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

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”

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!

US soldier killed in operation battling ISIS in Afghanistan

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An American soldier supporting the U.S. counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan known as Operation Freedom’s Sentinel was killed in action in the eastern part of the country late Saturday.

The Special Forces commando was killed while conducting operations against the Islamic State’s offshoot in Nangarhar province, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement.

Full article: US soldier killed in operation battling ISIS in Afghanistan – Middle East – Stripes

With everything going down this past week, please don’t forget we still have troops in harms way in places the news doesn’t look at much anymore.