America’s veterans. Eric Reed, founder of Gun Rights Across America, spoke with the organizer of the back turning protest, Martin Nicholson. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, Nicholson gives the command to around 25 veterans to turn their backs to Barack Obama’s passing motorcade at approximately the 35-second mark. (Watch Video Below) They remain with their backs turned until...
  • Young war veteran shot, killed by police

    07/17/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    WMC Action News 5 ^ | July 16, 2014 | WMCActionNews5.com Staff
    GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC) - A young war veteran was shot and killed by Germantown police officers Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. Justin Neil Davis' best friend, who asked to be called Val, told WMC Action News 5 that Davis went to Cameron Brown Park in Germantown off Farmington Boulevard, because it is where he had happy memories of his childhood. Davis was reportedly sitting in his car with a rifle and thoughts of suicide when Germantown police shot and killed him. Wednesday night, family and friends say they still have questions.
  • Acting head of VA says agency needs $17.6 billion to fix problems

    07/16/2014 8:20:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | REBECCA BRATEK
    The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funds over the next three years to meet patients’ needs and fix the troubled agency’s problems, its acting director said Wednesday. Testifying for the first time on Capitol Hill, interim VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that the money would help VA medical centers decrease appointment waiting times and hire more doctors. But the request divided lawmakers. Democrats, including Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, supported the appeal, while Republicans, including Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, questioned whether VA care would improve if it received additional funding....
  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers – Given Salt Water Instead

    07/16/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Another day, another VA tragedy. An Albany nurse claims dying New York Veterans were denied painkillers. Instead they were given salt water mixtures. Valerie Riviello, a nurse at the Albany Stratton VA medical center, claims that fellow employees had reported to her that dying veterans were denied painkillers such as morphine to ease their pain. Instead, they were given salt water mixtures. Riviello told the Times Union: Among stories that nurse Valerie Riviello has heard from other employees at the Albany VA is one about dying patients who were supposed to receive morphine to alleviate pain, but instead got a...
  • Justice Dept finally finds ‘real’ scandal; looking at Obama outhouse parade float

    07/12/2014 5:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 12, 2014 | Michele Kirk
    The U.S. Department of Justice has finally found something to do. Since investigating multiple “fake” scandals like the White House Benghazi cover-up and IRS targeting of conservatives seem so petty, Holder’s crew have been itching for something worthy to investigate. A controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade is just the ground-breaking case they were hoping for. “One of the floats included a zombie-like mannequin standing near an outhouse labeled ‘Obama Presidential Library,’” Omaha World-Herald reported. According to the World-Herald : "The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes,...
  • Great news: VA overpaying misclassified workers by millions … and can’t fix it

    07/11/2014 7:33:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The VA’s defenders insist that the wait-list scandal demonstrates a need for better funding, but how does the agency ensure that its current funding levels are used efficiently? After all, the VA has seen a 78% increase in funding over the last six budget cycles, and its budget has grown more on a percentage basis than any other Cabinet-level agency during that time. All of that cash got used properly and effectively, right?Wrong. Huffington Post’s David Wood does solid work in analyzing a recent audit of the VA, which found that as many as 13,000 employees have been misclassified...
  • Whistleblower alleges VA benefit application purge

    07/07/2014 4:55:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | June 29, 2014
    Federal investigators are probing a whistleblower's allegations that applications for veterans seeking health care benefits may have been improperly purged from the VA's Health Eligibility Center in suburban Atlanta. Eligibility Center program specialist Scott Davis .. that health benefit applications for more than 10,000 veterans may have been improperly purged from ... Davis said the VA placed him on paid administrative leave after he filed the complaints
  • Joe Geoghagan Is A 31 Year Old Veteran And He’s Begging The VA Not To Let Him Starve To Death

    07/04/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 3, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s begging the VA not to let him starve to death. Let me repeat that. Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s BEGGING the VA not to let him starve to death. Joe first came to my attention because he wrote the Right Wing News Facebook page asking for help. Imagine that: a veteran who did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan reduced to writing the owner of a Facebook page because he doesn’t know where else to turn to get basic medical attention. After doing some basic...
  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/04/2014 3:25:57 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 320 replies
    July 4, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Ok, this is just the germination of the plan. We have independent units from the Bolinas Border Patrol and the Central Valley Citizens militia joining forces with independent citizens militia units of Texas to defend our southern border in Texas, to protest Obama's lawless open borders policies and to rally support for Governor Perry to officially call out Guard units and Texas militia units at his disposal to defend the border!! Lawsuits will not cut it. The invasion is happening now. Action must be taken NOW!! FReepers, Patriots, Militia members: Prepare to answer the call!!
  • Biz executives pay fines for Florida vet facing eviction over flower pot flag

    07/04/2014 4:09:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 4, 2014 | FoxNews
    In an act of patriotism this Fourth of July, a pair of business executives has paid the fines for a Florida veteran who faced foreclosure for displaying a small American flag in a flower pot on his front stoop. The two senior executives for Los Angeles-based Lear Capital had read the story of 73-year-old Larry Murphree, of Jacksonville, whose homeowners association at Tides Condominium at Sweetwater began hitting him with fines of $100 a day last year for violating his homeowners association’s flag display rules, and have offered to pay the bill which has climbed into the thousands. Along with...
  • VA Employees Switched from Processing VA Applications to Obamacare Applications

    07/03/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | July 3 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    "...we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the ACA related applications that came in over last summer."
  • Tesla Motors on a mission to hire American veterans

    07/03/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 3,2014 | Dana Hull
    FREMONT -- Tesla Motors, which is on a mission to bring electric cars to the masses, now has another goal -- to become a leading employer of America's military veterans. "We want to be known throughout the veteran community as a great place to work," Arnnon Geshuri, Tesla's vice president of human resources, said in an interview. "Veterans are a great source of talent for Tesla, and we're going after it." "Tesla has risen to the top" among companies known for creating veteran-friendly workplaces, said Ted Daywalt, president and CEO of VetJobs, the nation's leading military job board. "They have...
  • Vet dies in another VA facility, whose fault is it ?

    07/03/2014 12:08:55 PM PDT · by redcatcherb412 · 10 replies
    koat tv ^ | 07/02/2014 | vanity
    do not get sick at this hospital
  • Sources: Obama to nominate ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

    06/29/2014 1:47:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | 6,29/14 | Chad Pergram/AP
    President Obama plans to nominate former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, sources confirm to Fox News.
  • Obama: 'They're Phony Scandals'

    06/27/2014 2:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Susan Jones
    President Obama warned people in Minnesota Friday not to believe what they hear on television: "They're fabricated issues, they're phony scandals that are generated. It's all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base. It's not on the level," the president insisted. Here are his remarks in context: I don't -- I don't watch TV news generally, or cable shows, but I suspect if you're out here and going to work and picking up your kids and taking them to soccer or at night sitting there paying the bills, and you just turn on the TV, sometimes it...
  • VIDEO: Hotel Desk Clerk Refuses to Serve Veteran and Calls the Police, You Won’t Believe Why

    06/26/2014 9:01:26 AM PDT · by Marie · 88 replies
    TPN ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jennifer Burke
    It is a shameful act of discrimination for a business to turn away someone who returned home after being at war with battle scars that cannot be visibly seen. But, that’s precisely what happened to one veteran while vacationing in Florida. Not only is it an act of discrimination, but also what this hotel, and many others, did to this veteran is against the law. (Watch Video at the link) Former Army Sgt. Robert Price simply wanted to find a place to sleep while he was on vacation in Daytona Beach, FL. He was not alone. He had with him...
  • Exposed: How the VA Red-Flags ‘Disruptive’ Vets

    06/25/2014 5:17:15 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    creators.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Imagine how much better off America’s veterans would be if the federal government spent more time delivering actual care and less time compiling tyrannical lists. The death-inducing secret waiting lists for patients are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know, for example, that the VA keeps a database on “disgruntled” and “disruptive” vets that results in arbitrarily restricted care?
  • Poor care at VA hospitals cost 1,000 veterans their lives, report says

    06/24/2014 6:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) $1B in malpractice settlements as horror stories revealed.The problems at Veterans Affairs extend well beyond long wait lists, with a report Tuesday showing the department is plagued with poor care that has cost up to 1,000 veterans their lives and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the problems detailed in the report by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are downright ghoulish. They include the case of a former security chief at a New York Veterans Affairs medical center whom the FBI...
  • CNN: Whistleblower: VA Changed Records To Make Dead Patients Appear To Be Alive

    06/24/2014 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/24/14 | CNN
    CNN: Whistleblower: VA Changed Records To Make Dead Patients Appear To Be Alive (June 24, 2014)
  • CNN reporter: VA can’t be fixed without a total gutting

    06/23/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 23, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    CNN reporter Drew Griffin has owned the revelations surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs and their scandalous treatment of military veterans. After a year of investigation, he broke the story involving the creation of secret waiting lists at a Phoenix VA hospital where 40 vets died awaiting care. Griffin’s reporting led to the uncovering of several more secret waiting lists – a revelation that forced President Barack Obama to accept the resignation of his VA secretary, Gen. Eric Shinseki. On Monday, Griffin discussed a new report from an independent government oversight agency which found that VA has been ignoring whistleblowers...
  • Obama Seeks to Confiscate All Apache Helicopters from National Guard - Promises 10 to Egypt

    06/21/2014 6:28:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 43 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 23, 2014 | Tom Brown
    According to reports, the Army National Guard is pushing back against a plan to send every one of its 192 Apache attack helicopters to the active duty Army. Some may think this is no big deal. However, this is coming from an administration that loathes the military and wants to weaken America to the point that it cannot defend herself. The trade would replace the Guard's attack helicopters with 111 UH-60 Black Hawks, basically transport and utility helicopters. This trade comes amid claims that there are deep budget cuts, according to Obama's own sequestration. Make no mistake, this is an...
  • Veterans Angry After Danvers Swaps POW/MIA Flag For LGBT Flag At Town Hall (MA)

    06/20/2014 9:23:55 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Beth Germano
    DANVERS (CBS) – A compromise has been forged in Danvers where veterans are upset that a POW/MIA flag outside Town Hall was replaced with a gay pride flag for the month of June. The POW/MIA flag was taken down to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Pride Month. “We just feel that spot to us is a sacred spot,” said World War II veteran Bruce Eaton, who believes the pride flag is more a political statement. “We think the public should be constantly reminded that these boys were the ones that preserved our right to hang banners and flags in...
  • EDITORIAL: Strange priorities at the VA - sick wait while solar panels and windmills move to the fro

    06/20/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2014 | Editorial
    ".........The green office isn’t merely a desk and telephone tucked away in the dark corner of a nondescript government building. It’s a substantial undertaking, with all the luxury, bells and whistles of a bureaucracy that means business. Eric K. Shinseki, who resigned as secretary in the wake of the VA scandal of the sin of omission, traveled the country to boast of the green initiative. In one instance, he traveled to Massachusetts to flick the switch at a half-million-dollar windmill project at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. “Nationally,” he said, “VA continues to expand its investment in renewable sources of energy...
  • D-day landing sites - then and now.

    06/18/2014 2:41:18 PM PDT · by Vanders9 · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 05/28/2014 | David Sim
    As part of the D-Day commemoration, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.
  • 6 Investigates Follow-up: Failed Housing Project Costs City Grant Money [Corpus Christi, Texas]

    06/18/2014 9:49:46 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRIS ^ | 6/17/14 | Andrew Ellison
    CORPUS CHRISTI - The city of Corpus Christi on Tuesday announced it can not come up with all of the money needed to repay the federal government for a failed, public housing project. The news comes on the heels of a KRIS-6 Investigation into the League of United Latin American Citizens - Apartment of the Village project, a low-income housing unit for disabled veterans. But the project derailed and the money, disappeared. After years of delay, the city sued the league to recover the $400,000 block grant which city leaders approved, in 2008. That is because the city, not L.U.L.A.C.,...
  • Lakeville (MN) Boy Scout scrubs gravestones for soldiers

    06/14/2014 7:29:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/14/14 | ERIN ADLER
    Garrett McKay dipped his brush in a bucket of water and began scrubbing the dirt from another bright white headstone, this one from a second lieutenant who served in World War I, dying in 1963. “I know in the winter the headstones do get very weathered,” he said, as the bristles removed grime caked into the engraved letters. “The ones under the trees are really pretty dirty.” Despite the Saturday morning drizzle, McKay and 20 friends and family members spent the morning at Fort Snelling National Cemetery cleaning the limestone graves of hundreds of soldiers, their wives and the occasional...
  • America's First Lady Disrespecting Our Veterans

    06/14/2014 1:36:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Google Plus ^ | June 14, 2014 | thewarrior0123
  • Obama jails American soldiers for killing the enemy and frees the enemy to kill more Americans.

    06/13/2014 5:35:03 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    NoiseyRoom.net ^ | June 8, 2014 | Nelson Abdullah
    It would be stupid to even think about asking the question: Whose side is Obama on? Anyone who doesn’t know by now must have just returned from a very long vacation. For the record, let the evidence stand to prove that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim and as a Muslim he must wage war against anyone who fights other Muslims. So how does the the so-called Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military wage war against American soldiers who are fighting Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan? By making it difficult for them to fight. For one thing, by changing the Rules...
  • Medical Advocate: Senate VA Bill Would 'Protect Union Jobs, Not Ailing Vets'

    06/13/2014 5:25:23 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    http://www.cnsnews.com/ ^ | June 12.2014 | Melanie Hunter
    The founder and chair of a group dedicated to reducing hospital infection deaths told the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Thursday that a bill backed by the Senate Wednesday to address the backlog of veterans awaiting medical care “is designed to protect union jobs, not ailing vets.” The bill drafted by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, “will not save the lives of vets stuck on the wait list,” said Dr. Betsy McCaughey, chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. “This bill as currently written is designed to protect union...
  • Report: VA Told Pittsburgh Hospital to Mislead Congress

    06/11/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11 2014 | Washington Free Beacon
    The Department of Veterans Affairs ordered a Pittsburgh VA hospital to block attempts by two congressmen to find out about hundreds of patients languishing on the hospital’s wait list, according to a CNN report. Congressional sources told CNN that Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Penn.) received a call from Pittsburgh VA director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf, who said that the hospital had passed an internal audit on patient wait times “with flying colors.” “It is my belief the purpose of the unannounced call was not to provide me the facts on patient wait times at the Pittsburgh VA, but was...
  • Attorney General Holder Hopes to Cut Sentences of up to 20,000 Prisoners Under New Rules

    06/11/2014 8:17:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | June 10, 2014 | Nick Chiles
    In a proposal that could have a far-reaching impact on the Black community, Attorney General Eric Holder is urging the U.S. Sentencing Commission to cut the sentences of as many as 20,000 federal prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. It is Holder’s latest move to reform the sentencing guidelines that he has said disproportionately affect African-American males. The Justice Department appealed Tuesday to the U.S. Sentencing Commission to make some prisoners retroactively eligible for reduced sentences. The commission has already approved a measure to reduce drug sentences for future nonviolent offenders. This would apply to offenders already in federal...
  • Veterans Could Get $50 Billion a Year in New Health Care

    06/11/2014 5:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 11, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    As the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation designed to fix problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the amount of new spending in the measure began to clarify. And the price tag could be a gut-check when it comes to understanding what it really costs to fulfill sacred obligations to America’s veterans. The cost of the measure could be astronomical. That’s according to preliminary numbers circulated by the Congressional Budget Office Wednesday afternoon. The bill would give veterans new opportunities to seek care outside of the health care system provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. CBO said in...
  • Huge backlog: 70 percent of VA facilities used alternative wait lists

    06/10/2014 8:00:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Tens of thousands of veterans are stuck in backlogs awaiting care at VA facilities, the department said Monday in a report that confirms employees regularly cooked the books, often under pressure from supervisors, to try to hide long wait times. The audit found that 70 percent of Veterans Affairs facilities surveyed placed patients on alternate wait lists, meaning many of those veterans probably weren’t recorded in the official reports back to headquarters and were used to dole out bonuses to VA executives.
  • Review shows 100,000 veterans face long waits for healthcare

    06/10/2014 7:18:22 AM PDT · by GilGil · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/09/14 | David Lawder and Emily Stephenson
    More than 100,000 veterans are experiencing waits of more than 90 days for appointments at medical centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to an internal audit released by the troubled agency on Monday.
  • Get in line: 57,000 veterans waiting for initial appointments at the VA

    06/09/2014 2:42:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    AP Hotair ^ | 06/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    And they’ve been waiting a long time, too. The Associated Press reports on an internal audit from more than 700 VA facilities shows that 57,000 veterans have waited 90 or more days for their initial medical appointment, let alone for any advanced care that might be needed. Another 64,000 have been enrolled in the VA health-care system for more than ten years without ever getting to see a doctor: The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional...