Protests Backfire as Anti-American Images Push Undecided Voters to Trump

WASHINGTON TIMES — The ugly protest scenes outside Donald Trump’s rallies are doing more damage to the protesters than to Mr. Trump’s political chances, according to analysts who say the violence and anti-American sentiments are backfiring.

Protesters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week toted Mexican flags, burned American flags and clashed with police, racking up $50,000 in damage to the neighborhood.

Perhaps even worse for the rioters, they are likely chasing undecided voters toward the side of the man they are protesting.

“When people show up throwing bottles and waving the Mexican flag, you have had a lot of people who may have not been willing to support Trump who see this and say the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, who ran House Republicans’ campaign committee for two cycles a decade ago. “There is no question these are helping Trump, and Democrats know that.”

AMERICA’S SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS REITERATES TRUMP SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT — VDARE

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Syrians, Palestinians Buy Bogus Honduras Identities to Sneak Into U.S.

WASHINGTON TIMES — Syrians and Palestinians managed to buy illegal citizenship documents from Honduras then tried to use them to enter the U.S., a Honduran newspaper reported over the weekend, exposing a scheme that analysts say could post a danger to the U.S. visa system.

La Prensa uncovered a criminal network that paid Honduran officials to illegally register foreigners as legal residents, which gave them access to documents that could then be used to gain broader access to the western hemisphere.

The La Prensa report was highlighted Friday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which said the network appeared to be a favorite for those of Arab origin — particularly Syrians and Palestinians — who were looking for a way to enter the U.S.

The criminal network managed to get names registered in Honduras’s national registration of persons (RNP). That meant they could obtain passports and official birth certificates, on RNP paper and stamped by the agency director, that they could then take to the U.S. embassy to try to earn a visitor’s visa, the report said.

In one case highlighted by La Prensa, a man managed to get registered them used his false papers to register at least eight other members of his family, including children and grandchildren. All told, the newspaper said at least 100 Palestinians and Syrians who obtained fraudulent documents have been detected, but it’s unclear how many cases are still out there.

The U.S. embassy detected at least some of the attempts to obtain visas based on the fraudulent documents, and rejected the applications, La Prensa report said.

AS PANAMA CLOSES ITS BORDER, U.S.-BOUND CUBANS NOW STUCK IN COLOMBIA — CIS

AZ SHERIFF TO MEMORIAL DAY TRAVELERS: PACK A GUN AND BEWARE OF CARTEL HITMEN — FNL

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The Danish Experience: Admit 1 “Syrian” “Refugee”, Get 23 Dependents (Including 3 Wives)

VDARE BY PATRICK CLEBURNE —
The other day in expressing delight that The New Observer had decided to continue to post I remarked

The New Observer ….was supplying acute analysis of select stories, and apparently has considerable language resources – many of the news items were in a remarkably wide variety of European languages. It [is] as the best source on Europe’s “Refugee” disaster.

A classic example appeared on Friday Denmark: Invader’s 3 Wives, 20 Children May 27, 2016 by TNO Staff

The first indication of the racial demographic disaster that is awaiting Europe following the Angela Merkel-created mass nonwhite invasion of 2015 has come with the news that a single invader in Denmark has won the right to bring his three wives and 20 children to that country.

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ICE Spends Millions Flying Illegal Alien Children Across US

FOX NEWS — The Obama administration has spent at least $18.5 million to fly “unaccompanied children” caught crossing into the country illegally to locations inside the United States, according to newly obtained figures.

The numbers, shared with FoxNews.com by the Senate subcommittee on immigration, were provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in response to questions from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The numbers shed light on the extent of a program that has drawn scrutiny not just from lawmakers but the federal courts, amid concerns the U.S. government is effectively aiding smugglers.

“This shows how fundamentally flawed our approach to immigration enforcement has been in the Obama administration,” a Senate aide who has seen the questions to and answers from ICE Director Sarah Saldana told FoxNews.com.

U.S. CUSTOMS OFFICER HELPED SMUGGLE ILLEGAL ALIENS FOR PROFIT — BREITBART

FAMILY OF KATE STEINLE FILES LAWSUIT OVER DEADLY SHOOTING ON SAN FRANCISCO PIER — FOX

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Tennessee Health Dept. and Catholic Charities Fail to Make Refugee TB Health Data Public

BREITBART — NASHVILLE, Tennessee—Both the Tennessee Department of Health and the VOLAG (voluntary agency) that administers the refugee resettlement program in the Volunteer State, Catholic Charities of Tennessee’s Tennessee Office for Refugees, are failing to make public critical information on refugee tuberculosis (TB) health care.

Breitbart News asked the two organizations to provide the following refugee TB healthcare data, which several other states make public on an annual basis, but neither provided it:

    • The percentage of refugees who successfully completed medical screenings within 90 days of their arrival, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
    • The percentage of refugees who tested positive for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI).
    • The percentage of refugees who tested positive for LTBI who completed medical treatment.
    • The number of refugees who were diagnosed with active TB upon their arrival in Tennessee.

Tennessee is one of fourteen states that have withdrawn from the federal refugee resettlement. In those states, the Office of Refugee Resettlement has selected a VOLAG to run the refugee resettlement operations under the statutorily questionable Wilson Fish alternative program.

The Tennessee General Assembly passed a resolution in April to sue the federal government for its operation of the refugee resettlement program on Tenth Amendment grounds. In May, Gov. Haslam chose not to veto the resolution, so a lawsuit is in the works, though Tennessee’s embattled Attorney General Herbert Slatery could raise an objection impacting the Tennessee General Assembly’s standing.

OLYMPICS IN TROUBLE? WHO URGED TO RECONSIDER MOVING RIO GAMES — FOX

HEALTH EXPERTS: POSTPONE OR MOVE OLYMPICS DUE TO ZIKA — THE HILL

ZIKA EXPERT WARNS BRITONS TO ‘THINK TWICE’ ABOUT TRIPS TO DISNEY WORLD — DAILY MAIL (UK)

DOCTORS FEAR SCARRING BUG DISEASE BROUGHT TO EUROPE BY MIGRANTS — DC

MORE ARIZONA MEASLES CASES CONFIRMED, EXPOSURE AREAS EXPANDED — ABC15

150 HEALTH EXPERTS: CANCEL OR MOVE OLYMPICS — WASHINGTON EXAMINER

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Clinton Email Headache Is About to Get Worse

THE HILL — Hillary Clinton’s email headache is about to get even worse.

A scathing inspector general’s report this week was just the first in what is likely to be a series of official actions related to her private server stemming from the FBI, a federal courthouse and Capitol Hill.

Clinton’s presidential campaign has failed to quiet the furor over the issue, which has dogged her for more than a year.

In the next few weeks — just as the likely Democratic presidential nominee hopes to pivot towards a general election — it will face its toughest scrutiny yet.

“All of that feeds into this overarching problem of public distrust of her,” said Grant Reeher, a political science professor at Syracuse University.

“To put it in slang terms, she’s got a pretty deeply held street rep at this point. This fits the street rep,” he added.

The State Department’s watchdog report was especially damaging, given the official nature of its source. The report claimed that Clinton never sought approval for her “homebrew” email setup, that her use of the system violated the department’s record-keeping rules and that it would have been rejected had she brought it up to department officials.

Clinton’s allies attempted to paint the office as partisan in the weeks ahead of the report’s release, but the effort failed to leave a lasting impact.

For months, Clinton and her team have failed to offer a convincing explanation for the use of the private server, and she has steadfastly refused to apologize.

“I thought it was allowed,” she said in an interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room” this week, after the watchdog’s report became public. “I knew past secretaries of state used personal email.

“It was still a mistake. If I could go back, I’d do it differently,” she said.

Clinton and many of her top aides declined to take part in the inspector general’s probe. But they won’t have that option going forward.

On Friday, Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills was interviewed behind closed doors as part of a court case launched by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch. In coming weeks, longtime aide Huma Abedin, former IT specialist Bryan Pagliano and other officials are scheduled to answer questions under oath for sessions that could last as long as seven hours.

A federal judge this week preemptively blocked Judicial Watch from releasing videotapes of the upcoming depositions.

But the group this week released the transcript from its first interview, with longtime State Department veteran Lewis Lukens. And it plans to do the same thing following each of the upcoming depositions, providing fodder for weeks to come from some of the closest rings of Clinton’s inner circle.

POLITICO: HILLARY CLINTON IN DEATH SPIRAL TOWARD DEFEAT — BREITBART

WHY IS JAKE TAPPER AFRAID TO ASK HILLARY CLINTON ABOUT ‘CLINTON CASH’? — BREITBART

CHUCK TODD: ‘THE ONLY LOGICAL REASON’ FOR HILLARY TO USE EMAIL SYSTEM WAS TO SKIRT FEDERAL LAW — DC

CHRIS WALLACE RIPS DEM. REP. FOR ‘RED HERRING’ ARGUMENT DEFENDING HILLARY’S EMAIL USE — DC

EVEN CLINTON’S PRINTER MAY HAVE BEEN HACKABLE — WASHINGTON EXAMINER

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#1 in Gun Control — Chicago Facing Summer “Bloodbath”

NEW YORK TIMES — CHICAGO — During Memorial Day weekend, this city reopens its Lake Michigan beaches, regular fireworks displays start at Navy Pier, and the downtown streets and spruced-up Riverwalk are crowded with tourists.

But the holiday weekend is often seen here as the start of heightened violence as well. That has been particularly worrying this year to community leaders and city officials, as they grapple with a rise in gun violence that has traumatized some neighborhoods and left city officials searching for new ways to subdue street crime.

“If something doesn’t change, if we don’t get jobs for these kids, if we don’t change the economic situation, I’m worried that we could be looking at a blood bath,” said the Rev. Corey Brooks, a pastor on the city’s South Side, a mostly African-American area where some of the shootings have been concentrated. “If something doesn’t happen, I fear that we’re potentially looking at one of the worst summers we’ve ever had.”

As of Friday morning, homicides in Chicago were up 52 percent in 2016, compared with the same period a year ago, and shootings had increased by 50 percent, though the pace of violence had slowed in recent weeks, the police said. Only five months into the year, at least 233 people had been killed.

Officials are struggling with the problem and are using a range of strategies as the murder rate in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, outpaces that of New York and Los Angeles.

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Promises, Promises, Promises…

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If the U.S. and China Go to War: The Battle of the Senkakus


How War Could Break Out Over Japan’s Islands

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — Editor’s note: The following is a translation of Chapter 7 of the book If the U.S. and China Go to War«??????» by the author and analyst Chen Pokong. The current volume was published in Chinese in 2013 and was later translated to Japanese. It presents a range of potential conflict scenarios between China and the United States, including what may trigger conflict, and what the order of events may be.

Chapter 7 of the book presents a hypothetical scenario involving “Brother Choy,” an eager Chinese patriot based in Hong Kong, and shows how the activism of groups like this around the Senkaku Islands might easily lead to a conflict that quickly spirals out of control. With continued tensions in the region, the chapter makes for sobering reading.

For a time, there was tranquility around the Senkaku Islands—Chinese maritime police boats or surveillance aircraft were nowhere to be found. The serenity persisted for several months. During this period, Chinese media carried articles by scholars urging a maintenance of good relations between China and Japan, and a cooling of tensions. Chinese government officials also adopted a milder stance when discussing Sino-Japanese relations in public.

Worries in the Japanese public about a potential Sino-Japanese conflict gradually dissipated and the general mood was one of overflowing optimism. To improve Sino-Japanese relations, the Japanese government even ordered that the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) cut exercises and activity in the vicinity of the Senkaku Islands, or Diaoyu Islands to the Chinese.

Out of the blue one day, Brother Choy, the head of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands in Hong Kong, received a message from Old Fa, his Senkaku Islands protest counterpart on the mainland. Old Fa suggested that the Senkaku groups in Hong Kong and Taiwan once again get into fishing boats, form a joint expedition, and start protests afresh. Although Old Fa is a recent member of the World Chinese Senkaku Island Alliance, he is rather active and firm in his convictions.

INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF CHINESE DRONES — ASIA TIMES

S CHINA SEA CASE: DUTERTE SAYS CHINA MUST FOLLOW COURT RULING — ASIA TIMES

REGIONAL POWERS TAKE STEPS AS CHINA’S MILITARY EYES GLOBAL REACH — ASIA TIMES

THE PLAN TAIWAN NEEDS TO DEFEND AGAINST CHINA — TNI

ABOUT 100,000 IN U.S. NOW WORK FOR CHINESE FIRMS — MCCLATCHY DC

CONGRESS SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN U.S.-TAIWAN MILITARY ALLIANCE AS CHINA ASSERTS POWER — WASHINGTON TIMES

AUSTRALIA, LONG TIED TO CHINA BY ‘FEAR AND GREED,’ BOOSTS DEFENSE AMID INCREASED SKEPTICISM — WASHINGTON TIMES

CHINA SAYS US TREATING SOUTH CHINA SEA LIKE A HOLLYWOOD COLD WAR FILM — DC

REVEALED: HOW THE U.S. NAVY WOULD DESTROY A CHINESE AIRCRAFT CARRIER — TNI

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Get Ready, Russia and Iran: America Wants to Kill Nuclear Missiles in Space

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — The Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon are testing and developing a new SM-3 missile variant better able to detect and destroy ballistic missile threats approaching the earth’s atmosphere from space.

The new missile, called the SM-3IIA, is slated to fire from a land-based missile defense site planned by the Pentagon for Poland by 2018, Missile Defense Agency officials told Scout Warrior in a statement.

SM-3 missiles, first deployed on Navy ships, are exo-atmospheric interceptor missiles designed to destroy short and intermediate range incoming enemy ballistic missiles in above the earth’s atmosphere. With the weapon, threats are destroyed in space during what’s described as the mid-course phase of flight.

The planned Poland deployment is a key part of what the Pentagon calls the Aegis Ashore program, an effort to leverage the ship-based Aegis Radar for land-fired missile defense technology. As of last year, Aegis Ashore locations are already operational in Romania as part of the Obama administration’s European Phased Adaptive Approach program.

The concept with the program is to engineer a land-based missile defense envelope, by using already successful and operational Aegis Radar and SM-3 technology, to better protect the European continent from potential ballistic missile threats.

RUSSIA ANNOUNCES ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ MILITARY UPGRADE ON DISPUTED KURILS — ASIA TIMES

COULD RUSSIA’S COLD WAR SUPER-JET LAST 100 YEARS? — TNI

RUSSIA’S PACIFIC PIVOT: THE MOSCOW-BEIJING SHADOW BOXING CONTINUES — ASIA TIMES

RUSSIA FLIGHT TESTS ANTI-SATELLITE MISSILE — WFB

CONGRESS TARGETS TROOPS’ PAYCHECKS RATHER THAN FIX THE PENTAGON’S BOOKS — DC

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Why a Power Grid Attack Is a Nightmare Scenario

THE HILL — Stores are closed. Cell service is failing. Broadband Internet is gone.

Hospitals are operating on generators, but rapidly running out of fuel.

Garbage is rotting in the streets, and clean water is scarce as people boil water stored in bathtubs to stop the spread of bacteria.

And escape?

There is none, because planes can’t fly, trains can’t run, and gas stations can’t pump fuel.

This is the “nightmare scenario” that lawmakers have been warning you about.

The threat of an attack on the nation’s power grid is all too real for the network security professionals who labor every day to keep the country safe.

“In order to restore civilized society, the power has got to be back on,” said Scott Aaronson, who oversees the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), an industry-government emergency response program.

While cybersecurity experts and industry executives describe such warnings as alarmist, intelligence officials say people underestimate how destructive a power outage can be.

The most damaging kind of attack, specialists say, would be carefully coordinated to strike multiple power stations.

If hackers were to knock out 100 strategically chosen generators in the Northeast, for example, the damaged power grid would quickly overload, causing a cascade of secondary outages across multiple states. While some areas could recover quickly, others might be without power for weeks.

The scenario isn’t completely hypothetical. Lawmakers and government officials got a preview in 2003, when a blackout spread from the coastal Northeast into the Midwest and Canada.

FDA MOVES TO PROTECT VULNERABLE FOOD SUPPLY FROM BIOTERRORISM — VOCATIV

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Hillary Repeats Obama’s False Endorsement of Gun Rights

WASHINGTON TIMES — To suggest that President Obama and his managers downplayed the president’s lifelong hostility to the private ownership of firearms during his 2012 re-election campaign is an understatement. His campaign went so far as to air ads in firearms-friendly areas featuring the president arguing that he was a lifelong supporter of Second Amendment rights and pledging that he would not “take” your shotgun, rifle or pistol. A sycophantic media horde supported him on this with Chris Matthews declaring that the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre was “clinically insane” if he actually believed Mr. Obama would go after the Second Amendment.

None of it was true, but it worked. I was serving as president of the NRA during the 2012 cycle and received hundreds of letters from NRA members who had seen the ads and heard the pundits’ constant reassurance that the president was not only a supporter of the Second Amendment, but that his first-term refusal to make guns a front-burner issue was proof that he posed no threat to their rights. Many of those writing were traditional Democrats eager to believe what they were hearing and thus ripe for the disinformation campaign targeting them. Most of those writing parroted the ads and suggested, as Mr. Obama’s supporters were charging, that the NRA was pushing a false narrative to “raise money.”

I didn’t answer the letters as they came in, but they sat on the corner of my desk in the days following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting as the president, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the usual suspects in Congress and the media launched a full-throated assault on private gun ownership. Then I answered them, suggesting that perhaps they should reassess their earlier skepticism. Those who wrote back acknowledged that they had been taken in, but promised it would never happen again.
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American Veteran News 05.31.16

AIR FORCE CAPTAIN WHO SACRIFICED LIFE FOR FELLOW TROOPS TO RECEIVE SILVER STAR — ARMY TIMES — It was about 1 a.m., Aug. 26, 2015. Special Tactics Officer Capt. Matthew Roland was behind the wheel of a small bus, leading a convoy of special forces personnel back to a small camp in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when he stopped 20 meters from an Afghan-run checkpoint along the road.

As the bus idled, the troops’ interpreter got out and started talking to two guards at the checkpoint wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms. After giving the convoy permission to pass, one guard moved toward a bunker fortified with a belt-fed M240B machine gun.

The other guard approached Roland’s door. When the guard was within five feet, he started to raise his M4 rifle to his shoulder.

Roland knew exactly what was happening. He keyed the radio.

“Insider attack! Insider attack!” he shouted to his comrades as he threw the gearshift in reverse.



VETERAN RACES AGAINST TIME TO RETURN WWI PURPLE HEARTS — BREITBART — ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A group that seeks to reunite lost Purple Hearts with service members or their descendants is embarking on an ambitious project: to return 100 such medals or certificates earned in World War I before the 100th anniversary next April of the United States’ entry into the conflict.

Zachariah Fike, of the Vermont-based Purple Hearts Reunited, began the project after noticing he had in his collection of memorabilia a total of exactly 100 Purple Hearts or equivalent lithographs awarded for injuries or deaths from the Great War.

“You’re honoring fallen heroes,” said Fike, a Vermont National Guard captain wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. “These are our forefathers; these are the guys that have shed their blood or sacrificed their lives for us. Any opportunity to bring light to that is always a good thing.”

The lithographs, known as a Lady Columbia Wound Certificate and showing a toga-wearing woman knighting an infantry soldier on bended knee, were what World War I military members wounded or killed while serving were awarded before the Purple Heart came into being in 1932. World War I service members who already had a lithograph became eligible for a Purple Heart at that time.



ALTERNATE PTSD THERAPY FOR VETS RUFFLES VA FEATHERS, BUT GETS RESULTS — S&S — Even before she left for Afghanistan, Katie Helmer knew she was going to have trouble when she got back.

As a member of the Minnesota National Guard, she was assigned to monitor casualties at a military hospital at Bagram Airfield. From a previous deployment in Kuwait, Helmer knew the psychic toll the ordeal would take on her.

When she came home in 2013, she jumped at the chance to get free treatment for post-traumatic stress through a pilot program for a therapy called EMDR, which uses sensory stimulation to connect to triggers from trauma and neutralizes them. After several sessions, she said it worked.

“I’ve never been a therapy type of person, but it worked because it was a different kind of therapy, and I didn’t have to do too much of the talking,” Helmer said.



PHOENIX VA SUPERVISOR WHO RAN SECRET WAIT LIST CAUGHT DENYING APPOINTMENTS TO VETS — DC — A Phoenix VA supervisor, who managed the secret wait list in 2014 where dozens of vets died, was caught denying specialty care appointment referrals to veterans in a petty power play.

Pauline DeWenter, supervisory medical administration specialist, fired off an email May 20 telling other VA staff of her decision to instruct medical support assistants not to schedule consults for veterans in podiatry, according to emails obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. A consult is an appointment with a specialist.

“It has been brought to my attention that the PACT MSA’s have been asked to do consult scheduling for podiatry,” DeWenter wrote.

“Currently I have instructed the MSA’s NOT to schedule any consult from Podiatry, this is taking away from the primary duties,” DeWenter added. “Also do not send any one over after a consult is placed for scheduling, they first must be received and reviewed for scheduling.”

The power play by DeWenter did not go unnoticed. Dr. Robert G. Frykberg, chief of podiatry at the Phoenix VA, expressed astonishment at her decision to unilaterally cut off scheduling support for no real reason.

“Is this Veteran Centered Care? Is this efficiency?” Frykberg asked, also copying facility director Deborah Amdur on the email. “Is this the way we provide assistance to clinicians?”

“In 40 years of practice I have never heard of anything like this! We have providers to care for our VETERAN PATIENTS in NEED,” Frykberg wrote. “Yet we do not want to provide MSAs to schedule patients and consults after they have been reviewed/activated by the provider?? This is obstructing efficient care of our patients and it simply does not reflect what I believe is our best effort to improve our system.”



AFTER CUTTING MILITARY HEALTHCARE, OBAMA CALLS FOR “GOOD HEALTHCARE” FOR VETS — FPM — Obama decided to commemorate Memorial Day (after denouncing the US military from Vietnam to Japan) by calling for “good healthcare” for veterans. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/281670-obama-calls-for-better-healthcare-jobs-for-vets

President Obama called for veterans to receive better healthcare and good-paying jobs during a Memorial Day speech at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

“We have to be there not only when we need them, but when they need us,” Obama told the crowd of survivors who have lost loved ones in battle.

“Truly remembering means that after our fallen heroes gave everything to get their battle buddies home, we have to make sure our veterans get everything that they have earned — from good healthcare to a good job,” he continued. “We have to do better.”

Who exactly is “we”? Obama and his VA secretaries who oversaw death panels at the VA? Obama pushed aggressively for health care fee hikes and cuts for military families.



WORLD WAR II VET FALLS VICTIM TO $43,000 SCAM — FOX — Jack Holder survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and aerial combat over Midway and the English Channel unscathed. But the 94-year-old World War II veteran recently fell victim to a sweepstakes scam that cost him $43,000 in what he called the “worst tragedy of my life.”

Holder received a phone call last March informing him he was the winner in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes — and would be rewarded with $4.7 million and a new Mercedes-Benz, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported.

In order to claim his prize, Holder had to provide some personal information and open a bank account where the money could be deposited, according to the paper.

But days later, thieves made off with $43,000 from Holder and his fiancee, 78-year-old Ruth Calabro.



VETERANS FACE CHALLENGES WHEN JOINING THE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE — S&S — MIDLAND, Texas (Tribune News Service) — “It was a little uncomfortable.”

That’s how U.S. Army veteran Jason Valentin describes his transition from life in the military to life in the civilian workforce.

“From 19 years old, (the military was) all I really knew,” he said. “So, to get out and punch a time clock was awkward for me.”

Valentin’s experience isn’t unique.



WWII VETERAN, WHO FOUGHT TO EXPOSE SECRET MUSTARD GAS EXPERIMENTS, DIES — WBUR — Charles “Lindy” Cavell could never forget what the U.S. military tried to hide. Cavell fought to bring to light the secret mustard gas testing program he had participated in during World War II and for VA compensation for the test subjects. He died at home Wednesday at 89.

Cavell was featured prominently in an NPR investigation last year that found the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to notify mustard gas test subjects — who had been sworn to secrecy about the testing — of their eligibility for compensation, and routinely denied help to those who qualified for it.

During the last year of his life, Cavell was finally granted additional benefits and some back pay after a 26-year battle with the VA, according to his daughter, Linda Smith.

“I think he felt like he had finally accomplished something, and he was relieved that other service members were being recognized” as a result of the stories he was featured in, Smith said.



VETERANS SHARE EXPERIENCES AT SOLEMN CEREMONY — DAYTON DAILY NEWS — DAYTON — Vietnam veteran Charles R. Perry was once among an army of service members who were not welcomed when they returned home from war.

Today, that attitude has changed, Perry, 68, a former Army soldier said at a solemn Memorial Day ceremony Monday on a hill overlooking thousands of grave sites and white tombstones that stretched in every direction at the Dayton National Cemetery.

“I’ve learned over the years people want to approach us and I’m willing to give them that opportunity, and thank them for recognizing the Vietnam veterans because we were not recognized back in the ’60s when I was in the service,” said Perry, a Washington Twp., resident who wore a black bandana identifying him as a veteran of the Vietnam war.

But for retired Army Col. Kathy Platoni who deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, many Americans are disconnected from soldiers at war and the plight they face when they come back.

The 64-year-old Centerville psychologist, now a volunteer member of the Ohio Military Reserve, said in a keynote address to those gathered too often others are more preoccupied with three days off work during the Memorial Day weekend than remembering those who have gone to war under the nation’s colors.



‘THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE’ BRINGS UP MIXED EMOTIONS FOR US VETERANS — KOSU — The billboard reads, “Happy Memorial Day.”

It so annoyed one US Marine who fought in Vietnam that he complained about it to a fellow veteran. This is a day for remembering the names and faces of those Americans who fought and died, he said.

“Happy doesn’t seem the right word,” the Marine told retired Lt. Col John Nagl, an Army veteran of the war in Iraq who has lost friends in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nagl says he sees things a little differently.

“Memorial Day is a time when Americans celebrate liberty. They celebrate those who fell for their liberty, and certainly the friends I’ve lost [in Iraq and Afghanistan], I can’t think of any better way to celebrate them than to throw a burger on the grill next to the pool, be with friends and tell some stories about them. And remember them,” Nagl says.

“That’s what I would want them to do [on this Memorial Day] if the bullet had found me instead of … them.”



WOMEN PILOTS ALLOWED BACK INTO ARLINGTON FOR BURIAL — VOA — Women World War II pilots are again guaranteed full burial honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

That is because the two main U.S. political parties put their differences aside to change the policy that had blocked the women’s burial at Arlington.

Both houses of Congress approved a bill to permit inurnment of the remains at the cemetery, just outside Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama signed it into law on May 20.

The government once had a policy that gave the former Women Airforce Service Pilots, known as WASP, rights to be buried at Arlington. But that policy was canceled in 2015.

The new law gives women who flew during World War II the right to be inurned in the nation’s highest honor military cemetery. Inurnment means their ashes can be laid to rest there.



GARY SINISE: JOIN ME IN HONORING AMERICA’S GREATEST HEROES — WND — The nation will pause over the coming days to honor all Americans who have given their lives to defend the United States, and this year the National Memorial Day Concert will continue its legacy of saluting all who have worn the uniform with a special tribute to a man who still serves decades after losing a leg in Vietnam.

The National Memorial Day Concert takes place Sunday, May 29 at 8 p.m. on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. It airs on PBS. Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will co-host the event, which will include acts such as the Beach Boys, Trace Adkins, two different “American Idol” performers and the National Symphony Orchestra.

“I wouldn’t be anywhere else this weekend,” Sinise told WND and Radio America. “It’s become such a special way to highlight and honor the men and women who served our country and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.”



MILITARY VETERAN FINDS NEW MISSION AS VA NURSE — BREITBART — COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nursing assistant Tom Alligood wears camouflage scrubs during his emergency room shifts at the Dorn VA hospital because he says it helps other veteran patients realize they’ve “walked over the same dirt,” the 62-year-old former Army tanker says.

And he doesn’t just mean the desert sands of Iraq.

Alligood means homelessness, job loss and the mental anguish of being a long-time military veteran trying to adjust to the trials of a dog-eat-dog, backstabbing civilian world he says nearly ate him alive.

“I need to be around veterans like me. That’s where I get my strength, my ‘positiveness’ from,” says the burly former first sergeant who now sports a long, gray braid on his back.

Alligood says he has found a new mission – working in the sprawling Columbia VA hospital and helping as many of his one-time brothers and sisters in arms as he can.



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Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers


They Went Into Harm’s Way To Insure Our Freedoms
Let’s Celebrate Those Freedoms

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — During my 30-year career with the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) I had the privilege of working with members of many other law enforcement agencies, both from within the United States and with those of foreign governments. One of those foreign police forces was the Israeli National Police.

There are times when a statement made by someone else creates a seminal moment; when an issue is brought into such focus that you can never forget it. Such a moment took place quite a few years ago when I joined an Israeli police general for a working lunch. He was sharing information with me about an Israeli fugitive who was wanted for committing serious crimes in Israel and had fled to the United States to avoid arrest. I would ultimately arrest the fugitive for his violations of our immigration laws and have him deported so that he could face justice in his native Israel.

During that lunch the general told me that Israelis viewed Americans as their “big brothers” and had tremendous respect for the United States. He went on to tell me that the one thing that Israelis in general found hard to understand, however, was an issue that he could not understand either. he wanted to know why Memorial Day had become an opportunity for linen sales and barbecues. He told me that in Israel when they celebrate the sacrifices of their military they do so in a very different and very somber way. At the appointed time motorists turn off their engines, get out of their cars and bow their heads in prayer and contemplation of the sacrifices of their fallen young men and women who made the “ultimate sacrifice.” Radio programming is interrupted for a minute of silence to pray or simply show respect for their fallen members of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).

I have never been able to get that conversation out of my mind, and every time Memorial Day comes around I find myself contemplating that conversation many years ago, wishing that Americans would find an equivalent way of truly paying homage to our fallen soldiers irrespective of the branch of the military in which they served.

In my musings I came to think about what motivates the valiant members of our armed forces and, I would include, the valiant members of the various law enforcement agencies and other first responders. The obvious answer is that these people all went in harm’s way to defend and protect us and our nation.

America is synonymous with freedom.

Our Constitution and within it, the Bill of Rights, codify our freedoms. Our freedoms are, however, increasingly coming under attack.
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Obama Dishonors Memorial Day at Hiroshima

BREITBART — Does anyone think it an accident that President Obama chose Memorial Day weekend to give his high-sounding moral equivalence speech in Hiroshima calling for a “moral revolution”?

What Obama proposed in his speech in Japan is moral disarmament, and the consequences of that moral capitulation will be horrific if the world follows his advice.

At Hiroshima, Obama was silent on the question of American sacrifice, American valor, and American virtue, but eloquent on the issue of American guilt.

What Obama did NOT do in his speech in Japan was to praise America’s fallen warriors, the men and women whose bravery and sacrifice saved the world from nuclear war over the 71 years since that first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

Obama is wrong, but if even half of Americans agree with the president, then we have abandoned the meaning of Memorial Day and substituted Atonement Day in its place. And if America’s future leaders think our nation has no further need to honor our fallen warriors, America may discover we have no warriors willing to tread in their path.

Obama’s moral capitulation presents a stark and sobering contrast with the patriotism of a different President, America’s chosen leader only one generation ago. Thirty-two years ago in 1984 Ronald Reagan went to the beaches of Normandy to honor the fallen warriors of many nations who made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny.

CHINESE, KOREAN VICTIMS ON OBAMA IN HIROSHIMA: JAPAN ‘IS NOT THE VICTIM’ — BREITBART

HARRY TRUMAN SAVED MY LIFE, BUT BARACK OBAMA DOESN’T APPROVE — BREITBART

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GET NUKED DON’T BOMB PEARL HARBOR — BREITBART

OBAMA’S HIROSHIMA VISIT PANNED BY CRITICS ON LEFT, RIGHT — WASHINGTON TIMES

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American Veteran News Memorial Day 2016

ROLLING THUNDER ROARS INTO D.C. FOR THE 29TH TIME — WASHINGTON TIMES — Listen. It’s the collective roar of motorcycles on a mission, their faithful riders on the same route to the same cause: to draw public attention to the needs of military veterans, and the unanswered question surrounding prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Welcome to “Rolling Thunder” — the perfect name for one of those most patriotic events on the planet. These riders did roll, and there was thunder during the 29th “Ride for Freedom,” on Sunday in the nation’s capital.

“Never forget all of our prisoners of war and those still missing in action from all wars, and never forget our veterans of all wars. That’s our message, and that’s our mission,” said Artie Muller, who served in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division in the jungles of South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos at age 20. Years later, he went on to found the feisty group that took its name from a combat operation.

Operation Rolling Thunder was the U.S. military code name for the long-term bombing of North Vietnamese targets in the mid-1960s.

This year, the ride had added star power. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made an appearance at the big event in mid-afternoon near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. Wearing his signature crimson “Make America Great Again” baseball hat, Mr. Trump vowed to “rebuild” the U.S. military, tend to the needs of vets and to shore up the nation’s porous borders.



PAIR JOINS FORCES TO LOCATE, RETURN REMAINS OF VETERANS MISSING IN ACTION IN VIETNAM — THE ADVOCATE — Having served in the Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War, Ed “Cowboy” Lewis has lamented the struggles of his era’s veterans, especially those who became homeless. His nonprofit organization, Ride of the Brotherhood, tried to create a home for such veterans, though that may have hit a dead end.

But he seems to be nearing a breakthrough for those he considers the ultimate homeless.

In April, Lewis, who lives in Lacombe, got approval from the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense to assist with locating the remains of missing servicemen from both sides of the war.

“There are 1,200 American soldiers that are still unaccounted for in Vietnam, and over 300,000 Vietnamese soldiers that are unaccounted for,” Lewis said. “Why don’t we work as a joint effort? We help them find theirs, and they give us permission to find ours.”

The April journey was Lewis’ second trip back to Southeast Asia, having led a group of veterans to visit in 2014. Also on that trip was Donna Elliott, an Arkansas resident who has been going to Vietnam often since 1999 in hopes of finding what happened to her brother, Jerry Elliott, who was declared missing in action following a battle at Khe Sanh on Jan. 21, 1968. Her difficulties getting cooperation from Vietnamese and American officials — the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has an office in Hanoi — have helped motivate Lewis’ efforts.



VET TRAVELS FROM ARIZONA TO HELP FIX DEFACED VIETNAM VETERAN MURAL AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY — NBC LOS ANGELES — Word of a vandalized Vietnam memorial in Venice, California, inspired scores of veterans — some from as far as Arizona — to clean up the spray-painted mess ahead of Memorial Day.

Extensive graffiti — a thick sheen of silver paint — covered the mural, which bears the names of 2,273 veterans who vanished in Vietnam and has stood untouched since 1992.

LA County Sheriff’s Department investigators showed up Saturday night to assess the wall on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court and take pictures.

“This is about as bad as burning an American flag, stomping on it,” said John Scudder, a Marine veteran of 11 1/2 years who brought his construction truck and paint remover to help organize a cleanup. “Just like that flag is a symbol of freedom, this is a symbolization of names of people who gave their lives for this country.”



VETERANS SITES IN CALIFORNIA, KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA DAMAGED — ARMY TIMES — LOS ANGELES — Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said.

A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.

News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was reported damaged in Henderson, Kentucky. Police say a Memorial Day cross display there that honors the names of 5,000 veterans of conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War has been damaged by a driver who plowed through the crosses early Saturday.

In Virginia, the Petersburg National Battlefield has apparently has been looted, the National Park Service said. Numerous excavations were found at the Civil War battlefield last week, Jeffrey Olson, and agency spokesman, said in a news release Friday. Petersburg National Battlefield is a 2,700-acre park marks where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died fighting during the Siege of Petersburg 151 years ago.



CHILDREN OF FALLEN TROOPS COME TO DC TO HEAL AND PLAY — T&P — At an event in the nation’s capital, 500 children of fallen service members gathered for a day of fun and healing.

On May 28, 500 children of fallen service members gathered in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., for Playfield in the Park, an event put on by Yellow Ribbons United and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS.

The day was part of TAPS’ third annual National Good Grief Camp, which pairs children of fallen service members with military and veteran mentors over the course of Memorial Day weekend.

For 10-year-olds Landon and Tyler, the camp is an opportunity to create new memories and friendships with those who understand their grief and loss.

“I realized that fallen heroes, like I have, everyone here was just like me,” Landon told Task & Purpose. “Everybody here had a parent or a loved one from all the branches of the military who passed away in the line of duty.”



A GOLD-STAR WIFE’S MESSAGE TO VETERANS: HONOR THE FALLEN BY LIVING — T&P — Jane Horton lost her husband in Afghanistan. She urges veterans on Memorial Day to honor fallen troops through living.

On Sept. 9, 2011, my husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in action in Paktia, Afghanistan. My world shattered. As I struggled to look through the kaleidoscope lens that made up my life, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t eat, and I could barely breathe. I didn’t understand why God would take away my husband so soon, or why he chose me to live on alone and carry this great burden. I was drowning in grief, heartbroken and almost hopeless.

Throughout my long four and half years of being a war widow, nothing has been harder for me than to learn to live — when all I wanted to do was die. There have been many sleepless nights where I have laid on my face praying and crying my eyes out, and many mornings where I rolled up into a ball, asking for God to take me, or somehow spare me from this pain. I didn’t want to be here anymore, I didn’t want to face the day.

To live means so much more than just struggling to function. I may have still been breathing, but I wasn’t alive. After all, life is so much more than just breath. There was no life left within me — only a broken, devastated heart that struggled to carry on and somehow project a kind of artificial life. I was going through the motions, painting lipstick on and plastering on a fake smile every morning just to get through the day. I was only a fraction of the person I had been before, and fought hard to make it through each day.



DENIAL OF MILITARY HONORS AT ARLINGTON STINGS WASPS — AP — SWEETWATER, Texas — It’s been a difficult year for fans and former members of the U.S. Army’s Women’s Airforce Service Pilots.

The WASPs, if you are unfamiliar with local history, were female pilots trained in Sweetwater during World War II to fly military aircraft in the United States and Canada. The first women who applied for the civil service jobs were required to already have 500 hours of flight time (compared with 200 for men), received lower pay than any male counterpart, and could only fly the smallest trainers or liaison aircraft.

That changed over time, at least partially. Eventually, only 35 hours were required for entry. But more importantly, the 1,102 WASPs who served during the war ended up flying every type of aircraft in the nation’s arsenal.

WASPs ferried aircraft across the country, or performed flight duties while training male pilots. Two WASPs flew the B-29 bomber, notorious then for catastrophic engine fires, and demonstrated to the reluctant male pilots that it could be done safely.



REMAINS OF 13 MORE WORLD WAR II MARINES FOUND ON TARAWA — AP — The founder of a volunteer group says it has found the remains of 13 more World War II Marines on a Pacific atoll.

Mark Noah, head of Marathon, Florida-based History Flight, tells The Associated Press that 12 sets of remains were found on Tarawa between January and March and a 13th set of remains was found this week.

The Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirms more remains have been found, although it couldn’t confirm the number. The agency says it will return the remains to the U.S. this summer.

Last year, Honor Flight found the remains of 35 Marines on Tarawa, which is part of the island nation of Kiribati, and the Defense Department found a 36th set.

All were returned to the U.S. The Pentagon says 23 of them have been identified.



THIS MEMORIAL DAY, WEAR A POPPY — MILCOM — When did Memorial Day become synonymous with, “Hey, we can get a queen-sized mattress at a discount?”

We had just moved into our newly purchased home at our newest duty station. As luck would have it, the oven that came with the house gave out just weeks after moving day.

“Well, Memorial Day is coming up soon, we can get on sale that weekend,” my husband said, barely glancing away from the television.

That rubbed me the wrong way — the idea that he automatically associated Memorial Day with appliance sales. And, if I think about it, it can be associated with mattress sales, car sales, furniture sales … the list goes on and on.

In 1868, Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed the official date of the first Memorial Day, writing in General Order No. 11: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated 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.”

In 1921, inspired by a poem, a woman named Moina Michael wrote,



MEMORIAL DAY IS A ‘NATIONAL ALL SOULS’ DAY’ — NORTH CAROLINA REGISTER — Memorial Day 2016 falls on May 30, the day it was celebrated for decades after it began as Decoration Day to honor the war dead after the Civil War.

Some veterans and Catholic military chaplains described what the solemn day means to them.

“I would liken it to a national All Souls’ Day, as far as a Catholic chaplain goes,” observed Father Carl Subler. A chaplain on active duty with the U.S. Army, he has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and various bases around the United States, most recently at Fort Drum, N.Y. A priest of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, he has been a chaplain since 2007.

We commemorate all the faithful departed on All Souls’ Day, while on Memorial Day, “I pray specifically for those who have died in our nation’s wars, whether you agree with them or not,” explained Father Subler. “I pray for their souls and the special sacrifice they made for our nation.”

He also prays specifically for those he ministered to overseas, as well as those who lost their lives in past wars.



HONOR GUARDS STRUGGLE TO MEET DEMAND WITH FEWER VOLUNTEERS AND MORE FUNERALS — WCPO — CINCINNATI — Men and women in sharp uniforms stand at attention. A flag is folded and handed to the next of kin. Taps plays. The guns fire in salute.

Those who perform those duties at the funeral of military veteran are called an honor guard. It is a noble calling, and one that is in high demand these days. As funerals for veterans increase, the number of veterans to perform honor guard duties decreases.

“It is harder than it used to be,” said Wayne “Hutch” Hutchison, the Ohio chief of staff for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Hutch served in the Navy in the first Persian Gulf War. “Specifically, a lot of us combine honor guards to make sure our veteran heroes are given a proper burial.”



MAKING THE MOST OF ACTIVE-DUTY RETIREMENT PAY — USAA — Years before you hang up your uniform and leave active-duty military service, you will need to make a major decision about your retirement pay.

If you entered on or after Aug. 1, 1986, you’ll be asked around your 15th year of service to choose between two different retirement plans. The High-36 retirement plan is so named because it’s based on the average of your highest 36 months of basic pay, while the CSB/REDUX option comes with a $30,000 Career Status Bonus. The small number who entered the service before that date are automatically covered by the Final Pay or High-36 plan. See the chart below for the full range of options.



THOUSANDS RAISED FOR 94-YEAR-OLD VETERAN, SCAMMED OUT OF HIS SAVINGS — (KPHO/KTVK) — PHOENIX –

Viewers in Arizona and across the country are raising money for a World War II veteran from Chandler, who was scammed out of his life savings.

Jack Holder survived Pearl Harbor and went on to fly missions over both the Pacific and Europe with the U.S. Navy.

This spring, thieves convinced Holder, who is 94, that he’d won a “Publishers Clearing House” jackpot. They told him, he simply needed to pay the taxes on the $4.7 million and new Mercedes-Benz upfront, before he received the prizes.

Holder wrote checks totaling $43,000 before he realized he’d been scammed.



THOUSANDS OF MILITARY MEMBERS DENIED CRUCIAL VETERAN’S BENEFITS FOR REPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULT — THINK PROGRESS — Liz Luras carried three American flags over her shoulder in a Memorial Day march this weekend. Each represented a veteran who committed suicide after leaving the military. To Luras, this honor is especially meaningful, since she knows it could easily be her flag waving beside theirs.

Luras is one of the many soldiers featured in a new Human Rights Watch report who were “honorably discharged” from the military after being the victim of rape or other sexual assault.

Despite passing a meticulous mental health screening when enlisting in a top-secret military intelligence position, Luras was discharged after multiple rapes for having a “personality disorder,” or PD. Now, more than 15 years after her discharge, she continues to be denied jobs, health benefits, and general respect for having papers marked with “PD” — a condition that many mental health professionals, including ones within the VA, have told her she doesn’t have.

“I was on the path to West Point. I wanted this to the be my career,” she said. “But when you enlist for the military, you don’t realize that the system of justice warriors are fighting for doesn’t apply to them.”



LIVES OF VETERANS INSPIRE A DEEP SEARCH INTO HISTORY — DETROIT FREE PRESS — Sgt. Norman Stewart appeared dazed and scared as he stood at the rear hatch of the B24 bomber.

Only moments had passed since the Michigan-made bomber, affectionately called “Ole Baldy” by the crew, had been badly hit by fire from a German fighter during a World War II mission that had gone terribly wrong. The crew was being ordered to bail.

Stewart, a 19-year-old tail gunner who had graduated from Farmington High School about a year earlier, seemed hesitant, too disoriented or too injured to jump on his own. So his crew members had to push him out, according to official accounts.

It was the last time anyone saw Stewart, killed in action during that Sept. 27, 1944, mission.



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Today’s Sermon: The Trustworthy Word

Speaker: Eric Swanson
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:16-21

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American Veteran News 05.29.16

REMAINS OF 13 MORE WORLD WAR II MARINES FOUND ON PACIFIC ATOLL — FOX NEWS — The founder of a volunteer group says it has found the remains of 13 more World War II Marines on a Pacific atoll.

Mark Noah, head of Marathon, Florida-based History Flight, tells The Associated Press that 12 sets of remains were found on Tarawa between January and March and a 13th set of remains was found this week.

The Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirms more remains have been found, although it couldn’t confirm the number. The agency says it will return the remains to the U.S. this summer.

Last year, Honor Flight found the remains of 35 Marines on Tarawa, which is part of the island nation of Kiribati, and the Defense Department found a 36th set.

All were returned to the U.S. The Pentagon says 23 of them have been identified.



A GOLD-STAR WIFE’S MESSAGE TO VETERANS — HONOR THE FALLEN BY LIVING — T&P — Jane Horton lost her husband in Afghanistan. She urges veterans on Memorial Day to honor fallen troops through living.

On September 9, 2011 my husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in action in Paktia, Afghanistan. My world shattered. As I struggled to look through the kaleidoscope lens that made up my life, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t eat, and I could barely breathe. I didn’t understand why God would take away my husband so soon, or why he chose me to live on alone and carry this great burden. I was drowning in grief, heartbroken and almost hopeless.

Throughout my long four and half years of being a war widow, nothing has been harder for me than to learn to live — when all I wanted to do was die. There have been many sleepless nights where I have laid on my face praying and crying my eyes out, and many mornings where I rolled up into a ball, asking for God to take me, or somehow spare me from this pain. I didn’t want to be here anymore, I didn’t want to face the day.

To live means so much more than just struggling to function. I may have still been breathing, but I wasn’t alive. After all, life is so much more than just breath. There was no life left within me — only a broken, devastated heart that struggled to carry on and somehow project a kind of artificial life. I was going through the motions, painting lipstick on and plastering on a fake smile every morning just to get through the day. I was only a fraction of the person I had been before, and fought hard to make it through each day.



THE VA BLOCKED A DISABLED VETERAN’S KIDNEY TRANSPLANT BECAUSE THE DONOR WASN’T A VETERAN — BUZZ FEED — Charles Nelson, a disabled Army veteran, needed a kidney transplant and luckily his son, Coty Nelson, was a match. But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn’t cover the transplant because his son was not a veteran.

When Charles, a former Army Specialist, attempted to get approval from his Veteran Affairs Choice Program healthcare provider, he was told he wasn’t eligible for coverage because his son was not a veteran.

The program – available to veterans who live more than 40 miles away from a VA transplant facility – only allows veterans to receive transplants from other veterans.

“If you know about transplants, you know it’s hard enough to find a non-veteran donor,” Charles told BuzzFeed News.

Charles, 48, and his wife Tamara Nelson decided to raise the money to cover their son’s half of the surgery, but the VA told them the Choice Program still would not cover it, because it “was really just one kind of surgery” for both people, she said.

“The VA is kind of a joke,” Tamara Nelson told BuzzFeed News. “We love our doctors and could not be happier with them, but the bureaucratic bullshit makes this all so hard.”



AUGUSTA VA STAFF TESTIFY ABOUT WORRIES IN PUSH TO CLOSE CASES — AUGUSTA CHRONICLE — It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to do it, they didn’t know how to do it. And they feared that if they did it wrong, veterans would suffer, several administrative employees at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Af­fairs Medical Center testified Thurs­day.

In the fourth day of Cathedral Henderson’s trial in U.S. District Court on 50 counts of making false statements, Tara Holliday told the jury that Meribeth Bredehoft, then chief of health administrative services, gave her a list of names and told her to close out the consults.

“I didn’t even know where to start,” Holliday said. She said she received no training and had no medical education to fall back on. Holliday said she stopped doing it and shelved the lists.

“I didn’t think it was morally right, that it was ethical,” she said.



VA’S LAPSE JEOPARDIZES FLA. NURSING HOME, POSSIBLY OTHERS — KGW — ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — At least three states say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to formally notify them of a significant policy change in the construction requirements for veterans nursing homes, in turn threatening the future of at least one facility.

More states — possibly the remaining 47 and Puerto Rico — could be clueless about the sudden shift in policy, veterans officials said.

“To the best of my knowledge, nobody has received that letter — no state,” said Fred Sganga, legislative officer of the National Association of State Veterans Homes.

The communication breakdown already has halted plans for Florida’s seventh veterans nursing home, slated for St. Lucie County, potentially jeopardizing the project if officials can’t come up with another $20 million from the federal government and the state.

“We don’t want to be held hostage by a design guide that doesn’t recognize the state’s ability to provide what they need for the veterans living in their state,” said Sganga, who also is executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Sganga said he never received formal notification of the policy change.



UNIONS AT ODDS OVER VA EMPLOYEE ACCOUNTABILITY BILL — GOV EXEC — Unions representing rank-and-file employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are at odds over legislation that would change the disciplinary process for VA poor performers.

The National Federation of Federal Employees, which represents nurses, doctors and other health care professionals at 17 VA facilities across the country, on Wednesday urged senators to oppose the Veterans First Act, calling it a “misguided attempt at reform that will not improve veterans’ care.” Specifically the bill, which includes several measures aimed at strengthening accountability among the department’s more than 300,000-person workforce, “would undermine the integrity of services available to our nation’s veterans by eviscerating important safeguards protecting VA employees from undue political influence,” said a May 25 letter from NFFE President William Dougan to senators.



CINCINNATI VA WARNED ABOUT AWOL DOCS — CINCINNATI.COM — The Cincinnati VA Medical Center has developed an “unofficial practice” of doctors leaving the hospital early, at times to work instead for UC Health on private patients, and a VA lawyer warned last year that the doctors could be committing a crime that could be prosecuted and should be reported to the VA inspector general.

The July legal opinion came amid a gathering power struggle inside the Cincinnati VA, involving officialdom from UC Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, over the administration of Dr. Barbara Temeck, then the facility’s acting chief of staff. The Cincinnati VA hospital on Vine Street in Corryville serves 43,000 veterans in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

One factor in the VA struggle was Temeck’s discovery and documentation that part-time and full-time VA doctors routinely left their VA jobs early, which stranded veterans with appointments in the hospital’s waiting rooms. In August 2014, a list prepared for Temeck found that of 61 part-time doctors, only six fulfilled contracted time obligations to the Cincinnati VA.



MONEY CAN’T CURE WHAT AILS VETERANS AFFAIRS — WALL STREET JOURNAL — ‘Total VA funding has grown by nearly 86 percent from 2009,” says the headline of a document put out by the Department of Veterans Affairs this year in support of the agency’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for $182.3 billion. Politicians and government officials argue that increases in VA funding demonstrate a willingness to support veterans and their legitimate needs. Many of the increases are justified because of the higher costs of providing health care and the growing numbers of veterans receiving compensation and pension benefits.

Yet our concern should not be about the amount of money the VA spends. We should focus instead on the impact that money has on the lives of veterans. While the annual budget was growing over the last decade, there have been cuts to literally hundreds of programs throughout the federal government, many of which directly benefit veterans and their families.

Instead of arguing about VA funding levels every year, it’s time to consider fundamental changes in the way the VA delivers services. Here’s how:

• Realign the separate VA and Defense Department health-care systems. Together, the two health systems receive more than $100 billion in taxpayer funding every year. A fully integrated system would help control health-care costs. It also would help VA and Defense Department employees—who provide care to the same veterans and active-duty service members at different points in their lives, although Defense also cares for dependents—refocus their efforts to provide coordinated world-class care.



FRENCH VILLAGE INVITES VETERAN TO REVISIT AS ‘HONORED GUEST’ — AP — TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A tiny village in France hasn’t forgotten. The deeds of American soldiers such as Tom Cundiff, even 72 years later, are remembered there.

This summer, Cundiff plans to return to Etrechy. He lived in that rural town of 6,100 residents for 16 months during World War II, serving as a U.S. Army staff sergeant, a company clerk, helping fellow soldiers rejoin their units after hospital stints or report for duty after arriving from the States

His outfit, the small 446th Replacement Company from the 85th Replacement Battalion, set up operations in a castle – Le Chateau de Gravelles – just days after American forces liberated Paris and Etrechy from Nazi German occupiers.

Every Aug. 28, the Etrechy townspeople celebrate the moment when the Americans turned the village back over to the locals. This year, Cundiff will be their honored guest, representing his country, again, and fellow service members.



OBAMA VISIT TO HIROSHIMA OPENS OLD WOUNDS FOR SURVIVORS, WORLD WAR II VETERANS — LA DAILY NEWS — An angel, a stunning streak of silver, danced across a vibrant blue sky. Kaz Suyeishi remembers being taken by its beauty. Nearly 71 years later, its memory remains in vivid color.

Shortly after 8 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, she spotted it from the family’s front garden — a B-29 vapor trail cutting through the morning air over the Pacific. Suyeishi was just 18, home from her factory job because of a fever, and as she traced it across a cloudless sky, she noticed an unusual white speck falling from the plane she’d soon know as the Enola Gay. “Look at that,” she pointed out to a friend, who stood nearby.

Then suddenly, there was a tremendous flash, burning across the horizon. Buildings collapsed. Tens of thousands were killed instantly. In seconds, Hiroshima was drowned in a blinding orange and yellow light, like a sheet of the sun had rained down and set the city ablaze. Suyeishi lay unconscious, buried in the rubble.

Six weeks later, Paul Rubenstein and his Marine infantry battalion stepped off a transportation ship in Nagasaki. In August, before the bomb, they’d begun practicing amphibious landings for an invasion of Japan — a mission many, Rubenstein included, expected to be a bloodbath. For the first time since enlisting, he worried he might not survive.



WESTLAND ORDINANCE OFFICE REMOVES AMERICAN FLAGS FROM BUSINESS — FOX DETROIT — A Westland business owner lines his property with small American flags in honor of Memorial Day.

But someone in the city didn’t approve of the patriotic gesture now — those flags are gone.

Ken Dabelstein operates Ken’s Country Produce also known as the big red barn on Ford Road at Newburg in Westland. And every Memorial Day weekend Ken respectfully plants these American flags in a row along his nursery yard.

“I put them in the ground by the curb, 12 on each side,” Dabelstein said.

Ken planted 24 American flags. But Thursday afternoon Ken says a woman who said she was with the city of Westland pulled every one of the 24 American flags and confiscated them.

But Thursday afternoon Ken says a woman who said she was with the city of Westland pulled every one of the 24 American flags and confiscated them.

“She pulled the flags out and wouldn’t give me her card,” Dabelstein said. “She pulled the flags out, customers tried to grab them out of her hand. She wouldn’t give it to them.

“She took the flags and literally threw them in the back of her truck.”

Ken is 73 years old and even he went after his flags.



HELPING AMERICAN VETERANS REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY — FOX NEWS RADIO — Sebastian Junger, former war correspondent and New York Times bestselling author joined Kilmeade & Friends to talk about his latest book “Tribe: On Homecoming And Belonging”

Junger discussed the problem American veteran’s face dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to re-acclimate to society after returning home from war.



ILLEGAL ALIEN ALLEGEDLY POSED AS DEAD VETERAN TO STEAL SOCIAL SECURITY — BREITBART — An illegal immigrant was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, for allegedly stealing the identity of a deceased U.S. military veteran in order to get the vet’s Social Security payments and other benefits. The scam had been going on for over four years, authorities say.

Court documents show that Rene Ortiz Quintana, 69, had been posing as a veteran who passed away back in 1994 to defraud the federal and state governments of nearly $30,000 in illicitly obtained benefits.

Investigators allege that Quintana stole the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo to obtain a number of benefits ranging from the state health care program to Social Security to benefits from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

In particular, Quintana used the deceased veteran’s name to sign up for a VA Choice card, a benefit that allows veterans to find medical care outside the VA Hospital system.

Quintana, who authorities say has been living in the U.S. illegally for upwards to 50 years, was arrested on May 19 and has been charged with seven counts of identity theft, six counts



SENATORS BLOCK PENTAGON EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE MILITARY BASE COMMISSARIES — BELLEVIEW NEWS-DEMOCRAT — A bipartisan group of 31 senators has introduced legislation that would block the privatization of commissaries at five installations until a study has been completed that would assess the impact, according to Military Times.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., vice chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced the amendment, which is co-sponsored by another 29 senators.

They’re trying to stop a provision in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill which would require DoD to begin turning over operation of commissaries to private companies.



HARRIET THE BALD EAGLE WHO HELPED WOUNDED MILITARY VETERANS HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 35 — INDEPENDENT (UK) — She was 35 years old – one heck of an age for a bald eagle, especially for one that had lost a wing.

Yet when when it was announced this week that Harriet, the eagle who had helped heal wounded soldiers, had died, there was nothing but sadness.

“With a heavy heart, we announce that our senior eagle ambassador, Harriet, has died,” said the National Eagle Centre in Minnesota.



BILL TO HELP MILITARY CAREGIVERS PASSES IN HOUSE — PRESS REPUBLICAN — PLATTSBURGH — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Support Our Military Caregivers Act sponsored by North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

The legislation would reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Family Caregiver Program to help better support family members caring for seriously wounded veterans.

“This bill is critically important,” Stefanik told the Press-Republican.

“I represent the highest number of veterans in the state, and many have served since Sept. 11, 2001, and their caregivers have played a significant role in providing for them and they deserve the services they earned.”



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Hillary Clinton’s Inner Circle Shunned Investigators in Email Probe

WASHINGTON TIMES — It wasn’t just Hillary Clinton who refused to talk to State Department investigators — her entire top tier of staffers shunned the inspector general’s probe into her secret email system.

And most of those staffers are now playing prominent roles in Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The State Department inspector general’s report determined that not only Mrs. Clinton but also her confidantes used private email accounts, aided Mrs. Clinton’s use of a personal server and would not answer any questions about the scandal, fueling speculation of a coordinated cover-up.

“It’s remarkable, truly remarkable, there was no cooperation with the office of the inspector general. I can’t think of anything comparable,” said Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group Judicial Watch, which has filed more than a dozen lawsuits trying to pry loose emails from Mrs. Clinton and her aides.

Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to talk stood in stark contrast to other secretaries, who all cooperated with the inspector general’s probe.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Washington Times for this article, but her campaign spokesman said Wednesday in a round of television interviews that the candidate and her inner circle figured it was more important to talk to the FBI, which is also conducting an investigation, than to work with the inspector general.

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