American Veteran News 07.25.13 (58 Stories)

• Analysis- Shinseki returns to VFW convention, having had some successes
• Archaeologists discover oldest colonial fort in US interior
• Army admits thousands of war records are missing
• Building a safe haven for heroes
• Canine war veteran adjusting to civilian life
• Cape Breton vets return to Korea
• Chicago is a startup city — but not for vets
• Colo panel offers steps to reduce veteran suicides
• Couple honors fallen Army Rangers in Harrison City backyard
• DAV valuable source to veterans and community
• DC Bakery to Open in 2014 to Help Disabled Veterans
• Despite Rhetoric, VA Claims Backlog Continues to Ebb
• Disabled veteran claims harassment over metal implants
• Ex-VA Boss: Elderly Vet Claims Worsen Backlog
• Finding, Interviewing Homeless Veterans a Complex Endeavor
• Florida waives health practitioner license fees for military veterans
• Foundation flies Moses Lake senior veterans in WWII era aircraft
• Gov. LePage to honor Maine Korean War veterans
• House votes to block Tricare for Life fees
• Indiana DOT, state agencies team up for veteran-focused job fair
• Jobless Rate For US Veterans Declined, On Par With Non-Veterans
• Jump-starting Civilian Success with a Mentor
• KISS Gives Wounded Veteran A New House
• Korean War Veterans Honor Flight
• Korean War Veterans Return to DMZ
• Listing on Vietnam Wall sought for troops killed in 1962 plane crash
• Marine for Life builds business partnership for Marine hires
• Marine veterans among 19 firefighters killed saving community
• New boat accommodates disabled Ala. veterans
• New RFK documents are window into early Cold War
• Patriotic Cabs Provide Jobs for Veterans
• Posting about treatment at Richland VA clinic goes viral
• Push revived for American Indian veterans memorial
• Recent guardsman suicide prompts PTSD discussion
• Redhook event for veterans snubs Second Amendment
• Remains of La. soldier come home from N. Korea
• Ride to aid family of deceased vet ‘Joker’
• SecDef calls on vets to partner in reshaping military
• Senate panel passes vets bills, but won’t release details
• Southern Indiana man is national commander of VFW
• St. Louis Co. veteran gets 100 stolen flags back
• Statue of Korean War horse to be unveiled at museum
• Treasure Valley veteran helping other veterans with PTSD
• Tucson gives back to help homeless veterans
• VA extends public comment period on new burn pit registry
• Ventura Veterans stand down homelessness
• Veterans dealing with Agent Orange’s legacy
• Veterans, join the American Legion
• VFW Backs Vietnam Veteran to Receive MoH
• Virginia man honored for heroics in WWII
• Welcome home Vietnam veterans!!!
• Wounded veteran receives Canadian honors for service
• WWII encampment event in Egg Harbor Twp. NJ
• WWII Foster veterans reach out for help with old photo
• WWII Kingsport veteran, 92, recovers from flooding with Baptist group help
• WWII veteran has stolen trike returned
• WWII veteran to be honored by DAR
• WWII vets reunite at Mighty Eighth

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Cheap Emergency / Survival Medications

Like many of us I store medications for emergency situations. Buying generic over the counter drugs can save you a ton of money. Also you can buy Fish Mox to help save on Amoxicillin.

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Forked Tongue Rubio Tries to Talks His Way Out of Amnesty Shame With Tea Party Supporters

FOX NEWS LATINO | These days, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio may be feeling like he needs the people he inadvertently may have left behind.

Rubio is renewing his outreach to tea party supporters and his advocacy for GOP causes as he struggles to repair his image as a conservative standard-bearer.

The shift comes after the potential 2016 presidential candidate pushed the Senate to approve an immigration overhaul bill that’s been panned by some on the right who could be crucial to his future.

Rubio joined about 50 conservative activists and other lawmakers Tuesday at a meeting of the Senate’s tea party caucus, putting him in a room with representatives of grassroots activists who helped fuel his unlikely Senate victory in 2010.


• McConnell gets cozy with tea party ahead of primary challenge – Daily Caller

• Raul Labrador Playing Crucial Role In Immigration Fight, With An Eye On Higher Office – Huffington Post

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4 Points on “Stand Your Ground” Laws

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Immigration Bill Said to Contain Millions in Lefty Slush Funds

NEWSMAX | The immigration reform bill now being mulled by Congress contains multimillion-dollar slush funds that benefit left-wing groups, investigative reporter M. Stanton Evans says.

“It’s a stealth operation,” Evans told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“These [are] unknown aspects of the bill, which are totally contrary to the advertising.”

Evans, who wrote about the slush funds in Investor’s Business Daily said they are hidden deep in the 1,100-page bill and will help left-wing, nonprofit groups provide services to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S.

The funds would total almost $300 million over three years and continue to grow.

“The slush funds are just part of it. There are at least three different funds that I discovered, all of which are for the benefit of certain special interests that are ‘immigrant-serving’ organizations. That’s the way the phrase-ology reads,” he said.

“It’s a bill that’s an intricate network of provisos, exceptions, waivers, rules, regulations — all kinds of complicated legal gobbledygook.”


• Immigration Bill Would Be A Bonanza For Special Interest Groups (and Lawyers) – Heritage Foundation

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Immigration Rhetoric Ramps Ups as White House Shows Its Frustration With House Gop

WASHINGTON POST | The White House lashed out at House Republican leaders over immigration Tuesday after months of treading gingerly, revealing a sense of growing frustration inside the Obama administration with the sluggish pace of the reform effort.

The sudden change in tone represents a rhetorical escalation in the high-stakes immigration debate as the House deliberates on a series of small-scale proposals, eschewing the comprehensive approach adopted by the Senate and favored by the White House.

On Tuesday morning, Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote on Twitter that one House proposal amounted to “cruel hypocrisy” since it would leave millions of immigrants in the country illegally without a path to citizenship.

Later in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney mocked House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) after the GOP leader said at a news conference that no one has worked harder than he has to fix the nation’s border control system.


• White House says it expects Congress to pass immigration overhaul – Reuters

• Name Calling Over Immigration: Gowdy Calls Pfeiffer ‘Hack’ – ABC News

• GOP-White House immigration tension explodes into public – The Hill

• Lott says he’d allow a House immigration vote – Philly

• Senators cancel immigration meeting with lobbyists amid backlash – Reuters

• Hispanic Evangelical Leaders to Meet Today With 19 Top House Republicans – Christian Post

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ALIPAC Uses New Poll to Shut Down Amnesty 2013

PR NEWSWIRE | ALIPAC’s legendary national activist network is springing into action today to use a new poll from the Pew Research Center, which shows that millions of illegal aliens would vote Democrat by 8 to 1 margins if given citizenship and voting rights, to shut down the Obama backed amnesty plans in the U.S. House.

According to the Pew Research Center’s survey of illegal immigrants, “31% identify as Democrats and just 4% as Republicans.” For those in the U.S. under ten years, 26 percent identified with Democrats against 9 percent for Republicans; for those who’d been in the U.S. for over two decades, 54 percent identified as Democrats and 10 percent identified as Republicans.

“This new poll, combined with what we have seen illegal immigration do to election results in states like California and Nevada where illegals are voting in large numbers, shows that any form of amnesty will be political suicide for the GOP!” said William Gheen, President of ALIPAC. “We expect some of the top Republicans pushing Amnesty to join with the new Democrat super majorities, but the other rank and file Republicans comprising 90% of the party will be doomed forevermore If Amnesty passes the House and is signed into law by Obama.”

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It Took 37 Convictions but CBP Finally Gets Around to Deporting ILLEGAL

CBP | Buffalo, N.Y. – Buffalo Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a male citizen of Mexico, who has thirty-seven criminal convictions in the United States.

On Saturday, July 20, agents from the Rochester Station responded to a call for assistance from the Rochester Police Department. While interviewing the suspect to determine his true identity, after he had provided three different names to a Rochester police officer, agents determined the suspect was illegally present in the United States.

Record checks at the station revealed the suspect has thirty-seven criminal convictions in the United States. The convictions range from misdemeanors to felonies and include charges such as, narcotics violations, assault on a federal officer, burglary and robbery.

Due to the suspect’s numerous criminal convictions, he was processed for an Administrative Removal and will be removed to Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (800) 331-0353 toll free.

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DHS Systematically Suppressing Bad News About Border Crossings

BY PETER BRIMELOW | H/T Daily Caller’s Mickey Kaus for finding this devastating account of the Department of Homeland Security’s systematic suppression, dating back at least to 2007-7, of any effort to assess how many illegals cross the southern border:

As Congress weighs whether to pin immigration reform on reaching a threshold of border security, the measure most often cited would call on the Department of Homeland Security to stop 90 percent of illegal border crossings…That, in turn, hinges on solid answers to such questions as: How many people actually get through? Where do they get across? When they’re caught, do they give up or keep trying until they make it?

Homeland Security officials don’t fully know the answers to those questions. And the reason, say leading migration researchers, is that DHS officials don’t want to know, and don’t want the public to know, either.

There is zero interest in that kind of analysis among DHS’ leadership,” said economist Bryan Roberts, who served as the agency’s assistant director of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation until 2010. “There was no interest when I was there, and there still isn’t any.”

Thus DHS has never released a major 2007 report on border crossing recidivism:

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Ruger 10 / 22 Suppressed Woods Walk

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3 Hunter “Prep” Videos From Ruger

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Border Patrol Officers Demand House GOP Leaders ‘Abandon Their Dreams of Amnesty’

BREITBART | The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) issued a press release Monday calling on Republican leaders from the House of Representatives to abandon any efforts to provide amnesty to America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants and focus instead of enforcing the nation’s laws.

“The first priority of Congress must be to protect the American people and to resist falling prey to the present lavish pressures of the influence peddlers,” NAFBPO wrote in its release.

To this end, the NAFBPO urges the American public to directly request Congressmen John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan to abandon their dreams of amnesty, by whatever name, and get on a realistic track to ensure national security and public safety. That track leads to effective interior enforcement in every jurisdiction in all fifty states. Only then can actual border security and control become possible.

The group said in its release that it wants the American people to realize that many illegal immigrants are criminals with nefarious intentions, despite the conventional wisdom in the mainstream media and in Congress.

“[The NAFBPO] wishes to draw America’s attention to the fact that the massive alien population illegally present in the United States, often typified as benign huddled masses yearning to breathe free, is simply not as so often characterized,” the group wrote.

Based on past arrest figures, there is a significant percentage living among us with criminal records, many violent, Moreover, organized illegal drug and human trafficking over our porous borders has established transnational criminal operations in over 2,000 American cities. It is certainly reasonable to presume that potential terrorists are also part of this shadow population. Presently, there is no way to know. They live among us.

The group points to a recent report out of Austin, Texas, on more than a dozen illegal immigrants raping a 13-year-old girl. “As an example of the product of our lack of border security, as well as the tolerance of sanctuary cities, is the recent gang rape of a 13-year-old girl by illegal aliens in Austin, Texas,” NAFBPO wrote. “This is not an isolated incident, just one of the more recent ones.”


• Immigration detainers placed on two Mexican men accused of raping Texas runaway teen – Fox News

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Obama-Backed Study Confirms Firearms Are a Crime Deterrent

UNITED LIBERTY | Back in January, President Barack Obama signed a number of executive orders into law, including one that ordered the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to study ways to reduce the threat of gun violence. That study has finally been released and it likely doesn’t produce the narrative that the White House wanted.

While it offers insight into gun violence and how to identify and prevent it from occuring, CNS News dug into the study and notes that it points to firearms as an important deterrent to crime and that instances of gun violence have fallen over the last five years:

Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent,” says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The $10 million study was commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January.

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study, entitled “Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,” states.

The report, which notes that “ violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past five years,” also pointed out that “some firearm violence results in death, but most does not.” In fact, the CDC report said, most incidents involving the discharge of firearms do not result in a fatality.

The report expresses uncertainty about gun control measures, stating that “whether gun restrictions reduce firearm-related violence is an unresolved issue,” and that there is no evidence “that passage of right-to-carry laws decrease or increase violence crime.” It also stated that proposed “gun turn-in programs are ineffective.”

The Cato Institute put out a study early last year — Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens — that documented many different uses of firearms for defensive purposes over an eight year period. The authors, Clayton Cramer and David Burnett, note that “tens of thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns,” including guns in the home.

Other private studies have found that there are as many as 2.5 million instances each year where guns are used for self-defense and, in the vast majority of cases, there are no shots fired. While there are certainly examples of tragedy, such as the shooting at Sandy Hook, firearms also save lives, which is an inconvenient truth for the gun control crowd.

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