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  • Vietnam Vet Gets Retirement Surprise: He's Not a Citizen

    04/18/2014 2:55:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    San Lorenzo man serves in military, works a lifetime -- "illegally."It took Lee Smith quite some time to find out that he wasn't a U.S. citizen. During which time he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and lived and worked in the Bay Area for nearly 44 years. Smith, 65, a retired sheet metal fabricator, discovered he wasn't a citizen upon turning 65 and trying -- and failing -- to collect his Social Security benefits, according to The Daily Review. He joined the Army in 1969 and took the oath of citizenship -- a requirement for him to be...
  • Obama taps woman who denied access to war vets from memorial for ObamaCare

    04/17/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Judi McLeod
    It seems that the woman who denied war vets access to their Memorial is the same one who will get to deny them their health care. But don’t worry the mainstream media reminds us Sylvia has a smiling face. Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius replacement Sylvia Mathews Burwell, handpicked by Barack Obama on March 4, 2013 as new director of the Office Management and Budget, is coming to the HHS portfolio under a stench. It’s not just the usual stench wafting from epic fail ObamaCare, nor even the stench from sorting through the garbage looking for clues on...
  • Help Sarah Palin and Jon Stewart Help Veterans

    04/07/2014 4:38:27 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4-7-2014 | Mark Hemingway
    Help Sarah Palin and Jon Stewart Help Veterans APR 7, 2014 • BY MARK HEMINGWAY As far as political odd couples go, it doesn't get any odder than Sarah Palin and Jon Stewart. However, the two have come together to help veterans and have cut an ad in support of ACP AdvisorNet, which helps vets get jobs. ACP AdvisorNet is an innovative idea -- it's a virtual community service opportunity to assist those who have served by connecting them with business leaders to help jump start their careers.And since it's National Volunteer Week, consider doing your own part to help. By...
  • Force Mismanagement: AFPC Botches Retirements, Airmen Caught in Crossfire

    04/06/2014 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Geosmth · 5 replies ^ | 6 April 2014 | Tony Carr
    Late in the day on April 4th (just before AFPC closed its doors and unplugged its phones for the weekend), notices began going out to airmen retracting previously approved retirements, explaining that approval had been “erroneous.” They’d been given permission to retire, allowed to act on it for a few days, and then informed AFPC was “taking back” that approval. In some cases, this second notice came after the acceptance of a job offer or the hiring of a real estate agent. Spouses gave notice at work or accepted new jobs. In some cases, child care providers were given notice...
  • Group Tied To Dem Sen. Attacks Triple Amputee Vet: “You Should Have Lost More Than Your Limbs”

    04/02/2014 4:27:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | April 1, 2014 | Jeff Rainforth
    Update: After I posted this story, one of the people harassing Airman Kolfage left a threat on his Facebook page. According to Airman Kolfage, the person is Darren Remington, an employee of FedEx. The ingredients in the comment are for making homemade C4.Last year I wrote an article about former union director Janet Vrostos who told Iraq War vet Brian Kolfage, “I hope you all lose your limbs and die.” Brian lost both legs and an arm in the war. Now it seems that Janet’s friend, Jackie Millinor, an important volunteer with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s reelection campaign, started a...
  • Stockman, Miller bill restores veteran gun rights

    03/31/2014 6:00:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Human Events ^ | 23 March, 2014 | Danielle Thompson
    A 1998 agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the FBI was one of the first jabs at veterans’ Second Amendment rights. The agreement was made to send the names of veterans into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, triggering a virtual lifetime ban from owning firearms of those who are labeled as “mentally incompetent,” meaning they need or desire the assistance of a fiduciary to help them manage, often complicated, financial affairs. This agreement forced law-abiding veterans into the NICS database without due process.There are legislators attempting to end the practice of forwarding names of military veterans...
  • Unemployed female veteran hits out at Macy's after sales boss said her 'mindset' wasn't right for a

    03/30/2014 7:11:50 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-30-14 | James Nye
    [full headline] Unemployed female veteran hits out at Macy's after sales boss said her 'mindset' wasn't right for a store job because she'd been to war Army Specialist Kayla Reyes claims she was denied a job at Macy's in February because her military service made her unsuitable Recently returned from a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan Attended a job interview at a Fresno, California shopping mall and was told she had no skills to deal with customers Complained to her friends on Facebook - and the post was widely shared online Macy's subsequently offered her job - which Reyes turned down...
  • Healing the ‘Invisible Wound’

    03/28/2014 8:31:49 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 28 March 14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dar Place was two feet away when his friend and fellow soldier took his own life during the Gulf War. Two decades later, like so many other veterans, Place is still haunted by the plague of suicide in the military. “I personally saw my driver after Desert Storm in his tank put a gun underneath his mouth and pull the trigger, while I was no further away from him than I am from you right now,” Place told the Washington Free Beacon at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. He was one of the...
  • Veterans Administration Abandons Vets Suffering From Depleted Uranium Contamination

    03/24/2014 8:27:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 24, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    After young and healthy Marine Matt Parker fought for his country in the Middle East, he mysteriously came down with tumors. Now, he finds himself without adequate help from the country he fought for. I’ve known Matt since he was a small child; our families grew up together in church, and in high school I taught his sister violin lessons. Matt is a straight shooter; a bright, honest guy raised with solid values by outstanding Christian parents. Matt enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1994 at age 19. He told KOMO News 4 in Seattle, “ I wanted to be...
  • 2,000 are family for unclaimed veterans Cemetery Administrator Larson: 'You are the next of kin'

    03/23/2014 9:24:17 AM PDT · by SandRat
    SIERRA VISTA — As a piper played “Going Home,” the cremains of 13 veterans were carried by soldiers, sailors and airmen, and placed on a table on the amphitheater stage at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It was time Saturday afternoon to give the final salute to the 13, whose remains had not been claimed except by the Arizona part of the Missing in America Project (MIAP). It was not the first time such a ceremony has been held at the state-operated cemetery, on land which once was part of Fort Huachuca, until the Army turned the acreage over...
  • Fighting the Great War

    03/23/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/22/2014 | Michael Auslin
    .......there is in the United States only one memorial and museum dedicated to the Great War. Located in Kansas City, Mo., the Liberty Memorial and National World War I Museum opened in December 2006 and is a state-of-the-art tour de force.
  • Starbucks CEO Donates $30M to Help U.S. War Veterans

    03/22/2014 5:00:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies ^ | March 22, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Here’s something that will definitely make that $5 cup of coffee go down a little smoother: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced Wednesday that he will be donating $30 million to help our war veterans. The donation will mostly go toward traumatic brain injury and PTSD research, he told CBS News. "[D]epending on who you’re talking to, 20, 30, 40 percent of the two million people who have served are coming back with some kind of brain trauma or [PTSD]. So we’re going to fund the opportunity for significant research and for medical practitioners and science to understand the disease...
  • 24 Veterans Awarded the Medal of Honor

    03/18/2014 9:09:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/18/14 | NANCY BENAC, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn't get their due. On Tuesday, 24 mostly ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in three of the nation's wars finally received the Medal of Honor that the government concluded should have been awarded a long time ago. The servicemen were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients of the country's highest recognition for valor were not bypassed due to prejudice. Only three of the 24 were alive for President Barack Obama to drape the medals and ribbons around their necks. "Today we have the...
  • Vanity - VA Wants Veterans to Sign Up for Obamacare

    03/15/2014 9:16:12 AM PDT · by Salvavida · 40 replies
    15 March 2014 | Salvavida
    I just received a letter from the Veterans Administration. Included is VA form 10-10EZ, "Application for Health Benefits". The form touts that once a veteran is signed up, the will have "met the new requirement to have health care coverage that meets the minimum standard". If I already have TRICARE for life, why would i need it? Looking at the date they want, I can only come to one conclusion: TRICARE WILL BE DISMANTLED. There is no other reason. If you look at the intake form, it also asks for intrusive data (real property, bank accounts, property, etc.) And the...
  • Suit seeks removal of Bladensburg cross

    03/13/2014 8:01:15 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/01/2014 | Michael E. Ruane
    The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit last week in federal court in Maryland calling for the removal of Bladensburg’s 40-foot Memorial Peace Cross, which honors men from Prince George’s County who died during World War I. The association and three individual plaintiffs contend that the cross, which is on state property, violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. The cross was dedicated in 1925. ...One of the individual plaintiffs, Steven Lowe of Washington, contends that the cross "associates a Christian religious symbol with the state and gives the impression that the state supports and approves of...

    03/11/2014 1:51:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    WILLIAM FRANCIS REICHERT is honored on Panel 5W, Row 66 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Mark Stolz Served in his comand 2908 Vinny Dr. Prescott AZ 86301 I was there on 27 Jan. 1971 and saw it happen. I want to share my story, of that eventful day, after 38 years. I was the driver of the lead half track 31D. One man was holding up the whole unit from going to the field that day, all because he refused to get a hair cut. With the engine running, drowning out any sound and my head resting on...
  • Park Service Knew World War II Veterans Would Be Locked Out

    03/10/2014 6:12:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    The Department of the Interior knew beforehand that two groups of aging veterans would be visiting the World War II Memorial as the partial government shutdown began on Oct. 1 but decided to barricade the site anyway, according to e-mails obtained by National Review Online. The newly released public records also show National Park Service employees busily monitoring the news for any bad publicity and making shutdown exceptions for their co-workers. On Sept. 30, staff from the offices of Senator Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) and Representative Steven Palazzo (R., Miss.) contacted the Department of the Interior’s Office of Congressional Affairs,...
  • Bill 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, of 'Band of Brothers' fame, dies at 90

    03/09/2014 5:35:47 PM PDT · by virgil
    FNC ^ | March 9, 2014 | Karl de Vries and The Associated Press
    William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90.
  • Boston St. Pat’s Parade rescinds invite to gay group, says application was a ‘ploy’

    03/06/2014 5:09:06 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 6, 2014 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Immaculate Heart of Mary's iconic float in Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade Co-authored with Patrick Craine BOSTON, March 6, 2014 ( – The organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade have rescinded their controversial invitation to a homosexual advocacy group, saying they believe the group’s application was a “ploy” made under “false pretenses.” The news comes days after a Catholic school said it would withdraw its iconic float and school band from the March 16 celebration because of the decision. "In the footsteps of St. Patrick, [Immaculate Heart of Mary School] does not condone and will not appear to condone...
  • Police Officer to Disabled Veteran Denied Service: “You’re Not Blind, You Don’t Need a Dog”

    02/27/2014 7:20:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Police officer to disabled veteran denied service: “You’re not blind, you don’t need a dog” Aryeh Ohayon served in the armed forces for 23 years as a member of both the Army and Navy. Like many other military men and women, Ohayon’s experience hasled him to having depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And that’s why his service dog, Bandit, is important. As he told KHOU 11 News, “He’s the alert if I start to if I have a panic attack or start to go back into a flashback mode…He’s my ground. And my family.” However, Ohayon claims that a...
  • Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests

    02/24/2014 11:30:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller. Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests. “The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater...
  • Military Service Initiative

    02/23/2014 12:03:02 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    Bush Center Org ^ | Feb . 23 , 2014 | George W. Bush
    "Laura and I want to remind our troops and veterans that we admire and respect them a lot...[it] is a great way to remind all our fellow citizens of the unbelievable courage, skill, and sacrifice of those who wear the uniform of the United States." - President George W. Bush
  • Dangerous Old Men

    02/18/2014 10:22:54 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2013 | Ebben Raves
    Everybody knows a Walt Kowalski.  He is the grizzled Korean War veteran Clint Eastwood played in the movie Gran Torino.  A man who spends his days sitting on the porch, keeping his house and yard immaculate, satisfied to drink his cheap beer while watching his neighborhood and country go to hell around him.  He is an anachronism, a dinosaur -- part of the old America where you worked hard, took pride in your work and where you lived, and fought for your country and what it stood for when called upon.  Armed with his M1 Garand rifle and 1911 .45...
  • ‘Knock That White Boy Out’: Arrests Made After Mob Of Teens Attack Disabled Vet

    02/14/2014 7:42:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    WKRK-FM ^ | February 14, 2014
    CLEVELAND, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) - Cleveland authorities have made several arrests following the mob beating of a disabled Army veteran by a group of teenagers. Last Friday, the victim, Matthew Robinson, was surrounded by between six and eight teenagers while riding the RTA Healthline. Robinson told WOIO that he was attacked by the teens, then robbed of his possessions. During the attack, the teens made several derogatory remarks about Robinson. “What they were saying was, ‘Knock that boy out!’ ‘White boy.’ ‘Cracker,’” he was quoted as saying about the incident. “They were saying, ‘Knock that white boy out.’” This week,...
  • DOD Identifies Army Casualties (2 Soldiers)

    02/14/2014 3:19:13 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Department of Defense ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | N/A
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Feb. 12, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small arms fire. Killed were: Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, of Portland, Ore., and Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla. Pelham and Skelt were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Paul Ryan’s military pay gambit backfires

    02/12/2014 3:14:56 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 12 Feb 14 | Juana Summers
    Under December’s budget deal, working-age military retirees — some of whom retire with pensions in their 40s after 20 years of service — would see those pensions grow at a slower pace. Their annual cost-of-living adjustments would be pegged to the rate of inflation minus 1 percentage point. But once they turned 62, they’d go back to receiving cost-of-living adjustments pegged to the full rate of inflation. The provision wouldn’t kick in until late next year, a delay Ryan says was designed to allow the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to consider alternative proposals for reining in the military’s...
  • House votes to restore military pensions

    02/11/2014 3:43:43 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 11 Feb 14 | Jennifer Liberto and Deirdre Walsh
    <p>The House on Tuesday passed a bill to restore pension increases for some 750,000 military retirees.</p> <p>The House voted 326 to 90 to undo cuts to cost-of-living hikes for military pensions for all current retirees and anyone who enlisted before Jan. 1. The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday.</p>
  • Boehner proposes linking debt-limit hike to a restoration of recent cuts to military benefits

    02/06/2014 10:24:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2014 | Robert Costa
    House Speaker John A. Boehner scrambled to sell a new debt-ceiling solution to his Republican colleagues on Wednesday, encouraging them to demand a restoration of recently cut military benefits in exchange for a one-year extension of the federal government’s borrowing authority. Though Boehner (R-Ohio) did not formally endorse the idea as his own, he did ask his lieutenants to test it among rank-and-file ­Republicans.
  • Veterans dying because of health care delays

    01/31/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by Innovative · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Scott Bronstein, Nelli Black, and Drew Griffin
    U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals. At least 19 veterans have died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies or endoscopies, at various VA hospitals or clinics, CNN has learned. The new document obtained by CNN shows a worse problem than has previously been made public by the VA. As CNN has previously reported, as many as 7,000 veterans were on a backlog list -- waiting too long for colonscopies or endoscopies -- at VA facilities in Columbia, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.
  • Wounded Warriors Project “legal scam” kills off grassroots, all-volunteer...

    01/30/2014 9:33:39 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 1/29/2014 | unknown
    The Wounded Warriors Project, a group that has been called a “legal scam” by veterans, has successfully killed off the all-volunteer Indiana veterans assistance group “Help Indiana Veterans”. Why? Because Dean Graham, the head of Help Indiana Veterans, wrote that Wounded Warriors was a scam because that so-called charitable organization spends but a few pennies on the dollar in grants to fund endeavors to actually benefit wounded servicemen and women, per their IRS Form 990 from 2011.

    01/29/2014 1:46:48 PM PST · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | JOHN NOLTE
    There must be something in the water at NBC News. From out of left-field Wednesday, NBC's senior political director Mark Murray compared the story of wounded war hero Cory Remsburg to Barack Obama's own story. Twelve hours earlier, MSNBC's newest anchor, Ronan Farrow, used Remsburg's wounds to make what is apparently a joke about Congress: After the highly-publicized and embarrassing staff problems NBC and MSNBC recently faced with Melissa Harris-Perry, Alec Baldwin, and Martin Bashir, whoever is in charge over there might want to fire off a memo explaining to its on-air talent just how inappropriate it is to use...
  • US Congress revisits military pension cuts amid outcry from veterans' groups

    01/28/2014 3:10:56 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    The Guardian and AP ^ | 28 Jan 14 | Staff
    Congress is revisiting its decision to cut annual cost-of-living adjustments (Cola) to pensions for most working-age military retirees after talk of the cuts drew outrage from veterans' groups and others. The budget agreement approved this month reduced those adjustments by 1% annually once a service member retires until that retiree reaches 62. Lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee, back from a week-long break in their home states, said they were interested in repealing the Cola change scheduled to take effect on 1 December 2015. But Pentagon officials asked them to hold off on making any more changes until a...
  • Vets push Congress for fix to pension cut

    01/28/2014 4:45:33 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 27 Jan 14 | Jeremy Herb and Kristina Wong
    Veterans groups are growing increasingly frustrated that Congress has not made any headway toward reversing a $6 billion cut to military pensions. The groups are determined to reverse the cut because they fear it is a first step toward larger cuts in military compensation and benefits. More than a dozen bills have been introduced in both chambers to repeal the cut, which reduces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by 1 percentage point below inflation for retirees younger than 62. The change would take effect in December 2015. While more than a third of lawmakers have backed one or more of...
  • 10 Reasons Why Camille Paglia is the Champion of the Feminist Right

    01/24/2014 12:36:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | January 23, 2014 | Susan L. M. Goldberg
    She is an unabashed liberal. In a culture increasingly governed by Marxist Nomenklatura masking itself as “liberal”, conservatives should be bold enough to reclaim that much maligned political descriptor as one of our own. We are, after all, the ideological descendants of classical liberals, making the outspoken once Liberal Democrat, now Libertarian Camille Paglia the perfect match for contemporary politically conservative feminists. Can’t possibly imagine the lady who, even when she smiles, gives you a look that says, “I know you’re full of s**t,” could possibly fit in the ranks of the right wing? Here are 10 reasons why you...
  • Resued Dogs Help Troubled Florida Veterans Cope

    01/19/2014 3:07:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 | R. Norman Moody and Florida Today
    The training offered by Paws for Veterans, a Cocoa-based organization that adopts, trains and matches dogs with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries or other health issues.Ziggy, a black Labrador-border collie mix, stayed close to James Carpenter as if they were longtime partners. The two had met only three days earlier but already had bonded through the training offered by Paws for Veterans, a Cocoa-based organization that adopts, trains and matches dogs with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries or other health issues. "I'm on six psychiatric medications, and I'm hoping he could help me get...
  • The Military Experience of Anti-Veteran Republicans Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Eric Cantor

    01/17/2014 6:48:35 AM PST · by xzins · 37 replies
    Vanity | 17 Jan 14 | Xzins
    Paul Ryan: _________________ John Boehner: 8 weeks - Graduating from Moeller in 1968, when U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was at its peak, Boehner enlisted in the United States Navy but was honorably discharged after eight weeks because of a bad back Eric Cantor: _____________ None, 8 weeks, and None
  • Veteran Group Leader: Paul Ryan Budget Deal a ‘Total Betrayal’

    01/17/2014 5:29:08 AM PST · by xzins · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly ...that the budget deal of House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan ... is a “total betrayal” to American military members. On Wednesday evening, the House voted to pass the second part of the budget deal— Rieckhoff said the deal is a “whole new level of bipartisan stupidity,” because it cuts the pension benefits of more than 90 percent of military veterans. “It’s a promise that’s been made with our military folks when they raised their right hand and they sign up,” Rieckhoff said of the...
  • The Dedication of the McLean House

    01/16/2014 2:57:22 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 1 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 01/14/2014 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    On November 25, 1947 bids for the reconstruction of the McLean House were opened and on April 9th 1949, eighty four years after the historic meeting reuniting the country, the McLean House was opened by the National Park Service for the first time to the public. At the dedication ceremony on April 16, 1950, after a speech by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Douglas Southall Freeman, Major General U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee IV, direct descendents of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses Grant, cut the ceremonial ribbon. The event was attended by an audience of approximately 20,000 . . .
  • BETRAYAL: Senate Spending ‘Deal’ Stiffs Wounded Veterans, Rewards Illegal Aliens

    01/15/2014 12:01:43 PM PST · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-15-2013 | TRN
    The budget "deal" is a raw deal for our wounded veterans, thanks to Sen. Harry Reid & Co. But illegal invaders claiming fraudulent tax credits have nothing to worry about.- America's bravest were betrayed yet again today, while illegal aliens got to keep their ill-gotten loot. Just another day in Harry Reid's circus of shame. Millions of men and women who put their lives on the line for this country are going to see reductions in their pensions, while illegal aliens still have access to a tax credit loophole, in the Budget "fix" announced by the Senate today. That's right,...
  • Veterans Used as Pawns in Omnibus Bill

    01/15/2014 7:54:58 AM PST · by xzins · 6 replies
    Redstate ^ | January 15th, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Today, the House will vote on the omnibus bill to fund all of the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  There are obviously numerous problems with the bill, from funding Obamacare and Dodd-Frank to a laundry list of increases in spending and backdoor earmarks.  The Heritage Foundation has a good roundup of these items.Additionally, the entire approach of this bill is offensive and an anathema to the sort of governance promised by House Republicans in 2010.  They pledged to review each issue separately and post legislation at least three days before holding a vote.  Well, this $1.1...
  • Spending deal leaves 90 percent of veteran pension cuts in place

    01/14/2014 12:57:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/14/14 | Alex Pappas
    Advocates for military retirees have been pressuring lawmakers to stop the planned cuts to veterans’ pensions from going into effect this year. But a new spending deal announced in Congress this week would leave 90 percent of those cuts in place, according to one Republican lawmaker. “I was pleased that the House-Senate package includes a provision restoring the pensions for disabled veterans, after we called attention the fact that wounded warriors would be impacted by the budget deal,” Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee said Tuesday.
  • [Personal] Young Marine Widower needs our support...

    01/14/2014 4:04:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    Warrior Point on Facebook ^ | Jan 14, 2014 | Warrior Point
    "It is with a heavy heart that I come to you all asking for assistance. The Warfighter community received a message yesterday that could not go unnoticed. A young spouse of one of our Brothers passed away at the young age of 24. They have transported her back to Maryland for her viewing and funeral. They do not have any close family and there will be little to no emotional support for the Soldier in his darkest hour. I ask that if you are in the Lansdowne Maryland area or know anyone around there please go show your support and...
  • Rare Film From 1932 U.S.Military attacks demonstrating American War Veterans

    01/11/2014 5:21:46 PM PST · by chicagolady · 178 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | Youtube
    History I never knew - SHOCKING Rare Film From 1932 .... they wouldn't do that to the citizens of the United States would they???? Can It Happen Again?
  • How Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Steals From His Soldiers

    01/11/2014 6:03:49 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Military Watchdog ^ | 2 Jan 14 | Military Watchdog
    How Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Steals from His Soldiers That is a tough charge, not made lightly. The Secretary of Defense is stealing earned but deferred income from his soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. It is especially troubling because Hagel is a former Vietnam combat soldier and noncommissioned officer. He served in the infantry with valor and gallantry. He just stole $6 billion from his retiring or retired soldiers. No need to detail here the massive debt the nation has created and much of that from fighting mostly unfunded wars. No need to repeat the abundant and perpetual...
  • VA To Look At Closing Hot Springs Facility

    01/08/2014 10:46:17 PM PST · by DakotaGator · 4 replies
    KNBN NewsCenter1 ^ | 01/08/2014 | Kirsten Swanson
    The Department of Veteran Affairs announced Tuesday night that the VA Black Hills Health Care System will initiate an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to look at proposed reconfiguration of services at the Hot Springs VA Facility. Secretary Eric Shinseki met with South Dakota representatives Tuesday to announce that the VA would move forward with plans that could potentially close the Hot Springs VA.
  • Levin won't back Ayotte bill to repeal military pension cuts (Illegals win, Veterans lose)

    01/07/2014 5:01:43 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7 Jan 14 | Jeremy Herb
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Tuesday that he cannot support Sen. Kelly Ayotte's (R-N.H.) bill to repeal $6 billion in cuts to military pensions because of the way it offsets the costs. Levin initially told reporters Tuesday that he would back Ayotte's bill, providing a big boost to the effort to reverse the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) reduction included in the last month’s budget deal. But a Levin aide said that the Armed Services chairman endorsed Ayotte's bill before realizing that it restored the cuts by preventing illegal immigrants from claiming a child tax credit....
  • Dog helps Purple Heart war veteran ‘feel human again’

    01/06/2014 11:24:46 PM PST · by Innovative · 9 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Jan 7, 2014 | BRANDON SHULLEETA
    Purple Heart recipient from Mechanicsville feels ‘like a human again’ with help of service animal Gunner was provided to Pearce by the nonprofit Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind through its America’s VetDogs project, which became a separate nonprofit organization in 2006.
  • An Unholy Alliance Is Forcing Veterans To Pay For 12 Years Of War

    01/06/2014 4:32:25 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 123 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3 Jan 14 | Tony Carr, John Q. Public
    Led by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray but abetted by Barack Obama, Congress recently gambled with our nation’s future for an extremely modest short-term gain. In doing so, it was given aid and comfort by knowledge-starved pundits, axe-grinding editorial boards, and self-anointed armchair analysts everywhere, as it left the military and veteran community standing with their jaws on the ground in despairing disbelief. Exploiting pressure to strike a budget compromise, Ryan and Murray entered into an unholy alliance to reduce veteran pensions – including those already vested under previous covenants – by an average of $84,000 to $120,000. They obscured...
  • Is Paul Ryan Trying To Get a Section 8 Discharge From Politics?

    01/05/2014 2:24:16 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1-5-14 | Mike Henkins
    The award winning sitcom M*A*S*H of the ‘70s and early ‘80s was based on a surgical unit in Korea during the Korean War. One of the characters was Corporal Klinger, a soldier who dressed in woman’s clothing hoping to convince the Army he was insane and therefore would qualify for discharge per Section 8 of United States Army Regulations. I mention this because it is the only explanation that fits Paul Ryan’s agreement to cut military veteran benefits or, at least, the only acceptable explanation for veterans and the Republican Party base. In December of 2013, Paul Ryan (R.,WI) and...
  • Obama Announces Executive Orders to Limit Gun Ownership – US Veterans Hardest Hit

    01/04/2014 3:50:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 4, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The White House inched forward Friday with two new executive actions aimed at boosting the federal background-check system. The new laws will make it more difficult for “anyone who may pose a danger to themselves or others” to purchase a gun. NewsMax reported: Under the measures announced by the White House, the Justice Department will propose changes to the federal background check system to clarify who under U.S. law is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of mental health problems. The Department of Health and Human Services also will propose a regulation aimed at making it easier for states to...