Memorial Day 2015

We asked you to share your photos and memories on this Memorial Day to honor the brave men and women we have lost. Here are just a few--thank you to all for sharing! From all of us here at Special Report we wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and to their families. May we remember them today and everyday. 

@SebastianTim: "My grandfather Toy Adams who served in WWI"

@Teams4Taps: "Honoring the fallen by caring for their families today and everyday."

@ROSANNA25: "Shadow of a soldier"

@LoisBude: "Memorial Day ceremony in Plymouth, Michigan"

@MLGringrich: "Waterville, OH in 1968"

@Ekwain_Barber: "As an ex-Marine I'm reminded every day I wake up free."

@nbirving: "Attended Memorial Day ceremony at Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, NL."

@BCarigan: "Loveland, OH parade"

Immigrant Children: Where do we go from here?

The Obama Administration continues to deal with the influx of thousands of Central American children who have recently entered the U.S. illegally. 

Under political pressure from both sides of the aisle on their handling of the issue, Valerie Jarrett sent a letter last night to Texas Governor Rick Perry inviting him to a previously unannounced meeting with faith leaders on immigration while the President is in Dallas on Wednesday. Jarrett also said President Obama would welcome a meeting with Perry during his trip to Texas this week. 

In addition, the White House announced today that they are asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency supplemental aid to deal with border crisis.

Meanwhile, the administration has decided to house over 3,000 unaccompanied immigrant children at U.S. military bases, and the Pentagon is saying it is nearly maxed out.  On Monday, it agreed to house an additional 600 children at Joint-Base Lewis McChord.

Ventura Naval Station in California can hold 575 children and is currently caring for 450. Fort Sill Army Post in Oklahoma can hold as many as 1,200 children--and they have almost reached the limit.

Some members of Congress have be granted access to Lackland Air Force Base, which is also capable of housing up to 1,200 children. 

HHS is providing the children staying at the barracks with medical care and on-site supervision.  But, it's not a role the Pentagon wants to keep.  The DOD says it will cap the number of days it can hold the children at 120.

What do you think we should do with these immigrant children? Let us know here on the blog or via Twitter @bretbaier or and we will have more on this tonight with Shannon Bream and Ed Henry on Special Report.


SOTU:Topics military families want to hear

National Defense takes up a larger portion of the federal budget than almost anything else, but those who make their living in that sector are hoping for a little more attention than usual in the President's State of the Union address.
National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin on their odds of getting it.

Art in Embassies: Serving Abroad Through Their Eyes

U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies and U.S. Department of Defense Announce “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” Twelve “Best in Show” Awardees



In commemoration of Veterans Day, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and the U.S. Department of Defense proudly announce the 12 “Best in Show” featured in AIE’s 50th anniversary “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” photography exhibition.  A year ago on Veterans Day, Military, Civil Service and Foreign Service personnel were invited to submit photographs illustrating their life while serving abroad.  More than 3,200 images were submitted, from which 161 finalists were chosen; ultimately, the 12 “Best in Show” were identified.  These photographs, selected by a panel of distinguished photo-journalists, depict themes of friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph, providing a window on the complexity, diversity and courageous work performed by America’s heroes throughout the world.


The “Best in Show” images were juried by a panel that included two former Secretaries of State: Madeline Albright and Colin Powell; three former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs: General Richard Myers, General Peter Pace and Admiral Mike Mullen; and NBC News’ David Gregory. 


The “Best in Show” photographers are listed below:


Benjamin Altenes of Utah, a Diplomatic Security Officer with the Department of State ▪ Harold Bonacquist of Virginia, a Desk Officer with the Department of State ▪ U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II of March Air Force Base, Calif. ▪ Jonathan Paul Howard of Virginia, a Deputy Press Attaché with the Department of State ▪ Alda Kauffeld of Virginia, a DOC Specialist with USAID, currently stationed in Accra, Ghana ▪ U.S. Army  Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika of the Tennessee National Guard ▪ U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chad D. Nelson of the Iowa National Guard ▪ U.S. Army Capt., John Rutledge of Fort Drum, N.Y. ▪ Former U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith of Kentucky ▪ U.S. Tech.l Sgt. Joshua Strang of Fort Meade, Md. ▪ U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alvin Williams Jr, of Virginia, stationed in the United States ▪ U. S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young, of Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.


The images will be installed as a part of the new U.S. Embassy’s permanent art collection in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Happy 65th Birthday, U.S. Air Force!

The United States Air Force was established on September 18, 1947, making it the youngest American military branch. Thank you to all who serve and have served in all branches of the military!



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