Today’s Sermon: Is God Punishing Me?

Speaker: Dr. John Street
Scripture: Hebrews 12:7-11

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U.S. Finally Gets a Presidential Candidate Who Takes on Utter Failure of Open Borders Policies

CAPS — After years of being ignored or dismissed, last night millions of Americans were given a voice when billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump accepted the GOP nomination for President of the United States, directly and clearly calling out the country’s massive immigration failure in all its reality, and promising, “We will be a country of law and order.”

Those who have not had their stories told by mainstream media, or listened to by elected officials and others from corporate offices to academic offices, include the many who have had family members victimized or murdered by illegal aliens. Not listened to for years also have been ranchers and farmers who live on the U.S.-Mexico border and experience first-hand the lawlessness of illegal immigration, members of law enforcement, workers who have lost jobs to foreign workers and concerned citizens, among others.

Stating that government’s most basic duty is to defend its citizens – and alluding to the past eight years of the Obama Administration and his competitor for the White House who has vowed to continue Obama’s policies – Trump said, “Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead.”

Trump declared, “The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end” and proceeded to some of the facts that CAPS has addressed: nearly 180,000 illegal aliens with criminal records ordered deported are “roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” and more illegal immigrant families have entered the U.S. year-to-date than in all of last year, most being released “into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.”

He named several victims of illegal immigration, including parents Sabine Durden, Mary Ann Mendoza and Jamiel Shaw whose children were killed by illegal aliens; 32-year-old Kate Steinle, and 21-year-old Sarah Root, killed the day after graduating college with a 4.0 grade point average.




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Immigration Court Backlog Has MORE THAN DOUBLED on Obama’s Watch

Note from OOV: Could this backlog have anything to do with the actions Obama took and failed to take in his first days in office? I recall his long delay in appointing immigration judges as early as 2009. In 2011 Obama reassigned 81 immigration court prosecutors to other non-immigration duties. Why? Was it part of his unconstitutional plan to delay the deportation of millions of illegal aliens in hope of turning them into future democrat voters?

DAILY CALLER — The number of illegal aliens waiting for their day in a U.S. immigration court has more than doubled since President Obama took office.

According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the backlog reached an all-time high of 496,704 at the end of June.

That’s up from a backlog of 223,809 immigration cases that were pending at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, when Obama took office.

According to TRAC, the average wait time for an immigration case also reached an all-time high of 672 days. That’s up from 430 days in 2009 and 643 last year.

The massive influx of unaccompanied alien children from Central America beginning in 2014 has contributed significantly to the backlog.

[dcquiz] TRAC found that 29 percent of pending immigration court cases involved unaccompanied minors or women with children. Such cases are deemed high priority and have led to delays for other immigration cases.

In states like Texas, which bore the brunt of the Central American surge, average wait times have grown at a much quicker pace than the U.S. as a whole.


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Meghan McCain Puppets for Her Open Borders, Pro-Amnesty Daddy With Her Disavowl of Trump & GOP

THE HILL — The daughter of Sen. John McCain went viral Thursday night, after she tweeted that the GOP was “dead to her” as Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination:

The message has been retweeted almost 6,000 times and liked more than 8,500 times.

In an interview with The Hill on Friday, Meghan McCain expanded on why she feels the GOP is now a corpse.

“The Republican Party used to be about free markets, statesmanship, leadership, and the rights to life and liberty for all people,” explained McCain. “Now it’s a party of identity politics, limousine liberalism, anti-immigrant rhetoric and incoherent foreign policy.

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Another Illegal Abuse of Power by a Democrat Shot Down in Court!!

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat Governor of Virginia, followed the illicit lead set by President Barack Obama in abusing Executive Power to benefit the Democrat Party. Obama abused his power by issuing an Executive Order that would have circumvented the US Congress and existing law in order to curry favor with Hispanics by exempting illegal aliens from deportation.

In a similar vein, McAuliffe thought he had found a brilliant way to grow the Democrat Party without the need to spend huge amounts of time and money on voter recruitment. His scheme: Restore the voting rights of convicted felons in time to benefit corrupt Hillary in November!

Acting on this evil impulse, McAuliffe issued an Executive Order which would have enfranchised more than 200,000 felons to vote in 2016.

As was the case with Obama’s Executive Order, the McAuliffe ruse was ruled unconstitutional, in the McAuliffe case by the Virginia Supreme Court.

As reported:

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s action restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons was unconstitutional, Virginia’s highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority.

    In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Virginia ordered the state to cancel the registration of the more than 11,000 felons who had signed up to vote so far under the governor’s April executive order. Top Republicans called it “a major victory for the Constitution, the rule of law and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

    “Our nation was founded on the principles of limited government and separation of powers. Those principles have once again withstood assault from the executive branch. This opinion is a sweeping rebuke of the governor’s unprecedented assertion of executive authority,” House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement.”

Pity the poor Democrats! Without felons, the Party will have to rely on other acts of voter fraud to boost turnout for the most corrupt Democrat of all….Hillary Clinton!

John W. Lillpop
Pine Grove, California




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More Than 66,000 Dead During EPN Administration; a Murder Every 25 Minutes

BORDERLAND BEAT — During the 43 months of Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, there have been 66,433 murders recognized by the federal government and the state prosecutors, and 2016 is aiming to be the most violent year so far of EPN’s presidential term. Intentional homicides increased 14% in comparison to 2015, which had been the most violent, in 2016, a murder is committed every 25 minutes.

According to the National Public Security System (SNSP), from January to June 2015, 8,979 murders were committed, while in the same period of 2016, 10,301 were committed, ie, 1,322 more than the previous year.

Mexico on average experiences 56 murders a day, representing a murder every 25 minutes.

Throughout 2015, 18,665 murders were committed, while in the first six months of 2016, there have been 10,301 intentional homicides reported, representing an increase of 55.1% of the total of last year.

With 18,665 murders in 2015, it was placed as the most violent year of the administration of EPN; followed by 2013, with 18,447 murders; followed by 2014, with 17,324; and in December of 2012, with 1,696.

In 2016, the State of Mexico ranks first nationally in intentional homicide with 1,136; followed by Guerrero with 1,052; Chihuahua with 592; and Michoacán with 594.




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Birthright Citizenship for Spawn of Illegals Drives Taxpayers to Face Billion Dollar Expenses for Zika Babies

BREITBART — A Colombian mother came to Harris County, Texas during her third trimester of pregnancy. Her baby was born with Zika-linked microcephaly, a congenital birth defect where the head and brain are only partially developed. If just 100 of these babies are born in the state, it would cost taxpayers over a billion dollars during the lifetimes of the children. The cost for the 400 pregnant women who have tested positive for Zika in the U.S. to date, would total almost $4 billion.

The disease is prevalent in Central American countries, as reported by Breitbart Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel advisory warning pregnant women to not travel to Latin and Central America – areas that have been hit hard by the disease.

On July 15, Breitbart Texas reported about the birth of a child in the state with the condition, the first in Texas. The condition prevents a baby’s brain and head from fully developing. The director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden stated in April at the Zika Summit press conference that “a single child with birth defects can usually cost $10 million dollars to care for or more.” That figure seems to be a baseline, but using that number and multiplying it by a hundred infants born with Zika-related problems, is astronomical.


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Pastor Fights Against Government Restrictions on Political Sermons

DAILY SIGNAL — When the Rev. Gus Booth found out the IRS was dropping its inquiry into Warroad Community Church where he preaches, he was actually disappointed.

“We wanted to go to court,” Booth told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “This is the First Amendment vs. the IRS code. One standard of the law would win.”

The IRS has almost never fully enforced the Johnson Amendment, which the new Republican Party platform calls for getting rid of. The language of the platform is:

    Places of worship for the first time in our history have reason to fear the loss of tax-exempt status merely for espousing and practicing traditional religious beliefs that have been held across the world for thousands of years, and for almost four centuries in America. We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

Republican nominee Donald Trump echoed the platform’s policy position in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, saying, “An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.”

The IRS commenced its probe of the Warroad, Minnesota, church in early 2009 after Booth endorsed John McCain, R-Ariz., in the 2008 presidential election. The church had to turn over documents and minutes from meetings. However, in July he got a letter saying the probe was dropped for procedural reasons, but with a warning that it might start again.

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Clinton’s Co-Gun Grabber, Tim Kaine, on Gun Control

BREITBART — On July 22 Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine is a Democrat Senator from Virginia who supports a ban on 15-round “clips” and “assault weapons,” and who wants to enact a law to hold gun dealers liable for the misuse of firearms.

During the June 26 airing of Meet the Press, Kaine told Chuck Todd that he voted for an “assault weapons” ban before and “would likely vote for it again.” But he stressed that he believes “limitations on the size of magazines and ammunition clips” is the first step to take.

Todd asked Kaine if he believes the sale of AR-15 rifles ought to be illegal, and Kaine offered no direct answer, Instead, he suggested the problem with banning certain rifles is that the ban can be circumvented. Kaine said:

    Here’s the thing, I have voted for [the assault weapons ban], and I would likely vote for it again, but here’s the practical problem I think you’re aware of. As soon as you define what an assault weapon is–that you can’t sell a weapon and here’s how to describe it–gun manufacturers just make one adjustment or two and they say, “See, this isn’t subject to the limitation.”

On September 8, 2015–just two weeks after Vester Lee Flanagan used a legally purchased firearm to kill news reporter Alison Parker on-air–Kaine put forward a bill to hold licensed gun dealers liable for the misuse of firearms. The bill was designed to “raise the bar” and require more “accountability” on the part of gun sellers. The Roanoke Times reported that Kaine’s bill “would make gun sellers criminally liable for a bad sale if they didn’t take reasonable, affirmative steps to determine the customer met federal criteria.”

Consider the scenario–Flanagan passed a federal background check for his gun. He passed the very same check that Hillary Clinton, Gabby Giffords, and others assure us will reduce crime and/or make us safer. But after passing the check and acquiring the gun, Flanagan carried out an evil deed. Background checks will never stop a latent criminal from getting a gun; they only stop actual criminals.

Yet even though the law was followed regarding Flanagan–a federal background check completed and passed–Kaine’s response was to push for more liability on the licensed gun dealer. In other words, he wants the gun dealer held responsible for what a buyer does after exiting the store with a firearm the FBI allowed him to purchase.

This is Hillary Clinton’s running mate.


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American Veteran News 07.23.16

HOOSIER HERO OPENS UP ABOUT HIS 448 DAYS SPENT AS A WORLD WAR II PRISONER OF WAR — FOX59 — BROWNSBURG, Ind. — It`s been more than 70 years since World War II ended. According to Veterans’ Affairs, more than 130,000 Americans were held prisoner. 93,000 were held in the European theater alone. One of those captured in Italy is Hoosier veteran Ray Sells.

Sells had just graduated from high school and entered the U.S. Army. Sells, an army corporal with the 141st Regiment, arrived in Italy with the 36th Infantry Division. Shortly after landing, the 141st sustained heavy losses during a battle. Hundreds of Americans were captured, including Sells.

“It was at Rapido River crossing in southern Italy this group of us made it across there. All of a sudden we were surrounded by these German soldiers,” said Sells.

He and his fellow soldiers were loaded into boxcars and sent to a stalag, a prisoner of war camp. “That`s when they transported us up from southern Italy up into Poland,” Sells explained.

Sells opened up to us about his time as a prisoner of war at his home at American Senior Communities Brownsburg Meadows Assisted Living Facility.

“They weren`t too harsh on us. I definitely had it better than those in the South Pacific. We got some fair treatment. We were not mistreated,” said Sells.

CHEYENNE VA TO CONDUCT ‘NO VETERAN DIES ALONE’ TRAINING — JOURNAL ADVOCATE — The Cheyenne Veteran Affairs Medical Center will conduct its annual “No Veteran Dies Alone” training on Thursdays, beginning Aug. 4 through Sept. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the medical center’s auditorium, located at 2360 East Pershing Blvd., in Cheyenne.

Emotionally mature volunteers from all walks of life are needed for a variety of positions including program coordination, clerical support, as well as patient and family support. According to VA Chaplain Carol Carr, some volunteers will have a unique opportunity to be available during the death and dying process of our American heroes.

“Many patients, especially those with long hospitalizations or those residing in the facilities Community Living Center benefit from the regular visitation, companionship, and support of the program volunteers,” Carr said.

She said, the facilities 20-hour training program prepares volunteers in honoring veterans; meeting the emotional needs of those who would otherwise be alone at the end of life; as well as providing family members with a brief respite while keeping vigil.

Those interested in participating in this training should contact the Cheyenne VA Medical Center’s Voluntary Services at 307-778-7317 or Chaplain Services at 307-778-7377.

VETERAN AMPUTEE BERATED FOR PARKING IN A HANDICAP SPOT — T&P — Marine Corps veteran Brandon Rumbaugh lost his legs in Afghanistan, but a store employee confronted him for parking in a handicap spot.

On July 17, Marine Corps veteran Brandon Rumbaugh and his girlfriend pulled into a local GetGo convenience store in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.

Rumbaugh lost both legs in 2009 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while attempting to rescue a wounded member of his platoon in Afghanistan. Most people would likely agree that his decision to park in a handicap spot was justified.

But not everybody. As his girlfriend entered the store, Rumbaugh was still getting out of the car. Upon seeing his girlfriend enter the store, a customer confronted her, asking why the couple felt entitled to park in a handicap spot. So Rumbaugh came to her defense. That’s when a GetGo employee got involved.

Rumbaugh told WPXI News that the employee asked, “Why are you so upset? I’m not the reason you lost your legs. I didn’t shoot them off.”

Rumbaugh told WPXI that he was stunned by the remark and asked the employee to repeat what she said. And she did.

After the exchange, Rumbaugh went home and posted the story on his Facebook.

According to WPXI, when reached for comment, the employee didn’t deny what she had said, but she did defend her actions, suggesting that Rumbaugh was “belligerent.” As a result, Giant Eagle, GetGo’s parent company, fired the employee and issued this apology:

“At Giant Eagle, Inc., having respect for others is essential to how we serve our communities, and is a belief we insist each Team Member hold in the highest regard. The recent comments made by a former Elizabeth GetGo Team Member were completely inappropriate and entirely unacceptable, resulting in the Team Member’s termination. We once again extend our sincere apologies to Mr. Rumbaugh for his unfortunate experience.”

VETS DESERVE BETTER THAN THE VA’S PROPOSED CHANGE FOR ANESTHESIA — THE HILL — The quality of care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been the subject of news headlines across the country for more than two years now. Unfortunately, the VA is currently considering a health care proposal that would fundamentally lower the quality and safety of anesthesia care for our nation’s Veterans by removing physician anesthesiologists from oversight of anesthetic care.

The proposed policy, which was published for public comment in the Federal Register, would change how advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) deliver care at the VA and it’s getting America’s attention. With only a few days remaining until the close of the comment period, more than 95,000 people have posted comments and observers have called this federal regulatory issue one of the hottest topics in Washington.

The Federal Register is full of proposals that may seem more exciting or controversial, but I believe this issue has caught the public’s attention because people sincerely care about our nation’s Veterans and believe their health care should not be compromised.

Americans understand that it would be wrong to lower the standard of care provided to these men and women who have so bravely served our country.

Here’s the issue. The proposed policy is one way the VA is trying to improve access to care for patients. The new policy would expand the role of advanced practice registered nurses so they can act like physicians. The advanced practice nurses include nurse anesthetists, who currently work as part of a team with physician anesthesiologists. Under the new rule, physician anesthesiologists would be removed from the team and the operating room, leaving nurses to administer anesthesia and make life or death decisions that frequently occur during anesthesia.

NEW YORK MAN HELD NAVY VET, 81, CAPTIVE FOR FOUR YEARS TO STEAL HIS BENEFITS — NY DAILY NEWS — A New York man who held a Navy veteran captive for four years while he stole the veteran’s benefits was arrested Wednesday, authorities confirmed.

Perry Coniglio, 43, who allegedly beat and starved the “mentally diminished” Korean War veteran while getting high and living lavishly in an adjoining room at a miserable motel, was charged with unlawful imprisonment, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering an incompetent person, menacing and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The victim, 81-year-old David McClellan, who suffers from advanced dementia, was controlled “with brute force and intimidation,” Detective Joseph Cornetta told the Hudson Valley News Network.

McClellan was imprisoned in the U.S. Academy Motel in Highland Falls. The victim lived in a cramped room cluttered with rubbish and heaps of his assorted belongings. He slept on a mattress stained with mildew and a pillow covered with drops of blood, rarely bathed and was fed a bowl of cereal each day, police said.

5 THINGS WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT PTSD SINCE 9/11 — T&P — New research shows post-traumatic stress treatments are advancing, and there is hope for those suffering its effects.

There’s no need to reiterate the common platitudes about post-traumatic stress disorder that we’ve all heard before, focusing on demystifying the “invisible wounds of war.” The conversation has moved beyond that now, and post-traumatic stress is no longer being looked at as a “disorder” but as a normal reaction to abnormally stressful circumstances.

Experts have learned that it’s not necessarily a life sentence, but rather a treatable condition that can be attacked from a number of different angles. Still, while it’s an extremely positive thing that we’re collectively making an effort to move beyond outdated and damaging stereotypes, PTSD remains an undeniable challenge that creates real suffering — as anyone who has ever gone through it, or walked through it with a loved one, can attest.

After the start of the post-9/11 conflicts, the study of post-traumatic stress grew rapidly to meet the needs of returning veterans. Ph.D. and former Army Lt. Col. Glenn R. Schiraldi detailed many of these changes in a recently revised edition of “The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth,” which includes detailed information on what has been learned since the beginning of the 21st century. Among these new insights are five main takeaways.

What constitutes an official diagnosis of “PTSD” has been expanded.

BILL PROVIDING DENTAL INSURANCE FOR VETS GOES TO OBAMA — DR. BICUSPID — A bill to provide dental insurance for U.S. military veterans and their eligible family members was sent on July 19 to President Barack Obama for signing after being approved by the U.S. Senate on July 13 and the U.S. House of Representatives on July 14. It will allow veterans enrolled in a health insurance plan through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to buy dental insurance at reduced rates through MetLife or Delta Dental.

The VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016, S. 3055, continues the current veteran dental insurance pilot program that was established by legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) in 2010. This bill expands eligibility for the program to all veterans who do not currently receive dental benefits from the VA.

“We’re supportive of all efforts to extend dental coverage to veterans, and reauthorizing this program certainly would do that,” ADA President Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, a third-generation Navy veteran, told “Anything that deals with the military and veterans is very important to me.”

The three-year pilot program was due to expire at the end of 2016.

VETERAN’S SUICIDE RAISES CONCERN ABOUT IOWA CITY VA CARE — IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN — The death of an eastern Iowa veteran is raising concerns about reports that the Iowa City veterans hospital denied him inpatient treatment hours before his suicide, and one Iowa lawmaker is asking officials for answers.

Sgt. Brandon Ketchum, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, died by suicide in the early hours of July 8, at age 33, said his partner, Kristine Nichols. She said that, hours before his death, he sought inpatient treatment for mental health concerns at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

Nichols, 33, who lived with Ketchum in Bettendorf, said he struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse after serving in the U.S. Marines and the Army National Guard. She said that when he asked for a bed at the hospital, his doctor turned him away with instructions to take his medication.

Nichols said she was closely involved with Ketchum’s treatment. She said he received inpatient treatment in the past, and continued to receive medication and counseling through the VA health care system.

Nichols said Ketchum, after leaving the hospital, texted her about what happened. She said he spent the night in a house he was fixing up in Davenport. About 2 a.m., he posted on Facebook about his frustrations, she said.

DO NOT MISS YOUR CHANCE FOR A NEW VA TBI EXAMINATION — DISABLED VETERANS — Department of Veterans Affairs is sending new VA TBI examination reprocessing letters to veterans entitled to new exams due to VA’s failure to use qualified doctors.

The examination notice letters include language highlighting that veterans run the risk of a rating reduction if their traumatic brain injury (TBI) claim is reprocessed. No doubt luminary (sarcasm) Under Secretary Tom Murphy had his hand in that one. But they do get the point across.

Act now. If you do not, you lose out.

Veterans receiving the notice letters have one year to opt in for a new examination. If the qualified doctors confirm a previously undiagnosed TBI, they could be entitled to significant health care and compensation benefits.


For a little background, VA repeatedly failed to follow its own policy standards for examining veterans for disability compensation who reported TBI. As a result, many veterans were misdiagnosed due to VA using unqualified doctors.

After being outted in the press (first by me to NBC), VA Secretary Bob McDonald made an equitable relief decision to grant the nationwide re-examinations.

One of my clients was “patient zero” and we busted VA through the press starting in spring 2015. What unraveled was a huge 24,000 veteran scandal spanning almost a decade. McDonald did the right thing by announcing the equitable relief resolution.

WOMAN HOPES NEW CUBA RELATIONS WILL HELP FIND AIR FORCE VET DAD — T&P — Sherry Sullivan believes her father, Geoffrey, an Air Force vet, was shot down over Cuba 50 years ago.

Although more than 50 years have passed since Sherry Sullivan’s father went on a five-day work trip and never came home, it is still hard for her to keep from crying when she remembers him.

“Little girls love their dads. My dad, to me, was bigger than life,” Sherry Sullivan said of her father, Geoffrey Francis Sullivan, a pilot she believes was shot down over Cuba and tortured and imprisoned there for decades. “He shouldn’t be forgotten.”

Sherry Sullivan has spent 32 years actively searching for her dad, in that time accumulating about 100,000 pages of often heavily-redacted information about him. She also has filed lawsuits against various American government agencies and Cuba, and she won by default a $21 million wrongful death judgment against Cuba in 2009 in Waldo County Superior Court.

A federal court in 2012 dismissed her claim against the island nation because her lawyer was unable to verify that he had successfully notified Cuba of the judgment despite efforts to serve papers through the Swiss embassy and through Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries with which Cuba had diplomatic relations.

POLICE: MAN WHO PROMISED VETERANS HELP STOLE $500,000 — NECN — A Stafford Springs man is accused of promising to help more than a dozen veterans, then scamming them out of half a million dollars, according to state police.

John J. Simon Jr., 69, of Stafford Springs, is accused of defrauding 15 victims of $510,000 under the guise that he paying a lawyer to help them obtain Social Security benefits and money from Veterans Affairs claims.

The victims told investigators that Simon never got them their money and investigators said they were not able to find the attorney Simon claimed to be working with.

Police said the alleged scam started in June 2011 and several victims gave Simon less than $2,000, so the statute of limitations for those misdemeanor charges expired, but others gave him more than $2,000, according to court paperwork.

SAILAHEAD – HELPING TO HEAL OUR VETERANS — NORTHPORT PATCH — Next Saturday, July 30th, Centerport Yacht Club will be hosting SailAhead’s 2nd annual event “Let’s Take a Veteran Sailing”. With the support of Greenlawn American Legion Post 1244, 140 veterans and family members, mostly from Long Island, will attend this event on a fleet of at least 45 sailboats.

Our special SailAhead guest this year is Veteran George Eshleman, Director of Unified Warrior Foundation. George served in the military for several years. Last year after the tragic loss of a friend, he decided to hike the Appalachian Trail carrying the name tags of 218 veterans who ended their own lives. Much like many veterans, George has also fought the temptations of suicide.

George, like SailAhead, is focused on spreading PTSD awareness in order to work towards healing veterans and decreasing the number of suicides, which is currently at least 22 a day!

SailAhead will honor the memory of these 218 veterans by having George and the tags on the fleet’s flagship. With the approval of the families, SailAhead has duplicated the tags and will keep them at all times on one of SailAhead’s boats. The spirit of the 218 veterans will live through their name tags and will accompany SailAhead’s veterans each time our boats go out to sea.

The purposes of the event are as follows:

VETERANS’ ACTIVIST PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING FROM FELLOW VETERAN — LONG ISLAND — Suffolk County, NY — The founder of a Suffolk County veteran’s organization today pleaded guilty to two counts of grand larceny for his theft of nearly $90,000 from a 71 year old former veteran who suffers from post- traumatic stress and dementia, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho told the defendant, John J. Lynch of Wantagh that if Lynch is to avoid jail time, he must pay the victim back and forfeit a Porsche he registered and titled to himself but purchased with the victim’s money.

The 76 year old defendant is the founder and former executive director of Suffolk County United Veterans which operates the “John J. Lynch Veterans Men’s Shelter” in Yaphank.

“The defendant’s crimes were unconscionable,” District Attorney Spota said. “Our investigation found that he exploited a vulnerable fellow veteran who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to cope with severe memory and confusion issues. From February of 2013 through February of 2014, Mr. Lynch had the victim write checks payable to him or to his business, J. Lynch Staffing, and we also found evidence that the defendant also had the victim pay his American Express bills. The total amount of money stolen is $87,260 dollars,” said Spota.

Lynch will be formally sentenced by Justice Camacho in early October on a date convenient for the victim’s family to attend.

MILITARY SHOULD EMPOWER VETS THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP — STARS & STRIPES — Defense Secretary Ash Carter made waves last month when he announced two new proposals that will dramatically increase the Department of Defense’s flexibility in shaping the structure of our military. If approved, the proposals would allow more civilian workers in high-demands fields to enter the military mid-career, give the military more discretion in how they promote (or don’t promote) current servicemembers, and provide more incentives for soldiers to voluntarily leave the service before retirement. These changes are a radical departure from the military’s current approach to managing its talent, and this increased flexibility is badly needed at a time when the military is trying to adapt to changes on and off the battlefield. However, if enacted, these changes will necessarily disrupt the traditional military career path, and likely result in more servicemembers leaving the military in the middle of their career and looking for work in the private sector.

CHEROKEES HELP SMITHSONIAN PLAN NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL — NEWS ON 6 — TULSA, Oklahoma – Tribal leaders from Oklahoma are helping create a national Native American Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

There are local Native American memorials including one with an eternal flame near downtown Tulsa, but now Native American veterans will have a national memorial honoring them in Washington, D.C., something they feel, is very well deserved.

Many of those veterans filled a room at Tulsa’s Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, making sure a new national Native American veterans memorial will capture their unique warrior spirit.

“The warriors are the ones that kept the tribe fed, protected the tribe, they definitely had their place,” said Debra Wilson.

Native Americans serve in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group. Debra Wilson is Cherokee and served six years in the U.S. Marines. Her father, grandfather and siblings all served as well.

FORMER VETERANS AFFAIRS LABOR UNION PRESIDENT STOLE $150,000 IN CHAPTER’S FUNDS — DAILY CALLER — William Davis, a former local chapter president for the American Federation of Government Employees, was sentenced on Wednesday for embezzling $150,000 in funds. The 56 year-old New York resident will serve 15 months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to stealing from the union.

The AFGE is the largest national labor union, representing 670,000 federal workers. Davis’ chapter, Local 1119, covers 300 employees of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Montrose, N.Y.

While serving as president, Davis “used a debit card for the Union Bank Account issued to a deceased former Union officer to make hundreds of charges and cash withdrawals for non-Union expenses,” according to the Justice Department’s report. Ironically, the AFGE’s website lists “identity theft protection” as one of its “exclusive benefits.”

In addition to swiping the card for a variety of purchases including men’s clothing and electronics at retailers such as Apple, RadioShack, Best Buy and Walmart, Davis also bought money orders, which he used to pay his monthly rent.

To mask the misuse, Davis falsified annual financial disclosure documents throughout his term as president, annotating just $7,000 of the spending.

A representative from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York told The Daily Caller that the investigation into Davis began after another union staffer discovered the abuse and reported it.

In addition to time in prison, the court ordered that Davis repay the entire $150,000.


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CAPS Ad Urging Less Immigration

CAPS — Slowing Immigration Not Racist, Just ‘Common Sense’

Today, the last day of the Republican convention, CNN will air an ad from Californians for Population Stabilization that features civil rights leader and former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Executive Director Frank Morris. The message Morris delivers to the White House and Congress is that slowing historically high immigration to the United States and reducing the flow of immigrant labor isn’t racist, as so many critics charge, but common sense.

Watch the CAPS ad here, and read the press release here.

Less immigration means more job openings for Americans, vitally important since 92 million Americans are detached from the labor force. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issues each legal immigrant an employment authorization document that allows him to compete with Americans for increasingly scarce jobs. For Congress, less immigration should be a priority. Research from the Center for Immigration Studies based on Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor statistics found that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to legal and illegal immigrants even though native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the working-age population’s growth during the period.

America’s blacks and Hispanics suffer disproportionately from excessive immigration. Black unemployment is twice as high as it is for whites. For Latinos, the employment picture is equally bleak: 14 million are not in the labor market. As one African-American said at a Miami job fair, reflecting the sentiments of millions of unemployed, “any type job” that pays would suit him.



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A Glimmer of Hope Returns to Inspire and Reassure America!

After eight long, frustrating years of America bashing by left-wing zealots and mainstream media, a slight glimmer of hope has been spotted on the American landscape in the burbs of Cleveland, Ohio!

For it was there that, despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth by establishment Republican politicians, the Party of Abraham Lincoln chose an outsider to lead the party in the war for the freedom against presumptive Democrat nominee and corruption queen of the left, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Indeed, the Donald J. Trump story has all the romantic fantasy about American democracy that one might imagine, save the imagery which has a poor boy rising through the ranks to slay a legion of well- funded elitists.

In the case of the Donald, we have a New York real estate mogul and media star, worth several billions, who captured the fancy of the public with a delicious and original version of populism that has social scientists and liberal think tank savants muttering to themselves in frustration and awe.

With the exception of illegal aliens and Jihad soldiers intent on decapitating non- believers who would slander the Muslim Prophet Mohamed, the Donald has restored hope and confidence in the American way!

His goal is to MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN!, and, in so doing, undo the criminal, social, and moral damage inflicted on the American soul by Barack Hussein Obama, and as would be continued by Hillary Rodham Clinton!

To the doubting Thomases of the GOP, that is, the Romneys. Bushes, Becks. Wills, and all of the other NEVERTRUMP warriors, the time has arrived for joining forces with the Donald in order to defeat the real enemy of freedom and righteousness, the female clone of Satan, Hillary Rodham Clinton!

Rejoice one and all! Victory is ours for the taking!

John W. Lillpop
Pine Grove, California

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Watch the Reaction as CNN’s Chris Cuomo Claims Hillary Clinton “Did Nothing Illegal”

HOT AIR — Not that this will change anything in the Department of Justice and their handling of prosecution of politically popular figures from the administration, but there was a rather historic moment in the history of media bias this week. Appearing on CNN, Carl Bernstein found himself discussing Hillary Clinton’s email server situation and how it was brought up at the Republican Convention with Chris Cuomo. Yes, this is the same intrepid reporter who was once tasked with conducting a hard hitting interview with his own brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, now embroiled in plenty of ethics investigations of his own. Bernstein begins by pointing out that James Comey pretty much defined, chapter and verse, how Clinton violated the law in terms of gross negligence, even though he declined to call for an indictment, but Cuomo jumps in gamely to argue that Clinton obviously must not have done anything illegal. Bernstein’s reaction is priceless.




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Voter Fraud, the Latest Inalienable Right

POLIZETTE — In a display of blatant judicial activism, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld an earlier ruling that a Texas voter ID law does not comply with the Voting Rights Act.

The court’s politically motivated decision essentially rewrites the Constitution, and effectively grants the right to vote to non-citizens.

The law requires citizens to show a valid type identification before their ballots can be counted. The IDs Texas accepts as valid under the are a state driver’s license or ID card, a U.S citizenship certificate that includes a photo, a concealed carry license, a valid U.S. passport, or a military ID card.

The rationale behind the law is simple. “Voter fraud is real, and it undermines the integrity of the election process,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement critical of Wednesday’s ruling.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton described the ruling as “unfortunate” and said it “is imperative that the state government safeguards our elections and ensures the integrity of our democratic process.”

“Preventing voter fraud is essential to accurately reflecting the will of Texas voters during elections,” he said.

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6 Tortured Bodies Found in Veracruz

BORDERLAND BEAT — Xalapa, Veracruz— The bodies of six people were found this morning in the ranch Los Limones, located in the village of Tenenexpan, in the municipality of Manlio Fabio Altamirano, near the rural area of the port of Veracruz.

The report from the naval police and of the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Veracruz sent to Xalapa indicates that “anonymous calls” gave notice that the bodies of six people with signs of torture and several gunshot wounds were found on a dirt road, naked, and with their hands tied.

Members of the naval police, civil force, and the forensic medical service cordoned off the concrete bridge Limones-Tenenexpan in order to carry out rigorous measures and to lift the bodies.

Near the site, various cartridges and abundant traces of blood were found, so it’s presumed that the victims were executed at the same site.

The remains are already at the forensic medical service (SEMEFO) waiting to be identified.

Yesterday, two youths who were reported as kidnapped 10 days ago in southern Veracruz, appeared executed in a safe house in the port of Coatzacoalcos.

Roberto Cristián Luis Guillén and José Luis Sánchez Guillén, both 27, were found face down, with ribbon tied at their hands and feet, with traces of multiple blows to the body. As they didn’t find any gunshot wounds, ministerial authorities presume that they died of asphyxiation.

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Veracruz Journalist Assassinated; 17 So Far During Duarte Administration

BORDERLAND BEAT — Journalist Pedro Tamayo Rosas was gunned down outside his home in front of his wife and two children in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz. So far during the administration of Governor Javier Duarte, there have been 17 people who worked in the media that have been assassinated.

According to initial investigations, two men arrived at Pedro’s home, who then greeted him and then gunned him down, fleeing the scene. Tamayo Rosas was taken to the hospital where he died.

At the site of the attack, police found several 9mm shell casings and tracks from the car that the assailants fled in.

The 45 year old journalist’s work involved documenting cases of violence in the region and wrote under a pseudonym in En la Línea de Fuego. He also worked with the newsoutlets Al Calor Político and El Piñero de la Cuenca.

According to information from AFP, Pedro Tamayo covered for days the discovery of the several clandestine graves in June 2014, from which 35 people were allegedly killed by Los Zetas in the municipality of Tres Valles.

On January of this year, he received several threats against his life, for which a police patrol made daily patrols, however, this didn’t stop him from being assassinated.

It should be noted that since May 17, the organization Artículo 19 had counted 16 journalists assassinated during the administration of Javier Duarte, with Pedro Tamayo, it adds up to 17.

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Commie Protesters at RNC to Stupid to Be Trusted With Fire

WASHINGTON TIMES — Cops in Cleveland had to extinguish a Republican convention protester on Wednesday after he inadvertently set himself on fire while trying to burn the American flag.

Video uploaded to YouTube by the nonprofit organization We Are Change features activists lighting the American flag on fire before cops descend on their position.

One cop yelled, “You’re on fire, stupid!” as extinguishers were deployed.

At least 17 people were arrested during the chaos that ensued after the Revolutionary Communist Party’s protest, a local CBS affiliate reported Wednesday.

Carl Dix, a representative of Revolutionary Communist Party, issued a statement afterward condemning the “American empire.”

“There’s nothing great about America,” he added.

Pete Hegseth, an Army National Guard veteran who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, told the Daily Caller that he witnessed the event just outside Quicken Loans Arena.

“Go to jail. Follow the law. I was right there as it began. It was probably two dozen people in black shirts chanting about Communist revolution, some psychobabble nonsense. They pull out the flag, try to light it, spill some lighter fluid. He lit the flag and his own leg on fire,” Mr. Hegseth told the website on Thursday.

Police Chief Calvin Williams said Wednesday night that cops would continue to remain “vigilant” so they could end on “a positive note,” CBS New York reported.

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Fertility Clinics Finding More Women Putting Off IVF Because of Zika Concerns

FOX NEWS LATINO — HOUSTON – Many women across Houston are holding off on having babies for now, and it’s all because of the uncertainty surrounding the Zika virus.

“People are really scared about this because … the only important thing is that someone take home a healthy live baby so going through this process and potentially having an affected child – that can be scary because that’s not the outcome we’re looking for,” said Dr. Jamie Nodler of Houston IVF.

That scary outcome includes microcephaly, a birth defect in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head.

At Houston IVF, an infertility practice, doctors said the Zika virus is at the forefront of patient’s concerns, leading some women to put their baby plans on hold.

“I have had several patients … who have wanted to potentially delay treatment for a while so we have people waiting for a few months to see how it plays out,” said Dr. Nodler.




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China Unveils New Weapons for Air and Sea Combat Following Hague Tribunal Ruling

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST — The Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army unveiled a series of new weapons for sea and air combat during a visit by top military officers.

In a rare revelation, the weapons were shown on state television in the wake of a landmark international tribunal rejecting Beijing’s claims to almost all of the South China Sea.

Military experts said the disclosure was intended to show that the newly formed Southern Theatre Command, which covers the South China Sea, was well-prepared for any potential military confrontation with the US.

In an inspection tour after the ruling, General Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, which oversees the PLA, called on troops to train hard to meet any challenges, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

“Air and sea patrols should be tightly organised to handle all kinds of emergencies to ensure security of sea and air borders,” said Fan, who was accompanied by General Ma Xiaotian, commander of the PLA Air Force, and General Wei Fenghe, chief of the army’s Rocket Force, which operates the country’s missile arsenal.

Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said Fan’s visit indicated that the southern command could carry out joint combat operations of land, rocket, naval and air forces as well as other strategic support forces.

“All the weapons showed on state media are defensive arms of short to medium range within 1,500km, meaning China so far is using restrained deterrence to warn the US not to challenge Beijing’s bottom line in the South China Sea,” Li said.





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‘Line Out the Door’ for AR-15s After Mass. AG Announces ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

BREITBART — Massachusetts is seeing a run on AR-15s–including “a line out the door” at some guns stores–following state Attorney General Maura Healey’s (D) “directive” against “assault weapons” sales.

WCVB reports that Four Seasons gun shop in Woburn sent out an email as soon as it learned of Healey’s directive. The email said the store would not be able to sell AR-15s or other guns categorized as “assault weapons” after July 20. Bruce Sterling rushed to the gun store, saying, “It seemed like it made a lot of sense to come and get an AR-15 today.”

The gun store ended up with “a line out the door.”

On July 20 Breitbart News reported that Healey was sending a “directive” to all gun makers and sellers that “assault weapons” are not to be sold in her state.

According to The Boston Globe, Healey said Massachusetts already has an “assault weapons” ban which gun manufacturers and sellers have been going around by making cosmetic changes to firearms, thereby rendering them “state compliant.” She accused the “gun industry” of exploiting Massachusetts’ law by selling AR-15s “without a flash suppressor or folding or telescoping stock, for example,” and pointed out that these are “small tweaks that do nothing to limit the lethalness of the weapon.”

Ironically, Democrat-sponsored “assault weapons” bans are always based on the very kinds of cosmetic features cited by Healey. And gun rights proponents have consistently argued that banning guns because of such features is pure political opportunism.





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American Veteran News 07.22.16

JOURNALISTS FALSELY REPORT VA CARE BETTER THAN PRIVATE SECTOR — DISABLED VETERANS– Journalists appear to be asleep at the wheel in light of false reports about the sham RAND study telling readers VA care is as good or better than the private sector.

“Better than the private sector,” some of you may be questioning? That is right.

Like the slight of hand from a magician, the echo chamber of VA took a study comparing outdated studies of VA care comparing Medicare to VA care and report that VA care is now as good or better than private care.

That latter conclusion is well known to be false, but the slight of hand — shifting focus from Medicare to Private Care — did not sway countless reporters in the echo chamber from repeating the erroneous information.

Only here on did you hear the real deal about the supposed study, which actually revealed a mixed and even deadly review of very poor surgical outcomes.

So the moral of the study here is that routine diagnostic care might be good but do not get any form of surgical care from VA or you will die. At least, that was the case circa 2009 and before. But somehow VA has no new data for RAND to evaluate? How convenient.

SLEEP DISORDERS 6 TIMES HIGHER AMONG VETERANS — RAPID CITY JOURNAL — (HealthDay News) — Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds.

And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the highest rates, the researchers said.

The research involved more than 9.7 million veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration system between 2000 and 2010. The majority (93 percent) of these military service members were men. Slightly more than 750,000 were diagnosed with at least one sleep disorder, the study authors said.

Over the course of 11 years, the investigators found that the rate of sleep disorders rose from less than 1 percent to nearly 6 percent. Sleep disorders were most common among veterans who had experienced combat and those with PTSD.

“Veterans with PTSD had a very high sleep disorder prevalence of 16 percent, the highest among the various health conditions or other population characteristics that we examined,” study senior author James Burch said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Burch is an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of South Carolina.

The study doesn’t prove that PTSD triggers sleep disorders, but the researchers noted that diagnosed cases of PTSD tripled over the course of the study.

SLAIN KCK OFFICER WAS A DECORATED VETERAN THEVILLAGESSUNTIMES — VILLAGE SUN TIMES — The death pushes the number of law enforcement officers fatally shot in the line of duty to 31 so far this year – up from about 16 at this point last year and ahead of the average midyear total, which is about 25, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Curtis Ayers, of Tonganoxie, is charged with capital murder in the May 9 death of Det. His death was the second time in less than three months that a Kansas City, Kan., police officer was shot and killed. Kansas City, Kansas, police said they do not believe Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Capt. Dave Melton was a planned ambush, but the actions of criminals trying to escape arrest. A public defender representing Ayers didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Melton boxed him in with his vehicle and was attempting to get out of his patrol auto when the suspect fired several shots through the patrol car’s passenger window, which was part way down. While the shooting was not a planned attack, Zeigler Wednesday referenced the heightened tensions amid the recent fatal police shootings of African American men elsewhere.

METABOLITE SECRETED IN URINE MAY CAUSE COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN KIDNEY FAILURE PATIENTS — EUREKALERT — Washington, DC (July 21, 2016) — Retention of certain metabolites in the blood may contribute to cognitive impairment in patients with kidney failure, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings may lead to interventions to safeguard the mental health of patients with poor kidney function.

In patients with compromised kidney function, the retention of compounds that are normally removed from the body and excreted in urine may contribute to various health problems. To investigate a potential link between retained metabolites and cognitive impairment, Manjula Kurella Tamura, MD, MPH (Stanford University and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto) and her colleagues analyzed the blood of 141 patients with kidney failure who took tests on cognitive function.

VIDEO: A REAL PATRIOT: WORLD WAR II HERO “POP” BOBOC CELEBRATES 94TH B-DAY WITH D-DAY ANNIVERSARY — SHORELINE TIMES — BRANFORD — John Boboc still remembers the cry in the dark he heard on June 6, 1944. “Help me!” someone was calling from a bank on Omaha Beach. As heavy rounds of artillery fire whistled through the night and bombs dropped from above, he climbed to the top where he found a wounded soldier.

But U.S. Army veteran Boboc of the 1st Infantry Division’s Company B, 7th Field Artillery Battalion insists he wasn’t a hero for telling the soldier not to panic, that he wasn’t going to leave him.

“I just happened to be there, just saw he was bleeding, and needed help,” said the gentle-mannered, bespectacled Branford resident known as Pop at a lively surprise party on Monticello Drive to celebrate his 94th birthday.

“He never talked about it until recently because he really doesn’t think he did anything special,” said Pop’s granddaughter Sandy O’Hare, 48, who, along with her mother, Judy Tupy, arranged the party to mark Pop’s birthday, which is June 6, the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.


(This BULLSHIT story must have been planted by the VA to draw attention away from their systemic failures to properly care for and respect the veterans who have served America — One Old Vet)

We who oppose calls to privatize the work of the Veterans Affairs Department are sorely tested at times. Complaints two years ago of unreasonably long waits for care at VA health facilities led to “reforms” in several VA programs.

In 2013, applications for VA disability benefits were piling up, with some claims languishing for over a year. The remedy — streamlining the process for judging disability claims — was not done carefully.

The new computerized system demanded less evidence to prove disability. Examiners were given less time to spend with the applicants, forcing them to make rushed evaluations. It was inevitable that some veterans would exploit these weaknesses to obtain unwarranted disability payments or pad their checks.

As a result, the plan to unclog the pipeline for disability claims has ended up re-clogging it with fraudulent ones. Veterans with great needs are bumped out of appointments by fakers. And money that could go to those too disabled to work a regular job gets diverted to the well-bodied.

Staff Sgt. Cierra Rogers died soon after leading a rescue effort that saved a mother and her three children from a building fire in South Korea.

U.S. troops stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea are mourning the loss of one of their own, who risked her life to save a local family from a burning building.

On April 29, a devastating fire broke out in a South Korean residential building where Air Force Staff Sgt. Cierra Rogers, a 731st Air Mobility Squadron administrative assistant, was visiting a locally residing family — a 30-year-old mother from Nigeria and her three children, ages 1, 3, and 4.

According to the Associated Press, Rogers smelled smoke and soon realized that she and the Enyioko family were trapped. She kicked out a window in order to allow access to the patio, and then tried to climb down the 37-foot building with only a thin wire to find help.

81-YEAR-OLD VETERAN, HELD HOSTAGE IN MOTEL FOR 4 YEARS, HAD BENEFITS STOLEN — ABC NEWS — The elderly Marine Corps veteran was held hostage in a cramped motel room about 50 miles north of New York City, according to authorities.

Video of the room, shot by the Hudson Valley News Network, depicts the squalid conditions where the 81-year-old was kept.

On Tuesday, police arrested a man they said held the veteran hostage at the Highlands motel in order to steal his benefit checks, The Associated Press reported.

The veteran, who police said has advanced dementia, told authorities he thought he had been in the room for four days, according to WABC-TV. He had been there for more than four years, police said.

“We believe that he is the recipient of a tremendous amount of money every month,” Town of Highlands Police Chief Jack Quinn told reporters.

COP KILLER’S MOTHER BLAMES THE VA — STARS & STRIPES — The mother of the Iraq War veteran who killed three officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday said she urged him to seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs after he left the Marine Corps, but he returned unhappy with the care, according to an interview with PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley.

“They didn’t want to help me,” Corine Woodley said her son, Gavin Long, told her after visiting a VA facility, according to Smiley’s notes. “They only help people at the top, the 1%.”

Long, an African American who deployed to Iraq in 2008-09, was shot to death after opening fire on police on a busy commercial street.

Woodley said she feared he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, although he did not see combat while in Iraq.

BLAMING THE MILITARY FOR POLICE SHOOTINGS IS TOO EASY — THE HILL — In the last two weeks, 8 police officers from Dallas and Baton Rouge have been massacred by two black men who both served their country in the military.

One motive is clear from both individuals: race played a brutal role in their decisions to execute men who were charged to protect and serve their communities.

The military tie is less clear in playing a role in forming their decision to commit those heinous crimes. Yes, it is likely they made their weapon and ammo choice, acquired their marksmanship skills, and selected their firing positions from which to murder and wound law enforcement officers based on their training.

Even in basic Army and Marine training, you would learn the fundamentals of engaging targets from a covered and concealed position.

But it is too great a leap right now to assume they also acquired their hate and their mindset to commit a despicable crime from their service.

To do so would perpetuate an inaccurate, unfair, and damaging stereotype that is constantly playing in entertainment and the media and negatively impacts today’s veterans.

IRAQ WAR VET WHO SERVED IN CONGRESS DIES AT 49 AFTER BATTLE WITH CANCER — HONLULU STAR ADVERTISER — U.S. representative and Army National Guardsman Mark Takai, of Hawaii, died July 20, nine months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

U.S. Rep. K. Mark Takai died Wednesday morning in Honolulu, nine months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A statement from his office said Takai passed away at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 49.

“The Takai family thanks the people of Hawaii for their support during this difficult time,” the statement said. “The Takai family politely asks for the continued respect of their family’s privacy.”

In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said, “Mark was always a fighter. It’s the spirit he brought to more than two decades of public service on behalf of the people of Hawaii. He stood up for America’s most vulnerable. He championed our troops and veterans, and proudly wore our nation’s uniform. And his relentless push for cancer research inspired countless Americans fighting the same battle as him. Simply put, our country is better off because of Mark’s contributions.”

CHILDHOOD FRIENDS RALLY AROUND VIETNAM VET — ASIAN WEEKLY — Ken Fugami, 73, is an Army Vietnam veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange, a toxic chemical used to defoliate forest areas that might conceal the enemy. After his military service, he developed narcolepsy, which he suspects was the result of Agent Orange. The condition gradually worsened and made it difficult for him to stay awake during the day. In May 2009, an involuntary sleep attack caused him to lose his balance and fall, slightly injuring his spine and partially paralyzing his left side.

Fugami grew up in Seattle’s Central District in the early 1950s. It was a tight-knit neighborhood with lots of kids playing outdoor sports. Deep bonds were forged. When word spread that Fugami was in the VA Hospital on Beacon Hill, eight of his buddies from his Washington Junior High and Garfield High School days were called. Eiji Arasuna, Art Chin, Doug Chin, Mel Chinn, Jerry Fujimura, Paul Lee, Tets Miyata, and Rich Nakano rallied and visited Fugami at the hospital to give moral support.

After tetraplegia surgery, Fugami was transferred to the Washington Veterans Home, a VA convalescent home in Retsil, Wash. for recuperation and rehabilitation.

VETERANS BROUGHT TO BE BURIED NEAR PARENTS — CLERMONT SUN — On July 16, brothers and former Amelia residents William and Robert Deiwert were laid to rest at the foot of their parents’ graves in Oddfellows Cemetery in the village of Amelia.

“It gives me great honor to show our appreciation for these fine gentlemen here,” Mayor Todd Hart started the service by saying.

William Deiwert was born March 29, 1940 and died March 13, 2016. He served in the Navy. Robert Deiwert was born on Jan. 2, 1945 and died on June 12, 2001. He served in the Army and the Navy.

When Robert Deiwert died the family did not have a service but his sister, Mary Ann Parker, of Mt. Orab, kept his ashes. When William Deiwert died in March, the family decided to do a service for both.

LETTER FROM DISABLED VETERAN WHO WAS ASKED TO LEAVE COURTROOM FOR WEARING ARMY UNIFORM — IDAHO STATE JOURNAL — I’m a soldier, a disabled American veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. I served in the US Army for 24 years. My last three tours were in Iraq, Afghanistan, and as commander of the National Guard in Pocatello.

Recently, I decided to attend a jury trial held in the Bannock County courthouse in Pocatello. It was my intent to show my support for a fellow Iraqi War veteran who has been charged with a number of crimes. I wanted him to know that his fellow veterans were behind him through thick and thin.

This veteran, Sgt Dustin Sweeney, USMC, has served his Country bravely, doing the most dangerous job in all of Iraq, that of clearing roadside bombs. He even reenlisted while in Iraq. I have immense respect and support for him.

Upon entering the courtroom, I was advised by a court marshal that the judge would not permit me in his court while I was wearing my Army uniform. I was told he felt uncomfortable with me in uniform in his court. Also, I was told he didn’t want anybody “wrapping themselves in the flag”.

While I understand that every judge has the right to control his or her courtroom, and they need to be careful not to unduly influence the jury, I question whether such a policy doesn’t actually demonstrate disrespect for those of us who are proud of our uniforms and our service to our Country.

AMERICAN VETERANS COMMITTEE PARTNERS WITH OPERATION MAKING CAREERS POSSIBLE — HUFFINGTON POST — American Veterans Committee will partner with Operation Making Careers Possible (Operation MCP) to help veterans, nationally and globally, prepare them to succeed in their search for jobs as they transition from the military into their civilian careers by referring members seeking assistance with résumé and interview preparation to Operation MCP.

We are looking forward to working with Operation MCP in providing services to those who have served. Through this partnership, veterans will not only have access to networking opportunities that can help them in their career search, but they will also receive one-on-one guidance with résumé writing and interview preparation. As the Founder & President of Operation MCP stated “Our goal for the partnership is ultimately to show veterans that as they transition into civilian life, they have support in their career aspirations. We want veterans to be able to find fulfilling careers.”

Operation MCP is an organization whose goal is to assist veterans and service members with résumé writing and interview preparation to transition them from the military to civilian workforce. By partnering with Operation MCP and having a common goal in mind, we believe our members will benefit from a wider range of services.


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