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Veterans Victory
Our veterans have helped this country win so much, it's about time we do some winning FOR them too...

President Trump keeps up with his promise of “draining the swamp.” However, this is bad news for hundreds of Veteran Affairs officers that have either lost their job or have been suspended.

It has been noted that around 500 employees of the VA have been fired and 200 have been placed on suspension and around 30 have been demoted. It has been reported that “those disciplined include 22 senior leaders, more than 70 nurses, 14 police officers, and 25 physicians.”

Taking into account the scandal that took over the media, as several veterans died during the never ending waiting for their required treatment at the VHA, only nine employee were targeted out of a pool of 57 employees that were held responsible, and only three were removed from their position – President Trump and administration stood by the promise he made during his campaign; to “take care of our veterans like they’ve never been taken care of before.”

Trump argued that the previous laws had “…kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.”

It was in June that Veterans Affairs Chief David Shulkin announced that would be making some important changes under the new law that President Trump and his administration introduced to minimize the restrictions placed on terminating VA employees. Shulkin went on to call it as an action that was much needed to reform the organization.

VA is the very first government agency to take the initiative to make their employee disciplinary date public. It was this Friday that the VA announced that they shall make their actions transparent, going forward. They stated that shall allow the public to have complete access to view all and any disciplinary action they take against employees under the Trump administration. Veterans Affairs Chief David Shulkin stated, “Veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we’re doing to hold our employees accountable and make our personnel actions transparent,” he continued. “Posting this information online for all to see, and updating it weekly, will do just that.”

This additional step will continue to shine a light on the actions we’re taking to reform the culture at VA.”

Following this announcement by Sulkin, the VA noted, “In addition to posting the adverse action information, Secretary Shulkin announced that he is requiring approval by a senior official of any monetary settlement with an employee over the amount of $5,000.”

And that, “Any settlement above this amount will require the personal approval of the undersecretary, assistant secretary or equivalent senior-level official within the organization in which the dispute occurs.”

It was shortly after that the VA’s official website, went under maintenance and was back up and running on Sunday with a new accountability page that and a copy of the Adverse Action Report, as of July 03.

As per CBS, “The Veterans of Foreign Wars praised this new VA decision and said the organization is ‘…very, very hopeful that the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act will continue to heal the VA, which will definitely help restore the faith of veterans in their VA.”

Donald Trump Jr. also showed his support by tweeting, “A great start, need to get replace bureaucrats w thinkers: Hundreds of VA officials fired since Trump’s inauguration,” as he cited an article by CBS that talks about the firings.

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This is possibly the worst way to treat our Vets, and it is our government who is doing this. We can’t treat heroes like this.

In California, almost 10,000 of our bravest men and women who served combat tours over seas are being told to pay up.

The government made a mistake, the local recruiting offices paid to much for re-enlistment bonuses and now they want their money back.

California Guard deputy commander Matthew Beevers even admits that the government made a mistake and it is the Veterans that are hurting the most.

“At the end of the day, the soldiers ended up paying the largest price. We’d be more than happy to absolve these people of their debts. We just can’t do it. We’d be breaking the law.”

Most of the cases happened a decade ago, but the soldiers that fought for our freedom have to pay back a bonus they were promised.

Many of the Veterans were paid $15,000 to sign back up for another tour. Only $15,000!!!

It would take a lot more than $15,000 to get most Americans to just visit some of the places our Veterans fought.

If the Vets don’t pay, interest charges, the government will add wage garnishments and tax liens until they get their money.

How is this even possible? Last year, Obama recorded a record amount of taxes collected and we can’t let 10,000 of our combat Veterans keep $15,000?

Susan Haley, a former Army master sergeant and mother is heartbroken. She is paying $650 a month to the government, which is a quarter of her family’s monthly income.

She wants to know if she will get her time back?

“They’ll get their money, but I want those years back.”

The real question is, would most of these soldiers signed back up for another tour if they were not promised $15,000 to enlist?

To the government, $15,000 is not a lot of money, but to retired Veterans who have families and mortgages and college tuitions, $15,000 is a lot of money.

Some of the Veterans are also forced to pay back some of their college loans.

This is tragic. We cannot treat our military like this.

If there government didn’t have oversight on the recruitment process, then that is on the military. They need to buy one less drone, not force combat Veterans to sell their homes to pay back a bonus they were promised.

How does this story make your feel? Let us know in the comments below.

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Just a few years ago, General David Petraeus was a highly respected military leader; the commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and later serving as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Sorrowfully, human foibles undid the Great Man — shamed and prosecuted for revealing classified national security information during an affair with his biographer.

Now, rather than atoning for his betrayal by standing up for the Constitution he swore to defend and the men and women of the Armed Services he failed by violating his oath, the disgraced general is doubling-down on his poor judgement. Petraeus has joined forces with gun-control Leftists, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Astronaut-turned-activist Michael Kelly, and launched yet another gun control advocacy organization.

The Petraeus-Kelly group calls itself the “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense.” However, as with other gun control groups, it is long on misleading rhetoric and painfully short on common sense. The only apparent difference between this new group and earlier gun control organizations, is the veneer about helping veterans; and this is misleading at best and downright harmful to many veterans at worst.

For example, while the group claims to be interested in reducing the suicide rate for veterans, it quickly pivots into the familiar gun-control mantra about keeping guns out of the hands of “dangerous people” – a non-sequitur it attempts to bridge merely by pointing out the truism that veterans know “first-hand the incredible power of firearms.”

Petraeus’ resume, spanning leadership roles in both military and national security settings, could have provided him with a platform from which to do real good for veterans; on public safety issues as well as those involving health care. After all, who better to take up the cause of reforming the broken Veterans Administration, which arguably is responsible in some measure for suicide rates among veterans?

Perhaps of even greater relevance in the wake of the mass shooting this week in Orlando — who better understands the threat posed by ISIS and other Islamic terrorists and how to meet that threat, than the man who oversaw the very war against those terrorists in their “homeland?”

Yet, sadly, Petraeus took the easier path of joining the chorus of liberal do-gooders who fear and misunderstand the role firearms play in the natural right to self-preservation. His approach reflects more a philosophy of retreat in the face of danger, rather than of self-reliance and initiative.

Fundamentally, the principle around which the Petraeus group has concocted its mission has nothing to do with keeping guns out of the hands of evil individuals, much less preventing a mass shooting like that in Orlando. Petraeus’ “solution” fails to articulate the deeper, true nature of what we face. The tragedy in Orlando was as much as a clash of ideologies as it is a terrorist attack; actually, two clashes of ideologies.

The more obvious of the two clashes is that of freedom versus religious tyranny (a conflict well-known to true students of American history). The concept of personal liberty at the foundation of the United States is antithetical to the crushing tyranny of radical Islam. What we witnessed in Orlando is a stark reminder of the unbridgeable chasm between these two world views; a reminder seemingly lost on Petraeus.

The other clash is between individual responsibility — the obligation to defend oneself — and reliance on others to protect you — passivity. This clash is something we routinely see in government efforts to limit the ability of individuals to defend themselves with a firearm – a limitation now championed by groups like Petreaus’. We also see this defeatist ideology reflected in companies and businesses that prohibit people from defending themselves when they enter those establishments.

This ideology of passivity invites incidents such as occurred in Orlando; where an individual (or individuals, in the case of the San Bernardino shooting) intent on mayhem, know that such facilities offer a concentration of unarmed victims in an environment in which they – the terrorist(s) – are able to maintain a high degree of control.

Indeed, there is no more protected of environments for such cowards than those that essentially guarantee a disarmed and fearful universe of victims — relying not on self-defense as a response, but on waiting for the authorities to arrive and take action (which, as we saw in Orlando, may take literally hours).

Until our nation’s leaders, and we as a society, recognize the obligation we have at a personal level to ensure our own self-preservation, terrorists and other criminals will use this passivity against us with ruinous consequences. Gen. Petraeus is not helping us, and his timing could not be worse.

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Hillary Clinton loves to make you think that she cares about our veterans, but if you look at the numbers, she doesn’t put her money where her mouth is.

The piranha press jumped on Donald Trump last week when he said he has given close to six million dollars to veterans and organizations to help our former military.

The press– and even some on Hillary’s campaign– responded by calling Trump a liar. The initial thoughts were that he has given only $4,500,000 instead of $6,000,000 and the liberal media called him out on his “lie”.

After a little more research it has been concluded that Donald has given $5.6 million to 41 different groups that help our veterans.

Yesterday at Trump Tower, Donald spoke to the press and when the topic came up he pushed back in true Trump fashion. The Donald said, “Find out how much Hillary Clinton’s given to the veterans. Nothing.”

Well he isn’t right either, but pretty close. Hillary and Bill give to charities through their Clinton Foundation that did give $70,000 to veterans groups between the 2009 and 2014.

Hillary and Bill made almost $140 million from 2007 to 2014, primarily from speaking engagements. The two gave 729 speeches, for an average fee of $210,000 per speech.

It is clear that when it comes to veterans, Donald Trump supports them more than any other candidate. Hillary hardly supports them at all.

When it comes down to it, don’t mock a person who gave $5.6 million dollars to veterans because, instead of putting your money where your mouth is, you put your foot there instead.

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Good news for veterans: as of July 1, most veterans won’t have to worry about paying out-of-state tuition at any public college or university.

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act—which was passed last year—will revisit key parts of the GI Bill, the longtime law that allows veterans to get money towards college tuition.

The law now makes it a federal requirement that all public colleges and university give in-state tuition to any veteran that qualifies for the GI Bill. A veteran must have served at least 90 days in the military sometime in the last three years in order to qualify. Some children and military spouses will also be covered, depending they meet criteria.

Veterans, predictably, are ecstatic.

Jason Hansman of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America told USA Today: “The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 expands a veteran’s ability to maximize his or her Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit and use that benefit at any public school in the nation regardless of residency restrictions. This provision will benefit both states, by allowing them to retain new veteran residents who end their period of active service and decide to remain local, and veterans, who will no longer face financial constraints in attending the public school of their choice.”

Currently, the maximum GI Bill tuition benefit is just over $20,000—and veterans have to pay the difference if they spend more. But, because of skyrocketing tuition prices, that $20,000 doesn’t quite cover the average price of out of state tuition, which is nearly $23,000. Over the course of four years, the out-of-pocket expenses total upwards over $10,000—an impossible debt for many veterans, who are often raising families.

Conversely, the average in-state tuition is just under $9,000 per year—leaving plenty of room to spare for a veteran who wants to go away to college.

The laws affects only 18 states, since most states already offer in-state tuition to veterans. But the law could be far-reaching: more than 5 million veterans are scheduled to leave the military in the next five years.

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The Warrior Beach Retreat in Panama City Beach, Florida, is suppose to be a reward for the brave men and women injured serving our country–but, this year, it was anything but.

A group of frat guys–from the Zeta Beta Tau chapters at University of Florida and Emory University–instead decided to dishonor the heroes that keep our nation safe, by harassing these veterans and their families.

“They actually spit on me and my service dog as well,” said Nicholas Connole, one of the injured veterans who was targeted. “And that’s just so disrespectful and it hurts. I come and I feel honored and I feel safe and that I belong, but now I feel like I’m defending myself.”

Other veterans–all of whom were shocked by the disrespect of these college students–added that beer had been thrown on them from balconies, and that they had been spit on.

Linda Cope, who founded the Warrior Beach Retreat, was equally disgusted.

“They’re a total disgrace for our military,” she said of the students. “They were urinating on the American flag, they were throwing things off of the balconies… There was a group of very intoxicated college kids that actually ripped the American flag out of the ground and was trying to run around with it.”

She added: “I have not stood up and said anything about spring break because we constantly want to get the support of the community–but if this is at all indicative of what these college students do, we need to get rid of it.”

To the University of Florida and Zeta Beta Tau’s credit, however, they took swift action to decry the actions of their students.

W. Kent Fuchs, president of the University of Florida, wrote a personal apology note to Cope and the Warrior Beach Retreat:

“I can only imagine the pain and indignity of enduring this behavior,” he wrote. “I want to assure you that it is not representative of our students or our university and we will make every effort to learn more, take appropriate action and prevent similar incidents from occurring again.”

Zeta Beta Tau’s national office has promised to make things right, after this “disgraceful situation.”

Emory University is still investigating the role its students may have played, but promised that anyone found responsible would “be held accountable.”

Panama City Beach, however, is apparently “up in arms” about what happened.

“This community is so patriotic and supportive,” Cope said. “The fraternities are learning a hard lesson. You don’t treat these men and women who have sacrificed so much for your freedom like that.”

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