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  • As The GOP Sat On Their Hands, Obama Got 50% Of Homeless Vets Off The Streets

    11/27/2015 10:15:08 AM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    bipartisanreport.com ^ | november 24, 2015 | sarah
    There's a lot of talk about what should be done to help our Veterans who have so selflessly given themselves to the service of the United States. Republicans will talk a good game and make-believe they are the ones who actually care about Vets, but in reality, they have voted against Veteran benefits more times than anyone would ever care to count. It wasn't until the Democrats passed the Post-9/11 GI Bill that we, as a nation, actually started to again look like we care about those who put everything on the line for our nation. Then, in 2010, President...
  • The Veteran's Perspective - Valor cannot be Stolen

    11/26/2015 11:44:24 AM PST · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 25, 2015 | Elmer Ellsworth
    We have been asked to provide the Veteran’s Perspective on the topic of “stolen valor” … well, it is a diversion from the issue of Radical Islamic Terrorism and frankly a good way to help us all head into the Thanksgiving holiday on the proper note. Here goes … Must Be a Sad Illness – To those of us who have served in combat and must deal with the “blessings” and the “burdens” that come with that service it is completely inconceivable that somebody would want to lie about having been to combat. We know firsthand that in reality there...
  • VA doesn't have 'legal authority' to require executives to return $400K they [scammed]

    11/25/2015 6:51:37 AM PST · by pabianice · 36 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 11/24/15 | Cahn
    WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs will not try to recoup more than $400,000 from two senior VA executives who manipulated the hiring system to get their jobs of choice and received hundreds of thousands in extra money to relocate. The agency has remained silent on questions about its decision to demote and transfer but not fire executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, and whether it would collect repayment of those relocation benefits. The original statement from the VA announcing the decision said the women had the right to appeal their reassignments. But Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who chairs...
  • Group patrols AZ border for terrorists

    11/23/2015 7:37:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    KVOA.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Domenica Fuller
    SASABE, AZ - A group of veterans and concerned citizens, who've been patrolling the border for five years, are now turning their focus on what they believe are new threats to America.
  • I Am a Terrorist

    11/22/2015 7:58:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/15 | Jim Yardley
    Of course the greatest terrorist fear that they have from all of us is that we just might vote Republican I realized this morning, in the middle of my first cup of coffee, that I should be classified as a terrorist! I mean who knew? Thinking back, Janet Napolitano accused veterans of being potential terrorists. I’m a veteran who spent two fun-filled years in Viet Nam, so the worthy Ms. Napolitano has declared me to be a terrorist. Are you a member of the Tea Party (or even fellow traveler of those good folks)? When the answer is a resounding...
  • VA Bans Christmas Trees as Holiday Decorations in Public Areas

    11/20/2015 12:58:29 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 60 replies
    wspa.com ^ | November 20, 2015
    SALEM (WSLS 10) – Christmas trees will not be allowed at the Salem VA Medical Center this holiday season in public areas. “Displays must not promote any religion. Please note that trees (regardless of the types of ornaments used) have been deemed to promote the Christian religion and will not be permitted in any public areas this year,” reads an email sent to employees. “Employees are permitted to engage in private religious expression in their personal work areas that are not regularly open to the public. Religious expression will be permitted as long as it does not interfere with carrying...
  • US Senate Passes Bill Approving Mandatory Vaccinations For Veterans

    11/16/2015 12:38:49 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    conservativeread ^ | Nov 15 2015 | Janet Phelan
    snip....A Bill has just passed the US Senate, mandating that the US Department of Veteran Affairs ensure that all veterans receive immunizations (vaccines) per a draconian schedule. At this juncture, active military must receive over a dozen vaccines. This piece of legislation is therefore an effort to extend the vaccine mandate to those who have previously served their country. Sec. 101 of Senate Bill 1203, named the 21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, states that the Department of Veterans Affairs will be tasked with the mandate to “ensure that veterans receiving medical services under chapter 17 of title 38, United...
  • VIDEO: Pat Sajak STUNNED By Woman’s Letter Choices… But Why She Did It Will Drop Your Jaw

    11/15/2015 10:27:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    conservativetribune.com ^ | november 14, 2015
    Military veteran Nura stumped host Pat Sajak and the rest of the America on Tuesday's run of "Wheel of Fortune" when she made some unheard of letter guesses during the lightning round of the popular game show. Playing alongside fellow veterans Steve and Troy, Nura shocked the audience when she first guessed "Z," "X," and then let a couple turns pass her by when it appeared she could not formulate a guess. -snip After her second guess of "X," the puzzle title of "What Are You Doing?" seemed fitting as she continued to confound those watching. The round ended before...
  • VIDEO: Donald Trump Massive Rally in Beaumont, TX

    11/14/2015 1:24:20 PM PST · by JoeSeales · 68 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 11-14-15 | Donald Trump
    November 14, 2015: GOP Presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump spoke to thousands at a rally in Beaumont, TX at the Ford Park Arena. Trump spent the majority of the time talking about immigration...
  • The Veteran's Perspective - What does it mean to fight for something?

    11/13/2015 2:30:56 PM PST · by pboyington · 4 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 13, 2015 | Elmer Ellsworth
    Today, I would like to share an experience that is common amongst Veterans … that uncomfortable feeling we get when we see young – military aged – adults talk about changing the world and fighting the injustices they are experiencing on college campuses or on “main street” USA. We Have Seen the “Real World” – As Veterans, upon hearing this our minds flash first to young Americans who stood up and took an oath that had to be backed up with real action that placed their young lives in real danger. We can’t force out the images of places we...
  • Ted Cruz calls for privatized treatment option for veterans

    11/12/2015 9:34:29 PM PST · by Isara · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2015 | Anthony Mastracci
    <p>He made his comments Wednesday, following a September report by the VA’s Office of Inspector General that calculated more than 300,000 veterans died while waiting for treatment. Speaking to about 175 people at a VFW post, Cruz said that he believes every veteran should have a choice of where to seek medical treatment.</p>
  • Video: VA officials punished in 2014 for systemic fraud by … getting $142 million in bonuses

    11/12/2015 5:43:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced in May 2014 that bonuses would be canceled in light of the systemic fraud involving wait lists at numerous VA facilities? What Shinseki failed to mention was that the cancellation only impacted a small number of VA officials. USA Today reports that the Veterans Administration paid out more than $142 million in bonuses for 2014, despite the fact that veterans are waiting longer than ever for care: The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014 even as scandals over...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 5:46:30 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    Self | November 11, 2015 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • First VA transgender clinic opens in Cleveland

    11/11/2015 4:11:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    WKYC-TV ^ | November 11, 2015
    CLEVELAND (WKYC) – The Cleveland VA Medical Center will open the first VA clinic specifically dedicated to the healthcare needs of transgender veterans. It will provide transgender veterans with primary care, hormonal therapy, mental health care and social work services. All of the providers in the clinic have a special interest in transgender care and will create an environment that celebrates and welcomes these veterans. Transgender patients are an important, but frequently overlooked, VA says in a news release. The Cleveland VA currently treats about 20 transgender veterans. Each year more than 200 patients are newly diagnosed with gender dysphoria...
  • VA gave 156,000 employees $142 million in bonuses in 2014

    11/11/2015 3:54:35 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 11, 2015 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Department of Veterans Affairs VA shelled out more than $142 million in performance bonuses in 2014, the same year that the VA's healthcare scandal exploded and revealed the VA was systematically denying veterans access to health care. The average individual payout was over $900 for the thousands of employees. A total of 156,000 VA workers qualified for bonuses as a result of being rated them "fully successful" or higher at carrying out their responsibilities last year, including officials at delay-prone hospitals. But those ratings were later found to be inflated, as the vast majority of workers were getting rated...
  • Veterans taking tour thrilled as beloved commander in chief pops in for surprise visit

    11/11/2015 3:07:57 PM PST · by Yankee-Maine · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/11/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Psyche. It looks like the Oval Office! But of course, it’s the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. This is where a group of veterans were getting a tour on Veterans Day this morning when, much to their surprise, President Bush 43 himself popped and personally greeted the surprised and very pleased group. I really don’t need to say a lot about this, but I just want to remind you: For all the prattling from the left and their media mouthpieces about how Bush cavalierly put our fighting men and women in harm’s way, the truth is that the...
  • If You Start Seeing Green Lights Pop Up in Your Neighborhood, Here’s What They Mean

    11/11/2015 3:06:09 PM PST · by BridgeOutAhead · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/10/2015 | Liz Klimas
    98 cents, right by the check out lanes
  • PBS Documentary: Former Foe Pays Amazing Tribute to American Veterans

    11/11/2015 2:28:45 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 11, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Today is Veterans Day and ironically one of the greatest tributes paid to American veterans was made by a former deadly foe. A PBS documentary, Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades,broadcast yesterday and available online, featured the 70th reunion on Iwo Jima ofveterans of that bloody battle. Among the veterans was Tsuruji Akikusa, a former radioman in the Imperial Japanese Navy who was badly wounded. As one of the very few Japanese survivors of Iwo Jima and one of the last who is still alive, he is quite a rarity. However, what makes him really special is the incredible tribute...
  • Veteran's Day Tribute from Trump campaign via email

    11/11/2015 12:12:19 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 41 replies
    via email | 11/11/15 | Donald J. Trump
    Dear [redacted], November is a great month for Americans. In New York City, we get to look out on Central Park and see the leaves change as we move from the beauty of Fall to a magnificent city cloaked in the chill and briskness of Winter. What we Americans often gloss over is that November is a time for celebrating the very reason we enjoy the freedom, opportunity and prosperity found nowhere else in the world. The reason we are able to live like we do is due to the courage, dedication and sacrifice of those who serve in the...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 10:31:41 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 11 replies
    Self | November 1, 2015 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • Thank our veterans today and every day. They’re the ones who secure our freedoms

    11/11/2015 9:50:22 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/11/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We’ve seen the bumper stickers saying “If you are reading this thank a teacher”; but the better one says, “If you are reading this thank a teacher; but if you are reading this in English thank a veteran.” The wisdom in this simple statement is profound. As a young Marine recruit I often heard, “Private if it wasn’t for the Marine Corps you’d be speaking Japanese.” Yet the accomplishments of the Marine Corps are just a portion of the rich heritage of the United States Military. It’s always been brave veterans with guns, not liberals with white flags that have...
  • Veterans Day roundup: Explosives expert lost arms, spirit remains intact

    11/11/2015 7:54:47 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    cj online ^ | 4 Nov 15 | Rick Dean
    The IED explosion in Iraq took her arms. The cancer took another toll. Neither laid a glove on her indomitable spirit. But Dague did not let her horrific injuries – or the cancer she would fight soon after – control her life. She gave herself the nickname “Supernubs” and set out on a mission to “do whatever I can to raise awareness for the military suicide epidemic, and help people work through rough situations.”
  • Chik-fil-A for lunch today. It's free for veterans and active duty military - Vanity

    11/11/2015 6:55:02 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 17 replies
    Me | 11/11/15 | GeorgiaDawg32
    In case you didn't know, Chik-fil-A is offering free food to veterans and active duty military today. I'm going to grab a copy of my DD-214 and head out later this morning. This is just an FYI. Also, this thread: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3358781/posts
  • One in 10 death row inmates are military veterans, report says

    11/10/2015 6:50:43 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2015 | Mark Berman
    One-tenth of those who currently on death row in the United States are military veterans, including some with post-traumatic stress disorder that was not factored into their sentences, according to a new report released on the eve of Veterans Day. [Snip] While it is not known exactly how many veterans have been sentenced to death, the report released Tuesday by the Death Penalty Information Center says that about 300 of the country's more than 3,000 death-row inmates have served in the military. It goes on to argue that a person's military service should be factored into a possible sentence, particularly...
  • Project Greenlight II – Supporting Veteran Employment

    11/10/2015 12:45:08 AM PST · by pboyington · 3 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 10, 2015 | Elmer Ellsworth
    We received considerable feedback on our article last week about Walmart’s Project Greenlight. To be clear, nobody is suggesting that Walmart should be boycotted, we do not believe Veterans should be “offended” by people putting up green lights and we are not questioning the fact that Walmart does give a considerable amount of money for Veteran issues. However, unfortunately, the problem of Veteran Unemployment will not be resolved by re-branding the yellow ribbon campaign or by coining a new phrase such as “greenlighting.” So, today’s article we will dive a little deeper into the issues affecting Veteran Employment. The Reality...

    11/08/2015 3:31:34 PM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 47 replies
    The Military Wallet ^ | November 8th, 2015 | PilgrimsProgress
    The meals are for Monday and Tuesday, with the most being on Wednesday (of course) My itinerary for Wednesday: 7:00 IHOP for a pancake breakfast 8:00 Tim Horton's for a donut and coffee 10:00 Tubbys for a sammich 1:00 Famous Dave's for a 1 meat dinner . . . RIBS!!!! 3:00 Starbucks for a coffee 6:00 On the Border for a 2 or 3 create your own combo . . . and then home to recuperate.
  • The solitary world of a vet

    11/08/2015 1:10:23 AM PST · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 8, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    As Veterans’ Day approaches, it is important for those who have never served to take a moment to understand the solitary world of a vet. Millions of vets are and have been successful in all endeavors and professions. They are doctors, lawyers, business people and a thousand other professions. Not all have PTSD; not all are the troubled, brooding, street corner homeless guy, although they exist and need help desperately. No matter how successful a vet might be materially, more often than not, vets are often alone, mentally and spiritually each day and for the rest of their lives. Vets’...
  • Trump pounces on Carson’s West Point ‘lie’

    11/06/2015 12:05:44 PM PST · by familyop · 117 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2015 | Elise Viebeck
    No surprise here: Donald Trump was the first to react to news Friday that Ben Carson was never offered admission at West Point, despite his past claims that he was offered a scholarship to the military academy. "WOW, one of the many lies by Ben Carson! Big story," Trump tweeted, the latest in a string of attacks on Carson by the business mogul.
  • Battle joined: Army panel backs WWII vet’s posthumous bid for Medal of Honor

    11/04/2015 2:35:30 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 4, 2015 | Greg Wilson
    The true story of Garlin Murl Conner’s heroism in the face of a Nazi onslaught might have gone to the grave with the soft-spoken Kentucky farmer if not for a chance phone call from another military man trying to piece together the last days of his uncle’s life. ***snip*** The bravery of Conner, who died in 1998 at the age of 79, is well-documented. The first lieutenant, who was wounded seven times, earned an incredible four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his World War II heroism. But it was what he...
  • CAIR will have a float in the Tulsa Veterans Day parade

    11/04/2015 1:35:04 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 55 replies
    krmg.com ^ | Nov 2 2015 | Russell Mills
    TULSA — The Veterans Day parade in Tulsa is one of the largest in the country each year, but this year one float in particular is getting a lot of attention. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, applied for and was granted a spot in the 2015 parade. That doesn't sit well with some people, including Tulsan Larry Williamson. "The organization is anti-American," Williamson tells KRMG. "It's part of the Muslim Brotherhood, at least it's a member of the Muslim Brotherhood Palestine Committee. This is not according to me, it's according to the FBI." He said he doesn't object...
  • High school students volunteer as pallbearers for homeless veterans

    11/01/2015 7:31:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    fox6now.com ^ | october 31, 2015
    Some Michigan high school students are redefining the term "extracurricular activity." In addition to club meetings, band practices and football games, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy teens are also signing up to serve as pallbearers for homeless veterans. Six students recently volunteered to be pallbearers for three dead homeless veterans. Senior Joshua Gonzales is one of the student leaders who helped develop the program. He said this new opportunity for students is "meant to help dignify and respect the human being." The students' initial plan was to carry the caskets for homeless individuals, said the Rev. Karl...
  • Donald Trump vows to take on ‘corrupt’ Veterans Affairs

    10/31/2015 3:57:50 PM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2015 | Christopher Snyder
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a new pitch Saturday to veterans, promising them that he'll take on the "corrupt" and incompetent" Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump told a crowd of supporters in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., that the department is mismanaged and "not efficient." "We're going to replace them with more effective ones to get our veterans working, which is what they want to do," Trump said. "We're going to transform the VA to meet the needs of the current veterans. Exposing and addressing the VA's inefficiencies and shortcomings will be rewarded, not punished. We're...

    10/31/2015 11:48:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 193 replies
    Trump Campaign Website ^ | October 31, 2016 | Domald J. Trump
    October 31, 2015Veterans Administration Reforms That Will Make America Great Again The Goals Of Donald J. Trump's Veterans Plan The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it. This situation can never happen again, and when Donald J. Trump is president, it will be fixed – fast. The guiding principle of the Trump plan is ensuring veterans have convenient access to the best quality care. To further this principle, the Trump plan...
  • Trump lays out plan to reform Veterans Affairs

    10/31/2015 11:32:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 31,2015 | David McCabe
    Trump promised that in his administration, veterans would receive better healthcare more quickly. "The plan will ensure our veterans get the care they need, wherever and whenever they need it," he said. Trump said that he would institute policies that would see Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities competing with non-VA hospitals. He said that under his plan, any veteran could go to a doctor that accepts Medicare and receive care. In a winding indictment of the VA system, he targeted Veterans Health Administration hospitals that came under fire in the last year for keeping long wait lists of veterans who needed...
  • VIDEO: This Vet Just Asked Trump 1 Question That Makes Him Instantly Walk Off the Stage

    10/28/2015 10:28:04 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 81 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 10/28/2015 | Jack Davis
    "Is the VA not doing the job?" For 21 years, a wounded veteran who served with the 101st Airborne fought for his nation. On Tuesday, in an emotionally charged face-to-face meeting, Donald Trump promised to take this veterans side in the ex-soldiers current battlefield: the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump was answering questions at a Sioux City, Iowa, campaign stop when a wounded veteran named Todd was given the opportunity to speak. These are our greatest people. The wounded warriors. These are the greatest. The best, Trump said before leaving his podium to greet the man and his family. With...
  • Please Pray for My Brother Bill and all our Homeless Especially Veterans

    10/28/2015 8:07:00 AM PDT · by infool7 · 57 replies
    self | 10/28/15 | self
    I need some Prayers for my brother who despite what meager efforts my wife and I have been able to muster for him has been unable to pick himself up and get back on his own two feet. He has been struggling with esophageal cancer and lost his position in the Navy then his apartment. We had moved his belongings into a public storage while he transitioned to another apartment that never materialized. He has not been able to make any payments and soon the contents will go up for auction and his birthday is Friday.
  • Vet Lives Matter Donald Trump Offers Personal Help To Wounded Warrior(s) in Audience

    10/28/2015 6:13:51 AM PDT · by Shery · 17 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 27 October, 2015 | Sundance
    At a rally in Sioux City, IA, GOP Presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump took a question from a Wounded Warrior named Todd, who explained his frustration with the VA. Mr. Trump then took down his information and offered to personally put pressure on the VA:
  • Viral Photo Captures the 'Aggie Spirit'

    10/27/2015 2:31:36 PM PDT · by TADSLOS · 21 replies
    KHOU ^ | 27 Oct, 2015 | Staff
    (KHOU) -- It was only a photo of the stands at a Texas A&M home football game. But the commandant of the Corps of Cadets took to social media to say that the story behind that photograph captured what the Aggie Spirit is all about. The photo shows the Corps of Cadets section at the Kyle Field when the Aggies hosted Mississippi State on Oct. 3. As the cadets stand to cheer for the team in the fourth quarter, one cadet stands quietly holding his 6-year-old son. Despite the noise, the boy is asleep his feet resting on the...
  • 29 buried with honor at veterans' cemetery

    10/26/2015 12:37:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    SIERRA VISTA The afternoon was bright and a slight wind made it feel like a usual autumn day. The flags of the five services Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard fluttered, their services insignias backlighted by the sun. On a table containers were placed holding the cremains of 21 soldiers, a Marine, two sailors, four airmen, a Coastie and the spouse of one the soldiers and five American flags, one for each branch of Americas armed forces, which would be symbolically be unfolded and then folded again during the hour-long service.
  • NO WHITE HOUSE INVITE FOR THIS KID: Even Though He Made A Life Changing Invention for Vets with PTSD

    10/23/2015 7:25:21 PM PDT · by 100American · 14 replies
    http://clashdaily.com ^ | Published on October 23, 2015 | http://clashdaily.com/
    http://clashdaily.com/2015/10/no-white-house-invite-for-this-kid-even-though-he-made-a-life-changing-invention-for-vets-with-ptsd/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:19815131&utm_campaign=Liberal%20Chick%20Asks%20Dumb%20Americans%20Who%20This%20%E2%80%98Ben%20Ghazi%E2%80%99%20Guy%20Is%20(WATCH) Ahmed Mohamed makes a clock that looks like a briefcase bomb and gets an invite to the White House. But Tyler Skluzacek? Obama probably wont ever know who he is. Senior Tyler Skluzacek said he was in sixth grade when his dad, Sgt. First Class Patrick Skluzacek, spent a year in Iraq. It had a huge impact. His dad returned with PTSD and night terrors. So Tylers team created an app they say helps prevent them.
  • ISIS Has A Message (ISIS Threatens Medal Of Honor Recipient-Then He Pulls Over His Truck)

    10/15/2015 7:52:41 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 44 replies
    Dakota Meyer's Video on Facebook via The Political Insider ^ | October 1, 2015 | Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer
    Dakota Meyer is a Medal of Honor receipent and an American hero. He went above and beyond the call of duty while serving our nation. So when the Islamic State (ISIS) released a warning to Meyer and threatened his life, Meyer responded in an EPIC way! Watch (below) as Meyer pulls over his truck and records this video message for ISIS. Hes ready for Islamic terrorist thugs and knows how to fight. Incredible! Thank you Dakota Meyer for your service.
  • Illinois Tollway Establishes Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    10/12/2015 7:49:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Downers Grove Patch ^ | September 24, 2015 | Morgan Searels and the Illinois Tollway
    Submitted by the Illinois Tollway. The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today announced it has created a new committee to guide the development of policies and programs that will continue to encourage and support the agencys inclusion efforts in contracting, procurement of goods and services and workforce diversity. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will work to expand and increase the effectiveness of current Tollway efforts to offer small and veteran-owned firms and disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned businesses opportunities to compete for agency contracts and encourage all firms the agency does business with to hire more diverse workforces. Establishing this new...
  • Jeb Bush: Early Intervention For Mental Illness Key To Ending Gun Violence [Incl. Crazed Veterans]

    10/12/2015 11:56:03 AM PDT · by familyop · 30 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, Ilan Ben-Meir
    "And people that live in isolation, they go on the internet, they live their lives there, they get deeply disturbed, and then they get worse, and they commit these atrocious acts there should be some intervention earlier." And people that live in isolation, they go on the internet, they live their lives there, they get deeply disturbed, and then they get worse, and they commit these atrocious acts there should be some intervention earlier. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the way to address mass shootings in the United States involves early intervention for people with mental health...
  • Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year (Or V.A., federal retirees, etc.)

    10/11/2015 3:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2015 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation's population. They can blame low gas prices. By law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure of inflation, which is being dragged down by lower prices at the pump. The government is scheduled to announce the COLA or lack of one on Thursday, when it releases the Consumer Price Index for September. Inflation has been...
  • "VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying" billboard displayed in Tomah

    10/04/2015 1:45:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WXOW-TV ^ | September 29, 2015 | Caroline Hecker, Multi-Media Journalist
    Drivers on I-94 passing by Tomah will now see a billboard that says "VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying," as part of a national campaign to bring awareness to alleged issues within the VA system. The group behind the billboards is called "VA is Lying," and multiple billboards, like the one in Tomah, have been displayed in places like Tampa and Minneapolis. Candace Baer-Delis lost her father at the Tomah VA in January and is a member of the group. Baer-Delis is from Marshfield and took part in the unveiling of the billboard on Monday. "It's a project that was...
  • Supreme Court to hear Iranian bank appeal over $1.75B judgment in terror case

    10/04/2015 4:35:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court said Thursday it hear an appeal from Iran's central bank over a $1.75 billion judgment awarded to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon. The justices agreed to review a ruling from the federal appeals court in New York that said the judgment against Bank Markazi could be distributed to several hundred victims and families of those killed or injured in attacks sponsored by the government of Iran. The bank had argued that seizing the assets would conflict with treaty agreements between the United States and Iran. The money is...
  • CNN Report: Veterans Tried to leave Classroom to Stop Shooter, Denied By Staff

    10/01/2015 5:23:30 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 115 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | October 1, 2015 | Nick Leghorn
    On CNN right now, one person is reporting that a number of military veterans were present at the community college at the time of the shooting earlier today. They report that the veterans wanted to leave the classroom to try and stop the shooter, but the staff at the college stopped them from leaving the classroom. An audio recording of the incident indicates that it took five minutes from the initial radio call for the police to engage the shooter.
  • Its Time to Get Rid of the VA

    09/25/2015 3:12:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg, Senior editor
    There is only one guaranteed way to get fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Falsifying records wont do it. Prescribing obsolete drugs wont do it. Cutting all manner of corners on health and safety is, at worst, going to get you a reprimand. No, the only sure-fire way to get canned at the VA is to report any of these matters to authorities who might do something about it. That, at least, is what the U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently reported to the president of the United States. The Special Counsels office is the agency to which government...
  • What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

    09/21/2015 3:19:28 PM PDT · by madison10 · 10 replies
    self | 9/21/2015 | maddie10
    Why are we in Afghanistan? Opening schools? Way to kill off our best and brightest? News certainly not on every night like it would be if there were a Republican president. What is the end game?
  • In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another

    09/21/2015 7:18:06 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 19, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS
    After the sixth suicide in his old battalion, Manny Bojorquez sank onto his bed. With a half-empty bottle of Jim Beam beside him and a pistol in his hand, he began to cry. He had gone to Afghanistan at 19 as a machine-gunner in the Marine Corps. In the 18 months since leaving the military, he had grown long hair and a bushy mustache. It was 2012. He was working part time in a store selling baseball caps and going to community college while living with his parents in the suburbs of Phoenix. He rarely mentioned the war to friends...