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

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Dallas Officer Down!  A Veteran Dies

 

Veterans Served Roaches for Dinner

 

Kid Burns American Flag

 

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Officer Patrick Zamarripa, left.  DALLAS FAMILY PHOTO VIA WASHINGTON POST

 

 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

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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.”

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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?

 

Answers

  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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