by Jacob Siegel
Oct 10, 2013 1:59 PM EDT
A diverse group confronts stereotypes about veterans by telling their own stories. Army vet Jacob Siegel on what unites a Congresswoman, businessman, med student, and martial artist.
Want to know what a group of military veterans looks like? Start with two women: one a member of Congress, one a medical student, both former enlisted soldiers with combat tours overseas. Then add a martial artist and ordained minister who is also an amputee diagnosed with PTSD and a teacher for at-risk youth, and round it out with a successful businessman at a major corporation. Together, they formed a picture of America’s incredibly diverse community of veterans.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the Congresswoman from Hawaii, joined former Army medic Kate Norley, disabled combat veteran Anthony Smith, and Carl M. Tegen, an executive at AT&T and a Gulf War veteran to participate in “Shattering Stereotypes: The New Veterans” a panel held today in Washington D.C. at The Daily Beast’s Hero Summit.
by Robert Tilford
Posted: 10/08/2013 at 1:36PM
On October 7, 2013 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the government shutdown.
“Mr. Speaker, today, as Congress focuses on the government shutdown, our Nation quietly marks the close of our 12th year at war in Afghanistan.”
Updated: October 01, 2013 18:24 IST
Washington: The US government shut down today for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship.
Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns -- for six days in November 1995 and 21 days from December that year into early 1996.
Here is a snapshot of what Washington looks like today:
White House and Congress: Facilities remain open, although both were expected to furlough some staff. Some US lawmakers, like Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, have pledged to stand in solidarity with constituents and return their salaries to the Treasury or donate them to charity in case of a shutdown.
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