Never Quit. Never Forget http://www.neverquitneverforget.org Honoring Our Military Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:21:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 The Army’s Complicated Relationship with Gambling /veterans/the-armys-complicated-relationship-with-gambling/ /veterans/the-armys-complicated-relationship-with-gambling/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:51:14 +0000 /?p=134 Being an army officer can sometimes be a physical and psychological nightmare for many recruits. Soldiers are often forced to deal with the harrowing experiences as well as boredom as they wait to be deployed. Consequently, the need for recreational activities for these soldiers cannot be overemphasized. Recreational activities and games play a significant role in relaxing the minds of the soldiers and help them pass the time as they wait to get on the next round of events in various places. This is often where gambling comes in handy, but it is also a fact that gambling and military forces have had a dark relationship over the years.   According to news from the Defense Department, 72 reserve members

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Being an army officer can sometimes be a physical and psychological nightmare for many recruits. Soldiers are often forced to deal with the harrowing experiences as well as boredom as they wait to be deployed. Consequently, the need for recreational activities for these soldiers cannot be overemphasized. Recreational activities and games play a significant role in relaxing the minds of the soldiers and help them pass the time as they wait to get on the next round of events in various places. This is often where gambling comes in handy, but it is also a fact that gambling and military forces have had a dark relationship over the years.

 

According to news from the Defense Department, 72 reserve members and 514 active duty civil-military members and were either diagnosed or treated for gambling-related disorders between the years 2011-2015. Even though these number appears to be meager (only 0.03% of the active and reserve population), a federal agency that offers oversight and investigation services for Congress (GAO) says that the military should do more in identifying and treating gambling-related disorders. Besides GAO, several other players believe a higher number of gambling addicts are in the armed forces.

 

Is gambling legal?

 

There has been a protracted debate as to whether gambling should be banned in the military service or not. Such debates have often been fueled by the evidence that links gambling addiction and armed soldiers. However, it is essential to acknowledge the fact of an existing policy in the U.S. Air Force publication which states that an employee should not engage in any form of gambling while on active duty. The irony of this is the presence of slot machines as well as other casino games in military barracks. In other countries such as the United Kingdom, the minister for Defense was at one point put under scrutiny for allowing FOBTs in the barrack. Showing this is a truly international issue.

 

At the moment, the military service doesn’t offer annual screening. Besides, its current medical intervention process does not contain questions that could detect susceptibility to gambling disorder as is the case with other addictive disorders. According to a GAO report, military service screening only focuses on mental-health disorders and ignore screening for gambling-related problems. “This is dangerous because gambling disorders can have tremendous effects on military operation. The financial hardships, preoccupation with gambling and increased suicidal risks are a danger to an individual’s readiness to” read the report.

 

The rise of online casino

 

What has made it even harder to fight gambling in the military is the rise of mobile casinos on cell phones. This implies that even if slots rights are taken away, an officer can easily have access to gambling through his or her cell phone.

 

For veterans and those still in military service, the pressure of gambling is at times irresistible and will be hard to break. The fact that it is readily available and practiced by most soldiers makes it even more difficult. Some of the probable reasons why armed officers become addicted to gambling are to cure boredom, or dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from unimaginable trauma like witnessing genocide. Some people often get involved as a way of coping with civilian life after retirement from the service.

 

The problem of gambling in the military cannot be wished away considering the effects that come with it. In the United States alone, it is estimated that between 36,000 and 48,000 active military officers are addicted to gambling. There is a need to have a serious discussion about ways to prevent this menace from going too far. The military must come up with a means of controlling its personnel from overindulging in gambling.

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/veterans/the-armys-complicated-relationship-with-gambling/feed/ 0 US Military Concerned About Cannabinoids, Not About Vaping /government/us-military-concerned-about-cannabinoids-not-about-vaping/ Sun, 08 Apr 2018 10:25:00 +0000 /?p=75 The U.S. Army Public Health Center published a public health warning in January 2018, after reports of about 60 soldiers with serious health issues tied to the use of vape oils that manufacturers claimed contained cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The Army acknowledges that researchers have not found links between pure CBD oil and serious health problems. However, there are CBD vape oils on the market that contain synthetic cannabinoids, and they do not all disclose this fact. Officials fear that consumers shopping for standard vape products might unwittingly purchase items that contain these and other man-made and potentially harmful substances. The medical centers at Fort Bragg Army Base and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base treated soldiers with, “symptoms ranged from

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The U.S. Army Public Health Center published a public health warning in January 2018, after reports of about 60 soldiers with serious health issues tied to the use of vape oils that manufacturers claimed contained cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

The Army acknowledges that researchers have not found links between pure CBD oil and serious health problems. However, there are CBD vape oils on the market that contain synthetic cannabinoids, and they do not all disclose this fact. Officials fear that consumers shopping for standard vape products might unwittingly purchase items that contain these and other man-made and potentially harmful substances.

The medical centers at Fort Bragg Army Base and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base treated soldiers with, “symptoms [that] ranged from headache, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, dilated pupils and dizziness to confusion, disorientation, agitation and seizures.” These symptoms are commonly seen with synthetic cannabinoids.

Military regulations prohibit the use of all natural or synthetic cannabis and, “any other substance similarly designed to mimic the effects of a controlled substance.” They do not regulate the use of standard vape products.

The Army is not concerned with vaping, generally. Outside of workspaces, soldiers are free to enjoy vape pens and the many variations, or mods, available on the market. Box mods are especially popular, as they allow for a variety of advanced features and controls.

The Army did not include any discussion of vape products designed to mimic cigarettes or provide nicotine, only concerns about the cannabinoid substances.

Resources:

Ultimate Vape Mod and Box Mod Guide 2018

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Finally a Pro Military Administration. Pay Rises & More Boot on The Ground in 2018 /government/finally-a-pro-military-administration-pay-rises-more-boot-on-the-ground-in-2018/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:14:11 +0000 /?p=15 A 2.4 percent pay raise for the military has been backed by negotiators from the Senate and House for fiscal 2018. This is expected to boost the end strength of over 20,000 troops, and fund weapon systems ranging from ground vehicles to ships to aircraft. The pay raise proposed would approximately equal the private sectors wage growth, and the biggest the military has seen since 2010.   The proposal by the Senate to reduce the money received by dual military couples with kids has been scrapped. Married members of the military currently receive their own allotment for housing. For couples with children, one can collect the rate for dependents or the BAH. The other receives the rate for no dependents.

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A 2.4 percent pay raise for the military has been backed by negotiators from the Senate and House for fiscal 2018. This is expected to boost the end strength of over 20,000 troops, and fund weapon systems ranging from ground vehicles to ships to aircraft. The pay raise proposed would approximately equal the private sectors wage growth, and the biggest the military has seen since 2010.

 

The proposal by the Senate to reduce the money received by dual military couples with kids has been scrapped. Married members of the military currently receive their own allotment for housing. For couples with children, one can collect the rate for dependents or the BAH. The other receives the rate for no dependents. The proposal from the Senate wants both spouses to receive rates for no dependents. This would have decreased affected couples approximately $100 to $600 every month. The negotiated bill allows the spouse with the higher ranking to receive the rate for dependents.

 

The proposed increase for the military encompasses the end strength for 20,300 individuals. This includes 1,400 of the National Guard, 16,600 of the individuals on active duty, and 2,300 of the Reserves. According to the figures of the Defense Department, this would increase the end strength of the component from roughly 1.34 million to approximately 1.36 million. The end strength of the Senate and House would include 500 Guard, 7,500 active duty and 500 Reserves regarding the army, 1,000 reserves and 4,000 active duty for the Navy, 1,000 active duty regarding the Marines, and 800 reserves, 900 guards and 4,100 active duty for the Air Force.

 

The proposed defense budget is expected to run $699.6 billion for fiscal 2018. This includes the war budget for Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and additional locations as a part of the Overseas Contingency Operations. This is a significant increase over the request from Trump for OCO funding of $65 billion and a base of $603 billion. The proposed increase requires 60 Senate votes and funding for 24 F/A-18 Super Hornet jets and 90 F-35 Joint Strikes.

 

The proposed budget for the defense has been approved by the conference committee. It is now headed to the Senate and House floors for a vote. It is possible a vote in the lower chamber will arrive as quickly as the beginning of next week. Congress will then determine how the budget will be funded and must work against the Continuing Resolution set to expire on December 8th.

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New Vets Mental Health Care Act Passes Congress /government/new-vets-mental-health-care-act-passes-congress/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:14:05 +0000 /?p=12 Health care has long been a source of contention for veterans. For their service, they are thanked with limited and unaccommodating health care. As the daughter-in-law of a 67-year-old Marine who served in Vietnam, this is an issue I experience frequently and I feel strongly about. The quality of care and attention that veterans receive is sorely lacking, so I am glad to say that as of November 7th, 2017, H.R. 918 – Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act has been passed. This legislation states that veterans of the armed forces will receive proper initial and follow-up mental health care, including any services required for their urgent mental health needs, regardless of the circumstances of their discharge. This means

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Health care has long been a source of contention for veterans. For their service, they are thanked with limited and unaccommodating health care. As the daughter-in-law of a 67-year-old Marine who served in Vietnam, this is an issue I experience frequently and I feel strongly about. The quality of care and attention that veterans receive is sorely lacking, so I am glad to say that as of November 7th, 2017, H.R. 918 – Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act has been passed.

This legislation states that veterans of the armed forces will receive proper initial and follow-up mental health care, including any services required for their urgent mental health needs, regardless of the circumstances of their discharge. This means that even if a veteran was dishonorably discharged, they can still receive the mental health care they need through Veteran Affairs channels, so they can get all the care they need to cope with the invisible wounds of war and be functioning members of society. Also incorporated into the H.R. 918 legislation is the guarantee that the VA will seek to provide the necessary mental health services outside of their own facilities if the required travel distance is not viable.

Again, all of this is regardless of the nature of the veteran’s discharge, which leads to another benefit of the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act. The legislation also requires a formal review of a veteran’s service, leading to a closer look at the nature of their discharge and their eligibility for VA benefits. This is a step in the right direction, but there is still more work to do to properly care for our veterans, who have fought for our freedoms.

Today, there are hundreds of thousands of veterans who are denied the care they need by the VA or are forced to wait long periods of time for the treatment they deserve. This is not solely the fault of the VA, as their facilities are overrun with patients, understaffed and underfunded. We, as the people that our veterans have fought for, need to stand up for them and get them the care they deserve. Part of that is bolstering the very facilities and benefits they depend on. The H.R.918 – Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act is a step in the right direction, and this trend must be continued.

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The Results Are In, The Military Love Trump /government/the-results-are-in-the-military-love-trump/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:14:00 +0000 /?p=9 According to the recent polls by The Military Times Poll, those in the military are more likely to support President Trump. The polls showed that 44% of the troops have a positive and favorable view of president Trump compared to the other 40% who had an unfavorable view of all military genders and ethnicity. However, the views shifted according to the service members, for the officers only 30% had a favorable option compared to the enlisted troops where more than 48% of members approved the commander-in-chief. The polls revealed that around 53% of the military officers have a critical view. But comparing military men and women only 32% of women would support Trump compared to 47% of men, and when

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According to the recent polls by The Military Times Poll, those in the military are more likely to support President Trump. The polls showed that 44% of the troops have a positive and favorable view of president Trump compared to the other 40% who had an unfavorable view of all military genders and ethnicity. However, the views shifted according to the service members, for the officers only 30% had a favorable option compared to the enlisted troops where more than 48% of members approved the commander-in-chief. The polls revealed that around 53% of the military officers have a critical view. But comparing military men and women only 32% of women would support Trump compared to 47% of men, and when it comes to white against non- white’s troops, 51% of non-whites were unfavorably against Trump and only 37% of white soldiers were in favor.

The polls also showed that the president was loved and favored among marine’s troops with 59% indicating their positive views while he was the least favorite of the sailor’s forces with 49% showing unfavorable opinions. The results were conducted to more than one thousand soldiers actively on duty around September 7th to 25th. And done before the controversy of the Gold Star families and Trump over how the president handled their phones calls. The dispute includes the widow of the Niger Mission soldier who died during the operation, and since then the military troops seem to change their tune.

Notably, according to the Military Times, President Trump favorability has not shifted much since the last polls conducted in late 2016 after he became the president. During those elections, only 46% of the military troops had a favorable view of the president-elect while around 37% had an unfavorable view.

Since becoming the president, the Trump administration has reviewed the military policies and increased the military spending. However, the push to ban transgender from serving on the troops seemed unacceptable by most military members. But appoint of Defense Secretary James Mattis was widely received and appreciated by more than 84% from the military forces across all disciplines. The Military Times states that the conducted polls are scientific and the findings based on the confidential online survey which is voluntary and open for completion by any U.S Service member. Additionally, all the questions focused on national security issues and how Trump conducts the country affairs in the White House.

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Vape A Vet Project Aims To Help Veterans ’Conquer’ Tobacco Habits /veterans/vape-a-vet-project-aims-to-help-veterans-conquer-tobacco-habits/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:13:54 +0000 /?p=6 It is not difficult to help a vet conquer their tobacco addiction. A physical retailer should simply stock Upside E-Liquids and Bottle Ready to Vape Liquids. 100 percent of the wholesale profits earned from these sales are used to pay for warehouse space, fund kit purchases, and cover support and outreach with a donation to the Vape a Vet Project. Juice manufacturers have the option of making special flavors and using the logo. This provides donations for part of the sales of that specific flavor to the Vape a Vet Project. This is an incredible way of showing vapers you believe in and support their cause. Mod Makers and Juice Manufacturers can make donations to the care packages sent every

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It is not difficult to help a vet conquer their tobacco addiction. A physical retailer should simply stock Upside E-Liquids and Bottle Ready to Vape Liquids. 100 percent of the wholesale profits earned from these sales are used to pay for warehouse space, fund kit purchases, and cover support and outreach with a donation to the Vape a Vet Project.

Juice manufacturers have the option of making special flavors and using the logo. This provides donations for part of the sales of that specific flavor to the Vape a Vet Project. This is an incredible way of showing vapers you believe in and support their cause.

Mod Makers and Juice Manufacturers can make donations to the care packages sent every month. Approximately 800 care packages are separated, packaged and distributed to soldiers worldwide every month. The hardware requested is gen(ish), meaning no cigalikes, cartos, etc. The 3mg juice is always needed because the current requests far exceed what has been donated. There are already a ton of donated 0mg and higher nic. All the donated items must be unopened, new and not expired. E-juice is similar to food because nobody would even consider donating a hamburger that was half-eaten. Information regarding donating products is always available.

Online retailers should think about making a coupon code, and matching it with a donation. A good code suggestion is VAPEAVET, and a customer can receive a five percent discount off an order with a matching donation of five percent. This provides customers with a chance to save some cash while doing a little something for the vets.

Vapers can easily support this important project by giving their support to BRV Liquids. This is one of Vape a Vet’s main funding sources. People can support this project simply by continuing what they are already doing. Since people are already vaping, it makes sense to save money, do a bit more, and vape for a cause.

A good idea is to talk with the local retailers, explain about Vape a Vet, and find out why they have not become involved. Explain how important the cause is and provide encouragement for them to pledge their support.

It is so easy to spread the word. Many people have friends or family currently serving or who have previously served. A lot of these people are using tobacco and would be delighted with the opportunity to provide a chance for vaping without any personal cost.

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