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In Time for Father's Day! - BlackFive readers get 10% off on MuzzleShot glasses

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Use promo code BLACKFIVE10 for 10% off through Father's Day!!!

Thank you, OriginalMuzzleshot.com!


Daily Beast: Wounded Warrior Project Fights - to Get Rich

The Daily Beast's Tim Mak reports...

[Stephen] Nardizzi is an advisory board member of the Charity Defense Council, an outfit with lofty ambitions. The organization wants to remake the entire charitable sector to be more permissive of high overhead and high executive compensation,explicitly citing as its model the oil industry’s efforts to rehabilitate its public image.

This is because Stephen Nardizzi is the CEO of Wounded Warrior Project and was paid $473,000 by WWP in 2014.  FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!

Then there's this tidbit:

Nardizzi’s group not only engages in the selling of donor information, but he’s apparently proud of it, brazenly arguing in its favor.

So if you want your name and address sold to other entities, keep donating to WWP.

Read Tim Mak's whole piece at the Daily Beast.

 


Fallen US Marines Identified After Crash During Relief Effort in Nepal

The Marines and Nepalese soldiers who perished in the crash in Nepal have been identified.  Even in peace, undergoing rescue and humanitarian operations, our troops are at risk...

 

This morning, the Chicago media is reporting about Cpl. Sara A. Medina, a 23 year old Marine from Aurora, Illinois, who perished in the crash and was engaged to be married to another Marine.

And the Marine Corps Times has short profiles on each Marine including this piece about their relief efforts filmed right before the crash...:

Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, from Nebraska, served as a UH-1Y pilot and aviation safety officer with HMLA-469.

Lukasiewicz received his commissioned on March 28, 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and to Nepal.

Lukasiewicz was featured in a Marine Corps video about relief efforts in Nepal posted days before the helo accident. He described how they delivered rice, potatoes and tarps to remote areas devastated by the earthquake.


Dear Mom, I'm okay...

I love you momFrom Marine Corps Mom's

Back in 2012 I spoke with a wounded soldier's mother [edit. note: not the Marine in the photo above], and she told me a heartbreakingly funny story about how her son told her of his injuries (double leg amputee) - the Mom only knew that he'd been wounded and was inbound to Landstuhl.  At Landstuhl, he used a Soldiers' Angels phone to call home - the Angel dialed the phone and held it for him - and the Soldier started out with, "Hi Mom, I'm okay!  Doing pretty good here in Germany..."

It took him a few minutes before he told her that he was a lot shorter now...great sense of humor.  Great mom and family.  And they are all doing well today.

And please - all you Jarheads, Doggies, Zoomies, Coasties, and Squids - don't forget that Mother's Day is fast approaching.

BlackFive, out.


Stock Photos - Sometimes Not So Cool

A recent piece making the rounds of the interwebs has a junior Naval Officer sharing her reasons why, in her frustration, she must resign from the US Navy.  In it she lays out her rationale, which has drawn both support and (significant) derision.  There have been a number of rebuttals, the most eloquent of which came from the Duffellblog.

At the top of the piece is the picture of a female Navy officer, saluting.  Here's the problem:  the woman pictured is NOT Anna Granville, the discontented officer and authoress.

Apparently the original publisher (Task and Purpose) opted to use stock DOD footage to headline the public resignation.  And many of us presumed the saluting woman was the writer.  

This was brought to my attention by a colleague, Ben Armstrong, who shared the following (emphasis added by me):

You know who I feel bad for? The saluting Lieutenant in the DoD stock photo which Task & Purpose decided to use to "illustrate" the most recent "why I'm leaving" article. The woman in the photo isn't the author of the uber-hyped article. But now Duffleblog used the same stock photo and her face is all over FB for something she hasn't done, said, or was even involved with. Maybe DoD's fair use policy is nice for pictures of ships and planes, but when it comes to people the Media can really hose somebody for no reason.

One would have to surmise that the pictured officer (still serving) is not very happy about this.   

As bloggers we use cool photos for our posts because, lets face it, it adds pizzazz.  And, as Ben notes above, while that's no issue with ships and planes, we ought to be much more careful when we use pictures of people - particularly where an association between pictures and content may be made.  

Shared for your consideration and comment.


Bet is On - Donate to US Army Ranger Association

Our good pal Tommy Batt Boy is down at Fort Benning for the Best Ranger Competition.  Since Uncle Jimbo and I were down there with him and Tim Kennedy (and remember Jimbo's interview with Chaplain Jeff Struecker?)...saw Tommy post this.

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Getting ready to head over the #ranger training brigade's HQ for the #BestRanger social, so of course I had to bring my dress shoes. #chucktaylors #chucks#brc

So I told him that I'd donate $200 to the USARA if we got a photo of him wearing the Chuck Taylors in RangeUp Ranger Panties at Benning.  I offered that a photo taken somewhere on the Darby Queen would be awesome.  

Then, Ranger John Tackett, an exponential badass of the Ranger Up Work Out Video Fame, chimed in with a match if Tommy takes that photo on top of Ungawa!

What say you!?  Let's get Tommy, who (let's face it) has no shame when it comes to raising money for great organizations, do some really immature shit...for charity...and our amusement.

Put your challenge to Tommy in the comments.  Join me in a match.  Donate to the USARA.  


Smoking Weed In Uniform Results

Image5296871xOk, the results from this weekend are in- and the sample residents of Upper Mattawimakeg, ME have spoken.

Of those bothering to read, and then actually respond to our completely scientific survey, over 70% are both disinclined to allow, nor want our fighting men and women to be able to smoke weed, should their areas decriminalize it.  It goes for both the AD and the NG/Reservists.  

What makes the survey interesting (other than involving some really out of the way area) is that by nearly the same margin, people want VETERANS to have access to medical marijuana as a treatment option.

This last bit was surprising, as I would have thought that, based on the sample, it would have been much closer to a split than that; I hypothesized that it would have been turned down, by much smaller margins than disallowing current military to use it. 

I'm not advocating or pushing for a total ban here.  Being in Colorado, I'm used to seeing/smelling the stuff everywhere.  I wanted to see what the general populace was considering.  And they seem to want the VA to open it up.  Seeing as how the VA follows FEDERAL rules, that's not likely to be an option anytime soon.  But, if the VA is sending some people far from facilities to local docs, could they possibly open it up?  Likely only if the vet pays for that medication themselves.

I believe it's only a matter of months before a major battle ensues over Reservists/Guardsmen testing hot from areas where MMJ has been allowed.  And I'm also convinced that it will be both a civilian AND military court battle.  

  • Do you think Soldiers in states that have passed legalized marijuana (medical or personal use) should be able to use it?

                No-  75%
                Yes- 25%

  • Do you think Veterans, no longer having a service requirement, should have medical marijuana as a treatment option (covered by the VA)?

                No-  68%
                Yes- 32%

  • Should Reservists/National Guardsmen from legalized marijuana states be able to use it without repercussion?

                No-  71%
                Yes- 29%


Should Soldiers/military or Veterans be able to use marijuana?

I'm posting up my first Survey Monkey survey to ask just a couple of important questions regarding use of marijuana for military members and veterans.

I've been looking to see if anyone has been asking this question; I don't see much out there, and I think it's now time to put it out there.  The issue has basically three components:

    1.  Active duty military- should they be able to use it, if they are in a location that permits it?  (Think Ft Carson in Colorado as an example)

    2.  Should guardsmen, who are not on duty full-time but subject to duty recall, be able to use it if their state permits it.

    3.  Should medical marijuana be a treatment option for veterans in the VA system?

I know this is going to be an issue; as I'm in CO, and several units are being spun up to support the Ebola mission, this is likely to make an appearance.  I'm not aware of any prosecutions for it, or any unit discussion on it.  Yes, I do know that in the FEDERAL legal system it's illegal to use, but Sammy Soldier who also attends Colorado University, or Cindy Clerk who has a doctor prescribing it for nausea may test 'hot' prior to deployment.

So, just to ask the question: (please click the link- couldn't get the survey to embed)

Military/Veterans and marijuana use