December 23, 2015 - The bodies of six Americans killed in Afghanistan were flown home to the U.S. in flag-draped caskets on Wednesday. Margaret Brennan reports.
Example of what happens when a government agency, especially in this case the people served responsibility, not upheld, is controlled mostly by conservative leadership and under conservative administrations, especially policies leading into, Poser, patriotic wars and long deadly destructive occupations and with a mostly privatized, for profit and little regulation, military!!
December 1, 2015 - On Tuesday, a Senate report found Gilead Sciences, which makes a cure for a fatal form of hepatitis, is more interested in profits than patients. The cure was invented under the leadership of a celebrated doctor in the Department of Veterans Affairs, but at $1,000 a pill, even the VA can't afford to save the lives of veterans who need it.
In 2013, Vietnam veteran Zion Yisrael was told he had five years to live. He has stage 4 liver disease, caused by hepatitis C -- which has infected as many as 230,000 veterans. Most veterans contracted it in Vietnam where it was spread by battlefield blood transfusions and vaccinations.
"The longer it goes, the harder it is to treat," he said.
After decades of suffering, earlier this year, Yisrael was overjoyed to learn there's a cure.
"I felt like my prayers were answered," he said.
The drug -- sofosbuvir -- is sold as Sovaldi and Harvoni -- and claims to cure up to 99 percent of hepatitis C patients. read more>>>
With the politics brought across the entrances, especially when lead under Democratic administrations, and into the facilities thus creating the much needed and sought after conservative media hyped 'scandals', oft repeating themselves as nothing is done and leading to other issues to be exploited in same and hearings are platforms to attack VA personnel for individual, and conservative group, congressional, state legislators, personal, Poser, patriotic fame and job security!!
Screen capture of IG photo from CACI scanning facility's rear storage area Newman, GA, January 2015.
12 January 2016 - The Department of Veterans Affairs may finally have good news to share, but lawmakers are balking at the price tag.
Total costs for a digital system used to process veterans’ disability claims that officials say has been key to slashing a massive VA backlog are nearly double the initial estimates.
And VA, which has continued to make upgrades to the system under an “agile” software development methodology, still can’t say how much the system will end up costing, according to auditors.
VA has spent more than $1 billion developing and maintaining the Veterans Benefits Management System, or VBMS, since 2009. The agency has requested an additional $290 million this year for continued tweaks to the system, which was initially projected to cost $579 million. read more>>>
Theodore Roosevelt, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” 1903
"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan" - President Lincoln
28 Dec 2014 - NATO has held a ceremony in Kabul formally ending its war in Afghanistan, officials said, after 13 years of conflict and gradual troop withdrawals that have left the country in the grip of worsening conflicts with armed groups. read more>>>
Memorial at the New JPED facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del..OEF: Afghanistan - Pakistan!! There have been 3,485 coalition deaths -- 2,356 Americans, 41 Australians, 453 Britons, 1 Belgian, 158 Canadians, 10 Czech, 43 Denmark, 25 Netherlands, 9 Estonians, 2 Finn, 86 French, 54 Germans, 7 Hungarian, 48 Italians, 2 Jordan, 3 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 10 Norwegians, 40 Poland, 2 Portuguese, 21 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 34 Spaniards, 5 Swedes, 14 Turks, 11 New Zealand, 27 Georgian and 14 NATO/ISAF -- in the war on terror as of November 3 2014, according to a CNN and iCasulties count. Below are the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The troops died in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or were part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. At least 20,067 U.S. troops had been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.. In addition to the military deaths, 11 U.S. intelligence operatives have died in Afghanistan.
Operation Resolute Support
Operation Freedom's Sentinel - U.S. Wounded In Action: 75
Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, Colorado, died May 16, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident while on liberty. The incident is under investigation. May 18, 2015
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan D. Burris, 24, of Lisle, Illinois, died May 21, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, of a non-combat related incident at Zayed Military City. The incident is under investigation. He was temporarily assigned to the Crisis Response Element of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula, Special Operations Command Central, U.S. Central Command. May 22, 2015
Sgt. 1st Class Pablo A. Ruiz, 37, of Melbourne, Florida, died May 24, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. May 25, 2015
Krissie K. Davis, 54, of Talladega, Alabama, a member of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at Anniston, Alabama, and deployed to DLA Disposition Services Bagram as part of the civilian expeditionary workforce, was killed June 8, during an indirect fire attack on Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan. June 09, 2015
Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, Rhode Island, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. In Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire. 8 August 2015
Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky. He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle they were traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan. 27 August 2015
Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, Florida. He was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. Died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle they were traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan. 27 August 2015
Spc. Kyle E. Gilbert, 24, of Buford, Georgia, Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. In Bagram, Afghanistan, in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. September 22, 2015
Capt. Jonathan J. Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California, Assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Crash of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. October 2 2015
Capt. Jordan B. Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas, Assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Crash of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. October 2 2015
Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia, Assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Crash of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. October 2 2015
Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida. Assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts Crash of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. October 2 2015
Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia. Assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Crash of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan October 2 2015
Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Crash of a British Puma Mk2 helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan. October 11 2015
Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Crash of a British Puma Mk2 helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan. October 11 2015
Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, Minnesota. When their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 9th Field Investigations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. December 21 2015
Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco, 28, of Mercedes, Texas. When their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 11th Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. December 21 2015
Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub, 30, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 816, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. December 21 2015
Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride, 30, of Statesboro, Georgia. When their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 405, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. December 21 2015
Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of Bronx, New York. When their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York. December 21 2015
Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, New York. When their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York. December 21 2015
There had been 4,804 coalition deaths 4,488 Americans
2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 179 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech, 7 Danes, 2 Dutch, 2 Estonians, 1 Fijian, 5 Georgians, 1 Hungarian, 33 Italians, 1 Kazakh, 1 South Korean, 3 Latvian, 22 Poles, 3 Romanians, 5 Salvadoran, 4 Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, 2 Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of January 2, 2012, according to a CNN and iCasulties count.
Graphical breakdown of casualties. At least 32,230 U.S. troops had been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.
Operation Inherent Resolve - U.S. Wounded In Action: 5
Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, California. October 23 2014
Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, California, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command. April 13, 2015
Pfc. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, of Griffin, Georgia, died June 12 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. June 14, 2015
Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma, Kirkuk Province, Iraq, from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire during an operation. He was assigned Headquarters U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. October 22 2015
Pvt. Christopher J. Castaneda, 19, of Fripp Island, South Carolina, Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident. Assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. November 19 2015
22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!
"Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." Rachel Maddow - 23 May 2013
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Soldiers Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For
October 16, 2015 - The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of three servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors.
Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson, of Mount Sterling, Illinois; Staff Sgt. Bunyan D. Price Jr. of Monroe, North Carolina; and Sgt. Rodney L. Griffin of Mexico, Missouri, have been accounted for. Price was buried April 11 in Belmont, North Carolina; Griffin was buried April 25 in his hometown; Richardson was buried Aug. 29 in Mountain View, Arkansas; and the group remains representing the crew will be buried Oct. 20 in Arlington National Cemetery.
Richardson, Price, and Griffin, all assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, were passengers aboard an UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) helicopter that was en route to Fire Support Base Katum, South Vietnam, when it was diverted due to bad weather. read more>>>
Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For
October 23, 2015 - The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, will be buried Oct. 26, in Arlington National Cemetery. Meyers, assigned to Company A, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was declared missing in action, Dec. 1, 1950, after his unit was involved in combat operations in the vicinity of Sonchu, North Korea. The U.S. Army declared Meyers deceased March 2, 1954.
In 1954, United Nations and communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be called “Operation Glory.” All remains recovered in Operation Glory were turned over to the Army’s Central Identification Unit for analysis. The remains they were unable to identify were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.” read more>>>
Airman Missing From WWII Accounted For
November 6, 2015 - The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William O. Pile of Circleville, Ohio, will be buried Nov. 10 in Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 23, 1944, Pile was assigned to the 559th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, and was deployed to Germany. Pile was the pilot of a B-26C Marauder, with eight other crewmen onboard, which crashed after being struck by enemy fire while on a bombing mission against enemy forces near Philippsweiler, Germany. Pile and his co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Robert Ward, were reported killed in action. The other seven crewmen survived the crash by parachuting to safety; however, one crewman was captured by enemy forces and was reported to have died in captivity. His remains were later returned to U.S. custody. Pile and Ward were not recovered during the war. read more>>>
Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For
December 4, 2015 - The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Marine Cpl. James D. Otto, 20, of Los Angeles, will be buried Dec. 8, in Arlington National Cemetery. In November 1943, Otto was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting, approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Otto was reported killed in action on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943. read more>>>
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National World War II Memorial
National Korean War Memorial
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The Vietnam Women’s Memorial
Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries
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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial - Dedicated on Oct 5th 2014