Entries for January, 2016

Price Tag for Airstrikes Against Islamic State Hits $5.5B

By Debbie Gregory. The U.S. has won battles, destroyed targets, and saved towns from ISIS, but we might not be winning a war that carries with it a massive price tag. The air war against the Islamic State group has cost the American taxpayer $5.5 billion, roughly $11.2 million per day. This is a $2 […]

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Senate Panel Backs Atty. Michael Missal for VA Inspector General

By Debbie Gregory. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has approved the nomination of Washington lawyer Michael Missal to be the new chief watchdog at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. The Washington, D.C. attorney, who specializes in government enforcement and internal investigations, was nominated by President in October. Missal would fill a key position at […]

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First Vessels in Navy’s Great Green Fleet Launch

By Debbie Gregory. The Great Green Fleet (GGF) is a Department of the Navy initiative that demonstrates the sea service’s efforts to transform its energy use. Carrier Strike Group 3 and its flagship, the nuclear-powered supercarrier USS John C. Stennis, are the first vessels to deploy using alternative fuels. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great […]

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U.S. Veterans Who Lack Citizenship Can Be Deported

By Debbie Gregory. A baby born on U.S. soil is automatically granted U.S. citizenship, guaranteed by the Constitution, even if the sole purpose of the parent being in the U.S. is to achieve that goal. So you would think that anyone who enlists in the U.S. military and serves this country would have earned the […]

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Transcendental Meditation as Treatment Option for PTSD and TBI

By Debbie Gregory. Practicing transcendental meditation may help active-duty soldiers significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study funded by the David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness suggests. By reducing the symptoms, soldiers also can reduce their need for medications, the researchers say. The study looked at 74 active-duty service members with PTSD […]

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