8/24/2020 0 Comments
Each time Mathilda Benson patched up a sailor pummeled from the battles of WWII, she couldn’t help but think of her younger brother, Lewis.
Just a few months before Benson joined the Navy in the early 1940s, Lewis was killed in a boat off the coast of Northern Africa. His service had inspired her to parlay her dream of becoming a nurse into military service.
“That was really tough on me,” said Benson, now 100 years old. “I always felt bad that I couldn’t have done anything for my baby brother. ... When I was taking care of the young men, I felt like I wish I could have taken care of my baby brother.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/healing-on-the-home-front-lt.-mathilda-benson,-usn-(ret),-on-her-world-war-ii-service/
8/11/2020 0 Comments
Joseph Peterburs flew his P-51 Mustang close to the B-17 bombers he was escorting through the sky above Berlin, just as he had on 48 previous missions during WWII.
But on his 49th mission, the Germans flooded the sky with fighters. Peterburs, an adrenaline-filled 19-year-old, soared through the sky chasing a German fighter he saw blow up a B-17 bomber. He closed in as it hit a second bomber.
“Just as he blew up the second, I came in from the rear,” Peterburs said. “I saw smoke and fire on his left wing. He immediately rolled over and started to the deck. I just broke off the chase.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/from-teenage-pilot-to-pow-col.-joseph-peterburs,-usaf-(ret),-on-his-world-war-ii-service/
8/4/2020 0 Comments
When the Gestapo visited Frank Cohn’s childhood home in Breslau, Germany, in 1938 searching for his father, he and his mother knew it was time to leave.
At the time, 13-year-old Cohn hadn’t imagined he would return to his native Germany six years later. But when he did, he was wearing an American Army uniform, searching for Nazis and liberating oppressed people.
For Cohn, WWII was the culmination of years of childhood memories of violence, hate, and atrocities he recalls seeing on his street. “I’m a survivor and a liberator,” said Cohn, a 94-year-old retired Army colonel. “I was not going to be a victim for the rest of my life. With a caveat — we were never going to be like them.”
Read the story: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/a-survivor-and-a-liberator-col.-frank-cohn,-usa-(ret),-on-his-world-war-ii-service/
While one MOAA member splashed down after a history-making trip to space, another is preparing for takeoff.
NASA astronaut Col. Doug Hurley, USMC (Ret.), returned to Earth on Sunday from the International Space Station, completing the first crewed mission launched from the United States since 2011. The mission paves the way for future crewed missions, which will include NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, a retired Army colonel and, like Hurley, a MOAA member.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/as-one-moaa-member-returns-from-space,-another-prepares-for-liftoff/
Advocates in two states have pledged to keep pushing to exempt military retiree pay from state income tax after the COVID-19 pandemic halted efforts.
Proposed legislation in Vermont, where military retiree pay is fully taxed at the state level, would have provided a full tax exemption. In Georgia, a lawmaker proposed a bill that would offer a phased-in exemption.
Legislation on exemptions in both states stalled when lawmakers ended sessions early to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/covid-stalls-efforts-to-end-state-taxes-on-military-pensions,-but-push-continues/
Legendary talk show host Montel Williams and World Wrestling Entertainment star Lacey Evans are reflecting on their days in uniform as they help veterans transform their homes into peaceful sanctuaries.
In his television show, “Military Makeover with Montel,” Williams and his team travel across the country to renovate the homes of deserving veterans. Working with local volunteers, the team spends 10 days renovating each home. Shows air on Lifetime television and the Armed Forces Network.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/montel-williams-supports-vets-with-military-makeover-home-renovations/
7/6/2020 0 Comments
Army 1st Lt. Benjamin Keating knew the armored supply vehicle was too heavy for the road in Kamdesh, a remote town in eastern Afghanistan, so he went against regulation that day in 2006 took the wheel.
The road collapsed, tossing Keating from the truck as the Landay-Sin River sucked him under, according to reports. His death had a profound effect on his platoon, while demonstrating the tremendous care he had for his soldiers.
“Lt. Ben Keating was an example of a good leader who took responsibility and lived among his men and for this men and not above them or looking down on them,” said acclaimed actor Orlando Bloom, who portrays Keating in the new military thriller The Outpost.
Bloom spoke to Military Officer about his role as Keating and how he trained with the Army. The performance comes nearly 20 years after one of his first film roles as a professional actor – a brief appearance as an Army private first class in Black Hawk Down.
Read more here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/moaa-interview-orlando-bloom-on-portraying-an-army-officer-in-the-outpost/
MOAA board member Lt. Col. Walter Smiley Jr., USA (Ret), joined 99 other Black fathers as part of a special production featuring Oprah Winfrey that focused on how the men are raising their families in this moment.
Smiley, who capped a 25-year career as the chief of operations for the Rapid Equipping Force at Fort Belvoir, Va., was in the virtual audience for OWN Spotlight: Oprah and 100 Black Fathers, which touched on the urgency of having “the talk,” among other topics. Smiley caught the eye of Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) producers after he shared some of his experiences as a minority officer with the New York Times.
“It’s about time there’s a discussion about it,” Smiley said.
Read more here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/moaa-board-member-part-of-oprahs-100-black-fathers-special/
A program designed to help women veterans navigate the VA’s system and make them aware of available services will expand by the end of next year to reach every woman preparing to leave service.
The Women’s Health Transition Training program – a collaboration between the VA and DoD – is offered during service-specific Transition Assistance Programs.
“I’m pleased to hear VBA/VHA is working with the Department of Defense to assist women servicemembers’ transitioning out of service,” said Cmdr. René Campos, USN (Ret), MOAA’s senior director of government relations for veterans-wounded care.
Read more here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/va-plans-expansion-of-womens-health-transition-training/
6/16/2020 0 Comments
Jon Stewart, former Daily Show host and longtime advocate for 9/11 first responders, brought his trademark fiery spirit to a recent veterans event, asking the VA to grant presumption status to veterans exposed to toxins from burn pits before they die waiting on research to make the connection.
“If you can’t take care of those that are injured and face health issues, if we’re going to make them fight wars and then come home and fight for their lives, that has to change,” said Stewart, one of four speakers in an online discussion produced by The Washington Post. “That’s a model that has to change.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/jon-stewart-continues-advocacy-efforts-on-behalf-of-veterans-exposed-to-burn-pits/
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