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Timothy M. Rivinus: Be mindful of the memories of combat veterans

Posted by qmtroy on July 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

BY TIMOTHY M. RIVINUS

Veterans Day and Memorial Day are designated to honor those who have served, been wounded or have given their “last full measure of devotion” to the country. With combat veterans among us, the Fourth of July also deserves equal consideration and preparation.

From our country’s beginning, small arms fire and the firing cannons have been part of our celebration of independence. In 1776, our 13 colonies were battlefields. The sounds of the Four...

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Homeland Security Police Caught Harassing Sick Veterans

Posted by qmtroy on June 29, 2014 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (1)

June 13, 2014 | Benjamin Krause

SAN DIEGO – Veterans were horrified while seeking VA health care on Wednesday when approached by Homeland Security police in an Operation Shield exercise. The exercise was for the purpose of “presence deterrence” at a VA health care facility in San Diego. Many veterans’ legal advocates are concerned about what this “presence deterrence” actually means and what it seeks to accomplish for veterans needing care.

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Veteran, 100, Finally Getting High School Diploma

Posted by qmtroy on June 29, 2014 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Associated Press | Jun 28, 2014

 

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- A 100-year-old Army veteran of World War II is finally getting his high school diploma -- as is his great-grandson.

 

George Hulka Jr. made it to eighth grade at a one-room schoolhouse and worked on his family's dairy farm in the upstate New York town of Saratoga before being drafted ahead of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941.

 

He went on to fight as a rifleman from North Africa to G...

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World War II Vet Jack Thurman shares his Iwo Jima storiesBy Jessica Benes Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

Posted by qmtroy on February 23, 2014 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Battle of Iwo Jima veteran U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jack Thurman talks Wednesday about an injury he suffered during the fight in 1945. This week marks the 69th anniversary of the key World War II battle. ( Matthew Jonas )


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70,000 vets still have chance to gain 'retiree' status

Posted by qmtroy on November 1, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

by Tom Philpott

About 70,000 disabled veterans who served on active duty after 9/11, and were medically discharged with disability ratings of 20 percent or less, still have a shot to gain “retiree” status, with base shopping privileges and lifetime eligibility to TRICARE for them and families.

The catch is they have to know about this opportunity and to apply.

Applying is a breeze.  Notifying eligible veterans they can apply is the greater challenge.  E...

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Veteran congresswoman hammers IRS contractor's questionable veterans disability claim

Posted by qmtroy on October 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 Caroline May  06/26/2013

At a House oversight hearing Wednesday on “questionable contracting practices at IRS,” Illinois Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth hammered an IRS contractor for claiming a suspect veterans disability to get a competitive advantage for his business.

Duckworth, ...

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Women veterans face stereotypes on and off the field

Posted by qmtroy on October 22, 2013 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Asha Anchan, Kelsey Hightower and Caitlin Cruz
The Center for Public Integrity

The fight to feel like a veteran weighs substantially on female soldiers returning from war, though their numbers have been historic, with more than 280,000 returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade. A News21 demographic analysis shows that 17.4 percent of post-9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are women. More than ...

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Military Articles Veterans Heroes Navajo code talkers share stories of service Robert Walley and Bill Toledo, former Marines assigned to field communications in the South Pacific, are touring the US to raise awareness about Navajo code

Posted by qmtroy on October 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso Times

Navajo Code Talkers who served in World War II discussed their work and signed autographs today at Fort Bliss.

Robert Walley, 93, and Bill Toledo, 89, both former Marines who were assigned to field communications duties in the South Pacific, are on a national tour to raise awareness about the Navajo code t...

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Vietnam Veterans receive Silver and Bronze Star medals Unit's bravery during the first Battle of Khe Sanh was never recognized until now

Posted by qmtroy on October 22, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

By Julie Watson

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — It began with a retired Marine general listening to veterans reminisce about the terrifying day they fought the North Vietnamese army troops on a jungle hillside and saw 75 percent of their unit be killed or wounded.

Maj. Gen. John Admire said he was shocked to learn not one of the unit's survivors who fought while rescuing their fellow Marines had been recognized for their courage: One veteran still has shrapnel in his face...

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One Warrior's Perspective On PTSD

Posted by qmtroy on September 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

by Scot Spooner on September 17, 2013

 Quin has been on me to write this article now for months, and I now feel that the time is right to do so. Tom and I have done videos and podcasts up until this point. Funny thing is, I believe I am better at writing about things than I am speaking about them, so this is truly overdue and I am excited to get it all out on paper. I have no idea where this writing will go, and plan on just letting it fly, so if the material is in no certain order...

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