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T-38 Trainer Jet Involved in Latest Military Air Crash

The U.S. Air Force is investigating another noncombat military air crash. On Wednesday, a T-38C Talon II trainer jet crashed near Columbus Air Force Base (CAFB) in northeast Mississippi. The two pilots ejected safely from the aircraft, and were taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released. The supersonic jet crashed in a wooded area without damaging any houses or other buildings. Witnesses in downtown Columbus, which is nine miles south of CAFB, reported seeing a plume of smoke above the crash site. The Air Force base is home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. There were six Class A ... Read More

WC-130 Plane Crashes Near Savannah, Georgia

Early Wednesday morning, an Air National Guard WC-130 crashed near Savannah, Georgia, killing all five crew members on board. The plane went down just a few miles from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Witnesses reported hearing a “loud, strange noise,” as they watched the plane flying at “very low altitude and making a hard left turn to the ground” seconds before it crashed and exploded. They described the impact, which could be felt miles away, as a bomb exploding. Some reported that the impact shook their building and knocked out power to area homes, schools and businesses. The airplane was ... Read More

Whistleblower Claims Retaliation Ended His National Guard Career

A California National Guard Major who spoke out against wasteful and illegal spending and mismanagement in the Army reserve is fighting to overturn what he alleges were career-killing performance reviews, handed down to him in retaliation for blowing the whistle. Retired Maj. Joseph Lovelace, who was on track to become a lieutenant colonel after his Iraq deployment, spoke to the Sacramento Bee about severely poor conditions at Camp Roberts near Paso Robles, California, an Army outpost where old buildings fell into a state of disrepair and decay, sewage bubbled up through showers, and materials bought to repair the facilities sat ... Read More

Staggering Number of U.S. Veterans Struggle With Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the United States observes Veterans Day by remembering and honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The federal holiday is also a good time to call attention to the alarming number of U.S. Veterans suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According a recent survey of more than 23,000 veterans registered with the Wounded Warrior Project, more than 75 percent of wounded servicemen and women are trying to cope with the often devastating effects of TBI and PTSD, the “invisible wounds of war,” which ... Read More

Whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit recovers $6.5 million for U.S. Navy

A whistleblower will receive $1.28 million for helping the U.S. Department of Defense recover millions of dollars in funds fraudulently taken from the U.S. Navy by a defense contractor, the U.S. Justice Department announced. Vector Planning and Services Inc. (VPS) agreed to pay the U.S. government $6.5 million to resolve the whistleblower’s allegations in a lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act, which allows private individuals with evidence of fraud and other wrongdoing sue on behalf of the federal government. The Act’s whistleblower provisions (often referred to as “qui tam” provisions) have become one of the federal government’s most powerful tools ... Read More

Whistleblower complaint prompts U.S. to sue Army contractor, subcontractors for fraud

A whistleblower complaint has prompted the U.S. government to sue a Houston, Texas-based Army contractor and two Kuwaiti companies for submitting false claims in connection with the logistical support they were contracted to provide for U.S. Army operations in Iraq. The case names Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR), an engineering and construction firm, and two Kuwait-based companies, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Co. (La Nouvelle) and First Kuwaiti Trading Company (First Kuwaiti), which KBR subcontracted to provide transportation, maintenance and other services for its work in Iraq. The U.S. alleges that KBR knowingly made false claims to the ... Read More

New bill would strengthen whistleblower protections for military members

A bill designed to toughen protections for military whistleblowers has been introduced by four U.S. Senators who say that improving the provisions would encourage more military members to blow the whistle on sexual assault, fraud, waste, and abuse. The bill, dubbed the Warner-Collins-Kaine-Grassley Amendment for the senators who designed it, appears to enjoy strong bipartisan support. The measure is also backed by some 50 whistleblowers and organizations, including the Government Accountability Project (GAP), a group that has emerged in recent years to advocate for whistleblowers in all levels and branches of government. “Improving the military’s whistleblower system is an important ... Read More

This Memorial Day, remember veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries

On Monday, May 27, Americans will observe Memorial Day, remembering all the veterans who sacrificed their lives to shield us from foreign threats and protect the liberties upon which our nation was founded. It is also a good time to remember all the veterans who are still with us, especially those whose war injuries have left a deep and devastating impact on their lives and the lives of their family members. Many of the veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), most of which have been brought about by concussive ... Read More

Illegal ecstasy studied as possible treatment for PTSD

Researchers have long been looking for the right medication to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new study aims to see if the illegal drug known casually as ecstasy or X could help those affected by the serious stress disorder find relief. PTSD is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after someone experiences an event that results in physical or emotional trauma, such as an event that involves the threat of death to oneself or to someone else. The effects of PTSD can overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. Symptoms of PTSD include re-living the original trauma through flashbacks, ... Read More

Whistleblower film raises fundamental questions about American rights and freedom

U.S. filmmaker Jim Spione, whose Academy Award nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad portrayed the transformation of one infantryman after witnessing the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of Iraqi civilians by U.S. combat helicopters, is now in post-production with a new film documenting the experiences of four federal whistleblowers. Aptly called SILENCED for the retaliation truth tellers often endure, the film “follows a group of high-profile truthtellers who dared to question official national security policy in post 9-11 America, and have endured harsh consequences,” Mr. Spione explains on the website Kickstarter, a funding platform for ... Read More