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COVID Era Suicides Rising, A Look at the Data for Veterans, Substance Abusers, and Youth

This era of Coronavirus is both frightening and a period of great uncertainty that presents challenges for all. These challenges require flexibility and adjustments in which factions of our vulnerable populations already have a degree of difficulty balancing and often lack adequate support systems as well. We are now seeing the numbers which reveal the additional stressors related to coping and mitigating this pandemic have resulted in skyrocketing rates of suicides amongst Veterans, Substance Abusers, and Adolescent populations hit the hardest. Tragically, Veterans already fell into the categories of high rates of homelessness, unemployment, inadequate health care access, financial support deficits, mental health needs, and suicides. The Coronavirus pandemic has only made Veterans particularly more susceptible to both health and economic threats.

Sunday Thoughts: Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

Nuclear War

During the Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy estimated the odds of nuclear war as being somewhere between one out of three. For something that catastrophic, those odds are not good. Let's not get into the detail of this crisis, other than to say that some have said that this was the closest the world has come to the unthinkable. We could bury our heads in the sand and not think of such negative thoughts, but if we believe in humanity and would like it to continue, we must consider these unthinkable thoughts - or perish foolishly. So we ask, is nuclear war inevitable? The world has been living under mutually assured destruction (MAD). This is a doctrine of military strategy and national security policy in which a full-scale

U.S. Military Prepares for Coronavirus Response

Military Movement

During this time of the Coronavirus outbreak, one should not forget what is happening to our U.S. military forces around the world. Here are a few items Right Wire Report has collected to show what is happening: Stripes - Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued orders barring nearly all official movement for Defense Department personnel overseas and instituted new health protection measures worldwide as the Pentagon attempts to slow the spreading Coronavirus. Esper's stop-movement order applies to all service members, DOD civilians, and sponsored family members serving in any location overseas, the Pentagon announced. The order halts almost all travel for at least 60 days related to "exercises, deployments, redeployments, and other global force management activities," according to a Pentagon memorandum. Esper's

Coronavirus cases among US troops double in one day – But Ready and Able

USNS Comfort

Stars & Strips - Thirty-six American service members worldwide had tested positive for the Coronavirus as of Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said, confirming that the cases among troops had doubled in just one day. In total, 59 members of the Defense Department community had confirmed cases of the fast-spreading Coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, said Army Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman. Eight DOD civilians, 12 military dependents, three defense contractors and the 36 service members have the virus, he said, noting the numbers were current as of early Tuesday. The headline is a bit alarming and misleading, as doubling from a small number makes it appear this way. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday afternoon that U.S. troops were likely in

Virginia Women Arrested Flashing Lights at Navy Jets – Why?

Lasers Navy

Navy Times - On Feb. 28, Lou Ella Moore, 64, of Virginia Beach, was arrested on a charge of interfering with the operation of aircraft. She is accused of shining lights at military planes flying from Naval Auxiliary Field Fentress in Chesapeake, Virginia in December 2019. Moore, 64, was arrested Friday by NCIS in the 4400 block of Blackwater Road and faces a class-6 felony charge of interfering with or endangering aircraft on Dec. 16, 2019. She was released on a $1,500 secured bond and is barred from leaving Virginia. She faces a preliminary hearing set for April 30 in Virginia Beach General District Court, according to online court records. NCIS received complaints in December from Navy leaders that someone was flashing lights

After Iran Strikes US Troops, Democrat response – Cut and Run?

Iran Attacks US

Iran has launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against multiple bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq and has threatened "more crushing responses" if Washington carried out further strikes. Initially, nine rockets hit the sprawling Ain al-Asad airbase in the country's west, the largest of the Iraqi military compounds where foreign troops are based. Also, at Erbil in the north - see the feature graphic. The attack came in three waves just after midnight, AFP reported. Iran swiftly claimed responsibility for the attack, with state TV saying it had launched "tens of missiles" on the base. Iranian sources are claiming that the operation has a name: "Operation Martyr Suileimani." Iran's airforce has reportedly been deployed. No confirmed details on injured/casualties - "working on

Iraq American Embassy attack – will Trump be baited into an Iranian War?

Angry Iraq protesters attack the US Embassy over previous airstrikes - breaking it down. Axios - The United States has stepped up its response to unrest in Iraq after the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was attacked by deploying 750 troops to the region (4,000 preparing to go), at the direction of President Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday. See the following United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's comments: "[The] soldiers will deploy to the region immediately & additional forces from the [Immediate Response Force] are prepared to deploy over the next several days. This deployment is an appropriate and precautionary action taken in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities, such as we witnessed in Baghdad today. The United States will protect

NYT doxes “Freaking Evil” Seal, Edward Gallagher – attempt to denigrate Trump and our military?

Spoiler alert - July 2019, Navy Seal Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder by a jury of his peers (combat veterans). The only conviction was for posing with a human casualty in a photo. Five months after his conviction the New York Times (NYT) has published leaked video evidence as part of a cache of confidential Navy investigative materials from the prosecution (JAG) on the case. Two questions spring to mind. First, did the NYT just dox some of the identities of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon? The video clearly shows the faces of several members being interviewed. The second question is, why now? In the era of "Orange Man Bad," forgive us if the

USS George Washington issues Adm. S. Claus orders, remember those that protect us, Merry Christmas

US George Washington Christmas

The USS George Washington (CVN-73) is a United States Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the sixth carrier in the Nimitz class and the fourth US Navy ship named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. The USS George Washington issued a set of orders that’s sure to catch people's attention during the holidays. The Facebook page of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier posted the "orders" early Tuesday morning, calling up "Adm. S. Claus" and his crew to accomplish Christmas tasks. The Department of the Navy issued orders today to "Adm. S. Claus," recalling him to active duty, with a report date of Dec. 24, 2019,” the post read. "A reservist, with 1,742 years of service, this Naval Aviator specializes in vertical delivery of high-value items." Here

Warrior’s Weekend in Texas, support our heros that defend our freedoms

Warriors Weekend

How do we support those that serve in the military for our country? They suffer physical injury and moral trauma as they fight in wars to protect us - while most of us are unaware of their efforts. If we send our soldiers to war, we also are responsible for welcoming them home and helping them heal. There are many such organizations that do just this, help our soldiers heal. Right Wire Report would like to highlight one of these organizations - Warrior's Weekend - Texas. Founded in 2007, Warrior's Weekend - Texas is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 Corporation dedicated to the support of veterans of The United States of America with an emphasis on those wounded in The Global