” When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs facility in New York, saw the clinic restrain a sexual assault survivor to a bed for seven consecutive hours, she released the woman.
The next day, Ms. Riviello said, she was removed from her post as senior nurse manager and given a full-time desk job that prohibited her from contact with patients. She eventually was reprimanded and is facing a 30-day unpaid suspension for releasing the woman.
Now, Ms. Riviello is one of more than 50 whistleblowers who say the Veterans Affairs Department retaliated against them for trying to do their jobs. The complaints got backing last week from the Justice Department’s office of special counsel, which issued a stern warning for the VA to shape up.
Ms. Riviello said her reprimand for the November incident has cowed other nurses at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in New York.”
We’re still waiting for the appearance of that “most open , honest and transparent” administration we keep hearing about…
Being a whistle-blower in this administration is bad for your career . Ask the 50 brave souls at the VA …
” The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.
It’s impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY.
The result: potential waste of unknown value.
” There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the (Pentagon) can make some common-sense improvements to how it manages ammunition,” said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don’t have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets. This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military’s antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases.”
Read the rest of this damning report of waste .
” Currently, blood loss from gunshot wounds sustained in a battlefield environment can be extremely difficult to treat, especially if heavy blood loss in play. A medic must stop bleeding long enough to get the wounded party to more advanced care.
With that in mind a company called RevMedX has developed, with funding from the Army, a fairly innovative method for stopping blood loss due to a gunshot wound in a mere 15 seconds.
According to the company’s website,
XStat is an investigational hemostatic dressing under development by RevMedx for the control of severe bleeding from pelvis or shoulder wounds not amenable to tourniquet application in adults and adolescents.”
Story continues at GunsSaveLives
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” The principal of Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill is defending the decision to let students hold military weapons during a Veterans Day program at the school last week.
A parent complained after pictures of two students holding weapons were posted on the eighth grade school blog.
In each picture a member of the military is next to the student.
The parent thought, that in light of recent school shootings, it was inappropriate.
Principal Brenda Campbell disagreed.
“Those guns are completely no ammo. They had been checked out by the military themselves, who brought them into our school,” Campbell said.”
Kudos to Principal Campbell for standing her ground .
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” At 1,092 feet, the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall.
Yet last month this nuclear-powered giant warship demonstrated its unlimited range and ability to sustain itself at sea by successfully completing a first underway refueling in four years.
On September 17, the supply ship USNS Kanawha pulled alongside and pumped 600,000 gallons of jet fuel into the carrier. A stunning video shows the complex 2-hour operation in just a minute.”
The Ship’s Specs
” Ordered: 30 September 1980
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co
Cost: US $4.5 billion in 2007 dollars
Laid down: 31 October 1981
Commissioned: 25 October 1986
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Qui Plantavit Curabit (He who has planted will preserve.)
Nickname: TR, Big Stick
Displacement: 104,600 long tons (117,200 short tons)
Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m) Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam: Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m) Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, 4 × steam turbines, 4 × shafts, 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Endurance: Limited only by food and supplies
Complement: Ship’s company: 3,200, Air wing: 2,480
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters”
This is what the Marine should be holding ...