Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson withdraws nomination for VA secretary

By Jeremy Diamon and Karl de Vries Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn as President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, he said in a statement Thursday morning. His nomination was hampered by a flurry of allegations about Jackson's professional conduct. Read the full story here. More

Military sex assault reports jump 10 percent

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped by nearly 10 percent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services, triggering greater awareness of sexual harassment and other similar complaints. The overall increase was fueled by a nearly 15-percent surge in sexual assault reports in the Marine Corps, according to officials familiar with the data. The Marines were at the center of ... More

VA secretary nominee may withdraw amid allegations

By Cathleen Decker and Noah Bierman Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday openly nudged Dr. Ronny Jackson toward withdrawing as his nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, publicly raising the idea shortly after senators canceled a confirmation hearing in order to investigate allegations of inappropriate behavior by the White House doctor. “I told Admiral Jackson just a little while ago … I said, ‘What do you need this for?’ ” Trump ... More

How the 'missing man formation' honors fallen pilots

By Shannon Corbeil We Are The Mighty The first time I witnessed a 'missing man formation' was at the funeral of my grandfather, who flew the B-25 Mitchell during World War II. After his service in the Army Air Corps, he became a commercial pilot for TWA and then ventured into private flight. He died in an airplane crash at the age of 74 and my family gathered with his aviation community at Santa Paula Airport for his memorial. At the ceremony, we looked to the sky as a group of planes from the Condo ... More

The knee bone is service-connected to the backbone: Musculoskeletal disabilities

By Douglas G. Jackson, Esq. Military1 Columnist The Department of Veterans Affairs has a fairly well-kept secret: veterans are eligible to receive service-connected compensation, also called VA disability, for new medical conditions that begin years after discharge, provided these new conditions are caused by another injury that happened during military service. For example, when a veteran injures a knee during military service, it can actually cause problems in the back five years later because ... More