Army Secretary John McHugh announced in February the service would award the medals, calling the gesture “an appropriate recognition of their service and sacrifice.” While opponents of President Obama predict he will attempt to garner credit for this “change of heart and the water-carrying news media will help him, it was the Republicans in the U.S. Congress who got these heroes their medals and benefits,” said former Naval officer and federal law enforcement official Charles Collingwood.
Special thanks to The Blaze for producing a moving documentary to tell this story:
Waiting For Justice
The victims say they feel abandoned by the U.S. government and by their military. The Pentagon last year fought efforts to award the Purple Heart out of concern that doing so could harm Hasan’s chance at receiving a fair trial.
Courtesy of the U.S. Army/DOD: Father and daughter say prayers for the ’14’ victims of Fort Hood
In Full Broken Heart: “For The Record” on the Fort Hood Shooting …
Alabamian (Alabaster) and Iraq War hero Noah Galloway, (NO Excuses) who lost his left arm and leg in a roadside bomb blast, delivered an incredible performance on Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) Monday night, bringing at least one judge to tears, and the audience to its feet.
Now a personal trainer and motivational speaker, Galloway doesn’t take excuses from his clients, fans and followers – and finds ways to get things done.
“You want a super hero?” Len asked after Noah Galloway and his partner Sharna’s short contemporary dance to Toby Keith’s “American Soldier,” “There it is.”
Monday night Galloway told the story of his “most memorable year;” sharing the night in 2005 he was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq:
“My most memorable year was 2005, on my second deployment to Iraq.”
Galloway and his former platoon leader, Lieutenant Jerry Eidson, then told the story of being out on a patrol in the night, attempting to see their surroundings in a hostile country with night vision goggles, when their Humvee rolled over a trip wire.
“It detonated a roadside bomb large enough it threw this 9,000 pound armored Humvee through the air.”
“Noah’s injuries were catastrophic,” said first responder Major Dennison Segui. “We didn’t think he was going to make it.”
Galloway woke up six days later on Christmas morning in Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C.:
“I was a physical person before the military. Once in the military, I had fallen in love with the job that I had, and suddenly I woke up and all that was gone,” Galloway said. “The career was gone, two of my limbs were gone, so I thought, ‘Well, there goes me ever being physical again.’”
Galloway said he tried to make it seem like he was ok, burying his grief, and drinking away his pain. Until one day he realized he couldn’t do that any more.
“This dance represents the journey of acceptance from the man I was, to the man I’ve become,” he concluded.
“I really looked in the mirror and quit looking at what I was missing, and paid more attention to what I still had left,” Galloway said, fighting to hold back tears. “I realized I had to make a change, and it had to happen fast; my kids were growing up.”
~ And when Noah looked into the mirror at the beginning of his dance, well that says it all ~ JP:
1,316 days that’s how long Amir Hekmati, an American marine has been held in a brutal Iranian prison, the one known for torture. Now Amir Hekmati’s sister, Sarah Hekmati, and his brother-in-law join us from Amir’s hometown in Flint, Michigan.
Listen to Montel and the family of US Marine veteran Amir Hekmati:
We have a US Marine veteran Amir Hekmati being head by Iran in their worst prison, known for torture, and the only one I hear talking about it and showing outrage is Marine veteran Montel Williams.
This Marine should be home with his family Help @Montel_Williams spread the word #FreeAmirNow Follow @FreeAmirHekmati ~ J.W. Dumas
Montel Williams is determined not to leave a fellow serviceman behind:
In August 2011, Iranian-American Amir Hekmati was detained by authorities in Iran while visiting family. His imprisonment on false charges continues.
Amir is an Iranian-American detained in Iran while visiting his grandmother. Falsely accused of being a spy, he was detained in August of 2011, held in solitary confinement for months and hidden by the walls of Iran’s Evin prison.
He was sentenced to death in January of 2012, the first American to receive the death penalty in Iran in over 33 years. His death sentence was overturned by a higher court in March 2012 based on insufficient evidence, and a new trial ordered. Amir languished behind the walls of Evin prison, his fate looming over his head.
In April of 2014, it was discovered that Amir was tried and sentenced to ten years in a secret, closed-door proceeding – a proceeding in December 2013 that Amir and his attorney were not informed of and were not given the opportunity attend.
Amir’s father, battling brain cancer, recently suffered a stroke that has left him hospitalized. His father fears he will never hold Amir in his arms again.
Amir Hekmati, a US Marine makes plea for help, accused Iranian government of using him as a bargaining chip…
He has been put in 3 by 3 cells. He has been whipped on his feet. He has been addicted to drugs so that they can torture him through his withdrawal. This has been happening for three and a half years and there is not a person in this country knows that a US Marine has been sitting there in prison this long. I think this is an abomination. ~ Montel Williams
It’s bad enough that we have a Marine veteran sitting in an Iranian prison left behind, but now we are leaving Montel behind. We should all be standing by and with Montel, helping him.
The United States is evacuating the remaining 100 special operations forces in Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation, Fox News confirmed Saturday.
A U.S. military official overseas said the forces were at the Al Anad air base, near the southern city of al Houta that Al Qaeda purportedly seized Friday.
The Pentagon has so far declining to comment on the purported evacuations.
Just last month, U.S. military officials said the unrest would not impact counter-terrorism operations in that country. However, the situation in Yemen, where government officials have tried to work the U.S. in fighting terrorism, appears to be getting worse.
Foreign policy experts Col. (ret.) Dick Brauer and Michael Cutler sit down with Don Smith to discuss the reality of what’s going on behind the scenes, as the current administration moves closer to a potential deal with our greatest enemy in the world.
In a recent letter to members of Congress, the President asked for legislation providing him the authority to use of military force against ISIS. He even gave legislators a draft of the legislation he wants…
But if the United States is to go to War, Congress – not the President – is to set the terms.
As veterans and supporters of the Special Operations communities, Special Operations Speaks is committed to identifying and combating the internal and external threats to the sovereignty of the United States of America.
This is why SOS needs you to take action now and start contacting members of the U.S. House and Senate. If Congress is to authorize Obama to act — if they are to Declare War as the Constitution requires — certain definitions must be put in place:
1. Define the Enemy — Radical Islamic Extremism
2. Define the Rules of Engagement — Untie the troops’ hands
3. Define the Goal — Victory. We will not end this war; we will win it.
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O’Reilly Factor, Bill sat down with Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL sniper credited with 150 certified kills and author of the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
Kyle, the recipient of five Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars, revealed to O’Reilly why he punched former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, knocking him to the floor. Kyle said that he encountered Ventura at a bar while attending the wake of a fallen SEAL, and that Ventura started bad-mouthing America, then-President Bush, and the Iraq war. When Kyle asked him to tone it down so as not to upset the family, Ventura said, “You [the Navy SEALs] deserve to lose a few guys.” Kyle then punched him and took off running!
O’Reilly asked Kyle about his experiences in Iraq, where he was deployed four times. In his book, Kyle refers to enemy Iraqis as ‘savages’. He explained why to O’Reilly saying”
“The way they live day-to-day as far as the violence they commit on American troops – the beheadings, the rape of innocent villagers and townspeople, just to intimidate them. They live by putting fear into other people’s hearts. Civilized people just don’t act that way.”