Marine Corps Capt. Maggie Seymour ran 161 miles in 2016 to raise awareness for her fallen sisters in arms. This year, she’s taking it to a whole new level by running 3,300 miles — from San Diego to Virginia Beach — as she transitions from active duty to the Reserve.
The 31-year-old marathoner and Iraq War veteran is not just running for the sake of exercise, however. Seymour is raising money for Team Hoyt — a charity organization that supports athletes with cerebral palsy — and she chose Virginia Beach as her destination because that’s where Team Hoyt is headquartered.
But Seymour plans on doing still more. “I’m raising money for some nonprofits,” Seymour told Task & Purpose. “I wanted to do some gifts along the route.”
Though the money she raises will primarily go to Team Hoyt, Seymour also plans to donate farming tools and supplies to midwestern communities like Alexander, Illinois, where she grew up.
Seymour started her journey July 22 and aims to finish on Oct. 28. Her route follows the famous Route 66 highway, and she hopes to cover 35 miles every day, with one rest day each week.
“Over the past 10 years I have worked closely with the veteran, Gold Star families, and special-needs athletes communities,” Seymour wrote in a blog for the veterans advocacy group The Mission Continues. “This run is for them.”
Hailed as a hero for knocking a shooter off his feet in a UNC Charlotte classroom, Riley Howell was posthumously awarded two of the military's highest honors in his hometown of Waynesville, North Carolina this week.
Howell, 21, and classmate Ellis "Reed" Parlier, 19, died when a gunman opened fire in their classroom in the Kennedy building on April 30.
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CAIRO (Reuters) - After losing territory, ISIS fighters are turning to guerrilla war — and the group's newspaper is telling them exactly how to do it.
In recent weeks, IS's al-Naba online newspaper has encouraged followers to adopt guerrilla tactics and published detailed instructions on how to carry out hit-and-run operations.
The group is using such tactics in places where it aims to expand beyond Iraq and Syria. While IS has tried this approach before, the guidelines make clear the group is adopting it as standard operating procedure.
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A new survey of thousands of military families released on Wednesday paints a negative picture of privatized military housing, to say the least.
The Military Family Advisory Network surveyed 15,901 adults at 160 locations around the country who are either currently living in privatized military housing, or had lived in privatized housing within the last three years. One of the report's primary takeaways can be summarized in two lines: "Most responses, 93 percent, came from residents living in housing managed by six companies. None of them had average satisfaction rates at or above neutral."
Those six companies are Lincoln Military Housing, Balfour Beatty, Hunt, Lendlease/Winn, Corvias, and Michaels.
What's behind these responses? MFAN points to the "culture of resilience" found in the military community for why military families may be downplaying the severity of their situations, or putting up with subpar conditions.
"[Military] families will try to manage grim living conditions without complaint," MFAN says in its report. "The norm of managing through challenges, no matter their severity, is deeply established in military family life."
The suit meets the criteria to fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows people to seek damages in certain cases if they can prove the U.S. Government was negligent, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Under most circumstances the doctrine of sovereign immunity protects the government from lawsuits, but in this case U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez held that failure of the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense to log shooter Devin Kelley's history of mental health problems and violent behavior in an FBI database made them potentially liable.