Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Veteran Opportunity to Work Act in House of Representatives; Kudos to Federal Agents for Cracking Assassination Plot; Fallen Honored; Great Resources on Facebook for Military Families

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem."---Ronald Reagan

Breaking News:

The Veteran Opportunity to Work Act is scheduled to be taken up by the House today. Jeff Miller (R-Fl) sponsored the legislation. In short, the legislation is designed to change the military's Transition Assistance Program. It also will provide job protection for deployed reservists and guardsmen. In addition, it will provide job training programs for unemployed older veterans.

The need for this legislation is great. Unemployment among Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans now stands at over 11% nationally according to the Department of Labor. Lawmakers goal is to get this legislation on the president's desk before Veteran's Day.

Kudos to our federal agents from the FBI and DEA who disrupted a terrorist's plot in the United States, according to ABC News. The plan was to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.  Two people were charged in U.S. Federal Court. They planned to carry out the assassination plot in Washington, D.C. One of the plotters is a U.S. citizen and holds an Iranian passport. A third plotter is still at large and believed to be in Iran.

In Memoriam

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division mourns the loss of Capt. Joshua Lawrence. Captain Lawrence died during a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Kandahar City on Oct. 8, 2011. An officer in his brigade said of Captain Lawrence, "He was the smartest person I ever met." Captain Lawrence is survived by his wife, Brittany, and his mother, Judy. He was 29 years old.

Grenada Police Captain, John Wayne Haddock, was killed on Friday when he was putting out spike strips to burst the tires of a car driven by Kyle Wendt, 20, of Colorado Springs, who has a record as a sex offender in that state. Wendt and another passenger were wanted in a church burglary. Captain Haddock died at the scene on Mississippi Highway 8. He funeral was set for today (AP).

Fallen Police Chief, Daniel Guldin of Chester County's (PA) North Coventry, was honored 52 years after his death this week. In 1959, he wrangled with a suspected drunk driver, and suffered a heart attack. He was 53 years old at the time of his death. Guldin was the eighth fallen officer to be memorialized at the county courthouse along Market Street (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Great Resources for Military Families on Facebook

I stumbled upon several great resources on Facebook in the past week. One of these is  called, "The Support Back Home: Military Wives and Girlfriends." It describes itself as a place for support, advice, fun, friendships and venting.

Another page entitled, "While You Were Away," describes itself as a support for families experiencing periods of prolonged absence or deployment, moving, re-integration or just life as a military family.

Just a reminder to my readers, there are a plethora of resources available on this blog too. Take a few minutes and review it. I'm confident you will find a resource or information that will be of assistance to you.

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