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  • American Sniper: What do veterans say about the movie? (+video)

    01/24/2015 7:22:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor | January 24, 2015 | Samantha Laine
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Since the film opened earlier this month, "American Sniper" has stirred up passionate responses from critics and supporters alike. What began as a surprise box-office hit, raking in $105 million its opening weekend, is now a flashpoint for conservative and liberal views of the Iraq war. The movie follows the life of Chris Kyle – one of the deadliest snipers and a US Navy SEAL – and his deployment on four tours to Iraq. During this time, he was credited with 160 kills before he was honorably discharged in 2009 after 10 years of service. His 2012 memoir, also...
  • 'I have everything in my life because of him': Poignant moment Holocaust survivor salutes

    01/24/2015 2:12:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 21, 2015 | allan hall
    This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour and gave him a salute almost 70 years later. Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: 'I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much...'. Kaufman, now 87, was a 'walking corpse' on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the...
  • 'American Sniper': The Strategy Behind Warner Bros.' $107M Opening

    01/22/2015 3:27:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman can't count the number of times he has called Clint Eastwood over the years to relay opening-weekend box office. But never had he phoned with news like this: American Sniper was exploding. It was Saturday morning, Jan. 17, and Fellman informed the 84-year-old filmmaker, who lives in Carmel, Calif., and doesn't use email, that Sniper looked to cross $80 million over the four-day weekend. Fellman wasn't planning on calling Eastwood again until Monday — but by late Saturday, it became clear that the $60 million-budgeted Sniper was surging to a historic $107.2 million...
  • More than a thousand turn up at funeral of RAF veteran after he died with no friends or family

    01/21/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st January 2015 | Julian Robinson
    'More than a thousand mourners attended the funeral of an RAF veteran who died without any family or friends. Keith Ingham Nutbrown, 83, passed away at Treflys care home in Llandudno, North Wales recently and it was expected that nobody would attend his funeral. But crowds of well-wishers descended on Chester Crematorium today to pay their respects at the service. Servicemen and ex-servicemen lined the entrance to the crematorium while members of the RAF performed a fly-past before the service started. So many people turned up at the funeral that some were forced to listen to the service from outside....
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • Jane Fonda met with protest in Frederick; hopes for open dialogue with Vietnam-era veterans

    01/18/2015 8:09:41 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 71 replies
    Frederick News Post ^ | 1/17/2015 | Paige Jones
    Jane Fonda said she hoped for an open dialogue with veterans after about 50 former military members and supporters protested the actress’s appearance Friday evening at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. “Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,” Fonda told a relatively full theater, responding to a submitted question. “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.” In 1972 Fonda visited Hanoi, North Vietnam, where...
  • Lowell Steward, decorated WWII Tuskegee Airman, dies at 95

    01/17/2015 8:24:42 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    The Ventura County Star/AP ^ | December 19, 2014 | Joseph A. Garcia
    Lowell Cedric Steward was the son of a railroad porter and a homemaker. When Lowell was a student at Santa Barbara State College, he and other members of the school’s basketball team decided to enlist in the Army Air Forces. The others were accepted... Lowell , flew more than 100 combat missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, died of natural causes Wednesday in a Ventura, Calif.
  • Why I Decided to Fill my Big Gulp with McDonald’s Sweet Tea Today and You Should Too!

    01/17/2015 5:50:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2015 | Scottie Hughes
    Once again the left is offended by a commercial, which shows the patriotism and the traditional values that exist in most main street towns in America. Airing this past Sunday during the Golden Globes, the McDonalds ad featuring their various sign messages is one of the best commercials on the market since the “God Made a Farmer” commercial done by Dodge for the 2013 Super Bowl. The company notes on its Tumbler page, "there's a story behind every one…that captures a moment in time and reflects the lives of the community it serves." Yet, almost immediately those on the left...
  • Obama is one mean, vindictive bastard

    01/15/2015 12:10:54 PM PST · by Starman417 · 37 replies
    Barack Obama is one mean, vindictive bastard. There is no other way to put it. During the last government "shutdown" Obama blockaded the WWII memorial, which is normally is open and ungated. He spent money on personnel and materials to prevent WWII vets from gaining access to their own shrine. The vets requested access to the memorial but were refused by Obama and the Department of the Interior: The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the...
  • Dreams from Obama

    01/15/2015 10:04:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/15/15 | Joanna Rosamond
    Dream Act, Veterans, Religion, Renewing the American Economy Barack Obama’s approach to power is a deterrent example of current political trends. Officeholders elected to preserve, protect and defend laws and unique national identity, are not only derelict in their duties, but feel entitled to realize their personal dreams and to mold “their” country into a private kingdom. The sense of entitlement is reinforced by lack of obligation of results, culminating in rampant impunity. Native American Chiefs considered that “man has responsibility, not power”, for present-day selfish leaders, power is all but responsibility. People are the share-holders in their own country,...
  • Green Berets Helped Rebuild Afghanistan

    01/10/2015 11:05:54 AM PST · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    The Fayettevill Observer ^ | 1/10/2015 | D Brooks
    Just days after the terrorists struck, Green Berets from the Fort Campbell-based 5th Group were in Afghanistan. In more than 13 years since, the Special Forces presence in the country has been a constant. Thousands of soldiers have given years out of their lives to the Afghanistan mission. Many have been wounded. Many have died. In the process, they say, they have built the foundation for a future in a country that has known decades of war. “Back then, there was no (Afghan) army,” Schwartz said. “Really, all their equipment was predominately Soviet, and it was left over from the...
  • Obama Motorcade Drives By Scandal-Plagued VA Hospital

    01/08/2015 11:15:52 AM PST · by kristinn · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama’s motorcade on Thursday passed by — but did not stop at — the Veterans Affairs hospital at the center of the scandal over mismanaged care at the agency, despite calls for him to visit the facility during his Phoenix trip. Veterans groups and Republican lawmakers had called on Obama to visit the hospital, which is located just a mile from the high school where he was scheduled to speak on a new initiative lowering federal mortgage insurance premiums. Reports that veterans at the Phoenix facility waited an average of 115 days for medical care prompted a national outcry...
  • he VA Sees Guns as a Health Care Issue, and Here’s What VA Officials are Doing About It

    01/08/2015 6:32:21 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 1/8/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    According to a letter received by a veteran that was obtained by TheBlaze, the VA sees the use of gun locks as a health care issue, and wants veterans to use them if they own a gun. “As your partner in health care, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe,” the letter said. “Gun locks have been shown to greatly reduce death and injury caused by firearms in the home. We are therefore offering you the opportunity to obtain up to four free gun locks.”
  • Veteran’s Guns Confiscated After He Sought Treatment for Insomnia

    01/07/2015 9:59:25 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 15 replies
    Gunssavelives.net ^ | January 5, 2015 | Dan Cannon
    Donald Montgomery is a Navy veteran and accomplished NYPD detective.Montgomery claims in a recently filed lawsuit that after several visits to the hospital and his primary car physician for symptoms of insomnia and stress following a move his firearms were confiscated under New York’s SAFE Act. In fact, several notes in Montgomery’s medical files specifically say that he is not experiencing suicidal or violent thoughts. Montgomery was ultimately diagnosed with insomnia and mild depression (possibly caused by the insomnia), but otherwise no mental health issues were ever mentioned. It’s unknown at what point Montgomery’s files were handed over to the...
  • Local veterans get a mission . Maj. Gen. Ashley points to declining numbers who volunteer

    01/05/2015 9:34:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — While it’s a new year, one constant Americans can count on every year is its military, Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley said. But even that constant is going through changes with the reduction in its forces coupled with fewer citizens willing to to be part of the nation’s volunteer military forces, the commander of the Army’s Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca said Saturday. Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Greater Sierra Visa United Veterans Council, Ashley said, “I’m here today in a very elite company. You are part of an honored few that were...
  • Navy veteran, 100, cheered for standing up to protesters at medal ceremony

    01/05/2015 7:33:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 5, 2014
    Navy veteran, 100, cheered for standing up to protesters at medal ceremony Published January 05, 2015 FoxNews.com A 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran drew cheers from a crowd in Oregon Saturday after telling protesters shouting "hands-up, don't shoot!" to stop interrupting his medal ceremony and to “show a little respect.” Dario Raschio was at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus to be honored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, at a public town hall meeting. But shortly after Wyden began speaking, more than 100 demonstrators in the back of the room started shouting, The Oregonian reports. After 15 minutes of chanting against the...
  • Navy vet, 100, persuades protesters to let him speak: 'Give me a chance' ("Hands up" etc.)

    01/04/2015 4:39:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | January 3, 2015 | Kristyna Wentz-Graff
    U.S. Navy veteran Dario Raschio was all smiles Saturday as he awaited a special honor from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, who joined him at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus to present the 100-year-old with a handful of medals. "I feel I'm no hero," said Raschio, dynamic and spry, before the event. "I don't accept it as being a hero. I accept it as being a part of my job." Shortly after Wyden began speaking, though, protesters erupted in the back of the room, shouting "hands-up, don't shoot!" More than 100 pushed through the doors, banged on the windows from outside...
  • Fallen US Marine’s Father returns Obama’s Condolence Letter with an Incredible Rebuke

    01/04/2015 6:17:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 42 replies
    Give Me Liberty ^ | 1/4/2015 | Tim Brown
    This is from Freedom OutPost. Mr Steven R. Hogan I applaud your backbone and your addressing the disgrace that Obama really is. I also greieve with you at the loss of your son and his comrades in arms. I also despise the way Barack Hussein Obama has tied the hands of the military with this bull shi@ rules of engagement. Barack Hussein Obama is strutting around, boasting of his ending the war in Afghanistan. However, let’s be reminded of one United States Marine’s father reply to a condolence letter from Obama, in which he rebuked the idiot-in-chief over the rules...
  • Last World War II veteran leaves Congress

    01/03/2015 9:10:36 AM PST · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Sno Valley Star ^ | January 3, 2015
    For the first time in 70 years, no World War II veteran will be sitting in the House of Representatives or in the Senate when 114th Congress convenes Jan. 3, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens. Michigan’s John Dingell, 88, and 91-year-old Ralph Hall, of Texas, were the last of what’s known as the Greatest Generation to serve. Dingell, a Democrat, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944, when he turned 18, and rose to the rank of second lieutenant. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1955 and holds the distinction of being the...
  • NYPD and the military: Our angels in a time of danger and cynicism

    12/31/2014 11:59:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 30, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    In A recent conversation with a friend, I confessed that a phrase had been stuck in my mind for days. The words sounded like a question, but it was purely rhetorical since I knew the answer. “Where’s the majesty?” I had been thinking after surveying the wreckage of America’s political culture. Each time I considered the words, my gut response was the same. Gone to hell, that’s where. Smashed to pieces by a cynical public and buried by a political class too craven to care. The majesty I long for is ­behavior that tries to match the nation’s ideals. It...
  • The Rest of the 'Unbroken' Story

    12/23/2014 4:34:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    On Dec. 25, the unforgettable story about Louis Zamperini, an Olympian turned World War II prisoner of war hero, opens in theaters nationwide. As astoundingly resilient as Zamperini was, however, his real power was found in a fact underplayed in the movie; namely, he whose birth we celebrate Dec. 25 is the one responsible for restoring and transforming Zamperini's heart and life. First, let me say, few lives can compare with Zamperini's. He lived hard from a young age. He smoked cigarettes by the time he was 5, and his favorite pastime as a youth was stealing beer from bootleggers.Cops...
  • No Room for Vets in the Inn

    12/22/2014 4:23:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Homeless American veterans shiver in the bitter cold while illegal immigrants receive subsidized four-year degrees. At midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold, Christ was born in a stable after his parents were turned away by every innkeeper. Joseph and Mary did not respond with entitlement: “If you don’t shelter us, then you’re racist.” Rather, they used their ingenuity to find an alternative birthplace for their son among friends—farm animals, shepherds, kings, and angels—beneath the light of an extraordinary star. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because...
  • A French Soldier's View of US Soldiers in Afghanistan

    12/17/2014 6:41:39 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 66 replies
    Warrior Lodge ^ | December 15, 2014 | Edited by Wes O'Donnell
    What follows is an account from a French ISAF soldier that was stationed with American Warfighters in Afghanistan sometime in the past 4 years. This was copied and translated from an editorial French newspaper. A NOS FRERES D’ARMES AMERICAINS "We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and...
  • [DOD] is contacting service members and [vets] who may have been exposed to chemicals...[editd]

    12/15/2014 12:56:29 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    VetsHQ ^ | Not Available | N/A
    This effort is in response to the recent reports in The New York Times, most notably an Oct. 14 article, “The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons,” which detailed its investigation and the Pentagon’s acknowledgement that as many as 600 U.S. troops had reported chemical exposure, but it failed to realize the scope of the exposure or offer adequate treatment. In the video above posted on YouTube from Taji, Iraq, in 2008, this is the description of the video (a similar video was used by the Times): “A cache of mustard rounds found buried in a peninsula near Taji,...
  • Soldiers from NYC, Arizona killed in Afghanistan [Fort Hood, Lost 2]

    12/14/2014 5:18:06 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    The Department of Defense says an Army sergeant from New York City has been killed in Afghanistan. A soldier from Arizona was also killed. Military officials say Sgt. Ramon Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt Martin, 22, died Dec. 12 in Parwan province. The men died from wounds suffered when their vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device.
  • Americans and Belgians mark 70th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

    12/13/2014 12:15:44 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 22 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Saturday 13 December 2014 11.43 EST
    Belgium’s King Philippe, right, and Queen Mathilde throw nuts to the public, during the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, in Bastogne, Belgium, on Saturday. The tradition dates from when the Germans asked for the US surrender in Bastogne, to which General Anthony McAuliffe answered: ‘Nuts!’ Photograph: Yves Logghe/AP Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the biggest and bloodiest US battles of the second world war, the Battle of the Bulge. Jean-Claude Klepper, 62, of Virton, Belgium, said “we must never forget what...
  • On Pearl Harbor Day, Boston Globe Says US Should ‘Hero-Worship’ Community Organizers, Not GIs

    12/07/2014 9:34:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 7, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    December 7th is a day that most Americans take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform as they look back on the Japanese surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on that date in 1941. Not the Boston Globe which published an anti-military screed by columnist Stephen Kinzer on the 73rd anniversary of the attack entitled, Joining the Military Doesn’t Make You a Hero Kinzer decries American society in 2014 treating troopers and veterans as heroes. While Kinzer gives a perfunctory nod to soldiers who perform above and beyond...
  • Pearl Harbor Reunion, 2014

    12/07/2014 2:33:08 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    The Greatest Generation With each passing year, the reunion number is dwindling. The Pearl Harbor survivors are over 90 years old, and the members of that group that got together today in Hawaii numbered a little more than a dozen. Today marks the 73rd Anniversary of the attack against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during which 2,400 sailors, Marines, and soldiers were killed. Some have called the reunion of the USS Arizona Reunion Association the last gathering of USS Arizona survivors, but the gathering doesn’t see this meeting as the last one, just yet. The USS Arizona was a battleship that was...
  • Oversight Needed on New VA Law

    12/05/2014 10:29:54 AM PST · by April29 · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/5/2014 | David Vitter and Charles Boustany
    http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/226014-oversight-needed-on-new-va-law “The average person would expect better customer service and professionalism from the local Department of Motor Vehicles. Whether it’s incompetence or indifference, why should we tolerate such behavior in VISN 16 when we’re dealing with veterans’ life-saving medical care?” “By tolerating inappropriate denials, his organization needlessly forces thousands of Louisiana veterans into a lengthy appeals process that can last more than two years.”
  • Memo To The Senate GOP Class Of 2016: What Are You, Nuts?

    12/03/2014 6:29:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/03/2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    The very first action taken by the lame duck Congress in the House will be a betrayal of the military and the voters who just gave them a larger majority and their colleagues in the Senate control. The lame duck House is scheduled to pass --perhaps as early as today-- a National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA") which cuts the scheduled pay hike for the military from 1.8 percent to 1 percent, which slaps a co-pay on all their prescriptions --real dollars every time every military kid gets an ear infection, and a huge hit for any military family with a...
  • ACLU: Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans

    12/02/2014 11:53:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 1:45 PM EST | Bruce Shipkowski
    The U.S. Army has agreed to “fully recognize” the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The group’s New Jersey chapter announced that the Army Board for Correction of Military Records recently notified the two veterans about its decision. The board initially recommended that the request be rejected, but the Army Review Boards’ deputy assistant secretary overrode the decision. …
  • "What Should Modern American Foreign Policy Look Like?" Natl Security Forum w/Speaker Ted Cruz

    12/01/2014 2:50:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WSET-TV / PRNewswire / MediaDC-The Weekly Standard ^ | December 1, 2014 | Emily Laird, Concerned Veterans for America
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, December 2, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) and The Weekly Standard will host a national security policy forum, "What Should Modern American Foreign Policy Look Like?" at the historic Willard Hotel in downtown Washington. With turmoil and ISIS on the rise in the Middle East, the specter of a new Cold War between Russia and the West, and an increasingly adversarial relationship with China, this symposium will explore and debate the proper orientation of U.S. national security and foreign policy priorities in the 21st Century. The event, part of CVA's Strength and...
  • American Conundrums

    11/28/2014 5:42:59 PM PST · by xzins · 8 replies
    CHQ ^ | 11/26/2014 | CHQ Staff
    Every day CHQ readers email us all manner of material – comments, news tips, rumors, conspiracy theories, jokes you cannot tell your Sunday school teacher – it all arrives and gets reviewed even though a lot of it doesn’t really fit our “news and commentary from the Tea Party or limited government constitutional conservative perspective” USP. But every so often something comes in over the transom that’s so incisive (and in this case funny in a sad sort of way) that we just have to share it, and such was the case with “American Conundrums” an email forwarded to us...
  • Veterans Slam Obama's Leadership On Iraq (What Leadership?!!!)

    11/28/2014 12:41:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Veterans Day has come and gone, but the Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph had just one question to ask the Iraq War veterans: How do they feel about the Obama administration’s decision to pull all combat troops out of Iraq. In short, they weren’t pleased at all. One veteran called the president a “moron,” and that his friends who died over there would be rolling in their graves over Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq and end combat operations. Others also voiced their opposition to the decision, noting that there’s a reason why civilian control of the military comes with...
  • Oath Keepers Guarding Businesses in Ferguson, Missouri: Calling on Volunteers to Assist

    11/26/2014 7:56:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Oathkeepers ^ | November 25, 2014
    Calling all skilled veterans and patriots! We need your help in Ferguson, Missouri. Oath Keepers has a Security Team on the ground right now, in Ferguson, guarding businesses. That team is lead by local Oath Keepers, including retired Missouri police. last night, that team secured four local businesses after the riots erupted, and will do so again tonight, and as long as it takes, but they need your help! (See below for list of skills needed, and how to connect with the team).Little Caesars Pizza on Fire in Ferguson Last Night. More Arson ExpectedThe Oath Keepers Ferguson Security Team needs...
  • REAL BROTHERS IN ARMS

    11/26/2014 3:34:30 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 3 replies
    A&E ^ | 11/11/2013 | Herb Heilbrun and John Leahr
    A Heart warming story you may have seen before, but it's well worth seeing again. https://www.youtube.com/embed/agwnwqCdwl8
  • Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines

    11/26/2014 11:17:18 AM PST · by 54fighting · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/14 | Todd Berkley
    Off-the-shelf fix for veteran hospital waiting lines “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and his widow and orphan”. This Abraham Lincoln quote on a plaque in front of the Veterans Administration building is a succinct mission for the VA. Our veterans have earned our best efforts toward this end. Congress recently acted in a rare bi-partisan fashion to ease the scandalous backlog. Nine million “Veterans Choice” cards allow access to care outside the VA for veterans living at least 40 miles from a VA facility or on very long wait lists. I applaud the efforts of...
  • Injured Heroes, broken Promises

    11/24/2014 4:22:19 AM PST · by q_an_a · 1 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11.22.2014 | david tarrant, scott freidman
    The documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, included allegations that the staff at WTUs in Texas mistreated soldiers under their supervision through disrespect, unfair treatment, harassment, intimidation and even, at times, disregard for their medical conditions and treatment plans.
  • Modernized Blackjack takes off after avionic upgrade

    Tu-160 has a lift-generating airframe, which is mostly made of aluminum alloys. Titanium alloys make up to 20% of the airframe mass. The bomber’s airframe has a distinctive appearance, with the wing and fuselage gradually integrated into a single-piece configuration. The variable geometry wings (the sweep angle can be varied from 20 to 65) allow the aircraft to use complex flight profiles from low subsonic speeds to mach 2. Photo: UAC/Tupolev design Bureau The first Tupolev Tu-160M Blackjack has completed its maiden flight after an avionic modernization that revamped the bombers’ radar and avionic systems in the past two years....
  • Ferguson Looting Forcing Businesses To Call In The Big Guns To Get Merch Out Of Town

    11/23/2014 1:58:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | November 22, 2014 | Zachary Volkert
    No one is quite sure yet if a grand jury will indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. But one thing is almost for sure: If they don’t, Ferguson and surrounding St. Louis, Missouri, areas will face widespread protests and looting once again. Local businesses have been bracing themselves for the possible fallout, many of which have called in armed forces to help them out. More than 300 private military contractors have been hired by Ferguson-area locals in anticipation of more looting, reported Vice News. Jared Ogden, director of operations for Asymmetric Solutions, a private military contractor...
  • House Dems reject vet for top VA committee spot, pick rarely-seen Corrine Brown

    11/22/2014 11:02:17 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Democrats scrambled Wednesday to tamp down anger among veterans groups who objected to the party’s choice of Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida as ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Compounding the anger was the Democratic leadership’s treatment of the sole veteran among the panel’s Democrats, who was briefly ousted from the committee on a technicality and thus made ineligible to seek to become ranking member. As a result, Rep. Brown was the only Democrat seeking to serve as party leader on the committee that has been a watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department’s wait-time scandal and the implementation...
  • Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sign piano for Slidell veterans' project auction

    11/14/2014 11:26:58 AM PST · by BBell · 5 replies
    nola.com/ ^ | 11/14/14 | Sarah Bonnette
    Everybody loves the Beatles. That's the first thought that came to Slidell artist Lori Gomez's mind as she tried to come up with a theme to transform a century-old, donated piano into a work of art. The piano would be auctioned to help raise money to build veterans' homes in east St Tammany Parish, and so Gomez set about refurbishing and then painting the colorful Beatles artwork onto it.But two final touches have made the upright, antique piano more rare and valuable than anyone involved in the upcoming auction ever imagined: personal autographs by both Ringo Starr and Sir Paul...
  • Jesus symbol covered on Missouri vets memorial

    11/13/2014 5:32:35 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Fox St. Louis ^ | 11/13/14
    Columbia, Missouri---A New York couple whose son died in Operation Desert Storm say Boone County’s decision to cover a Christian symbol on a war memorial dishonored veterans. The Boone County Commission decided earlier this year to cover the ichthus, commonly called the “Jesus fish” but it has only recently caused public controversy. Only two names appear on the Courthouse Plaza memorial. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the parents of one of those sailors, U.S. Navy Lt. Patrick Connor, learned of the decision last week. They said the covering of the symbol was an affront to fundamental American beliefs. The commission...
  • Alabamian’s anti-veterans rant lands him in serious hot water

    11/13/2014 2:29:11 AM PST · by GailA · 71 replies
    Yellowhammernews ^ | 11/12/14 | NA
    It looks like what we have here is a classic case of when “keeping it real” goes wrong. On Veterans Day, while most Americans were thanking members of the U.S. armed forces for their service and enjoying their community’s holiday festivities, Michael Schuette of Anniston, Alabama took to Facebook to explain that veterans are not American heroes. In fact, he believes they “kill for profit,” “terrorize” other countries, have “never sacrificed for this country” and do “nothing for the American citizens.”
  • Meet America's oldest-living veteran: 108-year-old whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking Richard Overton

    11/12/2014 3:12:55 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 38 replies
    yahoo news ^ | Novemeber 11 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    Richard Overton, America's oldest living veteran, participated in the Veterans Day parade in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, posing for selfies from the passenger seat of a slow-moving car along the parade route. Chances are, the 108-year-old World War II veteran began the day like any other: on the porch, smoking a cigar, sipping a cup of coffee stiffened with whiskey.
  • Hagel wants to give some Vietnam veterans a second chance

    11/12/2014 3:52:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KBMT-TV ^ | November 11, 2014 | Jamie Crawford, CNN
    Memories of his own service in Vietnam and the destructive nature of combat are never far from the mind of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon. "Every Vietnam veteran understands," Hagel told CNN's Barbara Starr during an interview outside his office in the Pentagon. "Any veteran who has ever served in a war understands that, and I think we should never forget the consequences of war." Decades after the U.S. conflict in Vietnam, Hagel is using the power of his office to help some of the most troubled veterans of that war get...
  • Controversy After Eminem Drops More Than a Dozen F-Bombs on National Mall During ‘Concert for Valor’

    11/11/2014 9:54:34 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11-11-2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Individuals turned to Twitter following Eminem’s performance on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to both defend and express outrage over the rapper’s flagrant use of the F-bomb at The Concert for Valor. The Michigan-born rapper riddled his HBO-streamed performance with curse words at the concert aimed at supporting U.S. servicemen and women. “Happy motherf***ing Veterans Day,” Eminem shouted into the microphone. Users on Twitter were quick to react, with some defending the rapper’s use of profanity and others criticizing his word choice.
  • Veterens Day - WWII Bugs Bunny Cartoon dissing Axis

    11/11/2014 6:09:47 PM PST · by central_va · 18 replies
    Toon Tube ^ | 1943 | Warner Bros
    Rare Bugs Bunny Featuring Hitler.
  • A Message from Ron Paul: Speak Truth to Power on Veterans Day

    11/11/2014 3:14:22 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 23 replies
    Voices of Liberty ^ | 11/11/2014 | Ron Paul
    Veterans Day was initially called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I and recognize the soldiers who died. Today it’s a day in the United States to recognize all veterans in all wars—not just those who died or were wounded or even served in a war at all. It’s designed to heap praise and adulation on all things military. In doing so, in the name of patriotism, it therefore endorses all of our war policies, right or wrong. Every veteran becomes a hero and no questions are to be asked of the wisdom, morality, or constitutionality of...
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930′s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an “uneasiness,” even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. “There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...