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.
Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.
At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.
Popular Mobilization Forces fighters wave flags in this June 2016 photo. (Wikimedia Commons/Tasnim News Agency)
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's paramilitary groups on Wednesday blamed a series of recent blasts at their weapons depots and bases on the United States and Israel.
The statement from the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the umbrella grouping of Iraq's mostly Shi'ite Muslim paramilitary groups, many of which are backed by Iran, said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying U.S. forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory.
A U.S. Marine reservist has been charged with felony kidnapping, stalking, and criminal confinement after he allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old Indiana girl and brought her to Arkansas.
Alexander Martin Curry-Fishtorn, 22, was charged Tuesday in Indiana's Lake Superior Court with 17 felonies and four misdemeanors, according to The Chicago Tribune. On Aug. 16, Fishtorn allegedly kidnapped the girl and drove her to a friend's house in Arkansas with an apparent plan to hold her there until she was 18, ABC 7 reported.