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

These vets were best friends in Vietnam: Watch their reunion 46 years later

These vets were best friends in Vietnam: Watch their reunion 46 years later

Article Title: These vets were best friends in Vietnam: Watch their reunion 46 years later

Snippet of Article: "... Mike "Pete" Peterson and Mac "Stretch" McMullen's friendship is Hollywood-worthy. More than four decades ago, the two met during the Vietnam War, and quickly became inseparable ..."

Article Source: www.today.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax

Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax

Article Title: www.archives.gov Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax

SF-180 (PDF) Form
SF-180 (PDF)
Snippet of Article: "...Includes DD 214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, Replacement Medals, and/or Medical Records ..."
Article Source: www.archives.gov

307,000 veterans may have died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

307,000 veterans may have died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

Article Title: 307,000 veterans may have died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

Snippet of Article: "...The report released Wednesday reveals a web of complications with the VA's management of health care enrollment data, including a lack of procedures to oversee records, software glitches within the records system and inconsistency in identifying veterans who have died. The inspector general found the VA's office responsible for enrollment "has not effectively managed its business processes to ensure the consistent creation and maintenance of essential data." ..."

Article Source: www.cnn.com

VA wrongly declares veterans dead, cuts off their benefits

VA wrongly declares veterans dead, cuts off their benefits

Article Title: VA wrongly declares veterans dead, cuts off their benefits

Snippet of Article: "..."They're just so hard to work with now. They used to be a nice organization, helpful," the 86-year-old woman said. "Now, you call them and they don't even want to talk to you. It's just really sad." In response to one of several inquiries Jolly has made about the VA's mistaken death notices, an agency official blamed the Social Security Administration for providing faulty data ..."

Article Source: www.washingtonexaminer.com

Active-duty U.S. soldiers, veteran summit Mount Everest

Active-duty U.S. soldiers, veteran summit Mount Everest

Article Title: Active-duty U.S. soldiers, veteran summit Mount Everest

Snippet of Article: "...Retired Staff Sgt. Chad Jukes, 2nd Lt. Harold Earls and Capt. Elyse Ping Medvigy reached the summit of Mount Everest on Tuesday. Soldiers, wounded veteran start Everest climb to put spotlight on PTSD Soldiers, veteran start Everest climb to put spotlight on PTSD Together, they climbed for nonprofit organization U.S. Expeditions and Explorations (USX) to shed light on the uphill battle that veterans ..."

Article Source: www.cnn.com

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Register Now! #ExploreVA Life Insurance Facebook Chat

Article Title: #ExploreVA Life Insurance Facebook Chat

Snippet of Article: "...Join representatives from VA, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and others in the Veteran community for the May 19 #ExploreVA Facebook Chat to learn more about your options, eligibility requirements and deadlines for applying for VA life insurance. Participating is easy: Visit the IVMF Facebook page on May 19 at 2 p.m. ET. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. in the comment section of the post announcing the Facebook Chat. Register here or click the red "Register for event reminders" button to receive an e-mail reminder the day of the event with a link to the page. You will need a Facebook account to participate. ..."

Article Source: explore.va.gov

U.S. Special Forces order airstrike on Somali militants

U.S. Special Forces order airstrike on Somali militants

Article Title: U.S. Special Forces order airstrike on Somali militants

Snippet of Article: "...U.S. Special Operations called in an airstrike on Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia Thursday when a mission to help Ugandan forces the American troops were accompanying turned into an unexpected battle. The incident occurred west of Mogadishu ..."

Article Source: www.cnn.com

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

West Point rules 'Black Power' racist fist salute not political

West Point Rules Black Power Salute Cadet Photo Was Not Political

Article Title: West Point Rules Black Power Salute Cadet Photo Was Not Political

Snippet of Article: "...West Point has ruled that a photo featuring 16 black female cadets with their fists raised in the air, a symbol actively used by Black Lives Matter, was not political..."

Article Source: dailycaller.com

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Stand with Tyler for Liberty

Stand with Tyler for Liberty

Article Title: Stand with Tyler for Liberty

Snippet of Article: "...Help Tyler Truitt defend his home and civil liberties. This veteran lives in a manufactured home off-the-grid and the city of Huntsville, AL is trying to kick him out ..."

Article Source: www.facebook.com

What date do Huntsville area veterans need to show up to protect Marine veteran Tyler Truitt against City of Huntsville?

What date do Huntsville area veterans need to show up to protect Marine veteran Tyler Truitt against City of Huntsville? "...Disgusting: You can live in camps under bridges in Huntsville, but veteran can't live off-the-grid..." Reference: www.wtvm.com

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Where are the veterans in office? Path from combat to Congress fading

Where are the veterans in office? Path from combat to Congress fading

Article Title: Where are the veterans in office? Path from combat to Congress fading

Snippet of Article: "...It’s an alarm former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, rang at a networking event for vets on Capitol Hill last month. “At a time when everything is hair-triggered, everything is nitroglycerin, and miscalculations can lead to a lot of trouble, we need veterans’ input,” he said, referring not only to the veteran void in Congress, but also the Executive Branch and beyond. ..."

Article Source: www.foxnews.com

U.S. to buy more Russian rocket motors for national security

House committee approves more rockets for Decatur joint venture

Article Title: House committee approves more rockets for Decatur joint venture

Snippet of Article: "...House Armed Services Committee approved a defense policy bill early Thursday morning that would increase the cap on the amount of Russian-made rocket engines to be used in U.S. national security ..."

Article Source: www.al.com

Laughing at the U.S.: Russians 'barrel roll' over another U.S. Air Force plane

Russians 'barrel roll' over another U.S. Air Force plane

Article Title: Russians 'barrel roll' over another U.S. Air Force plane

Snippet of Article: "...The Russian SU-27 approached alongside within 25 feet of the U.S. aircraft and then flew inverted over the top of the plane to the other side, Lt. Col. Michelle L. Baldanza, a U.S. Army spokesperson, said in a statement ..."

Article Source: www.cnn.com

China denies visit request by U.S. carrier group

China denies Hong Kong visit request by U.S. carrier group: Pentagon

Article Title: China denies Hong Kong visit request by U.S. carrier group: Pentagon

Snippet of Article: "...China has denied a request for a U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS John C. Stennis to visit to Hong Kong, the U.S. Defense Department said on Friday, amid heightened tensions over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. ..."

Article Source: www.reuters.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

House committee votes to require women to register for draft

House committee votes to require women to register for draft

Article Title: House committee votes to require women to register for draft

Snippet of Article: "...Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee’s bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units ..."
Article Source: www.stltoday.com

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Veteran Groups Sue Federal Agency Over Lejeune Water Claims

Veteran Groups Sue Federal Agency Over Lejeune Water Claims

Article Title: Veteran Groups Sue Federal Agency Over Lejeune Water Claims

Snippet of Article: "...The lawsuit says between 1953 and 1987 nearly one million Marines, sailors, civilian employees and family members unknowingly "drank, cooked with, and bathed in contaminated water" at Camp Lejeune ..."

Article Source: abcnews.go.com

TSA Should Stand for ‘Thank Servicemembers Appropriately’

TSA Should Stand for ‘Thank Servicemembers Appropriately’

Article Title: TSA Should Stand for ‘Thank Servicemembers Appropriately’

Snippet of Article: "... As an active-duty service member or Department of Defense government civilian, the Transportation Security Administration wants you to know they are grateful for your service to our country. That’s why TSA is offering free expedited screening to those who qualify..."

Article Source: www.dodlive.mil

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

GM Honors Veterans with Expanded Military Discount Program

GM Honors Veterans with Expanded Military Discount Program

Article Title: GM Honors Veterans with Expanded Military Discount Program

Snippet of Article: "...The latest GM Military Discount program features an invoice cost for the model and options (less than the MSRP) plus destination fees and a $150 program fee for eligible vehicles. In most cases the discount can be combined with current incentives – including bonus cash, consumer cash, GM Card and any trade-in allowance ..."

Article Source: www.autocreditexpress.com

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Vietnam Veteran Gets Approval To Build Memorial For Fallen Brethren

Vietnam Veteran Gets Approval To Build Memorial For Fallen Brethren

Article Title: Vietnam Veteran Gets Approval To Build Memorial For Fallen Brethren

Snippet of Article: "...A Vietnam Veteran had one of his wishes come true when Amherst Town council unanimously approved his request to construct a memorial for his fallen brethren. John Mason from VFW Post 9877 says much of his life has been spent honoring the past ..."

Article Source: wset.com

Home from basic training, soldier reunites with 13-year-old dog in heartwarming video

Home from basic training, soldier reunites with 13-year-old dog in heartwarming video

Article Title: Home from basic training, soldier reunites with 13-year-old dog in heartwarming video

Snippet of Article: www.today.com "... 'It pulled at my heartstrings, to say goodbye, though having never actually left home before I didn't realize the importance of giving proper goodbyes,' she said. ..."

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Air Force veteran is convicted of trying to enter Syria to support ISIS

Air Force veteran is convicted of trying to enter Syria to support ISIS

Article Title: Air Force veteran is convicted of trying to enter Syria to support ISIS

Snippet of Article: "...In 2001, while working for American Airlines, a co-worker of Pugh alerted the FBI that Pugh "sympathized with Osama bin Laden, felt that the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies overseas was justified and expressed anti-American sentiment," according to his criminal complaint. ..."

Article Source: www.cnn.com

Possible next Commander-in-chief Clinton defends role in Benghazi attack and her shifting explanations for the crisis

Clinton defends role in Benghazi attack

Article Title: The Latest: Clinton defends role in Benghazi attack

Snippet of Article: "...mission in Benghazi, Libya. She said at Wednesday's debate that her shifting explanations for the crisis in the early hours were because of changing dynamics..."

Article Source: www.foxnews.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Be prepared to back up VA claim

VETERANS VOICE: Be prepared to back up VA claim

Article Title: VETERANS VOICE: Be prepared to back up VA claim

Snippet of Article: "...It’s important veterans understand what a “well-grounded claim” for disability compensation or other VA benefits means. Simply, it means you’ve provided needed evidence to successfully support your claim. If your claim isn’t well-grounded, it will be denied. For a service-connected disability compensation claim, you must ..."

Article Source: www.theleafchronicle.com

Friday, February 26, 2016

Is the V.A. on your side or the enemy when it comes to care?

Watchdog says IG dropped ball on VA probe, tried to 'discredit' whistleblowers

Article Title: Watchdog says IG dropped ball on VA probe, tried to 'discredit' whistleblowers

Snippet of Article: "...As with other VA hospitals, whistleblowers had claimed supervisors told employees to violate scheduling rules while hiding delays in seeing patients. But Lerner said the IG tried to “discredit the whistleblowers by focusing on the word ‘secret,’ rather than reviewing the access to care issues identified by the whistleblowers … OIG also denied OSC's request to review a copy of the complete investigation reports, undermining our ability to properly assess the VA's resolution of these issues.” ..."

Article Source: www.foxnews.com

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Decision looms for Army sergeant who protected Afghan boy

Decision looms for Army sergeant who protected Afghan boy

Article Title: Decision looms for Army sergeant who protected Afghan boy

Snippet of Article: "...Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a Green Beret with an 11-year Special Forces career, was stationed in Afghanistan in 2011 when the boy's mother came to him and said she'd been beaten and her son raped by a local police commander. Martland and another soldier summoned the police official and, when the man laughed at them, threw him off the base. Martland and Daniel Quinn were both disciplined for their actions ..."

Article Source: www.foxnews.com

Adventure Trips Push Disabled Vets Physically & Mentally

Adventure Trips Push Disabled Vets Physically & Mentally

Article Title: Adventure Trips Push Disabled Vets Physically & Mentally

Snippet of Article: "...Some vets think they can’t do things like that again, but they can. That hike specifically, through Yosemite National Park, was completed by several disabled vets through an adventure organization called Paradox Sports, which offers backpacking, mountaineering, ice climbing and other pretty extreme trips to any disabled person up for the challenge. For vets, it helps them regain their sense of self and brotherhood ..."

Article Source: www.dodlive.mil

Decorated Marine attacked by group of teens outside D.C. McDonald's

Article Title: Decorated Marine attacked by group of teens outside D.C. McDonald's

Snippet of Article: "...Marquez said he believes the attack was racially motivated. He remembers being accosted at the McDonald's in Washington's Chinatown neighborhood by five people between 16 and 21 years old. Most were men or boys. One may have been female. “The kids were asking me if I think that black lives mattered,” Marquez said ..."

Article Source: www.wkyc.com