November Is Veterans And Military Families Month

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Donald Trump stated that November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. He stated that this is a time to honor military families and their loved ones. The White House released a statement saying that it is America’s patriotic duty to honor military families and veterans. They also stated that since November is a month that is dedicated to giving thanks, this is a perfect time to honor our veterans.

There are already several events that will take place this month. M Street Graduate Studious will have an exhibition called “Unsung Heroes: Do You Know Who I am?”. These exhibits will honor African-American Veterans. The exhibition will run from November 1 to November 18.

Lisa Daniels, who works at California State University in Fresno, will also host “Unsung Heroes.” A reception will be held on November 10, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuskegee airmen from the Sacramento will be honored on November 11, 2017.

The Friends of the African American Cementery will also be hosting a ceremony on November 4, 2017. It will take place at 10 a.m. The ceremony will honor veterans who have been buried in the cemetery. This ceremony has been held every year since 2010. The cemetery is located at 215 North Street, Rye, NY. There are 24 veterans who are buried at this cemetery.

Proposed Indiana Bill Would Require Journalists to Be Licensed

A license required to exercise the First Amendment? Indiana State Representative Jim Lucas has proposed a bill that would require journalists in the state to obtain a license.

“The state seems to be okay with licensing my Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Lucas told one media outlet. “What’s wrong with licensing someone’s First Amendment right?”

Lucas noted that the Second Amendment grants the people the right to own and bear arms, but that many states including Indiana require a license to carry a firearm. The state of Indiana, in what is almost a contradiction of terms, does not require a permit to own a handgun nor does the state have a system to register and track handgun owners. Indiana is rated by some as one of the top twenty gun-friendly states in the U.S.

The representative then went on to compare current journalism standards to the standards of gun ownership.

“If I were irresponsible in handgun ownership as journalists are with their words, I’d be in jail,” Lucas said. “Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are constitutional rights, as is the right to bear arms. You are either in support of our constitution, or you’re not. You can’t just handpick which constitutional rights should be licensed.”

The proposed bill is not the first of its kind. South Carolina State Representative Mike Pitts proposed a bill in 2016 that would have criminalized the practice of journalism without a license. The bill died when the legislative session ended.

Veterans Now Honored with Their Own Month

President Donald Trump has declared November to be National Veterans and Military Families Month. With U.S. Armed Forces in conflicts across the globe, there is no better time to set aside than the month of Thanksgiving.

The declaration was made on November 1st, with the President stating in his proclamation: “Our veterans are our heroes. Our Armed Forces have preserved the security and freedom that allow us to flourish as a Nation.”

President Trump has expressed his respect and dedication to our armed forces on many occasions. And with this declaration, he has chosen to recognize and bring to the forefront issues facing our combat veterans at home.

The United States is currently in armed conflicts on two continents. This month is being set aside to honor them with ceremonies and thanking them for the service they have given the American people. Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, only half a million are still alive in 2017. This month is intended to be one not only of Thanksgiving but of remembrance and gratitude for these and all veterans of American conflicts.

This is the first time American veterans have been honored with a National Month. VA hospitals and facilities all over the country will be showing their appreciation all month and promoting programs aimed at improving the welfare of all veterans.

Upper St. Clair High School To Honor Veterans

Upper St. Clair High School, which is located in Pennsylvania, will be having a program to honor veterans on November 9, 2017. The program will feature Todd McIntrye and Sean McCrae. Sean is a disabled veteran who retired in 2011 after spending 24 years in service. He won more than 62 awards while he was in the military

Sean did not let his disabilities stop him from living a full life. He recently competed in the International Powerlifting League World Bench and Deadlift Championships.

Todd is also disabled. He worked in the nuclear propulsion program during his time in service. Not only is he a former veteran, but he also competed in several athletic competitions. He has competed in 77 triathlons and seven ironman competitions. He was forced to retire from the military in 2015 after suffering seven strokes.

The strokes left him paralyzed and unable to speak. Even though Todd is still recovering from the strokes, he was able to compete in a sprint distance triathlon in June 2017. The program will feature performances by the school’s marching band. The Marine Corps League will present the colors. Furthermore, all current and former veterans will be honored during the service.

Several people who work at the high school have served in the military. Peter Wray is the high school security officer. He has served in the United States Army Reserves.

Filipino World War II Veterans Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

On October 25, 2017, Filipino World War II veterans finally received the recognition they had been seeking when Congress awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal for their service to the United States. 20 veterans and their families gathered at the United States Capitol to hear speakers and accept the medal on behalf of the estimated 15,000 Filipino World War II veterans still living.

The road to the medal was a long one. It all started in 1935 when the Philippines, which had been ceded to the United States from Spain, was granted commonwealth status by the American government. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Filipino soldiers, who were US citizens at the time, were called up to serve their country. More than 250,000 Filipinos fought during the war and were guaranteed full government benefits. After the war ended, the Philippines gained its independence, and the United States paid $200 million to the new government to help with war recovery efforts. Since they had disbursed a large sum of money, the American government theorized that they did not need to extend full benefits to Filipino veterans. President Truman signed the Rescission Act in 1946, stripping the veterans of their benefits. For the next 70 years, the veterans would struggle to regain these lost benefits.

Filipino veterans did not achieve much headway until the 21st century. In 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. A portion of the bill provided for a one-time payment of $15,000 to be disbursed to surviving veterans of World War II, including eligible Filipino veterans. The next phase came when Major General Tony Taguba founded the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetRep). The non-profit organization’s main goal was to lobby Congress for a Congressional Gold Medal. In 2015, their efforts bore fruit when Senator Mazie Hirono sponsored S.1555, a bill that proposed awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II veterans. The bill was signed into law in December 2016.

November 11 2017 Extends to a Whole Month of Celebration for Veterans

Every year, on November 11, America celebrates those who have served the country in the military – the veterans. They include men and women who have previously served actively in the U.S. armed forces on military duty and are now civilians. On the Veterans Day, with parades and speeches across the US, these brave category of people are duly applauded for the sacrifices and risks they have made for the country with Americans coming together to tell them ‘Thank you’.

The number of veterans in the US is over 19 million and continues to rise. The US government through the Department of Veterans Affairs ensures that veterans are cared for when they return to the U.S from war. Just yesterday, the President Donald Trump signed a proclamation establishing November as a Veterans and Military Families Month with events running throughout the month. It will be the first time that America will celebrate Veterans and Military Families, not just on Veterans Day, but for a whole month.

As part of this year’s events, some veterans will speak to high school students. The event is proposed to raise the awareness and appreciation of those who have served in the military. It will also provide students with service perspective they can’t find in their books. Veterans will be offered VIP treatment including reserved parking spaces, escorts, breakfast, lunch, and more.

On this Veterans Day and the entire month of November, let us unite as Americans to thank the veterans for their service to our nation.

Highland Capital Management Is An Investment Adviser Company Who Cares

Highland Capital Management is an investment adviser company that employs some of the industry’s most experienced credit managers who specialize in alternative global investments. While managing $14 billion in assets, on a yearly basis, the company has found a lot of its success through focusing on credit hedge funds, special situation private equities, and emerging market investments. The company has offices in Seoul, New York, Singapore, and Sao Paulo, but is based in Dallas, Texas. Read more at Biz Journals about Highland Capital.

Recently, during 2017, Highland Capital Management Korea Ltd. closed a deal worth $147 million in the healthcare field. The company looks to continue to work with Korean private equity and venture capital firm, Stonebridge Capital, which makes this its first healthcare-focused endeavor in Asia. This makes a lot sense because Highland Capital is an expert in the healthcare industry spending 50% of its time working in it. In fact, over $1.5 billion in assets in the healthcare industry are being managed by the company.

Highland Capital cares deeply about the communities it serves and invests in plenty of other markets other than the financial industry. It has made money donations to local community organizations as well as national organizations that work on a non-profit model to better the world. On top of this, the company gets directly involved in its communities through volunteering and being part of the advisory boards of charities. To date, Highland Capital has donated over $10 million to different non-profits and other organizations globally. Read this article at PR Newswire.

Highland Capital Management offers a large variety of career opportunities to people all over the world. By becoming a part of a team that has so much experience, employees can expect to learn a lot more about investing than they know now. The company looks to hire people who have a remarkable track record, work well with teams, have good ethics, and look to become part of a company that fosters success in its partners. Its website shows that it is hiring a Consultant Relations Director, Executive Assistant, External Wholesaler/Regional Sales Director, Institutional Fundraiser – Europe, Institutional Fundraiser – US Sales, and many more positions.


US Veteran Sells Electric Pedal Assist Bikes

Chris Nolte is the owner of Propel Bikes in Brooklyn, New York, a shop that deals in electric pedal-assist bikes or e-bikes. The bikes come in handy when it comes to mountain biking, kid carrying, and even urban commuting as they add a motorized boost when riding. The rider uses less energy when riding the e-bikes as compared to their traditional counterparts.

Nolte served in the military and was present during the 2003 Iraq invasion but came out with a back injury. Being disabled, he decided to venture into electric bicycling to exercise (since he bike-exercised since childhood) and for recreation purposes.

Despite his back injury, Chris would still take on biking, but this time, he had to go for traditional bike alternative. This is where he landed on the electric pedal-assist bikes. He learned that the technology used in the bikes would only demand little energy to ride, making the bike perfect for disabled people. He knew the bicycle would improve his life as he would again see himself riding alongside his friends.

As a quick thinker, he developed a business idea. He thought of filling the gap for sweat-shy commuters and disabled people through selling them the bicycles. He then got a loan of only $20,000, and by 2011, he had sold his first batch of e-bikes. Within just three years, his sales had hit $1 million. In 2015, he started the Propel shop.

Nolte knows that the e-bike industry is still young and growing. He urges perspective entrepreneur to tread carefully with technology so that it does not harm the industry in the long run.

Combating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dillion Naslund was a 25 year old veteran having served with the 133rd Regiment and served in Iraq for 4 years and had just come from a 1 year Middle East deployment. Just like other parents, the Naslunds were happy to have their son back home and he also seemed to enjoy being back and sharing time with family and friends. Things soon fell apart with Dillion suffering depression and was eventually diagnosed with PTSD after his family took him to the Veteran Affairs, a stress disorder common among combat returnees, in Dillions case, treatment seemed to have worked, but in hindsight, the Naslunds believe he just got better at hiding his situation from the family, Dillion sent a text to his ex-girlfriend on December 10th who alerted his parents, he was later found dead, he had committed suicide.

Engage America

Following their son’s death, the Naslunds realized many more families were dealing with situations similar to theirs, the Veteran Affairs says roughly 20 veterans commit suicide daily, about 1 death every hour. This statistic is what buoyed the Naslunds to start Engage America, an organization that helps bring together veterans ,their families and friends by offering support programs such as health (mental and medical), education (check more on their website and also help connect them to other veteran care organizations.
If you know any returned veteran who might need their help, or any veteran, you might refer them and have them get help and gun down PTSD.

Military Veterans Take on a Cause to Grow Pot

A Los Angeles internship program for growing marijuana is helping veterans take on a challenging task to overcome PTSD. Although they get to earn money, this program is more personal. This is done in a featureless industrial warehouse located in downtown Los Angeles.

Multiple military veterans spend long days cultivating rows of plants and inspecting leaves and buds of marijuana growing under the orange lights. By the end of the three-month internship dubbed ‘seed to sale’ at the THC Design’s facility, these veterans hope that they can enter the profitable multibillion-dollar marijuana industry with full-time occupations.

During an interview with the BuzzFeed News, a veteran by the name Steven Passmore said that most people are blown away each time he tells them that he is farming pot even though he didn’t smoke even in school. Passmore, a US Army combat aged 35, says that he just explains to everyone that this is his new job.

The THC Design publicized this unique cultivation training program designed for veterans in June. They received over 65 applications. Among the people who sent the applications was a Vietnam veteran aged 71. Seven of the applicants joined the program, with two of them getting full-time employment. Steven Passmore was a natural fit. He is pursuing a botany degree at the Los Angeles City College and is currently experimenting growing cannabis in his small closet. The California law allows one to grow not more than six plants at home.