Military March 05, 2019

By Matthew Cox: Soldier Gets Back Battered Helmet That Saved His Life During Insider Attack
“So, before this incident … I thought the helmet was cumbersome and that it was overkill,” he said, joking he would have preferred a ball cap. “I was sorely mistaken. This helmet works, and I am a living testimony to it. And from now on, all of my soldiers will wear it. If we are in a hostile environment, they won’t take it off. Period.”

By Chad Garland: Age Is No Obstacle: Soldiers Complete Army’s Toughest Schools After 40
By Patricia Kime: Veterans Receive Golden ‘Tickets’ Canceling Their Medical Debt
Burroughs said one of the most difficult challenges of the program is having to explain to people that RIP Medical Debt simply can’t pay the bills of individuals who reach out. He added that the organization is trying to figure out a way to help, but haven’t yet “cracked the code.”

“More than 10,000 people have contacted us saying they need help, but we can’t do that at this point. We’re working on it,” he said.

Burroughs estimated that RIP Medical Debt mailed out between 60,000 and 70,000 envelopes last year. He said that for many, they are “a lifesaver.”

“You can imagine that these veterans are getting hounded for financial debt, and they already have anxiety or depression or post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury. This is a big relief,” he said.
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By Patricia Kime: You Joined the Military. Now, Uncle Sam Wants You to Join the Merchant Marine
Seafaring service members may soon be able to transition to the U.S. Merchant Marine with less hassle and at less cost than currently required under an executive order signed Monday by President Donald Trump.

The order is designed to bolster the ranks of the Merchant Marine and increase job opportunities for transitioning troops. Noting that a robust civilian fleet is critical to national security, Trump said the new effort will allow the U.S. to retain its “ability to project and sustain forces globally” while helping service members pursue credentials for high-paying jobs.
By Gina Harkins: Why the Marines Are Throwing Big Cash Bonuses at Infantry Squad Leaders
WWII Paratroopers Rain Down from C-47 Planes