July 1st- Veterans’ Weekly Report

Veteran News Weekly Report

July 5th, 2018

Miles Teller casted for “Top Gun” Sequel

NEW YORK (AP) — Miles Teller has been cast as the son of Goose in the long-awaited sequel to “Top Gun.”

Teller was announced Tuesday as the co-star opposite Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick.” He’ll be playing the son the of Maverick’s wingman. Goose was played by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 original.

The film, which will also returns Val Kilmer as Iceman, is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures in July 2019. Directing is Joe Kosinski, who helmed “Oblivion,” along with Cruise.

Actors Glen Powell and Nicholas Hoult were considered for the much sought-after part, but Teller won out.

Source: Military.com

July 4th, 2018

Father of Fallen Marine Recovers Stolen U.S Flag

YAKIMA, Wash. — Every Tuesday, Shawn Marceau visits his son’s grave in the veterans section of Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima.

As he drove there on his lunch break Tuesday, something caught his eye.

“I drive up and I see a flag on Joe’s grave,” he said of the final resting place of his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Joe Jackson.

Marceau assumed it was just an ordinary American flag someone had left on the grave. But when he picked the flag up, he noticed it was folded oddly.

“I went and lifted it and it was folded a little bit, it had a different crease in the fold,” he said, “So I peeled it back and a saw a signature and my heart dropped.”

It was the flag stolen from him earlier this year — a flag made all the more precious because it had been signed by Jackson and the Marines in his platoon.

Jackson was 22 when he was killed by an improvised bomb while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on April 24, 2011. Jackson hung the flag over his bed before he went out on his last patrol.

In April, the flag and other items were stolen when someone broke into Marceau’s truck, parked at his home in White Swan. And then, the day before the Fourth of July, it lay in front of his son’s headstone without a note.

“There’s no rhyme, no reason, no nothing,” Marceau said. “It’s just a random act of kindness in this crazy world we live in right now.”

Source: Military.com

July 3rd, 2018

Authorities Say Man Protesting VA Has Died of Self-Inflicted Burns

The Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on a sunny day. (iStock)

Authorities said Watts, who had no current address, was able to talk to officers after the flames were extinguished. Authorities said he had burns over 85 to 90 percent of his body. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The GBI says its investigation continues.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the man parked his Nissan Sentra on one side of the Capitol at around 10:30 Tuesday morning, walked toward the west entrance of the building and lit himself on fire. The man “doused himself with some kind of flammable liquid,” Georgia State Patrol spokesman Mark Perry said.

Source: Military.com | Washingtonpost.com

July 2nd, 2018

Pentagon Considering Additional Bases to House Detained Immigrants

In this June 17, 2018 photo, people who have been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States are shown at a facility in McAllen, Texas. (U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION’S RIO GRANDE VALLEY SECTOR)

WASHINGTON — Officials with the Defense, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments are considering more military bases along the U.S. southern border as locations to house undocumented immigrants. The Pentagon is preparing to accept detainees at two installations in Texas, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday.

The Pentagon has received formal requests from DHS and HHS in recent weeks to provide room to house as many as 32,000 detained immigrants on its bases, said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman. Officials from the departments are studying military posts in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California to house some of those immigrants, he said.

Source: Military.com

July 1st, 2018

Black WWII Veteran Becomes an Officer 76 Years Later

Officer candidates move forward to lower the flag that flies above Fort Benning at the end of the duty day in 2014. The soldiers were enrolled at the Officer Candidate School. (U.S. Army photo/Tanangachi Mfuni)

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 transferred.

He never told his children about being a non-commissioned Army officer until his daughter, Marion Teresa Lane, discovered his class photo from Fort Benning. He told her to throw it away, but she persisted and finally, with the help of Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, James’ commission was secured, according to WHYY-FM.

Source: Military.com