Military Urban legends about military political issues. 0 Influential friends ensured that a “special dispensation” cut short Al Gore‘s tour of duty in Vietnam. New York Senator Hillary Clinton refused to meet with a delegation of Gold Star mothers. Actress Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley fame wrote a newspaper article denouncing a proposed pay raise for the military. A Medal of Honor carried by a World War II veteran aroused suspicion among airport security forces. Target stores do not “support veterans.” U.S. Navy’s pull out from Vieques resulted in the closure of Roosevelt Roads Naval Base. Sears pays the difference in salaries and maintains benefits for their called-up reservist employees. Civilians can send “thank you” messages to American troops through a Department of Defense web site. Red Lobster restaurant refuses to donate gift certificate to POW’s family. First-year cadet criticizes U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s personnel decisions. The web site LetsSayThanks.com allows the public to send free personalized postcards to U.S. troops serving overseas. France demanded that the USA remove buried American soldiers from their soil, saying “Come pick up your garbage.” Shoshana Johnson, the other female U.S. POW of the Iraq war, is slated to receive a far smaller disability pension than that being given to Jessica Lynch. An army captain in Iraq describes President Bush’s surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to Baghdad. Video shows U.S. Apache helicopter firing at three Iraqi insurgents. Marine Capt. Brian R. Chontosh of Rochester, N.Y., received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in Iraq. The U.S. military will be reinstating the draft by Spring 2005. Actress Ann-Margret signed an ex-GI’s photo of her and thanked him for serving his country. A display at the National World War II Memorial omits key words from a speech by President Roosevelt. Starbucks or Oscar Meyer refused free product to G.I.s serving in Iraq, saying it didn’t support the war or anyone in it. A U.S. Marine was refused service at a convenience store in Fort Worth, Texas. Battalion chaplain requests prayers for soldiers delivering voting machines and ballots in Iraq. Article contrasts compensation paid to families of September 11 victims with benefits paid to families of military personnel killed on active duty. Actor Denzel Washington made a large donation to the Fisher House Foundation after visiting Brooke Army Medical Center. U.S. Marine killed an unarmed injured Iraqi insurgent. Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh was disqualified from the Vietnam-era draft due to a pilonidal cyst. Resident writes to newspaper to complain about fly-by of jets from local Air Force base headed for a fallen serviceman’s memorial service. A serviceman in uniform was refused service at a popular bar or restaurant because the establishment’s owners didn’t support the war in Iraq. A Shell service station owner in Tennesee refused to do business with a U.S. soldier. A Philadelphia couple organized a private train line to take wounded servicemen to the 2005 Army-Navy football game. JCPenney and other toy retailers offered a “Forward Command Post” military playset for youngsters. A Marathon service station owner in Pontiac, Illinois, refused to do business with U.S. soldiers. E-mail claims released captive Jill Carroll will make anti-military, pro-Iraq statements. The owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise told U.S. servicemen he would not serve them because “you are killing my countrymen.” An automobile belonging to a Marine and bearing military vanity plates was defaced in Chicago. The city of Berkeley, California, told the Marines that their recruiting office was not welcome there. U.S. active duty military deaths were higher during the administration of President Clinton than during the administration of George W. Bush. Account describes Navy SEALs’ funereal tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Mike Monsoor. Traveler purchases sack lunches for all the soldiers on his plane. The owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts store directed that a memorial flier for a U.S. soldier be “placed on a dumpster where the rest of our soldiers belong.” Article describes military gallantry of Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman. Serviceman refused service at Shady Maple restaurant. Midshipmen did not wear ceremonial swords at the 2009 U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremonies due to the presence of President Obama. Account describes President Obama’s meeting with wounded soldiers at the National Naval Hospital. Account relates an experience with Darrell “Shifty” Powers. Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was “an advisor to Obama’s Homeland Security team.” Military flyover denied for annual ‘God and Country’ rally in Idaho. Charley’s submarine shop in Stockton, California, refused service to two U.S. Marines. Account describes Pamela Murphy‘s efforts on behalf of patients at a Veterans Administration hospital. The U.S. military awards “Courageous Restraint Medals” to soldiers who refrain from firing their weapons. President Obama plans to freeze the pay of active duty military personnel. Wounded veterans paraded through halls of the Pentagon every Friday morning. U.S. Marine Corporal Derek Wyatt was killed in Afghanistan just before his wife gave birth to a son. Toys for Tots Marine stabbed; attacker whomped by other Marines. PING provides wounded veterans with free lessons and golf clubs. Medal of Honor recipient Van T. Barfoot has been barred from flying the U.S. flag outside his home. Servicemen refused service at a Sak-N-Pak gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. Military funeral protocol has been changed to remove reference to the President of the United States. The National Defense Authorization Act would allow “the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial.” The U.S. government unfairly excluded Hawker Beechcraft from bidding to supply military aircraft. A new policy implemented by President Obama eliminates combat pay for U.S. military personnel “unless they are being shot at.” Account describes TSA’s confiscating nail clippers from a U.S. soldier returning from Afghanistan. Ted Nugent evaded the draft in the 1960s by taking drugs and acting crazy. President Obama attempted to stop the killing of Osama bin Laden and failed to credit those who accomplished it. Cody Green, a 12-year-old boy with leukemia, was made an honorary member of the U.S. Marines. An air show at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony was held up because President Obama left early. A truck stop in Bogalusa, Louisiana, refused service to a National Guard member in uniform. A veteran was booted from an Old Navy store for complaining about a uniform-wearing employee. Actress Martha Raye entertained troops and tended to wounded soldiers in the field in Vietnam. A backdrop of naval vessels displayed at the Democratic National Convention included images of Russian warships. The American ambassador in Libya was raped before being killed. A plane crash in Afghanistan destroyed the absentee ballots of U.S. military personnel. Administration officials watched video of the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, unfold in real time but did nothing to intervene. Letter from airline pilot describes a flight on which the remains of a fallen U.S. soldier were carried. U.S. troops deployed overseas are no longer provided with breakfast. President Obama did not mention the death of Chris Kyle but ordered flags flown at half-staff for Whitney Houston. Five first line U.S. aircraft carriers were recently all docked together in one place for the first time since World War II. A U.S. soldier named Bowe Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in 2009. Soldiers and chaplains will be facing court-martials for professing their Christianity. A Marine tasked with holding an umbrella during a rainy presidential news conference committed suicide. Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan has continued to draw his salary while awaiting trial. Lt. Col Matthew Dooley was fired from a teaching position due to complaints from Islamic groups. Account describes the 2013 Air Force Academy commencement ceremonies. Transcript reproduces suicide note left by U.S. Army veteran Daniel Somers. President Obama has cancelled July 4 celebrations at U.S. military bases to save money. Navy SEALs were ordered to discontinue wearing the “Don’t Tread on Me” uniform patch because it is too closely associated with “radical groups.” A U.S. serviceman in uniform was refused service at the Posh Bagel in Davis, California. President Obama ignored the death of Shirley Temple Black but ordered flags flown at half-staff for Whitney Houston’s passing. A Motel 6 turned away a U.S. Army soldier because he was underage. U.S. troops stationed in Muslim countries are being ordered to fast and submit to Sharia law during Ramadan. President Obama broke precedent by declining to attend the funeral of General Harold Greene and fail to send any administration officials to the ceremony. ISIS operatives plan to locate U.S. servicemen at their homes and “slaughter” them. President Obama has ordered the military to enlist illegal immigrants and fast-track their citizenship. ISIS operatives are visiting Michigan homes and killing the residents if they have family in the military. A Marine was banned from his daughter’s school after he objected to a homework assignment about Islam. A retired Marine was forced to remove USMC decals from his car or be fined, while neighbors were allowed to keep their Obama stickers without incident. American Sniper subject Chris Kyle shot dozens of looters after Hurricane Katrina, killed two attempted carjackers, and punched Jesse Ventura in the face. A soldier wrote on a restaurant receipt that his military service exempted him from tipping. A Home Depot manager rudely refused to provide a veterans discount. A man spat at a young Marine holding the door open for him because the American people no longer support the military.