Siegfried Meinstein, a 94-year-old World War II vet, just wants to pay his taxes. The IRS won’t let him though. They say he’s dead.
The New York Times profiled Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Gade last week. It was an interesting piece about an interesting man.
Gade, a decorated Army officer and currently a professor at West Point, has been arguing for several years that the current system of payments for disabled veterans does more harm than good. This is, for obvious reasons, a fraught subject. Gade’s consistent point throughout his publications and appearances has been that, while many veterans need disability payments to compensate them for the work they can no longer perform in civilian life due to their injuries, some veterans are harmed by a perverse system of incentives that encourages them to choose, in effect, a sense of victimhood over an attitude of self-help.
Gade has credibility on this issue. He is the recipient of two Purple Hearts, which he earned in Iraq (along with the Bronze Star). The second of his injuries cost him a leg.
Bernard Jordan, a World War II veteran who gained fame by slipping away from his nursing home to honor his fallen friends during the 70th anniversary of D-Day, has passed away at the age of 90. His death was peaceful.
“Remember. Honor. Teach.”
That’s the message Wreaths Across America wanted to impart through this weekend’s wreath laying event at Arlington National Cemetery. If the thousands of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning were any indication, the organization was successful.
Thousand of homeless veterans who tried to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs national call center seeking treatment or shelter were forced to leave messages on answering machines and never received a referral or medical services, a new report by an independent watchdog found.
Chairman of the House Veteran Affairs Committee, Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for “formally removing” the embattled director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, late Monday night, but questions still remain.
Cpl. Ethan Laberge was seriously injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. He’s had 10 surgeries this year. He also loves muscle cars. That’s something he has in common with Jay Leno.