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Veterans Groups Face Off Against ‘Caring For Our Heroes In The 21st Century Act’

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has recently drafted a 58-page document entitled,“Caring For Our Heroes in the 21st Century Act”.

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U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has recently drafted a 58-page document entitled,Caring For Our Heroes in the 21st Century Act”The document is a “discussion draft” with a goal to modernize health care for our veterans. Its purpose is to provide an “opportunity to discuss ideas for introduction in the future” as an official bill in the House of Representatives.

Bottom line? The bill is designed to fix many of the deficiencies, problems, and published failures that currently exist within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

However, in a very short period of time, veterans groups have come out on opposite sides of the bill. Concerned Veterans For America (CVA) is for it; Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars are opposed to it.

John Cooper, Press Secretary for the CVA, published a reasonable explanation of why the bill is needed as well as describes changes such as restructure of the VA, expansion of veterans health care choices and monitors the future progress of veterans’ health reform. He said the bill

Would offer veterans real choice, enable better access and timely delivery of care, and give VA employees an incentive to pursue accountability. The only question is whether Congress will side with veterans, or whether it will allow special interests and entrenched bureaucrats to determine how we as a nation treat our heroes in this century.

However, Paralyzed Veterans of America came out swinging against it. In a press release PVA Executive Director Sherman Gillums expressed outrage:

The premium support model offered in Congresswoman McMorris’ bill will put the lives of catastrophically disabled and low-income veterans in jeopardy byforcing them into private sector systems that already face their own waitlist crises and are ill-equipped to provide the specialized care these veterans need.

It provides no mechanism to ensure veterans’ care is properly coordinated in the private sector, or that veterans receive the most appropriate care.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars also weighed in on the issue:

Politicians, pundits and politically-motivated organizations are using the national crisis in access to care at the Department of Veterans Affairs as justification to dismantle and privatize the VA health care system, with some even proposing that veterans be charged for their service-connected care. The VFW says no!

And The American Legion reported“a host of billion-dollar federal contractors, private medical enterprises and cottage-industry opportunists.”

The positions of these three veterans groups opposed to the bill have obvious points: one, they aligned themselves with the current VA healthcare system; and, more importantly, they have provided no alternate solutions to any of the reported problems within the VA.

With all due respect to all opposing veterans groups, it appears they have missed the point: The “Caring For Our Heroes in the 21st Century Act” is a draft of a proposed bill. It has no House of Representatives bill number showing it has not yet been introduced. Its purpose at this point in time is to provide a discussion of a future bill. It seems obvious that these groups should enter the discussion process, express their viewpoints, and resolve their differences.

Regardless of your position on “Caring For Our Heroes in the 21st Century Act”, you should provide your own thoughts about the bill.

Contact your representative now and provide your input!

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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Here’s A Look At Our Military’s New Weapon Systems

Some badass firepower!

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President Trump had promised to build a strong military during his candidacy and has followed through with it as president. However, most people are unaware of what our military has done in the past few years. So here is a list of the currently available new weapons systems.

Lasers

HEL Photon Cannon 

Boeing’s High Energy Laser (HEL) is sometimes referred to as a “death ray on wheels”. The Army’s new laser has already been “successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars.”

ATHENA

The Army’s Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) uses a 30-kilowatt laser that has shown the ability to shoot down a drone.

AN/SEQ-3 (XN-1)

This weapons system is being used by the Navy as a defensive weapon on a ship that will “shoot down incoming missiles, drones, boats and other potential threats.” It will eventually be a 150 kilowatt weapon that will be eventually placed on a destroyer or aircraft carrier.

HELLADS

The High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) is a laser weapon designed for use by the Air Force “to defend against surface-to-air threats” such as enemy aircraft, surface-to-air missiles, and rockets.

LITSABR

The Laser Identification through Scattering and Beam Recognition (LITSABR) is defensive weapon designed to detect laser beams being projected by enemy forces.

It should be noted that lasers are viewed as so important that members of congress have asked the military to get them into the field – faster.

Missiles

CHAMP

The Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile (CHAMP), is a non-lethal missile that projects a microwave pulse that effectively acts as an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP). The EMP will shut down all computers and electronics within its range.

JAGM

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is designed to serve the Army, Marines, and Navy. It is “equipped to allow for laser, millimeter-wave and thermal targeting systems to be installed.”

Pike

This is a 40 mm guided missile designed to be launched from a grenade launcher that can reach up to 1.2 miles.

Pyros

This is a 12 pound, 22 inch long, laser-guided missile designed to be launched from a drone at enemy ground forces and equipment.

Bombs and Projectiles

Programmable Ammunition

This new technology makes it possible for any larger gun to fire shells that can be programmed to explode with pinpoint accuracy, either before, above or inside a target.”

Small Diameter Bomb II

This 208 pound, 70 inch long all-weather laser-guided bomb that can travel up to 40 miles.

Electromagnetic Railgun

The railgun is designed for ships to launch projectiles electromagnetically (rather than by traditional means) at speeds greater than 4,500 mph (about Mach 6 or six times the speed of sound) to targets more than 100 miles away.

Weapons and Weapon Systems

Mk 38 Mod 2 Bushmaster autocannon

Also known as the Typhoon Weapon System, this is a 25-mm machine gun installed for ship self-defense to counter High Speed Maneuvering Surface Targets (aka “fast boats”).

And finally, the

Saab M4 Carl Gustav

The Carl Gustav is an 84 mm man-portable reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle. It becomes a shoulder-fired rocket launcher if a post-firing booster is added. This weapon is designed to be used against both personnel and tanks.

Welcome the 21st Century and our U.S. Armed Forces.

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WHOA! Look What Melania Just Did To Her Entire Flight Crew After What Happened To Her Staff

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Melania Trump doesn’t have a personal staff as big as Michelle Obama’s was, which was an intentional decision she made to cut back on unnecessary spending. Operating with a team of professionals who each have an important purpose, our compassionate First Lady shows sincere gratitude for each person who helps her, recognizing that it’s a privilege. So when she saw how they were treated recently, Melania responded in a surprising way our of protection for the people who help her do her job.

Melania doesn’t speak often unless she has something meaningful or important to say. She saves her words for when they matter most, especially since the liberal media is waiting with baited breath for a chance to twist anything she says or does. Today she said something that won’t soon be forgotten, especially by her entire flight crew who her remarks were directed at.

While Melania is traveling around the globe on her first overseas trip as First Lady, she’s on Air Force One just about daily, going from one location to the next. It’s a lot of travel and flight time, which she’s become somewhat used to as she flies frequently while living in New York, but having First Lady duties in Washington, D.C. With this much time in the sky and need to rely on her flight crew she and her staff are dependent on, the team has gotten to know the personable First Lady and they aren’t just any flight crew.

Melania and her staff are transported by the US Army 1-214th Aviation Regiment who have always shown the First Lady and her staff the utmost respect in doing this important job. This is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Melania who likes others to know how much they are appreciated, rather than just taking advantage of it the opportunities afforded her like her predecessor seemed to do.

Even though she’s overseas right now, Melania hasn’t forgotten about her awesome Army men who she publicly thanked today on Twitter going into this Memorial Day weekend. Like her husband, our First Lady has a love and respect for our military.

“Thank you to the @usarmy 1-214th Aviation Regiment for getting me & my staff to our mtgs safely! ,” Melania Tweeted from her official Twitter account today.

She didn’t have to say a word and perhaps nobody would have expected her to, but the fact that she remembered them and made a point to thank them for their service to she and her staff, speaks volumes as to the incredible First Lady we have in the White House. The gesture wasn’t just well-received by the American public who appreciated her thoughtfulness to our military, other servicemen and women saw her social media message and responded with gratitude.

“Thank You for representing the USA and making our Armed Forces PROUD!! ,” one reader replied.

Inevitably, the liberals came out in the comments too, as they always do as soon as FLOTUS posts anything, since they are waiting for it. One took the opportunity of seeing the photo of Melania with the Army flight crew to ask about her husband’s service in an accusatory way, claiming he dodged the draft. A wise citizen responded to it, effectively putting this troll in their place.

“Not serving doesn’t mean you’re a draft dodger. He registered. Lots of guys did and got deferments. Some actually left the country,” the Twitter user wrote.

What’s truly remarkable is that Melania is an immigrant and has more respect for our armed forces and genuine love for our country than ungrateful degenerates who were born here and seem to hate it. Our First Lady is proof that immigrants who come to America the right way are proud citizens who have a deep appreciation for what makes America great, and that starts with our military.

It wasn’t often or ever that the Obamas showed this kind of gratitude for anyone who flew them around safely. In fact, our former president couldn’t even bring himself to salute soldiers standing outside Air Force One or Marine One to welcome him. We’ve come a long way in the White House in a short time, with the Trumps there now who truly love this country and respect its citizens.

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Trump About To Send National Guard To Take Over Miami Beach After What Was Just Revealed About Rampage

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Over the last several years, the left has been pushing for a race war to create as much chaos in the country as possible. Hate groups such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the Black Panthers have appeared to be apart of this nefarious plan by stoking the flames of division. These terrorist groups have pledged to destroy the country in an all-out war against the American people which has everyone on edge.

Every time a police officer has had to use deadly force that has involved a black person these radical liberal groups claim racism and proceed to riot in the streets. So, after this past weekend when the Miami Beach police had to use deadly force against a black woman everyone is wondering will this be the spark that starts a civil war and force President Trump to call in the National Guard.

This past weekend, a black college student went on a rampage in Miami Beach, Florida that has left the residents in the busy city stunned. Cariann Denise Hithon, 22, was driving her black BMW through South Beach when she hit several cars which prompted the police to be called in to help. Instead of Hithon pulling her vehicle over the young woman ran a red light before running over police officers in the area.

After Hithon ran over the officers, the police had no choice but to draw their weapons and fire at Hithon which subsequently killed her.

Cariann Denise Hithon, 22, was shot dead by police on Sunday. (LinkedIn)

Here is more from Fox News:

A Temple University student was shot and killed by police in Miami Beach on Sunday after she charged her car toward the officers, striking and injuring one — an incident a witness said: “played out like a movie set.”

Cariann Denise Hithon, 22, was driving her black BMW when she crashed into several cars in South Beach, a popular tourist district, police said. Hithon ran the red light and was traveling “at some rate of speed,” police said. Michael Davis, who witnessed the chaotic scene, told WSVN Hithon repeatedly rear-ended cars.

“She rear-ended it, and after she rear-ended it, she drove off,” Davis told WSVN. “She actually drove off again and ran over a police officer, and after that, shots were fired.”

Another witnessed captured Hithon hitting Officer David Cajuso.

Miguel Garcia, another witness, recalled: “So everyone is like, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ And people started running after her car. Like she wanted to escape no matter what.”

Other bystanders said they heard several shots fired before a crash. Hithon was rushed to the hospital where she later died of her gunshot wounds.

Cajuso was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. He was released Monday morning.

John Butchko, a retired Miami-Dade homicide detective whose car was struck by Hithon, told the Miami Herald the deadly ordeal “played out like a movie set with people running, screaming, car crashes, gunshots, an injured officer lying on his back on the ground — all within a minute.”

Butchko’s passenger, Miami Beach lawyer Sean Ellsworth, said he was alarmed by her behavior.

“I was literally shocked she would drive into four or five officers. She just floored it.” Ellsworth said. They both suffered minor injuries.

It’s unclear why Hithon attempted to flee, but investigators said she and her friend, who casually got out of the car before Hithon accelerated, were drinking heavily earlier Sunday. Investigators questioned the unidentified man, who was later released.

Hithon, who was from Bowie, Maryland, was in Miami to celebrate her birthday. She attended Temple University after transferring to the school from Hampton University. Temple University released a statement on Hithon’s death, saying their “thoughts are with the Cariann’s friends and family during this tremendously difficult time.”

Hithon, who was part of mentorship programs for community children, was enrolled in the university’s College of Liberal Arts program and expected to graduate with a degree political science in the spring. Hithon’s father, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Cary Hithon, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the police account of the shooting didn’t sound like his daughter.

“The only logical explanation in this situation is she panicked, and things just escalated out of control,” he said.

The current climate in America is one that is on edge due to lunatics on the left pushing for war. Instead of the liberal politicians working to bring the country together in order to move forward these hateful individuals have called for “resistance” and protests. Police officers in the country are now afraid to do their job in fear that they will be called a racist or even worse be killed in the line of duty.

These officers in this particular situation had no other choice but to use deadly force on a person that was trying to kill innocent people. Of course, those in Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the Black Panthers won’t see it that way which has government officials nervous. It is only a matter of time before these extremists on the left begin to use violence and President Trump will be forced to implement martial law.

And, martial law is something none of us want.  

H/T [Fox News]

 

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