Military/Veteran News – October 18th, 2016

MORE TROOPS SENT TO IRAQ
The Department of Defense is sending 615 more U.S. troops to Iraq to aid government forces oust ISIS from the city of Mosul. To date there are 4,647 U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq. “In April, more than 200 troops, including additional special operations forces, were sent to Iraq to train and advise government forces readying for the Mosul assault. The Iraqis also got Apache attack helicopters and a HIMARS rocket system. Another $415 million was sent to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.” Recently, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the U.S. would deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq. Those troops would offer infrastructure and logistical support at Qayara airfield south of Mosul, Carter.
Source: Military Times

19 STATES HOLDING OUT AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION
More than 600,000 veterans will go without health insurance next year without the Medicaid expansion. More than 120,000 of these fall into the so-called “Medicaid gap” — income level not low enough to qualify for Medicaid, but too much money to qualify for federal subsidies to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges. Not all get or qualify for care by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Source: Military Times

MILITARY HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS
1. Rambo
2. Cadet
3. Captain America
4. Resident Evil- Alice
5. FBI agent
6. EMT
7. Top Gun
8. SWAT
Halloween is a time for decorative costumes and candy. It is always helpful to have bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible. Glow sticks are a fun way to been seen at night. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
Source: Military Times