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Health&Wealth in One Place:

Health&Wealth in One Place:

Give it look and tell me what you think! Facebook page at: Drop me a line. Ask me a question. Best,   Rick     … Read entire article »


Part 1: Tech’s Next Big Thing?

Part 1: Tech’s Next Big Thing?

Rick Rogers, Rick Rogers Media   The best stories always take a twist. Take Bitcoin. The world’s first digital currency hit the scene as quietly as a quarter landing on thick carpet in 2009. Few besides tech geeks took note – at first — and the virtually worthless virtual money was virtually given away. In one legendary story, 10,000 Bitcoins were paid for two pizzas in … Read entire article »

The VA’s Killer Problem: Painkillers

The VA’s Killer Problem: Painkillers

An early red flag that prescription painkillers were ravaging U.S. veterans came in 2011 when researchers found vets dying of narcotic overdoses at more than twice the national average. That same year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named painkiller abuse a national epidemic, and the White House launched a campaign to reverse a trend that saw prescription abuse become … Read entire article »

Advice for Veterns Seeking Benefits

Veterans often call or email seeking help with their benefits. Almost invariably their compensation issues are snagged on claims snafus. Like the Korean War veteran from Vista who lost a leg in combat and learned his records declared his amputation not service connected. These veterans are frustrated.  They often spend months, years and sometimes decades working through established channels to no avail. What to do? Cast a Wide Net When I need one piece of information, I call five people to get it. Vets should do the same. The more people pulling on the informational oars for you, the more likely you’ll get some place. Veteran advocates, especially today, are thick at the local, state and federal levels. Look them … Read entire article »

No Internet Sundays: Can you do it?

By Rick Rogers The idea sounded ridiculously easy. In fact, it hardly seemed like a challenge at all: Go one Sunday without the Internet. Years ago I ditched my TV for better ways of spending my time. No problem. Never miss it except during football season, and even then there are workarounds. Why even bother going Internet-less? First I read the average person spends 40 minutes a day on Facebook and then that Americans 18-64 spend more than 3 hours a day on social media. Isn’t that pathetic. Who would voluntarily waste so much time tethered to a machine for such purposes when we’re already yoked to a computer at least 8 hours day five days a week? No wonder many … Read entire article »

Carpenter Awarded MOH, $54B for Vet Doc appointments

Military and Veterans Headline News. I’m Rick Rogers * Former Marine William Carpenter received the Medal of Honor from President Obama Thursday for his actions in Afghanistan. Carpenter was gravely wounded while protecting a fellow Marine from a grenade blast nearly four years ago. He becomes just the eighth living Iraq or Afghanistan combat veteran to receive the nation’s highest military honor. * Details are emerging in the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah in Libya earlier this week. He is accused of plotting the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. A senior defense official said Abu Khatallah was lured to a villa outside Benghazi where he was taken … Read entire article »

Military&Veterans Headline News: Partnership with Iran? Khatallah Standing Trial in U.S.

MVHN618 60-second audio clip of top military and veterans stories  * There’s one less terrorist at large today. American forces grabbed Ahmed Abu Khatallah Sunday in Libya. The U.S. announced the capture of Khatallah who is believed to have masterminded the 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi that killed ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. A Pentagon spokesman outlined what would happen next. (Kirby Clip) * Iran — long a bitter rival of the United States — is now increasingly viewed as an option by both political sides to help U.S. interests in Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham appear open to the idea. (clips from Kerry … Read entire article »

Military & Veterans Headline News 17 June 2014

Military & Veterans Headline News 17 June 2014

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Middle East Reshaping

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Congressional Hearing into Sgt. Bergdhal Prisoner Swap

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. AudioPlayer.embed("audioplayer_3", {soundFile:"aHR0cDovL2RlZmVuc2V0cmFja2VyLmNvbS93ZWIvd3AtY29udGVudC91cGxvYWRzLzIwMTQvMDYvQmVyZ2RoYWxoZWFyaW5nLm1wMw"}); BergdhalhearingThe House Armed Services Committee held Congressional hearings Wednesday into the swap that traded Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal for five Taliban leaders imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Here is a brief audio file on on some of what was said. … Read entire article »