A report given by a group of retired military leaders on July 15 shows that the nation’s obesity epidemic is a cause of significant concern for military recruiting. The group, Mission: Readiness, reports that one in three teenagers are too overweight for military service, and the statistics are much higher depending on the state. For example, 71% of people in Kansas are too overweight for military service, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To combat the rising obesity among America’s youth, the group is promoting healthier eating options in schools.
"We think a more healthy lifestyle over the long term will have significant impacts on both the military posture — those available to get into the military — and across our society as a whole from a medical perspective," said retired Brig. Gen. John Schmader in a phone interview with the Associated Press.
President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.