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Vet Amputee Who Carried Woman During Boston Marathon Has An Incredible Story
A video of a veteran with a prosthetic leg carrying an American flag and a woman across the finish line during Monday’s Boston Marathon has gone viral, racking up more than 5 million views in the past 24 hours. Of course, the story behind the story is even more incredible.
The veteran is retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville, who lost part of his leg when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in eastern Afghanistan in 2008. The blast also killed two of his comrades, according to Granville’s bio on the website for Unstoppable Heroes, a nonprofit that helps veterans wounded in combat adjust back to civilian life.
Granville was on his third deployment with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 1/109th Infantry Regiment when he was injured.
In 2012, an Army reporter profiled Granville while he was visiting Afghanistan as part of Operation Proper Exit, a foundation that organizes trips for injured service members who want to return to the war zones where they were wounded, so they can check on battlefield progress and share their stories with the troops deployed there.
During the visit, Granville spoke to a group of soldiers stationed in Kandahar City. He told them about his brother, Joseph, who took his own life in 2010. Joseph had also been a staff sergeant in the Army. In fact, the two brothers had attended basic training and deployed twice together. But Joseph wasn’t on the deployment that cost Granville his leg.
“This time I cut the cord and went by myself,” he said. “Of everyone in my family, my twin brother took it pretty hard. After I got hurt, he was told he couldn’t go to Iraq on a deployment he already had orders for. They sent his wife instead, and it was just a downward spiral from there.”
The woman Granville carried across the finish line was his guide, according to a local Fox News affiliate. Marathon participants with disabilities are allowed to be accompanied by people who can assist them if needed. Granville has also completed multiple marathons using a handbike.
Following the marathon, Granville posted a link to the video on his public Facebook page, which is followed by more than 20,000 people. The accompanying caption read: “So, apparently I did something today. Thank you everybody for your support. I’ll post more during this week…but until then, once again, thanks for all the encouragement. I’m so very grateful.”
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The Department of Homeland Security stored sensitive data from the nation's bioterrorism defense program on an insecure website where it was vulnerable to attacks by hackers for over a decade, according to government documents reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.
The data included the locations of at least some BioWatch air samplers, which are installed at subway stations and other public locations in more than 30 U.S. cities and are designed to detect anthrax or other airborne biological weapons, Homeland Security officials confirmed. It also included the results of tests for possible pathogens, a list of biological agents that could be detected and response plans that would be put in place in the event of an attack.
The information — housed on a dot-org website run by a private contractor — has been moved behind a secure federal government firewall, and the website was shut down in May. But Homeland Security officials acknowledge they do not know whether hackers ever gained access to the data.
The State Department doesn't really care if its human rights training for partner security forces is working or not
By law, the United States is required to promote "human rights and fundamental freedoms" when it trains foreign militaries. So it makes sense that if the U.S. government is going to spend billions on foreign security assistance every year, it should probably systematically track whether that human rights training is actually having an impact or not, right?
Apparently not. According to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office, both the Departments of Defense and State "have not assessed the effectiveness of human rights training for foreign security forces" — and while the Pentagon agreed to establish a process to do so, State simply can't be bothered.
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And now Topeka's VA hospital is dealing with an internal dispute between leaders of its Veterans Affairs police force that raises new questions about how the agency nationwide treats patients — and the officers who report misconduct by colleagues.
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