By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The American Legion is a congressionally chartered mutual-aid veterans organization of the United States armed forces founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by the United States Congress. The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I, and was later chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and also has offices in Washington D.C. The group has nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts worldwide. - Source: Wikipedia
Dear Sgt. Shaft: I have a veteran that has severe hearing loss that made two tours on the flight deck of the USS Bennington in the early 1960s. The VA says he has hearing loss but has no proven nexus to his military service. Are these guys nuts?
Dear Sgt. Shaft: I will be converting to Medicare/TRICARE For Life next year at age 65. (TRICARE is the health care program serving uniformed service members, retirees and their families worldwide.) My wife is 10 years younger. Will she be able to remain on TRICARE Prime until she also reaches age 65?
The Montana State Society's annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, better known as the Testicle Festival, is classing it up this year with a new moniker: "A Royal Ball."
Dear Sgt. Shaft: My VA claim has been pending in some form or another since November of 1977. It has been remanded back to Detroit from the VBA (Veterans Benefits Administration) in D.C. This remand was sent back in August of 2012. Is there any way to find out if it is in the expedited status as per U.S. Code, Title 38, and Section 5109B?
Dear Sgt. Shaft: I'm trying to get the straight scoop on military Reserve time and whether or not it can be applied toward federal civil service retirement — (CSRS or FERS) Civil Service Retirement Service or Federal Employees Retirement System.
The 2.4 million-member American Legion is mighty vexed with "The Amazing Race" after the CBS reality show featured the wreckage of a B-52 bomber shot down during the Vietnam War. The plane is now the centerpiece of a monument celebrating "defeat of U.S. imperialists."
Dear Sgt. Shaft: My father has applied for VA benefits and is currently waiting for a response. It's been a few months now, and he's starting to worry. If there's any way you could check on the status of the application or find out if there's a processing problem of any kind, we would both be most grateful.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: My husband received DD256 when he was discharged from active duty in 1954. It is our understanding that the DD256 form is only for discharge from inactive reserves. He should have a DD214 from active duty according to our information. Could you please clarify? If he sends a copy his DD256 to the proper place, can he obtain the correct DD214?
As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm.
En Route to Afghanistan
Busy, tech-savvy and often miles from their peers, thousands of new veterans are going online to find camaraderie or get their questions answered _ forcing big changes in long-established veterans groups and inspiring entrepreneurs to launch new ones.
Mitt Romney, speaking at the American Legion's nation convention, vowed to get veterans out of the unemployment lines and to reverse the defense cuts triggered by the ongoing spending standoff on Capitol Hill.
The question with Bryce Harper keeps changing. When will the Washington Nationals call him up? Can he play well enough to stay? And now, incredibly, just 32 games into his major league career, the thought has become: How long before Davey Johnson moves him to the middle of the order?
Joyce Connolly and her daughters left their home in Hurricane, W.Va., to head south for a Memorial Day beach vacation - and ended up in the center of Tropical Storm Beryl.
Dear Sgt. Shaft: Is there any way you can direct me in obtaining three root canals? Will be 70 in July. No pension ... no kidding.