Entries for July, 2015

Acing Basic Training: Military Connection

By Debbie Gregory. Basic Training – often called boot camp – prepares recruits for all elements of service: physical, mental and emotional. It gives service members the basic tools necessary to perform the roles that will be asked of them for the duration of their tour. Each of the Services has its own training program, […]

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Amid Pressure, VA Inspector General Retires: Military Connection

By Debbie Gregory. The acting director of the Veterans Affairs Department’s investigative arm said that he will step down after facing criticism from both whistleblowers and members of Congress that he has interfered in the agency’s investigations to protect VA leadership. Richard Griffin, appointed deputy inspector general in 2008, has served as the office’s acting […]

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The “Use it or Lose it” Mentality: Military Connection

By Debbie Gregory. If you had millions of dollars in an account, would you need an auditor to remind you that you had it? It seems that the Veterans Health Administration “parked,” (and then seemed to forget about) more than $43 million at the Government Printing Office over three years ago. “Parking” refers to the transfer […]

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Bonuses for AF Reservists: Military Connection

By Debbie Gregory. Ever since 2013’s sequestration threat, many Air Force airmen questioned whether they wanted to commit to long-term careers in active duty. Still desiring to serve in uniform and have the benefits of a military service, the Air Force Reserve offered the best of both worlds. And now, the Air Force Reserve is […]

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Flowers, Funerals, and Flowing Tears: Military Connection

By Debbie Gregory. An anonymous donor from New York gave 3,000 flowers to the city of Chattanooga to be used for memorial and funeral services for the five service members slain in the attacks on the Navy/Marine operations center. The flowers, echoing the colors of the American flag, were donated on behalf of the staff […]

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