~Susan Katz Keating has the ultimate tribute to CSM Basil Plumley, who recently passed away. My favorite couple of paragraphs:
Hansen said he was intrigued, some years back, when he came across a mention of "first sergeant" Plumley in a historical book about World War II.
"We all thought he was hatched a sergeant major, and here he was in black and white, a first sergeant. The passage wasn't very clear, just mentioned (Plumley) and something about a German tank," Hansen said. "He was a man of few words and a humble man; a lot of people don't realize that about him. He didn't brag, he just told you like it was. I asked him, 'What's the story about you and a German tank and he just grunted and said, 'Obviously I won.' And that was all there was to it."
CSM Plumley was a legend in the Army. It is said that Sam Elliot actually "underplayed" him in "We Were Soldiers Once." Three awards of the CIB, 5 combat jumps in two wars. A gruff and demanding NCO who set and enforced high standards. That's why he won. RIP CSM.
~This Ain't Hell tackles the Obama Administration's attack on earned health care (Tricare). It seems the administration has decided to eliminate TriCare Prime in the western states. Of course that means more cost for those who wil now be put under TriCare Standard.
The point I’ve made in the past is that Obamacare was supposed to reduce healthcare costs for Americans, yet, the single opportunity that the government has to control healthcare costs, they jack up costs to retired American veterans. That’s probably because we earned the benefit of healthcare instead of standing with our hands out.
So much for "contracts" and promises.
~It is hard to believe this is still in dispute:
Nearly three years after the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, many of those affected are urging the U.S. government to declare it a terrorist attack, saying wounded soldiers and victims' relatives otherwise won't receive the same benefits as those in a combat zone.
This was ruled a "workplace dispute". Really? A guy running through an area yelling "Allu Akbar" who we find out was radicalized by a Muslim Imam who preached jihad against the US? Sounds like the administration's description of the Benghazi incident. "Spontaneous protests that got out of hand". Yeah, Ft. Hood was as much an "act of terrorism" as was Benghazi (as it is now recognized).
The Army psychiatrist accused of the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood must shave his beard, an Army court ruled Thursday.
That took how long? Amazing.
~If you're retired and wondering about COLA, here it is:
The 2013 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all military retirement pay, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities, Social Security benefits, and Veterans Affairs disability and survivor benefits has been announced. The adjustment will provide a 1.7% increase in those payments, effective 1 December 2012.
That plus more will now go to the increase in your health care payments. Keep telling yourself that it costs less now, because, you know, that's what ObamaCare promised to do.
~Here is a great jobs program that those getting out of the military need to appy too. What's great about it is it recognizes the value of ex-military members. It also provides a number of ways to get good jobs among some of the best companies in America (GE, Lockheed Martin, etc). And most importantly, it isn't a goverment program -- so it will probably live up to it's billing:
Enjoy your weekend!