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  • Friendly Fire

    05/27/2018 9:45:05 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 4 replies
    Project ^ | May 27, 2018 | Donald J. Taylor
    Sergeant First Class Arno J. Voigt was killed by friendly fire near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam on June 4, 1970, and like all friendly fire accidents it was one of those things that shouldn’t have happened but did. A Pink Team consisting of an OH-6 Cayuse Light Observation Helicopter (Loach) and three AH-1G Cobra Gun Ships from the 2d Squadron 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division mistook Arno Voigt and a company of ARVN Airborne Rangers for a company of NVA and fired on them, killing Arno Voigt along with two Rangers and wounding an additional twenty Rangers. This is...
  • Jacksonville business asked to take down military flags

    04/17/2018 9:47:04 PM PDT · by jonascord · 44 replies
    WABC TV ^ | April 17, 2018 03:06PM | Staff
    The mayor of Jacksonville has responded to growing outrage after Jaguar Power Sports was issued a warning citation for their patriotic rooftop flag display. Store employees say the incident also involved mistreatment of a veteran....snip...On Monday, Melinda Power, a city of Jacksonville inspector, issued a warning citation for the display, saying the military flags were in violation of city code. She entered the store accompanied by her supervisor.
  • VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

    03/22/2018 4:00:54 AM PDT · by Makana · 41 replies
    Stars and Stripes 22 Mar 2018 ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Nikki Wentling
    WASHINGTON -- A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which veterans use to access private-sector medical care. A deal reached between key House and Senate lawmakers on VA oversight also included an expansion of benefits for veteran caregivers, as well as a plan to initiate a systematic review of VA infrastructure, with the intention of disposing of aging and underused facilities nationwide.
  • The Attack

    03/15/2018 11:23:46 AM PDT · by Chainmail · 54 replies
    This is the continuation of my first story The DarkI posted a couple of days ago. These events took place in April, 1967.
  • The Dark

    03/13/2018 1:03:37 PM PDT · by Chainmail · 112 replies
    Some of you asked me to write some more about my experiences all those years ago. This one is about a close call and my memories of it.
  • TBI Treatment at last MAYBE!!!

    03/09/2018 9:38:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    New Study Discovers Near-Infrared Light Therapy (NILT) Effectively Treats Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Patients Do any of our BROTHER Vets who have TBI KNOW about this? WELL, The VA claims they do and are using it to treat some of our BROTHERs. Well, I'm a VET with TBI and the VA has never told me or treatwd me!
  • 1968 Tet Offensive

    01/29/2018 6:26:36 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 35 replies
    Vanity ^ | January 29, 2018 | Donald J. Taylor
    As we approach its 50th Anniversary, please allow me to share with you my memories of the Vietnam War’s 1968 Tet Offensive, and the “Butterfly Effect” spawned by this Tet Offensive. The Chinese New Year celebration was called Tet in Vietnam and it was the only holiday they celebrated during the year. Tet celebrations lasted for two weeks, and it wasn’t just a time for drinking, feasting, and partying, it was a time for family reunions where Vietnamese traveled great distances to be with their families during those two weeks. Prior to Tet 1967, a truce had been negotiated with...
  • REGIMENT – Lincoln’s Highlanders

    01/17/2018 12:36:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    In the wake of the failed Union attack on the Tower Battery at Secessionville on James Island, near Charleston, South Carolina, on 16 June 1862, the Charleston Mercury reported, ‘It was left to the brave 79th Highlanders,n 1861 and 1865, mostly based on pre-war militia units.
  • Decades after dying in battle, a World War II soldier is buried in home soil

    01/11/2018 6:31:44 PM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies ^ | Jan. 10, 2018 | Emily Foxhall
    The casket sat at the front of the chapel, wrapped with an American flag, containing the remains of a soldier who had died seven decades earlier. It had taken a long time to find Army Pfc. Lonnie B.C. Eichelberger - who enlisted at age 16 and died in World War II at age 20 - but the military had found him. And now, under a gray Texas sky, he was going to be buried in home soil. Descendants could feel a sense of closure. The mantra of "no soldier left behind" was going to feel true.Soft music played through...
  • 8 Christmas Gifts You Can Buy From Veteran-Owned Businesses

    12/11/2017 9:32:25 PM PST · by wildwoodla · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 11, 2017 | Lisa De Pasquale
    Several veterans are finding personal and financial fulfillment as small business owners offering quality products. Christmas is the perfect time to shop with them.
  • SAS considers watering down...tests to give women a better chance

    12/03/2017 7:47:04 AM PST · by Chode · 57 replies ^ | 3 December 2017 | Iain Burns
    SAS considers watering down its gruelling selection tests to give women a better chance of joining the elite unit Test toughness could be lowered as women are given chance to join SAS in 2019 It could mean women will carry a lighter load during marches in Brecon Beacons But a source said it is about 'levelling the playing field', not 'lowering standards'
  • Army probes criticism of Green Beret training.

    12/01/2017 3:04:09 PM PST · by Chode · 25 replies ^ | 30 November 2017 | Associated Press
    'Our Regiment has a cancer': Army launches investigation after anonymous email claims elite Special Forces school's drive to hit unrealistic quotas means 'dangerously less capable' Green Berets
  • Army Close to Finalizing Pinks and Greens Uniform for All Soldiers

    11/06/2017 11:27:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 99 replies ^ |
    The U.S. Army's top enlisted man is close to unveiling the final version of the World War II-era Pinks and Greens uniform that could be approved for all soldiers next year.
  • Air Force to test for contamination on three AZ bases

    10/25/2017 5:31:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adrienne St. Clair Cronkite News
    WASHINGTON – The Air Force will begin testing the groundwater at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for contamination from dangerous chemicals in firefighting foam that was used at the base, according to the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center. The Davis-Monthan inspection follows similar testing at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale and the former Williams Air Force Base in Chandler. They are part of a systematic nationwide testing program the Pentagon announced in March to look for per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), which the Environmental Protection Agency has said may be hazardous to human health. Testing for the chemicals...
  • The Vast Majority Of Americans In Their 20s Are Unfit For Military Service

    10/17/2017 11:11:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | Oct. 13, 2017 | JAMES CLARK
    Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the Army's chief of staff, administers the oath of enlistment to 26 recruits in New York City, April 1, 2009.The military is facing a growing recruiting crisis: 71% of Americans between 17 and 24 can’t meet the minimum criteria for service, which places the burden of service on an ever-small and shrinking pool of troops with a family history of joining the military. At an Oct. 12 Heritage Foundation panel in Washington, D.C., Rep. Don Bacon, a Nebraska Republican and former Air Force one-star general told attendees “the single most important ingredient to readiness...
  • John is My Heart

    08/28/2017 10:46:43 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 15 replies
    By Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post | 8/28/2017 | see source
    <p>This is a well-written article about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. Interesting observation by this dad. See below. A very interesting commentary that says a lot about our failing and fallen society.</p>
  • Taking a Stand

    08/16/2017 7:57:50 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 3 replies
    Veteran friend by email | 8/16/2017 | unknown
    My Grandfather watched as his friends died in WWI .. My Father watched as his friends died in WWII and Korea ... I watched (1st hand) as my friends fought and died in Vietnam ... I watched as our friends and children fought and died in Desert Storm... I watched and waited while our friends and children fought and died in Iraq... None of them fought for or died for the Mexican Flag or any other foreign flag... Everyone fought for and died for the U.S. Flag! In Texas, a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole;...
  • Decompress

    08/03/2017 10:05:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/03/17 | Jim Ross Lightfoot
    What is the life of one soldier worth?: Why not give our troops 30 days before they return home an opportunity to decompress in a setting that is equipped with mental health professionals, programs designed to return soldiers to civilian life An article by Gregg Zoroya, “USA TODAY” highlights an issue our country is facing that needs attention and, as possible, correction. Too many people in our military are victims of suicide. A small portion of what Mr. Zoroya wrote: “The number of suicides among troops was 145 in 2001 and began a steady increase until more than doubling to...
  • Veterans Choice Excludes Dental Care

    07/31/2017 9:20:29 AM PDT · by satan · 10 replies
    Self phone call to VA | 07/31/2017 | Walt Chrobak
    The VA Veterans Choice Program is supposedly a benefit that allows eligible Veterans to receive health care from a community provider rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. I am rated at 100 percent totally and permanently disabled due to combat service-connected disability. The nearest VA dental facility is over 40 miles from my residence. I must wait more than 30 days for an appointment. I am therefore eligible for the program but VA tells me that dental care is specifically excluded from this program. Can anybody tell me why it is excluded and...
  • DPAA {Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency} conducts solemn movement — at Joint Base Pearl Harbor..

    07/25/2017 10:42:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 1 replies
    U.S. Service members with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) carry cases containing remains believed to be of unidentified Service members from the Battle of Tarawa out of the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, during a solemn movement at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 24, 2017. The contents of the transfer cases will be examined by forensic anthropologists at DPAA's skeletal identification laboratory. DPAA's mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation. (DPAA photo by Sgt. Kelly L. Street) — at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.Photos...