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MAY 2021 EDITION
making up slightly more of the nation's
new coronavirus infections than adults
over 65, a group that's now largely
The two-dose vaccine made by Pfizer
and its German partner BioNTech
was studied in more than 2,000 kids
ages 12 to 15. There were no cases
of COVID-19 among vaccinated kids
compared with 16 in the group given
dummy shots. Kids also developed
higher levels of virus-fighting
antibodies than vaccinated adults.
Side effects are the same as adults
experience, mostly sore arms and flulike
fever, chills or aches that signal
the immune system is revving up.
US Advisers Endorse Pfizer COVID
Shot for Kids 12 and Up
U.S. health advisers endorsed use of
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in kids as
young as 12 on Wednesday — just as
planned new guidelines say it's OK for
people of any age to get a coronavirus
shot at the same time as other needed
The shots will let kids safely attend
camps this summer and help assure
a more normal return to classrooms
next school year, concluded advisers
to the Centers for Disease Control and
"And this is another way to get closer
to ending this horrible pandemic," said
adviser Dr. Camille Kotton of Harvard
The sprint to vaccinate millions of
middle and high school students has
already started in parts of the country,
as a long line of kids rolled up their
sleeves in suburban Atlanta for a first
"It just felt like a flu shot, honestly,"
said Meredith Rogers, 14, from
Decatur, Georgia, after getting her
Michelle Rogers, Meredith's mother,
said she hoped the youth vaccinations
would help bring some normalcy back.
"A little apprehensive, but you know
what? This is a step towards getting
life back to normal so, we're all in,"
Michelle Rogers said with a slight fist
Pfizer's vaccine has been used for
months in people 16 and older, and
earlier this week the Food and Drug
Administration cleared its use for those
as young as age 12. But before rolling
it out to the younger kids, much of the
nation was awaiting recommendations
from CDC's advisers — and the panel
concluded the same dose adults use is
safe and strongly protective in those
12 to 15 years old, too.
The CDC was expected to rapidly
accept its advisers' recommendation.
A key question: Is it OK to get
vaccinated against COVID-19 at the
same doctor's visit as people receive
some routine vaccinations? That's
an urgent back-to-school concern
especially for the 12- to 15-yearolds,
who have missed out on
regularly scheduled vaccines during
the pandemic — but it's an issue for
The CDC until now has recommended
not getting other vaccinations within
two weeks of a COVID-19 shot,
mostly as a precaution so that safety
monitors could spot if any unexpected
side effects cropped up.
But the CDC said Wednesday it is
changing that advice because the
COVID-19 vaccines have proved very
safe — and that health workers can
decide to give another needed vaccine
at the same time for people of any age.
"The need for catch-up vaccination
in coordination with COVID-19
vaccination is urgent as we plan for
safe return to school," CDC's Dr.
Kate Woodworth told the panel, citing
millions of missed doses of vaccines
against tetanus, whooping cough and
other health threats.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
on Wednesday also urged that kids
12 and older get the Pfizer vaccine —
and agreed that it's fine to give more
than one vaccine at the same time,
especially for kids who are behind on
their regular vaccinations.
Children are far less likely than adults
to get seriously ill from COVID-19
-- but they do sometimes die, and
thousands have been hospitalized. By
last month, those ages 12 to 17 were
CDC's advisers did caution that those
temporary shot reactions may be
even more common if people get a
COVID-19 shot at the same time as
President Joe Biden hailed
Wednesday's vote, noting that means
17 million more people in the U.S.
now qualify to get vaccinated.
"I encourage their parents to make
sure they get the shot," he said. "As I
promised last week, we're ready. This
new population is going to find the
vaccine rollout fast and efficient."
In addition to the mass vaccination sites
and health department rollouts that
were key for adults, many states will
be offering kids more familiar options
-- shipping doses to pediatricians and
even to schools.
Pfizer is not the only company seeking
to lower the age limit for its vaccine.
Moderna recently said preliminary
results from its study in 12- to 17-yearolds
show strong protection and no
serious side effects, data the FDA will
need to scrutinize.
As for even younger children, both
companies have begun tests in
youngsters ages 6 months to 11 years.
Those studies explore if different doses
are needed at the youngest ages, and
FDA plans to hold a public meeting
next month to debate exactly what
evidence is needed.
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DoD Drops Mask
Requirement for Fully
The Defense Department on
Thursday lifted its mandate
requiring staff and service
members to wear masks
following new coronavirus
guidelines from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
"Fully vaccinated DoD
personnel (who are at least two
weeks beyond their final dose)
are no longer required to wear
a mask indoors or outdoors at
DoD facilities," Kathleen Hicks,
the deputy secretary of defense,
wrote in a memo.
The move was announced after
federal health officials lifted
mask mandates for all fully
vaccinated Americans. It follows
a year of troops having to wear
masks during both typical office
work and physically demanding
As of Friday, 614,330 service
members and 258,476 DoD
civilians, beneficiaries and
family members have been
fully vaccinated, according to
Pentagon officials have said they
will not require service members
to get the vaccine as long as it
is being administered under an
emergency use authorization.
The DoD has had 291,757
cases of COVID-19 among its
personnel, including 192,464
service members. Of those,
4,040 have been hospitalized; 26
service members have died.
Biden set a goal of at least
70% of Americans receiving
at least one vaccine dose and
returning to relative normalcy by
Independence Day. Thursday's
announcement marks the most
sweeping easing of pandemic
restrictions in a year. However,
some states and municipalities
are maintaining stricter rules.
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Jabbing and Jumping: 82nd
Airborne Paratroopers Get
Fully Vaccinated Ahead of
Before hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers stand up,
hook up and shuffle to the door for an airborne jump over Estonia, they
sat down, rolled up their sleeves and got the coronavirus vaccination.
Two battalion-sized task forces of the division’s 3rd Brigade Combat
Team are scheduled to parachute into the Baltic country this week for
Swift Response 2021, part of the U.S. Army-led Defender Europe-21
exercises running through June. They’ve all had two doses of the
Pfizer vaccine and are being tested for the virus before departure.
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Most sailors aboard the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer Chafee have
been placed under quarantine in San Diego hotel rooms following a CO-
VID-19 outbreak among the crew, according to Navy officials.
An unspecified number of sailors assigned to the Hawaii-based ship have
tested positive and have been isolating off the ship, according to Third Fleet
spokesman Cmdr. Sean Robertson. Earlier, officials had said about a dozen
personnel had tested positive.
The rest of the crew received tests on Friday in response to the outbreak.
"In order to ensure the health of the force and guarantee mission readiness,
most of the crew members assigned to USS Chafee have been placed in a
Restriction-of-Movement (ROM) status in hotels in the local San Diego
area," Robertson said. "A caretaker crew will remain aboard in order to support
the ship's operational and material readiness, and execute necessary support
The ship will also be cleaned, he said.
None of the infected sailors have required hospitalization, Robertson said.
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But she pushed through that pain and continued living her life. When Chad was
dying, he told his wife he wanted her to be happy after he was gone, and to find
a partner who would be a good role model for Savannah.
She found exactly that in her now-fiancé, Mike Brewer, whom she met a little
more than a year after her husband's death.
Mike was also in the Army and lost friends of his own in battle, she said, so
he understands what Chad's memory means to her and Savannah. He wears his
dress uniform to visit Chad's grave with the Wriglesworths, and sits down with
Savannah to watch videos of her late father, so she remembers her dad.
Savannah even calls Brewer "bonus dad," Wriglesworth said.
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Describe Pain of
Benefits in Remarriage
For Gold Star spouses, the pain of losing their husbands in the line of duty can
be almost unbearable.
But sometimes, after widows and widowers of fallen service members have
grieved and moved forward with their lives to find love again, they find
themselves facing a difficult choice: whether to marry and lose the survivor
benefits the government granted them to compensate for the loss of their spouses.
Gold Star spouses now lose their Survivor Benefit Plan, or SBP, benefits if
they remarry before turning 55, as well as their Dependency and Indemnity
Compensation benefits if they remarry before 57.
Last month, two veterans in Congress, Reps. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and
Michael Waltz, R-Fla., introduced a bill -- the Captain James C. Edge Gold Star
Spouse Equity Act -- that would remove these age limits.
In interviews with Military.com, spouses whose husbands died in the line of
duty described the pain the risk of losing their survivor benefits causes them.
"My husband fought for our country twice, and he died because of it," said
Gold Star wife Aimee Wriglesworth, whose husband died of melanoma in 2013
caused by exposure to burn pits in Iraq. "He's the one ... who did all those things
for those benefits. But ... I was his caregiver for a year. And taking that away, if
I choose to get married again, takes away everything I did as well. It says that
all the things I did as a military spouse don't matter. And I feel that is a big deal."
But though she longs to marry Mike, the loss of benefits that would come with
that would upend their lives -- and jeopardize the steps they've taken to heal
since Chad's death.
Wriglesworth worked as an EMT until her husband's 2013 death, after which
she went back to school to become a social worker. Her survivor benefits pay
for her schooling but would go away if she remarried now.
Savannah receives Social Security benefits, but those alone wouldn't be enough
to pay for everything she needs, Wriglesworth said.
"Life shouldn't be about money, but let's be honest: Money is what allows me
to put clothes on my kid's back and feed her and make sure she lives in a good
neighborhood and [goes] to a good school and [has] good quality child care,"
Wriglesworth also has a medical condition that Tricare now covers, but if she
lost those benefits, her treatments would become very expensive. Her fiancé's
insurance would not cover her condition as well as Tricare does if they got
The benefits also make it easier for both Wriglesworth and her daughter to go to
therapy to deal with the pain of losing Chad. As Savannah neared middle school
age, Wriglesworth said, the weight of her loss started to hit her, and she needed
to talk to a therapist about it.
And, Wriglesworth said, getting remarried wouldn't erase her own depression,
anxiety and post-traumatic stress she has suffered since losing her husband and
for which she requires treatment.
"No amount of money makes this not hurt," Wriglesworth said. "But it helps
a lot to be able to take my daughter to therapy or to be able to take myself to
therapy, and have insurance to cover that. It helps a lot to know that I can go to
school to better my life. And that security is something I feel my husband gave
me, because my whole world was taken from me when he died. Everything."
Emily Feeks, who lost her Navy SEAL husband, Special Warfare Operator
1st Class Patrick Feeks, in the August 2012 crash of a Black Hawk helicopter
The SBP pays the surviving spouse of a service member who dies on active
duty 55% of what the service member's retirement pay would have been, if
he or she had retired at 100% disability at the time of death. The Dependency
and Indemnity Compensation benefit pays $1,357.56 each month to eligible
survivors of active-duty service members who died in the line of duty, and
survivors of veterans whose deaths are deemed service-related.
Wriglesworth began dating her late husband, Army Maj. Chad Wriglesworth,
when she was 18. She fell in love with his kindness and dry sense of humor,
she said. They married on her 20th birthday and soon had a daughter named
Chad Wriglesworth deployed to Joint Base Balad in Iraq in 2008 and 2009,
and to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012. He received the Bronze Star and Combat
Action Badge during his Afghanistan deployment.
But he also developed melanoma, which Wriglesworth said was confirmed to
have been caused by the burn pits he was exposed to in Iraq. His Nov. 20, 2013,
death is officially listed as having occurred in the line of duty, she said.
Not only had she, at 27, lost the man she had known almost her entire life. But
Savannah -- at the time, just two weeks away from turning five -- had also lost
the father who doted on her, who she snuggled with on his hospital bed and
during his treatments, and didn't flinch from when he lost his hair and started
"And that's still the hardest thing today," Wriglesworth, her voice breaking, said
in an interview. "I miss him, but what it took from my kid is the worst thing. It
altered her life in a way that can't be fixed."
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in Afghanistan during a firefight with insurgents, is also facing the choice of
whether to give up benefits in order to get married.
Feeks remembers her late husband as kind, jovial and larger than life. He had
wanted to become a SEAL since he was eight years old and got LASIK surgery
to make that dream a reality.
Her husband's death was "absolutely devastating," she said.
"You have this world with someone, and you have this plan," she explained.
"And everything was destroyed in one second."
Feeks was also in the Navy when she and Patrick met at Naval Amphibious
Base Coronado, California, in 2010, right after she returned from Afghanistan
and he got back from Iraq. She stayed in the service for eight more years after
Patrick's death so she could retire with full benefits.
Feeks is planning to get remarried in October. She'll keep the benefits she earned
from her own service, but is prepared to lose the indemnity pay she has received
since Patrick's death.
"People that have never been in our place tend to say things [like], 'You should
lose that [survivor benefits] when you get remarried; it should be your new
husband's [or spouse's] responsibility,'" Feeks said. "That's not how that should
work. That doesn't negate that that person has lost their life for this nation."
As for Wriglesworth, it will probably be several more years before she can get
remarried. She said she will likely wait until she's finished her master's degree,
found a good job and Savannah has gone off to college, so when the benefits go
away it won't be as much of a blow.
But now, because Aimee and Mike live together in Texas but aren't married, she
said, "I feel judged all the time" by people who don't understand her situation
and reach their own conclusions.
"It's hard to go to church," Wriglesworth said. "How do you explain that to
people? On top of being a widow -- people actually respect that. They go, 'Oh
wow, you're a widow. Thank you for your sacrifice.' And then, 'Oh, but you're
Wriglesworth hopes Congress passes the law to repeal the age limits on
remarriage, so she can live her life the way she wants.
"I still carry my husband with me," she said. "It doesn't mean that I'm not a
Gold Star widow, if I love somebody else as well. ... No person, man or woman,
should have to answer for getting married."
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Auburn’s Harbert College of
Business to Offer Master’s
Degree in Supply Chain
Graduate-level supply chain management education will be offered at
Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business beginning this fall.
“Our undergraduate Supply Chain Management Program has been
stellar for some time, and the creation of a graduate program is a natural
transition,” said Glenn Richey, Harbert Eminent Scholar and Department
of Supply Chain Management chair, who oversees an undergraduate
program ranked No. 7 in North America by Gartner. “The new graduate
program will further allow us to improve working professionals’
skillsets and meet the needs of a rapidly changing world of supply chain
“The addition of a Master of Science in supply chain management builds
on the continuing reputation of the Harbert College as an elite school of
business. Coming on the heels of Supply Chain Management becoming
its own department, our new graduate program builds on the incredible
momentum we are experiencing.”
Offered in-person or remotely, the program comes with a four-course
certificate option or the full 10-course, 30-hour Master of Science in
supply chain management.
Geared toward working professionals looking to prepare for managerial
roles that will accelerate their careers, Harbert College’s Master of
Science in supply chain management offers courses dedicated to the
essential components, backgrounds, practices and fundamentals of an
organization’s supply chain practice—and how they interact with one
Rafay Ishfaq, the W. Allen Reed Associate Professor and Supply Chain
Management Graduate Programs coordinator at the Harbert College, said,
“The pillars of Auburn’s new graduate supply chain degree which will
distinguish itself from other degree programs include: the breadth of our
curriculum, professional diversity of our faculty and close engagement
with industry through the Center for Supply Chain Innovation.
“The new graduate program offers courses that cover strategy, planning
and operations. It’s based on a holistic approach to supply chain education.
Another highlight of Auburn’s M.S. in supply chain management degree
is the professional diversity of our faculty that allows us to provide a
broad curricular coverage of the supply chain discipline from sourcing to
manufacturing, distribution, transportation and order fulfillment.”
Ishfaq noted that Auburn’s graduate supply chain education goes beyond
the basic understanding of the principles and fundamentals of the
discipline. It exposes students to complexities often faced by mid-level
and senior managers beyond the daily grind of running a company.
“It's about strategizing,” he said. “It's about planning and getting a feel
for how one would handle these complexities. Not just for today's supply
chain but for the future supply chains as well.”
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Marine Corps Base in Japan Offers Pfizer COVID-19
Vaccine to Adolescents
TOKYO – A Marine Corps air station in western Japan announced
Wednesday it would soon give COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents
as young as 12 years old.
In South Korea, the one-day count climbed Tuesday to 635 new
COVID-19 patients, with 220 in Seoul and 184 in Gyeonggi province,
home of Camp Humphreys and Osan Air Base.
Meanwhile, three people at U.S. military bases in the country have
contracted the coronavirus respiratory disease over the past week,
according to updates as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni has opened its coronavirus
vaccination appointments for a May 20 shot clinic to eligible adolescents
ages 12 to 17, according to the base Facebook page Wednesday.
MCAS Iwakuni appeared to be the only installation in Japan making
appointments for adolescents to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The U.S.
Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine Monday for
emergency use for recipients ages 12 to 15. It had been approved in
December for recipients 16 and older.
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Now that the Pfizer vaccine is approved for emergency use, the Defense
Health Agency is working to make it available to that age group, Maj.
Joshua Diddams, spokesman for MCAS Iwakuni, told Stars and Stripes
by phone Wednesday. The air station clinic is a branch of Yokosuka
Naval Hospital, south of Tokyo, which asked the clinic how many
doses it would need, he said.
To find out, the Iwakuni clinic on May 4 asked interested parents to
register their children for appointments in anticipation of the vaccine
becoming available, according to the base Facebook page.
On Wednesday, the clinic added slots to its May 20 vaccination clinic
at the IronWorks gym in further anticipation. Interested parents should
register by noon Friday, according to the Facebook post.
Two people on Okinawa have tested positive for COVID-19 since
May 5, according to a U.S. Army Japan news release Wednesday. The
Army last reported four new cases on April 28. Six people with the
Army contracted the virus in April.
Naval Air Facility Atsugi had one person contract the virus through
close contact with a previously infected individual, according to an
official Facebook post Wednesday. The air base 26 miles southwest of
Tokyo is monitoring three COVID-19 patients.
Elsewhere in Japan, the capital city reported 969 new infections
Wednesday, according to public broadcaster NHK. Another five people
became severely ill with COVID-19, for a total of 86, NHK reported.
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Bill Would Expand Paid Parental Leave
for All New Military Parents
House and Senate lawmakers have introduced
legislation that would give military parents 12
weeks of family leave after the birth or adoption of
a child -- a move that would provide flexibility and
standardize benefits across the services.
The proposed Servicemember Parental Leave Equity
Act, introduced Tuesday by Sen. Tammy Duckworth,
D-Ill., and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., would give
both the designated primary caregiver and secondary
caregiver up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
The lawmakers said the legislation would align
military benefits with those offered by many federal
agencies, and would not only improve the quality of
life for military families but improve readiness and
"Parental leave for military service members is
absurdly out of touch and outdated when compared
to federal benefits and options provided by many
private, large employers," said Speier, who chairs
the House Armed Services subcommittee for
military personnel. "New parents need time to bond
with their children after birth, adoption or foster
placement; service members are no exception."
Currently, service members who give birth can take
up to six weeks of maternity convalescent leave,
while the family's designated primary caregiver has
access to an additional six weeks of leave, taken at
the caregiver's discretion.
Secondary caregivers get up to three weeks in the
Army and the Air Force, and two weeks in the Navy
and Marine Corps.
The bill would increase primary caregiver leave to 12
weeks -- in addition to the six weeks of convalescent
leave following a birth or adoption -- giving a new
service member mom who also is the designated
primary caregiver more than four months of leave.
The bill would, for the first time, authorize the full 12
weeks of primary and secondary caregiver leave for
foster children and require the Defense Department
to establish policies that define caregiver leave for
And it would require the DoD to implement uniform
policies to allow for additional leave in the case of a
stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death for primary and
Currently, DoD policies call for parental leave to
terminate on the death of a child.
"My wife and I welcomed into our family a beautiful
baby girl, Elaine Marie Checketts. However, our joy
turned to despair when Elaine passed away two days
after birth. In the midst of my family's grief, I was
shocked and devastated to learn that my parental
leave was revoked per Defense Department policy,"
wrote Air Force Maj. Matthew Checketts in an oped
for Military.com, supporting the legislation. "I
was in no condition to return to work, and my family
needed me then more than ever."
The bill has the support of 31 cosponsors, including
five Republicans. Earlier this year, Duckworth and
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced legislation
named for Checketts' baby that would give troops
leave to mourn infants who die.
The legislation is likely to be considered during the
National Defense Authorization Act deliberations
process later this year.
Also on Tuesday, Speier and Duckworth introduced
a bill that would allow the DoD to expand an inhome
child care subsidy pilot program established
in last year's national defense policy bill; it would
also direct the Pentagon to conduct a pilot to expand
partnerships between the DoD and private providers.
Duckworth said the bill recognizes that accessible
child care is a "necessity -- not a luxury."
"Our military's recruitment, retention and overall
readiness are harmed when a military family can't
find quality child care for their children," she said.
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Gallagher Claims SEAL Platoon Agreed to Practice
Medical Procedures on Dying Prisoner
Retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was
acquitted of murdering an Islamic State prisoner
in a highly public and controversial war crimes
trial, said in a new podcast that his entire platoon
intended to kill the man and agreed to practice
medical procedures on him until he died.
At one point in the podcast, Gallagher appears to
say that the medical treatments the platoon provided
led to the prisoner's death.
"I didn't stab that dude," Gallagher said in the final
episode of the Apple podcast "The Line," which
was released Tuesday. "That dude died from all
the medical treatments that were done. And there
was plenty of medical treatments that were done to
In an interview with Military.com, Gallagher's
attorney Timothy Parlatore said that nothing he said
on the podcast changed the facts of the case as they
have been known.
"This information was always there, was always
just beneath the surface," Parlatore said. "It was in
the open. But nobody really noticed it, or nobody
wanted to notice it."
Gallagher was accused of stabbing the wounded
ISIS fighter in Mosul, Iraq, in 2017 and charged
with premeditated murder. He was also charged with
attempted murder over allegations he unlawfully
shot at civilians during that deployment.
He faced a court-martial in 2019, where he was
ultimately found not guilty of premeditated murder
and attempted murder. Gallagher was convicted of
unlawfully posing for a picture with the prisoner's
Former President Trump repeatedly intervened
in Gallagher’s case, ordering the Navy to release
him from pretrial confinement, allow him to retire
with his SEAL Trident. He also ordered the Navy to
rescind medals awarded to his prosecutors.
In the podcast, Gallagher said that the other
members of the platoon -- including some who
testified against him -- openly discussed performing
medical treatments on the prisoner until he died.
"Everybody knew what was going on," he said.
"The grain of truth in the whole thing is that that
ISIS fighter was killed by us, and that nobody at
that time had a problem with it. We killed that guy.
Our intention was to kill him. Everybody was on
The host then interjected to ask, "Your intention
was to kill him?"
Gallagher responded that they intended to "do
medical scenarios on him until he died."
When asked by the podcast host whether that
amounted to "nursing [the prisoner] to death,"
Gallagher said, "Yeah, if you want to put it in a nice
way. Nursing him to death, or just killing him -- he
was going to die regardless. We weren't taking any
prisoners. That wasn't our job."
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In Wednesday's interview, Parlatore said the SEALs
"did not intend to kill an unarmed prisoner using
medical treatment," and that Gallagher's statements
have been misinterpreted.
Gallagher and the rest of the SEALs did intend to
kill members of ISIS, Parlatore said, but did so by
calling in a Hellfire missile strike on their building.
That strike killed all the ISIS members except the
prisoner, who was badly wounded and, they believed,
likely to die, he added.
After the strike, the SEALs conducted medical
treatment on the prisoner to practice their skills,
"By the time he got to them, he was dying," the
lawyer said. "There was no way to save him. They
made a decision, and they agreed they would perform
medical treatment on him until he expired. They
did that for training purposes; they did it to prevent
[the Emergency Response Division, an Iraqi special
forces unit accused of torture and other abuses] from
torturing him. It was not done with the intent of
using medical procedures to hasten his death."
When asked about Gallagher's statement that the
prisoner "died from all the medical treatments that
were done," Parlatore said, "That may have been an
inartful way of saying it.
"Eddie's an operator, he's not an orator," he added.
Parlatore said the medical treatments may have
prolonged the prisoner's life, including a treatment
Gallagher administered that he said cleared the
prisoner's airway and allowed him to breathe again.
Gallagher's court-martial was upended by the
shocking testimony of one of his platoon mates,
Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, who changed
his story on the stand and testified that he himself
killed the prisoner by asphyxiating him.
Parlatore said that practicing medical treatments on
a dying patient who was beyond saving is legal and
commonly done by doctors in emergency rooms,
though they typically get the patients' consent before
"The ethics opinions ultimately come down to say,
you really should get informed consent from the
patient before doing this," Parlatore said. "Obviously,
they did not get informed consent from the terrorist,
but what they did is not illegal."
When asked whether it was ethical to practice
medical procedures on a prisoner who had not
granted consent, Parlatore said, "According to the
[American Medical Association], they should have
gotten the terrorist's consent. And so maybe Eddie
shouldn't be practicing medicine anymore. But it is
what they did in a combat scenario."
Parlatore said one of the junior members of the
platoon was allowed to insert a chest tube and
conduct a needle decompression on the prisoner.
That junior member had learned how to conduct
those procedures in class, he said, but had never
before performed them on an actual patient.
"It is valuable training," Parlatore said. "He got the
opportunity to get that training, to know how to do
it, so that the first time that he has to actually do it in
real life isn't when one of his buddies is about to die.
It's not pretty, it's not something that we like to talk
about, but that's the truth."
When asked about Gallagher's podcast remarks
during a press briefing Wednesday, Pentagon Press
Secretary John Kirby said, "I'm not sure I'm going to
dignify those comments with a response."
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Have Too Many
in the Military?
More than a year after COVID-19 effectively shut
down the U.S., the Defense Department still has
6,235 active-duty troops and 31,500 National
Guard members across 54 states and U.S. territories
administering vaccines, conducting testing, storing
goods and more.
The military is no stranger to homefront assistance:
from hurricane and wildfire relief to food bank
distribution, uniformed personnel have been called
on for decades to provide domestic support during
But in a time when Americans seem more divided
than ever, experts say the military is caught in a
difficult balancing act: to lend civil support where
needed without detracting from core strategic
missions so it can remain ready for the next fight.
Pandemic response and other domestic crises over the
last year have made that task even more complicated.
And changing American expectations regarding the
military may heighten the tension.
member's physical fitness grace period to 12 months
postpartum; and ensure that new moms who serve
will have their medical needs met, including access to
pelvic floor physical therapy referrals and increased
postpartum depression and anxiety screening.
Houlahan, who serves on the House Armed Services
Committee and founded the Servicewomen and
Women Veterans Congressional Caucus, told
Military.com that, as a woman in Congress and an
Air Force veteran, she keeps women in uniform in
mind as she crafts legislation.
"There's not a lot of people who are kind of in
positions of legislative ability to be able to think
about what it means to be in uniform, and also to
be a woman in uniform," she said. "And so some of
the experiences that I personally have had informed
the way that I'm trying to be helpful in terms of the
modern military and the women who are currently
Houlahan, who served for three years in the Air
Force as an active-duty service member and 13 years
in the Air Force Reserve before leaving in 2004, said
that her own pregnancy shaped the bill.
The experience that I had, trying to figure out how to
piece that all together, in some ways was part of the
reason why I separated from the military. It had to do
with a lot of different stressors, including child care.
But 30 or so years later, much of that has not really
changed," she said.
Though some of the service branches have decided
to offer a postpartum grace period of 12 months to
get back in weight and fitness standards, "it hasn't
been codified," Houlahan said. The Army announced
in March that it would double its postpartum physical
standards grace period from six months to 12 months.
"I had the opportunity to meet with National
Guardswomen in Washington, D.C., from
Pennsylvania who were deployed there during the
January 6 timeframe," she said. "They felt as though
their bodies needed more time to be healed before
they had to perform in their next physical fitness test.
Part of this bill is that it increases that time to 12
months, to allow them to be able to fully heal. … And
this, in fact, would codify that."
Looking forward, Houlahan said she will continue
to legislate change for mothers in uniform. She said
that reducing stressors for service members is key to
"Yesterday, I was speaking with a junior enlisted
woman, single mom, who was in tears describing
the fact that she had to be in formation by 6 a.m.,
when child care didn't open until 5:30. … And she
spent every single day white-knuckled trying to drive
as quickly as she could, from her off-post housing,
to drop off her child to get to formation by six,"
Houlahan said. "And these kinds of things are things
that are creating enormous stresses on the individual,
but are also about the readiness of our military."
In addition to contributing to a more inclusive force,
Houlahan said taking care of women in uniform
signals that the military values them and their
"And we need to be working toward having more
women in uniform, rather than fewer. This …
provides the feedback to a person who's looking to
serve that you matter, that your life matters, that your
family matters and that your children matter," she
said. "This is a competitive working environment.
These people are choosing to wear [a] uniform, rather
than choosing to do something else in the civilian
economy. And we need to be taking care of people."
for Moms in
Legislation introduced last week seeks to improve
postpartum care for women in uniform and their
families through Title 10, the section of the United
States Code on the armed forces.
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Penn., introduced the
Military Moms Matter Act of 2021 May 7. The
bill would expand paternity leave to 12 weeks for
primary and secondary caregivers; extend the service
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Create a Winning Nursing Resume
The US Department of Labor projects faster-than-average job growth
for nurses through 2025. That means as employers seek to recruit
and retain talented nursing staff, nurses will enjoy improved salaries,
benefits and working conditions.
You might be thinking: "Oh good, since employers will be clamoring
to hire me, I don't have to worry about my resume."
A winning resume will get you noticed for the best positions and can
facilitate a promotion from your current position. A strong resume
can also help you command and negotiate a higher salary. Always put
your best foot forward on your resume to attract the most desirable
job offers. Follow these tips to make your nursing resume shine and
see our sample nurse's resume.
PRESENT YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION IN A
Lead your resume with a qualifications summary that provides an
overview of the value you bring to the table. Paint a picture of what
you have to offer by including a narrative statement of your goal,
specialty area, level of experience and any other top credentials. In
the Monster Resume Builder, use the Career Objective field to present
ADD AN EXPERTISE SECTION
should provide details of their unpaid work/clinical rotations/
DEMONSTRATE YOU'RE A TOP PERFORMER
Your experience will be stronger if you include your contributions
to each of your employers. Think about how you went above and
beyond your job duties to make a positive contribution to your
employer, patients, families and the community. Did you serve on
any boards or committees? Did you help reorganize or launch new
facilities or services? Did you provide training for patients and their
families? Did you promote health and well-being by providing free
community healthcare seminars? Were you known for your strong
patient-advocacy skills? Did you help your employer pass an audit
or achieve accreditation? Did you train and orient new employees?
By providing details about your accomplishments, you're showing
potential employers that you would be a valuable asset to their team.
A bulleted list of your proficiency areas incorporates important
keywords into your resume (so you're found in an electronic
search) and gives hiring managers a snapshot of your capabilities.
Your expertise (or Key Skills if you're an entry-level candidate and
haven't yet developed expertise) could be nursing specialty areas
(e.g., pediatrics, obstetrics) or skills (JCAHO standards/compliance,
medication administration, case management). On your Monster
resume, use the Skills section to present your areas of expertise.
DETAIL YOUR NURSING EXPERIENCE
Hiring managers want to understand the scope of your experience
so they can see if you're a good match for the job opening. When
describing your nursing experience, write about the type of facility
(such as acute care, outpatient, rehabilitation), your caseload and area
of specialization. Entry-level nurses with limited work experience
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return without being quarantined. Moms were also receiving roses from
"Residents can feel the energy now that families are coming in," said
Kelley Fulkerson, business office manager at Addington in Northville.
"There is excitement among staff — and tears and excitement among
families waiting to see loved ones."
St. Joseph of Harahan — an assisted living facility in Harahan, Louisiana
— held a parking lot parade Friday with dozens of cars honking and
family members yelling well wishes for Mother's Day.
Residents in masks sat behind caution tape and waved to loved ones
whom they had waited to see for more than a year in some cases. Workers
passed out balloons and flowers.
Tearful Reunions Mark
Second Mother's Day
Joyous reunions among vaccinated parents and children across the
country marked this year's Mother's Day, the second one celebrated
during the coronavirus pandemic.
Some families separated by worries of transmitting the virus saw each
other for the first time in over a year, emboldened by their vaccinations.
Jeanie Codianni of Los Angeles flew to New Jersey this weekend to
surprise her 74-year-old mother. It was a marked departure from their
Mother's Day in 2020, when the pair made bacon and eggs over Facetime.
This Sunday, they had bagels and planned brunch in-person instead.
"You forget how your mom smells, how she looks. It's like, she never looks
as beautiful as the last time you saw her," Codianni said. "We understand
how privileged we are, how lucky we are. Hundreds of thousands of
people don't get to celebrate Mother's Day or are celebrating it under a
veil of grief."
For Pam Grimes, Mother's Day last year remains a fuzzy yet "scary and
depressing" memory, blurred together with the rest of the pandemic's
early months. In contrast, when her vaccinated adult grandchildren
gathered at her Panama City, Florida, home to celebrate this year, they
hugged and laughed and teased each other.
"The whole world felt better," Grimes said.
Historian Andy Verhoff didn't see his mother for Thanksgiving,
Christmas or New Year's. But for Mother's Day, he drove from his home
in Columbus, Ohio, to spend a day in rural Putnam County, Ohio with
her, stopping at the first historical marker they'd worked on together.
Both mother and son were vaccinated, giving them the confidence to take
their masks off — which made it feel like a normal, pre-pandemic day,
"We never let the mask get in the way of things," Verhoff said. "It was
just nice to not have my glasses fog up."
Some long-term care facilities across the country prepared for the
special day by facilitating in-person visits, especially as some states have
relaxed visitation rules in recent months given rising vaccination rates
and dropping case numbers.
In suburban Detroit, residents with dementia at Addington Place lately
have been allowed to see visitors in person. But the big change Sunday
was their ability to leave for a special meal with family members and
Cathedral Village, a nursing home and rehabilitation center in
Philadelphia, was spacing out weekend visits for Mother's Day, said
supervisor Hannah Han. Social workers were helping some families that
wanted to take people home to celebrate. Visits in private rooms required
masks and gowns.
Mary Daniel, who last year took a job as a dishwasher so she could
see her husband at a long-term care facility in Jacksonville, Florida,
said holidays are important to maintain traditions with family. She said
spouses and others should be recognized as essential caregivers who
offer emotional support and be allowed inside.
"We are seeing progress with people being allowed to see loved ones and
visit or take them home for holidays, but we are still seeing individual
facilities who refuse to follow the federal guidance on allowing visits,"
said Daniel, who started a group called Caregivers for Compromise-
Because Isolation Kills Too.
Still, the virus limited the holiday this year for Winslow Swan, who
served as his 83-year-old mother's primary caretaker in Ellijay, Georgia,
until last year, when health troubles forced him to move her into a nursing
home in town during the middle of the pandemic.
New COVID-19 cases in the past month has led to the facility to tighten
its visitation restrictions, and Swan likely won't see his mother for this
year's holiday, though he has considered an impromptu window visit.
"It's sad," he said. "I know the room that's she's in and there is a possibility
that I can find her and see her through the window."
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Army Wants New Medical Gel that Seals Off
Hemorrhaging Wounds on the Battlefield
Army researchers are eyeing a promising new wound-care technology
that could allow soldiers to seal hemorrhaging trauma wounds on
parts of the body where pressure bandages can't stop bleeding.
The Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, is providing technical
oversight on a new hemostatic gel, known as StatBond, that stops
uncontrolled bleeding in noncompressible areas of the body such as
the groin, armpit, neck and internal organs.
"This technology provides a new capability to stop bleeding under
austere conditions," Robert Mantz, a chemistry branch chief with
ARL, which is an element of Army Combat Capabilities Development
Command, said in a service news release.
If all goes well, StatBond will be in soldiers' hands beginning in 2025,
according to the release.
It is currently undergoing Food and Drug Administration approval
and will likely be packaged into a durable squeeze pack soldiers can
carry in their pockets, according to the release.
A research and development firm known as Hybrid Plastics, along with
the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Vanderbilt University
and Ichor Sciences, developed StatBond through an effort funded
by the Defense Health Agency Small Business Innovation Research
"The breakthrough nature of the [technology] lies in the ability
of the hemostatic gel to flow deeply into penetrating wounds, and
immediately seal against fluid loss, thereby allowing the natural
blood clotting cascade to happen against the surface of the gel," Joe
Lichtenhan, vice president of technology at Hybrid Plastics, said in
In the past, the Army has issued fast-acting clotting agents such as
QuickClot that have "limited efficacy with arterial bleeds," Mantz
told Military.com in a statement.
StatBond contains Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane, or POSS, a
silicon-based material that allows the treatment to be injected into the
wound and "it does not burn," Mantz said in the statement.
"Additionally, so far the research shows that the POSS material
doesn't cause any cell death or any toxicity to the body," he said in
the statement. "The treatment can be left in the body and is naturally
flushed out over time."
StatBond also can be used to treat lung punctures, eye injuries and
burn wounds and to prevent infection, according to the release.
While bleeding is not always associated with these types of injuries,
StatBond seals the damaged tissue against further fluid loss while
retaining oxygen transport to the injury, which helps preserve tissue
and supports the natural healing process and tissue regeneration, it
The research team is working with the Army to further mature the
"We are committed to bringing advanced medical technology and
devices to the wounded warfighter," Lichtenhan said in the release.
"We anticipate the technology will become available for use by
physicians in 2022 and potentially carried by soldiers by 2025."
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Who Is Covered By Tricare Select?
Everyone eligible for Tricare with the exception of active-duty members
may enroll in the Tricare Select plan. The program is available worldwide.
Tricare Select Basics
With Tricare Select you can get care from any Tricare-authorized provider,
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needed incremental improvement,
it generally kept the status quo.
Because commanders often know
and work with both the victim
and the accused, supporters of
Gillibrand's efforts say victims
frequently shy away from reporting
abuse, adding that commanders'
inherent bias makes it difficult to
trust whether they can properly
prosecute a colleague.
After a Decade of Effort, Big Changes
Could Be Coming to the Way the Military
Handles Sexual Assault
Seven years ago, the military's
top brass argued to Congress that
commanders should retain the
power to prosecute sexual assault
cases to maintain "good order and
But now, the idea of stripping
commanders of that responsibility
is advancing quickly both on
Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon.
"I urge that military commanders
remain central to the legal
process," Gen. Martin Dempsey,
then chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, told lawmakers at a
Senate Armed Services Committee
hearing in 2013. "The commander's
ability to preserve good order and
discipline remains essential to
accomplishing any change within
our profession. Reducing command
responsibility could adversely
affect the ability of the commander
to enforce professional standards
and, ultimately, to accomplish the
Military law may be on the cusp
of one of its biggest overhauls
ever, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand,
D-N.Y., rapidly picking up support
in the Senate for a bill that would
move sexual assault cases out of
the chain of command.
The murder of Spc. Vanessa
Guillen, which rocked the Army,
has seemingly set the stage to
revamp how the military tackles
sex crimes, according to multiple
legal experts and congressional
staff interviewed by Military.com.
Retired Lt. Col. Rachel
VanLandingham, a national
security law expert and former
judge advocate for the U.S. Air
Force, said one of the keys to getting
more lawmakers on board with
the change has been Gillibrand's
willingness to make compromises
in her bill, ceding to commanders
prosecution power over offenses
that are uniquely military crimes.
"That's her big move. ... Some
[military crimes] carry the death
penalty, such as misbehavior before
the enemy," VanLandingham said
in an interview with Military.com.
"She is leaving that to commanders.
To me, that ignores the structural
issues; commanders are not
independent or experienced. But
Gillibrand is an astute politician,
and she'd rather start the move
versus continuing to be stuck. She's
reading the tea leaves, willing to
compromise, so that's why you're
starting to see more and more
people get on board."
When Dempsey gave his testimony
in 2013, there were dueling bills on
Capitol Hill aimed at revamping
how the military tackled sexual
But in early 2014, the Senate
rejected Gillibrand's bipartisan
proposal. She had key Republican
allies such as Sens. Ted Cruz of
Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky,
both of whom were leaders in the
Tea Party movement at the time.
Yet she faced fierce opposition
from the Pentagon and even from
within her own party.
A watered-down bill from Sen.
Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., directly
competed with Gillibrand's and
eventually passed that year.
McCaskill scoffed at the idea of
removing commanders from the
legal process, saying it wouldn't
have an impact on the number of
victims reporting attacks, based
on other countries that had similar
laws already in place.
"There is a theory that if we take this
decision away from any command,
that would magically have victims
come forward. We know this is
not the silver bullet. If it were,
you would've seen an increase in
reporting in other countries who
adopted this," McCaskill said on
the Senate floor in 2013.
McCaskill's bill got rid of the socalled
"good soldier" defense,
making factors such as the accused's
service record irrelevant. It also
made retaliating against a victim
a crime and expanded special
counsel programs for victims.
But some veterans advocates and
lawmakers said at the time that,
while the legislation was a much
In a potentially significant shift at
the Pentagon, Gen. Mark Milley,
the current chairman of the Joint
Chiefs, dropped his opposition to
the proposed changes to military
"I was adamantly opposed to that
for years," he said, according to
The Associated Press.
"But I haven't seen the needle
move," he added, likely referring
to Pentagon data estimating 25,000
service members were sexually
assaulted in 2018, up from 14,900