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Coast Guard To Struggling Families: Have You Considered Becoming A Dog Walker?
Coast Guard families struggling with trying to pay their bills amid a government shut down were just sent a helpful tip sheet of ways they could earn extra money, such as holding a garage sale or walking the neighbor's dogs. Well, that's nice.
First reported by Dan Lamothe at The Washington Post, the guidance titled "Managing your finances during a furlough" offered ways to supplement income for Coast Guardsmen right now, to include becoming a part-time babysitter, walking pets, or becoming a mystery shopper.
A fucking mystery shopper!
There is, of course, another way to supplement the income of the 10,000 or so members of the Coast Guard who are being screwed by this shut down: Reopen the government and stop using them as political pawns.
Coast Guardsmen were slated to not get paychecks at the end of December, but a last-minute workaround by the service's accounting wizards allowed it to pay everyone on time for Dec. 31. However, as it stands now, there's no guarantee they'll be paid next on Jan. 15, just days away.
As Lamothe notes, the document — which was posted online by the Coast Guard Support Program — was removed after the Post began asking about it. However, a search for that document's title shows similar guidance offered in a document from a company called App Risen.
Lamothe told Task & Purpose that document was not the same one mentioned in his report, but there are exact word-for-word quotes in both the Post's report and the App Risen document, such as "while it may be uncomfortable to deal with the hard facts, it's best to avoid the 'hide your head in the sand' reaction. Stay in charge of the situation by getting a clear understanding of what's happening."
So not only did the Coast Guard share tone deaf guidance to its members, but it seems to have plagiarized that guidance from some other source.
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.