The Briefing Room: This Day in U.S Military History:August 26


26 August 1775 – Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island delegates to Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies. 1791 – John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat. 1804 – Following the death of Sergeant Charles Floyd, Lewis and Clark promote Patrick Gass as his replacement. Barely…

The Brotherhood of the Bayonet: Mission


At The Brotherhood of the Bayonet our mission is simple: to inform the veteran. Information is knowledge so we want to equip veterans with what they need to succeed. We are unlike other organizations because, as veterans ourselves, we recognize there are many facets and layers to the challenges veterans face. Therefore, we don’t single…

Veteran Pride: Finding Your ‘Happy Place’


“Why are you doing that?!! I thought you hated Iraq?!” my ex-wife said. I was sitting on the floor of the spare room, sorting through a cigar box that I had kept different unit crests, badges, and insignia in.  I had some of the medals I had been awarded laying out on the carpet because…

Those We Left Behind


We took them in, leery and a bit skeptical at first, but we soon let them into our most inner-circles. And before long, they were part of our team. We gave them desert uniforms. When every other soldier had received level IV SAPI plates for their body armor, we took any extras and made sure…

The Briefing Room:Military History-August 24


This Day in U.S History 24 August 1682 – Duke James of York gave Delaware to William Penn. 1781 – A small force of Pennsylvania militia is ambushed and overwhelmed by an American Indian group, which forces George Rogers Clark to abandon his attempt to attack Detroit. 1814 – On the 19th of August British…

Welcome our newest Senior Contributor and Author:Mathew Bocian


Friends and Supporters We are pleased to add a new face to our lineup of Regular Contributors. Mathew jumped at the opportunity to be part of our awesome team, and we are very much looking forward to what he brings to the table. Please help us in welcoming Mathew Bocian as our newest Contributor ! Join…

Part 4: Rating PTSD


Once a veteran’s PTSD has been service-connected, a disability rating will be assigned by the VA. A disability rating is the average impairment in earning capacity resulting from diseases, injuries, or their residual conditions. It is important to note that C&P examiners do not rate claims; exam results go to a VA adjudicator to apply…

Tactical Tourism- Iraqi Style


“This is an Iraqi Family in their natural habitat as a family unit, divorce is uncommon.” “Please do not eat anything they give you without checking with me.” “Do not leave your escort, they are for your protection.” “Rural Iraqis live in small family compounds.  Many of the children look alike because they are cousins…

Compensation and Pension Exams for PTSD


IN GENERAL Once a veteran files a VA claim for PTSD, even if the veteran has a valid diagnosis of PTSD from a qualified medical professional, the VA is still going to require that the veteran undergo a Compensation and Pension Examination (C&P exam) in order to verify the diagnosis, assess the severity of the…