8 ways to celebrate Independence Day like a veteran

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty Citizens of the United States of America tend go mildly wild when they celebrate the fourth of July. It was on that day, in 1776, when the Continental Congress adopted the Deceleration of Independence, severing our nation from the British Empire. Most people commemorate this fateful moment with a nice, wholesome family gathering. Dads work the barbecue while telling awful puns and moms try to make sure the kids don't hurt each other with sparklers. The evening's merrim ... More

Airman praised after parking in wing commander's space at E-Club

Leon Cook Stars and Stripes YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — When Col. Kenneth Moss, commander of the 374th Airlift Wing, arrived at Yokota’s Enlisted Club for a morning meeting last Thursday and discovered a car parked in his reserved space, it seemed like an airman was about to have a very bad day. “I thought that was pretty bold, so I parked in front of the car until my meeting was over,” Moss said in emailed comments Monday. At the home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force in Tokyo, ... More

Black WWII veteran becomes an officer 76 years later

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — An African American man who was denied officer status in the U.S. Army was commissioned as a second lieutenant on Friday — 76 years later. John Edward James Jr., 98, completed his officer training in 1942 but was denied his bars because of his race, WHYY-FM reported . James attended officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia, but the day before he was to receive his commission, he was told him he wouldn't be made an officer and was being trans ... More

Virginia commissary first to sell beer, wine on US installation

Brock Vergakis The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH — Shoppers at a Virginia Beach commissary will soon be able to buy beer with their pretzels and wine with their cheese. The commissary at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story will be one of the first in the nation to sell beer and wine starting July 26, according to the Defense Commissary Agency. Commissaries already sell just about every other item typically found in a grocery store. But the only places to get beer and wine to go on mil ... More

Disabled vet files lawsuit after hot roll causes second-degree burns

By Associated Press OZARK, Mo. — A popular Missouri restaurant is facing a lawsuit claiming one of its rolls was so hot that it caused second-degree burns for a mentally disabled veteran. The Springfield News-Leader reports the lawsuit was filed on behalf of 22-year-old Nathanael Smith of Florida. He was discharged from the Army after a severe training accident. The suit says Smith and his family were at Lambert's Cafe in Ozark last year when the server placed an extremely hot roll on his p ... More

Senate passes legislation passed to hold VA nursing homes accountable

Abbey Crain Alabama Media Group, Birmingham Following a series of reports about the poor state of the Veterans Affairs nursing homes in Alabama, the Senate has passed legislation introduced by Senator Doug Jones to increase transparency and accountability in the VA. On June 17, USA Today published the results of an investigation into the secret internal rating systems that Veterans Affairs uses to track quality statistics on its nursing homes, but keeps from the general public. "Nearly hal ... More