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Shopping/dining list?

Just read that CVS is supporting Voldemort’s re-election. Ugh now I gotta transfer my mom’s prescriptions elsewhere. And most of the fast-food joints (which I have quit but others in my immediate family won’t. And both Home Despot (which I eschew) AND Lowe’s(?!?) Lowe’s really? Can anyone confirm this? And, anyone have (or can put together?) a list of Dem-supporting companies? Is COSTCO still good? This Dem progressive refuses to give a penny to help that shit. Eternally grateful, IGoToDU

Combat pay issue

A relatively new friend of mine, a former fighter jet pilot, posted something on FaceBook today from "conservative action alert" which naturally makes me go "hmm" from the get go. Here's a cut and paste from the article he posted.

According to Military.com, and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 1540-7 Sec 616) as of February 1, 2012, this new measure went into effect, and soldiers who are to receive the additional $225/mo. combat pay ‘must’ be in immediate risk of harm. The measure is very specific in its criteria for receiving the additonal pay.

The rules for Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay have changed. Service members will now receive imminent danger pay only for days they actually spend in hazardous areas. This change went in effect on February 1, 2012.

A member of a uniformed service may be entitled to Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger pay at the rate of $225 for any month in which he/she was entitled to basic pay and in which he/she was:

Subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines;
On duty in an area in which he was in imminent danger of being exposed to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines and in which, during the period he was on duty in that area, other members of the uniformed services were subject to hostile fire or explosion of hostile mines;
Killed, injured, or wounded by hostile fire, explosion of a hostile mine, or any other hostile action; or
On duty in a foreign area in which he was subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger on the basis of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism, or wartime conditions.

Now, here's "conservative action alert's" quote from a soldier (supposedly) (which was above the passage I cut and pasted):

A Marine who lives in Florida(also currently serving in Afghanistan) has just posted a note on Facebook which stated that he received a letter from his MyPay account that he would only be receiving his Hazard pay (Imminent Danger Pay) if he is actually in a hostile area and at risk of being shot at.

So I just got a letter from MyPay (the way we get paid in the military), saying that I will only reason Combat Pay while deployed for the days that I take fire or am in a hostile area. Now, as an Infantry Marine, I’m constantly in a combat zone…it may not always be popping off, but for them to take that away from us is bullshit. Now, the aviation tech who sits on Camp Leatherneck, sure, I can see him not getting Combat Pay, but to take it away from the grunts, the ground pounders, the front line of defense…come on, Uncle Sam. You let the Liberals win a big one here… Marine from Florida (We are not posting his name for obvious reasons)

I want to ask if anyone here can further educate me on this. I would like to be able to understand this better so I can educate my friend further--thanks. Liberally Yours.
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