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I know you voted. Ask A Vet - Election 2016
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/08/2016 10:16:27

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Good morning!!!

Today marks Election Day 2016. As I type these words, millions of Americans - civilians and those who serve in our nation's armed forces - have already voted. More will do so.

As we vote and await the results of the election, the U.S. military is continuing its investigation into the recent deaths of three U.S. military trainers in Jordan.

The Americans were killed Friday in an exchange of gunfire while driving into an air base in southern Jordan. A Jordanian was wounded.

Brett McGurk, White House envoy to the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS extremists, said Jordan’s King Abdullah II expressed condolences in a meeting Sunday. An investigation is ongoing, McGurk said.

U.S. officials identified the three staff sergeants as Matthew Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Kevin McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Ariz.; and James Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Tex.

These three men were among six U.S. Special Forces members who died in the past three days.

Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIL. The country also has taken in many Syrian refugees.

In Iraq, U.S. military advisors are helping in the efforts to recapture Mosul. Less is being said of American volunteer medics who are treating soldiers and civilians.

MOSUL, Iraq — When Iraqi forces pushed into Mosul's urban center last week, Derek Coleman, an American volunteer medic, was among those treating the wounded at a front-line field clinic.

He said he helped treat 44 casualties before he lost count.

"I think the Iraqi (military) got an awakening when they pushed too far forward," Coleman said, flipping through a notebook he uses to keep records of his cases. In all, 12 soldiers died at the clinic on Friday, he said. "We had two Humvees just loaded with dead bodies."

The Iraqi military has said that they found a mass grave with 100-decapitated bodies near Mosul.

Back in the U.S., Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) is demanding an investigation continues into the death of a recruit at Parris Island, North Carolina amid concerns about hazing.

The Marines have identified Zachary Boland as the second recruit to die this year at the service’s East Coast training depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, as Marine boot camp comes under intense scrutiny by lawmakers.

Separately, a recruit who was severely injured in a two-story fall at Parris Island on Oct. 28 remains in critical condition, said Capt. Gregory Carroll, a spokesman for Parris Island. The Marine Corps has not released his name, but friends of his family have identified him as Kristian Gashaj, 18, of Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Boland, 18, was assigned to the 2 nd Recruit Training Battalion when he was found unconscious in his bed after 8 p.m. on Friday, Carroll said. He was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m.

A lawmaker said she was "deeply disturbed" to learn of Boland's death and called for it to be "investigated thoroughly and expeditiously."

Returning to our elections in the U.S., there are several races that may have an impact on veteran issues, and several veterans are running for elected office.

Also, if you or someone you know is having election problems today, there are resources to help protect your rights. I hope that our readers will vote today. Democracy depends on all of us.

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