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April 30, 1975
Does that date ring a bell? Probably not. It isn't one of those dates like December 7, 1941, or D-Day (which most people under 60 can't tell you the date of anyway). But it is an important date in American history. Do our schools teach anything about this date? Probably not. Because many people would prefer to just forget this entire chapter of American history. Today marks the 35th anniversary of
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National Vietnam Veterans Foundation
Do you have a rating for this charity -- National Vietnam Veterans Foundation? Joe, we started our research on the web site for the National Vietnam
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Val Kilmer was Talking About Acting...
Val Kilmer was talking about preparing mentally to act and thinking through how a person would feel in the circumstances of war. The only thing he did
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Military Court Martial Seeks Justice
A military court martial administers justice in military courtrooms in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice and prevailing military law.
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Coalition to Support America's Heroes
Why did Coalition to Support America's Heroes receive an F? Is it a scam? Having read the overall reason, it begs the question if one should or should
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Disabled American Veterans
How effective is Disabled American Veterans? It seems to be one of the oldest and largest veterans charities. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was
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SEAL Jonathan Keefe Not Guilty
US Navy SEAL Jonathan Keefe found not guilty. Keefe, a 2nd Class Petty Officer (E-5)is the second of three U.S. Navy SEALs to face court-martial for allegedly
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First of SEAL Trio Acquitted in Baghdad
U.S. Navy SEAL, Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas was found not guilty of dereliction of duty and impeding an investigation today by a six-man Navy
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Requesting Donation to Charity with Free Gifts
I just received a free gift from National Veterans Foundation (NVF). I get so many of these, and I don't like the idea of contributions being used for
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Green Country Veterans Association
Is Green Country Veterans Association a good veterans charity to donate to? Karen, thank you for your question. We were unable to find much information
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Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Is Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing a reputable veterans charity? According to their web site, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, INC. (PHWFF)
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Disabled Veterans National Foundation
I could not find a rating for Disabled Veterans National Foundation, Inc. Is this veterans charity providing valuable assistance to our nation's veterans?
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Val Kilmer AKA Hanoi Val
Mike writes: Val Kilmer, I was a Combat Medic with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1968. Any combat soldier in Viet Nam knows what I did there. Kilmer,
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Vietnam Veterans Of America
Do you have a rating for Vietnam Veterans of America (the national organization)? It's not shown on your page of charitable 501 C3 or 501 C19 organizations.
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Check Out Veterans Charities
Any veterans charity or other charitable organization that wants to solicit charity donations in Florida must be registered with the Florida Department
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April 15 Tax Deadline Thursday
Here's a friendly last-minute reminder that the deadline for filing your 2009 income tax return is this Thursday, April 15. If you just haven't been able to get all your records together and figure out your taxes, be sure to file a request for extension by the deadline. But be aware that this a merely an extension of time to file, not an extension of time to pay the taxes due. If you owe additional taxes, you will be assessed interest and possibly penalties on the unpaid amount. Click the link below for more details, including a link to the IRS Form required to request an extension.
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United Proud Patriots Veterans Organization
I recently got a telemarketer call looking for a donation to United Proud Patriots Veterans Organization. Is that a legitimate organization? I asked
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American Veterans Foundation
Can you tell me anything about American Veterans Foundation? I could not find anything about them on your site. They are listed at 2815 100th street
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National Veterans Services Fund
A reader asks: What can you tell me about the National Veterans Services Fund? How much do they give to aid veterans? The National Veterans Services
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United War Veterans Council
Recently my sister received a phone solicitation from United War Veterans (they neglected to add of New York) who wanted to schedule clothing pick-up.
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Obama is Smoke and Mirrors
Obama is an illusion. No birth certificate. Very little training and experience. Questionable associations with radical elements. Is he Muslim or
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National Veterans Foundation
Is National Veterans Foundation a charity worthy of a donation? Anne, thank you for your question. Obviously, you must decide whether a charity is
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We'd like to wish a Happy Easter to all our men and women in uniform around the world today, and let you know you are not forgotten. Thank you for your efforts and sacrifices to preserve and defend our freedom. God bless you on this holiest of days in the Christian year, and bring you home safely to your families.
Foundation for American Veterans
A reader asks: I didn't see a rating for 'Foundation for American Veterans' in Michigan. Are they a good organization or another bad money handling outfit?
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Save the SEALs!
We must save the SEALs! This makes me sick to think this country could even think these well-trained SEALs could be in the wrong. This should not have
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Wounded Warrior Project Info?
Do you have information about the Wounded Warrior Project? I am retired Army. I go to great lengths to be sure that when I make a contribution to an organization
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Val Kilmer - a UK perspective
Andrew writes: What a prat. Ok, Mr. Kilmer, let's cut to the chase. You were caught out. Own it! Esquire insists their interview was accurate. Question:
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Low Interest Credit Card?
Credit cards - yes we need them - yes I hate them! I'm a veteran that scrapes by with my disabled vets check. I had
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What's Great About America
Preston writes: What's great about America is the men and women selflessly serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. These
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Congress: If You Vote for Healthcare Reform, We Will Defeat You
We here at the Tea Party Express have a message for Congress today: You vote for this healthcare bill, and we won't vote for you in November. Not only
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Val Kilmer Turns Tail and Runs
Val turns tail and runs - when the heat's on. If I were Val Kilmer, and somebody accused me of saying things about
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Watch Extreme Home Makeover Sunday, March 21
Be sure to watch the Extreme Home Makeover for military family Sherman and Gina Heathcock and their three children Sunday, March 21, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. Central Time) on ABC. The family gets a surprise you won't want to miss. But be sure to have your hankie handy.
This Sunday, USAA helps make one military family's
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Health Care Bill is Evidence of Government Run Amok
Preston writes: The Democrats' insistence on trying to ram through health care reform despite opposition by an overwhelming majority of Americans is just
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YOU Must Act TODAY to Stop Health Care Reform
It's up to you! Despite the opposition of an overwhelming majority of Americans (3 to 1), Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democrats intend to try to ramrod their version of "Health Care Reform" through the House of Representatives this weekend.
The Congressional Budget Office has released the final numbers on the Democrats' health care bill. They estimate this unprecedented takeover of our health care system will cost taxpayers $940 billion. According to Senator John McCain, this bill is full of kickbacks and back room deals, and exceeds the $900 billion ceiling President Obama himself set last September.
The Republican National Committee sent out an urgent message Thursday to let Americans know that the Democrats intend to ignore the will of the people and enact this "2,000-plus page, $2.5 trillion health care monstrosity. They are so confident that they can ram this down the throat of the American people that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has boasted that by this Sunday health care reform will be 'the law of the land.' [Let's unite and prove him wrong!]
"If Nancy Pelosi can successfully cajole, intimidate, and coerce her Democrat majority into approving a bill the American people are against by a 3:1 margin, Obama and the rest of the radical Democrats in Washington will see their dream of government-run, government-rationed health care come true.
We have just a few days left to convince House Democrats who are still on the fence that no amount of political payoffs or promises justifies betraying the American people, making a mockery of democracy, and forever closing the door on the personal liberty that is the heart of American society.
"Just a few days to let House Democrats know that we will not stand for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid hijacking of our freedom and democracy so they can impose their socialist 'utopia' of higher taxes, restricted access, inferior quality, and deadly inefficiency on the best health care system in the world.
"You and the RNC are all that stand between the Democrats' scheme to take more of your hard-earned income to pay for this unsustainable, freedom destroying entitlement and an opportunity to work for real, truly bipartisan step-by-step solutions for bringing down costs and increasing coverage that the American people deserve."
It's up to you to stop them. Click on the red button above to send an e-postcard to all the House Democrats who are wavering.
It's free, and they need to be reminded that they work for us, the American people.
You can choose one of three images to go on your postcard. Personally, I like the yellow Gadsden flag showing a coiled snake that says "Don't Tread on Me." It should serve as a reminder to our elected officials that if they choose to tread on the American people, we'll simply vote them out and send them home. Hopefully, we'll get their attention and deliver the message before it's too late! Click now!
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American Politics, American Government Not Serving the People
Preston writes: The American government and its two-party system are not serving the American people well. In fact, the two-party system is failing miserably
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Census Forms Should Arrive This Week
Census Forms should be arriving in your mail box this week. Wonder how much information you have to give them, or whether you have to answer it at all? We give you a preview, and answer those questions in this
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Honorable Veterans Charities?
Diane writes: I went to look up the best veterans charity that would help our military the most. I wanted to write a check & so I checked this website.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center
Help build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center at the Vietnam Wall, the most-visited memorial in Washington, DC. Every year, more than 4 million people visit the stark black granite wall engraved with the names of 58,261 Americans who died in Vietnam. The names are arranged in
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Infantry in Vietnam was a Higher Percentage of Draftees
Bryan writes: The Vietnam draft numbers are a little misleading, because 90% of the Army infantry consisted of draftees by '69. Bryan, Thank you
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Test your knowledge of Military Money Matters
This fun quiz at HowStuffWorks will test your knowledge about Military Money Matters. There are 10 questions, and the average score is 5. You'll need to read each question carefully. And be sure to read the explanations at the bottom of each question, whether you get it right or wrong. You might learn something new! Enjoy.
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No National Health Care!
Frank writes: Dear Mr. President, We cannot afford your costly programs. We have a bad future here in America. Please - NO national health care!
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Earned the right to salute the flag
I don't really care what the regulations state regarding saluting of our Flag. I fought for it, I'll salute it. Seems fairly simple to me. The fact
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special dispensation for saluting the flag?
A reader asks: I know a veteran in my town who states that he was given a special dispensation for saluting the flag from someone at Luke Air Force Base,
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Is Congress Still Being Censored?
Jeff writes: Is this censorship in Congress still occurring this many months later? Before I start sending emails to all my friends and military retiree
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Do You Need Tax Help? How About Free Tax Help?
Do you need tax help? As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, do you need income tax help to avoid IRS tax problems? There are a number of places for free tax help. Military families can get free tax help through
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Serving in the Military was Our Privilege
Ken writes: Dear Tammy, It is because of the love of our country that we served... It is because of what our parents, grandparents and great grandparents
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Thank you to our military!
Tammy writes: Words can never express the gratitude I feel every day for the ultimate sacrifices each member of our armed forces make daily for the freedom
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Kilmer's Bad Judgment
Tom writes: Mr Kilmer, As A Vietnam vet I can't sit by and let you criticize, malign, and tell lies about my fellow comrades. I feel as though you have
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