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‘A huge morale hit’ — Army EOD techs are stuck between plummeting recruitment levels and skyrocketing workloads
Explosive ordnance disposal units across the Army are struggling to train for combat operations amid both a personnel shortfall and a surge of domestic protection missions, a dangerous combination some EOD techs say has compromised their overall readiness and left their comrades burned out.
"We are burned out and it makes people not want to stay," said an active-duty senior enlisted Army EOD tech who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "It makes us want to find other career options."
A Miami Shores cop and military veteran whose Navy SEAL team captured some of the most notorious war criminals in Iraq is fighting the city over a federal law that allows returning veterans the upper hand when it comes to promotions.
Joshua Koop, who served a nine-month tour in Baghdad in 2009, was bypassed for a promotion last year when the Florida city offered advancements to officers for the first time in more than a decade. Koop said he believes his bid was denied in retaliation for his role as president of the local police union.
A five-year review of how the government deals with veterans with immigration issues shows that laws designed to give more protection to those who served in the military are spottily enforced.
The report from the Government Accountability Office found that veterans who never gained U.S. citizenship didn't consistently get consideration for their service in the face of possible deportation. The agency called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to "ensure that veterans receive appropriate levels of review before they are placed in removal proceedings."
Grady Wayne Wilkes, the suspect in the slaying of Auburn police officer William Buechner, is an active member of the Alabama Army National Guard, guard officials confirmed to AL.com Tuesday.
Wilkes, 29, is a corporal and infantry fire team leader who joined the guard in 2010, according to Army National Guard public affairs. Guard officials said they have no record of Wilkes being deployed.
Marine vet police officer claims his department discriminated against him for seeking PTSD treatment
TORRINGTON, Conn. -- Former police officer Jason Cooling has sued the city of Torrington, claiming the Police Department failed to appropriately accommodate his efforts and created a hostile, threatening work environment as he dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to the complaint filed in the case, Cooling became a Torrington police officer in February 2008.
He was a member of the Marine Corps reserves at the time; during his time in the military he served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, which left him with "multiple physical and mental disabilities," including a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the suit claims.
In the complaint, Cooling alleges he was discriminated against in several ways as he sought to treat the after-effects of his time at war.
Sgt. Mike Parsons should have died that day.
On the morning of July 3, 2018, the Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer was among a group of officers who stopped John Terry Chatman Jr. at a QuikTrip gas pump after noticing a discrepancy between the van Chatman was driving and his license plates.
Chatman was irate. The 34-year-old felon "challenged the officers' jurisdiction several times and asked the police officers to contact their superiors" until Parsons, a 25-year veteran of the department, arrived to support his fellow officers with a non-lethal pepper-ball gun, according to a timeline of the encounter compiled by The Tulsa World and video footage from the scene.
"Less than 10 seconds" after Parsons loosed off a pepper ball, Chatman opened fire. As captured on video by Tulsa police body cameras, Parsons was shot in the leg, and two fellow officers dragged him out of the kill zone.
Somehow, Parsons was fine.