"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer." Gen. George S. Patton
Retired Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Willam Charette, Medal of Honor Recipient, Died Earlier This Month
Master Chief Charette, who received the Medal of Honor for throwing his body on top of a patient during a grenade attack in Korea, died earlier this month. He was 79. Of the seven Korean War sailors who received the Medal of Honor, five were Navy corpsmen.
On March 27, 1953, during a battle near Panmunjom, Chief Charette "repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small arms-fire and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades," according to his Medal of Honor citation.
Chief Charette enlisted in the Navy in 1951. His Battalion (2nd Battalion, 7th Marines) left for Korea in February 1953.
(Sources: USA TODAY, Newsday)
Special Forces Hero Dies Trying To Save His Children
Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell, a decorated Green Beret with five deployments to Afghanistan, died trying to save his two children. After he and his wife jumped from their second floor window, Cantrell wrapped himself in a blanket and re-entered the burning home to save his 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. Unfortunately, he never made it back out of the building.
Cantrell joined the Army in 1994. He had one combat deployment to Iraq and five to Afghanistan. He was the recipient of four Bronze Stars and one Purple Heart.
End of Watch: RIP Trooper Javier Arana, Jr.
Texas Trooper Javier Arana, Jr., was killed in an automobile accident as he responded in a vehicle pursuit in El Paso on March 24, 2012. Trooper Arana's vehicle burst into flame upon impact.
Trooper Arana was a two year veteran of the Texas Department of Public Safety. He is survived by his wife and children.
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Eliminate The "D" From PTSD
Allow me a rare opinion piece. I spent over 30 years in behavioral health care. I only point that out to reinforce my street cred. I would like to see the "D" or "disorder" eliminated as a label for Post Traumatic Stress. Post Traumatic Stress, in my opinion, is not a disorder. It's a syndrome that identifies a specific set of signs and symptoms. One of the many reasons military personnel and veterans do not seek treatment is precisely because we refer to this condition as a "disorder." In addition, all to often, the term "disorder" also reinforces the crazed-vet myth. Moreover, the "D" also suggests to many being a combat veteran is itself a psychiatric disorder which, of course, is nonsense. It's also blatantly patronizing. Those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress can live without the D. Get rid of the D.
2012 Military.com/NCOA Career Expo
It's been estimated that approximately 30% of male veterans ages 18-24 were out of work last year, compared with a 17.6% rate among their civilian peers. For veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the unemployment rate was 12% for men and 36% for women. The good news is that 64% companies surveyed said they would be hiring veterans, up from 53% two years ago.
That's why it's with pleasure we announce the 2012 Military.com/NCOA Career Expo to take place on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Harbour View, Woodbridge, VA. Contact Military.com and NCOA for additional information.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP): What You Need To Know
VRAP is a joint program between the Department of Labor and the VA. The roll-out is planned for July 1, 2012. VRAP is designed to help unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 years of age. The veteran must also have an other than dishonorable discharge; not be eligible for any other VA education benefit such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill; not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployablity and not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.
Veterans who meet the criteria above may receive up to 12 months of payments currently at $1,473.00 per month. Benefits will be paid directly to the veteran and the veteran will be responsible for paying expenses including tuition, fees and books.
For more information, go to: http://gibill.va.gov/