Military April 15, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Gonsalves
For making the ultimate sacrifice for his country, Gonsalves was awarded the Medal of Honor. His family accepted it on his behalf on June 19, 1946. He’s the only Hispanic Marine to have earned the honor during World War II.

Gonsalves’ body was eventually repatriated to America and buried with full military honors in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. He was honored again many years later, when Camp Gonsalves, the home of the Jungle Warfare Training Center for Marines in Okinawa, was named for him in 1958.

Harold Gonsalves (January 28, 1926 – April 15, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps private first class who was killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. He was awarded the nation’s highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his heroic action on April 15, 1945.

By Jeff Schogol: An aging reporter ruminates on covering the military over two decades
It’s time for your friend and humble narrator to have a mid-life crisis. Should I, for example, post a video of myself doing the 22 Pushup Challenge whilst clad only in a thong? Probably not.

On Sunday, this reporter turns 40, the pinnacle of midlife. It’s a moment where God looks you in the eye and says: “It’s all downhill from here. From diapers you came and to diapers you will soon return.”
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By Yimou Lee, Reuters: US denounces Chinese military exercises near Taiwan as ‘coercion’
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By Eve Meinhardt: Soldier Is Running Her 100th Marathon in Boston


Military March 11, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Bryant Womack

Bryant Homer Womack[1] (May 12, 1931 – March 12, 1952) was a United States Army soldier during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on March 12, 1952. Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is named for him.

By EighthCard: Missing Vietnam War Veteran Laid to Rest in Tennessee
2019 National Vietnam War Veterans Day
The Topeka Capital-Journal | By Katie Moore: VA Waited 10 Months to Tell Vet He Had Cancer
According to the report, a team from the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System met with the veteran’s spouse and adult child and a full disclosure was given, as was an apology. The family also was notified of their right to seek legal advice under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
By Mary Dever: With Historic Number of Women in Uniform, the Vet Community Is About to Change
“I was told [by the VA tech] I was the only woman that he had seen, and he wasn’t exactly sure what to do because he had never done prosthetics for women,” Reed said. “I told him it shouldn’t be any different from doing it for a man. A fit is a fit. If it doesn’t fit, it isn’t right.”
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