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  • VA Hospital Director Paid $288K In ĎRelocation Paymentsí To Move 140 Miles

    03/25/2015 7:55:25 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/25/2015 | Chuck Ross
    The director of the Philadelphia regional VA hospital was paid $288,000 in ďrelocation paymentsĒ to move the 140 miles from Washington D.C. to his new home last year.Diana Rubens was tapped last June to take over the Philadelphia hospital, which is one of many currently being investigated over claims that it placed veterans on unauthorized wait-lists.Rubens, who previously served as the D.C.-based deputy undersecretary for field operations, where she oversaw 57 regional hospitals and four area offices, was brought in to help fix the embattled Philadelphia facility.A breakdown of Rubensí ďrelocation paymentsĒ was not immediately available, according to the...
  • Six veterans graduate 'Paws for Patriots' program, start new lives paired with service dogs

    03/25/2015 10:27:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    / ^ | 3/25/2015 | Lee Williams
    Palmetto, Fla., (March 25, 2015)óSix veterans completed Southeastern Guide Dogsí 12-day, on-campus Service Dog training course with their carefully matched canines and will be going home with new tools to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Their graduation was held today at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
  • Air Force Reservist's Suicide Brings Home Tragedy

    03/18/2015 9:57:43 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 27 replies ^ | February 23, 2015 | Howard Altman
    That's the question the family and friends of Air Force Reserve Capt. Jamie Brunette are struggling to answer. At 30, Brunette seemingly had it all. A vivacious and attractive athlete and scholar, she had been lauded by the Air Force for her work in Afghanistan, was a partner in a fitness center about to open in Largo and was known by her family and friends as being the strong one always ready to help others. But for some reason, Brunette, who left active duty after 11 years last June and joined the Air Force Reserve, couldn't help herself. On Feb....
  • Strangers give homeless St. Paul vet military rites

    03/13/2015 8:22:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-12-15 | Mara H. Gottfried
    A man wearing a Marine T-shirt put his arms around an American flag-draped casket Thursday and hugged it. He was one of about 80 people drawn to Our Savior's Lutheran Church Thursday to pay their respects to Jerry Jackson. Many were strangers who didn't know the 58-year-old Marine veteran who died alone, his body found frozen in Indian Mounds Park last month. "That just was so damn tender," Tom Winner said after watching the embrace. Winner, an Air Force veteran who lives a couple of blocks from the St. Paul church, hadn't known Jackson but was moved to attend his...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 14 March 2014

    03/13/2015 5:44:16 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 275 replies
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  • Jane Fonda met with protest in Frederick; hopes for open dialogue with Vietnam-era veterans

    01/18/2015 8:09:41 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 71 replies
    Frederick News Post ^ | 1/17/2015 | Paige Jones
    Jane Fonda said she hoped for an open dialogue with veterans after about 50 former military members and supporters protested the actressís appearance Friday evening at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. ďWhenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,Ē Fonda told a relatively full theater, responding to a submitted question. ďIt hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.Ē In 1972 Fonda visited Hanoi, North Vietnam, where...
  • Navy veteran, 100, cheered for standing up to protesters at medal ceremony

    01/05/2015 7:33:58 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies ^ | Jan 5, 2014
    Navy veteran, 100, cheered for standing up to protesters at medal ceremony Published January 05, 2015 A 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran drew cheers from a crowd in Oregon Saturday after telling protesters shouting "hands-up, don't shoot!" to stop interrupting his medal ceremony and to ďshow a little respect.Ē Dario Raschio was at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus to be honored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, at a public town hall meeting. But shortly after Wyden began speaking, more than 100 demonstrators in the back of the room started shouting, The Oregonian reports. After 15 minutes of chanting against the...
  • Five brothers in uniform

    12/29/2014 12:05:18 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pratt Tribune ^ | 11-11-14 | Carol Bronson
    During World War II it became the custom for families of servicemen to display stars in their windows, honoring the mothers, especially, as Blue Star Mothers ó or Gold Star Mothers if their sons were killed in battle. If the custom had continued in the next decade, a Haviland family would have had a small constellation in their window. Thankfully, the stars would have all been blue. If Gertrude Konkel worried for the safety of her five sons in uniform, she did so quietly. Wayne Konkel, Pratt, the youngest of the five, said his mother didnít listen to the news...
  • The East-Sider fell in the Battle of the Bulge. His daughter now knows his fate

    12/16/2014 7:23:19 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-13-14 | Richard Chin
    Nearly 70 years ago, Gordon Russ died fighting for his country and was buried in a foreign field. The St. Paul man left behind a wife, two little daughters, his parents and sisters. But in the seven decades since Russ fell during a critical and bloody battle in World War II, none of them has been to his grave. "I would have liked to have my dad's body back here, to go visit him," said Russ' daughter, Judith Doyle, now 75. "I wish I could get out and see his grave. If I could just walk up and touch the...
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930‚Ä≤s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an ¬ďuneasiness,¬Ē even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. ¬ďThere are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...
  • A Humble 'Thank You' to America's Military Veterans

    11/11/2014 6:27:26 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 November 2014 | Reaganite Republican
  • Navy Vet Spots Purse-Snatching Punk Knocking 76-Year-Old Woman to the Ground

    11/02/2014 6:38:13 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 11/1/2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Navy veteran Kendrick Taylor was on his way to the gym in Orange County, Florida, when he saw something that got his blood pumping much faster: A man attacking an elderly woman and trying to steal her purse.
  • Hundreds Of Vets Receive Pot Free Of Charge At Special Event

    09/21/2014 1:39:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 120 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | September 20, 2014 6:01 PM
    Hundreds of military veterans received marijuana free of charge on Saturday. The unusual event included free medical marijuana and edibles. Organizers designed the event specifically for veterans, but members of the public were also welcome. A handful of Denver area businesses teamed up for the event specifically for veterans, but members of the public were also welcome. Hundreds lined up to get into the largest event ever hosted by Operation Grow4Vets. Ö
  • U.S. will train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels

    09/20/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CTV News / The Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josh Lederman, The Associated Press
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans....
  • Vet gets chair through OPERATIONFINALLYHOME (my title)

    09/19/2014 5:34:23 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 6 replies
    Facebook ^ | 9/18/14 | Ted Nugent
    I know this is on Facebook, but this is unreal. Another example of the VA screwing over vets while "The One" Jets off to another multi-million dollar vacation with golfing. Ted Nugent learned about Thomas Vandeventer and set him up with which got him the chair. This is what Ted had to say...... "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE & WE THE PEOPLE OF THE USA owe the US Military warriors & their families EVERYTHING! We were contacted by the loving family of Thomas Vandeventer that the punkass VA that Obama promised to fix denied Thomas a power track chair because...
  • Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

    09/18/2014 10:09:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies ^ | 9/16/2014 | Shane Thielges
    John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation. Before receiving his petroleum engineering degree from Penn State in 2013, Mr. MacZura, 30, had already piqued the interest of five or six oil and gas companies. He had job offers from three. He eventually joined Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas, where he now works as a completions engineer. ďThe military plays a large part in how I got to where Iím at today,Ē said Mr. MacZura. He spent four years stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and two in the National Guard. ďI canít say I...
  • VA customer relations training equates vets angry over care with Ö Oscar the Grouch

    08/28/2014 3:19:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Needless to say, the Department of Veteran Affairs has had its public-relations challenges this year. The wait-list scandal cost Eric Shinseki his Cabinet post, and the families of dozens of dead veterans in Phoenix claim it cost the lives of those men, even though the government officially exonerated itself this week. A new report from the Philadelphia Inquirer shows that the VA has busied itself with an effort to cheer up veterans by asking its staff to think of them as Ö Oscar the Grouch? The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs depicted dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in a...
  • Obamaís Speech To The American Legion Was Painfully Awkward [VIDEO]

    08/26/2014 3:44:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-26-14 | Brendan Bordelon
    It wasnít exactly the roaring, adoring, campaign-style crowd President Barack Obama is accustomed to. On Tuesday, the president spoke to the American Legionís national convention, facing a crowd of veterans deeply concerned about widespread corruption at the Veterans Administration and the resultant deaths of some veterans awaiting health care. So when Obama began by lecturing the veterans about cynicism and explaining his most recent foreign policy choices ó instead of addressing the VA crisis ó the audience clearly wasnít pleased. Fox News cameras captured a sea of blank or frowning faces looking silently back at the president as he paused...
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    08/25/2014 9:48:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/25/14 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA hospital rocked the agency last spring, bringing to light scheduling problems and allegations of misconduct at other hospitals as well. The scandal led to the resignation of former VA Secretary...
  • While Vets Died, VA Wasted $400 Million on Green Energy

    08/15/2014 11:11:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Front page ^ | August 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    the insane ways that the VA focused on solar energy and wind towers over vets. Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasnít there to see the men and women who had died because of him. While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power. ... The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000....
  • Bus full of veterans sing "Marines' Hymn."

    08/09/2014 1:43:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Bus full of veterans sing "Marines' Hymn." video only
  • MILITARY UPDATE: How ĎChoice Cardí and $15 billion will help vets get care

    08/02/2014 9:29:40 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Veterans reading only headlines, hearing only sound bites, might have a few misconceptions about how Congress and the VA plan to use non-VA health care providers to ensure more timely and convenient access to care. A magical sounding item called a ďVeteranís Choice Card,Ē for example, wonít be a limitless credit card given qualified veterans to cover whatever health services they receive from whatever physician they use. And veterans not already enrolled in VA health care wonít gain accelerated access to outside care as promised by the legislation ó unless they serve in areas of combat operations within five years...
  • Lowe's Employees Fix Vets Wheelchair, Because VA Wouldn't

    07/14/2014 7:12:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | Michael Berry
    Three unsung heroes at a Loweís Home Improvements store fixed a Vietnam veteranís broken-down wheelchair, which was much more than his local Veterans Affairs office was willing to do. He wrote this letter to his local newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, to give thanks to the men and the company that went to bat for him, when the government wouldnít. In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee. For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been...
  • Veteran Finally Gets VA Doctorís Appointment Ė 2 Years After He Died (video)

    07/02/2014 4:59:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | 7-1-14 | WBZ Boston
    Doug Chase, a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. In 2012, his wife, Suzanne, tried to move his medical care to a nearby Veterans Affairs hospital. ďIt was so difficult for him to take the ambulance ride into Boston, we wanted to be closer.Ē They waited about four months and never heard anything -- Chase died later that year. But two weeks ago, he got a letter, from the VA in Bedford, saying he could now call to make an appointment to see a primary care doctor. ďIt was addressed to my husband and I...
  • Army vets blast PC police for attacking Apache, Chinook helicopters as racist

    06/27/2014 6:32:50 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Veterans arenít happy with a recent op-ed by the Washington Post, which charged that the Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa military vehicles were a ďgreater symbolic injusticeĒ than the NFLís Washington Redskinsí name. ďEven if the NFL and Redskins brass come to their senses and rename the team, a greater symbolic injustice would continue to afflict Indians ó an injustice perpetuated not by a football club but by our federal government,Ē Simon Waxman of the Boston Review wrote for the Post on Thursday. He added that the helicopter names were ďpropagandaĒ that needed to end, because Native American...
  • Exposed: How the VA Red-Flags ĎDisruptiveí Vets

    06/25/2014 5:17:15 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies ^ | June 24, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Imagine how much better off Americaís veterans would be if the federal government spent more time delivering actual care and less time compiling tyrannical lists. The death-inducing secret waiting lists for patients are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know, for example, that the VA keeps a database on ďdisgruntledĒ and ďdisruptiveĒ vets that results in arbitrarily restricted care?
  • Obama expands government benefits for gay couples

    06/20/2014 7:22:13 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 17 replies
    AOL ^ | 6 20 2014 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where gay marriage is against the law. The new measures range from Social Security and veterans benefits to work leave for caring for sick spouses. They are part of President Barack Obama's efforts to expand whatever protections he can offer to gays and lesbians even though more than half of the states don't recognize gay marriage. That effort has been confounded by...
  • What a happy homecoming

    06/20/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Gefn · 13 replies
    I can has cheeseburger ^ | 6/19/2014 | I can has Cheezeburger
    Video of a veteran coming home to his wife and his two kitties.
  • This veteran isn't owed anything. (vanity)

    06/16/2014 9:45:32 AM PDT · by Reagan‹berAlles · 24 replies
    June 16, 2014
    As I see it, and saw it, serving my 4 years in the US Navy Submarine Service on the USS Grenadier (SS-525) and the USS George C. Bancroft (SSBN -643) as a TM 3 (MT) was a privilege. I owed my country my time & energy for providing me with the privilege of living in the greatest nation ever to arise on the face of the Earth. I'm not owed anything. Thank you America, for letting me serve.
  • Article 99, a movie that foretold the Veterans Administration hospital scandal 22 years ago

    05/28/2014 10:02:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/28/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Sometimes that sinking feeling turns out to be well founded. In the case of the similarities between a little remembered movie about the dangers of bureaucratic policy making in the VA hospital system it is well founded indeed. In 1992 Hollywood produced a movie called Article 99 which was set in a Kansas City VA hospital. The film dealt with the struggles of a maverick surgeon who was undoubtedly modeled after Dr. Hawkeye Pierce of MASH the still very popular series that was winding down at the time. The surgeon, played by Ray Liotta has contempt for VA rules that...
  • Vet Allegedly Beaten To Death At VA Hospital

    05/27/2014 6:24:26 PM PDT · by Altariel · 85 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | May 25, 2014 | Sarah Fruchtnicht
    A California woman says Veterans Administration hospital guards beat her husband to death after he waited four hours for dialysis. Norma Montano says her husband of 44 years, Jonathan, died of a stroke on June 11, 2011, after he was beaten and had his carotid artery stomped by VA guards. Montano says the hospital also lied to her about what happened to her husband. Montanoís son and daughter are also plaintiffs in the suit. Montano says he husband was tired of waiting, but when he tried to leave and go to another facility, he ďwas told by the nursing staff...
  • Obama: Care for Veterans Part of 'Sacred Trust to All Whoíve Served'

    05/25/2014 4:25:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 24, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    In his weekly address, President Obama referred to care for veterans as part of a "sacred trust to all who've served." He said our nation has to do "much more Ö to make sure all our veterans get the care they deserve." The comments come amid criticism of the President Obama's Department of Veterans Affairs has been treating veterans. And the comments come just days before Memorial Day. "[L]etís keep working to make sure that our country upholds our sacred trust to all whoíve served. In recent weeks, weíve seen again how much more our nation has to do to...
  • ĎRolling Thunderí Rumbles Through Washington D.C. in Honor of Nationís Veterans (Video)

    05/26/2014 9:10:17 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 42 replies
    Thousands of bikers roared through the nationís capitol on Sunday for a ďRide for Freedom.Ē The Rolling Thunder displayed American flags in a display of respect for those veterans who lost their lives in the nationís wars. The Rolling Thunder will take part in the annual National Memorial Day Parade today. God bless you all! WATCH:
  • Mexican cooperation could have spared Marine from ordeal, say border sources

    05/25/2014 10:39:02 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies ^ | May 25, 2014 | William La Jeunesse
    A U.S. Marine who has been held in a Mexican jail for two months after mistakenly crossing the border with guns could have been spared his continuing ordeal with a simple phone call - and the kind of courtesy American border officials extend to wayward Mexicans, including members of the military. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, was trying to visit a friend near the border in San Ysidro March 31 when he missed the last exit on Interstate 5 and inadvertently crossed into Mexico. While his mistake was apparently due in part to a poorly marked - and recently changed - sign...
  • Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien

    05/24/2014 1:47:00 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies ^ | 5/20/14 | Kevin O'Brien
    Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien
  • VA official: Don't tell until asked about Legionnaires' outbreak among veterans (6 veterans died)

    05/22/2014 11:22:03 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | May 11 | Mike Wereschagin and Adam Smeltz
    Editor's note: This story is the second of two parts. A high-ranking official with Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System wanted the agency to keep quiet about a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak rather than warn the public, internal emails indicate. ... The email is among nearly 7,000 pages of internal VA emails and documents the Tribune-Review obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • France says it won't fly American WWII vets over for D-Day anniversary

    05/18/2014 1:14:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2014
    Seven decades after ≠Allied troops stormed Normandyís beaches and saved France from the Nazis, the surrender-happy nation is turning its back on hundreds of US veterans who want to return next month to mark the invasionís 70th anniversary. France has broken its promise to pay for the vets to fly to this yearís commemoration, according to Rep. Michael Grimm. ďOur chief-of-staff heard it from the French Embassy in DC ó that they would be flown out to France [for free],Ē said Nick Iacono, a spokesman for the Staten Island congressman. But when The Post contacted the embassy Friday, the French...
  • Veterans scandal risks engulfing Obama

    05/16/2014 2:38:01 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 20 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 5/16/14 | Geoff Dyer
    <p>Amid contrived outrage over Benghazi and the improving fortunes of its healthcare reform, the Obama administration could be facing a genuine scandal about its treatment of military veterans that has the potential to attract broad political condemnation of its competence. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is facing mounting evidence that some of the hospitals it runs have been keeping two sets of books to make it look as if they were reducing waiting times to see a doctor. More ON THIS STORY Global Insight Benghazi probes riddle US politics Edward Luce The waning of US power Obama recalls Iraq to hit back at critics Global Insight US foreign policy comes home to roost IN US POLITICS & POLICY Fannie Freddie wind-down bill advances US Senate rule changes leave empty chairs Energy bans on Russia aim to shield west Fannie case papers spark anger More damning, the department is investigating the claims of a whistleblower doctor in Arizona that dozens of patients at one hospital died while they were languishing on a hidden waiting list without ever being given an appointment. Richard Griffin, the departmentís acting inspector general, admitted on Thursday that its review could lead to criminal charges. In the first political casualty of the scandal, Robert Petzel, the departmentís undersecretary for heath, resigned on Friday. If the evidence of mismanagement continues to accumulate, the Obama administration will find itself not in another partisan knife-fight, but under fire from both parties in a Congress where the uniformed military is venerated.</p>
  • Senate Democrat: The VA Is Actually Pretty Awesome, Veterans Love it

    05/14/2014 12:08:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | May 14, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Thatís an incredible statement given what we now know. To wit, at least seven Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities have now come under heavy criticism for essentially leaving veterans to die. This is not hyperbole. Wait times for routine procedures have been unconscionably long at some VA hospitals; patients sometimes wait for care that never comes, or if it does, comes much too late. (As many as 40 veterans at one VA hospital alone, in Phoenix, AZ, have died waiting for care). These deaths were preventable. Meanwhile, bureaucrats have invented new ways of meeting basic wait-time standards without actually doing...
  • Sallie Mae agrees to $97M settlement over servicemembersí student loans interest rates

    05/14/2014 6:13:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | May 14, 2014 | By ALLIE GRASGREEN and NIRVI SHAH
    Student loan servicer Sallie Mae and formerly affiliated companies have agreed to pay a total of $97 million to settle claims that it charged members of the military too much interest on their loans ó and the Education Department will review whether additional federal action, including termination of its contract with Sallie Mae, is necessary. The Justice and Education departments on Tuesday announced a $60 million settlement with Sallie Mae and related companies, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced a separate $37 million settlement with Sallie Mae Bank and Navient Solutions, Inc., over deceptive lending practices and violations of...
  • OUTRAGE: U.S. Marine Being Held in Brutal Mexican Prison Ė For Making a ĎWrong Turní (Video)

    05/03/2014 7:38:55 AM PDT · by montag813 · 74 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-03-2014 | Brian Hayes
    Above: Afghanistan combat veteran†Andrew Tahmooressi- by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsSo our last report saw Mexican troops invading our borders -- even drawing weapons on our agents on U.S. soil -- and facing absolutely no consequences by the Obama Adminstration. But let one American make a wrong turn into Mexico -- and there will be hell to pay.†That's exactly what happened to a U.S. Marine veteran last month, after he accidentally†drove into Mexico with three legally owned guns in his truck. And he has been rotting in a brutal Mexican jail in Tijuana ever since.California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter...
  • A Texas Veterinarian Allegedly Kept A Family's Dog Alive For Blood Transfusions

    04/30/2014 8:58:05 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies
    BI ^ | 4-30-2014 | Paul Szoldra
    A Texas Veterinarian Allegedly Kept A Family's Dog Alive For Blood Transfusions Paul Szoldra April 30, 2014, 9:58 PM ÔÉĀ Ôāě Ôāô ÔÉē A Fort Worth, Texas veterinarian has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals after a family alleged their dog was kept alive without their knowledge for blood transfusions instead of being euthanized, The Star-Telegram reports. The veterinarian, 71-year-old Millard Lou Tierce, turned himself in on Wednesday and was released on $10,000 bail. He denied the complaint, telling the Telegram it was "all a bunch of hooey." The dog at the center of the allegations, a 5-year-old...
  • Vets Die While on Secret Wait List

    04/29/2014 9:24:46 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 April 2014 | John Semmens
    This week it was revealed that at least 40 veterans died while waiting to see doctors in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system. The 40 were part of over 1,000 sick vets forced to wait months to get an appointment for treatment. This occurred despite rules setting 30 days as the maximum wait time. Newly appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell characterized the deaths as ďunfortunate, but perhaps unavoidable. Letís not forget that the vast majority of those who died were old men. Old men die. No matter what kind of medical treatment they might...
  • U.S. Marine Veteran Kicked Out of Pizza Hut ó You Wonít Believe the Reason Why

    04/21/2014 2:04:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 73 replies
    Top Right News ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jason DeWitt
    Above: ďGang colorsĒ that reportedly offended a Pizza Hut manager in Green Bay, Wisconsin. According to a Facebook post by a user calling himself Rick Libertas Semper, a popular pizza chain refused to serve him because he was wearing four patches signifying his service as a U.S. Marine. According to his profile, he lives in Green Bay, Wis. ďI decided to go to Pizza Hut for their lunch buffet after work and was approached by the manager who came to tell me that for the safety of the patrons and staff they do not allow people in the restaurant wearing...
  • A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list

    04/24/2014 2:55:29 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | April 24, 2014 | Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.
  • Anyone seen the film "The Railway Man"?

    04/20/2014 8:46:20 PM PDT · by mylife · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/6/2013 | Eric Lomax
    The world needs to see this.
  • 25 Happy Faces Of WWII Veterans As They Arrive In Washington D.C. To A Huge Cheering Crowd

    04/16/2014 9:10:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | April 16, 2014 | Benny Johnson
    Honor Flight is an organization that pays for and coordinates the visits of WWII veterans to the memorial built in their honor in Washington D.C.
  • What Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Think of Obama

    04/01/2014 8:04:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/31/2014 | Fred Lucas
    Fewer than one-third of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan approve of President Barack Obamaís job performance, and fewer than half think he is a good commander in chief, according to a new survey.
  • VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays

    03/28/2014 12:56:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/28/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers. Earlier this month, the VA denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Tampa Tribune reporter Howard Altman, who had been investigating the deaths. CNN reported in January that 19 veterans died as a result of delayed gastrointestinal cancer screenings, while another 63 were seriously injured. CNN obtained internal documents from the VA listing the number of ďinstitutional disclosures...
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    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. Iíve 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, ď I wanted to be...