‘Vet Hiring Preference Hinders Police Diversity’
Yes, that’s the complaint in this USA Today article: There are too many white males applying to work for the Boston Police Department who get a hiring preference because of the fact that they served in the military. This is …
Thousands of California National Guardsmen Forced to Repay Reenlistment Bonuses
Thousands of California National Guard veterans are being forced to repay decade-old reenlistment bonuses — to the tune of, in many cases, tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a story that reeks of governmental incompetence, short-sightedness, and the inability …
Beyond McDonald’s Idiotic Comment, the VA System Is Still Failing
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Beyond McDonald’s Idiotic Comment, Our System Is Still Failing Our Veterans
Quite a few people are calling for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald over this remark:
New York Times: Wounded Warrior Project Spending Big — on Itself
The New York Times, in a front-page story, is reporting that the Wounded Warrior Project — “the nation’s largest and fastest-growing veterans charity” — has been spending lavishly and wastefully on itself while failing to provide some of the …
So Now the POW/MIA Flag Is Under Fire — as a Symbol of ‘Racist Hate’
Another day, another argument that a flag must come down. Today’s target is a bit surprising — the POW/MIA flag that flies from government buildings, honoring the hundreds of Americans still missing and unaccounted for in Vietnam. Writing in …
Why Are Graveyards of American Soldiers Filling up with Suicides?
Clint Eastwood’s hit movie American Sniper has brought home to Americans the trauma that many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars bring back with them. An astonishing 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to the Department of Veterans …
VA Reform: Another Obama ‘Success Story’
Eight months ago, President Obama put on a grand show for the troops. Surrounded by new secretary of veterans affairs Bob McDonald, assorted politicians, military leaders, and a bevy of TV cameras, the commander-in-chief signed the “Veterans Access, Choice and …
Veterans Day Blast From the Past: Intelligence Report On Nazi Slave Labor
My friend Cosmo Wenman posts a really fascinating Veterans Day document on his Facebook page: a report written by his grandfather in November 1944, detailing his debriefings of Russian slave laborers recently liberated from Nazi work camps around western Europe.
White House Wants ‘Transparency’ Credit for Releasing VA Wait Lists Audit
President Obama deserves credit for the fact that his administration is no longer hiding the extent to which the Veterans Affairs Department hid the fact that 57,000 veterans are waiting for health care, according to his spokesman.
“The first thing I …
Recalling Obama’s Dedication to Veterans Back in His Senate Days
President Obama, yesterday:
I served on the Veterans Affairs Committee when I was in the Senate, and it was one of the proudest pieces of business that I did in the legislature.
An inconvenient truth:
Obama skipped 19 of 37 VA committee …
A Marine Company Reunites — a Decade After Going to War
I was overwhelmed by emotion as I entered the hotel ballroom in Oklahoma City. The faces that I vividly remembered from the past were a little older, a little chubbier, but still the same men with whom I had trained, …
If Trump Turns Off Military Voters — He Won’t Have Many Groups Left in His Corner
Does Donald Trump understand how elections work? Traditionally, the candidate that appeals to the widest swath of voters wins. Trump has the good fortunate to be facing the weakest and most unpopular Democratic candidate since Walter Mondale.
His answer to …
The VA Scandal: Two Years On
The Veterans Affairs–scandal headlines speak for themselves. The Daily Beast: “Veteran Burned Himself Alive outside VA Clinic”; azfamily.com: “Dead veterans canceling their own appointments?”; New York Times: “Report Finds Sharp Increase in Veterans Denied V.A. Benefits,” “More …
From Gomer Pyle to Chris Kyle: Our Heroes, Extraordinary and Ordinary, Deserve Praise
To be honest, I was embarrassed. A few weeks ago, Twitter trolls were combing the Web for information about me and discovered a picture from my Facebook page (which I’d stupidly left public) and immediately started mocking me. It …
NR Livestream Event: Sebastian Junger’s The Last Patrol
Tonight, the Heritage Foundation and National Review are co-hosting a special screening of The Last Patrol, an HBO documentary from Oscar-nominated filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger that explores how combat veterans deal with the loss of friends and relearn …
Bush’s Three-Day Bike Ride with Wounded Vets
At the Bush Institute’s fifth annual Warrior 100K Mountain Bike Ride, which honors our men and women wounded in military service, former president George W. Bush characteristically did not talk to me about how he felt riding more than 60 …
An Ironic Ad, Still Running on Cable
The last Morning Jolt of the week notes that this ad, to promote employment of U.S. veterans, is still running on cable. Right in the middle of it, asking “Their job, while in uniform is to get the job …
Who’s Saying Veterans Can’t Trust the Obama Administration?
You almost have to admire the opportunism of Senator Kay Hagan as she suddenly turns into a full-throated critic of the Obama administration, months from Election Day:
Ahead of President Obama’s speech Tuesday before the American Legion, a vulnerable …
Michelle Obama Tries to Tamp Down Anger about Bergdahl and VA Scandal
Obama’s Fake Outrage, Fake Tirelessness, Fake Pay Cut . . .
Tuesday’s ;Morning Jolt:
Obama’s Fake Outrage, Fake Tirelessness, Fake Pay Cut#…#
The Obama administration is dangerously depleting our nation’s reserves of speechwriting clichés.
For example, when some terrible mess blows up on the president’s watch, what …