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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Command Post

A military blog by Howard Altman

From Afghanistan to the Alafia, Command Post Tampa is your local military news source.

Lawyers needed to help veterans cut red tape

Published:   |   Updated: July 7, 2014 at 05:27 AM
By Howard Altman

St. Petersburg-based lawyer Matt Weidner devotes a good deal of time helping veterans navigate the legal system.

He says his motivation is simple.

“I feel guilty about not being a veteran,” Weidner says. “I was not man enough to serve, and so while I have regrets, I realize I have other skills. I just started trying to find other ways to help.”

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Funding has major impact at MacDill

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By Howard Altman

As always when something emanates out of the nation’s capital relating to defense or intelligence, I parse it for the effect on Tampa. With two military commands headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base that oversee operations in one of the world’s most dangerous regions and one that sets the tone for commando activities worldwide, that’s not really a stretch.

Which brings me to President Barack Obama’s unveiling last week of details of his war funding and Counterterror Partnership Fund plans.

On Thursday, Obama announced that he was calling for $58.6 billion for what the Pentagon calls Overseas Contingency Operations funds or, in English, war funding. He also spelled out in more detail what he envisions for the $5 billion Counterterrorism Partnership Fund.

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Some areas of U.S. have amnesia regarding war in Afghanistan

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By Howard Altman

We talked about the incident and sources and how every crooked trail seems to lead to Tampa, often a very sunny place for very shady people.

Eventually, the conversation turned to the war in Afghanistan, most likely because I was asked what I do now that I no longer cover the awful ways people dispatch each other outside of war zones.

Now I cover U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, two air refueling wings, two major VA hospitals and those who have made tremendous sacrifices. Which means the war, and all it entails, is always top-of-mind.

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