Dallas Officer Down! A Veteran Dies. July 16, 2016

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HEADLINES

 

Dallas Officer Down!  A Veteran Dies

 

Veterans Served Roaches for Dinner

 

Kid Burns American Flag

 

LEE GREENWOOD – IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCE

 

Coming Home

 

John Wayne – American

 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — A Quiz

 

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 OFFICER DOWN!  A VETERAN DIES

 

DALLAS – Dallas police officer, Patrick Zamarripa, 32, had survived three tours in Iraq, one of the world’s most dangerous places, his father, Rich Zamarripa, said on Friday.  And then this. Zamarripa’s father said that Patrick’s entire adult life had been devoted to service. He entered the Navy soon after high school and saw combat during his time in Iraq.  When he returned home, five years ago, he joined the Dallas Police Department.  He just liked to help people, his father said.  Zamarripa is survived by his wife, Kristy Villasenor and their two year old daughter, Lyncoln.  John Woodrow Cox/The Washington Post

 

 

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CHICAGO VETERANS SERVED ROACHES

Chicago – Chicago’s Hines VA Hospital has become so infested with cockroaches that the bugs have worked their way into the meals of veterans receiving treatment. The VA is denying there is a problem despite testimony from dozens of employees and patients.  Kelvin Gilkey, a dietetic technician for the VA states that the problem has been going on for years. According to Gilkey, some patients have become so repulsed that they have refused to eat for days on end.  Gilroy told reporters of a time when a 20 year old veteran discovered live roaches on his tray:  “I apologized and said I would provide him with a special tray, but he refused to eat.  He went hungry for a couple of days until I convinced him to eat.  He even refused to come out of his room and socialize with anyone.  I told him I would take care of him.”

Dietary employees at the hospital have claimed that the infestation has become so severe that cockroaches will crawl across preparation tables while workers are preparing the meals.  Several kitchen employees have refused to come to work in protest of the unsanitary conditions.  As a result, the facility has become severely understaffed, losing over 25 workers in the course of a few weeks.

A spokesperson for the hospital claims that exterminators have been called to the hospital six times a month for the past six months.  Employees claim that the constant chemical spraying is ineffective and that there are likely millions of the bugs hidden somewhere in the infrastructure of the building.  americanmilitarynews.com

 

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KID BURNS AMERICAN FLAG, SAYS ARREST ME!

 

URBANA, ILLINOIS – A 22-year-old man from Urbana, IL posted pictures of himself burning an American flag on his Facebook profile accompanied by the hashtag #arrestme. Local police obliged his request and promptly arrested the man, Bryton Mellott, for violating Section 49-1 of Illinois state law that declares flag desecration as a class IV felony.  The charges were later dropped because it was found that the lower court’s ruling infringes on the Supreme Court’s ruling that flag burning is protected as free speech.

Mellow first posted the photos on July 3, 2016 along with a post descrying why he is “not proud to be an American.” Melon’s post went viral and was shared thousands of times before it was removed.  “I am not proud to be an American.”  In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women and against my own queer community on a daily basis.  I am overwhelmingly ashamed and I will demonstrate my feelings accordingly.”

Mellott has enraged the internet and sparked a fierce debate over whether or not flag burning should be protected by the First Amendment. americanmilitarynews.com

LEE GREENWOOD IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCE

Patriotism Never Sounded So Sweet

 

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JOHN WAYNE’S QUOTES

ABOUT BEING AN AMERICAN

“You’ve got the strongest hand in the world.  That’s right. Your hand.  The hand that marks the ballot. The hand that marks the voting ballot.  Use it.”

“I think government is a necessary evil, like say, motion picture agents.”

“It’s kind of a sad thing when a normal love of country makes you a super patriot.  I do think we have a pretty wonderful country, and I thank God that He chose me to live here.”

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  TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

A QUIZ

 

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Questions

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  1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns, and why?
  2. How long does the guard hesitate after the about face to begin the return walk, and why?
  3. Why are the guard’s gloves wet?
  4. Does the guard carry the rifle on the same shoulder all the time?  If not, why?
  5. How often are the guards changed?
  6. What are the required physical traits of a guard?

 

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  1.  21 steps.  This alludes to the 21 gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
  2. 21 seconds, for the same reason as number 1.
  3. The gloves are moistened to prevent losing the grip on the rifle.
  4. The rifle is carried on the shoulder away from the tomb. After the march across the path, the guard executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.
  5. Guards are changed every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  They stand 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 96 hours off.
  6. For a guard to apply for duty at the tomb, they must be between 5’10” and 6’2″ tall and waist size cannot exceed 30′.

The guard must commit to two years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink alcohol while on duty.

The guard may not disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.  After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel, signifying that they served as a guard of the tomb.  There are only about 600 presently being worn.

The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their life, or forfeit the pin.

All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.  A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting their uniforms ready for duty.

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Let Freedom Ring! June 29, 2016

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Let Freedom Ring!

 

Marine Vet Saved Lives in Orlando

 

Houston VA Doctored Appointment Data

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Vietnam War Vet to Receive Medal of Honor

 

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Freedom Don’t Come Free

 

Independence Day

 

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Independence Day

 

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental  Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.  The congress voted to approve a resolution of independence on July 2, but after much debate and revisions of the wording, the congress approved it on July 4.  He missed it by two days, but on July 1 John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July will be the most memorable epoch in American history.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”  wikipedia

 

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Sweet land of liberty…let freedom ring!

 

 

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Marine Vet Saved Lives in Orlando

 

Orlando – A Marine veteran is being hailed as a hero after helping dozens of people escape during the terror attack at an Orlando nightclub.  Imran Yousuf, who served in Afghanistan, was working as a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire.  Yousuf immediately recognized the sound of a high caliber weapon and his training kicked in. “Everyone froze.  I’m here in the back and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they just sardine packed everyone,” Yousuf told CBS News.  He knew that just beyond the packed crowd was a door to safety.  “There was only one choice, all stay there and we die, or I could take the chance, and so I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we can out of there.”  He estimated that 60 to 70 people were able to escape.  “I wish I could have saved more,” he said. Yousuf’s military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.   Fox News Insider, The Independent, Marine Times

 

Houston VA Doctored Patient Appointment Data

 

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HOUSTON – Employees at Houston-area Department of Veteran Affairs facilities manipulated scheduling data for hundreds of medical appointments, understating patient wait times by days or even months, according to an agency watchdog.  Investigators with the VA’s Office of Inspector General concluded that two former scheduling supervisors and the current director of two Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Houston had instructed staff to record appointment changes as if the patient had canceled, even when the VA initiated the changes, according to a released report.  The report’s revelations incensed legislators and veterans advocates, including local veterans who have complained about difficulties getting treatment in the Houston facilities.  “You’re impacting the lives of heroes, that’s the thing that’s just sickening,” charged Cody McGregor, National Outreach Director of Concerned Veterans for America and an outspoken critic of the VA.  Local VA officials acknowledged the shortcomings found in the report, but said that no veterans were harmed.  “The majority were seen within 30-40 days, very few had a longer wait time,” said Anna Teague, Associate Chief of Staff of Ambulatory Care at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.  “It was just errors.”  chron.com

 

Vets may have to settle for seeing a nurse under new VA plan. Click here to see a Special Report from Bret Baier at Fox News.

 

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  Vietnam War Vet to Receive Medal of Honor

 

WASHINGTON – Some five decades after he led a platoon credited with rescuing dozens of soldiers pinned down by enemy fire, a Vietnam War Veteran will be awarded the nation’s highest military honor for valor, the White House announced.  In May 1967, Army Maj. Charles Kettles led several helicopter trips to help evacuate wounded soldiers near the district of Doc Pho.  He returned to the landing zone without additional aerial support to rescue stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.  Kettles helped save the lives of 40 soldiers. The ceremony is the culmination of an effort that began in 2012.  William Vollano of the Veterans History Project launched the campaign. Lawmakers got involved and several men from his company, the 101st Airborne Division, sent letters.  “Kettles personifies the Army’s ‘Warrior Ethos’ – never leave any soldier behind,” said Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning.  Kettles retired from the Army in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel.  He resides in Ypsilanti, MI with his wife, Ann.  Associated Press, Fox News

 

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  FREEDOM DON’T COME FREE

 

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During a recent interview about his latest film “Free State of Jones,” which focuses on the Civil War, the 46-year-old actor said he is optimistic about the country’s future.  “America turns the page and evolves quicker than most places historically,” McConaughey said.  “In that way I’m inspired and it makes me happy to be, and honored, to be an American. I’m not saying everything is just as it should be, but our ambition and our diligence to march forward for change, to test it out, to not give in to every new idea…where do we hang onto tradition, and where do we progress with new ideas, and ones that will hopefully stand the test of time?”  The Daily Caller

 

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Land of the free, because of the brave.  

God bless our serving soldiers and our veterans!

 

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U.S. Armed Forces, We Must Fight

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In God We Must! A powerful message from President Reagan June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016

 

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In God We Must!

A powerful message from President Reagan

 

Amputee Vet Shoots Himself, Ignored by VA Crisis Hotline

 

A Final Salute

 

Hungry Heroes

 

Wife Finds Disabled Vet Husband in Tears

 

June is PTSD Awareness Month

 

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IN GOD WE MUST!

A powerful message from President Ronald Reagan

 

 

Quadruple Amputee Veteran Shoots Himself After Being Ignored by VA Crisis Hotline

 

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The VA has failed our veterans so much that even their crisis hotline is doing nothing to save them as they commit suicide at a rate of 22 a day.  Tragically, quadruple amputee, Tod Nicely, nearly became another statistic when he recently attempted suicide by firearm after the VA crisis hotline ignored his pleas for help.  Nicely shot himself after being told by the hotline support to call back when be becomes “less irate.”  The veteran survived the suicide attempt and now says that life is good.  He lives in a customized home that suits his needs, built by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation.  Time Magazine, myfreshnews.com, U.S. News

 

  A Final Salute

 

Fredericksburg, VA–At first just a  handful of people planned to attend her funeral.  Then word spread on social media about the formerly homeless veteran who never married or had children and twenty minutes before the ceremony at the cemetery, a caravan of cars created a traffic jam. Serina Vine, who worked in radio intelligence for the US Navy and who died May 21, 2016, had no known living relatives and spent the last 20 years of her life at the VA’s 120-bed Community Living Center in Washington, DC.  She was 91 years old when she died and was homeless before coming to the VA facility.

 

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Army Maj. Jaspen Boothe, president for the non-profit Final Salute, Inc., kisses Serina Vine’s casket after the Quantico National Cemetery service.  Boothe never met the WWII vet, but felt compelled to honor her since both were once homeless veterans.  JB Branscome, The Freelance-Star

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Twenty-five percent of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel are seeking food pantries and other charitable programs according to an inquiry conducted by Feeding America, a hunger relief charity. The help is sought for various reasons, experts say.  For active duty, pressures include low pay and poor financial planning by junior soldiers, the difficulty of spouses to hold steady jobs due to base transfers and deployments, and the cost of living when a military family must go “on the economy,” a situation created when base housing is not available.  For veterans, the triggers are the transition to the civilian world and trying to live off low disability pay or retirement.  NBC News

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Former combat engineer, Christopher Garrett, a US Army Specialist who had deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, earned a medical retirement and a 100 percent disability rating after being shot in the gut. Despite his disability and the persistent nagging pain, the veteran did his best to maintain his home, including mowing the yard with an old-fashioned push mower.  Garrett’s wife, Brittany, found him outside crying, and after determining that nothing was wrong with her husband, was blown away by what was right…an anonymous neighbor had witnessed Garrett struggling with the old push mower and decided to bless him with with a brand new John Deere riding lawn mower.  The Conservative Tribune

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In June of 2010, Congress named June 27 PTSD Awareness Day.  In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness. After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories.  For many, the effects of the event fade over time, but for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings do not go away–even years after the event.  Mental health experts do not know why some develop PTSD and others do not.  If stress reactions do not improve over time, they disrupt everyday life and it is important to seek help.  ptsd.va.gov

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Day is Done

“Taps”

American’s Song of Remembrance

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Fading light dims the sight,

And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.

From afar drawing nigh – Falls the night.

 

Day is done, gone the sun,

From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.

All is well, safely rest – God is nigh.

 

Then good night, peaceful night,

Til the light of the dawn shineth bright.

God is near, do not fear – Friend good night.

 

 

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Armed Forces Day Tribute May 21, 2016

The Soldiers Memorial Fund gives thanks to the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families for their service to the United States of America and preserving and protecting our Constitution and our American way of life. May God bless you and keep you safe. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Always.

 

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