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  • Starbucks Pledges to Hire More U.S. Military Veterans

    03/22/2017 4:25:56 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/22 | Julie Jargon
    Starbucks Corp. plans to hire more U.S. military veterans and their spouses after facing backlash over its promise to hire refugees. Presiding over his last annual shareholders meeting as chief executive on Wednesday, Howard Schultz said Starbucks will hire 15,000 veterans and their spouses by 2025, on top of more than 10,000 hired since a pledge he made four years ago. The new drive comes after some customers threatened to boycott Starbucks for its January pledge to hire 10,000 refugees globally over the next five years. The coffee giant made the commitment following President Donald Trump’s first executive order, banning...
  • Millions of veterans could be ineligible to receive tax credits under Republican healthcare plan

    03/22/2017 8:08:01 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 45 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 3/22/17 | wegmann
    In the struggle to overhaul Obamacare, House Republicans appear to have made a costly overcorrection. Due to a technical change in the current draft of the bill, millions of veterans may be ineligible to receive tax credits. Late Monday night, leadership staff released a 22-page technical amendment to the bill in order to make it compliant with Senate reconciliation rules. In their haste, they introduced language that could keep as many as 7 million veterans from participating in the GOP healthcare plan.
  • 257,000 Veterans May Get Their Guns Back Real Soon!

    03/15/2017 2:46:13 PM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 29 replies
    Guns in the News ^ | 03-15-2017 | Tim Brown
    On Thursday, the House of Representatives will consider a bill that will restore the rights of over quarter of our nation's veterans to keep and bear arms that were illegally infringed upon during the Obama administration.HR 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, will head to the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday.  This bill seeks to "amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes." The text of the bill states: SEC. 2. CONDITIONS FOR TREATMENT OF CERTAIN PERSONS AS ADJUDICATED MENTALLY...
  • VA Hospital Removes Portraits of Trump & New VA Secy Hung by Vets

    03/15/2017 11:56:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 15, 2017
    When Republican congressman and Army veteran Brian Mast saw that a Florida VA hospital didn't have photographs of President Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin hanging in the lobby, he took action. Mast and a group of local veterans brought portraits of Trump and Shulkin to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and demanded they be installed, and the whole thing was caught on camera. They were successful, but within hours management at the hospital took down the pictures. Their reason? They could not authenticate the photos and they have to follow protocol. A VA spokeswoman said...
  • MAGA March March 25th 2017(Nationwide!)USA! USA!

    03/06/2017 7:28:39 PM PST · by chicagolady · 5 replies
    MAGAMarch.org ^ | 03/06/2017 | Chicagolady
    We love our country and owe the men and women who put their own lives on the line to ensure our freedom. We owe those who put their life on the line to ensure we are safe and protected every day! Dedicated to VETERANS and FIRST RESPONDERS!!!! ​"We have wanted change for many years. Every morning we wake up and go to work, take the kids to school, struggle with finances and rising healthcare costs. Five of us women along with millions more fellow patriots around this country were crying tears of joy on 1/20/17. We have hope for the...
  • No longer an enemy of the state.

    03/08/2017 6:22:39 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 19 replies
    VANITY | 8 March 2017 | areukiddingme1
    Since 12:01 pm January 20th, 2017 I and many like me are no longer an enemy of the state! I will explain, if you recall, on 7 April 2009 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a nine-page document published by the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” which the main tenant of the document was to target American Veterans -- Let that sink in, American Veterans were considered to be the "gravest concern" of the obama administration. Veterans?!? The document, the first of its...
  • EXCLUSIVE: VA Watchdog Promised To Stop Misleading Congress, Then Rewrote Report To Hide Misconduct

    03/07/2017 9:34:34 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/06/2017 | Luke Rosiak
    One week after promising to keep Congress and the public “fully and currently” informed, the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rewrote a report to remove evidence that a senior VA executive tried to steer a massive government contract to her husband’s employer. Laura Eskenazi, then-vice chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), “misused her public office” by plotting with her husband Jonathan to develop a plan that could lead to a major financial “opportunity” for CACI, a government contractor that employed him. Eskenazi then sought to cover it up with “dubious” claims, according to...
  • Weekly Update: Soros Investigation

    03/04/2017 11:06:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 3, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch at CPAC: Scandal Matters to the American People Federal Court Hearing Set for Next Week on Clinton Email Scandal U.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Government JW Goes to Court After Army Stonewalls on Opiate Use by Americans in Afghanistan U.S. Gives Soros Groups Millions to Destabilize Macedonia’s Government Even as we pursue the truth about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from a recalcitrant State Department, we are learning of another of the department’s nefarious activities. Our Corruption Chronicles blog has the story . The U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer...
  • Facebook post on VA treatment of patients causes uproar

    02/28/2017 9:03:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 28, 2017
    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they felt compelled to take pictures and post them to Facebook. Now thousands of people are expressing outrage and the head of the medical center says an employee involved has been removed from patient care pending an internal review. Hanna and Stephen McMenamin posted photos of two veterans who were struggling in the waiting room. They said both older men were ignored for hours despite complaining of severe pain. They said one practically fell...
  • VA’s New Chief Of Staff Instructed Employees To Stonewall Congressmen Looking Into Secret Wait Lists

    02/27/2017 6:44:21 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 02/27/2017 | Jonah Bennett
    The new interim chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly ordered employees in 2014 not to disclose information about secret wait lists to members of Congress. The VA released a statement Friday listing Vivieca Wright-Simpson as the interim chief of staff effective Sunday. ... Wright-Simpson was instrumental in blocking an investigation initiated by two Pennsylvanian congressmen, who wanted to know more about veterans waiting years for health care appointments at the Pittsburgh VA. According to a 2014 report by CNN, GOP Rep. Tim Murphy and Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle felt like the VA was running interference to...
  • Tammy Baldwin Quietly Left Committee With Oversight of Scandal-Plagued Wis. VA Facility

    02/25/2017 4:13:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 25, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) has quietly stepped away from the committee that has oversight over a scandal-plagued Wisconsin Veterans Affairs facility, actions some Republicans see as the Democratic senator running from her past failures on the issue. Baldwin served on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee throughout the 114th Congress but does not appear to be on the committee in the 115th Congress, according to its roster. The committee has oversight over the Tomah VA, a VA facility in Wisconsin that was over-prescribing opiates to patients and saw a Marine die from an overdose.A memo, first circulated in...
  • Weekly Update: Sanctuary City Outrage

    02/25/2017 10:19:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 24, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Sanctuary City Update: Arizona Sheriff Releases Hundreds of Criminal Illegal Aliens Veteran Prosecuted for ‘Posting’ American Flag on Veteran’s Affairs Center Fence on Memorial Day Participate in CPAC With Us Sanctuary City Update: Arizona Sheriff Releases Hundreds of Criminal Illegal Aliens A crackdown on dangerous sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants can’t come a moment too soon. As with our most recent court challenge to San Francisco, Judicial Watch has been a leader (and often the only) legal opponent to sanctuary policies that ignore federal and state laws concerning illegal immigration at the expense of the public’s safety, the rule...
  • Oldest surviving officer in Battle of Iwo Jima dies

    02/23/2017 12:29:54 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    News4Jax ^ | 2-20-17 | By Mike Vasilinda
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The oldest surviving officer from the Battle of Iwo Jima has died. Lt. Gen. Larry Snowden died over the weekend at the age of 95 in the state Capitol. Those who knew him called him a Marine's Marine, and a general's general. Snowden was a 23-year-old captain, commanding 200 men at Iwo Jima. Snowden told News4Jax in 2013 that one of WWII’s most famous battles was far different than the romanticized version. “I've read many accounts that says when the flag went up, the troops all over the island stood up and cheered. No way," Snowden said....
  • Emotional Crowd Yells After Sen. Ernst as Town Hall Meeting Wraps

    02/22/2017 11:11:46 AM PST · by No_More_Harkin · 75 replies
    WhoTV.com ^ | FEBRUARY 21, 2017 | DAN HENDRICKSON
    MAQUOKETA, Iowa -- The national trend of Republican lawmakers facing angry crowds of constituents arrived in Iowa today. Tuesday afternoon Sen. Joni Ernst sat through a 45 minute town hall meeting in Maquoketa. After taking her final question the crowd showered her with boos and chants of "Do your job."
  • Judicial Watch to Represent Veteran Prosecuted for ‘Posting’ American Flag on Veteran’s...

    02/21/2017 11:51:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 21, 2017
    Full title: Judicial Watch to Represent Veteran Prosecuted for ‘Posting’ American Flag on Veteran’s Affairs Center Fence on Memorial Day The 74-year-old is also charged for taking photos of VA police(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced it will provide legal representation to Robert L. Rosebrock, a Vietnam-era veteran who faces federal criminal charges for displaying two four by six inch American flags outside a Veterans Affairs (VA) fence on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Trial will begin on March 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. Rosebrock also is being criminally prosecuted for taking photographs on Memorial Day 2016, and...
  • The Latest: Senate confirms Shulkin as VA secretary

    02/13/2017 5:40:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | February 13, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmations (all times EST): 7:53 p.m. The Senate has confirmed physician David Shulkin to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Trump administration. The vote Monday was 100-0. Shulkin is a former Obama administration official who had served as the VA's top health official since 2015. He is the first non-veteran to lead the government's second-largest department....
  • VA Employees Charged With Stealing Prescription Drugs To Sell On The Street

    02/09/2017 12:08:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/9/17 | Jonah Bennett
    Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees have been charged with stealing prescription medications like oxycodone and Viagra to sell on the street.Satishkumar Patel, Alisha Pagan and Nikita Neal have all been charged with conspiring together to steal and distribute highly addictive drugs, like oxycodone and hydrocodone, Christopher Thyer said in a press release. Thyer is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.Out of the three, Patel and Pagan are staring down additional charges, including intent to deliver oxycodone, THV11 reports.Management at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System complained to the VA inspector general that large quantities of drugs were disappearing from...
  • The VA has no idea how much time employees spend “working” on union business

    02/06/2017 7:57:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The public employee unions have a pretty sweet deal with the government which is very similar to the benefits enjoyed by their civilian counterparts. Some of their workers are authorized to spend a certain amount of what’s known as “official time” conducting union business while they’re on the clock and supposedly doing the business of the taxpayers. There are supposed to be limits on this benefit, but in agencies such as the Veterans Affairs Department, just how much of this is going on? Don’t ask the agency’s administrators because it turns out that they have no way of tracking...
  • Real Men, Real Women drink coffee made and delivered by Real War Vets

    02/06/2017 8:30:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/06/17 | Judi McLeod
    Black Rifle Coffee Company: Looking to hire 10,000 veterans No one can really say for sure what global chain Starbucks will be serving up with their coffee when they hire 10,000 refugees in response to Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban in Making America safe again. But we know it won’t be patriotism or loyalty to America. The ever-politicking Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz pledges to hire 10,000 refugees to get even with President Donald Trump and his Stinkin’ Army of Deplorables.
  • A Message to Customers from Starbucks Armed Forces Network

    02/02/2017 2:03:09 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 54 replies
    Starbucks ^ | February 2, 2017
    Following is a message to customers from Starbucks Armed Forces Network, an internal veteran group with more than 14 chapters across the country. They provide an additional layer of support for veterans, spouses and any Starbucks partner (employee) wanting to show support for those who have served the country. Dear Starbucks customers, We write to you today as representatives of the thousands of veterans and spouses who currently work for Starbucks Coffee Company, and to express our gratitude for your business as well as to address misinformation that has been circulating since our company announced their commitment to hire 10,000...
  • Black Rifle Coffee Company Takes on Starbucks: We're Hiring 10,000 Veterans

    02/02/2017 10:04:12 AM PST · by maddog55 · 79 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 02, 2017 10:00 AM | Katie Palvich
    Black Rifle Coffee Company, founded by veteran Evan Hafer, is responding to Starbuck's CEO Howard Schultz' pledge to hire 10,000 refugees. Schultz' announcement came last weekend in response to President Trump's recent executive order temporarily barring refugees and visa holders from seven terror ridden countries. "We want to shift the conversation away from foreign policy to domestic issues that hit closer to home. We need to keep in mind that the four things we care about at BRCC are Family, Business, Veterans and country," the company posted on its Instagram page. "And when we say 'country', the taxpayers. Everyone else...
  • Starbucks can hire all the refugees it wants, it’s competition vowed to hire 10 thousand veterans

    02/01/2017 7:16:59 PM PST · by blueyon · 66 replies
    bizpacreview ^ | 2/01/17 | Michael Dorstewitz
    They’re hiring the wrong people. But another company is doing the right thing. Liberty Alliance vice president Joe Wurzelbacher, who earned the moniker “Joe the Plumber” after his discussion on socialism with then-candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, said that Starbucks has its priorities all wrong. Howard Schultz, the coffee giant’s CEO, announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees to work in its restaurants. When 11,000 air traffic controllers called his bluff, President Reagan fired all of them–it’s called leadership “I believe he should hire 10,000 veterans” instead of the refugees, Wurzelbacher said. “They’re the ones who made it...
  • Change: Heads finally begin rolling at Veterans Administration?

    01/26/2017 7:37:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Has accountability finally arrived at the Veterans Administration? According to the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, a new approach to personnel management at the beleaguered bureaucracy has begun, and it coincidentally arrived on Inauguration Day. Or perhaps not so coincidentally: Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way.One is the hospital’s CEO, DeWayne Hamlin, who offered an employee $305,000 to quit after she played a role in exposing his drug arrest.“Mr. DeWayne...
  • Days Into Trump Admin, Corrupt Employees Are Already Being Fired At The VA

    01/24/2017 3:46:11 PM PST · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 24, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way.
  • Connecticut to Cut Funding for 21 Gun Salutes at Veteran Funerals – Too Costly

    01/23/2017 6:06:02 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Jan 23rd, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    Veterans are furious over a proposed state budget cut that will eliminate the firing detail at veteran funerals. The Connecticut state military said funding for the gun salutes will run out around April. Meanwhile Connecticut state university and colleges, along with Hartford and New Haven, have declared themselves sanctuary cities. And state employees were given fat raises at the end of December. ... they have money to give to illegals but not to give to soldiers to have a proper and decent burial and celebration of their service. ... At a press conference earlier this month, Malloy said of the...
  • Chuck Schumer Probably Shouldn’t Have Insulted Tom Cotton About Where He Was Eight Years Ago

    01/23/2017 3:50:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 75 replies
    iheart.com ^ | 1/23/16 | Saagar Enjeti
    Sens. Tom Cotton and Chuck Schumer reportedly got into an angry confrontation on the Senate floor Friday over Senate Democrats delaying the confirmation of Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director, The Weekly Standard reports. Cotton was reportedly irate with Schumer’s delay of the confirmation vote and loudly accosted him on the Senate floor. Schumer retorted that the Senate had never confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day, adding that Senate Republicans also did not do so for former President Barack Obama. He continued that Cotton would have known this precedent if he had been in the Senate eight years previously....
  • Supporters Guard Veterans Memorial After City Pulls Cross (Minnesota)

    01/23/2017 8:39:37 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-23-2017 | Fox News
    The makeshift crosses in Belle Plaine. (Fox 9) A veterans memorial in Minnesota lost one cross but gained more than a dozen others -- and a security detail -- over the weekend after supporters argued that the city caved to the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The memorial at Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park showed a silhouette of a soldier kneeling in front of a cross that served as a headstone for a fellow soldier's grave, Fox 9 reported. Workers installed it last summer, but opponents were quick to argue that it violated the separation of church and state because it...
  • Charlie Liteky, who gave back his Medal of Honor, dies

    01/22/2017 10:37:36 AM PST · by redcatcherb412 · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 22, 2017 | associated press
    Charlie Liteky, an Army chaplain in Vietnam who won the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 20 wounded men but later gave it back in protest and became a peace activist, has died.
  • Trump’s surprise VA pick known as turnaround artist

    01/15/2017 2:59:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    President-elect Donald Trump surprised many when he chose one of President Obama’s appointees to run the Department of Veterans Affairs after pledging to overhaul the department during the campaign. But the nominee, current under secretary of health David Shulkin, has a long history in the private sector turning around struggling hospitals. Veterans groups called the choice a pleasant surprise, as they say Shulkin has overseen a turnaround in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and resisted calls for privatizing the federal system. “While our membership has been clear in its preference to have a veteran leading the VA, I am heartened...
  • Bikers for Trump prepared to form 'wall of meat' at Trump inauguration rally

    01/14/2017 12:30:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 14, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    The leader of a pro-Donald Trump motorcycle group said the bikers are prepared to form a protective "wall" around the president-elect during his inauguration. Chris Cox, a 48-year-old chain-saw artist and leader of Bikers for Trump, said he anticipates a peaceful rally during the ceremony on Jan. 20 but added the group is prepared for potential conflict with protesters. "The bikers are certainly used to being outnumbered and we are prepared to form a wall of meat," Cox told Fox Business. "We're anticipating a celebration here. We don't anticipate any problems. We have a strict code of conduct where we...
  • Donald Trump Announces David Shulkin As VA Secretary (Obama appointee)

    01/11/2017 8:54:12 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 89 replies
    Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for VA Secretary, the final missing piece of his cabinet. Trump has picked David Shulkin, the current Under Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. If Shulkin is confirmed, he will be the first non-veteran to serve as VA Secretary. Shulkin has served as undersecretary since June 2015. He was previously was the chief executive of many hospital systems.
  • David Shulkin picked to head Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump says

    01/11/2017 10:16:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/11/2017 | By Eric Bradner and Jeremy Diamond
    President-elect Donald Trump has tapped David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, he announced Wednesday. "I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin," Trump said during his news conference at Trump Tower in New York. "We'll do a news release in a little while, I'll tell you about David, he's fantastic. He's fantastic. He will do a truly great job. One of the commitments I've made is that we're going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans." Shulkin is the VA's current undersecretary for health, a position in which he oversaw more...
  • Trump Team Floats ‘Public-Private’ Veterans Health Care

    12/29/2016 7:58:46 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/2016 | Charlie Spiering
    President-elect Donald Trump met with health care executives on Wednesday to begin a serious reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs. “I’ve been saying we have to take care of our vets,” Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago after the meetings. “We are working on something to make it great for our veterans, because they are treated very, very unfairly.” Trump met with John Noseworthy, the President and CEO of Mayo Clinic, Paul Rothman, the CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, Dr. David Torchiana of Partners HealthCare and Toby Cosgrove of Cleveland Clinic, according to the...
  • Donald Trump Considers Moving VA Toward Privatization

    President-elect Donald Trump is considering moving the Department of Veterans Affairs toward privatization, a transition team official said Wednesday, a policy decision major veterans’ groups have said they would oppose.
  • IRAQ WAR VETERAN CREATES WHEELCHAIR SNOW PLOW

    12/27/2016 8:54:28 PM PST · by rey · 8 replies
    WPVI ^ | 27 Dec 2016
    I thought many would appreciate this disabled vet giving back to his community, as though he had to, with his wheelchair snow plow. http://6abc.com/news/iraq-war-veteran-creates-wheelchair-snow-plow/1169458/
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs releases health care quality data

    12/24/2016 12:48:12 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/24/16 | Jim Emerson
    This week the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) quietly released the quality-of-care ratings of its 146 medical centers across the country. The previously withheld rating system showed that 120 medical facilities (82 percent) showed improvement and that scandal ridden medical centers continue to struggle. The Phoenix Hospital, the epicenter of the wait-time scandal and the Tomah, Wisconsin facility, painkiller abuse, saw a decrease in performance this year. The performance ratings were released as a result of USA TODAY’s investigative reporting that exposed an internal memo which indicated whether VA hospitals were improving or declining. The story allowed the American public...
  • Trump won votes promising to protect veterans, but major veterans groups are rattled by his plans

    12/22/2016 4:08:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 22, 2016 | Evan Halper
    Donald Trump’s flair for connecting with veterans won him an overwhelming share of their votes, but the durability of the alliance is already being tested as Trump’s search for a Veterans Affairs secretary veers in a direction that has alarmed some of America’s most influential retired soldiers. Under pressure from conservative activists, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and organizations funded by the Koch Brothers, Trump is contemplating choosing an agency chief who would upend the entire veterans healthcare system. That would come over the protest of the country’s major veterans groups. An appointment like that could prove an early...
  • Army veteran Vincent Viola, billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers, named Trump’s Army secretary

    12/19/2016 7:42:12 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/19/16 | Dan Lamothe
    President-elect Donald Trump has nominated as his Army secretary Vincent Viola, an Army veteran who became a billionaire after founding an electronic trading firm and went on to buy the Florida Panthers hockey team. Viola is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and funded the creation of its highly regarded Combating Terrorism Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A former infantry officer and Ranger School graduate, he has pressed for innovation in cyber warfare, saying at a conference five years ago that the Army of the future will be built on a “gestalt...
  • When Green Beret Is Sentenced to Night in Jail, Security Camera Catches Judge Going Into Cell

    12/18/2016 6:09:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Liftable ^ | Cathy Cornelison
    A North Carolina judge sentenced a Green Beret veteran to spend a night in jail. But when he remembered his own story and all he had gone through, he couldn't just let him spend the night alone. Judge Lou Olivera, a Gulf War veteran, is a district court judge over the Veterans Treatment Court in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He had to sentence Green Beret Joe Serna to one night in jail for a probation violation. Serna, a recipient of three Purple Hearts, is retired from the military and is having a hard time adjusting back to life after experiencing...
  • Photos: 44,000 volunteers brave icy weather to lay wreaths for veterans

    12/17/2016 2:25:20 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 26 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | December 17, 2016 4:48 pm | Kathy Stewart | @KStewartWTOP
    ARLINGTON, Va. — More than 44,000 volunteers turned out even in the icy, cold and rainy weather to carefully lay 245,000 remembrance wreaths at t Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, as part of “Wreaths Across America.” It was the 25th year that wreaths have been placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The theme for this year’s event was #SayTheirNames. The wreaths are placed at grave sites nationwide to honor and remember fallen veterans and their service. After placing a wreath, volunteers are encouraged to take time to read the headstone, to honor the memory of that fallen hero and to say...
  • Wreaths Across America Thanks Breitbart News

    12/16/2016 3:49:58 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 16, 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America, told Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Friday, “There are more than 1.2 million wreaths en route to locations where veterans are buried all over the country, with incredible teams of drivers getting these wreaths out to be placed by more than a million volunteers.”
  • VA Employees Include Child Molesters, Rapists and Kidnappers

    12/16/2016 3:17:57 PM PST · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | December 15, 2016 | Luke Rosiak
    When elderly World War II veterans go to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to receive urgent care, they may be greeted by child molesters, ex-convicts, men with face tattoos and gun-wielding rapists. Eleven sex offenders list the John D. Dingell VA Hospital in Detroit as their work address. Within the VA’s regional office for Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, 30 sex predators work at nine facilities, according to the records. . . . Three men listing the Detroit hospital as their work address are currently in violation of their sex offender registry requirements and are being sought by authorities.
  • Veterans Groups Urge Trump to Keep Obama’s V.A. Secretary

    12/12/2016 7:50:29 PM PST · by usafa92 · 59 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 12/12/2016 | Dave Phillips
    The nation’s largest veterans groups are urging President-elect Donald J. Trump to keep President Obama’s secretary of veterans affairs, Robert A. McDonald, out of concern that his rumored candidates’ inexperience and ideological leanings could cripple the massive veterans health care system. On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump was relentless in his criticism of the Department of Veterans Affairs, calling it “the most corrupt agency in the United States.” Some of the candidates mentioned to head the department have called for sweeping changes to make it easier to fire federal workers and privatize veterans’ health care. But the major veterans groups,...
  • Terminally ill child dies in Santa's arms

    12/12/2016 9:05:41 AM PST · by nickedknack · 44 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 12, 2016 | Fox News
    A 60-year-old Tennessee man who spends time volunteering as Santa Claus at a local hospital granted a 5-year-old terminally ill boy his final wish this holiday season, and held him as he died in his arms. “I spent four years in the Army with the 75th Rangers, and I’ve seen my share of [stuff],” Eric Schmitt-Matzen told USA Today. “But I ran by the nurses’ station bawling my head off. I know nurses and doctors see things like that every day, but I don’t know how they can take it.”
  • Allen West spotted at Trump Tower today

    12/12/2016 6:30:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 12/12/16
    Watching a live feed of Trump Tower about 25 minutes ago...spotted Allen West of Florida! He did make some remarks but I did not catch them...tv where I am was on mute.
  • VA Employees Left Vet’s Dead Body In A Shower For Nine Hours, Then Tried To Cover It Up

    12/11/2016 1:30:21 PM PST · by kevcol · 44 replies
    Tamps Bay Times via Daily Caller ^ | December 11, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    Employees at the Bay Pines VA medical center dropped off a veteran’s dead body in a shower and let it sit there for nine hours, before trying to cover up that they had done anything wrong. According to a 24-page April investigation by the hospital in Florida, staff broke VA regulations by “failing to provide appropriate post mortem care” back in February when the incident took place, Tampa Bay Times reports.
  • Veterans Affairs chief: 'No VA medical facility is bad'

    12/09/2016 6:42:05 PM PST · by kevcol · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 9, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald argued no VA hospital is "bad" in a letter to USA Today on Friday, just one day after the publication exposed an internal rating system that showed several clinics in Texas and Tennessee had received low marks. "To be clear, no VA medical facility is bad or failing," wrote McDonald and Sloan Gibson, his deputy, in a letter that was obtained by the Washington Examiner.
  • Gabbard: 'Offensive' to worry about number of generals in Trump's Cabinet

    12/08/2016 3:30:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2016 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Thursday dismissed as "offensive" the criticism that President-elect Donald Trump is considering too many retired generals for Cabinet positions. The Democratic lawmaker, who last month raised eyebrows by meeting with Trump in his New York tower, said that the veterans are more than capable of serving in high government positions and their military experience should not disqualify them from the job. "I don't share [critics'] concerns. In fact, as a veteran ... I find it pretty offensive for people to outright discriminate against veterans," Gabbard said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. "Here you...
  • Obama Aide Insults WWII Vets on Pearl Harbor: GET OVER IT!

    12/06/2016 2:18:52 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 48 replies
    Observatorial ^ | Dec 6, 2016 | George
    Obama Aide Insults WWII Vets on Pearl Harbor: GET OVER IT! By George | December 6, 2016 Obama administration press secretary Josh Earnest has made a career on his snarky, hyper-partisan comments from the press room podium, but this was UNFORGIVABLE. Addressing the corrupt media hacks about the upcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Pearl Harbor, Earnest dropped a comment that any WWII veteran would take as an INSULT. From BizPac Review: During a White House press briefing Monday, Earnest was asked whether veterans may be offended by Abe’s visit if he expressed no regret over the...
  • Veterans’ group Chicago suspects being ‘muscled’ by city out of facility near proposed Obama library

    12/06/2016 1:25:38 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2016 | Joseph Weber
    Veterans’ group in Chicago suspects being ‘muscled’ by city out of facility near proposed Obama library By Joseph Weber Published May 15, 2016 FoxNews.com A charity group that helps homeless military veterans on Chicago’s South Side says the city is trying to take control of the meager facility to make way for the restaurants, shops and other commercial venues that would complement the proposed Obama presidential library and museum. Group leaders said the RTW Veterans Center is the last privately-owned property on a stretch of S. King Boulevard near the proposed Washington Park site for the Barack Obama Presidential Center...