Saturday, May 28, 2016
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The issue came to light after a congressional inquiry in 2015 by Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., who for the last few years has been tracking multiple constituents’ complaints about premature death notices.
After initially estimating the total veterans affected as around a dozen each month, VA released new information on the problem this week, pegging the mistakes as harming more than 70 veterans a month.
“These numbers confirm our suspicion, that mistaken deaths by the VA have been a widespread problem impacting thousands of veterans across the country,” Jolly said in a statement.
“It’s a problem that should have been addressed years ago, as it has caused needless hardships for thousands of people who had their benefits terminated and their world turned upside down.”
The issue stems from lingering errors in Social Security Administration’s record sharing with VA. When that department incorrectly listed a veteran as dead, VA policy was to cut off benefits immediately, doubling the frustration of victims looking to correct the record.
In 2015 alone, 1,025 veterans had their benefits terminated due to incorrect death classifications, only to have the department come back weeks or months later to fix the mistake.Following congressional pressure, VA officials approved policy changes last December to mitigate the problem, giving individuals 30 days after a death notice is received to provide proof of a mistake.
The 4,200 premature death errors represent only about 0.2 percent of the total death benefit cut-offs VA handled from 2011 to 2015, but Jolly said each mistaken case can have long-term traumatic results for the victims.
He is asking VA for an annual survey tracking the problem, to ensure their fixes are working.“If the VA’s new policy is indeed working, this problem should be eliminated. If the problem persists, then Congress will demand further action,” he said.
“We simply cannot have men and women who have sacrificed for this country see their rightful benefits wrongfully terminated because the VA mistakenly declares them dead.”
Sailors assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center Minneapolis perform the dignified transfer of the remains of Motor Machinist's Mate 1st Class John E. Anderson. Anderson was killed in action in Landing Craft Tank (LCT) 30 on Normandy Beach June 6, 1944, and his remains were recently identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and returned to his family for burial. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Michael Sheehan (Released) 160526-N-RE822-089
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“Some 40 years after many of the Condor crimes were committed,” according to the Archive’s Southern Cone analyst Carlos Osorio, who testified at the trial and provided hundreds of declassified documents as evidence, “the victims and the human rights organizations that have represented them have finally found justice.”
“Plan Condor,” as the Argentine ruling refers to the operations, represented a sinister collaboration between the secret police services of the Southern Cone military dictatorships dedicated to tracking down, kidnapping, torturing and disappearing opponents of their regimes between 1975 and 1980. Operation Condor was founded during a secret, November 1975, meeting hosted by Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s secret police, DINA, in Santiago, Chile; it was named after Chile’s national bird, the Andean Condor.
A declassified FBI document that the Archive provided to prosecutors for the trial stated that “a third and most secret phase of ‘Operation Condor’ involves the formation of special teams from member countries who are to travel anywhere in the world to non-member countries to carry out sanctions up to assassination….” The car-bomb murder of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his American colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, in downtown Washington D.C. on September 21, 1976, became the most infamous of Condor assassination plots.
Prosecutors identified 169 victims of Condor operations in Argentina, among them 36 Argentines, 9 Bolivians, 20 Chileans, 2 Cubans, 11 Paraguayans, 1 Peruvian, 83 Uruguayans and 9 individuals of unknown nationality. Eighteen former military and intelligence officers were accused, including the last head of the military junta, Gen. Reynaldo Bignogne. Six of those accused died during the course of the 3-year trial, among them the first head of the Argentine Junta, Gen. Rafael Videla.
Besides Osorio, Archive Senior Analyst and author of The Pinochet File, Peter Kornbluh, testified at the Condor trial, along with Archive advisory board member John Dinges, author of The Condor Years. Osorio supplied the court with 900 declassified records, many of which provided critical evidence for the proceedings. In final arguments presented to the judges, prosecutors cited the Archive's documents some 150 times.
“In the case of the Condor proceedings it was possible to include thousands of documents from different sources as evidence,“ noted the lead prosecutor, Pablo Ouvina. “We had permanent contact with the National Security Archive.”
The Archive today posted a series of declassified U.S. documents that were used in the trial and that tell the story of Operation Condor, what U.S. officials knew, when they knew it, and what they did and did not do with that knowledge.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Joseph "Joe" Bailey, 94, passed away on Tues., April 26, 2016 at PeaceHealth SW Hospital in Vancouver, WA from pulmonary fibrosis. His loving wife, Adeline and daughters, Kathleen Martin and Joann DeMott were at his side. Joe was born in Prescott, AZ on Jan. 17, 1922 to Marion and Lyda Bailey.
Joe graduated in 1939 from Oregon City High School, Oregon City, OR.
He was a Civilian Conservation Corps enrollee at Camp Zig Zag, OR from 1939-1940. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Feb. of 1941 and spent five years in the Pacific Theater during World War II, including being aboard the USS Whitney in Pearl Harbor on Sun., Dec. 7, 1941. He was also called back into the Navy from 1950-1953 for the Korean Conflict.
Joe married Adeline Wilson in Portland, OR on March 20, 1971.
He retired in 1982 from the Crown Zellerbach Paper Company in Oregon City, OR after a total of 32 years with the company.
Joe loved being with family and friends and was a snow-bird to Tucson, AZ for many years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, winemaking and beating almost everyone at cribbage.
Joe is survived by his wife, Adeline Bailey of Vancouver, WA; daughter, Kathleen Martin (Peter) of Bend, OR; step-daughter, Joann DeMott (Craig) of Otter Rock, OR; step-son, Craig Wilson of Williams, OR; sister-in-law, Dorothy Bailey of Portland, OR; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, all who love him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his sons, James Marion (1946) and Thomas Joseph Bailey (2010); his parents; seven brothers and sisters; and former wife, Arlene Bailey.
The memorial service will be May 7, 2016 at 2p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Vancouver, WA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Ocean Park Retreat Center in care of First United Methodist Church in Vancouver, WA.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
The Glasgow-based artist is the fourth artist to be commissioned to make a ship design in a celebration of the untold histories of women during the war.
The artwork is part of commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, which was fought from 31 May to 1 June 1916 in the North Sea, near the coast of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula. It was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the war.
It was painted on the MV Fingal at Leith docks.
The artwork was inspired by the team of women who worked under artist Norman Wilkinson, who invented the technique in the First World War.
The design also celebrates the women who worked as telegraphists and signallers during World War One.
It includes a Morse code message embedded within the pattern which will read as “Every Woman a Signal Tower” when in darkness, celebrating the ship’s former role as a supplier to remote lighthouses.
The creation is entitled “Every Woman” and was co-commissioned by centenary art commissions body 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh Art Festival.
Meanwhile, the bell from HMS Hood has been unveiled by Princess Anne to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Navy’s largest loss of life from a single vessel.
Descendants of some of the 1,415 sailors who died when the battleship was hit by German vessel Bismarck on May 24 1941 attended the event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Commander Keith Evans, 96, the chairman of the HMS Hood Association who served on board in 1938-39, said: “It’s quite emotional. I was lucky not to be there that day, it was a real shock throughout the whole country when it went down.”
Only three of Hood’s crew survived and it was the expressed wish of one of them, Ted Briggs, to recover the ship’s bell as a memorial to his shipmates.
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The Lockheed Martin guidance and control systems will equip the heavyweight torpedoes with increased bandwidth and streamlined targeting and tracking capabilities. These systems will increase the MK 48’s effectiveness and provide advanced counter-measure capabilities.
“The latest guidance and control technologies for MK 48 torpedo are thanks in part to Lockheed Martin’s $10 million investment in manufacturing efficiencies, facilities, and laboratories to ensure navies can pace the threats in littoral and deep sea environments,” said Tom Jarbeau, Lockheed Martin MK 48 program director. “We are building on our five decades of experience in undersea systems and our strong record of providing complex electronic systems to our customers on schedule and on budget.”
Under this new contract, Lockheed Martin will provide fully integrated guidance and control sections to increase the inventory of MK 48 torpedoes over several years. There is potential for production orders of more than 250 torpedoes over the next five years for the U.S. Navy, which are used by all classes of submarines as their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) weapon.
These new guidance and control systems for new-construction MK 48 torpedoes include the same section of the Navy’s existing heavyweight torpedoes that Lockheed Martin is upgrading under the MK 48 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) awarded by the U.S. Navy in 2011. Lockheed Martin delivers to the U.S. Navy at least 20 Mod 7 CBASS kits per month and is on track to deliver all kits on schedule. Lockheed Martin also performs intermediate maintenance of these torpedoes for fleet training, giving the Navy a critical combat advantage.
Lockheed Martin employees in Marion, Massachusetts, will perform the work on the MK 48 torpedoes’ guidance and control systems, with additional support from employees at the company’s locations in Manassas, Virginia, Palm Beach, Florida, and Syracuse, New York.
Channel Technology Group (CTG) in Santa Barbara, California, is providing the acoustic array.
For additional information, visit our website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/mk-48
About Lockheed Martin: Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Britain's Royal Navy is looking into claims by an Italian diver that he located the long-lost wreck of the HMS P311 submarine, which was downed off Sardinia during World War II