Shulkin Says he is Considering Closing 1100 VA Facilities

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According to this, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is considering closing 1100 VA facilities nationwide. Apparently, they are prepping to allow Veterans more use of the private sector.

For years now, we have heard stories of long wait times and Veterans dying while waiting to be seen. I personally had a fight with the VA (on behalf of my father) that required the assistance of a state Senator. Had my father been going to the private sector, he would have been treated faster, with less complaint, and more uniformly, which he actually needed because he was undergoing cancer treatment for stage 4 glioblastoma.

According to the article at Military Times:

In an internal agency document obtained by The Associated Press, the VA pointed to aging buildings it was reviewing for possible closure that would cost millions of dollars to replace. It noted that about 57 percent of all VA facilities were more than 50 years old. Of the 431 VA buildings it said were vacant, most were built 90 or more years ago, according to agency data. The VA document did not specify the locations.

I see no issue with this! Aging buildings in disrepair? Close them! I think we should allow our Veterans to see non-VA doctors with the use of a VA insurance that affords them the same benefits of using the VA. The remaining VA hospitals should be used for the most serious cases, such as our men and women coming home from overseas with injuries and rehab for those injuries. Everyone else, like my father, should be treated in the private sector.

We should also be expanding their nursing facility for long term care of aging and terminally ill Veterans. My father required the services of a 24 hour location as he got severely ill, and he very much wanted to be among his fellow Veterans in his final days. He was denied. There was no room. I personally believe that, if he had been granted a room, he would have lived longer. All my father would have needed to give himself a few more months would have been for some Vietnam era Marine to walk into his room and tell him to suck it up (my dad was Army, but he so admired the Marines that he preferred them and lamented the fact that he wasn’t one).

So let’s do this. Save the tax payers some money. And for the love of all things holy, let’s save our Veterans from long wait times, fights they shouldn’t need to focus on more than their illness or injury, and premature death.

There’s a plan in Congress to start charging troops for their GI Bill benefits

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The plan — draft legislation from House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn. — would deduct $2,400 from future service members’ paychecks to establish eligibility for revamped post-military education benefits. This was first reported Tuesday by Task & Purpose.

Currently, the post-9/11 GI Bill offers full tuition to a four-year state college (or the equivalent tuition payout for a private school) plus a monthly housing stipend to any service member who spends at least three years on active duty, and to reservists who are mobilized to active-duty for extended periods. Troops wounded while serving are also eligible.

Full article: There’s a plan in Congress to start charging troops for their GI Bill benefits

Holy crap. Why is it that every time there is a money issue, our vets are the ones that take it up the backside? I will not vote for anyone who backs this. Period.

An ‘unexpected honor:’ 4 Vietnam veterans to receive Silver Stars for 1972 rescue

The Silver Star Medal is the third highest award given for valor in combat. (U.S. AIR FORCE)

The four-man Army crew of a UH-1H “Huey” chased a burning C-130 transport plane as it crashed near Saigon in 1972, hovered over the wreckage and pulled five men onto their helicopter. They did this while taking – and returning — fire.

And they all survived.

On Tuesday – 45 years later, to the day – the Huey crew will receive Silver Stars, the military’s third-highest decoration, for their action.

Robert Monette, who was the helicopter pilot that day, said the medals were “unexpected, and very, very humbling.”

Full article: An ‘unexpected honor:’ 4 Vietnam veterans to receive Silver Stars for 1972 rescue – News – Stripes

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Military helicopter crashes in southern Maryland

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A military helicopter crashed in southern Maryland on Monday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said.

There was no immediate word about how many people were aboard or whether there were any fatalities.

Full article: Military helicopter crashes in southern Maryland | abc11.com

US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan after Green Beret killed

The U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News.

The GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb, was deployed in Nangarhar Province.

President Trump told media Thursday afternoon that “this was another successful mission” and he gave the military total authorization.

Trump was also asked whether dropping the bomb sends a warning to North Korea.

“North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of,” said Trump.

Full article: US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan after Green Beret killed | Fox News

DISPUTED BY CHINA; DOD “No Evidence” On South Korean News Report That “China Has Deployed 150,000 Troops To North Korean Border”

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After widespread reporting worldwide, and the NASDAQ stating that the news affected financial markets, China has denied the report by one of South Korea’s largest newspapers that China had deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border, mainly medical and backup units. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied these movements. The story was originally reported by one of the most widely read newspapers in South Korea, Chosun, that has a circulation of over 1,800,000. The U.S. Dept. of Defense told the Daily Caller that there “is no evidence” of any significant troop movements along the Chinese-North Korean border.

“I have no idea where these reports are coming from,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, as reported by The Daily Caller. The Daily Caller also reported that China’s foreign ministry called the reports “pure fiction.”

On Monday, the South Korean newspaper Chosun reported that China has deployed 150,000 troops to the North Korean border in preparation for a possible attack by the United States following the American strikes on Syria last Thursday night. The U.S. missile strikes on Syria were seen as a threat to North Korea, warning the country that if they continued their acts of aggression President Donald Trump would issue a retaliation. NASDAQ reported that the news of the 150,000 troops deployed caused stocks to run “into a wall of resistance.”

Full article: DISPUTED BY CHINA; DOD “No Evidence” On South Korean News Report That “China Has Deployed 150,000 Troops To North Korean Border”

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This Government Program May Soon Be Shipping 86,000 World War 2 Rifles to Homes Across the Nation

The Civilian Marksmanship Program has been informed that the Philippine government may be shipping 86,000 M1 Garand rifles back to the US. These highly collectible rifles, most of which were produced prior to 1957, will be made available to the public through the CMP. Proceeds generated from the sales helping to fund the operation of the organization.

Full article: This Government Program May Soon Be Shipping 86,000 World War 2 Rifles to Homes Across the Nation | Tribunist

Give us… a date. Seriously, I keep seeing all these stories about M1s coming from overseas from this country or that, and that CMP is going to be able to sell them, and then no one ever discusses it again. Obama blocked one batch, but then I thought it got cleared for them to be sent back here for sale through CMP, then nothing. So until I see a definitive date, I’m calling pure manure.

If they do eventually get here, though, I want one. I have one, but I want a nicer one. 🙂 They can be twins. LOL!

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