American Tragedy

U.S. Military Abandons Service Dogs Overseas

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In his USA Today column, Jonah Goldberg exposes a national disgrace I was completely unaware of, one that is almost too heartbreaking to comprehend: the United State military sometimes reclassifies combat dogs as “equipment” and abandons them to languish in shelters overseas in war zones.

Other than the fact that combat dogs save an average of 150 American lives during their service, these living creatures form strong emotional attachments to the men assigned to them. But when their time is up — when they become too old, combat fatigued or shall-shocked to be useful in combat — rather than transport them home for adoption, they are sometimes heartlessly abandoned.

Goldberg writes that…

It is one thing to ask these warriors to say goodbye to their dog when it is still on active duty and is assigned a new handler, which often happens. It is quite another to ask them to leave these dogs behind when the dogs are effectively abandoned overseas, left to languish in shelters — or worse. That’s why handlers are sometimes forced to make incredible sacrifices to get their four-legged comrades home on their own.

Those “incredible sacrifices” made by the dog’s handlers (also known as combat veterans), can mean an out-of-pocket cost of thousands of dollars.

Goldberg points out that there are a number of charities devoted to reuniting these dogs and their handlers but many animals still fall through the cracks; abandoned in a strange land after being cruelly separated from the one person they love and the only life they know. North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones is pushing legislation that would require retired military dogs be brought home for adoption, but it’s gone nowhere for over two years.

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CNN points out that thanks to a 2000 law signed by President Clinton, things are better for combat dogs than they were. Still, this is happening, even with “half-empty cargo planes trans-versing the globe daily,” as Debbie Kandoll founder of Military Working Dog Adoptions told CNN.

“It would be more than feasible to place a retired military working dog on the transport plane back to the continental United States,” she added. “Uncle Sam got them over there, and it’s a point of honor for Uncle Sam to get his soldiers, whether they are four-legged or two-legged, back to the U.S.” Continue Reading

Commentary: A nation that takes their protectors / heroes for granted whether it be a solider or a dog serving the country, will in fact cease to be a nation with any sustainable moral compass, actions like this eat away at the core principals of the nation until the nation is unrecognizable to the people that fight for it, unfortunately this is the direction we are now heading in. This is a national disgrace to leave these hero dogs behind to languish at the hands of the very people they fought against,” shame on you” big brass at the pentagon, “hey Dummies in government “you really want to piss the people off, then keep up practices like military service dog abandonment and keep denying Vets the proper care at the nations VA hospitals, and you will awake a sleeping giant that can’t be put back to sleep. (Vic Maggio)

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After 12-Years of War: 73% of U.S. Casualties in Afghanistan on Obama’s Watch

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(CNSNews.com) – Twelve years ago today, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. In the war that Congress authorized against al Qaeda only three days after that attack, the vast majority of the U.S. casualties have occurred in the last four and a half years during the presidency of Barack Obama.

In fact, according to the CNSNews.com database of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, 73 percent of all U.S. Afghan War casualties have occurred since Jan. 20, 2009 when Obama was inaugurated. The 91 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan so far in 2013 are more than those that occurred in the first two full calendar years of the war (2002 and 2003) combined, when 30 and 31 U.S. troops were killed there.

On Sept. 14, 2001, Congress approved a resolution authorizing the president “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.” By October 2001, U.S. forces were engaged in Afghanistan, seeking to remove al Qaeda from the sanctuary it had used there to launch the Sept. 11, 2001 attack. Continue Reading

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Update: Whole Neighborhoods Flatened by Oklahoma Tornado that Killed 24

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(Reuters) – Rescuers went building to building in search of victims and thousands of survivors were homeless on Tuesday after a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, wiping out whole blocks of homes and killing at least 24 people.

The death toll was lower than initially feared, but nine children were among the dead, including seven who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit on Monday in the deadliest tornado to strike the United States in two years.

More than 24 hours after the tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City region with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour, emergency workers had pulled more than 100 survivors from the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital. About 240 people were injured. Continue Reading

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ALERT: PLEASE DONATE to the Red Cross for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

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Americans are in desperate need of our help, this is very important put yourself in their shoes if you can.

Much of Moore, Oklahoma, which is just outside of Oklahoma City, is now a devastated pile of rubble. The search and rescue mission continues after a massive tornado touched down Monday afternoon. CNN affiliate KFOR reported that at one time, the tornado was estimated to be at least 2 miles wide, and the National Weather Service is also saying the scale of the tornado is at least EF4. This is the second most severe classification of tornado.

It is clear the days ahead are grave for the people of Oklahoma and the need for help will be immense.
Many unaffected viewers want to help. How can you donate?

Text STORM to 80888 for The Salvation Army USA.
Text REDCROSS to 90999 $10 donations, or
FOOD to 32333 for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

There are several organizations already mobilizing on the ground in Moore, and you can help as well through these groups:

The Red Cross of Oklahoma has activated its safe and well website for those who are trying to reconnect with loved ones. Red Cross officials and volunteers are also beginning to open shelters. The first is at St. Andrews Church. You can help their efforts by donating to the Red Cross online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

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Desperate Search at Elementary School in Moore Oklahoma


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MOORE, Oklahoma -Police, firefighters and other emergency responders have spent hours at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, desperately searching for students and staff still unaccounted for after Monday’s deadly tornado.

The tornado struck Moore just after 3 p.m. Monday, around the time school normally lets out. As teachers, students and staff took shelter at the school, located at 852 S.W. 11th Street, the massive tornado hit the building. The powerful twister destroyed the school, collapsing walls and turning the structure into nothing more than a large pile of twisted metal and splintered wood. Several children and adults were pulled alive from the school. There have been no confirmed deaths at the school, but as many as 20 children are still reported as missing. There are also several adults who are missing. Continue Reading

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Tragedy Drops from the Sky in Moore Oklahoma

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Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyles Wife Taya Gives Emotional Speech at NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

Before Taya Kyle, the wife of slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, even said a word, the crowd at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum was on their feet giving her the longest standing ovation of the day. Just before she took the stage, a video honoring Kyle was shown at the Houston event. Continue Reading

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Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle Shot Dead at Texas Gun Range



navey-seals-emblemThe U.S. Special Operations community mourns the loss of Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle bestselling author of the book “American Sniper, the Autobiography is about the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” Former Navy Seal Chris Kyle was killed at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas it has been reported that 2 were killed and that one of the murdered men was former Navy Seal Chris Kyle.

armyNews 8 has reported, while Chris Kyle was helping a fellow soldier who was recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder the soldier turned on Kyle and shot him at point-blank range. The suspect Eddie Ray Routh was captured after attempting to flee in Kyle’s car when he crashed into a squad car in Lancaster south of Dallas hours later. The shooter Eddie Ray Routh is believed to be highly trained U.S. Marine with extensive military experience.

dead-soldierChris Kyle leaves behind a wife and two small children, Kyle a decorated war hero earned 2 Silver Stars and 5 Bronze Stars on the battlefields in Iraq, but is best-known by friend and foe alike as the “the devil of Ramadi” and “America’s deadliest sniper” Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq and had a record 160 kills as a Navy SEAL. Kyle is also known as the man who Decked Jesse the fool Ventura. The senseless murder of Chris Kyle is one more tragic example of a once great society’s ever continuing decay.

Org The Blaze.com