Military.com | By Gina Harkins: Navy IDs Officer Who Died Aboard the Arlington; NCIS Probe Continues
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | By Rachael Riley: 82nd Airborne Inducts 2019 Hall of Fame Class at Fort Bragg
Military.com | By Richard Sisk: Thunder’s End: Rolling Thunder to Mark Final Memorial Day Event This Weekend
The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles roaring their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., to Memorial Day events as part of the annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be a thing of the past after this coming weekend.
Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, said the logistics and costs of staging the event for Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year, were getting too out of hand to continue. The ride had become a tradition in D.C. since the first in 1988.
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“It’s just a lot of money,” said the plainspoken Muller, who laced an interview with a few epithets of regret over having to shut down Rolling Thunder.
Muller, who served with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam and runs the event out of his home in Neshanic, New Jersey, said it costs about $200,000 to stage Rolling Thunder, which draws riders from across the nation.
The Associated Press | By Rebecca Santana: D-Day Veterans Revisit Normandy, Recall Horror and Triumph
Dennis Trudeau, a World War II veteran who landed in Normandy on D-Day, poses for a photo at his home in Grovetown, Ga. Trudeau had joined the Canadian military at 17 and became a paratrooper in part because they paid an extra $50 a month. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
By Jared Keller: The Navy warship forged from World Trade Center steel has returned to New York for the first time in years
The USS New York — the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock whose very nose was forged from steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the September 11th attacks — cruised into New York for the first time since 2011.
By Jeff Schogol: Disgraced Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is returning to the Navy, but he won’t be a SEAL again
By Justin Elliott And Kengo Tsutsumi, ProPublica: TurboTax uses a ‘military discount’ to trick US service members into paying to file their taxes
TurboTax first launched the Military Edition in 2012. “TurboTax has a long history of supporting the military and many of our employees have served our country,” the then-head of TurboTax said in the company’s press release.
It has apparently been a lucrative business. On an earnings call six months later, Intuit’s then-CEO Brad Smith boasted “we saw double-digit growth this season from the military and digital native customer segments.”
“Given our scale and our data capabilities,” he said, “we plan to extend this advantage to even more taxpayers next season.” Smith is now executive chairman of Intuit’s board.
Last week, a class action was filed against Intuit by a law firm representing a Marine, Laura Nichols, who was charged by TurboTax even though she was eligible to file for free, according to the complaint. The suit cites ProPublica’s previous reporting on the issue. The company declined to comment.
BY Terri Moon Cronk: U.S., Estonia Sign 5-Year Road Map of Defense Cooperation
By Katie Lange: Know Your Military Race Car to Rocket Launcher: Ryan Newman Tries Soldiering
By Military.com Gina Harkins: 3 Silent Drill Platoon Marines Kicked Out, 2 Others Lose a Rank for Hazing
Several members of the Marine Corps’ famous Silent Drill Platoon were kicked out of the service or punished by their command after someone reported witnessing them using a training rifle to strike someone.
Three Marines have been discharged in the last 60 days and two others lost a rank after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service began looking into hazing allegations inside the revered unit that performs at public events around the world.
The Los Angeles Times | By Yvonne Villarreal: Milo Ventimiglia of ‘This Is Us’ Breaks Down the Series’ Vietnam War Story Line
The Associated Press | By JOHN CARUCCI: Adam Driver Credits Military for Courage to Be an Actor
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Driver was home alone doing the dishes when his agent called with the news that he’d just received a Tony Award nomination. But since his wife was out of town, there was no one to share the news. So he just finished the dishes.
Driver got the nod for his work in a new revival of Lanford Wilson’s play “Burn This.” It’s Driver’s first Tony nod and his third show on Broadway.