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    Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Readiness on the House Armed Services Committee, spoke with DailyMail.com by on Friday Nearly a year after the last US soldier left Afghanistan, a House Republican who served on the ground in the war-torn country is calling for a Congressional committee to get to the bottom of the Biden administration’s withdrawal. Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, the first Green Beret to serve in Congress, told DailyMail.com during an exclusive interview that he believes the White House and its Democrat allies have swept the controversial operation and its ensuing fallout ‘under the rug.’ ‘I want a committee dedicated to it. Exactly where that committee will be housed is still under discussion. But it needs to have oversight - this is the part that I think is critical - it must have oversight of the Defense Department, the intelligence community and the State Department,’ Waltz said. He said it was clear to him, as a member of the Armed Services Committee, that the Biden administration wants to move on 12 months...
    Veterans and their relatives were on Tuesday increasingly angry at Republican politicians over a stalled bill to help those exposed to toxic smoke from U.S. military burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq. DailyMail.com spoke to former service members and their families. They urged senators to speedily pass the burn pit bill, some calling for even tougher action to stop military personnel from having to inhale burned toxic fumes in the future. The draft initially passed the 100-member Senate with broad, bipartisan backing, but 25 Republicans pulled their support at a procedural vote on Wednesday, ostensibly over funding, leaving it five votes short of the 60 needed for passage. Senators were on Tuesday discussing an amendment and moving towards a vote. John Stewart, a celebrity comedian, has rallied with veterans at the Capitol and urged Republicans to hurry up and 'do the right thing'.  June Heston, whose husband Brig Gen Mike Heston died in 2018 after a nearly two-year battle with a rare pancreatic cancer, called the U-turn ‘infuriating’ and slammed Republicans for ‘delaying health care and benefits for veterans and their...
    (CNN)A new bipartisan investigation by a Senate panel alleges one of the nation's largest military housing companies put the health and safety of military families at risk even after the housing company, Balfour Beatty Communities, pleaded guilty in December 2021 to committing fraud against the United States from 2013 to 2019.The new report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations under the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee alleges "ongoing mistreatment" of US service members and their families and mismanagement by Balfour. The report, supported by thousands of documents and nearly two dozen interviews, uncovered what the subcommittee officials describe as systemic issues and patterns across the country at military housing units operated by Balfour.Balfour currently serves approximately 150,000 residents across 43,000 on-base homes at dozens of Army, Navy and Air Force bases in 26 states, according to the report. The inquiry focused on two bases, Fort Gordon in Georgia and Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, where officials say they found very similar situations.Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Georgia Democrat, chairs the subcommittee, which authored the report, and Sen....
    (CNN)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are heading to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday afternoon to hold a "Friendsgiving" celebration with military service members and their families. Speaking during Friday's turkey pardoning at the White House, Biden thanked first responders and essential personnel, adding that "on Monday, my wife Jill and I will be traveling to Fort Bragg in North Carolina for an early Thanksgiving with the troops and their military families. We'll be able to show the nation's gratitude for their service and sacrifice and welcome those coming home after 20 years in Afghanistan."The first couple's visit is part of the Joining Forces initiative -- a White House initiative to support military personnel, their families and veterans.Earlier this month, Jill Biden joined former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough for a Joining Forces event at the White House highlighting military caregiving families ahead of Veterans Day. The initiative was started in 2011 by Jill Biden and then-first lady Michelle Obama. Read MoreThe President has often recalled his late son...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As Southern California honored those who served in the U.S. military, the Dodgers on Thursday hosted a group of active service members and veterans at Dodger Stadium. Over 200 veterans and their families got to go on the iconic field at Chavez Ravine and take a swing with some batting practice.The group, all from different branches of the military, bonded over shared experiences and the rare chance to get to step on the field. "To just see people from different walks of life, all coming together, smiling... having a good time. It's a good pick-me-up," said Khari al-Mateen, who served in the Navy.Watch the video in the media player above for more.
    "Active duty members of the U.S. military, including U.S. Navy Airman Shyeed Crooks (R), take the oath of citizenship during a ceremony at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on November 09, 2021 in Camp Springs, Maryland." Nearly 4,500 current and former U.S. military service members, as well as family members, will be sworn in as U.S. citizens as part of Veterans Day 2021. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement that it’s holding more than 90 ceremonies this week, including a Maryland ceremony presided over by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “They're all veterans or active-duty members of the military representing all services,” WMAR Baltimore reported. “They come from Cameroon, China, El Salvador, Germany, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal. and South Korea.” “The willingness to serve in our armed forces before you become U.S. citizens is truly a remarkable example of devotion to country and our highest ideals,” Mayorkas wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. “On the eve of #VeteransDay, we congratulate you for everything that you have done and continue to do for all of us.” Among the...
    Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, will recognize active and former military members with a 15% discount in stores nationwide in honor of Veterans Day. On Thursday, Nov. 11, all service members, veterans and their dependents with a valid military ID or proof of service are eligible for the promotion. The discount is one of several ways Tractor Supply strives to thank and support the nation’s military members for their service. “Active and former military members are an important part of the Tractor Supply family, as we are fortunate to count 2,500 veterans among our team and even more among our customers,” said Colin Yankee, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Tractor Supply and former U.S. Army Captain. “With our close military ties, Tractor Supply is committed to expressing our appreciation for these brave men and women through initiatives like the Veterans Day discount and providing support as they transition back to civilian life.” In addition to the military discount,...
    FORMER President Donald Trump has been placing calls to grieving relatives of the 13 US soldiers who were killed when ISIS-K detonated a suicide bomb in Afghanistan and may attend some of their funerals. “It was just very cordial, very understanding. He was awesome,” Gold Star dad Darrin Hoover recalled in his conversation with Trump last week.  5President Donald Trump has been placing calls to grieving relatives of the 13 US soldiers who were killed when ISIS-K detonated a suicide bomb in AfghanistanCredit: AFP 5Trump has said he may attend some of the soldiers' funerals while Biden is suffering blowback for his handling of the withdrawal from AfghanistanCredit: AP 5Shana Chappell, the mom of Kareem Nikoui, accused Biden of being a "weak human being" and a "traitor"Credit: Facebook TRUMP: 'FINEST OF THE FINEST' “He was just talking about the finest of the finest. "He said he heard and saw everything that we had said, and he offered his condolences several times, and how sorry he was," Hoover continued, according to the Washington Post.  Hoover was reflecting on the loss...
    Melania Trump sent prayers to families and loved ones following the killing of U.S. “marine heroes” after explosions rocked Kabul in Afghanistan. “We are praying for the families and loved ones of the Marine heroes killed in Kabul and for everyone who is suffering during this difficult time,” the former first lady tweeted to her million plus followers on Thursday. (RELATED: ‘Dragged’: Meghan McCain Blasts ‘Every Single Person In Biden Administration’ Over Fall Of Kabul) We are praying for the families and loved ones of the Marine heroes killed in Kabul and for everyone who is suffering during this difficult time. — MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) August 26, 2021 At the time of this publication, there has been no message from current first lady Jill Biden. Earlier in the day, suicide bombers in the city set off explosions at the Hamid Karzai International Airport and at a nearby hotel, Pentagon official Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters. (RELATED: Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul After Afghan President Flees) “Two suicide bombers assessed to have been ISIS fighters detonated in the vicinity of the...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — At the Illinois State Fair on Sunday, there was a salute to veterans, and to Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in military service. “We are here today to remember those we’ve lost, and to honor the families who carry a hole in their hearts that can never be filled,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “We may never know what it’s like to stand in your shoes, but I want you to know that the good people of Illinois will always be grateful to you.” READ MORE: Nonprofit Who Is Hussain Chicago Fills Backpacks With School Supplies For CPS Students With those words, Gov. Pritzker, his wife MK, and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton presented yellow roses to members of Gold Star families. The governor said some service members lost their lives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and some died helping others in the face of life-threatening storms – among other challenges. Gov. Pritzker also signed seven bills to help Illinois service members address challenges they face during and after their service. Those bills were: • HB...
    Jill Biden thanked military spouses for their service and outlined her priorities for her Joining Forces initiative during a visit to Fort Carson on Thursday.  The first lady made her remarks ahead of Military Spouse Appreciation Day on Friday at the base near Colorado Springs as she wraps up a two-day West Coast tour that included stops at schools and a vaccination clinic.  'There's a saying, if you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it. But after getting to know so many of you during the last, I don't know if so many, many years, I think we should change that saying to if you want to get something done, ask a military spouse,' said Biden, who is the daughter of a serviceman and whose son served in uniform.  The first lady, dressed purple skirt and blazer with a white blouse, addressed spouses at a USO event at the army post and stayed to speak with them after her remarks.  She praised them for the variety of tasks they handle so their spouse can serve in the...
    President  Biden said at his first news conference that it will be "hard to meet the May 1 deadline" for a withdrawal from Afghanistan but troops should be gone within a year. He made a similar claim as vice president, when he said, "We are leaving in 2014. Period."   Once again it is U.S. troops who will carry the burden of the inability of U.S. leaders to end our nation’s longest war.   Veterans and military families are extraordinarily resilient. In fact, their unique ability to adapt to changing circumstances has served as a role model throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But their willingness to serve no matter the costs has been shamefully abused.  GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON: AMERICA'S PARTNER IN THE ISIS FIGHT, NOW DESPERATELY SEEKING CLARITY If the United States wants to truly honor the sacrifices of this community, then elected officials must consider when, where and for how long to expose them to the perils of war. They can start by bringing home our troops from Afghanistan.  When asked one year ago about America’s duty to Afghanistan, candidate Joe Biden replied, "The responsibility I have is to...
    Washington (CNN)Before my husband deploys, he has a ritual that is familiar to many service members. He sits down with a generously poured bourbon, and he writes letters. One for his adult daughter, Rosalind. One for each of our little boys, Teddy and Antonio. One for his grandma, who raised him, and his family in Texas. One for me.His process is solitary​, but the last time he wrote these letters at our dining table, I walked by him on my way to the kitchen. He was crying as his pen moved across the paper.He returned home safely. The letters went unread. I found them in the bottom of a desk drawer last week while I was packing up our house to move, still sealed, "Do not open unless I'm gone" written on them.They were on my mind a couple days later, when Jeffrey Goldberg's article in The Atlantic came out, detailing how President Donald Trump had called American Marines killed in World War I "losers" and "suckers."It also describes how on Memorial Day in 2017, Trump had visited Arlington National...
    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden responded on Thursday night to troubling allegations from The Atlantic, which reported that President Donald Trump had made several shockingly disrespectful comments about American veterans, including dismissing those killed in action in World War I as “losers” and “suckers,” and slamming Sen. John McCain, who was brutally tortured as a POW in Vietnam as “a f*cking loser.” In a press release, Biden stated that “[i]f the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States.” Biden continued, saying that America has “one truly sacred obligation — to prepare and equip those we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families, both while they are deployed and after they return home.” Biden’s statement spoke of volunteer work helping military members, veterans, and their families that he has done as vice president with his wife, formed Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, as well as their pride in their deceased son Beau...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — On the fourth and final night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would stand up for military families because he knows the danger and sacrifice involved in serving the country. She also called President Donald Trump a “coward in chief.” Duckworth lost both legs in 2004 while serving as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot during the Iraq War. Her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. She said after she was injured, her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, rushed to Walter Reed Army Medical Center – and served as her “rock” as she was in “unspeakable pain and unending surgeries” and as she relearned to walk. Duckworth said Biden understands military sacrifices because he has made them himself. “When his son, Beau, was deployed to Iraq, his burden was also shouldered by his family,” Duckworth said. She said Biden had to “muster the same strength every hour of every day.” “That is the kind of leader our service members deserve – one who understands the...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A network of military and veteran organizations is offering free wellness checks for veterans, service members and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. Illinois Joining Forces is a partnership between state and private groups, including the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, that helps service members and veterans navigate service providers through its Care Coordination Center. The center typically responds to requests for assistance on issues such as housing, employment or health care. Now people may request the center conduct wellness checks, either on an ongoing basis or a single check-in, for veterans, members of the military or their families. TOP STORIES Up next: The Jefferson Memorial must go D.C. mayor sued over Black Lives Matter on street to White House Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Brigadier General Ret. Stephen Curda, executive director of Illinois Joining Forces, said the pandemic has forced hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois to search for the help they need and navigate overwhelming options. “It is imperative that we meet them...
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