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Seth Meyers: Politicians Aren't Doing Enough For Veterans
On. Oct. 17, Late Night’s Seth Meyers hosted the annual Words of War Gala in New York City to raise money for The Headstrong Project, a nonprofit organization that provides mental health care to post-9/11 combat veterans.
The fundraiser brought in $1.2 million through ticket sales, auctions, and donations.
Speaking off stage, Meyers spoke with Task & Purpose about his frustration with political gamesmanship over veterans issues.
“It strikes me that this should be the most non-partisan issue in Washington,” he said. “I find it hard to believe that one party values veterans more than the other, and yet it doesn’t seem to me that they come together with enough frequency to actually help veterans.”
Meyers offered a worthy perspective on gridlock in Washington over veterans issues — especially in the wake of the 2014 Veterans Affairs Phoenix scandal, which sparked ongoing criticism of systemic failures across the VA.
So perhaps it falls on advocates and donors at fundraisers like the Words of War Gala to fill the gap in support for veterans. One attendee, Francesca Sanford, said she was moved to tears several times during the Headstrong event.
“It’s incredible to see what they do for so many people that fight for us,” Sanford said.
To learn more about getting help or donating, visit getheadstrong.org.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
One person was injured by Sunday's rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Task & Purpose was learned. The injury was described as mild and no one was medically evacuated from the embassy following the attack.
The U.S. military dropped more munitions on targets across Afghanistan in 2019 than during any other year stretching back to at least 2009, according to Air Force data.
Turkish government hackers are believed to be behind a wave of cyberattacks in Europe and the Middle East
LONDON (Reuters) - Sweeping cyberattacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe and the Middle East are believed to be the work of hackers acting in the interests of the Turkish government, three senior Western security officials said.
The hackers have attacked at least 30 organizations, including government ministries, embassies and security services as well as companies and other groups, according to a Reuters review of public internet records. Victims have included Cypriot and Greek government email services and the Iraqi government's national security advisor, the records show.
The attacks involve intercepting internet traffic to victim websites, potentially enabling hackers to obtain illicit access to the networks of government bodies and other organizations.
According to two British officials and one U.S. official, the activity bears the hallmarks of a state-backed cyber espionage operation conducted to advance Turkish interests.