Monday, December 5, 2016

Army Blocks Drilling of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Article Title: Army Blocks Drilling of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Snippet of Article: "...The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory on Sunday in its battle to block an oil pipeline being built near its reservation when the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River. The Army said it would look for alternative routes ..."

Article Source: www.nytimes.com

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Thousands of veterans converge on North Dakota to aid pipeline protest

Article Title: Thousands of veterans converge on North Dakota to aid pipeline protest

Snippet of Article: "...An estimated 2,100 U.S. military veterans were bound for the frigid Northern Plains on Saturday in a mass show of support for Native Americans and their allies battling the Dakota Access oil pipeline ..."

Article Source: www.latimes.com

Veterans at Risk for Infection from Unsterilized VA Dental Equipment

Veterans at Risk for Infection from Unsterilized VA Dental Equipment

Article Title: Veterans at Risk for Infection from Unsterilized VA Dental Equipment

Snippet of Article: "...The Tomah VA Medical Center in Wisconsin sent letters to 592 veterans Tuesday informing them of the possible infections, including the virus that causes AIDS. The VA is offering free screenings, and those who test positive will receive free VA treatment ..."

Article Source: www.military.com

Friday, December 2, 2016

Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Defense is Retired Gen. James Mattis

Mad Dog or Warrior Monk? Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Defense Doesn’t Fit Any Stereotypes

Article Title: Mad Dog or Warrior Monk? Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Defense Doesn’t Fit Any Stereotypes

Snippet of Article: "...President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense is a good choice. Mattis has a strategic mind; he’s very well-read (many have noted his library of 7,000 books, most of them on history and war); he was an able, clever commander in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; he’s deeply concerned about the needs of the fighters in the field; and—like many modern generals—he doesn’t fit the nastier stereotypes of the crusty warhorse that he is ..."

Article Source: www.slate.com

Monday, November 28, 2016

Veterans protest at Massachusetts college that removed US flags

Veterans protest at Massachusetts college that removed US flags

Article Title: Veterans protest at Massachusetts college that removed US flags

Snippet of Article: "...Around 1,000 veterans gathered at a western Massachusetts college Sunday to protest the school’s decision to stop flying all flags, including U.S. flags, after students allegedly burned a flag in protest of Donald Trump’s election victory. Hampshire College in Amherst outraged many with its decision to remove all flags from campus ..."

Article Source: www.foxnews.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Brown University students tore up, threw out American flags at Veterans Day ceremony

Brown University students tore up, threw out American flags at Veterans Day ceremony

Article Title: Brown University students tore up, threw out American flags at Veterans Day ceremony

Snippet of Article: www.stripes.com
"...'I do not care how the hyper sensitive community reacts to my pro-American statements. I am sick of the near censorship present on our campus. And I stand by our nation. I stand by our veterans which include my parents and my grandparents and many before them for generations back. I do not care for those with anti-American sentiments who reside among us. I am an American, and God bless our country.' ..."

Article Source: www.stripes.com

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Happy 241 Marines: The Commandant Of The Marine Corps Birthday Message

Happy 241 Marines: The Commandant Of The Marine Corps Birthday Message

Article Title: Happy 241 Marines: The Commandant Of The Marine Corps Birthday Message

Snippet of Article: "...We are Marines for life. It’s our responsibility, our duty, to maintain and build upon the legacy of those who have gone before us. What we do today, guided by what we’ve learned from past generations, will determine the future of our Corps. So as we celebrate this 241st anniversary of our Corps, we also look ahead and prepare for our next success. Take pride in carrying our legacy forward..."

Article Source: dailycaller.com

Monday, November 7, 2016

TRICARE: may want a Medicare Part D plan to cover things

Many changes to Medicare Part D in 2017

Article Title: Many changes to Medicare Part D in 2017

Snippet of Article: "...Those who have drug coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs or TRICARE also may want a Medicare Part D plan to cover things those systems do not, or to be able to get medicines quickly through a local pharmacy, Schilling said, but also warned that seniors likely couldn't double dip on the same prescription. Those who just turned 65 and are starting on Medicare or who will turn 65 before Dec. 7 should look into possibly getting Part D coverage if they do not have other health insurance, Schilling said ..."

Article Source: www.fortmorgantimes.com

Survey: Career-Oriented Troops Favor Trump Over Clinton

Survey: Career-Oriented Troops Favor Trump Over Clinton

Article Title: Survey: Career-Oriented Troops Favor Trump Over Clinton

Snippet of Article: "...Career-oriented troops favor Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by a 3:1 margin, a new Military.com reader survey has found ..."

Article Source: www.military.com

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Canada military probes mysterious Arctic pinging noise

Canada military probes mysterious Arctic pinging noise

Article Title: Canada military probes mysterious Arctic pinging noise

Snippet of Article: "...A spokesman in the department of national defence in Ottawa said the cause of the pinging noise - which locals say can even be heard through the hulls of boats - remains a mystery. The sound, sometimes also described as a "hum" or a "beep", has been heard throughout the summer in Fury and Hecla Strait ..."

Article Source: www.bbc.com

Friday, October 28, 2016

Search for VA forms

Search for VA forms

Article Title: Search for VA forms

Snippet of Article: "... are available in several formats. Fillable pdf can be filled on-line, printed, saved and edited. XFT forms can be filled on-line, printed, and saved to your pc but cannot be edited later (TURN OFF YOUR POP-UP BLOCKER TO USE XFT). Some PDF are printable blank forms ..."

Article Source: www.va.gov

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Article Title: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Snippet of Article: "...The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program, sometimes referred to as Chapter 31 or Voc-Rehab, helps veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. The following services may be provided by VR&E VetSuccess ..."

Article Source: www.military.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pentagon 'Suspends' Effort To Take Back Signing Bonuses Paid To National Guard Members

Pentagon Halts Effort To Take Back Signing Bonuses Paid To National Guard Members

Article Title: Pentagon Halts Effort To Take Back Signing Bonuses Paid To National Guard Members

Snippet of Article: "...'First, I have ordered the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from affected California National Guard members, effective as soon as is practical. This suspension will continue until I am satisfied that our process is working effectively ..."

Article Source: www.npr.org

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

As Obama and Candidates Whine About Each Other, Soldiers Struggle to Repay Enlistment Bonuses Issued in Error

Soldiers Struggling to Repay Enlistment Bonuses Issued in Error

Article Title: Soldiers Struggling to Repay Enlistment Bonuses Issued in Error

Snippet of Article: "...After 21 years in the military, three deployments, and a roadside bomb blast that left him bleeding and unconscious, Christopher Van Meter got a letter from the Pentagon saying he improperly received enlistment bonuses and now owed the government $46,000. 'I was having to choose between buying diapers and food for my children and paying this debt,' said Mr. Van Meter, 42, a former Army captain who now teaches high school near Modesto, Calif. 'I spent years of my life deployed ..."

Article Source: www.nytimes.com

Friday, October 21, 2016

U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

Article Title: U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

Snippet of Article: "... The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged "excessive maritime claims" near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity..."

Article Source: www.reuters.com

Monday, October 17, 2016

Iran-Backed Rebels Attack US Navy - 3rd Time

Iran-Backed Rebels Attack US Navy - 3rd Time

Article Title: Iran-Backed Rebels Attack US Navy - 3rd Time

Snippet of Article: "...For the third time in a week, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason came under attack off the coast of Yemen by Iran-backed insurgents ..."

Article Source: www.scout.com

Monday, October 3, 2016

Military Veterans, Gold Star Mothers Receive Cars At Washington Nationals Ballpark

Military Veterans, Gold Star Mothers Receive Cars At Washington Nationals Ballpark

Article Title: Military Veterans, Gold Star Mothers Receive Cars At Washington Nationals Ballpark

Snippet of Article: "...Two military veterans with service-related disabilities and two Gold Star Mothers who lost their sons in combat each received keys to practically brand new cars from GEICO and Caliber Collision to thank and honor them for their service and sacrifices. The special presentation took place at the Washington Nationals ballpark ..."

Article Source: www.prnewswire.com

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Former President Bush hosts annual bike ride for military vets

Article Title: Former President Bush hosts annual bike ride for military vets

Snippet of Article: "...The 70 year-old Bush led a group of bicyclists that included 16 veterans on a ride Friday on his 1,600-acre ranch in Crawford. The three-day event began Thursday and is in its sixth year. It's sponsored by the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas ..."

Article Source: www.militarytimes.com

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Naval Officers Guide (Get it at Amazon now)

The Naval Officer's Guide
Naval Officer's Guide
The Naval Officer's Guide

Article Title: The Naval Officer's Guide

Snippet of Article: "...The Naval Officer's Guide The Naval Officers Guide is a collection of information and advice intended primarily for officers in the US Navy, but it also provides a valuable introduction to the sea services for officers of other uniformed services, members of the U.S. interagency community, naval history buffs, and anyone interested in learning more about the Navy. Completely revised and updated, this edition reflects the significant recent changes in the organization and policies of the Department of Defense and the Navy. This revision reflects changes in the Navy operating environment resulting from the rise of irregular challenges, increased emphasis on joint and interagency operations, introduction of numerous technological innovations, and the natural evolution of traditions and social norms. Topics covered include current operational Navy doctrine and policies, career planning and personal records administration, shipboard routine and protocol, the operational and administrative organization of ships and staffs, the organization, missions and functions of each of the armed services, composition, management and administration of enlisted members, leadership, communications, and preparation for command at sea ..."
Article Source: Amazon.com

'New low': Dead veterans left in VA hospital morgue for weeks without burial

'New low': Dead veterans left in VA hospital morgue for weeks without burial

Article Title: 'New low': Dead veterans left in VA hospital morgue for weeks without burial

Snippet of Article: "...An Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital already under fire for excessive wait times, festering black mold and kitchen cockroaches faces a new shame – the bodies of dead patients left unclaimed in the morgue for up to two months without proper burial, whistleblower documents allege ..."

Article Source: www.foxnews.com

All Sailors Remember This: The Blue Jacket's Manual

Get your copy from Amazon

Article Title: The Bluejacket's Manual

The Blue Jacket's Manual
The Blue Jacket's Manual
Snippet of Article: "...The Bluejacket's Manual The BlueJackets Manual has been an essential part of the American Sailor's sea bag for more than one hundred years, serving as an introduction to the Navy for new recruits and as a reference book for Sailors of all ranks. Written by a Sailor whose decades of naval service included sea duty in patrol craft, destroyers, and aircraft carriers as both an officer and a "white hat," this newest edition has been overhauled to reflect the current state of the ever-evolving U.S. Navy, adding such things as camouflage uniforms, new ratings, and the Navy Professional Reading Program. Primarily intended to serve Bluejackets, this book will also be welcomed by potential recruits, Navy buffs, and a growing number of The Bluejacket's Manual collectors ..."
Article Source: Amazon.com

Navy Publishes Guidance Warning Sailors Not to Protest National Anthem

Navy Publishes Guidance Warning Sailors Not to Protest National Anthem

Article Title: Navy Publishes Guidance Warning Sailors Not to Protest National Anthem

Snippet of Article: "...A message directed at active-duty sailors and reserve personnel on active duty cites Navy Regulation 1205, which mandates that personnel in uniform must stand at attention and face the flag when the national anthem is played. It also notes that a Navy administrative message published in 2009 requires Navy active-duty personnel in civilian clothes to face the flag, stand at attention, and place their right hand over their heart. "Additionally, Sailors receive training on the appropriate usage of social media, and must not use it to discredit the Naval Service, and should be reminded it could potentially be used as evidence against them," the guidance continues, a message apparently directed at the two sailors who published posts on Facebook about their protests. Failure to comply with these regulations, the message said, is punishable under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and constitutes commission of a serious offense -- grounds for administrative separation from the service ..."

Article Source: www.military.com

The Military Just Showed This Sailor What Happens When You Don't Stand for the National Anthem

The Military Just Showed This Sailor What Happens When You Don't Stand for the National Anthem

Article Title: The Military Just Showed This Sailor What Happens When You Don't Stand for the National Anthem

Snippet of Article: "...Ervin's protest is a direct violation of Navy Regulation 1205, which notes that "whenever the national anthem is played, all naval service personnel...shall stand at attention." Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Ervin's actions are technically illegal, and could result in a maximum punishment of "dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 2 years." ..."

Article Source: ijr.com

Military personnel and veterans challenged President Obama, often aggressively, at town hall meeting

Obama faces tough questions from military and veterans

Article Title: Obama faces tough questions from military and veterans

Snippet of Article: "...Military personnel and veterans challenged President Obama, often aggressively, on his refusal to use the phrase “Islamic terrorism,” his decision to open combat jobs up to women and the performance of the Department of Veterans Affairs at a town hall meeting here Wednesday. ..."

Article Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Obama details change of military role, mirroring Trump debate comments ...we're not going to have the capacity to police these countries.

President Obama town hall: 'The role has changed' for nation's military

Article Title: President Obama town hall: 'The role has changed' for nation's military

Snippet of Article: "...'It is the nature of the role that has changed," the president said. "Not how I assess it." And told the audience, "We can help in these countries ... but we're not going to have the capacity to police these countries.' ..."

Article Source: www.upi.com

Monday, September 26, 2016

4-star admiral wants to confront China. The White House says not so fast

4-star admiral wants to confront China. The White House says not so fast

Article Title: 4-star admiral wants to confront China. The White House says not so fast

Snippet of Article: "...The U.S. military's top commander in the Pacific is arguing behind closed doors for a more confrontational approach to counter and reverse China's strategic gains in the South China Sea, appeals that have met resistance from the White House at nearly every turn. ..."

Article Source: www.navytimes.com

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Military pay raise for 2017 will be 1.6 percent

Obama orders 1.6 percent military pay raise for 2017

Article Title: Obama orders 1.6 percent military pay raise for 2017

Snippet of Article: "...Obama invoked his executive powers to set the pay level at 0.5 percent below the expected increase in private sector wages, which would mark the fourth year in a row troops’ pay hikes failed to keep pace with their civilian peers ..."

Article Source: www.militarytimes.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Iranian Boats Harassed US Ship in Strait of Hormuz

Navy Says Iranian Boats Harassed US Ship in Strait of Hormuz

Article Title: Navy Says Iranian Boats Harassed US Ship in Strait of Hormuz

Snippet of Article: "...The destroyer fired ten flares in the direction of the Iranian boats and sounded the ship's whistle several times in an effort to warn the boats away, the official said. The Nitze also tried to communicate with the Iranians over the radio, and also changed course to avoid the vessels. The official said two boats ignored the warnings and continued to speed toward the Nitze until they were within 300 yards..."

Article Source: www.military.com

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The PTSD marijuana study is now recruiting veteran volunteers

The PTSD marijuana study is now recruiting veteran volunteers

Article Title: The PTSD marijuana study is now recruiting veteran volunteers

Snippet of Article: "...Researchers in Maryland and Arizona are looking for veteran volunteers to smoke up to two joints' worth of marijuana a day in a new study designed to find out if pot helps relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder ..."

Article Source: www.militarytimes.com

41 US military members have now contracted Zika

41 US military members have now contracted Zika

Article Title: 41 US military members have now contracted Zika

Snippet of Article: "...Eight new cases have been recorded in the last week, a Pentagon official told CNN. One of the military service members is a pregnant female. Under Pentagon health policies, female service members are permitted to move out of countries where Zika exists ..."

Article Source: www.cnn.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fly like a Blue Angel with new flight simulator app for your phone

Fly like a Blue Angel with new flight simulator app for your phone

Article Title: Fly like a Blue Angel with new flight simulator app for your phone

Snippet of Article: "...fly like a Blue Angel. Anyone can now practice aileron rolls with the Navy's elite demonstration via a new app that lets you steer the virtual F/A-18 Hornets with a smart phone. "Blue Angels: Aerobatic SIM," released on July 15 ..."

Article Source: android-apps-iphone-apps.blogspot.com

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pentagon will send hundreds more troops to Iraq following seizure of key airfield

Pentagon will send hundreds more troops to Iraq following seizure of key airfield

Article Title: Pentagon will send hundreds more troops to Iraq following seizure of key airfield

Snippet of Article: "...The decision will elevate the number of U.S. troops the Pentagon counts in Iraq to 4,647. Unofficially, that figure is probably closer to 6,000 when considering a variety of American troops who deploy on temporary assignments that the Pentagon does not include in its official tally ..."

Article Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Friday, July 1, 2016

Transgender Troops Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Military

Transgender Troops Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Military

Article Title: Transgender Troops Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Military

Snippet of Article: "... this point, the services will be required to provide medically necessary care and treatment to transgender service members according to the medical protocol and guidance.” In addition, as anonymous U.S. officials told the Associated Press: people with gender dysphoria, a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who have had reconstruction surgery may be disqualified as military recruits unless a medical provider certifies that they have been clinically stable in the preferred gender for 18 months, and are free of significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas. They also said transgender individuals receiving hormone therapy must have been stable on the medication for 18 months..."

Article Source: www.slate.com

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Marines say they misidentified one man in iconic 1945 Iwo Jima photo

Marines say they misidentified one man in iconic 1945 Iwo Jima photo

Article Title: Marines say they misidentified one man in iconic 1945 Iwo Jima photo

Photo: National Archives
Snippet of Article: "...The investigation solved one mystery but raised another. The Marine Corps investigation identified a man who has never been officially linked to the famous photo: Pvt. 1st Class Harold Schultz, who died in 1995 and went through life without publicly talking about his role ..."
Article Source: www.usatoday.com

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Another dangerous intercept of U.S. aircraft but no action from U.S. again

U.S. says China fighter made 'unsafe' intercept of spy plane

Article Title: U.S. says China fighter made 'unsafe' intercept of spy plane

Snippet of Article: "...The intercept involved two Chinese J-10 fighter planes and a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane, U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement. "One of the intercepting Chinese jets had an unsafe excessive rate of closure on the RC-135 aircraft ..."

Article Source: www.reuters.com

Eric Suarez served his country, now he wants Alabama city to work with him on his goals

Veteran in fight with Athens City Council over de-annexation request

Article Title: Veteran in fight with Athens City Council over de-annexation request

Snippet of Article: "...Eric Suarez spent years with the United States Marines and that included half-a-dozen combat tours. He just retired and now he's fighting a new enemy, the Athens City Council. "I'm 35-years-old, retired from the Marine Corps., my wife is a 12-year nurse, and I can make my own decisions. I'm a big boy, I take care of my stuff, and I stay out of everyone else's way," said Suarez. He wants the City Council to stay out of his way as well. His Nick Davis Road house is partially book ended by properties that sit in Limestone County. Across the street is a farm ...Last time I checked you don't control us we elect you," said Suarez..."

Article Source: www.waff.com

Friday, June 3, 2016

Blue Angels Pilot Killed After Jet Crashes In Tennessee

Blue Angels Pilot Killed After Jet Crashes In Tennessee

Article Title: Blue Angels Pilot Killed After Jet Crashes In Tennessee

Snippet of Article: "...The crash occurred around 3 p.m. local time and roughly 2 miles from the Smyrna, Tennessee Airport, according to the Navy. The other five Blue Angel jets were not involved and landed safely ..."

Article Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Former Navy pilot rescued after 20 hours treading water in Gulf

Former Navy pilot rescued after 20 hours treading water in Gulf

Article Title: Former Navy pilot rescued after 20 hours treading water in Gulf

Snippet of Article: "...The Coast Guard has rescued a former Navy pilot who spent 20 hours treading water in the Gulf of Mexico after falling out of his boat without a lifejacket ..."

Article Source: www.foxnews.com

Sunday, May 29, 2016

At new veterans cemetery, crowd and dignitaries turn out to 'dedicate this hallowed ground'

Article Title: At new veterans cemetery, crowd and dignitaries turn out to 'dedicate this hallowed ground'

Snippet of Article: "...the crowd of about 1,000 people who sat and stood in the green pastures to help dedicate the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery on the outskirts of this community of about 1,300 people. ..."

Article Source: www.startribune.com

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The First Official Memorial Day May 30, 1868

The First Official Memorial Day May 30, 1868

Article Title: The First Official Memorial Day May 30, 1868

Snippet of Article: "...Do you celebrate Memorial Day? In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day. He declared it to be "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land." Where do you suppose that first Memorial Day took place..."

Article Source: www.americaslibrary.gov