Green Berets fulfill promise for a fallen brother

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I have seen many gut wrenching events like the this where warriors go above and beyond. Many people just don’t get it though. You see, when you serve with fellow warriors, there is a very unique bond. I can’t really explain it unless you go through all of the training, sweat, blood, fear, boredom and even sometimes a little happiness. Regardless of rank, there is a understood appreciation that is usually simply acknowledged by a casual head nod to one another, however, it goes much further than that.

When the stepdaughter of a fallen Green Beret walked across the stage for her high school graduation, the cheers from 80 soldiers of the Army 7th Special Forces Group filled the football field. 

Even if you didn’t serve at the same time as the warrior in need, there are times you know where that warrior has been, has done and the bond extends as well. I always call it the Marine Corps mafia because there were times people would ask me why I did this or that and I would just reply, “because of the Marine Corps Mafia”. We are Marines, forever, no one can take that away and we look out for one another. True, it extends to our fellow branches (yes, even the USAF, but we laugh at them allot too) because we know that because of the 1% of Americans that serve, there is a bond that lasts a lifetime. Time for a C-Gar

 

I thought, ‘Mark, you gotta be looking down and smiling down on this one,’” she said. “They reached out on behalf of their fallen brother to let his daughter know they were going to be there for her. It made my heart feel so good, because she had been through so much to get to that day.” Read more here


White House to Launch Veteran Hotline

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This could be a very good thing for Vets. Let me give you an example: A Marine officer buddy of mine retired and was looking to get a job but the job he was applying for needed a letter stating his disability. Here is a news flash, the VA (once you submit your claim) has a 120 day buffer built in before they will review/make a decision on the disability rating. A hundred and twenty days! That may not seem like much but let me explain further. A Vet that has to wait 120 days before getting a rating or any money is just long enough for several bad things to happen.

If the Vet is in the 80-100% disability, they may actually be totally relying on the VA compensation to continue life as you and I know it. Think about it, you’re injured in the service, and can’t work. You are a young Marine, no spouse and very limited bank account. Within 120 days, your car will get repossessed, your apartment will boot ya and so on as far as bills let alone food etc.

My buddy went directly to the VA director (FYI-any vet can ask to see their director, without an appointment) and told her his story. She explained she understood the 120 day buffer because the VA get so many packages a month and that’s the buffer they give themselves. He continued to explain how the VA is actually preventing him from getting hired instead of following their creed to “take care of vets”. He further continued to explain if this is happening to a Marine Officer, how many junior servicemen are getting jacked for the same buffer?

Stunned mullen expressions were a plenty.

Consequently, the Marines VA package was looked at well before the 120 days expired and he began receiving compensation. However, what about all of those in the same situation that didn’t march into the director’s office? This is where this “hot line” will come in handy for situations like this and many more like it out there. This is a great move by President Trump and shows for the first time in a while a President that is taking actions for Vets.

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White House officials will "soft-launch" a veterans' complaint hotline this week in preparation to fulfill one of President Trump's campaign promises by August, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said on Wednesday.

The details of the hotline's debut are "being worked out tomorrow," Shulkin told reporters during a rare appearance at the White House. The phone line will allow veterans to call in their complaints and concerns about conditions at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The hotline is 855-948-2311

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Every Day is Memorial Day

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Memorial day. Although for many, the main focus of this weekend will be what time they are to meet friends and family for a BBQ or party, I ask that if even for a few minutes you stop to ponder what thousands of parents, spouses and family members think every day of their life. The loss of their loved ones who gave all in support of America.

Too often people go throughout their day without knowing the loss of a loved one to war. Perhaps their only son or friend. Too often Americans take for granted the luxurious things we have in America like clean running water, electricity, technology and the like. They often take for granted how well we have it here in America. I often tell friends how I would love to take a class of “seniors” from any high school to Helmand Province or Ramadi Iraq and let them truly see how good we have it in America. They would be shocked.

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UD researchers find missing WW II bombers

While visiting Guadalcanal, I saw first hand US tank hules still on the beach and in the jungle. Very crazy.  A bit ago I helped locate a dog tag to a servicemember, this ties into these researchers finding these wrecks and returning the warriors back home. Time for a C-Gar

Every time University of Delaware researcher Mark Moline finds a submerged World War II aircraft, he is overcome by a mixture of relief, excitement, solemnity and sorrow.  

Such is the life of a scientist devoted to finding the bodies of American servicemen missing in action Read more here


Green Beret’s story will leave you swelling with PRIDE…meet Nick Lavery

I've met some bad ass Mother F'ers in my short 23 years in the Marines and can believe every word about this Green Beret. Hands down a bad ass. Haven't ever met him, but I bet we chewed the same dirt.  Time for a C-Gar

Meet a Green Beret named Nick Lavery. After losing his leg during a firefight in Afghanistan…he refused to be medically discharged.
This man now trains future Green Berets as a tactical combat instructor at Fort Bragg. Read about some of his injuries HERE

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