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  • Our Veterans Deserve Due Process

    03/18/2018 5:36:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 18, 2018 | Sen Mike Lee and Mark Geist
    The men and women of our armed forces put themselves at risk around the world every day so that we at home can enjoy the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. At a bare minimum we should honor their service by making sure they have the same rights we do when they return home. Unfortunately some in Congress are working to pass legislation that would undermine our veterans’ due process rights. The Fix NICS Act of 2017 has a laudable goal: to decrease gun violence by increasing state and federal agency participation in the National Instant Criminal Background Check...
  • Readers' Poll: The 10 Worst Songs of the 1980s

    03/16/2018 2:50:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 509 replies
    rolling stone ^ | 10/6/2011 | Andy Greene
    A few weeks ago we asked our readers to vote for their least favorite songs from the 1990s, so it was the obvious next move to dial it back 10 years and see what you guys hated in the 1980s. The results are sure to infuriate a lot of people. For the record, I personally disagree with most of these selections. In fact, I love a lot of these songs... 10. Rick Astley - 'Never Gonna Give You Up'... 9. Taco - 'Puttin' On The Ritz'... 8. Toni Basil - 'Mickey'... 7. Bobby McFerrin - 'Don't Worry Be Happy'... 6....
  • Neighbor finds veteran starving, lying in his own waste

    03/15/2018 4:36:40 PM PDT · by Mariner · 89 replies
    CNN via KCRA )Mecklenburg, VA) ^ | March 15th, 2018 | Unattributed
    MECKLENBURG COUNTY, Va. — A Mecklenburg County man said he was not prepared for what he saw the day he approached a neighbor's home. Chris Thomas called it a sad story that he just cannot get out of his head. In October, Thomas stumbled upon a Vietnam veteran who was living in squalor when he went to feed the veteran’s dogs that he initially encountered roaming the streets. Thomas said a worker at a nearby convenience store told him the dogs belonged to the veteran, who was thought to have been sick and in the hospital. Later that day, when...
  • 'Homer can help you': War veterans use ancient epics to cope

    03/14/2018 7:26:17 AM PDT · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Associated Press via Stars and Stripes ^ | Published: March 14, 2018 | By WILSON RING
    BURLINGTON, Vt. — The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding. A small group of military veterans has been meeting weekly in a classroom at the University of Vermont to discuss "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" for college credit — and to give meaning to their own experiences, equating the close-order discipline of men who fought with spears, swords and shields to that of men and women who do battle these days with laser-guided munitions. Homer isn't just for student veterans. Discussion groups...
  • Trump eyes Rick Perry to replace VA secretary

    03/13/2018 3:15:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | March 13, 2018 | Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak
    President Donald Trump has grown irritated with his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary, David Shulkin, and is now making plans to remove him from his post, two sources familiar with the move tell CNN. Trump has eyed Energy Secretary Rick Perry as a possible replacement, a person familiar with the matter said. Trump and Perry discussed the possible move during a lunch at the White House Monday.
  • Three Shot, Killed at Veterans Home Despite Stringent California Gun Controls

    03/12/2018 7:05:40 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 18 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 11 Mar 2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Three innocents were shot and killed at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, CA, on Friday despite California’s stringent gun controls. Breitbart News reported that the Veterans Home came under attack Friday morning and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the facility was placed on lockdown around 10:40 am local time. Reports throughout the day indicated three hostages were being held and law enforcement reached the hostages around 6 pm to find them deceased. The Press Democrat identified the three victims as “Pathway Home’s executive director, Christine Loeber, staff therapist Jen Golick and Jennifer Gonzales, a psychologist with the San...
  • Gunman, 3 hostages reported dead at California veterans home [Yountville]

    03/09/2018 12:22:13 PM PST · by MeganC · 89 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3/9/2018 | FOX News
    An armed man took three hostages during an "active shooter situation" at a California veterans home Friday afternoon, a fire official said. Earlier, it emerged the veterans home was on lockdown after reports of shots fired. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office said officers responded to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville around 10:45 a.m. local time and a shelter-in-place order was issued.
  • Malkin: Give VA Secretary David Shulkin the boot

    03/07/2018 6:17:35 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 7, 2018 | Michelle Malkin
    This Obama holdover needs to hear the famous words: “You’re fired!” Will the VA scandal never end? While the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary lives high on the hog and his lying chief of staff resigns in disgrace while escaping any punishment, legions of vets every day in this country are denied the medical care they earned. President Trump was supposed to drain the swamp. But at the historically fraud-ridden and profligate VA, the alligators continue feasting on the public dime. This latest witch hunt for dissenters comes in the wake of a scathing inspector general’s report last month on...
  • Court Ruling Could Banish Memorial Crosses from Arlington Cemetery

    03/05/2018 10:45:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Todd ^ | March 4, 2018 | Todd Starnes
    There is a very real possibility that war memorial crosses at Arlington National Cemetery could be in jeopardy, a federal judge warned in a chilling dissent to a court case involving the fate of a 90-year-old monument honoring soldiers in Bladensburg, Maryland. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to revisit an October decision that declared the 90-year-old "Peace Cross" was unconstitutional because it rests on public property. The monument is a memorial to the 49 men from Prince George's County, Maryland who died fighting for liberty in World War I. The memorial, paid for by the...
  • VA whistleblower: Veterans poisoned at Camp Lejeune need Trump's help getting care [op-ed]

    02/27/2018 7:16:29 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 27, 2018 | Scott Davis
    Several months ago, I contacted the White House to recommend that the Trump administration appoint a Czar for Veterans Affairs to resolve concerns relating to Military Toxic Exposure. Nearly 900,000 Marine Corps veterans were poisoned by contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Over the past year, I have been contacted by a number of these veterans who expressed concerns about delayed access to healthcare and disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as being denied tort claim benefits from the Department of Defense. Although VA leaders have expanded online communication relating to Camp Lejeune benefits,...
  • Court determines military burn pits caused lung disease in service members

    02/15/2018 1:24:42 PM PST · by euram · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-15-2018 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The decision marks a victory for the nearly 64,000 active service members and retirees who have put their names on a Burn Pit Registry created by the Veterans Administration, bringing them one step closer to getting adequate medical coverage, something that has never been guaranteed. Private contractors who were also exposed to the burn pit toxins also have been denied coverage.
  • Former Florida football player convicted of $20 million healthcare fraud conspiracy

    02/06/2018 7:10:30 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/6/2018 | Jay Weaver
    Former Florida football player convicted of $20 million healthcare fraud conspiracy By Jay Weaver February 05, 2018 03:26 PM Updated 50 minutes ago Monty Grow, a former University of Florida and NFL player who made a small fortune selling pharmaceutical drugs, took the unusual step of testifying in his trial on charges of swindling millions from a federal program that provides medical insurance for the U.S. military. The 46-year-old Grow was hit again and again with questions by a federal prosecutor about receiving and paying kickbacks to score lucrative patient referrals for a major South Florida pharmacy. “You were...
  • 94 Year-Old WWII Medal of Honor Recipient to Toss Out Super Bowl Coin Flip

    02/04/2018 5:36:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | February 4, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    CBS Minnesota Local WCCO reports that United States Marine Woody Williams will be representing a group of 15 Medal of Honor recipients at tonight’s Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadephia Eagles. Williams, aged 94 years-old, will do the official coin toss to determine who starts the game with the ball.Williams said he hopes that the coin toss and the game will in some way unite the nation to “respect our country” and the flag.“To be honored in this way, it’s just almost like a miracle,” Williams said. “It really is because you don’t ever dream or...
  • Charlie Daniels tells Chuck Schumer to speak about American veterans in the same way he speaks...

    01/31/2018 12:06:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 31, 2018 | Sasha Savitsky
    Full title: Charlie Daniels tells Chuck Schumer to speak about American veterans in the same way he speaks 'about illegals'Charlie Daniels has a message for Senator Chuck Schumer. The country legend sounded off on Twitter regarding Schumer's stance on immigration. "Senator Schumer, one time, just one time i’d love to hear you speak about the men and women who bled and died for you with as much compassion as you speak about illegals in this country," Daniels tweeted on Monday. "Veterans are committing suicide at the rate of 22 a day and they’re already citizens. Shameful," the 80-year-old wrote. The...
  • Roger Goodell Supports The NFL's Decision Not To Run Veterans' Super Bowl Ad

    01/30/2018 9:11:33 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2018 | Ford Springer
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is kneeling in support of the league’s decision not to run an American Veterans ad during the Super Bowl. American Veterans, or AMVETS, was hoping to run an ad during Super Bowl LII on Sunday with a simple message: "Please Stand." The ad, which is obviously expressing opposition to the national anthem protest that has plagued the NFL for two seasons, was rejected by the NFL and will not appear in the programming. "The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl," the league's...
  • 12-Year-Old Being Honored By Trumps At SOTU For Placing Flags At Veterans' Graves Since 2015

    01/30/2018 1:36:25 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 14 replies
    Record Searchlight ^ | Jan. 29, 2018 | Jim Schultz
    A 12-year-old Redding boy will be a guest Tuesday at President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech. Preston Sharp, who has won acclaim for placing U.S. flags and flowers at the graves of North State veterans since 2015, will be one of a number of presidential guests at Trump's speech, the White House announced Monday. He is attending the address at the invitation of Donald and Melania Trump and will sit in the House of Representatives gallery with the first lady during the speech, the White House said. Sharp is being recognized for his work honoring veterans at military...
  • Veteran tells of near-death experience in new book

    01/29/2018 9:48:12 PM PST · by beaversmom · 6 replies
    The Daily Item ^ | January 8, 2018 | Rick Dandes Rick Dandes
    When the final history of America’s war on terror and the combat role in the Middle East is told, it will be the individual stories of veterans like Sunbury’s Joshua Mantz, a 2001 Shikellamy High School graduate, that resonate long after our soldiers have come home. Few who knew Mantz in high school would be surprised that after surviving a sniper’s bullet in Baghdad, and following his recovery, 10 years of insidious trauma including thoughts of suicide, he would now be transformed by his experiences into a nationally known speaker, dedicating his life to helping others understand PTSD through lectures,...
  • NFL Turns Down 'Please Stand' Ad From Veterans Group Because of Its Political Bent

    01/25/2018 9:36:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/25/2018 | Leonardo Blair
    AMVETS, a group which describes itself as the nation's largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization with 250,000 members, has expressed outrage and disappointment with the National Football League after the group's one page ad with the message "Please Stand" was rejected by the NFL's Super Bowl program. "Freedom of speech works both ways. We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us...
  • NFL Rejects "Please Stand" Super Bowl Ad

    01/23/2018 1:42:00 PM PST · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 23, 2017 | Madeline Kenney
    The NFL rejected a one-page ad for the league’s Super Bowl LII program that was calling for people to “please stand” during the national anthem out of respect for veterans. AMVETS submitted an ad with the message “Please Stand,” according to the veteran organization, who said the same ad was accepted by the NHL and NBA for their respective All-Star Game programs. The NFL has been under fire for allowing players to take a seat or kneel during the anthem, which is played before every game. The gestures stem from free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest in 2016. The former 49ers...
  • NFL refuses veterans’ ‘please stand’ Super Bowl ad

    01/23/2018 10:25:04 AM PST · by conservative98 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 23, 2018 | Mark W. Sanchez
    In trying to avoid a national anthem controversy, the NFL has sparked a national anthem controversy. The league is under fire again for rejecting a Super Bowl advertisement from a veterans group that urged people to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The league invited American Veterans (AMVETS) to place a one-page ad for the Super Bowl LII program, and the completed submission included an American flag alongside the words, “#PleaseStand.” The ad will not run, which now has AMVETS crying censorship. “Freedom of speech works both ways,” AMVETS national commander Marion Polk wrote in a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell...