Accusations against CNN for fake news are nothing new. By John Stryker Meyer https://sofrep.com/73620/todays-cnn-fake-news-charges-not-new/John Stryker Meyer Born Jan. 19, 1946, John Stryker Meyer entered the Army Dec. 1, 1966, completed basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J., advanced infantry training at Ft. Gordon, Ga., jump school at Ft. Benning, Ga., and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in Dec. 1967. He arrived at FOB 1 Phu Bai in May 1968, where he joined Spike Team Idaho, which transferred to Command & Control North, CCN in Da Nang, January 1969. In October 1969 he rejoined RT Idaho at CCN. That tour of duty ended suddenly in April 1970. Today he is a program director at the Veterans Affordable Housing Program, based in Orange, CA and joined the SOFREP team of correspondents in March 2015. He has written two non-fiction books on SOG secret wars: Across The Fence: The Secret War in Vietnam – Expanded Edition, and Co-Authored On The Ground: The Secret War in Vietnam with John E. Peters, a member of RT Rhode Island. Meyer’s website is: www.sogchronicles.com
A Variety of Veterans News from a Variety of Sources
Stars and Stripes Trump’s pick for Army secretary drops out. Vincent Viola, the billionaire founder of trading firm Virtu Financial Inc., has withdrawn his nomination to be secretary of the Army after distancing himself from his business ties proved too difficult, Trump officials said
Stars and Stripes Trump hits Iran with new sanctions for missile test. The Trump administration ordered sanctions against more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China Friday in retaliation for Iran’s recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country.
Stars and Stripes On call with Trump, Italy’s leader discusses NATO, migrants . Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni’s office says Sunday that the call Saturday evening focused on “bilateral relations between Italy and the USA, united by a historic friendship and collaboration.”
Stars and Stripes American soldiers on reassurance mission bring life to small Polish town. This hamlet in the wooded countryside is hours from Wroclaw, the nearest sizeable city, with narrow winding streets and large communist-era prefab block buildings. It’s in a need of a makeover, and it just might get one. Earlier this week, a U.S. armored combat brigade arrived as part of a NATO effort to assure eastern allies concerned about potential Russian aggression.
Stars and Stripes Soldiers scout hybrid enemy in German countryside. The pace of life is slow among the rolling hills and quaint villages of northeastern Bavaria, and the only sign that you’re in the right century is the odd TV antenna atop the houses or an American Stryker platoon maneuvering through the winding cobblestone streets.
The New York Times: What Happens When a Rape goes Unreported. I was a cadet at the Air Force Academy when one day at lunch the nine men with whom I shared a table started discussing sexual assault. It was February 2003, and seven current and former Air Force Academy cadets had just appeared on “20/20,” shocking the country with their stories of having been raped and then punished for reporting the rapes.
Stars and Stripes US suspends enforcement of travel ban; Trump says ruling ‘will be overturned’. The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump’s refugee and immigration ban and scurried to appeal a judge’s order, plunging the new administration into a crisis that has challenged Trump’s authority — and ability to fulfill campaign promises.
Stars and Stripes White House predicts courts will reinstate travel ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco instead asked both the state of Washington and the Trump administration early Sunday to file more arguments by Monday afternoon.
The Washington Times (AP): GOP, Dem combat Vets in House Plead For Refugee Exception. A group of House lawmakers who are military veterans are pleading with President Donald Trump to grant exceptions to his refugee and immigration ban for people who risked their lives to aid U.S. forces in the terror fight.
The News-Press: Mailbag for Feb 5: Thank you, Mr. Trump; caring about Veterans. After seeing Chuck Schumer crying about this temporary ban on refugees and Eliz Warren out at one of the airports getting the crowd fired up, where is the outrage over the lack of caring for our veterans? You know, the men and women that fought in these countries to help keep us secure and assist the civilians in those countries.
The Daily Signal: Rogue federal Bureaucrats Threaten Trump’s Agenda. Recent scandals in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Internal Revenue Service demonstrated that it’s almost impossible to fire federal employees, many of whom reportedly intend to go rogue by not implementing President Donald Trump’s agenda.
Washington Examiner (Video): White House: VA wait times still ‘unacceptable’. Veterans are still facing “unacceptable” delays as they try to receive healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday. “These are people who have served our nation and deserve the best care that they can get,” Spicer said. “There are still wait times that are unacceptable.”
Washington Examiner: David Shulkin, trump’s VA pick, faces uphill battle to keep president’s many promises. David Shulkin, President Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, faces the unique challenge of overhauling a system he’s spent the past two years defending. And with a boss who spent more than a year on the campaign trail shaming VA officials for their recent failures, Shulkin may not have room for error when he tackles problems in one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world.
USA Today (Video): Troubled VA center’s director get new past while under investigation. The Department of Veterans Affairs abruptly removed the director of a VA Medical Center in Shreveport, La., on Wednesday after a months-long investigation of mismanagement allegations and multiple employee complaints to top VA officials, including President Trump’s nominee to take over the agency, current Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin.
Cape Coral Breeze: PTSD Summit urges new legislation for military Veterans. The American Military Veterans Foundation held a PTSD Summit in Cape Coral Thuesday to educate state, county and city leaders of the growing epidemic of PTSD and suicide in the veteran community. The PTSD Summit committee started in September 2016 when an spike in veteran suicides was noticed in the community.
The Washington Times (AP): Spiritual therapy eyed as possible treatment for PTSD. Doctors in Augusta are exploring the idea of using spiritual therapy to treat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Such veterans are often treated with medication and psychotherapy, the Augusta Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/2kClXaY ). But a research survey at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta aims to find out whether spiritual therapy might be of interest as well.
Tri-City Herald: Letter: Praise for care at the Veterans Administration. I have dealt with the Veterans Administration here in the Tri-Cities for 20 years. I have nothing but praise for the care I have received. I can’t say about what other vets get from other VA facilities, but I have never had a gripe for the courtesy and professionalism I have received.
Ocala Star-Banner: Veterans health care, armed and ready and keeping core values. The Phoenix has risen from the ashes – the Phoenix VA hospital, that is. This is the hospital from which grew the Veterans Choice and Accountability Act (VCAA), the solution to long wait times for appointments. This enactment was subsequently amended to ensure prompt payment of health care providers in the private sector. Congress found money to ensure that these providers were paid, yet could not find money to fund veterans’ health care.
The Atlantic: Americans at Work: Returning Veterans. This week, our “Americans at Work” photo essay features photographs of military veterans returning to civilian lives in New York, made by photographer Emilie Richardson: “Like many Americans, veterans have experienced obstacles in finding employment since the economic decline in the 2000’s.
The Washington Times (AP): Death of Veteran under investigation at Oklahoma VA center. Three agencies are investigating another death of a resident at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Talihina. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office recently finished an examination of the body of 70-year-old Leonard Smith. The cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2jG76fK ) reported.
The Post and Courier: South Carolina’s veterans nursing home bed shortage approaches 4,000. Records obtained by The Post and Courier reveal as many as 1,700 former soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are waiting for a bed in one of the state’s three skilled nursing homes reserved for them. The figure is expected to swell in the years ahead as tens of thousands reach their upper ages, especially those from the Vietnam era. There are an estimated 400,000 veterans living in South Carolina.
Houston Chronicle: Pearland man stole Goodwill grant money destined for homeless Veterans. A former Goodwill employee and his associate have been sentenced to federal prison after they stole Veterans Affairs grant money that was earmarked to help homeless veterans with housing. Darrell Demond Arline, 37, of Pearland, pleaded guilty to multiple wire fraud charges and was sentenced to two years in prison and must pay $316,512.13 in restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
NPR (Audio): Military Widows Find Hope and Understanding Together. In the kitchen of a vacation rental in southern California, family pictures form a collage on the refrigerator. On closer inspection the photos are of multiple families, and many of the women in the photos are sitting together around the kitchen table nearby. The photos are from their weddings or pictures of children.
Orlando Sentinel: Orlando chosen to host National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Orlando has been selected to host the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, officials announced Friday — a move expected to bring more than $4 million in economic impact to the region. The games — to be held July 29 to August 4, 2018 — will attract an estimated 600 athletes and 4,000 volunteers, organizers said, and are the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world.
KARK (NBC-4, Video): Valentines for Veterans. Valentine’s day is approaching and one local school wants to make sure everyone feels loved, especially veterans here in Arkansas. At Western Hills elementary, most students are outside playing , but these students are on a mission “I just want this to make them feel happy,” said Amiyah Howard, a Western Hills student.
Commonwealth of Virginia Veterans – Healthy Relationships workshop in Charlottesville, February 17-19, 2017. The Mission: Healthy Relationships workshop is a relationship-building workshop for Veterans and their partners who have experienced deployments, family separation, and other common challenges today’s modern military presents. It’s free for all Virginia Veterans and their partners, all food/lodging included (the exception being dinner Saturday, which is “date night”). It is also free for active duty servicemembers/partners approaching discharge (roughly 6 months or less…..read more
Day Full of Unlimited Opportunities with Remarkable Veterans. Thursday, February 23, 2017, 110 S. Union Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM (followed by reception until 7:30 pm). The Muster DC is a one-day celebration designed to showcase veteran entrepreneurs, empower the D.C. entrepreneurial ecosystem, connect veterans with each other, and foster growth, knowledge, and success. For more details and to register, go here: http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d907c28bbc61151e5a473deee&id=91eff80ae8&e=36c6058233
U.S. Commerce Department’s “Veterans-only” Trade Mission to Vietnam & Singapore scheduled for March 6 through 10, 2017. Please pass along. Thanks to our good friend Colonel Ray Jardine, U.S. Army (Ret) in Hawaii, and amazing Veterans Advocate for getting this word to us. Aloha Ray and thanks! Go here to learn more and to register: https://build.export.gov/main/trademissions/ictasean/index.asp
Women Veterans Alliance 3-day Spring Unconference “Nourish Your Soul” March 24 – 26, 2017, Sacramento, California. For more information:http://www.womenveteransalliance.org/events/unconference/ Women Veterans Alliance in partnership with our nonprofit partner California Capital Financial Development Corporation will be hosting the Women Veterans Alliance Unconference. These 3 day events are the largest outreach to women Veterans in California that will provide resources and an amazing experience for all women that served from WWII to current, representing all branches. Our goal is to equip, empower, and encourage participants by providing opportunities to connect with service providers, fellow women Veterans, employers, and through interactive workshops.
27th Annual Government Procurement Conference. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Come join hundreds of small businesses, prime contractors and government agencies looking for new business and partnership opportunities. See exhibitor and attendee rates. Visit www.fbcinc.com/procurement for more information and updates. The Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. Now in its 27th year, the Government Procurement Conference has become the premier event for small businesses throughout the United States. Participating firms will have the benefit of marketing their products/services to procurement representatives and small business specialists from government agencies. Companies may choose to set up an exhibit table to showcase their capabilities or simply come as an attendee. The conference also includes educational conference sessions, procurement matchmaking, and a dynamic exhibitor showcase.