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Washington D.C., Aug 25, 2018 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has organized a tour of of the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Youth Day which was held in Denver.
“Each of the five locations will feature special events and liturgical celebrations in commemoration of this historic journey,” according an Aug. 23 statement from the USCCB.
The Aug. 19-27 tour includes stops in Chicago, Miami, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
“We want women and men of all ages to come out and encounter these important symbols of faith when they are here in our country," said Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, who serves as the USCCB's chief liaison for World Youth Day.
“In addition to those preparing to go to Panamá, we hope that young people and young adults who are unable to travel to World Youth Day next year will be part of these local celebrations. We also hope that veterans of past World Youth Days, including those who went to Denver in 1993, will have a chance to join us along the way.”
From the US, the World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon will go to Panama in advance of the January 2019 World Youth Day being held there.
The USCCB stated that “at least ten U.S. bishops will be part of the pilgrimage”, listing Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Archbishop Wenski of Miami, Bishop Caggiano, Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond, Auxiliary Bishop Roy Campbell of Washington, Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville-Rodriguez of Washington, Auxiliary Bishop George Rassas of Chicago, Auxiliary Bishop George Sheltz of Galveston-Houston, and Auxiliary Bishop Marc Trudeau of Los Angeles.
Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama will be present at the events in Miami and Washington, D.C. Reported by CNA 20 hours ago.
Homes 4 Families (H4F) hosted its 2nd Celebs4Vets Build at the Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® in Santa Clarita, California on August 25, 2018 with over 20 celebrities picking up hammers and paint brushes, and pouring concrete, to build homes, including stars from NBC’s This Is Us and Superstore, CBS’ SEAL Team and Young Sheldon and FOX’s Lethal Weapon.
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Homes 4 Families (H4F) hosted its 2nd Celebs4Vets Build at the Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® in Santa Clarita, California on August 25, 2018. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit empowers low-income veterans and their families to enter the middle class by providing them with affordable housing and holistic services that build resiliency, self-sufficiency and economic growth. Over 20 celebrities picked up hammers and paint brushes, and poured concrete, to build homes, including stars from NBC’s This Is Us and Superstore, CBS’ SEAL Team and Young Sheldon and FOX’s Lethal Weapon.
Celebs4Vets is a membership-based group comprised of representatives of the entertainment industry who subscribe to the Homes 4 Families mission and lend their support by participating in H4F activities, events and programs. The Celebs4Vets Build provided members with the opportunity to help build some of the remaining 18 of 78 homes for low-income veterans and their families in Santa Clarita, California before H4F moves on to build another 56 veteran homes in Palmdale. Celebrities each rolled up their sleeves to spend the day drywalling and painting the interiors of homes while also calling upon their fans to sponsor their efforts.
“We’re thrilled to bring individuals from the entertainment industry together to collaborate on volunteer efforts that we are all extremely passionate about,” said Donna Deutchman, President and CEO. “This build will be a special day for the veteran community as we enter the home stretch on these homes.”
The participants included:· Jon Huertas (This Is Us)
· Neil Brown, Jr. (SEAL Team)
· Judd Lormand (SEAL Team)
· Toni Trucks (SEAL Team)
· Keesha Sharp (Lethal Weapon)
· Johnathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon)
· Chandler Kinney (Lethal Weapon)
· Brad Sharp (musician/actor)
· Raegan Revord (Young Sheldon)
· Alison Haislip (Battlebots)
· Tate Ellington (The Brave)
· Nichole Bloom (Superstore)
· Reed Diamond (Designated Survivor)
· Tanner Buchanan (Cobra Kai)
· Shantel VanSanten (Shooter)
· Victor Webster (Continuum)
· Edwin Hodge (Six)
· Aldis Hodge (Turn: Washington’s Spies)
· Michael Irby (Mayans MC)
· Elvy Yost (The Catch)
To donate and support the build for your favorite individual celebrity, please visit https://www.firstgiving.com/event/Homes4families/celebs4vets by September 30th.
For more information on Homes 4 Families, please visit http://www.homes4families.org.
About Homes 4 Families:
Homes 4 Families empowers low-income veterans and their families to enter the middle class through affordable, full-equity homeownership and sustainable housing combined with holistic services that build resiliency, self-sufficiency and economic growth. Through its outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood® model, the nonprofit provides servicemen, servicewomen and their families with comprehensive wraparound services that equip them to succeed in civilian life, including financial education, therapeutic workshops, trauma-informed programs and veteran-to-veteran support. With more than ten years of research-backed experience and success, Homes 4 Families works closely with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVetREN) and others to build permanent, thriving veteran communities. Reported by PRWeb 5 hours ago.
Designed by a team of tech, entertainment and education veterans, Sue’s Tech Kitchen will visit Emory Point Sept. 14-16.
Reported by bizjournals 2 hours ago.
In order to pay tribute to the works of Indian bard Rabindranath Tagore on his death anniversary, theatre group Aaj-Rangmandal will stage a Hindi play Tamasha Na Hua at Shri Ram Centre, Mandi on Monday and Tuesday. The play has been written and directed by Bhanu Bharti.
Celebrating Tagore and his literary work, Tamasha Na Hua depicts the diversified ideology of freedom and brings to life the parts of his famous play Mukta-Dhara. The play was first staged in 2011 to commemorate Tagore's 150th Anniversary.
"It is my tribute to the epoch-reaching vision of Tagore. Tamasha Na Hua is a modern take on Mukta-Dhara, one of Tagore's most celebrated works, and explores the many ideas that formed the basis of his literary accomplishments," says Bharti.
In Tamasha Na Hua, Mukta-Dhara forms the backdrop against which the ideas and philosophy of Tagore are projected. "The setting is very contemporary and the debate is much relevant to the times we are in. It is time we introspect and reflect what freedom means to each one of us. The strong debate between Gandhi's versus Tagore's ideas of nationalism, a burning topic in the present day, Tamasha Na Hua is our chance to retrospect independence and contemplating our economic and political affiliation affecting our social standpoint."
The play will have theatre stalwarts and veterans like Ravi Khanvilkar, Teekam Joshi, Nalini R Joshi and Daksha Sharma coming alive on stage.
"We have rehearsed with all our heart, and I believe when we will stage Tamasha Na Hua, the warmth of our dedication and love for the play will touch the hearts across the thrust stage and hook them till the curtains drop," said Khanvilkar.
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Tamasha Na Hua is inspired from Tagore’s Mukta-Dhara and brings to life many famous parts of the latter
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Second-round pick Braden Smith will compete with several veterans to fill a right tackle vacancy for the Colts.
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Singapore-based Travelstop, founded by a team of ex-Expedia employees, launches a modern, AI-powered software-as-a-service platform for business travel in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia.
Co-founded by industry veterans, Prashant Kirtane, a former Yahoo! exec turned entrepreneur who sold his previous travel-tech startup to Expedia's HomeAway in 2015, one of the biggest early exits in Singapore, Vijay Aggarwal, a seasoned technology leader, and Altaf Dhamani, a product thought leader in the space.
Seed investment led by SeedPlus, with participation from a US-based venture capital firm, and industry veterans from Expedia and Yahoo!.
SINGAPORE, Aug. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelstop, a Singapore-based travel startup that plans to re-imagine and simplify business travel in Asia, has raised US$1.2 million (S$1.65 million) from leading investors in Singapore and USA, and is launching in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia today.
The Seed investment was led by Singapore-based venture capital firm SeedPlus, along with a leading, travel-focused venture capital firm based in the US. Several industry veterans including Dan Lynn and Vikram Malhi (ex-Expedia senior business leaders and founders of Zuzu Hospitality Solutions), David Ko (President & COO of Rally Health), and Jarrod Howe (Regional Operations Director at Hyper Island Singapore) were also part of this round of funding.
Travelstop is a modern AI-powered software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform aimed at simplifying business travel for corporates in Asia. It provides easy to use tools that simplifies the business travel booking process, while automating expense reporting and providing meaningful insights to business owners.
"Travelstop is led by an experienced team of founders who have significant experience in solving complex consumer problems." says Michael Smith Jr., Partner at SeedPlus. "90% of all business travel in Asia is unmanaged and Travelstop, with its modern approach to business travel, is perfectly positioned to be the leader in this space. Now, with Travelstop, companies across Asia can easily manage their travel needs and offer their employees who travel a delightful user experience."
The Asia Pacific region is the largest business travel market in the world, comprising 40% of global business travel, and is on track to grow at 10.4% CAGR between 2015 - 2023 (Europe 3.8%, US 4.1%). While current business travel solutions are designed for large corporations and traditional business travellers, the unmanaged travel space in Asia, which is increasingly dominated by millennials, needs a simpler and more flexible solution: one that keeps costs low, allows a level of flexibility and gathers all data and expenses into a single, easy-to-use interface.
Travelstop addresses this gap by providing a platform that simplifies business travel booking and automates the expense reporting process for employees. It uses advanced machine learning and AI-powered personalisation to make flight and hotel recommendations, reducing the hours needed by business travellers to research and book their travel. Employees also have access to an intuitive expense reporting tool that simplifies the expense reimbursement process.
Prashant Kirtane, Travelstop CEO said: "Young Millennials and business travellers in Asia are technology savvy, socially driven and are smart travellers that actively participate in the sharing economy. These travellers aspire for more meaningful travel experiences, and we at Travelstop are building a modern business travel platform for the next-gen traveller. Our goal is to not only provide a delightful and flexible travel booking experience, but also make the post-trip expense management process more efficient."
Travelstop plans to bring all the product innovation happening in the consumer space to the enterprise world -- leveraging technologies such as machine learning and AI-driven personalisation to build a compelling and modern experience for today's business traveller.
"Business travellers deserve to experience all the innovation and progress that the consumer space has made over the last several years," says Travelstop CTO, Vijay Aggarwal. "Our goal is to leverage machine learning and AI to power experiences for today's business traveller, while staying nimble and flexible by investing in modern infrastructure to power our platform."
Kirtane further added: "This round of funding will be used to drive product development, build a world-class development team in Singapore, and to ramp up growth through sales and marketing. In 2018, we will focus our energies on a few priority markets like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and will look to expand beyond these markets in 2019."
Travelstop is available for free for a limited period, sign up at www.travelstop.com
Travelstop is a revolutionary platform aimed at modernising and simplifying business travel. Using advanced technology and consumer-centric design, Travelstop offers tools that simplify and automate the entire business travel experience -- right from trip planning to expense reimbursements. Travelstop is meant to help companies save on costs by providing an affordable end-to-end solution. Backed by world-class VCs and notable individual investors, who bring a wealth of experience from companies including Yahoo!, Expedia and HomeAway, Travelstop is well positioned to shape the future of business travel. For more information, visit https://www.travelstop.com/
Travelstop is led by its management team and board of advisors, who bring a depth of experience in the travel industry to their roles, including:
· Prashant Kirtane, CEO and co-founder: Seasoned leader with 20 years of experience in senior management positions at Yahoo! and Expedia. Also founded travelmob.com - acquired by HomeAway-Expedia.
· Vijay Aggarwal, CTO and co-founder: Technology specialist with 16 years of experience in senior management positions at Yahoo!, travelmob, and HomeAway.
· Altaf Dhamani, CPO and co-founder: Product professional with over 12 years of experience building products for companies like Yahoo!, travelmob and HomeAway.
· David Ko, Advisor: President & COO of Rally Health, former Chief Operating Officer at Zynga and former Senior Vice President at Yahoo! (Mobile and Audience). Reported by PR Newswire Asia 4 hours ago.
A crop of female veterans, mainly Democrats and many of them mothers, are running for office in this year's midterm elections. They boast expertise in national security and veterans issues, with a track record of thriving in institutions dominated by men.
Reported by Christian Science Monitor 4 hours ago.
Days after reports emerged that Union defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman lashed out at Karnataka Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday tried to resolve the matter saying 'time to forgive each other and join hands for the rehabilitation of the flood affected people in Kodagu'.
Saying that he was 'deeply pained at the turn of events' with regard to the visit of Sitharaman to the flood-affected areas in Kodagu district, the Chief Minister said, "Though the government and the district administration have ensured and followed protocol despite the tough situation in the region during her visit, it was unfortunate that the Defence Minister had to go through certain inconveniences, which we regret. I also spoke to her over the phone on the matter."
K'taka CM issued statement y'day on Defence Min's visit to Kodagu;states '...unfortunate that Defence Min had to go through certain inconveniences...Time for all of us to forget small differences,forgive each other&join hands for rehabilitation of flood affected people in Kodagu' pic.twitter.com/V98riOnBAH
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2018
In a letter, tweeted from Chief Minister of Karnataka Twitter handle, Kumaraswamy said, "Tourism and Kodagu district in-charge Minister Sa Ra Mahesh is with the rescue and relief team, at the affected areas, coordinating their operations from the day one. He has tirelessly worked to oversee the rescue and relief operations on the ground."
Sitharaman, who visited flood-hit Kodagu district on August 24, *allegedly snapped at the Karnataka ministe*r. "I am following a minute-to-minute programme, minister. If officials are important, my parivaar (family) is also important.... Central minister follows the minister in-charge here. Unbelievable," Sitharaman can be seen telling Mahesh in a video, which surfaced on social media. However, later, the defence ministry issued a clarification on the matter, saying, "The tour programme of the RM (Raksha Mantri) was finalized by the district administration of Kodagu in consultation with the public representatives. This programme was approved and circulated to all concerned two days prior to RM's arrival. Subsequently, on the request of the district administration, an interaction with the veterans was added to the schedule."
"*On completion of the field visits, as per the programme*, the RM was interacting with ex-servicemen who had been adversely affected by the floods, when the District in-charge minister objected and insisted that meeting with the officials be conducted first. RM clarified that the welfare of ex-servicemen was an essential part of the Ministry of Defence and the same was scheduled in the program. However, the district minister insisted that the RM immediately stop the interaction and proceed to the meeting with the officials," the statement added.
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[New Zimbabwe] WAR veterans have dismissed former President Robert Mugabe's half-hearted congratulatory message to newly inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa, slamming the former state leader for sending his "innocent" daughter to take his place at the Sunday event.
Reported by allAfrica.com 37 minutes ago.
As Americans from the west coast to the east coast remembered the late Senator John McCain in different ways—one memorial was set up in his home state right outside of his Phoenix office.
Reported by FOXNews.com 17 hours ago.
OrCam MyEye is a breakthrough wearable device designed to assist people who are blind, visually impaired, or have a reading disability. The lightweight smart camera reads text aloud from any surface (printed or digital) and recognizes faces, products, and money, all in real time.
(PRWEB) August 27, 2018
OrCam MyEye technology allows the blind and visually impaired to experience the world around them in a brand new, interactive way and regain their independence. With OrCam, the wearer can read newspapers, books, signs, labels on consumer products, identify currency, and even read text on a computer or smartphone screen anytime and anywhere they wish. MyEye comes equipped with facial recognition capabilities, allowing the wearer to identify friends and family who enter into the camera view.
OrCam MyEye 2 weighs in at a mere .79 ounces and attaches to the wearer’s own glasses with a small magnetic clip. Simple hand gestures like touching or swiping, or pointing to text, control the small, lipstick-sized unit. MyEye 2 also includes color recognition. It can read red and green signals at pedestrian crossings or help identify the colors of clothing. OrCam’s MyReader device has all of the portable reading functionality of the MyEye devices, but without the extras.
OrCam is partnering with the Florida Vision Technology Center to demonstrate OrCam MyEye and MyReader at two Florida events this September and October. One demo event will be held at the Florida Vision Technology Center’s flagship store in central Fort Lauderdale on September 13th, and the other at their newest Largo location (inside the Lighthouse of Pinellas) on October 4th.
Lesa Kretschmer, Founder & CEO of Florida Vision Technology Center commented, “We’re excited to partner with Orcam to demo the MyEye and MyReader devices because we know it will enhance the quality of life of anyone who tries it.” By partnering with OrCam to host 2 Florida events, Kretschmer hopes to reach out to more people in the community and show what it can do. Kretschmer adds, “The OrCam MyEye is a game changer - it gives the blind and visually impaired the ability to read anything, anywhere, anytime, restoring their independence. It can help people navigate the world around them. Imagine meeting a friend for lunch and reading the menu, visiting a museum, or being able to go shopping without assistance - the possibilities are endless.”
Kretschmer has been showcasing the new Orcam technology within the state including at the Division of Blind Services 75th Anniversary Celebration in Daytona Beach and at the Florida Council of the Blind State Convention in Jacksonville with an enthusiastic response. Kretschmer has also introduced the devices at several South Florida events including the Elder Services Referral Network Senior & Boomer Expo, the Lighthouse of the Palm Beaches Boot Up Club, the American Council of the Blind Miami Beach & Ft. Lauderdale Chapters, the National Federation of the Blind Miami Chapter, and the Blinded Veterans Association Broward Chapter.
About the Florida Vision Technology Center:
Florida Vision Technology Center is a minority certified small business based out of Fort Lauderdale. Lesa Berg Kretschmer, founder and CEO, has worked in the blindness and low vision industry for more than 24 years. She’s committed to placing the best adaptive technology and products available today within reach of blind and visually challenged people of all ages and walks of life. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.
A donation by a generous anonymous donor has allowed LibertyID to provide one year of identity theft restoration services to all military veterans in Adams County, Wisconsin, at no cost to them.
ADAMS COUNTY, Wis. (PRWEB) August 27, 2018
To support the veterans of Adams County who have served honorably, a donation by a generous anonymous donor has allowed LibertyID to provide one year of identity theft restoration services to all military veterans in Adams County, Wisconsin, at no cost to them. Any Adams County military veteran is covered.
If any Adams County veteran knows or thinks that they have been a victim of an identity theft incident, they should call 844-44-LIBERTY (844-445-4237) and LibertyID will begin work on their case at no cost. There is no registration required to qualify and receive this service from LibertyID at no cost. Please note that veterans that qualify do not need to call LibertyID to let LibertyID know they were included in the Adams County data breach. All they need to do to qualify is to be an Adams County military veteran who has served our country honorably. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.
The Shiv Sena today accused the BJP of giving a "political colour" to the ritual of immersion of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ashes, saying the "staged" affection made the great leader look small after his death.
After the 93-year-old leader's death on August 16, the BJP had decided to immerse his ashes in various rivers across the country.
In remarks laced with sarcasm, the Sena said while no importance is given to veteran BJP leaders, their ashes are treated with importance.
A true obituary to a person is to carry forward his thoughts, instead of projecting a "staged" affection towards him, it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
"The vacuum created after Vajpayee's death is being attempted to be filled in (by some) with ridiculous and unsuitable ways. There is no importance given to veterans in the BJP but their ashes are treated with importance," it said.
Vajpayee had a pan-India appeal and senior leaders of various political parties were present at his last rites because he was great in all ways, it noted.
"But there have been attempts to make him look small after his death," the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.
Instead of the ashes immersion ritual being performed by one party, it should have been carried out as a national event involving all parties, it said.
The parties would have accepted the urns and immersed the ashes with honour. Mamata (Banerjee) from West Bengal, the Shiv Sena from Maharashtra, Navinbabu (Patnaik) from Odisha and the Akali Dal in Punjab could have been taken along (in the ritual)," the editorial opined.
"Congress president Rahul Gandhi would have participated in it and the world could have seen Atalji's greatness and popularity," it said.
"Jawaharlal Nehru (country's first prime minister) and Atal Bihari Vajpayee were leaders beyond political boundaries. But giving political colour to his ashes immersion is not a good thing," the Marathi daily said.
It said the seriousness with which Vajpayee's ashes should have been carried and immersed, was missing. Except one or two instances, the ritual of immersion of his ashes was like a "political event", it said.
Some even raised the urn containing Vajpayee's ashes as if it was a victory trophy. Some (BJP) ministers and party officials had the expression of winning a world cup trophy, it quipped.
"How can people hoot with laughter with the urn of Atalji's ashes? This has been captured by TV cameras. Some took selfies with his ashes. All this unmasked the staged affection towards Vajpayee," said the Sena, which is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
Similar incidents (rallies) took place after the death of former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, it noted.
The Sena said that after the Gujarat riots in 2002, Vajpayee had asked the then state chief minister Narendra Modi to follow 'rajdharma' (principles of governance). "There was the honesty of a politician behind it," it said, adding that the country loved him like it had loved Nehru.
"No leader's greatness is decided by the last rites being performed with full state honours; it is a part of the protocol," the Sena said.
It said Vajpayee's relatives felt that the wave of sorrow in the country after his death has been used for political gains.
"The more serious issue was the disturbing images of the immersion of his ashes. May it not happen to anyone else," the Sena said.
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One third of United States armed forces veterans store at least one firearm loaded with ammunition and unlocked, according to a new study that reports on the first survey of a nationally representative sample of this group regarding storage practices. Unsafe firearm storage practices appeared to be strongly related to perceptions about the need to keep firearms for protection.
Reported by Science Daily 18 hours ago.
US Senator John McCain was a "symbol of his generation" who helped "heal the wounds of war" by pushing for diplomatic normalisation of ties with Vietnam, the Southeast Asian country's foreign minister said on Monday.
McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran for president in 2008 as a self-styled maverick Republican and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday. He was 81.
"For both the government of Vietnam and its people, Senator McCain was a symbol of his generation of senators, and of the veterans of the Vietnam war," Vietnam's foreign minister Pham Binh Minh wrote in a condolence book at the US Embassy in Hanoi on Monday.
"It was he who took the lead in significantly healing the wounds of war, and normalising and promoting the comprehensive Vietnam-US partnership," Minh said.
McCain had been one of the most vocal proponents in Washington in favour of normalising ties with Communist-led Vietnam, a former enemy of the United States.
His public relationship with the Southeast Asian country began as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War, when his plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi in 1967.
He suffered two broken arms, a broken leg, and was stabbed and beaten after being dragged from a lake on the edge of the downtown area of the city. He spent years as a prisoner of war at Hoa Lo prison - or the "Hanoi Hilton", as it was known to American soldiers.
A monument on the shores of the Hanoi lake where McCain was captured has turned into a de facto shrine to the late senator since news of his death reached Vietnam early on Sunday morning.
Both Vietnamese people and US citizens in Hanoi have flocked to the grey, concrete monument to offer flowers, incense, flags and other tributes to McCain.
"Condolences to senator and war veteran John McCain, who greatly contributed to the normalisation of Vietnam-US relations," said one message in Vietnamese, left at the sculpture attached to a bouquet of flowers on Monday.
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One third of United States Armed Forces Veterans store at least one firearm loaded with ammunition and unlocked, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that reports on the first survey of a nationally representative sample of this group regarding storage practices. Unsafe firearm storage practices appeared to be strongly related to perceptions about the need to keep firearms for protection. This easy access to lethal means increases suicide risk in an already vulnerable population.
“We know that nearly half of all US Veterans have firearms, and like many non-Veteran adults, it is common for them to store at least one gun loaded and unlocked. The challenge we uncovered, although I think we already suspected this, is that firearm safety practices are strongly related to whether individuals keep their firearms for protection,” explained lead investigator Joseph A. Simonetti, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO, USA. “We recommend that VA providers work on communication strategies to enable Veterans to make informed decisions about firearm safety by balancing the perceived benefits of firearm access against the thoroughly demonstrated risks of that access for those with elevated suicide risk.”
The survey was completed by 3,949 US adults, of whom 561 were US Veterans who own firearms. The prevalence of unsafe firearm storage ranges substantially within the group surveyed, from 9 percent to 65 percent, across individual, household, and firearm ownership characteristics, and is strongly related to other firearm-related behaviors (e.g., carrying handguns), reasons for firearm ownership (e.g., protection versus other), number of firearms owned, and perceptions about the utility of guns stored safely and whether guns make homes safer.
Approximately one in three of the US Veterans who own firearms reported storing at least one of their firearms loaded and unlocked while 22.5 percent stored all of their firearms unloaded and locked. Sixty-six percent of Veteran firearm owners stored at least one firearm unlocked, and 46.7 percent stored at least one loaded.
Storing a firearm loaded and unlocked was more common among Veteran firearm owners who: Disagreed that firearms should be stored unloaded and locked when not in use; Agreed that firearms are not useful for personal protection if the owner has to take time to load or unlock them, and; Agreed that having a firearm in the home makes the household safer.
This data was also analyzed by gender, presence of children in the household, urban vs. rural setting, service era, type of firearm and permit, and storage approach and location.
“This information would be informative for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) initiatives aiming to address the high burden of suicide among all Veterans, including those not receiving VHA healthcare,” said Dr. Simonetti.
With Veterans accounting for nearly one in five adult suicides and two of every three Veteran suicides firearm-related, the study has important implications for the VHA. Suicide prevention is a leading clinical priority within the VHA and reducing access to common and highly lethal methods of suicide is considered essential to preventing suicide. Therefore, the VHA is expanding its efforts to promote firearm safety by developing materials to support lethal-means safety counseling by VHA providers and by distributing firearm-locking mechanisms to at-risk patients.
Previous studies had not comprehensively described firearm storage practices among a nationally representative sample of the overall or VHA-enrolled Veteran population. Studies assessing firearm-related risk perceptions in the general population have shown that only 6 percent of firearm owners agree that household firearms increase suicide risk, and that the intensity of such beliefs, along with reasons for ownership, are related to how firearms are stored. How these beliefs relate to storage practices has not been assessed among Veterans. Reported by Eurasia Review 16 hours ago.
Watch VideoA lot of attention was drawn to the White House after it raised its American flag to full staff Monday morning.
It lowered the flag to half-staff Saturday evening to honor Sen. John McCain, who died at age 81 following an aggressive battle with brain cancer.
Now, flying the American flag at half-staff for less than 48 hours might seem short for such a high-profile figure. But the White House is actually following the guidelines laid out by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
It calls for flags to be lowered on all federal buildings, grounds and naval vessels on the day of and the day after a member of Congress dies. Flags remain at half-staff until the day of interment if the lawmaker held a majority or minority leadership position in the Senate or the House.
Presidents will sometimes order flags to remain at half-staff for longer than what's required by U.S. code. But President Trump has yet to issue any such proclamation for McCain — despite reports that the White House did draft a statement on his death.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. Reported by Newsy 14 hours ago.
The 11th Annual 9/11 Heroes Run 5K Race Series will be held throughout the month of September, in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world. United States Marine veteran and Paralympic athlete Rob Jones will be running the 5K as part of a challenge that will see him compete in nine 9/11 Heroes Runs across the country.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (PRWEB) August 27, 2018
Travis Manion Foundation will host the 11th Annual 9/11 Heroes Run 5K Race Series throughout the month of September, in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world. The race series will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country and our communities.
This year’s race series will see a special guest at select locations, where United States Marine veteran and Paralympic athlete Rob Jones will be running the 5K as part of a challenge that will see him compete in nine 9/11 Heroes Runs across the country. The locations Rob will participate at include Tempe, AZ on 9/1; Charleston, SC on 9/8; Pennsauken, NJ on 9/9; West Chester, PA on 9/9; a Virtual Run/Ruck on 9/11; Lithia, FL on 9/15; Atlanta, GA on 9/16; Doylestown, PA on 9/23, and New York City on 10/7. The Rob Jones 9/11 Heroes Run Challenge is proud to have support from Comcast/NBC Universal, who is dedicated to providing veterans with opportunities to thrive in their post-military lives through focusing on their strengths and passions, career advancement, and service to the community.
After being injured during his second tour of active duty in Iraq in 2008, Rob undertook a journey not only to rehabilitate, but to excel as an athlete with the goal of bringing awareness to the matters of all veterans and raising money in support of various veterans’ organizations. In 2012, Rob won a bronze medal with Oksana Masters in rowing in the 2012 Summer Paralympics and subsequently came in 4th place in the 2013 World Rowing Championships. In the fall of 2017, Rob undertook a challenge that would garner international attention - he completed 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different cities across the globe in support of his mission to raise awareness for veteran organizations in the U.S., England, and Canada. Rob’s continued passion for supporting veterans and giving back to his community led him to Travis Manion Foundation, where he volunteers as a Character Does Matter Mentor to the next generation of leaders.
The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. Now in its 11th year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world, and is expected to draw over 60,000 participants.
For the 2018 race series, Travis Manion Foundation has partnered with GORUCK to launch a new division where participants can ruck the 9/11 Heroes Run. Rucking is simply moving with weight on your back and is the foundation of Special Forces training. It combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity for those who hate to run or find it boring. As part of the marketing campaign for 9/11 Heroes Run series, TMF has released a video to inspire runners and walkers of all ages to participate, which can be seen here.
“During this divisive time in our country, I’m in awe at how so many communities across the country and around the world will put differences aside and coming together to honor all those touched by the events of September 11th, 2001.” said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “I’m equally moved by the amazing challenge that Rob Jones has taken on to represent what it means to live by ‘If Not Me, Then Who…’ and to be an inspiration for everyone. We challenge all Americans to join us this September, to ensure our future generations never forget the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.”
Travis Manion Foundation’s 9/11 Heroes Run is proud to have Comcast NBCUniversal as a national sponsor, and for more information about the race series or to register, visit http://www.911heroesrun.org
About Travis Manion Foundation:
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) unites communities to strengthen America's national character by empowering veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop and lead future generations. In 2007, 1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who..." Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives by serving as character role models to youth. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes lives on in the next generation.
The story of 1st Lt. Travis Manion and his Naval Academy brother Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney have been publicized in the book Brothers Forever, and additional information about the Foundation can be found at http://www.travismanion.org.
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Derrick Morgan, Director of Marketing Derrick@travismanion.org (215) 622-2225 Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.
Veterans groups on Monday called on President Trump to show greater respect for the late Sen. John McCain, the Vietnam war hero who died Saturday.
Reported by USATODAY.com 10 hours ago.
The White House returned its flag to half-staff Monday afternoon after two of America's most prominent veterans' groups -- the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars -- implored it to do so in honor of the late Sen. John McCain.
Reported by FOXNews.com 10 hours ago.