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Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

An empty chair, set up to honor people who have been prisoners of war or remain missing in action, will be the latest feature of the Capitol complex, under a bill (HB 731) signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. "The POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial will be a reminder to all Floridians of those [...]

Studer Group leader Dan Collard address House committee

Studer Group leader Dan Collard address House committee

Studer Group Senior Leader Dan Collard testified yesterday before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs about the importance of reducing variance and creating a culture of consistency, alignment, and standardization. Collard testified that in Studer Group's experience with more than 900 [...]

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs has issued an press release on the outcome of the Navy's investigation of a former commanding officer of the Blue Angels. At an Admiral's Mast proceeding on June 2, Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty of violating Uniform Code Military Justice articles 92 [...]

Inspector General confirms delays in medical care at VA facility

Inspector General confirms delays in medical care at VA facility

The Office of Inspector General has issued an interim report of the ongoing review at the Phoenix Health Care System (HCS). While the review is still underway, OIG has substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality care at this medical facility. The [...]

INYR: Tailhook whistleblower on Military Justice Improvement Act

INYR: Tailhook whistleblower on Military Justice Improvement Act

On Thursday, Feb 6, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) held a press conference to discuss her bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). The legislation would remove the decision to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases from a conflicted and often-biased chain of command, and put it [...]

Ingram files Veterans Employment Bill

Ingram files Veterans Employment Bill

State Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) and State Representative Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola) have filed legislation which allows private, non-public employers in Florida to give hiring preference to an honorably discharged veteran, or the spouse of a service-disabled veteran, without violating any state [...]

Protect Our Defenders responds to AP story that ran in PNJ today

Protect Our Defenders responds to AP story that ran in PNJ today

Today the Pensacola News Journal reported on an Associated Press report released yesterday that revealed in shocking detail the military's flawed and insufficient handling of over 1,000 sex crimes that were reported by service members stationed in Japan between 2005 and 2013. The story pointed [...]

Bipartisan bill announced to deal with military sexual assaults

Bipartisan bill announced to deal with military sexual assaults

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-CA) held a press conference this morning to discuss her bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). The legislation would remove the decision to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases from a conflicted and often-biased chain of command, and put it into [...]

IN cover #3: Not Invisible Anymore, The Reality of Rape in the Military

IN cover #3: Not Invisible Anymore, The Reality of Rape in the Military

Sexual assaults in the military and how poorly the military command has handled them were big national stories. We found that the rapes were also happening closer to home on bases in Northwest Florida. Read more.

Viewpoint: Bring Fairness to Military’s Sexual Assault Process

Viewpoint: Bring Fairness to Military’s Sexual Assault Process

SIDING WITH GILLIBRAND ON HOW TO BRING CLEAR FAIRNESS TO THE MILITARY’S SEXUAL ASSAULT PROCESS By Phyllis Hain In the U.S. Senate, two female Democratic senators (Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand) are championing two distinct ways to curb the longtime epidemic of sexual assaults in the [...]

City fails public service test on Veterans Day parade

City fails public service test on Veterans Day parade

When faced with a request, government bureaucracies talk about budgets and workloads. Public servants ask how can they help. The Florida Department of Transportation made the decision to enforce state laws requiring at a MOT (Maintenance of Traffic) certified by an engineer when parades use or [...]

Commissioner May comes to aid of parade organizers

The daily newspaper has an article on how the volunteers that have organized the Pensacola Veterans Day believe that they have been given the runaround by the city of Pensacola. The Florida Department of Transportation toughened requirements this year for its “Maintenance of Traffic” [...]

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