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Families remember 5 US soldiers killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

When Capt. Sara Knutson graduated from West Point, she made it clear to her mother that she didn’t join the Army to sit behind a desk.

“She came home and said ‘Uhhh, I’m going to fly helicopters or be an MP,'” Lynn Knutson said Sunday. “I was kind of like ‘Oh, couldn’t you do something safer?’ And she said ‘Mom, I’m in the Army, everything is dangerous.'”

Sara Knutson, 27, of Eldersburg, Md., was among five crew members killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The military released their names late Saturday.

The crash is under investigation. Army officials have said that the crew was on a training mission using night vision goggles, and that no enemy attacks were reported.

All five soldiers were assigned to Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, Ga.

Lynn Knutson said she received an email from her daughter, a Black Hawk pilot, the night she died: “Got to go mom, got to go fly,” the email said.

Knutson said she hasn’t been told whether her daughter was piloting when the helicopter crashed. She had previously been deployed to Pakistan on a humanitarian mission, flying helicopters to help flood victims.

The 2007 West Point graduate was fun-loving and very smart. She liked to camp and snowboard in Alaska, and she enjoyed judo, singing, and putting on heels and dancing, her mother said.

“She had one of those laughs, if you heard her laugh once and you heard it again, you would know it was her,” Knutson said. “It was one of those infectious kinds of laughs.”

Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21, volunteered for a deployment to Afghanistan and had no qualms about doing so, even if it ultimately meant giving his life.

“Zach said, ‘I’d do it. For me to go over, that means another service member can come home to their family,'” his mother, Kim Allison, said Sunday. “It blew me away that someone so young could think so unselfishly.”

Shannon loved fishing and his Tampa Bay-area sports teams, and he planned on a military career. He was in ROTC in high school, and he always wanted to fly Black Hawk helicopters, his parents said Sunday.

Shannon knew the risks of serving in Afghanistan and while he was home before his deployment, he talked with his mother about his last wishes. He wanted to be buried in Dunedin instead of Arlington National Cemetery, and so the family has a memorial planned next week at a local VFW post.

The oldest of the crew, 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, of Naples, Fla. was a Black Hawk section chief. He joined the Army in January 2003 and arrived at the unit in January 2012. His mother, Susan Scialdo, previously told The Associated Press that the soldier made his family so proud he was nicknamed “the Golden Boy.”

“He made our family shine,” the 31-year-old soldier’s mother, Susan Scialdo, said Friday. “He lifted us all. He was just an awesome individual. Always helpful, always shining.”

Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Henderson of Franklin, La., was also among …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News

The Changing Face of Veteran Reintegration

By Jake Wood & William McNulty

President Obama talking with Team Rubicon in the Oval Office

Post World War II, military veterans returned home to a community of veterans and a grateful nation that had shared in the sacrifice of war. These veterans used the brick and mortar posts of the American Legion and the VFW to maintain that esprit-de-corps. They mentored youth, advocated on veterans issues, shared war stories, and confided in each other over beers.

President Barack Obama greets members of the Team Rubicon disaster relief organization in the Oval Office, Feb. 8, 2013. Participants include: Danielle Harrington, volunteer; James “JC” McGreehan, Mission Leader; William McNulty, Vice President and co-founder; Daniel Nidess, Director of Personnel; Matt Pelak, Director of Strategic Partnerships; Andrew Stevens, Director of Programs; Maria Lourdes Tiglao, Regional Director of Recruitment; and Jacob Wood, President and co-founder.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

For generations, when veterans took off their uniform, their desire to serve did not end. That’s just as true today. Some very creative post 9/ll veterans’ charities have adapted to this desire and have created models for continued service and engagement. The Mission Continues provides fellowships for returning veterans to continue their service in the public sector. Ride 2 Recovery and Team RWB use the therapeutic effect of physical training to repair the physical and mental wounds of war. Our organization, Team Rubicon, uses continued service through disaster response as a means to maintain purpose, community, and a sense-of-self. Our work is inspired by our late friend Clay Hunt, who took his own life after leaving the service.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House

Video: Watch a 12-year-old girl lead police on car chase in the Carolinas

By Zach Bowman

12-year-old girl leads police chase in stolen pickup - video screencap

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A young girl led police on a lengthy low-speed chase through South Carolina and into Charlotte, North Carolina Monday night. Police say the 12-year-old girl fought with her father earlier in the evening and slipped from their South Carolina home after he fell asleep. From there, the pre-teen stole a pickup truck from the local VFW parking lot with the intent of driving to a relative’s house in Fort Mill. Officers originally spotted the girl thinking she was a drunk driver and a chase ensued. The girl reached speeds of up to 70 mph and roamed Interstate 85 and 77 until police finally boxed her in and brought the scene to a stop.

No charges have been filed as of yet, though some reports indicate the girl was taken to a local hospital with a broken finger. It’s unclear where that injury originates from. You can watch a local news report on the incident below for more information.

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