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  • 50 Years Ago Today, Second Story

    05/20/2017 4:22:46 PM PDT · by Chainmail · 105 replies
    Self [link to first story] ^ | May 20 2017 | Chainmail
    Last Saturday, the 13th of May, I posted my article about the day I was wounded in Vietnam. hereBecause I had such wonderful responses and because a flood of memories have come back, I decide to write the next part of the story, my time in the hospitals after that pivotal day all those years ago.As I described before, I had been shot on May 13th, 1967 and underwent surgery that evening in Charlie Med, Danang Vietnam. That following morning I woke up in a Spica cast, a plaster sheath that enclosed my whole body from the top of my...
  • Armed Forces Medley

    05/19/2017 9:27:10 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 1 replies
    youtube.com ^ | May 27, 2012 | Jesse Sellers
    Armed Forces Medley The music is from America's Favorite Patriotic Songs. A tribute to the 5 branches of our armed forces consisting of each of their individual service hymns.
  • Melania Trump Loves Being A Mom; As First Lady, Will She Be Mom-In-Chief?

    05/14/2017 10:39:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NDTV ^ | May 14, 2017 | Krissah Thompson, The Washington Post
    As a new mother, Melania Trump marveled over her son, Barron. "The love. It's unconditional love," she told the Palm Beach Daily News in an interview published on her first Mother's Day. For much of her husband's chaotic presidency so far, Mrs. Trump has stayed out of Washington. Similarly, during Donald Trump's campaign, she remained in the background and did not display deep passion for any particular policy issue. But in the 2006 interview about her baby, she seems in awe. "It's a miracle almost, I could say, that two people can create," she said. "It's very, very special." Her...
  • Funeral home under fire for refusing coffin to deceased veteran

    05/13/2017 3:00:48 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 46 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | May 12, 2017 | RNN staff
    CATOOSA COUNTY, GEORGIA (RNN) - A dispute between a funeral home and the family of a deceased veteran went viral after Heritage Funeral Home refused to provide a coffin for the visitation. The Georgia funeral home initially declined the family of George Taylor, a deceased Vietnam War veteran, a coffin due to finances. During the visitation, he was placed on a gurney with a flag draped over him. James Taylor, the son of the deceased George Taylor, told WTVC that his family agreed to the arrangement, but it was a "disgrace" to his father. Ella Moss took to social media...
  • Mr. President: Drain the VA Swamp

    05/12/2017 4:15:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2017 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Mr. President, we sent you to D.C. to drain the swamp. Firing FBI Director James Corey was a good start. I don't know a single conservative who trusted him. Now it's time to drain the VA swamp. Because hero vets dying in battle is a tragedy. But allowing our heroes to die on American soil at the hands of the Veterans Administration because of neglect, indifference, incompetence, or pure criminal negligence is a national disgrace. This story isn’t about a generic vet. This is the story of Sgt. Eric Thomsen, United States Air Force. Eric lost his battle. He committed...
  • Veteran suicide: A personal story of our great national disgrace

    05/10/2017 8:18:49 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 24 replies
    FoxNews Opinion ^ | May 10, 2017 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Another American hero vet has committed suicide. Except this one is personal. This one hits home. This one isn’t just a statistic, or generic. His name was Sgt. Eric Thomsen. I’ll get to his tragic story in a moment. President Obama ignored vets like Sgt. Thomsen for eight long years. A massive scandal engulfed the Veterans Administration during Obama’s presidency. Vets died on fake waiting lists. Fraud was committed because there wasn’t the money to treat our heroes. So, government employees committed criminal acts to make them go away. Vets died. Obama chose to fire or punish none of the...
  • Federal Court Rules Firing of Felon Phoenix VA Director Unconstitutional

    05/10/2017 1:04:01 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/10/2017 | By Tyler O'Neil
    On Tuesday, the Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit ruled that the firing of former Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) Director Sharon Helman, a convicted felon, was unconstitutional. While this does not mean Helman will return to work, the ruling may strike a powerful blow against VA accountability reform. "Today's ruling underscores yet again the need for swift congressional action to afford the Secretary effective and defensible authority to take timely and meaningful action against VA employees whose conduct or performance undermines Veterans' trust in VA care or services," VA Secretary David Shulkin declared in a statement. He praised H.R. 1259,...
  • Gov't Healthcare Horror show. More than 100 veterans died waiting at Los Angeles VA hospital

    05/08/2017 7:38:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Over the weekend we saw another story emerge which reminds us that the lingering effects of the VA scandal are far from gone and too much work remains to be done. It’s not that we haven’t seen some signs of progress at the agency. Shortly after President Trump decided to keep David Shulkin around and place him in charge of the VA, the new Secretary begged for expanded authority to fire failing workers. That prompted the President to create what I like to think of as the Office of Your Butt is Fired inside the VA. That office clearly...
  • Ex-soldier recorded fatally shooting service dog found dead

    05/07/2017 4:59:54 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 100 replies
    The State ^ | 5-7-17 | AP
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. North Carolina police say they're investigating the possible suicide of an Army veteran charged with shooting her service dog as she laughed. Fayetteville Police Lt. Todd Joyce said Sunday investigators believe that 23-year-old Marinna Rollins killed herself. Joyce declined to explain what evidence detectives found. He says police were called to her apartment early Sunday after her body was found by friends. Rollins and 25-year-old Jarren Heng were charged last month with cruelty to animals after investigators say they tied the dog to a tree and shot it multiple times with a rifle.
  • Conway: 'Where the hell were those Democrats' when veterans waiting for care

    05/05/2017 8:52:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    Senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Friday railed against Democrats criticizing the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, suggesting they failed to put in the same effort during the 2014 Veterans Affairs wait-list scandal. "Where the hell were those Democrats – excuse me – when veterans were dying waiting for care?" Conway said on Fox News. "I didn't see them coming on TV with hosts that just sat there listening to them and their screed when there were veterans dying for care and deserve better." Scandal erupted in the Veterans Health Administration in 2014 amid revelations of negligence...
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation Opposing Star Of David At Holocaust Memorial

    07/21/2013 10:56:02 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 52 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | July 19, 2013 | Evan Bleier
    An atheist group that is known for targeting supposed violations of the separation between church and state recently protested a Holocaust memorial because the monument plans to feature a Star of David.The Freedom From Religion Foundation, or FFRF, has stated its opposition to the proposed Ohio Statehouse Holocaust memorial because its leaders believe that including the religious symbol would create "legal precedent."The co-presidents of the FFRF, Don Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, wrote a letter to Richard Finan, chair of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board about the proposed memorial, The Blaze reported.“Permitting one permanent sectarian and exclusionary religious...
  • Town rallies after being forced to remove Christian flag [Rienzi MS]

    02/05/2017 6:24:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    WREG, CBS 3, Memphis TN ^ | 03:20PM, February 4, 2017 | Nina Harrellson
    More than 100 supporters showed up to a rally in a small Mississippi town Saturday to fight back after being forced to remove a Christian flag flying over Veterans Memorial Park. One organization stepped in and threatened to sue if the flag wasn’t taken down. But the Christian supporters say they’re not backing down. “There just comes a point in time when you’ve got to be politically incorrect and take a stand,” said organizer Kevin Nelms. They rode from the VFW in Corinth, 12 miles, to the Veterans Memorial Park in Rienzi, proudly waving their Christian flags. The same flag...
  • Satanic Monument To Be Installed In Veterans Park

    05/05/2017 4:29:37 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 5/5/17 | AP
    BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A veterans’ memorial park in Minnesota will soon include a satanic monument among its tributes. The city is allowing the monument in its Veterans Memorial Park after the Freedom from Religion Foundation threatened to sue over another statue that features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross. The cross was removed once the issue was raised, but residents rallied to put it back.
  • Shulkin Mulls Closing 1,100 'Underutilized' VA Facilities

    05/04/2017 5:12:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    KWTV-TV ^ | May 4, 2017 | The Associated Press
    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector. At a House hearing Wednesday, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized, costing the federal government $25 million a year. He said the VA would work with Congress in prioritizing buildings for closure and was considering whether to follow a process the Pentagon had used in recent decades to decide which of its underused...
  • DC Town Hall: Another VA Medical Center Wants a Second Chance

    05/04/2017 2:26:40 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 3 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 5/4/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    In what could've been a regularly scheduled event held by the American Legion or an attempt at damage control, the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center was the site of a town hall meeting where veterans could let air their comments to the new acting director, Lawrence Connell, regarding the recent and damaging IG report on that facility.
  • Korean War Veteran’s ‘Final Mission’ Is to Find POWs he Helped Free

    05/03/2017 2:05:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KFOR ^ | 5/3
    Sgt. Charles Layton was 6,000 miles from home and 21-years-old when he became a prisoner of war. In the early 1950s, he spent four months in captivity in the bitter cold, suffering daily beatings. “The pain was so intense,” said Layton. “I couldn’t speak for several days. I wish I could rip it from my memory, out of my head. Even with shoes on, I can still feel the pain." The memories, now 65 years old, haunt him still. “I knew I had to do it for us to escape. I had no alternative but to kill the guards," he...
  • Hilton to Hire 20,000 More Veterans

    05/03/2017 10:40:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 26, 2017 | Jason Gewirtz
    Hilton announcing this morning it will hire 20,000 veterans in the next two and a half years. The hiring spree will target each part of the hotel giant's operations from headquarters, to regional offices right on to the hotels themselves. In a statement released this morning the company's chief human resources officer Matt Schuyler said "Our message to our veteran Team Members is simple: we value the leadership, integrity, teamwork and other skills you bring to the hospitality industry, and Hilton will do everything it can to support you in making a smooth transition to the civilian workforce." The company...
  • Trump Declared May 1 “Loyalty Day,” But You Shouldn’t Freak Out About It

    05/01/2017 6:07:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Bustle.com ^ | May 1, 2017 | Morgan Brinlee
    Trump Declared May 1 “Loyalty Day,” But You Shouldn’t Freak Out About It By Morgan Brinlee 19 hours ago President Donald Trump asked Americans to reaffirm their allegiance to the United States' founding principals in a proclamation that caused a number of people on social media to flip out. In his proclamation, Trump called on Americans to "observe this day with appropriate ceremonies," including reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and asked government officials to display the American flag on all government buildings and grounds. But while Trump's request may sound a bit Orwellian, the truth is there's no reason to...
  • President Trump Works to Provide Much Needed Aid for Veterans!

    05/01/2017 5:21:15 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Gabrielle Seunagal
    A few days ago, President Trump followed through on yet another one of his plethora of commitments to the nation by signing an executive order to engender a new office devoted to shielding whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Commander in Chief made it clear that the office would work tirelessly to provide veterans with much needed healthcare. America will no longer disappoint the men and women who have fought tirelessly to protect this country. The President made it very clear that veterans will receive exceptional care and those who report problems at the Veterans Affairs office shall...
  • May 1st Silver Star Service Banner Day

    04/30/2017 8:23:41 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 5 replies
    Today is a day set aside to remember those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today. Remember our wounded, ill, injured and dying veterans from ALL wars.