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By Howard Altman
A high-seas drama is unfolding near the Strait of Hormuz as Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps navy (IRGCN) vessels have seized a cargo ship.
While no Americans are onboard the Marshall Islands-flagged ship, the U.S. Navy is keeping an eye on the situation.
“At approximately 0905 Zulu, April 28, M/V Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel, was approached by several Iranian IRGCN patrol vessels while in Iranian territorial waters transiting inbound in the Strait of Hormuz,” according to Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
By Howard Altman
Because the Department of Veterans Affairs only issues ID cards to those who served at least 20 years or receive medical care for service-connected injuries, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, has introduced legislation that would enable all veterans to get ID cards at no cost to taxpayers.
The Veteran’s ID Card Act (H.R. 91) has bipartisan support, according to Buchanan’s office, and won support from AMVETS and Veterans for Common Sense immediately.
“Over the years I have heard from countless veterans who have expressed frustration over their inability to prove their military service in our Armed Forces,” said Buchanan, who represents a congressional district home to more than 70,000 veterans, in a media release. “A simple, affordable, standardized ID card will make life a little bit easier for our veterans and serve as a reminder to folks that these brave men and women deserve all the care and respect a grateful nation can offer.”