Legions of Veterans



After a frustrating few days, Dave has gotten zero show prep done. Unlike Smok’n Jay cutler though, he’s here to finish the game.

This year to date, seventy-eight active duty USAF airmen have taken their own lives. while deGrasse Tyson pointed out in his Tweet that 125 people a day are committing suicide, the idea of active duty folks being so highly represented among the number has Dave very concerned and worried. But apparently, it doesn’t matter at all to the politicians who are more worried about Red Flag laws…


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Attorney: Woman in suspected homeless scam duped by boyfriend – U.S. – Stripes

James Gerrow, lawyer for Katelyn McClure, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that her former boyfriend was “calling the shots” in the suspected scheme that resulted in criminal charges last week against the two as well as homeless former Marine Johnny Bobbitt.

Source: Attorney: Woman in suspected homeless scam duped by boyfriend – U.S. – Stripes

TRENTON, N.J. — A woman charged with scamming GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000 with a fake story about a homeless veteran was duped by her former boyfriend and genuinely thought she was helping the man, her attorney said Monday.

James Gerrow told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Mark D’Amico was “calling the shots” in the suspected scheme that resulted in criminal charges last week against Katelyn McClure, D’Amico and homeless former Marine Johnny Bobbitt.

The criminal complaint alleges the three concocted a feel-good story about the couple reaching out to help Bobbitt after Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20 when her car ran out of gas in Philadelphia last year. Then they are suspected to have spent all the money on luxury items and casino trips.

“People have to understand that this was an abusive relationship. Mr. D’Amico was the one behind this and he was the one calling all the shots,” Gerrow said. “She didn’t understand or appreciate that this may very well be a crime.”

It was unclear which attorney currently represents D’Amico. An attorney who was representing the couple last week declined to comment Monday on Gerrow’s allegations.

McClure and D’Amico are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception. Bobbitt also is charged.

Prosecutors began investigating months ago after Bobbitt claimed he wasn’t getting the money that had been raised on his behalf. He later sued the couple.

Veterans Sustain Two Serious Defeats From Trump And The House To VA Health Care

This week, Trump warned, in effect, that he might stack a commission that will choose VA facilities to close. Also, the House passed an appropriation to shovel spending, not into VA facilities, but into private care. These are part of an agenda to privatize health care at the expense of veterans.

Veterans face two separate challenges to the VA that have come to a boil this week – one from Trump, one from the Republican House.

One concerns Trump and the makeup of a commission focused on closing VA facilities.  The other concerns transferring funding of veterans’ healthcare from VA facilities to private entities.

On Wednesday, Trump signed a law with a provision to establish a commission charged with conducting a nationwide “asset review” of VA infrastructure. If the commission is stacked with advocates of dismantling the VA and privatizing most care, the results could be disastrous. Congress remembers the great power of the base-closing commissions in shutting down military facilities, but at least they were able to vote the recommendations up or down. Not so with this commission; it will be empowered to make final decisions. There are likely to be regional winners and losers, and some decisions may be made to accommodate real estate developers, not veterans.

The make-up of the commission had been a sticking point with veterans groups and lawmakers concerned about the facilities-closing review. In the statute written by Congress, it was required that several members come from traditional veterans service organizations, as well as a private-sector health care administrator, a senior government official with medical management experience, and an asset management expert. No representative of the VA’s own workforce will be included.

The composition of the commission is crucial for Congress because they are handing over tremendous responsibility and authority. In a statement by Trump just hours after signing the bill into law, he limited what he would do to consult with lawmakers in appointing members of an asset review commission. Just consult. He said he will “welcome their input” but says final decisions on who will be on the panel will remain with him. Say hello to the Koch-created Concerned Veterans for America, the major organization demanding privatization no matter what the cost, financial or otherwise.

Source: Veterans Sustain Two Serious Defeats From Trump And The House To VA Health Care

A Navy veteran was having yard sales to pay for his funeral. Strangers reached out to help him. – News – Stripes

Willie Davis, a terminally ill Navy veteran, had been selling his belongings at garage sales on weekends for months to pay for his funeral expenses. But a chance encounter with two strangers helped turn things around.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (Tribune News Service) — Willie Davis, a terminally ill Navy veteran, had been selling his belongings at garage sales on weekends for months to pay for his funeral expenses.

The 66-year-old had made a few hundred dollars and had people helping him research ways to be buried at a bargain. But thanks to a chance encounter in August with two strangers, that won’t be necessary anymore.

David Dunkleberger and Ed Sheets met him at one of the yard sales and set up a GoFundMe account that has raised more than $61,000 from donors across the country. Based on GoFundMe’s policies, Davis will be directly responsible for withdrawing the funds at the conclusion of the campaign. The crowdfunding site GoFundMe collects 5 percent of every donation made, plus a 3 percent processing fee.

“We’re thrilled  we can’t believe the number of people who’ve donated and offered messages of support for Willie,” said Dunkleberger. “It’s not a question of whether we can grant him his final wish anymore.

Davis wants to be laid to rest next to his parents in Culpeper, Va.  some 200 miles away  and will need to be transported there once he passes. He was worried his burial costs might end up being his sisters’ burden. Instead, one of them, Ruby Davis of Maryland, is working to organize arrangements in both Johnstown and Culpeper, Dunkleberger added.

As donations roll in, Dunkleberger said Davis may now be in position to help others.

“There might be a lot more Willie’s in a similar situation  fellow veterans who’ve fallen on hard times,” Dunkleberger said.

Efforts are underway to set up a legacy fund in Davis’ name to dedicate leftover donations to terminally ill veterans in need, he said.

“Let’s help the next guy and keep this thing rolling, ” Dunkleberger said.

Source: A Navy veteran was having yard sales to pay for his funeral. Strangers reached out to help him. – News – Stripes