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'Old Ironsides' Gets Last Sail Before 3-Year Rehab

USS Constitution - “Old Ironsides”

USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides”, the world's oldest commissioned warship, gets underway for a turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor. - U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Dave Kaylor from 10 June 2006

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship of war in the U.S. Navy, went for a final sail Friday before a three-year rehab.

The vessel, nicknamed Old Ironsides, will make one more trip across the Boston Harbor in October, said Peter Melkus, a spokesman. But it will be pushed by a tug instead of moving by sail power in an exhibition to mark the 217th anniversary of its launch.

Early next year, the Constitution goes into drydock. In addition to replacing copper plates on its bottom and doing other necessary repairs, the Navy plans to remove some additions made in the last couple of centuries.

"She kind of ballooned away from how she was originally constructed," Melkus said. "So one of our goals is to make her as authentic as possible to what we consider the era of her greatest popularity, the War of 1812."

The Constitution, named by President George Washington, was launched in 1797 as one of the Navy's first six frigates. The vessel fought in the First Barbary War and the War of 1812.


New Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC)

News Brief for 4 September 2014

Long Khanh - 1966

SP4 Ruediger Richter (Columbus, Georgia), 4th Bn., 503 Inf., 173 Abn Bde (Separate), lifts his battle weary eyes to the heavens, as if to ask why? SGT. Daniel E. Spencer (Bend, Oregon) stares down at their fallen comrade. The day's battle ended, they silently await the helicopter which will evacuate their comrade from the jungle covered hills in Long Khanh Province." By Pfc. L. Paul Epley, 14 August 1966 via Wikipedia Commons News Brief

DoD willing to reconsider discharges of Vietnam vets with PTSD >> Military Times
The Defense Department has agreed to reconsider the bad-paper discharges for thousands of Vietnam-era veterans who may have suffered from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder but were kicked out of the military in the era before that became a diagnosable condition.

Forced-out vets get chance to argue PTSD claims >> USA Today
Vietnam veterans forced out of service for misconduct they now claim was related to post-traumatic stress disorder will have the chance to possibly receive an upgrade in their decades-old military discharge, according to an announcement Wednesday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Marines introduced to boating >> The Daily Pilot
They arrived from places like Bakersfield, Puerto Rico and St. Joseph, Mo. Thirty young men bonded as infantry members of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Division, stationed at Camp Pendleton, landed Thursday in Newport Beach for a special off-duty evening of fun, friendship and sailing at the Balboa Yacht Club.

Marine overcomes amputation, becomes Brevard deputy >> Florida Today
Robert Smith was on foot patrol as a U.S. Marine in Fallujah in May 2008 - suddenly, a roadside bomb exploded. It was a hasty ambush, followed by small arms fire.

Group of amputee female U.S. veterans now becoming mothers >> NY Daily News
Four female Iraq veterans who bonded over the loss of their limbs are now sharing a much happier experience together. The women told the "Today" show about first getting wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan but then finding each other at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. And now the women have all opened a new chapter of their lives by becoming mothers or pregnant.

Sep 2, 1945: Allies celebrate V-J Day


Planes fly over 1945, to Tokyo Bay Surrender of Japan, 2 September 1945 ; carrier planes fly in formation over the U.S. and British fleets in Tokyo Bay during surrender ceremonies. USS Missouri , where the ceremonies took place, is at left. USS Detroit is in the right distance. Aircraft include TBM, F6F, SB2C and F4U types. - US Navy via Wikipedia Commons

On September 2, 1945, the USS Missouri hosts the formal surrender of the Japanese government to the Allies, in Tokyo Bay, Japan.

Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which Japan surrendered, in effect ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event. The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – to the afternoon of August 15, 1945, in Japan, and, because of time zone differences, to August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – as well as to September 2, 1945, when the signing of the surrender document occurred, officially ending World War II.

The official U.S. commemoration is September 2, while August 15 is the official V-J Day for the UK. The name, V-J Day, had been selected by the Allies after they named V-E Day for the victory in Europe.

News Brief for 2 September 2014


A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion prepares to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on Aug. 4. A CH-53 crashed Sept. 1 in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land on the USS Mesa Verde. Officials report that there were no fatalities in the crash and all personnel were recovered. (Cpl. Manuel Estrada / Marine Coprs) News Brief

USMC Super Stallion crashes in Gulf of Aden; all 25 personnel rescued >> Marine Corps Times
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed at sea today in the Central Command area of operations, an official press release stated.

"Run, Don't Walk:" The realities of amputation and rehabilitation >> Fayetteville Observer
"A lot of people are under the impression that there's nothing technology can't do. A lot of people - I would say most people - think that the new computerized and mechanized legs are bionic. That you can strap them on and they will walk for you."

Older Vets Committing Suicide at Alarming Rate >>
Veteran suicide numbers have gone up in recent years with much of the attention focused on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan killing themselves. However, almost seven out of 10 veterans who have committed suicide were over the age of 50, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study.

Help understanding Retro Pay

i was 80% and filed some additional claims in Nov-2012 and it was decided in Dec-2014 it went to 100% P&T so I get my retro and letter the other day and I was expecting around 14k-16k but it was only 2,688.00 would it not be the difference from 80%-100% at 1,400 a month times the 12 months? Can anyone tell me who is right where the mistake is in laymen terms please? Do I need to appeal this or what should I do? Thanks for your help in this matter in advance.


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