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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.

Does Evil Exist in the World?




From: "VFW Communications" <>

Date: 8/29/2014


National commander calls on all American veterans to take action

KANSAS CITY (August 28, 2014) —The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is demanding the immediate release of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has now suffered 150 days in a Mexican jail.

VFW National Commander John Stroud is asking not only for the support of the 1.9 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, but for the entire military and veteran community to rally for one of their own. VFW is asking all American veterans to take action by flooding the White House with calls and emails asking President Obama to secure Tahmooressi’s release, immediately. Call (202) 456-1111 and click here to send an email.

In addition, Stroud is asking veterans to voice their displeasure with the lack of a resolution directly to the Embassy of Mexico in Washington. Call (202) 728-1600 and click here to send an email.

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