Ex-Army Ranger making sure other veterans can go fishing
ARLINGTON, Minn. — The most eye-popping fireworks show nearest to this southern Minnesota town on July 4th occurred in nearby New Auburn, where a company called Hollywood Pyrotechnics obliged thrill-seekers with kaleidoscopic spectacles of spinners, comets, crossettes and brocades.Yet whatever patriotism New Auburn showcased with its aerial explosions on Independence Day, Steve Gillaspie arguably exceeds here in Arlington, every day of the year.“I bleed red, white and blue,” he said.Gillaspie, 71, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star among other comme...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Group of veteran California Republicans will campaign against Trump and senators who back him
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Now that the Lincoln Project has the nation’s attention with its ads baiting and attacking President Donald Trump, the political action committee is going grassroots.To start, the Lincoln Project, founded by well-known conservatives late last year, is tapping veteran California Republicans to fundraise and volunteer for campaigns in a handful of states against GOP incumbents who the committee considers Trump sympathizers.Among the 12 Californians joining the cause to make phone calls, build the network and raise some cash are Rosario Marin, treasurer under President George...
The Sacramento Bee
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In prisoner swap, Iran releases US veteran in exchange for scientistWASHINGTON — A U.S. military veteran, Michael White, who had been held by Iran for two years, has been released and is on his way home, his family and President Donald Trump said on Thursday.He was set free after US-Iranian scientist Majid Taheri was released by U.S. authorities, officials in Tehran said.“I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely on his way home,” Joanne White, Michael’s mother, said in a statement released by the family’s lawyers.Trump tweeted to confirm the release: “I am to h...
Tribune News Service
Ex-firefighter being treated for PTSD completes 80-mile fundraising run to help other first responders facing same struggle
A day after he ran 80 miles to raise money for colleagues struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, former firefighter and paramedic Ryan Mains was sore, tired and thankful.“I don’t know how I can express my gratitude,” he said from his home in Huntley. “The support we got in the months leading up to it and yesterday was so incredible.”Mains’ 21 1/2-hour odyssey Saturday was meant as a tribute to the 130 firefighters and EMS personnel who took their own lives in 2019 — he ran 1 km for each of them — and as a way to bring visibility and funds to a cause with which he has painful personal ...
Sources: Two top officials at Pa. veterans nursing home hit by 37 coronavirus deaths are suspended
PHILADELPHIA — The head of the Pennsylvania-run Southeastern Veterans’ Center and a senior staffer there were placed on indefinite suspension Tuesday amid an investigation into operations at the nursing home where dozens have died from the coronavirus, according to a state senator and sources at the facility.Rohan Blackwood, the center’s commandant, and Deborah Mullane, the director of nursing, were asked to turn in their badges and escorted from the Chester County center Tuesday, the sources said.Blackwood, 47, took over as commandant of the home for veterans and their spouses five years ago ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Congressional leaders push to remove gravestones with swastikas, praise for Hitler from veterans' cemeteries
Congressional leaders who oversee the budget for the Veterans Administration are making a Memorial Day push for the removal of gravestones containing swastikas and praise for Adolf Hitler from veterans’ cemeteries.Outrage over the symbols representing Nazism is bipartisan. The push for action comes from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Texas).“Allowing these gravestones with symbols and messages of hatred, racism, intolerance, and genocide is especially offensive to all the veterans who risked, and often lost, their lives defending this country and our w...
Sen. Cory Booker renews effort on Memorial Day to get names of 74 sailors added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial
After an effort to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial hit a roadblock in the Senate, supporters of inscribing the names of the men who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans are continuing to press for their inclusion.In a letter dated Monday, Memorial Day, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), called on Senate leaders to pass a bill that would add the to the war memorial in Washington despite opposition from the Department of Defense and others. Their objection, in part, is because the deaths of the men on the Navy destroyer in June 1969 occurred outside an official combat zon...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Insurgent group sought to capture Venezuela's Maduro and put him on a plane to the US
One of the two Americans captured by the Venezuelan military as part of a failed plot to capture leaders of the country’s socialist regime said in an interrogation that the aim was to take control of an airport near Caracas, apprehend Nicolas Maduro and put him on a plane bound to United States.Shown in a 10-minute edited video, Luke Denman, a 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran, also said that he had expected to receive between $50,000 and $100,000 for a job that was part of a contract between private security firm Silvercorp USA with Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaido.In the video, in which...