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From Julie Golob:
Starbucks grabbed headlines recently with the announcement that it plans to hire 10,000 refugees as a response to President Donald Trump’s temporary “travel ban.”
But Evan Hafer, former Green Beret and current CEO of Black Rifle Coffee Company (one of the most successful, veteran-owned start-ups in America) decided to respond to Starbucks in a different way.
He fired back with a pledge to hire 10,000 veterans
Under the bill, any veteran who uses VA health services would be able to use Veterans Choice, a program introduced last year that allows veterans to seek treatment at private health facilities if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or have to wait more than a month for an appointment.
That doesn’t go far enough. No veteran should be required to use the VA if they don’t want to. They should be given the money for their healthcare directly or via vouchers and they should be able to decide for themselves where they get their care.
From New York Times:
He thought he was getting used to suicides in his old infantry unit, but the latest one had hit him like a brick: Joshua Markel, a mentor from his fire team, who had seemed unshakable. In Afghanistan, Corporal Markel volunteered for extra patrols and joked during firefights. Back home Mr. Markel appeared solid: a job with a sheriff’s office, a new truck, a wife and time to hunt deer with his father. But that week, while watching football on TV with friends, he had wordlessly gone into his room, picked up a pistol and killed himself. He was 25.
The men are part of an unusual fringe of American veterans joining the war against Islamic State. They go, even as their president and Pentagon leaders strive to keep U.S. forces out of the ground war.
Mr. Windorski and Mr. Lane, 29, joined other Westerners going into combat alongside the Kurdish fighters who have proved to be one of the most effective forces confronting Islamic State. They met fighters from America and England, Greece and Australia, Israel and Iran.
Although the federal government likes to gives off the impression that its authority is supreme, all it takes is a small group of folks saying no to them to show that’s not the case. ABreitbart report elaborates on how resistance effectively worked in Idaho:
On August 6, residents and Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler lined up outside the Priest River, Idaho, home of veteran John Arnold to prevent the Veterans Administration (VA) from taking away his guns…
Roughly “100 people” showed up, including Sheriff Wheeler. Those assembled waved an American flag, a Gadsen flag, and sang patriotic songs. Wheeler said: “I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho. This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”
I wonder why I haven’t seen this on the national news? Maybe because the media doesn’t want The People to get the idea that they can effectively nullify federal overreach just by saying “no”.
A leaked document shows nearly one-third of the 847,000 veterans in the Department of Veteran Affairs’ backlog died while waiting for treatment, amounting to more than 238,000 patients, according to documents obtained by the Huffington Post.
From Stars and Stripes:
The nation’s oldest woman veteran, Lucy Coffey, died Thursday in San Antonio. She was 108.
A small-town girl from a farm in Martinsville, Indiana, Coffey had a sense of adventure. She left the farm for Chicago, then moved to Dallas, where she was working at an A&P supermarket on Dec. 7, 1941 — the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
From Military Times.com:
“ ‘Ranger’ ” Roy Matsumoto passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on San Juan Island, Wash., surrounded by his loving family on the morning of April 21st, 2014,” Karen Matsumoto wrote in an obituary for her father. “He was less than 2 weeks short of his 101st birthday.”
From The Daily Caller:
“We got the heads up that they will be barricaded and specifically asked for an exception for these heroes,” Palazzo told TheDC. “We were denied and told, ‘It’s a government shutdown, what do you expect?’ when we contacted the liaison for the White House.”
The laws that are in place in states like New York do nothing to prevent crime and in fact create new criminals out of previous law-abiding citizens. A prime example is this case out of New York where a veteran is facing 7 years in prison for the possession of 5 magazines, meanwhile David Gregory of NBC News is on video breaking the Washington, D.C. law and he is not charged.
From The Washington Times:
Inside the security office, Spc. Meckler was handed off to uniformed federal police officers from Veterans Affairs. “I was completely submissive. I didn’t want to be a problem,” the 9-year Army vet recalled.
The federal police officer asked Spc. Meckler if he knew that ammunition was illegal in the District. He said he did not. The officer replied that it was and began to read his Miranda Rights. Spc. Meckler said he interrupted to ask, “Am I really going to be arrested for this?’” The officer confirmed he was.
LAS VEGAS — “The 43-year-old Gulf War veteran gunned down by Las Vegas police in a weekend parking lot confrontation felt like his life was spiraling out of control and sought help from a veterans advocate days before he was killed.
“I’m a desperate man. I’m very desperate,” he said in a Nov. 12 voice mail message to a reporter about fears that he and his wife would lose their home. Gibson was put in touch with a veterans advocate, who told the newspaper he talked to Gibson last week and planned to start reviewing his case Monday.
But Gibson was shot by an officer early Monday after a report of a man breaking into a northwest Las Vegas condominium.”
Tactical Wire has a great article on a pair of disabled vets that returned to service and went on to compete in the Army’s Marksmanship program.
As if by fate for these two noncommissioned officers, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit with the assistance of the World Class Athlete Program was in the process of building a ground-breaking Paralympic section, thus creating a unique opportunity for wounded veterans deemed able to continue to serve on active-duty to demonstrate the strength of our Soldiers in Paralympic competition.