Arlington Tells Pokemon to “Go!”…$20M for Artwork While Veterans Die…August 5, 2016

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HEADLINES

 

Arlington Tells Pokemon to “Go!”

 

$20M for Artwork While Veterans Die

 

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Caisson Horses Retire

 

Graduate Receives SMF Scholarship

 

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Arlington Tells Pokemon to “GO!”

 

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Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation.  With over 26 million daily users you would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t at least know someone who doesn’t play the massively popular game.  For those who are unfamiliar with the game, Pokemon Go is a GPS-based hide and seek style smartphone game.  Players use their GPS signal to locate hidden Pokemon that appear at various locations throughout the US.  National landmarks and monuments have been turned into “Pokestops” where players can load up on gear and in-game items.  Unfortunately, the game has become so popular that the hordes of players are becoming a nuisance for businesses and locations where chasing imaginary creatures simply isn’t appropriate.  One such location is Arlington National Cemetery.  The United States military ceremony was forced to issue an official “Pokemon Go” and cell phone gaming policy in response to the heaps of disrespectful gamers roaming the cemetery in search of elusive digital creatures.

Being laid to rest at Arlington is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a fallen service member.  After a lifetime of military service and sacrifice, service members and their families are due a certain level of respect.  Unfortunately, some gamers have trampled on this honor by engaging in caucus “Pokemon hunts” while funeral services are taking place.  The following note was posted on Arlington National Cemetery’s official Facebook page on July 12, informing gamers that the hallowed grounds of Arlington are no place for digital gaming.  American Military News

 

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Folks, the Bad News About the VA Just Got Worse…

Allen B. West–There is a saying that “bad news only gets worse over time.”  That maxim is very appropriate when it combines the situation with our own Veterans Administration.  It’s a situation that has devolved into a deplorable and embarrassing incidence of dismissal and neglect of our men and women who were willing to make the “last full measure of devotion.”

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The Veterans Affairs administration spent $20 million on expensive artwork and sculptures amidst the healthcare scandal, where  veterans died waiting to see doctors.

The taxpayer watchdog group Open the Books teamed up with COX Media Washington, D.C., for an oversight report on spending at the VA, finding numerous frivolous expenditures on artwork, including six-figure dollar sculptures at facilities for the blind.

“In the now infamous VA scandal of 2012-2015, the nation was appalled to learn that 1,000 veterans died while waiting to see a doctor,” wrote Adam Andrzejewski, the founder and CEO of Open the Books, in an editorial for Forbes.  “Tragically, many calls to the suicide assistance hotline were answered by voicemail.  The health claim appeals process was known as ‘the hamster wheel’ and the appointment books were cooked in seven of every ten clinics.”

“Yet, in the midst of these horrific failings, the VA managed to spend $20 million on high-end art over the last ten years–with $16 million spent during the Obama years.”  Andrzejewski said.

The VA spent $21,000 for a 27 foot fake Christms tree; $32,000 for ‘local image’ pictures for the San Francisco VA; and $115,600 for ‘art consultants’ for the Palo Alto, CA  facility.

A ‘rock sculpture’ cost taxpayers $482,960 and more than half a million dollars was spent for sculptures for veterans that could not see them.  

How many more stories do we have to read or hear about when it comes to our failing Veterans Administration?  Where is the national outrage?

 

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“K” for German Commander Kesselring, then overseeing the occupation of Rome.  (AP)

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 “Syndrome K,” the Fake Diseased Invented to Save Jews

In the fall of 1943, German Soldiers in Italy began rounding up Italian Jews and deporting them–10,000 people were sent to concentration camps during the nearly two-year Nazi occupation.  Most never returned.  But in Rome, a group of doctors saved at least 20 Jews from a similar fate, by diagnosing them with Syndrome K, a deadly, disfiguring, and contagiosissima disease.

The 450-year-old Fatebenefratelli Hospital is nestled on a tiny island in the middle of Rome’s Tiber River, just across from the Jewish Ghetto.  When Nazis raided the area on October 16, 1943, a handful of Jews fled to the Catholic hospital, where they were quickly given case files reading “Syndrome K.”

The disease did not exist in any medical textbook of physician’s chart.  In fact, it didn’t exist at all.  It was a codename invented by doctor and anti-racist activist Adriano Ossicini, to help distinguish between real patients and healthy hideaways.  (Political dissidents and a revolutionary underground radio station were also sheltered there from Italy’s fascist regime.)

The fake illness was vividly imagined:  Rooms holding “Syndrome K” sufferers were designated as dangerously infectious–dissuading Nazi inspectors from entering–and Jewish children were instructed to cough, in imitation of tuberculosis, when soldiers passed through the hospital.

“The Nazis thought it was cancer or tuberculosis, and they fled like rabbits,” Vittorio Sacerdoti, a Jewish doctor working at the hospital under a false name, told the BBC in 2004.

Italy’s Jewish community is one of the oldest in Europe, and Syndrome K is one of many WWII-era anecdotes of ordinary Italians taking extraordinary action to save the lives of fellow citizens.  Nearly 9,000 Roman Jews of a community of 10,000 ultimately managed to evade arrest, a feat sadly dwarfed by the Third Reich’s genocidal mania in the last years of the war.

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Arlington Caisson Horses Retire

 

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They may look long in the face, but these vets have a lot to look forward to.

Kennedy and Quincy went through quite different experiences during their military service.  Kennedy was ejected for kicking soldiers, and Quincy, while a shining example of pride, found his service shortened by a debilitating foot disease.  Now retired, the two former service members are enjoying civilian life, although Kennedy still doesn’t shy away from a little horseplay.

The two served as caisson horses at Arlington National Cemetery, where they took part in countless military funerals, sometimes as many as eight times a day.  They were responsible for pulling coffins into the new cemetery with the bearing and poise expected of the military’s finest.  In a procession as solemn as a military funeral, there is no room for error, and Kennedy and Quincy performed their roles well.

“These guys did their service,” Staff Sgt. David Smith told the Washington Post.  “It’s their time to be a horse.”

A herd manager from the Army facilitated the adoption process for the two Old Guard horses.  He flew to each home that was considered, and the applicants visited the horses at Fort Myer, near Arlington.

Quincy is off to Whit Acres Farm in Massachusetts.  He’ll be living in a heated barn of the property of Sean Sutton, also a veteran, and Kristen Whittaker.

Kennedy took a little more care to home properly.  His disposition restricted possible owners to those who knew how to work with such horses.  Former caisson soldier Carroll Urzendowski is proving to have what it takes, though.  Kennedy now lives on an 85-acre ranch in Texas.  Matthew Russell/theveteranssite.com

 

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Montana Graduate Receives Soldiers Memorial Fund Scholarship

 

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Russel Gaedon is presented with Soldiers Memorial Fund Scholarship and Certificate by Muffin Vallely

BIGFORK, MT— Russel Gaedon, a Bigfork, Montana High School graduate received a check and certificate from the Soldiers Memorial Fund on June 2, 2016.  “Gaedon is a 3.87 GPA student  who shows excellent leadership qualities.  He was surprised and thrilled when I called his name,” said Muffin Vallely who presented the award.  Gaedon will enter the Coast Guard.

 

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Layla Oglesby was only two years old when her father, 1st Lt. Daniel Oglesby, was deployed to Kuwait.  Her mother, Karis, and her father were afraid she may not remember her father’s face when he returned to Fort Carson, CO.  Their doubts were put to rest…

 

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Memorial Day May 30, 2016

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There is a Difference

A History Lesson

 

Soaring Valor!

Memorial Day Crosses Removed

 

 

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Marine Sings God Bless America

Chick-fil-A Honors Veterans

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Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May 1,1865 in Charleston, South Carolina to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp.  The bodies were dug up and the former slaves worked for two weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom.  Then a parade of 10,000 people, led by 2,800 Black children, marched, sang and celebrated.   Abstrakt Goldsmith/The Blue Street Journal

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Memorial Day Crosses Removed After Complaint

A Memorial Day display featuring crosses to honor fallen soldiers was removed from public property in Georgia after someone questioned whether the soldiers were all Christian.  The 79 white, handmade crosses posted on public property along state Highway 92 in Hiram, Georgia were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars, according to town officials.  When someone called Hiram City Hall and questioned the display, the crosses were abruptly taken down.  “It was never about religion,” said Hiram’s mayor, “It was just to honor them.”   FoxNews.com

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The Empire State Building will remain lit in the colors of red, white, and blue until Monday in honor of Memorial Day.  Fox News

 

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Marine Leaves 30,000 people speechless with this rendition of God Bless America

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Chick-fil-A Honors Veterans

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“This table is reserved to honor our missing comrade in arms.  The tablecloth is white–symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty. The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.  The vase is tied with yellow ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.  A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.  A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate.  The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.  The glass is inverted–to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.  The chair is empty–they are missing.”

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Vet Robs Bank To Get Healthcare May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

 

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Vet Robs Bank To Get Healthcare

 

Glamour Magazine, Marines Conduct Experiment

 

Coming Home

House Votes to Draft Women

Starbucks Offers Perk to Veteran Employees, Families

PC and the Wussification of the Military

Green Beret Will Stay

Angry Atheists Ban the Bible

 

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Vet Robs Bank to Receive Healthcare

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Some people who cannot afford healthcare just go to the emergency room. Joseph Cyrus, a 77 year old US Army veteran at the time, was turned down by a VA hospital, so he used a toy gun to rob a bank in order to go to jail and get the care he needed.  “I wanted to be caught,” Cyrus said from his wheelchair in court.  “I wanted to get help from the United States Government.”   InfoWars/Sputnik

“Excluding the Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, there has been a virtual mainstream media blackout regarding the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent investigation of the VA–an investigation which shows that wait time manipulation continues to be a problem for those serving veterans.”  Roger Arnoff/Canada Free Press

 

Glamour Magazine, Marines Conduct Experiment in NYC

Curious about whether different amounts of recognition for their service are given to male verses female Marines, Glamour Magazine conducted a social experiment on the busy streets of Manhattan. Captains Verdia and Quinones, dressed in full uniform, stood for two hours in New York City.  Watch the video to see the results.  The Veterans Site Blog

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Pearl Harbor Remains Identified After 75 Years

Previously buried as “unknowns,” the bodies of five men who perished when the USS Oklahoma was sunk at Pearl Harbor, have been identified.  The battleship’s loss of life was second only to the 1100 souls who perished aboard the USS Arizona, which remains a historic site at Pearl Harbor.  The men identified are Chief Petty Officer Albert E. Hayden, 44 of Mechanicsville, MD; Ensign Lewis S. Stockade 27, of Anaconda, MT; Seaman 2nd Class Dale F. Pearce, 21, of KS; Petty Officer 1st Class Vernon T. Luke, 43 of Green Bay, WI; and Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson, WI. The Pentagon said that it wants to return as many remains as it can to the families.  The Washington Post

House Measure Requires Women Register for Draft

The House Armed Services Committee approved, by a narrow margin, an amendment to a defense bill to require that women register for the draft.  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a former Marine, proposed the amendment, but now says that he disagrees.  He said that his generation has not seen the kind of warfare where bodies need to be replaced, which in his opinion, is the reason for a draft.  Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) a retired USAF fighter pilot, approves of the amendment. She pointed out that there are plenty of useful non-combat missions to be filled.  NBC News/Associated Press

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Starbucks Offers Tuition Perk to Military Employees, Families

Starbucks Employees who served in the military will now be able to study at Arizona State University without paying tuition.  More than 4,000 Starbucks workers have now signed up, the company said.  Huffington Post

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Political Correctness and the Wussification of the Military

A Heritage Foundation’s 2016 index of US military strength report scored our military “only marginally able” and trending toward “weak” to defend the United States.  This extremely poor score couldn’t come at a more dangerous time, considering the same analysis also reports a rise in threats to US vital interests.  Brown accuses the military’s social experimentation for a “squishy” military. Susan Stamper Brown/The Courier

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Green Beret Will Stay

In a stunning reversal, the US Army decided to retain Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martlan a decorated Green Beret. The Army had planned to kick out Martian after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander who was accused of raping a boy over the course of many days.  Fox News

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Angry Atheists

Angry atheists are now trying to ban the Bible from displays honoring veterans.  Mikey Weinstein and his vitriolic Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)–which view the Bible as a symbol of “religious oppression”–have forced three VA hospitals and a military base to ban the Bible from “Missing Man” displays.  MRFF extremists call Christians “monsters who terrorize” and constantly attack the religious liberty of the brave men and women in our armed forces.  Jay Sekulow/ACLJ Chief Counsel

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The Mission:  Empowering combat veterans with PTSD to regain their freedom and independence by partnering them with professionally trained and specifically matched service dogs at no charge. Serving our Veterans who served us all.  northwestbattlebuddies.org

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Jacob, a young man from Indiana, designed an American flag for a school art project.  4,466 Army men painted red, white and blue!

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The Common Soldier April 20, 2016

HEADLINES

 

The Common Soldier

Citadel May Allow Hijab Uniform

China Lands First Plane on Disputed Reef

Meet Evy and Ricky, Canine Coasties

 

Destroyer Named After Politician, Vets Snubbed

VA Shredding Claim Documents

Russian Jet Buzzes USAF Plane, Second in Week

 

Coming Home

 

An Unforgettable History Lesson

SVSMF Award Presented to Montana Cadet

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Today, April 20th, marks the 12th anniversary of the loss of Pvt. First Class Scott Vallely, son of General Paul Vallely and Muffin Vallely.  Let us never forget the price of our liberty!

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Citadel May Allow Muslim Student to Have Hijab Uniform

The Citadel is going to unprecedented lengths to accommodate a female muslim student who is demanding to wear traditional islamic head and body coverings while attending the military college.  Such an exception, which is still under review, would be the first for the school–which was founded in 1842–and the controversy surrounding such an exemption is palpable. The Citadel has never made a single exception to its uniform in its 175 year history.  USHerald, Washington Post

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Editor’s Note:  Once again, political correctness is taking over our esteemed institutions.  The goal of military conformity is to obtain cohesion for the sake of acting as a disciplined unit.  If we continue to kow-tow to our sworn enemy out of political correctness, then the war is already lost.  The question begs to be asked–What is a muslim, whose religious doctrine is diametrically opposed to the tenets of our constitution, doing at the Citadel, if not to distract, upset, obfuscate and otherwise blur the lines of a disciplined unit?

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China Lands First Military Plane on Disputed Reef

Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, state media said on Monday, in the first official confirmation of such a flight.  A Chinese Air Force plane landed on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago on Sunday to evacuate sick workers, the official for the People’s Liberation Army Daily said.  China claims nearly all of the strategically vital sea, even waters close to its Southeast Asian neighbors, and has created artificial islands in an effort to assert its claims.  Agence France-Presse

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Editor’s Note: China’s activities in the South China Sea have been a major point of contention between the United Sates and China. The United States has sent a destroyer to the disputed area while China, in a recent move, has deployed fighter jets to the contested island.  China’s militarization of these islands can potentially enable that nation to close off the entire South China sea.  Taiwan and Vietnam have also disputed this provocative activity.

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Coast Guard Dogs Gear Up for Life-Saving Missions

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Meet Evy and Ricky

These Coast Guard Dogs have just finished helicopter training by completing helicopter operations and hoist training with the California Air National Guard 129th Rescue Squadron. These dogs are now serving the US Coast Guard as explosive detection dogs.  ABC News

Navy Names Newest Destroyer After Politician, Snubs Vets

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus named a new warship after a politician, and one that has never served in the military.  Contrary to Navy guidelines and tradition, Mabus announced that the new Raleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer will be named the USS Carl Levin, snubbing a long history of naming destroyers after deceased Medal of Honor recipients, admirals or generals, and other combat heroes, and angering vets and politicians. One congressional staffer noted that it was who Mr. Levin presided over the committee during the Obama administration’s major drawdown of troops and weapons systems. A spokesperson for Mabus responded by saying, “…the naming conventions are guidelines set by the Secretary.  He can deviate from them if he desires.”  American Military News

VA Has Been Shredding Documents Needed for Vet Claims

Department of Veteran Affairs investigators conducted spot checks at 10 veteran benefits offices around the country and came to a disturbing conclusion:  The VA has been systematically shredding documents related to veterans’ claims–some potentially affecting their benefits.  Stars and Stripes

Russian Fighter Buzzes USAF Plane Over Baltic Sea

A US Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian fighter plane over the Baltic Sea in what American officials said on Sunday was an unsafe and unprofessional manner, the second such instance in a week.

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Russian Jet Buzzes US Destroyer

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A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack jet makes a low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook April 12, 2016.  The Arleigh Burke-class guide-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the Baltic Sea.  Navy mulls whether jet encounter violates agreement.   Stars and Stripes, Photo US Navy

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An Unforgettable History Lesson

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In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, did something not to be forgotten.  With the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom.  When the first period students entered the classroom they discovered that there were no desks. “Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?”  godvine.com

Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund and Leadership Award Presented to University of Montana Graduate

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Grizzly Battalion, accepts 2016 SVSMF Award

Editor’s note:  Your generous donations help sponsor these scholarships and other assistance for our veterans and their families.  Photo: Tyler Bryant

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Military Suicides Remain High April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016

HEADLINES

Military Suicides Remain High

 

VFW Busted for Charity Fraud

Coast Guard Veteran Left in Cold

Sensitivity Training for Marines

Vets Stripped of Gun Rights

Congress, VA Agree Program is Broken

 

Vet Quadruple Amputee Pays it Forward

 

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Military Suicides Remain High

The Pentagon reported on Friday, 4/1, that 265 active-duty service members committed suicide last year.  This continues a disturbingly high suicide rate that has been ongoing for at least seven years.  The numbers of suicides in 2001 was 145 with 321 in 2012.  The increase in suicide in the military was driven largely by the Army where suicides rose sharply from 45 in 2001 to 165 in 2012.  USA Today

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Editor’s note:  Our soldiers and vets need our help.  They have given much for the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted.  Let’s show them we care.

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VFW Busted for Charity Fraud

Austin, TX–Millions of dollars donated to a variety of veterans charities mostly went into the pockets of fundraisers.  Investigation found that 84% of donations never reached veterans.  KXAN Austin, TX

Discharged Veteran Left on Porch, In Cold

Old Forge, New York–Coast Guard Veteran Michael Keslosky, a veteran who was treated for cancer at a VA hospital in New York City, was discharged, brought home, and left on his front porch on a chilly night.  A friend captured the event on video.  WNEP 16

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260,000 Vets Stripped of Gun Rights

Senate Republicans are seeking to understand the Veterans Affairs office practice of reporting veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system.  As of December 2015, the VA has reported 260,381 individuals to the FBI, effectively making them prohibited firearms possessors under the law.  Andrew Mark Miller, Young Conservatives

Congress, VA Mull Options to Fix Broken Veterans’ Care Program

The Veterans Affairs Department and Congress have a busy year ahead. The  VA is looking for congressional action on more than 100 legislative proposals, 40 of them are new this year.  Perhaps most notably, the department is looking for help to fix the Veterans Choice Program, which both Congress and the VA acknowledge is largely broken.  The program lets veterans find care outside of the VA under certain conditions.  Veterans Today

Marines Brace for Mandatory Sensitivity Training

If you need more proof that the Obama administration has turned the greatest fighting force on the planet into a social engineering petri dish, just consider what’s about to be forced upon the Marine Corps.  Marines will soon be forced to attend “unconscious bias” training–in advance of women joining the infantry. The seminar will focus on how people prejudge others based on factors like race and gender.   Todd Starnes, Fox News

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Quadruple Amputee Pays It Forward…Veteran Style 

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Amputee Travis Mills is funny, inspiring, and helping his fellow wounded veterans adjust to civilian life.

 Travis Mills, Quadruple Amputee, shown with his wife and daughter.  

AP/Photo provided by Mills Family 

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Coming Home

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Test your knowledge of women in the military.  Some of the answers may surprise you!

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Soldiers Memorial Fund

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Official Admits She Let Vets Die March 23, 2016

HEADLINES

 

Official Admits She Let Vets Die

 

Pending Claims Go Ignored

Job Protection Trumps Vet Care

Alabama Still Collecting Tax for Confederate Vets

 

Vet Black-Arm-Band Day – 3/23/16

 

Code Talker Laid to Rest

 

Coming Home

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Soldiers Memorial Fund

The purpose of SMF is to memorialize PFC Scott Vallely and his service to our country – to carry on his name by individuals making contributions and donations to Veterans, Members of the Armed Forces and their families.  We are a 501 (c)(3) tax deductible organization.

Vet News

Pending Claims Go Ignored

The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Monday that it failed to contact 545,000 of the more than 800,000 veterans, who have applications for health care pending, that their applications are incomplete.  Nearly 300,000 of them died with pending claims.  Veterans Today

Editor’s note:  It seems ignoring pending claims is standard operating procedure for the VA.  Ignore the claim, maybe it will go away.

Union Jobs Trump Veteran Care

A plan to merge military and veterans hospitals is in jeopardy because the restructuring was based solely on nobody losing their job.  The combined facility failed to achieve cost savings because a federal employees union demanded not a single worker be laid off.  The Daily Caller

Editor’s note:  Once again, our veterans take a back seat to special interest politics.

 

Official Admits She Let Vets Die 

Former federal employee union president, Germaine Clarno admitted that she knew about misconduct within the VA, but failed to bring it to the attention of leaders in Congress because Clarno, a lifetime Democrat, did not want to deal with Republicans.    Chicks on the Right

 

Editor’s note:  Apparently, dealing with Republicans was more abhorrent than allowing veterans to die.  This haunting tale of regret is at least the second case of people connected with the VA unions who admit that they did not speak up about life and death issues because the idea of talking to a Republican was too distasteful.  This is a sickening comment on how bad partisan politics has become.  And our veterans are taking the brunt of it. Shameful.

Good thing Germaine Clarno was not “there” to begin with:

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In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, lining the deck of a landing craft at the dock at Anzio, Italy wounded American troops, casualties from the fierce battle for the Bridgehead, lie on litters awaiting transfer to a hospital ship offshore, Feb. 28, 1944. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

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Medal of Honor Recipient

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March 1, 2016.  Navy SEAL Edward Byers received the Medal of Honor for his role in rescuing an American civilian being held hostage by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. CNN

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Alabama Still Collecting Tax for Confederate Vets

 

Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” on its license plates, officials never stopped collecting a property tax that once funded the Alabama Confederate Soldiers’ Home, which closed 72 years ago.  Associated Press

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Vets Black-Arm-Band-Day for PTSD is Wednesday, March 23

Leave No Soldier Behind

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Code Talker Laid to Rest

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January 19, 2016–Pallbearers escort the casket of Ernest Yazhe at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah.  To his friends, he was just Ernie. To the nation, Ernest Yahze was a hero, part of an elite group of Marines known as Code Talkers, who in World War II transmitted battlefield messages in an unbreakable Navajo-based radio code.

The Deseret News

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From the movie “The Windtalkers”

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Service is Hard, Donating is Simple

Military service is no cake walk…and we are not just referring to war.

 

Those who have children who are serving, or who are spouses of one who is in service, understand first hand the hardships that military families endure.  The separation from family and the possible financial difficulties that ensue are all too common themes.

 

Everything is not “free” for the families of those who serve.  Amenities, such as housing and healthcare, are not necessarily fully covered, and if made available, the cost can be beyond the reach of the average soldier’s income. When deployed, many of those who have “stepped up” find themselves sliding backward financially with promises of expense re-imbursement which could take months.  When financial pressures escalate, families can separate or dissolve.

The Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund seeks to assist in identifying and helping service men and women and their families who are in financial need and also in linking up veterans with support services of which they may not be aware.

The giving and support of our readers make it possible for this good work to continue.  If you choose to donate, our vets and their families will be so appreciative.

Donating is simple.  Just click on the DONATE button and follow the easy directions for a one time or continued monthly donation…tax deductible.

Over 90% of donations go directly to vets and/or active duty personnel and their families,

Thank you, and may you be blessed for your generosity.

Soldiers Memorial Fund

PO Box 1596

Bigfork, MT  59911

Associated with the National America Supports You program

Over 90% of donations go directly to veterans!