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    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – What do former professional athletes and combat veterans have in common? It turns out, a lot more than you might think. READ MORE: North Texas Shoppers Prepare To Take What They Can Get On Black FridayA nonprofit is bringing them together to help people from both transition to life outside of a uniform. “I think the hardest part is when you take the uniform off,” said Ben Derry, who served in the Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer from 2007 to 2015. “You lose a bit of your identity.” Derry spent a year in Afghanistan, earned a Bronze Star and deployed to West Africa in 2014 to help fight the Ebola outbreak. “I have great civilian friends, but you lose the ability to have conversations with them,” he said. “It took a couple of years of going through that and not really knowing what I needed. Derry found what he needed through a nonprofit called Merging Vets and Players, or MVP. The group, made up of combat veterans and former professional athletes, meets weekly for a...
    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,...
    Max Cleland, who served as the former administrator of the Department of Veterans Affairs and a senator from Georgia, died at the age of 79. Cleland succumbed to congestive heart failure at his home in Atlanta, according to multiple outlets. FRIENDS ACTOR JAMES MICHAEL TYLER DIES FROM CANCER Cleland served as the administrator of the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1977 to 1981 before being elected to the Senate, a position he held from 1997 until an electoral defeat in 2003. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War who lost both of his legs and one of his arms after an accident in which a grenade exploded. The former Veterans Affairs administrator was the last Democrat to serve as a U.S. senator from Georgia for 18 years until the 2021 special elections, which saw Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock assume office. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER News Senate Department of Veterans Affairs Georgia Obituaries Congress
    U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne division off load during a combat mission from a Chinook 47 helicopter March 5, 2002 in Eastern Afghanistan.Keith D. McGrew | U.S. Army | Getty Images News Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that took 2,977 lives and changed the world forever. It permanently altered the security landscape in the United States and elsewhere, forcing governments to completely overhaul their defense strategies, policies and counterterrorism tactics.  Twenty years on, events in the very country that harbored the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks — Afghanistan — have seen the War on Terror come eerily full circle. The collapse of Afghanistan following the U.S. troop withdrawal, and its takeover by the Taliban — the group that hosted al-Qaeda as it plotted its attacks on the West — for many represents a symbolic and devastating failure.   In the last two decades of the war against terrorism, millions of lives have been lost and trillions of dollars spent. CNBC spoke to CIA, military and diplomatic veterans of the ongoing War on Terror,...
    Liz Carmouche teamed up with USAA and ESPN to show off her “home base” in San Diego, CA. Liz Carmouche is one of the most recognizable names in the history of MMA; after bringing women’s MMA to the mainstream after her fight with former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 157. Carmouche continues to be a stable presence in the sport as one of the top flyweight contenders in Bellator, one of the largest promotions in MMA. But, Carmouche attributes a lot of her success in athletics to her time overseas, as a U.S. Marine serving three tours before completing her military service in 2009. After returning to the states, Carmouche began her MMA career fighting in smaller promotions such as Native Fighting Championship and Strikeforce. She went back to school to study kinesiology at San Diego City College and trained MMA during her free time. After undergoing the pressures that come with war and serving in the Marine Corps, Carmouche’s MMA career started off with six straight victories that included a win over the current UFC flyweight champion...
    Two former U.S. Army rangers who served in Afghanistan are blasting President Biden for having "no plan" for withdrawing from the country and then blaming others for the "dumpster fire" that ensued. Dan Blakeley and Tom Amenta, who recently came out with a photo journal dedicated to veterans titled "The Twenty Year War," spoke to Fox News on Wednesday about what went wrong with the exit from Afghanistan. "They should have had a plan, because they clearly didn’t," said Amenta. He went on to cite the administration’s message to Americans in Afghanistan outside Kabul earlier this week that instructed them to get to Kabul but let them know that no one would be coming to help. "This administration did not [have a] plan and does not have one," he said. UK MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: ‘SHAMEFUL’ FOR BIDEN TO CLAIM AFGHAN TROOPS RAN "From a political standpoint," Amenta continued, "the policy that he’s enacting right now in Afghanistan not only makes no sense because the Taliban is the organization that supplied, resourced, and harbored Osama bin-Laden 20 years ago and now...
    Robert Wilkie, former President Donald Trump’s secretary of Veterans Affairs, counts among his achievements cleaning house at the department as he blames controversies under his watch on a Democratic “hit.” The former Trump administration official also described President Joe Biden's team as weak on China during a Monday interview with the Washington Examiner. Wilkie was one of Trump’s longest-serving Cabinet members, in office from March 2018 until January 2021 and implementing widespread organizational changes that lifted the department's approval ratings as the then-secretary excused employees who were performing poorly. Still, Wilkie's tenure was peppered with controversies, including an accusation that he squashed a sexual assault investigation and left female veterans feeling unwelcome at VA hospitals. “We had relieved almost 9,000 people of their duty,” Wilkie said of his success overcoming workers unions to fire underperforming VA employees. “That's unprecedented in the federal government.” He was named this week to be a visiting fellow at the Heritage Center for National Defense. BIDEN URGES COMPETITION, NOT CONFLICT, WITH CHINA IN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS Wilkie argued that the moves revived morale...
    Ormond Beach, Florida (CNN)Active military personnel and veterans are over-represented among the first 150 people to be arrested and have records released for federal offenses in the violence and insurrection at the US Capitol. Analysis by CNN of Pentagon records and court proceedings show 21 of the 150, or 14%, are current or former members of the US military. That is more than double the proportion of servicemen and women and veterans in the adult US population, calculated from Census Bureau and Department of Defense statistics. In 2018, there were 1.3 million active-duty members of the services and 18 million veterans. Together, they comprised just 5.9% of the overall 327 million US population at the end of 2018. Two of those arrested are in the Army, and two are National Guardsmen. Of the 17 veterans, six are former Army, eight are former Marines, two served in the Navy, and one was in the Air Force. Their service records show at least one served in Vietnam; others were deployed in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. At least one earned a...
    More from: Rich Lowry COVID-19 hit the working class hardest — just when it was finally doing better Pro-Trump lawyers are doing Democrats work by declaring war on Georgia GOP Joe Biden looks bent on restoring chaos at the border Thanksgiving is a myth is fat lefty lie Get ready for major backlash to the next wave of lockdowns If there is one thing that the Hunter Biden laptop episode has proved, it is that former directors of the CIA aren’t as adept at evaluating evidence as advertised. Five former directors or acting directors of the CIA signed a letter asserting that the laptop, first reported by this newspaper in the weeks before the election, “has all the hallmarks of Russian information operation.” More than 50 former senior ­intel officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, signed the letter, which was used by the Biden campaign and the media to discredit the damning e-mails about Hunter Biden’s business dealings. The signatories should have thought better of their missive when they felt compelled to ­include the line, “We...
    Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, appears on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C.William B. Plowman | NBCUniversal | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Denis McDonough, the onetime chief of staff to President Barack Obama, to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs, Biden's transition team announced Thursday. McDonough's selection was unveiled amid the latest batch of new additions to key posts in the upcoming Biden administration, which will also include former United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. The announcement also revealed Biden's picks of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack for Agriculture secretary, Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge for secretary of the Department Housing and Urban Development, and trade lawyer Katherine Tai for U.S. trade representative. With less than six weeks to go until Biden officially replaces President Donald Trump in the White House, the incoming administration is sending clear signals that it will prioritize candidates with deep experience in government and politics to lead it.. McDonough, 51, had served as Obama's chief of staff for the...
    Hi there, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceWhy Major Biden becoming the first shelter dog in the White House is a big deal 2020 has seen a ‘massive surge’ in animal fosters and adoptions, and a rescued First Pet could inspire even more.Yankees legend Andy Pettitte is selling his Westchester County home for $3.5 million The legendary New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is ready to toss his home to a new buyer. The Purchase, NY, property is available for $3.5 million. My father wants to deed his kids his home before Prop 19 takes effect. I suggested a life estate instead — he said I’m ungrateful ‘California passed Proposition 19, which will in part require that inherited homes that are not used as principal residences, such as second homes or rentals, be reassessed at market value when transferred.'Alex Trebek died of pancreatic cancer — think twice before saying he ‘lost his battle’ with the disease The ‘Jeopardy’ host was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2019.‘There’s a war on organizing, collective bargaining, unions and workers’: Biden wants...
    As documented by Sportskeeda, former WWE superstar Chris Masters was recently interviewed by Hannibal TV. Masters discussed a variety of topics during the conversation, including his negative experiences with JBL while he was a member of the roster. According to Masters, there was an incident in Afghanistan when WWE was doing a Tribute to the Troops show. During the trip, he was put into a group with Fit Finlay, Mick Foley, Trish Stratus, Carlito and JBL, which led to some alleged harassment from the latter. “JBL just tortured me the whole trip. He really just bullied me and trash-talked me and was really just all up in my head. Yeah, it was difficult. It was difficult because again I’m 20 years old at this point and I’m getting angry with him and I want to do something. But also, when is the right point to do something? You know what I mean? He’s a veteran. He’s been with the company, at that point I think for like a decade.” Masters went on to say that Bob Holly and other veterans...
    Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump Tuesday in a fiery appearance on 'The View' where she spoke to her former boss's 'heart' but admitted he didn't always treat military members with respect.  Sanders, who is promoting a book that lavishes praise on her former boss even amid tell-alls by other former aides, was grilled on ABC's 'The View' about last week's story in the Atlantic magazine that described Trump as calling fallen military members 'suckers' and 'losers.' She has said repeatedly that one key passage in the story, where Trump refused to go to visit a cemetery where Marine dead are buried on the centennial of the end of World War I, didn't happen.  'I’m telling you I understand who he is in his heart,' Sanders said. 'I’m not saying that there weren’t some moments that were heated, that were not of the highest level of respect,' former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an exchange with Meghan McCain on ABC's 'The View.' She was speaking about a report charging President Trump disrespected...
    Two former senior officials in the Trump administration said that President Donald Trump disparaged veterans and the military on multiple occasions, Fox News reported. The accounts corroborate recent reports from The Atlantic alleging that Trump called fallen American soldiers “suckers” and “losers,” and that the president long-held contempt for the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, and more. NEW, @JenGriffinFNC confirms former Trump admin official confirms details in The Atlantic story, including quotes about veterans. When the President spoke about the Vietnam War he said, “It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker.” — Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) September 4, 2020 The Fox News report alleges that Trump did not want to visit the Aisne-Marne Cemetery during a trip to France commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. “The President was not in a good mood,” one anonymous official says, referencing an earlier interaction that he had with French President Emmanuel Macron. “He questioned why he had to go to two cemeteries. ‘Why do I have to do two’?” they said, according to Fox News. (RELATED:...
    The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been running ads slamming President Donald Trump; the group Republicans Voters Against Trump has been running anti-Trump ads as well. And a new RVAT ad, Ed Mazza reports in HuffPost, features Republican military veterans who do not want to see Trump reelected and are supporting former Vice President Joe Biden. The ad, Mazza notes, will air on Fox News later this month during the 2020 Republican National Convention. And it will air in key battleground states that include Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Arizona — all of which Trump won in 2016. Recent polls have shown Biden to be quite competitive in those states as well as in Michigan, where Trump’s campaign has suspended its advertising following an abundance of polls showing Biden with a double-digit lead. In the ad, one of the veterans says of Trump, “We’re looking at a lying draft dodger who berates those who serve our country honorably, rewards those who do not.” Veterans featured in the ad not only explain why they oppose...
    A former staffer at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia admitted Tuesday to murdering seven elderly patients and trying to murder an eighth by administering fatal doses of insulin. Reta Mays, 46, pleaded guilty to seven counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with the intent to commit murder during a plea hearing, according to the Associated Press. She faces life sentences for each of the murders. Mays reportedly worked as a night shift nursing assistant in the medical surgical unit at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg when she committed the crimes. Court documents allege that between July 2017 and June 2018 Mays administered doses of the hormone insulin to non-diabetic patients and patients who otherwise didn't need it. The doses resulted in a drop in their blood sugar, which then caused severe hypoglycemia. The court documents identified the victims as Robert Edge, 82; Robert Kozul, 89; Archie Edgell, 84; George Shaw, 81; W.A.H., 96; Felix McDermott, 82; and Raymond Golden, 88. The eighth victim, identified as R.R.P., 88, went on to...
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