Military January 24, 2019

By Jeff Schogol: Pentagon Identifies Green Beret Killed In Afghanistan
By Paul Szoldra: Nathan Phillips In 2018 Video Falsely Claims ‘I’m A Vietnam Vet’
Phillips did serve in the Marine Corps from May 20, 1972 until May 5, 1976, according to a Corps spokeswoman, but did not serve anywhere near Vietnam or any theater of war. He had zero deployments and his only award was a National Defense Service Medal. He briefly had the military occupational specialty of 0351 Anti-tank missile-man before being assigned as an 1161 refrigerator technician.

He also was discharged as a private after four years of service.
By Haley Britzky: Army Vet Sues Company That Made ‘Defective’ Earplugs For The Military
By Wayne Crenshaw: Air Force Secretary Explains Change in Robins Air Force Base Mission
By Tom Philpott: VA Misleads Vets on Non-VA Emergency Care, Lawsuit Contends

The plaintiff in that initial lawsuit is Coast Guard veteran Amanda Jane Wolfe, who needed an emergency appendectomy but the nearest VA hospital was a three-hour drive. Because of the way the VA wrote its 2018 regulation, Wolfe had to pay nearly $2,600 in medical costs that her own health insurance didn’t cover.

Her lawsuit seeks to represent thousands of other veterans who also have seen Staab-related claims denied since the revised regulation took effect.

The plaintiff in the second lawsuit is disabled Navy veteran Peter Boerschinger, 79, who suffered pneumonia and congestive heart failure last April. The closest VA hospital had closed its emergency room and directed patients to seek outside care. Because Boerschinger had other health insurance, the VA refused to pay $1,340 in charges that his own insurance also wouldn’t cover.
By Katie Lange: Hitting Bottom: Submariner Explored Deepest Part of Ocean
By James Barber: Marine Vet Adam Driver Gets His First Oscar Nomination for ‘BlacKkKlansman’