What do you get when you bring three Purple Heart recipients together on the floor of Congress? One awesome f*cking photo.
On Thursday, Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) shared this fantastic photo of himself with fellow wounded veterans Jim Baird and Dan Crenshaw during their swearing-in at the start of the 116th Congress.
Baird, recently elected to represent Indiana's 4th congressional district, lost his left arm while serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, while Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL veteran, lost his right eye to an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2012. Mast himself lost both legs to an Afghan IED in 2010.
"5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American," Mast, who has served in Congress since January 2017, wrote of his fellow Republicans and incoming freshman congressman. "Welcome to Congress, @ElectJimBaird and @DanCrenshawTX."
According to Military.com, all three of the men are Bronze Star recipients as well.
An airplane with the Russian flag is seen at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela March 24, 2019. (Reuters/Carlos Jasso)
WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The United States on Monday accused Russia of "reckless escalation" of the situation in Venezuela by deploying military planes and personnel to the crisis-stricken South American nation that Washington has hit with crippling sanctions.
Sailors from Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), currently assigned to USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) works on a mock patient during a mass casualty drill for Mercy Exercise (MERCEX) in December 2018. (U.S. Navy/Cameron Pinske)
In March 2014, at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington, Navy Lt. Rebekah "Moani" Daniel was admitted to have her first child. A labor and delivery nurse who worked at the facility, she was surrounded by friends and co-workers when daughter Victoria entered the world.
But four hours later, the 33-year-old was dead, having lost more than a third of her body's volume of blood to post-partum hemorrhaging. Her husband's attorney argues that the doctors failed to deploy treatments in time to halt the bleeding, leading to her death.
Her baby, now 5, never felt her mom's embrace.
This Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a petition from Moani Daniel's husband, Walter Daniel, in his case against the Navy hospital where his wife died. Like every other service member, Daniel was required to get medical care from the U.S. military, but her family is prohibited from suing for medical malpractice, barred by a 69-year-old legal ruling known as Feres that precludes troops from suing the federal government for injuries deemed incidental to military service.
"Suppose you had two sisters. One was on active duty and the other was a military dependent. Both of them give birth in adjoining rooms at the same military hospital [by the same doctor]. Both are victims of malpractice. One can sue and the other one can't. How can that make sense?" asked attorney Eugene Fidell, a former Coast Guard judge advocate general and military law expert who lectures at Yale Law School.