Entries for August, 2016

Veteran Suicide Tragedy in VA Hospital Parking Lot

By Debbie Gregory. A 76-year-old former Navy gunner killed himself outside a Long Island Veteran Affairs facility after allegedly being denied treatment for mental health issues. The tragedy unfolded at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Peter Kaisen, a retired police officer from Islip, New York, shot himself in the parking lot outside Building 92, […]

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Green Beret Killed in Afghanistan

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Defense has identified Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, a Green Beret from Orange County, CA as the U.S. service member killed last week while advising Afghan forces on patrol in southern Afghanistan. Additionally, six Afghan soldiers and another American were wounded after their vehicle was struck by a roadside […]

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Most Western Anti-ISIS Volunteers Are American

By Debbie Gregory. Although the U.S. State Department has strongly discouraged Americans from traveling to Iraq or Syria, much less taking up arms there, a new report estimates that more than one-third of all anti-ISIS Western volunteer fighters are Americans. Compelled by reports of the Islamic State’s gruesome activities, the first volunteers came in the […]

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Guidelines for Obtaining a Security Clearance

By Debbie Gregory. A security clearance is a status granted to individuals allowing them access to classified information or to restricted areas. A security clearance alone does not grant an individual access to specific classified materials. Rather, a security clearance means that an individual is eligible for access. In order to gain access to specific […]

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Marine General Says Put Down Your Cell Phone

By Debbie Gregory. Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marines Corps, says it’s time that his troops to step away from their cell phones. Neller said today’s Marines have gotten a little too soft with their mod cons, and they need to get back to the more stereotypical Marine, which will serve them better […]

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