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U.S. Army rescues little girl in Honduras from flooding due to Hurricane Eta

Wow, this happened under President Trump’s watch? I thought he was the president who loved to keep kids in cages?

Hoorah!

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Help this WWII vet celebrate his 111th birthday!

Meet Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living American to have survived World War II. Looks pretty good for a man over 100, doesn’t he?!

According to this CNN article from last year, Brooks served as a support worker in the Army’s 91st Engineer Battalion, a majority African-American unit stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war. He reached the rank of private first class.

CNN notes: “In an interview with the museum, Brooks recounted a story of riding in a C-47 cargo plane from Australia to New Guinea. The plane was loaded down with barbed wire but “one of the motors went out on it,” he said.

To lighten the plane, those aboard threw much of the cargo into the ocean. Brooks threw the boxes out of the plane like his life depended on it: there were only enough parachutes on the plane for the pilot and the co-pilot.

Brooks said he joked to the aircraft’s pilot: “If he’s going to jump, I’m going to grab him.”

The National World War II Museum is helping him celebrate his birthday next month. They are asking for people to send him a birthday card!

Here’s the request from their Facebook page:

“This year our birthday celebration of America’s oldest living WWII veteran Lawrence Brooks will look a little different. With the global pandemic, we must forgo our traditional get together in favor of some socially distanced fun. Mr. Brooks, a New Orleans native, will turn 111 this year, and we are asking everyone to send in birthday cards to the Museum so that we can deliver them to his home. Please send your card to the address below by Tuesday, September 1:

The National WWII Museum
c/o Happy 111th Mr. Brooks!
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Thank you for your help in making Mr. Brooks’ 111th birthday a special one!”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Brooks and THANK YOU for your service!

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Veteran wakes from coma in time for Christmas

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Reminder of what can happen: Female blogger ordered to pay US Army colonel she accused of rape $8.4 million in damages

This story is from August 2017 yet it is relevant to what happened to Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation circus.

One woman (and the media) cannot play “judge and jury.”

From Daily Mail: A jury has ordered a female blogger to pay an Army colonel she accused of rape a total of $8.4million in damages.

Susan Shannon, 52, who now lives in Everett, Washington, first alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Army Colonel David ‘Wil’ Riggins in 1986, while they were both cadets, on her blog in 2013. (Susan claims people lied at her trial and that the judge and jurors “denied” her. See her Twitter account – last used in 2017 – here.)

She said she waited three decades to come forward about her experience because of the army’s ‘code of silence’. But Riggins, also 52, who vehemently denied the claims, said the ‘false’ allegations had cost him a sparkling military career.

The combat veteran from Alexandria had been on the cusp of being appointed to general in 2013, when Army leaders saw Shannon’s rape allegation on her blog.

His promotion was snatched away and Riggins says his name was dragged through the mud after ‘Susan Shannon decided to play judge and jury on her own.’

The decorated colonel denied all claims, telling ABC 7 On Your Side at the time: ‘I did not rape Susan Shannon. I did not sexually assault Susan Shannon. Every aspect of (her) story is verifiably false.

The jury has now ordered Shannon to pay $3.4 million in compensatory damages for injury to his reputation and lost wages, and $5 million in punitive damages, ‘to make sure nothing like this will ever happen again,’ according to the Washington Post.

Shannon said at the time she had finally been inspired to speak about her alleged experience after reading about several high profile convictions for sexual assaults in the military.

Shannon alleged she was raped by her former cadet classmate at the United States Military Academy in New York in 1986. She dropped out shortly afterwards.

Now a jewelry designer and a mother living on the West Coast, she added that the pressure in the army to keep quiet and not turn in her peers meant that she did not even report the alleged rape at her exit interview.

She made the claims on her blog Short Little Rebel in 2013 – which followed the announcement that Colonel Riggins had been nominated for general.

Shannon denied having any knowledge of his nomination until she was contacted by Army officials investigating her blog post. 

Stars and Stripes has an extensive write-up of this story here.

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"Communism will win" officer receives Other Than Honorable discharge

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Good riddance.
Read about his discharge here.
About the Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge, from Wikipedia:
“An OTH is a form of administrative discharge. This type of discharge represents a departure from the conduct and performance expected of all military members.
Recipients of OTH discharges are barred from reenlisting into any component of the Armed Forces including the Reserve and National Guard components.
Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services, the Veteran’s character of discharge or service must be under “other than dishonorable” conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general) as stated by VA policy. However, individuals receiving another-than-honorable or bad conduct discharge may qualify for VA benefits depending on a “Character of Service Determination (CSD)” made by VA.
If the veteran has either a service-connected injury or illness, at least two years of active-duty service, or has received at least one Honorable discharge they will be able to enroll in the VA health care system. The VA will submit Form 7131 (Information Exchange Between VA Regional Offices and Medical Facilities) and make a character of service determination to decide if their service was “Honorable (for VA purposes)”, “Honorable (for medical purposes)”, or “Dishonorable”.
Veterans with an OTH discharge who qualify for VA Healthcare are eligible to submit claims for disability compensation pay, participation in educational, volunteer, and vocational rehabilitation programs. Other Than Honorable recipients are eligible for Montgomery GI Bill benefits if they have completed at least one honorable discharge and may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits if the VA determines their service to be “Honorable (for VA purposes)”.
At least this guy won’t be allowed a platform in the military any more.
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Oregon governor tells Trump she'll refuse order to deploy National Guard to protect our border

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You cannot win anything with proggies who love illegal aliens. They defy immigration laws and make up their own rules.
Gov. Brown has vowed to keep Oregon a sanctuary state.
From Newsweek: Governor Kate Brown said she will refuse any order from President Donald Trump to send Oregon’s guard troops down south to the US-Mexico border. 
Trump wants National Guard troops sent to the Mexican border as his effort to build an impenetrable wall stalls because his administration is struggling to secure enough funds from Congress or other sources. He originally said Mexico would pay for the wall, but it has refused.
In a presidential memorandum authorizing the request of deployment of Guards to the border, Trump says U.S. security is “imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity”, in particular drug trafficking by gangs and unlawful immigration.
He said it is a “crisis” of “lawlessness” at the southern border.
“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,” tweeted Democratic Gov Brown. “As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.”
She added: “There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.”
The National Guard is a reserve force of the U.S. Army. Each state has its own unit of guard troops, which falls under the authority of the governor.
Other governors welcomed President Trump’s decision, including in Texas, which shares a border with Mexico.
“My top priority as governor is ensuring the safety and security of Texans, and securing our southern border has always been essential to that mission,” Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, a Republican, said.
“In my time as governor, Texas has maintained a continuous presence of National Guard members along the border, and we’ve added hundreds of permanent Department of Public Safety troopers to the region.
“Today’s action by the Trump Administration reinforces Texas’ longstanding commitment to secure our southern border and uphold the Rule of Law, and I welcome that support.”
The governor also pointed to previous decisions by the Obama and Bush administrations, in 2010 and 2006 respectively, to use National Guard troops to secure the southern border.
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Higher education: Chelsea Manning named visiting "fellow" at Harvard

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Harvard: Enabling a convicted traitor

I’m sure students will look forward to the lecture on turning a penis into a vagina!
From Yahoo: Chelsea Manning will be joining Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, according to the school’s website.
Manning will speak on issues of LGBTQ identity in the military, Institute of Politics Fellows co-chairs Emily Hall and Jason Ge wrote in an announcement posted Wednesday.
“We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media,” Bill Delahunt, IOP acting director, said in the announcement.
Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 for leaking a huge cache of classified and sensitive documents. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military judge found her guilty of six Espionage Act violations and multiple other charges relating to the dissemination of more than 700,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.
Manning was acquitted on the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.
After President Barack Obama commuted her sentence before leaving office, Manning has worked to re-brand herself as an activist for queer and transgender rights. She also speaks on topics related to artificial intelligence through op-ed columns for The New York Times and The Guardian, according to Harvard’s website.
Harvard’s IOP also announced three other visiting fellows: former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, CNN political commentator Robby Mook and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James Jr.
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Canada to apologize and give $8m to youngest Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to murdering US soldier

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Killer Omar Khadr: Laughing all the way to the bank


I swear, up is down and down is up in this world.
From Daily Mail: The Canadian government will apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and pay him around $8m (Canadian $10m) to compensate him for the abuse he suffered in detention, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
A Canadian citizen, Khadr, now 30, was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 at age 15 after a firefight with U.S. soldiers. He pleaded guilty to killing a US army medic and became the youngest inmate held at the US military prison in Cuba. Khadr later recanted and his lawyers said he had been grossly mistreated.
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and by sharing the results with the United States. (According to ABC News, the abuse included sleep deprivation during interrogations.)
Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo before being returned to Canada in 2012 to serve the rest of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015 and lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Canadian government and Khadr’s lawyers reached the compensation deal, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity. Canada has reached a series of expensive settlements with citizens imprisoned abroad who alleged Ottawa was complicit in their mistreatment.
Khadr had sued Ottawa for around $15m (Canadian $20) on grounds of violating his human rights. News of the settlement was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a senior al Qaeda member, who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers who opened fire when U.S. troops went to their compound. The father was killed in a battle with Pakistani forces in 2003.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ireland for a visit, said the judicial process should be ending soon but declined further comment.
Spokespeople for Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Nor did Khadr’s lawyers. The U.S. Embassy was closed for the July 4 U.S. holiday.
‘It is the right decision in light of the callous and unlawful treatment meted out to Mr. Khadr with the complicity of Canadian officials,’ said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
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Finally, a reality show worth watching!

Forget Dancing with the Stars, America Idol, and The Voice – we’ve got some real “reality” tv to watch!
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Nine young men and women. 10 episodes. One big decision.  Watch this trailer to get a glimpse of what “Starting Strong” has in store! To join or not to join … that is the question.
“Starting Strong” is the U.S. Army’s all new reality-based content series, created in conjunction with Ricky Schroder, that follows nine potential recruits as they are immersed in an Army experience.  Airing in select markets on FOX affiliates, Sundays beginning 2 Jun–check your local listings or catch the episodes weekly here on YouTube!
Hoorah!
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Hometown gives Afghan-war quadruple-amputee a hero’s welcome

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills (pic above) was his high school’s football star in the town of Vassar, Michigan. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two deployments to Afghanistan without suffering anything close to a major injury. But during his third tour, an IED tore through his athletic frame, leaving him a quadruple amputee.

In this video, he adamantly insists he’s not a hero:

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But his hometown folk in Vassar think otherwise.

As Elaine Quijano reports for CBS News, Oct. 11, 2012, Vassar used their annual homecoming game to give their favorite son a hero’s welcome.

“This is awesome,” he told a crowd who cheered.

Mills was on his third tour in Afghanistan. In April, a bomb exploded beneath him. He recalls, “About 5-6 seconds later I woke up on the ground.” Mills’ six-foot-three, 250-pound body bore the brunt of the blast. Two other men were wounded.

“My medic came running up,” he said, “and I looked at him and I said, ‘You get away from me, you go save my men, leave me alone, let me go.’ He told me, ‘With all due respect, Sgt. Mills, shut up let me do my job.’ He put tourniquets on me within 20 seconds on all four limbs.”

Mills woke up at a military hospital in Germany four days later. He turned 25 on April 14 and was told he didn’t have any arms or legs.

“By that time, my soldiers –”how are they doing’?” Mills recalled on what was going through his mind then. “And then I guess I was ducking my wife’s phone calls because I felt embarrassed–I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I knew the possibility of getting hit was zero, but when you get hit, I guess I just felt like I was a horrible person or something I did wrong in life, and I was getting paid back for it. But that’s not it.”

He’s been recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for six months. He’s learning to use four prosthetic limbs and to do things once routine, like feeding his daughter Chloe.

As far as what it’s like to be back to his hometown, Mills said: “Oh it’s great, I drove into town and I couldn’t believe the yellow ribbons, the signs — ‘Welcome home Staff Sgt. Travis Mills.'”

More than 6,000 people lined Main Street to honor Mills and his wife Kelsey. (That’s more than twice as many people as the total population of Vassar of 2,697 at the 2010 census.)

“‘Everything I was going through and all that,” he told the crowd, “my beautiful wife stood by my side the whole time. So I want to thank her real quick.”

Mills heard plenty of cheers when he played on this football field in high school. But never like this.

He’s still on active duty and hopes to one day train soldiers at Fort Bragg.

“This is not the end of my life, especially having my one-year-old there,” he said. “She’ll never see me give up or fail you know. I mean, she’ll see me fall down, but I’ll get back up and I’m just going to keep going.”

This isn’t how Staff Sgt. Travis Mills imagined his life. But it’s a life he is grateful to have.

Watch the news video of his homecoming here.

~Eowyn

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