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Sexual assaults in military are up, alarmingly

Sexual assaults in military are up, alarmingly

A survey released by the Pentagon yesterday estimates that sexual assaults in the military have increased over 36 percent since 2010--jumping from 19,000 people in the armed forces assaulted in 2010 to 26,000. The sharp rise has drawn the ire of President Obama and Congress. At a White House [...]

Another sexual assault by Air Force officer

Another sexual assault by Air Force officer

Stars and Stripes reports that the chief of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response branch--Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski-- was arrested by Arlington, Va. police this weekend and charged with sexual battery. Krusinski, 41, is accused of approaching a woman in a parking lot and [...]

Bipartisan bill in Congress will create independent office to investigate military rapes

Press Release: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) reintroduce The STOP Act to end epidemic of sexual assault in the military; In latest scandal -- Lt. Gen. Franklin ignored jury decision and reinstated fellow fighter pilot who was sentenced to year in [...]

Tax forms reveal more on Veteran’s Park foundation and its operations

Tax forms reveal more on Veteran’s Park foundation and its operations

The Independent News has received copies the tax returns for 2009, 2010 and 2011 of the Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, that built and maintained the Wall South memorial on Bayfront Parkway in Pensacola. The returns show that the foundation owned the land and building used by VFW [...]

Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation shows no receivable or income from VFW Post

Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation shows no receivable or income from VFW Post

In 2004, the Vietnam Veterans Wall South Foundation filed a report with the state to change its name to Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation (Wallnamechange). The website GuideStar shows the Form 990 financial statements of non-profits. The Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park Foundation [...]

Exclusive: Military feared Wall South funds would be diverted to a drinking hooch. They were right

The former treasurer of the Wall South Foundation says that Commander of the Defense Commissary Agency that raised half million dollars for the ongoing maintenance of the Wall South project in Pensacola feared that some of the Pensacola veterans involved in the project would "build themselves a [...]

Military Base Quality of Life Survey Opens

Press Release: Victory Media, Inc., a veteran-owned small business that focuses on providing information and service to the military community of troops, veterans and their family members , officially opened its first Military Base Quality of Life Survey. The intent of the survey, which takes [...]

Former Pensacola busboy honored for military service

Former Pensacola busboy honored for military service

The Orlando Sentinel reported John Steele, former Pensacola busboy who enlisted in the marines as teenager in 1945, receive one of the nation's highest civilian awards - Congressional Gold Medal. Steel, now 87 and living in Daytona Beach, is one of a group of Black Marines honored for their service [...]

Army Suicides are up

Army Suicides are up

A year agp, I wrote about the alarming rate of suicides among our military - "When Yellow Ribbons Aren't Enough." The problem hasn't gone away. It may be getting worse. The Daily Mail reports that as many as 38 U.S. service members killed themselves in July, making it the worst month for [...]

Military Appreciation Month

Military Appreciation Month

May is  Military Appreciation Month. Each year the month of May promotes and improves quality of life for area military members in the area. This initiative is the Greater Pensacola Chamber’s month-long salute to the men and women who volunteer to serve our Country in times of war and times of [...]

Marine Memorial Bell to be Introduced

Marine Memorial Bell to be Introduced

Blue Wahoos’ fans will be introduced to the Marine Memorial Bell at tonight’s game at the Maritime Stadium. The bell will be displayed outside the mezzanine area of the ballpark overlooking the field. Wahoos fans are encouraged to visit the display, which will be manned by volunteer Marines [...]

Vets protest possible U.S. attack on Iran

Press Release: VETERANS AND FRIENDS TO DEMONSTRATE OPPOSITION TO ATTACKING IRAN Veterans for Peace, Northwest Florida invites the public to show opposition to any military action against Iran. The rally will take place on Saturday, May 5, Noon to 2:00pm, at the south end of Dr. Martin Luther [...]

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