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Purple Heart Run

Chuck Yarling

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The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS) have joined together to sponsor the Purple Heart Run during the month of May 2016.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is an organization for members of the U.S. Military who have received a Purple Heart Medal which is awarded to those who have been wounded or killed during combat with a designated enemy.

Their mission “is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.”

The Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS), is an organization that “provides support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations”

The Purple Heart Run is an across-the-country and return drive of a mobility-equipped, 2015 Ford F-150 Super Cab truck by two combat wounded veterans from two wars decades apart. The drivers are LCpl Tyler Huffman, wounded and paralyzed veteran of the war in Afghanistan; and Joe Tidwell, wounded and disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. The truck has been especially adapted to suit veterans who are paralyzed or have lost legs or arms.

The trip will make its way from coast-to-coast and back, rallying communities to thank our country’s military veterans and support this great mission. The Purple Heart Run will begin in Mt. Vernon, VA, on May 2, traverse the nation to California and return to end in Washington DC on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

Both MOPH and WWFS believe that with a vehicle specially adapted for mobility, a combat-wounded veteran will have the freedom to live a productive and quality life with his or her family.

As the truck travels across the country and returns, it will stop to visit with local MOPH Chapters and Purple Heart entities. At each stop they will deliver Combat Wounded Parking Signs, free of charge, to any interested person as a means to honor and recognize these veterans.

Signs advertising the Purple Heart Run have been placed in the parking lots of businesses, restaurants, churches, schools and colleges, government buildings, medical facilities, and sports venues across the country. The public is invited and encouraged to show your support for our military families by visiting an event on the tour as a means of showing their support for our country’s veterans and their families.

In a special ceremony at the conclusion of the Purple Heart Run, the keys to the truck will be presented to Purple Heart recipient Nicholas Thom of Broad Run, Virginia, who was chosen from a nation-wide search of eligible and deserving nominees. In Feb. 2010, Patriot Thom was wounded while his unit was clearing Afghan villages of Taliban fighters. Nick was blown up by a command detonated I.E.D., losing both his legs from above the knees, 3 fingers, and suffered severe soft tissue damage to his forearms.

Schedule for the 2016 PURPLE HEART RUN

Mon, 5/2 – Mt. Vernon, VA and New York City: Rally in Times Square

Tue, 5/3 – NYC to Shanksville, PA (then to New Stanton, PA.
Morning appearance on Fox & Friends in NYC

Wed, 5/4 – New Stanton to Dearborn, MI
Visit Ford Plant, Tour Rouge Factory, home of the F-150 truck

Thu, 5/5 – Dearborn to Tinley Park, IL (273 mi, 4 hrs -1)
Visit UAW HQ and Detroit City Hall

Fri, 5/6 – Tinley Park, IL to Des Moins, IA to Council Bluffs, IA (450 mi)

Sat, 5/7 – Council Bluffs to Grand Island, NE (157 mi, 2.5 hrs)
Department of Nebraska Convention

Mon, 5/9 – Grand Island to Longmont, CO (415 mi, 6 hrs -1)

Tue, 5/10 – Denver to Colorado Springs, CO (113 mi, 2 hrs)

Wed, 5/11 – Colorado Springs, CO to Albuquerque, NM (374 mi, 5.5 hrs)

Thu, 5/12 — Albuquerque to Flagstaff, AZ (323 mi, 4.5 hrs)

Fri, 5/13 – Flagstaff to Las Vegas, NV (250 mi, 3.5 hrs -1)

Sat, 5/14 – Las Vegas to Los Angeles, CA (273 mi, 4 hrs) (CA PH State & LA PH City)

Mon, 5/16 – Los Angeles to Palm Springs, CA (117 mi, 2 hrs )

Tue, 5/17 – Palm Springs to Scottsdale, AZ (276 mi, 4 hrs 1)

Wed, 5/18 — Scottsdale to Sierra Vista, AZ (217 mi, 3.25 hrs)

Thu, 5/19 – Sierra Vista to El Paso, TX (275 mi, 4.5 hrs +1)

Fri, 5/20 – El Paso to San Antonio, TX (551 mi, 8 hrs)

Sat, 5/21 -San Antonio (1836 & 814)

Mon, 5/23 – San Antonio to College Station to Houston, TX (270 mi, 4 hrs)

Tue, 5/24 – Houston to Baton Rouge, LA (268 mi, 4 hrs)

Wed, 5/25 – Baton Rouge to Pensacola to Eglin AFB, FL (306 mi, 5 hrs)

Thu, 5/26 – Eglin AFB to Columbus, GA (221 mi, 4 hrs +1) (PH City)

Fri, 5/27 – Columbus, GA to Charlotte, NC (360 mi, 5.5 hrs) MAJOR MEDIA EVENT: Visit Coca-Cola World 600 Race. Participation by Carolina Panthers’ Cheerleaders.

Sat, 5/28 – Charlotte to Arlington, VA (397 mi, 6 hrs)

Sun, 5/29 – MAJOR MEDIA EVENT

WWFS/MOPH Ceremony to present Truck Keys to Disabled Veteran

Note: You can obtain viewing information on this special event by contacting a local chapter of MOPH by entering your address here:

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For more information about the Purple Heart:

1. The Purple Heart Medal

2. History of the Purple Heart

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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Wow! Here Are Our Military’s Newest And Planned Vehicles

Some badass gear right here!

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We recently reported on our military’s new weapon systems. So let’s look at our military’s newest and upcoming vehicles.

Planes and Helicopters

Vertical Take-off Drone

There are two types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone at the moment: the Arcturus T-20 and T-16 have vertical lift motors and rotors of a quadcopter. And the Martin UAV takes off vertically like a Harrier jet.

EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack Aircraft

A variant of the F/A-18F Super Horne, this is an airborne electronic attack (AEA) jet that

Provides tactical jamming and electronic protection to U.S. military forces and allies around the world.

Army Dual-Rotor Drone for Casualty-Evacuation

The DP14 Hawk Drone resembles a miniature CH-47 Chinook helicopter and can carry 430 pounds in its six-foot by 20-inch cargo space for about 2.4 hours.

Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN)

A prototype of the TERN is due by November, 2017, and will be

Able to operate from small forward-deployed ships and is expected to combine vertical takeoff and landing with the ability to fly long distances like fix-winged UAVs.

 Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor

This is a tiltrotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft. It is the

First new American tiltrotor since the MV-22 Osprey and a candidate to replace the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter

Army’s Hoverbike Prototype

The hoverbike is basically a re-supply drone that looks similar to that flown in George Lucas’ movie, “Return of the Jedi”.

Ground Vehicles

Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS)

This new multi-purpose truck has a

Hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered chassis that executives say could allow the U.S. military to move equipment and supplies around the battlefield more efficiently and safely.

And it will be flexible enough to be driven by remote control, human, or become a “autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) or drone!

 LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicle

This innovative multi-purpose vehicle is designed to be used by the U.S. Marine Corps. It will operate with six different mission roles: ‘Anti Tank, command and Control, Mortar, Recovery, Logistics, and Electronic Warfare).”

Ships

 U.S. Navy’s Sea Hunter Drone

This unique vessel is a 40-meter trimaran designed to conduct antisubmarine warfare. Although its capability is not fully released, it is

Said to be capable of patrols of up to seventy days at a bewildering distance of ten thousand nautical miles.

Combatant Craft Assault Boat

This vessel is a

Stealthy multi-role watercraft designed to replace U.S. Special Operations Command’s smaller MkV Special Operations Craft and Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats for “inserting and extracting SOF in low-to-medium threat environment.”

High speed boarding trials of Barracuda alongside Irish Naval …

Here's a cool video of Barracuda undergoing high speed boarding trials at over 20kts alongside an Irish Naval ship, special thanks to IMERC and the Irish Naval service for their collaboration.

Posted by Safehaven Marine on Thursday, September 28, 2017

Virginia-class Attack Submarine

This class of submarines has replaced the decommissioned Los Angeles-class submarines. It is planned to be built

Through 2043, and expected to remain in service past 2060. Based on recent updates to the designs, some of the Virginia-class submarines are expected to still be in service in 2070. So there you have it.

It’s kind of exciting, isn’t it?

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BREAKING: Homeland Security On HIGH ALERT After Who Just Went Missing Within The U.S. And It’s BAD

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One-hundred-and-fifty people brought to the U.S. for military training have gone absent without leave (AWOL) and they could be dangerous. Over ten of them are missing and could be lurking anywhere in America. The people brought over are Afghan troops who were supposed to receive training, but since arriving as far back as 2005, they’ve gone AWOL or vanished completely. Some live as illegal immigrants. Other’s haven’t been found at all. There’s at least 13 still missing and it doesn’t seem like anyone has any leads on their whereabouts.

A major part of the problem is that the imported soldiers don’t go through an interview process nor are they required to register as an alien upon their arrival in the United States. It’s reported, by Washington Post, that people usually go through the interview and alien registration process, but it seems like the Afghan troops are exempt from both procedures.

The Washington Times reported:

More than 150 Afghan troops brought to the U.S. for military training have gone AWOL since 2005, with 13 of them still unaccounted for and perhaps living as here illegal immigrants now, an inspector general said in a new report Friday.
Part of the problem is that the U.S. never puts the trainees through an in-person interview and exempts them from registering as aliens when they arrive — both steps that other visitors would normally have to go through.


In-person interviews and requiring the troops to register beforehand would help the government gauge whether someone is likely to go absent without leave, and would give immigration officers information about relatives in the U.S. as starting points when someone does go AWOL, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said.

But the State Department rejected those suggestions.


The audit said that while no acts of terrorism have yet been traced to the trainees, immigration agents say they’re worried because a number who go AWOL end up trying to claim asylum in the U.S., stymieing any national security investigation into their behavior.
Beyond the potential danger, American taxpayers also miss out on the investment in the troops

There’s two main concerns when troops from other countries go missing without leave. The first problem is that they could be dangerously lurking in the country and no one really knows who they are or where they’re at. That’s potentially dangerous in terms of terrorism or other forms of attacks. It’s quoted above as there not being any acts of terrorism linked to trainees, which is good. It makes sense for the trainees who went AWOL to not commit any crime if they simply came here to secretly start a new life in asylum.

The second problem is that money has been wasted bringing them here and then needing to find replacements as necessary. It’s not cheap to fly people from Afghanistan to America, so imagine how many extra flights there may have been thanks to people going missing and our government not having much of an idea of where they are, who they’re with, or what they’re doing.

The Washington Times went on:

Investigators identified 152 Afghan trainees who have gone absent without leave under the training program. Seventy of them fled the U.S., 39 managed to obtain legal status here, three returned to duty, 27 were arrested and put in deportation proceedings, and 13 remain unaccounted for.


The largest number disappeared from training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, but four went AWOL from training in D.C., three disappeared from Quantico, Virginia, and one from Arlington.


The State Department and Homeland Security said they don’t think there’s a reason to be concerned.


State officials said they don’t want to do in-person interviews before issuing visas to Afghan troops, and said they’re not convinced of the importance of full registration either.

It’s slightly bizarre to see Afghan soldiers fly to America, then flee the country. Almost 40 Afghan troops gained legal status in America, which is great because they followed the laws – thank you for that. Learning that 3  soldiers returned to duty is very noble and let’s hope they remain loyal to the job they signed up for.

What is definitely alarming is that State officials do not want interviews or full registration. That doesn’t make much sense if you ask a regular everyday person. When your country brings soldiers from another country over for training, and they start disappearing, then it’s time to take roll more effectively than ever. One simply does not permit random people into their country and not keep tabs on them.

Call it crazy, but they may want to consider the interviews and full interviews with which one might determine the soldier is bound to haul off once they hit pay dirt in America.

Should there be more strict vetting upon everyone entering the country? For the people who are against extreme vetting – how would you ensure someone entering American is safe to have as an overnight guest?

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BREAKING: Trump Just ENDED It For Every NASTY Liberal Who Crossed Him In One INCREDIBLE Call

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Liberals’ latest attack on President Donald Trump in a desperate effort to take him down was to claim that he made insensitive remarks to a Gold Star family after their black soldier son was killed in the line of duty. The left has reached such a level of depravity that they are actually using this family as their political tools, who they will soon toss to the side as soon as they get their mileage out it. That family could soon be learning how liberals really feel about their pain and loss, now that Trump has just ended this fake controversy that liberals created with the release of a leaked call he recently made to the family of a Special Forces soldier.

It’s very clear who has no respect for our military and it’s not Trump. Leave it to liberals to use tragedy to their advantage and this case is no different. Trump just proved how he really feels when a soldier’s life is lost while fighting for our country and it’s nothing like what his detractors have been saying about it over the last week.

Natasha De Alencar tragically lost her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar back in April while he was in the line of duty. After hearing what happened, Trump picked up the phone to reach out to the widow, in the same way he did with this Gold Star family at the center of liberal’s controversy. While the twisted what the president said as being insensitive and rude, simply so they could have something to be used against him, another family in this same situation had a much different reaction to what he had to say to them, and it’s not what liberals want to hear right now.

De Alencar released the footage which proves what an incredible president we now have, especially compared to his predecessor who didn’t make time to share his condolences with Gold Star families.

“I am so sorry to hear about the whole situation. What a, what a horrible thing – except that he’s an unbelievable hero. You know, all of the people that served with him are saying how incredible he was,” Trump told Natasha during the exchange shared with the Washington Post. “Everyone tells me how great he was,” Trump added. “He was the boss … He was their friend. They all loved him.

“I’m glad that you got to hear a little bit about him, sir, Natasha replied to the president. “My husband is, to me, he was already my hero. We’ve been together 15 years, five children.”

This wasn’t all the widow had to say. She was so deeply touched by the fact that he took the time to call her and what he had to say during that conversation, that she wanted to set the record straight to all who say otherwise.

The Daily Mail reports:

When the mother of five went into detail discussing the successes of her children, the President inquired further and asked about her eldest son’s scholarship and experience playing football for Missouri Valley College.

The conversation also led to the commander-in-chief offering Natasha an invitation to the Oval Office.

The seemingly pleasant interaction was filmed by one of Natasha’s children, while Trump told the widowed mother to tell the rest of the kids in the room that ‘their father was a great hero’ who he greatly ‘respected’.

After their lengthy call where the president was far more involved and interested in her husband, her family, and their lives, De Alencar said that Trump “was a great guy, he was a boss.” This is a long shot from what the left has claimed of him, perhaps in part to cover up Barack Obama’s constant lack of compassion for fallen soldiers and their families.

“On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, defended Trump after he received criticism from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson – who listened in on another one of the President’s phone calls with a Gold Star family,” Mail Online reported. “Wilson accused the President of making ‘insensitive’ remarks during the condolence call.”

“Kelly, who lost his own son in Afghanistan back in 2010, appeared somber while speaking on the matter at a press conference. ‘It stuns me that a Member of Congress would have listened in on that conversation. Absolutely stuns me. I thought at least that was sacred,’ Kelly said in the statement.”

Nothing is “sacred” to liberals who will kneel for our flag that these soldiers died defending. They will invade other people’s privacy, like this congresswoman did, just to get one over on Trump. The loss that the Gold Star family is suffering right now is not even respected since it’s being used for their gain and that’s what’s truly sick and disrespectful…not what they twisted about what Trump said in a compassionate call to them and all other families of fallen soldiers.

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