Watch: Wounded Warriors Compete In The Triumph Games

Triumph Games Warriors Snapshot Credit http://www.2015triumphgames.com/

Triumph Games Warriors
Snapshot Credit http://www.2015triumphgames.com/

September 4, 2015

By Lorra B.

The Triumph Games is a new show being aired in October on the NBC Sports Network and will featuring competitions by wounded warriors. These Triumph games will test these soldiers both mentally and physically.

“Many people would be destroyed by the burdens veterans have to carry, and especially our wounded vets,” reports Rare. “Yet, they’re able to rise above and not only lead fulfilling lives, they’re able to lead extraordinary ones. For the Triumph Games, 12 veterans and athletes were chosen to battle through three rounds of competition: a triathlon, a live-streaming gaming competition, and motorsports. Called the “Terrific 12”, the founders of the Triumph Games believe they are role models who serve as an inspiration. And while all of the competitors are amazing athletes, only one can go “from war to winning”, and become the 2015 Triumph Games Champion.”

The Triumph Games should prove to not only be a great show, it will be a great inspiration to many Americans knowing that if these contestants could find the strength to aspire to greatness then they can too.

Good luck to you all and we will be watching soon!

By Lorra B.


“We Don’t Need A Department Of Veteran Affairs.” That’s What Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson Says

Ben Carson on the Dave Ramsey Show Snapshot Credit, YouTube

Ben Carson on the Dave Ramsey Show
Snapshot Credit, YouTube

September 4, 2015

By Lorra B. 

“We don’t need a department of Veteran Affairs,” according to Presidential hopeful and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

“The size of government has to be reduced significantly,” Carson told the Dave Ramsey Show. “There’s a lot of stuff that we’re doing that doesn’t make sense. We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be in under the Department of Defense, and it should be a smooth transition,” stated Carson.

It is the belief of Mr. Carson that the problems with the VA system are a huge deterrent for attracting new military recruits.

“We need to be looking at the way that we take care of soldiers,” Carson Stated. “You know 14 percent down recruitment for our voluntary Army right now. Why? Because they’re looking at what we’re doing to our veterans.”

What Carson is suggesting is a health savings account instead of the current system. A health savings account would allow veterans to obtain treatment at any medical facility instead of restricting them to government-run hospitals. The VA would then be turned into a specialty hospital to care for traumatic injuries such as loss of limb or severe brain injuries.

Not everyone is happy with Carson’s suggestions.

According to Military Times, it wasn’t long before some veterans were outraged by Carson’s remarks. The Veterans of Foreign War ripped apart Carson’s plans for veteran health care indicating they would be damaging and certainly not helpful.

Veterans of foreign Wars National Commander John Biedrzyck made a statement, “To suggest that disabled veterans could be sent out into the economy with a health savings account card overlooks the fact that civilian health care has waiting lists of their own…and presupposes that civilian doctors have the same skill sets as VA doctors, who see veterans of every age and malady every day. It provides an irreplaceable service to the nations wounded, ill and injured veterans and my organization will not let any candidate for any office suggest anything otherwise.”

Even Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland threw his displeasure with Carson’s proposal into the ring and tweeted “Apparently @RealBenCarson didn’t talk to vets for his vets plan. We should fight for vets, not cut care.”

O’Malley further tweeted, “Unlike @RealBenCarson, I am working with vets across the country on a plan that is worthy of their service and sacrifice.” Now, to be fair to Carson, not all vets are in agreement that we need the VA system either and I have added a couple of those comments as well.

After the Twitter War, O’Malley publicized his plan to bring veterans to full employment. In his ‘National Service’ plan, he will also help find work for anyone who, for medical reasons, is unable to join the military.

Also not happy with Carson’s VA plan is retired Army major general Paul D. Eaton. “Rather than think of ways to nickel and dime our veterans, Dr. Carson should be thinking of other areas of fat in government — particularly in defense contracts — that can be cut, so we can hire more doctors and caregivers, to provide returning veterans with the kind of care they earned.”

There are problems in the VA system, there can be no doubt. The country has been distressed by the waiting lists and horrified by the number of veterans who have died waiting for their health needs to be met.

Yes, the VA is a mess and in need of serious repair. No matter which side of the fence you are on, wanting a ‘do-over’ for the VA or dismantling the VA, one thing is certain…Perhaps Ben Carson is doing the VA a good service by bringing it further into the light.

By Lorra B.


Watch Paralyzed Veterans Left Unattended For Hours! Will Veteran’s Affairs EVER get it right?

Memphis VA Hospital (Snapshot Credit, YouTube)

Memphis VA Hospital
(Snapshot Credit, YouTube)

August 28, 2015

By Lorra B.

According to recently released footage from a former VA employee, veterans were left in a Memphis VA hospital unattended for hours.

The footage shows that hospital staff attended meetings and left patients alone in the spinal injury ward which is against hospital policy. Hospital policy is clear and states that in case of an emergency a nurse should always be present at the nurse’s station.

That, however, did not happen at this Memphis VA hospital. Shot by an unidentified patient, the video shows empty halls. The patient videographer is heard stating, “If there is an emergency, we’re screwed.”

What would have happened in an emergency can only be speculated but to leave patients unattended is not only careless, it’s criminal.

This VA hospital is known for having not only some of the poorest care among the VA hospitals but also the longest wait times, according to CDN.

There is a second video that shows a patient in the isolation ward and being fed without the employee wearing suitable attire or gloves. If that isn’t bad enough, and with great disgust, she eats a helping of his food and then continues to feed him as if nothing was out of the ordinary.

This video shows veterans left for hours and staff helping themselves to patients food:

According to Rare, it was Sean Higgins that brought this issue to the medias attention and indicated that he is a repeat whistleblower, “including reporting to the Joint Commission that dialysis machines were not being cleaned properly, and believes that he was fired in retaliation.”

Memphis VA has awarded well over a million dollars in bonuses even though they had been cited for long wait times and closed needed equipment down because they claimed they did not have the funds to fix them. Does this seem right?

Unbelievably, instead of getting right on the problems of the VA hospital itself, and according to Higgins, when this issue came to light a VA hospital official reprimanded him at his bedside for filming the incident, which is against hospital policy.

Higgins said, “She was more concerned that the guy violated hospital policy, than what he was filming.”

Veteran Affairs gave a statement on the issue:

Caring for our Veterans is our highest priority. Often times when staff are working at the bedside with patients, it might appear that no one is at the nurses’ station.  We have technology in all patient wards in the spinal cord injury unit, which includes the assistive call button at the bedside for patient use to alert staff if the need for assistance arises. Activating the call button triggers a sound alert throughout the spinal cord unit and a light over the patient’s doorway. Nursing staff in rooms caring for patients are nearby and are able to respond to calls for assistance.  At no time should our Veterans be left unattended or without access to trained medical staff.

The VA knows the scrutiny they are under yet somehow still seems to find ways to miss the mark of excellence. My questions remains, when will the VA get it right? No, caring for the ill is no cake walk but making sure that the staff has the true interest of the patient at heart should be of the utmost of importance. Not wearing appropriate gear, eating the patients food and leaving them unattended is clearly not a mark of excellence.

By Lorra B.


Watch As Hillary Clinton Unbelievably Compare Republican Americans To “Terrorist Groups”

imageedit_2_4679910797August 27, 2015

By Lorra B.

At a campaign event on Thursday Hillary Clinton took the opportunity to bash Republicans by comparing them to “some terrorist groups” with “extreme views about women.” Her strong words were in response to the Republican Party searching for different avenues to discontinue federal funding of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics.

Clinton Stated, “I would like these Republican candidates to look the mom in the eye who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to get a screening for cancer, or the teenager who didn’t get pregnant because she had access to contraception, or anyone who’s ever been protected by an HIV test. Now, extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States, yet they espouse out-of-date and out-of-touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st-century America. We’re going forward. We’re not going back.”

As of yet, I have found no evidence to support her absurd accusation. I have not heard or read about any Republican using terrorism in the pursuit of political aims. Not once have I heard or read that any candidate has used violence or threats to intimidate or coerce women nor selling women as sex slaves or asking them to be accompanied by a male chaperon at all times. These, of course, are just a couple examples of a terrorist.

But Hillary, if I do hear one of your opponents using terrorist methods against women I’ll be the first to apologize to you for doubting your judgment.

By Lorra B.


Four Fort Hood Army Soldiers Convicted For Illegal Immigrant Smuggling

Border Patrol Checkpoint

Border Patrol Checkpoint

August 27, 2015

By Lorra B.

In Brownsville, Texas a fourth Fort Hood Army soldier has plead guilty to helping smuggle illegal aliens into the United States. She is one of four to be convicted for smuggling undocumented aliens north of the Texas Boarder checkpoints.

Going before U.S. district Judge Andrew Hanen on Wednesday, 25-year-old Yashira Marie Perez-Morales admitted to the human smuggling charge. Perez-Morales, according to prosecutors, drove through Sarita’s Boarder Patrol Checkpoint with immigrants hidden in her vehicle.

Three other soldiers, 20-year-old Brandon Troy Robbins, 21-year-old Christopher David Wix, and 20-year-old Eric Alexander Rodriguez were also convicted for their roles in the human smuggling scheme which began in the Spring of 2014. These three soldiers, convicted in the city of Harlingen, on several occasions hid the illegals under their military gear.

“On three separate occasions,” according to RGVproud, “occurring on April 13, June 21 and Sept 11, 2014, authorities discovered the aliens with Robbins, Wix, and Rodriguez, respectively. That prompted Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) to further the overall investigation which led to the identification of Gracia and Perez-Morales.”

While Rodriguez and Robbins await sentencing, last month Wix was sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison.

Another civilian man, Arnoldo Gracia, was charged with provided immigrants to the four soldiers and has pleaded guilty. Gracia is awaiting sentencing on smuggling-related count.

By Lorra B


War Journalists Labeled Spies, Unprivileged Belligerents. That’s What A New Pentagon Manual Calls Some War Reporters

imageedit_3_4673052415August 26, 2015

By Lorra B. 

US defense Secretary, Ash Carter, is being asked by Reporters Without Borders (RWB) to amend a new Pentagon manual that is labeling war journalists as spies, unprivileged belligerents and saboteurs.

Is this new manual an indication the U.S. government is openly marking journalists who challenge Washington’s objectives?

An open letter was published by RWB to Carter about the Law of War Manual. The manual has infuriated reporters “for saying war reporters may be held liable for ‘engaging in hostilities’ or spying, sabotage and similar acts behind enemy lines’,” according to The Guardian.

The War Manual, was published on June 24 and is 1,176 pages of revisions, the first revisions since 1956.

The revisions include terminology marking journalists stating “in general, journalists are civilians,” and that in some instances these reporters may be viewed as “unprivileged belligerents.”

But what does unprivileged belligerents really mean? Well, ‘unprivileged belligerents,’ according to veteran war corresponded Don North, simply replaces the term ‘unlawful combatants’ and that journalists, therefore are looked upon as nothing more than those in the ranks of Al Qaeda.

Based on this assessment, broad interpretation and hazy wording, journalists could not only be asked to leave military bases but they could also be detained for perceived wrongdoings.

Secretary General Christophe Deloire of Reporters Without Borders stated, “This terminology leaves too much room for interpretation, putting journalists in a dangerous position.”

“Liking journalistic activity to spying is just the kind of ammunition certain repressive countries like Iran, Syria and China would seek out to support their practices of censorship and criminalization of journalists.”

Columbia Journalism Review’s managing editor, Vanessa Gezari, stated, “It’s very threatening. I believe it contradicts at least the spirit of customary battlefield relationships, if not the letter. The relationship between journalists and combatants has always been complicated. The way the language about spying is placed in there is alarming to me in that is says, ‘journalism is a lot like spying’ and then it leaves that to people to make up their own mind. It gets at the commonalities but not the differences.”

The craftily worded manual sets journalist in a whole new category. Journalists will not be classified as either civilian or soldier and therefore have no protections. The manual states that ‘like other civilians, civilian journalists who engage in hostilities against a State, may be punished by that State after a fair trial.”

The “relaying of information,” according to the new manual, may be construed as such an act.

Governments, according to the manual, “may need to censor journalists’ work or take other security measures so that journalists do not reveal sensitive information to the enemy.”

Censor journalists’ work? Really? This does not sound like the ‘America The Free’ I remember. Press freedoms are vitally important to America remaining free. Without them we will become no better than a dictator state.

When the Pentagon begins to crack down and round up all journalistic work to be reviewed and possibly censored then we will be playing in a whole new ball game and not one for the betterment of American citizens.

Will we become nothing more than the New China or New Russia? When we begin to censor and impede on journalistic freedoms then we start chipping away at the very fabric this great nation was built on. Just where that chipping will lead is a road I, for one, don’t wish to travel.

By Lorra B.