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VFW: CNN Anchor Comment Devoid of Reality

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2015) — Amidst the Baltimore street rioting this week came an on-air comment Tuesday from CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin that seemingly blamed the tension on military veterans who return from war and become police officers prepared to do battle in communities they don’t know.

She publicly apologized this morning, but the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States believes her statement and those of many other media pundits display an ignorance about what it means to serve in the uniform of their country.

“No one wants peace more than those who wear the badge and those who wear the uniform,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud.  “To have someone in the press make a personal statement that, apology or not, accuses military veterans as being the aggressors is as unacceptable as it is insulting.

“Our country should celebrate the fact that highly trained and motivated veterans are choosing to continue serving their nation and communities as police officers — a profession, just like the military, that most Americans would fail even the most basic entrance requirements,” he said. “Journalistic standards should demand better than accusatory statements made without any facts or reality.”

The VFW asks all veterans, military and family members to view her on-air comment and the ensuing apology, and if so compelled, to let her know your thoughts through CNN’s viewer feedback link here.

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To All VFW Posts and Members

We are in need of men of any age to join us on our float during parades. To see what we are all about go to www.unclesamchorus.com.

I know you may have seen us at various parades. We are a class act. Any help would be appreciated Thanks and Have a Blessed Day

Neil Kennedy Chorus Manager 374 Eastline Road Ballston Lake NY 12019-1823

Update – ALL VETS BILL

Need to call Assembly Speaker Heastie's office and Senate President Skelos' office. Request support for the "All Vets Bill". This bill allows honorable active duty service, regardless of when and where they served, to buy back up to 3 years of Pensionable Time. Call this week. Art please pass on to Karen. All should send out to their contacts.

Assembly Speaker Heastie:
518-455-4800
Senate Speaker Skelos:
518-455-3171

Respectfully,
Joe Cognitore
Dept. of NY VFW Legislator Chair

New York State VFW Service Officers

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By William J. Larkin Jr. It was my honor to meet with representatives from several VFW Posts during their 2015 advocacy day held in Albany.

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