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News Brief for 16 September 2014

PFC Nathan Currie

Soldier rescues woman from alligator-infested waters

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Soldier rescues woman from alligator-infested waters >> US Army
A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician rescued a woman from alligator-infested waters here. Pfc. Nathan Currie, from the 756th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, was fishing on the south dock of Fort Stewart's Holbrook Pond, when he heard the splash from a sedan driving into the pond.

Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows >> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation.

No court martial for nurse who refused to give forced-feeding at Guantanamo >> Miami Herald
A Navy commander has chosen not to court-martial a nurse who refused to conduct forced-feedings of hunger strikers this summer and has instead asked a board to determine whether the nurse should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Navy.

Veteran walks across U.S. for PTSD awareness >> KSDK St. Louis
This weekend, St. Louis played host to a man on a mission. U.S. Army veteran Eric Peters is only 23-years-old, but he's had a lifetime of experience serving in Afghanistan.

Vets flex their muscles — and business skills — at fitness jobs >> New York Post
At the crack of dawn, a roomful of 20 fitness buffs are determinedly doing jumping jacks and burpees in T-shirts with the words "Honor, Courage, Commitment" printed across the back. A drill sergeant-like voice pierces the silence - "This is the best you can do?" - and even the most exhausted stragglers pick up the pace.

Military mom supports troops with bracelets made from uniforms >> KHOU Houston
An army veteran and military mom, Elsa Zarate is passionate about honoring the uniform and the men and women who wear it. In an effort to raise support for service men and women, Zarate has been working hard to create handmade bracelets, called Bands 4 Courage.

Dereliction of Duty >> Ziegler & Lane Social Security Disability Law
Matthew D. Lane writes a blog post called Dereliction of Duty: I am a proud U.S. Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division during the first Gulf War (1990-91). My friends and fellow paratroopers have fought and died over the last thirteen years in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Vets of Iraq, Afghanistan being short-changed on the Medal of Honor? >> CNN
The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military honor, signifying extraordinary acts of valor.

News Brief for 15 September 2014

Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat & Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins receive Medal of Honor

Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins & Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat receive Medal of Honor

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2 Vietnam War soldiers to receive Medal of Honor >> Stars and Stripes
For decades, Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat’s mother thought he had died after stepping on a land mine in Vietnam. Then, in 2010, she heard the real story: Her son was killed saving the lives of the other men in his squad.

Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment >> Washington Post
President Obama's push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other's competence and qualifications.

MARSOC vet relives elite Marines' fight for survival in Afghan wasteland >> Marine Corps Times
It's a rare individual who can, in one breath, wax poetic about his bar band's adaptation of Pink Floyd's early psychedelia and, in the very next, deconstruct his Marine special operations team's quixotic foray in Afghanistan's hopeless Bala Murghab valley. But Michael Golembesky is just that sort of dude.

The Veterans No One Talks About >> National Journal
The Pentagon says that the majority of soldiers-about 77 percent-do receive an honorable discharge. But more than 600,000 received a lesser rating between fiscal years 2000 and 2013, according to a Defense Department breakdown. These soldiers often feel left behind by the government and find it very hard to get the full benefits they believe they have earned.

Marine wounded alongside Kyle Carpenter featured in new documentary project >> Army Times
Many are familiar with the story behind Cpl. Kyle Carpenter's Medal of Honor, but few know much about the friend and fellow Marine he was trying to protect. Now a documentary filmmaker is sharing the story of Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, a young man who was told he'd never speak again, highlighting his trying recovery.

Breaking: Navy pilot still missing after two F/A-18s crash in Pacific

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