The Common Soldier April 20, 2016

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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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Before, During  and After Deployment

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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.

Canine Coasties

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Coast Guard Dogs Gear Up for Life-Saving Missions

Photo by US Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team

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.

The Wall Street Journal

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

Coming Home

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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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Cadet Emily Olson 

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

Soldiers Memorial Fund

PO Box 1596

Bigfork, MT  59911

 

Associated with the National AmericaSupports You program

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.

Over 90% of donations go directly to veterans!

 

Military Suicides Remain High

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.

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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.

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.      

      Over 90% Goes Directly to Vets!

 

Vet News

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 

Click here to see Travis’ video on Facebook.

Coming Home

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SEAL of HONOR site photo

 

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

Click here to take the quiz.

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!

 

 

 

 

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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Hannah and Buddy  

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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!