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Veteran homeless goal unmet Pledges by President Barack Obama and a national nonprofit organization to end homelessness among veterans did not meet their goal. But advocates see improvement, and the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs said â&#x20AC;&#x153;we should be thereâ&#x20AC;? within a couple of years. Homelessness among veterans has been effectively ended in Virginia, Connecticut and Delaware and in about 35 communities, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But many veterans still sleep on the streets elsewhere. Although the goal was largely unmet, advocates call the national push a success because many veterans did get homes, and the ambitious goal created urgency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been the best kind of failure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced,â&#x20AC;? said Chris Ko, director of homeless initiatives for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black and white. Did we reach it? No. Did we succeed in the broader effort? Will we end veteran homelessness because of this national push? Yeah.â&#x20AC;? The Obama administration set a goal in 2010 of ending homelessness among veterans in 2015, and first lady Michelle Obama challenged mayors nationwide to do so in 2014. Though the deadline passed without the goal being met, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness says it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rest until every community has reached the goal. The nonprofit Community Solutions also ran a campaign to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness one year later, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero: 2016.â&#x20AC;? That work continues under a new name, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Built for Zero.â&#x20AC;? VA Secretary Robert McDonald called on his agency and its partners to house as many veterans as possible in 30 days, saying that homelessness typically increases after the holidays and that winter is a tough time. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;audaciousâ&#x20AC;? goal galvanized people, McDonald said. As outreach and data collection improved, he said, offiHOMELESS, continued on Page 12

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President Barack Obama will step down after eight years as commander in chief with one of the most influential tenures leading the U.S. military, but not necessarily the political support of service members. His moves to slim down the armed forces, move away from traditional military might and overhaul social policies prohibiting the service of minority groups have proven divisive in the ranks. His critics have accused him of trading a strong security posture for political points, and for allowing the rise of terrorists like the Islamic State group whom the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were supposed to silence. But Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supporters define him as the Nobel Peace Prize winner who ordered the elimination of Osama bin Laden and refocused military strategy while wrestling with an uncooperative Congress and unprecedented budget restrictions. They insist the military is more nimble now, and more prepared to deal with unconventional warfare against non-traditional threats across the globe. More than half of troops surveyed in the latest Military Times/Institute for Veterans and Military Families poll said they

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no question this era will go down as the third â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hollowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; army, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault,â&#x20AC;? said James Jay Carafano, deputy director of international studies at the conservative Heritage Foundation. GOODBYE, continued on Page 12

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A MONSTER CALLSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress

In theaters from director J.A. Bayona and Focus Features is a story of a boy who finds an unlikely ally when â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Monster Calls.â&#x20AC;? Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy living a life filled with heartache. As his ill Mum (Felicity Jones) becomes bedridden, he struggles daily to deal with being himself. Dealing with the other school kids either pushing him around or feeling sorry for his situation, Conor just takes it all in. That is until he is pushed to the very limits and a tree Monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) crashes into his life. The Monster demands that Conor tell him stories in an effort to help the young boy come to terms with everything that keeps him from living. Grandma (Sigourney Weaver) takes Conor into her home when Mum goes into the hospital. The two must become acquainted, which is hard to do as they both carry the same anger. Even a visit from Conorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dad (Toby Kebbell) isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to help the bottled up emotions he is carrying. It is what happens between Conor and the Monster that might give the young boy the ability to accept life and all its uncertainty. MacDougall as Conor is an amazing find in this role. His ability to portray every emotion by not showing emotion just gave me the chills. This character brings

Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson give an outstanding and emotional performance in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Monster Calls,â&#x20AC;? in theaters now.

out the childhood memories we all have of love, loss, not knowing who is friend or foe and relatives that should be a source of comfort but are not. MacDougall is absolutely and simply superb! Weaver as Grandma is very cold toward Conor, and the young boy feels it. Even her home is perfection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; putting Conor

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and memories along with fantastic CGI (and when was the last time you heard me say that!). Every moment of this story on screen is amazing due to the work of Patrick Ness. I should have realized that this would be an emotional journey, since director J.A. Bayona is also responsible for the 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Impossible,â&#x20AC;? which was on my Top Ten list of 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a serious box of Kleenex film as well. Bayona has now reached down deep twice into an audience, and made us be honest with ourselves and the emotions we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to either talk about or deal with. The accolades for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Monster Callsâ&#x20AC;? are just beginning from the Critics Choice Awards to the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association voting a win for Best Voice Performance for Liam Neeson. In the end â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stories are wild creatures! Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on films and television, go to http://moviemaven. homestead.com.

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Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Veon Bell says his patient approach to playing running back will change the NFL similar to how Stephen Curry changed the way basketball is played in the NBA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m changing the game,â&#x20AC;? the Pittsburgh Steelers running back told Bleacher Report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In that sense, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m what Steph Curry is to basketball. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily think Steph Curry is the best basketball player, but he changed the game so heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to always go down as being remembered. Now everyone wants to shoot the 3 and shoot it from deep.â&#x20AC;? Bell has a patient running style that requires his offensive linemen to hold their blocks before he attacks a hole, usually for a big gain. He said he expects young running backs to try to copy his style. He recently described that style to ESPNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jerome Bettis, telling the Steelers great that he looks off linebackers to bait them into the gap he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hit before cutting back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I watch the linebacker ... but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to look at him. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even want him to know I see him,â&#x20AC;? Bell said. Draymond Green, Curryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teammate on

Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Veon Bell rushed for a Steelers playoff-record 167 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins on Jan. 8.

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Mauricio Rua is finally ready to enter the Octagon one more time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shogunâ&#x20AC;? will be fighting in front of his countrymen on March 11, as he takes on Gian Villante at the UFC Fight Night 107 card in Fortaleza, Brazil, and explains to MMA Fighting why it took so long for him to return to competition after his decision victory over Corey Anderson in May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The focus was to fight in Brasilia in September, but I had a little tendinitis that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let me train harder,â&#x20AC;? Rua said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was no big deal, but it was a bit painful. They asked me if I could fight in Sao Paulo (on Nov. 19), but I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t either. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 100 percent now. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m training well, and ready to go.â&#x20AC;? Rua enters the bout coming off wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Corey Anderson, his first back-to-back victories since 2009, and still needs to take a closer look at his opponent to study his fighting style. One think is for sure, though: the former UFC and PRIDE champion wants to use

Former UFC champion Mauricio â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shogunâ&#x20AC;? Rua will return to the Octagon in Brazil on March 11.

his muay thai against the New York native. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know him a little,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shogunâ&#x20AC;? said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start studying him now, but I know he likes to strike and to go for takedowns. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-rounded. He has good hands, good takedowns. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll train hard to be prepared in all areas and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get surprised, of course. I hope I can use my muay thai in this fight.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he will strike to close the distance and take me down. For sure, he will try to take me down and stay on top, which is an advantage. I think he will fight strategically, but I will be prepared to win the fight.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shogunâ&#x20AC;? will fly to Fortaleza to promote the event on Jan. 17, but still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided if he will fly to California to

train with Rafael Cordeiro for UFC Fight Night 107. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll talk to my team and master (Cordeiro) and see how my training will be,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start training hard next week.â&#x20AC;? Facing a former UFC champion for the first time in his 22-fight career, Villante enters the bout in Brazil fresh off a stoppage victory over Saparbek Safarov in Albany, and a win will move the winner one step closer to title contention. The Brazilian, who held the UFC title for 10 months between 2010 and 2011, still dreams about regaining the light heavyweight gold, but wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on it just yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m No. 7 in the rankings, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you the truth, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus too much on rankings and the belt,â&#x20AC;? Rua said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My focus is on the opponent in front of me. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about somebody else while I have someone tough in front of me. My focus is on him. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 100 percent focused on this fight, and everything else is consequence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My biggest dream is the belt,â&#x20AC;? he continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through this experience before, and I know that if I think about the belt before fighting my next opponent, that might not get me motivated. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more experienced now, and I know I have to think about my next opponent. This is what motivates me.â&#x20AC;?

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Fliesâ&#x20AC;? is published Sept. 17 in London. t The first Godzilla film premieres in Tokyo on Nov. 3. t Egyptian president Muhammad Naguib is deposed Nov. 14, and Gamal Abdel Nasser replaces him.

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U.S. Marines will return to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after more than two years away from the region that saw so many fierce battles and so many casualties. About 300 Marines will deploy there this spring in support of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. Under the new Task Force South West, led by Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, higher-ranking Marines will train and advise the Afghan National Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a much higher level than previous train-and-advise missions. Turner told reporters today that the national defense and security forces have made a lot of progress, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;the challenges that they have are really in intel, operations, integration, logistics, sustainment of their forces, administration, things like that. So a lot of our effort will be on that high-level advising,â&#x20AC;? according to a recording of the briefing provided to USNI News. The core of the 300-Marine team comes from 6th Marine Regiment, and the rest

U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, greet a member of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) as he takes his post aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 27, 2014. The ANA will took command of all posts aboard Camp Leatherneck upon the end of Regional Command (Southwest) operations in Helmand province.

were hand-picked based on the assistance the Afghan forces need. Turner said the Marine Corps was looking for higherranking Marines with experience in the right functional areas to be of most use to their Afghan partners. More than half the Marines deploying have previously served in Afghanistan, many of them on multiple deployments, he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are folks that we fought alongside, we fought with and we bled with, and

we think there will be a real synergy in reestablishing those relationships,â&#x20AC;? Turner said of the Marines he will lead, adding that they collectively have a good â&#x20AC;&#x153;understanding of the human terrainâ&#x20AC;? and the importance of various tribal leaders, military and police units and more. Turner declined to say whether Marines will be out in the field to assist Afghan forces during missions, though he did say they have authority to go places as

needed in their advisory role. He called it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;high-risk missionâ&#x20AC;? and said the Marines, who will serve in Helmand Province for about nine months, will receive four to five months of training ahead of shipping out. That training is already underway. In fact, in November the commander of 2nd Marine Division, Maj. Gen. John Love, said at a Marine Corps Association dinner that his Marines were getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new mission we picked up in the Marine Corps, in fact we are going to repurpose the infantry regiments against a new mission back in some familiar territory in Afghanistan, in a province weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to before and a location weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to before, back into some advising the ANSF and the police forces there. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be doing that in the spring,â&#x20AC;? he said at the event, though the Marine Corps declined to comment any further at the time, as details were still being finalized. During the media briefing, Lt. Gen. William Beydler, commander of Marine Corps Forces Central Command, explained the deep history of Marines in this region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marines being deployed to Afghanistan or Helmand Province is not new. As AFGHANISTAN, continued on Page 12

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; James Jay Carafano, Heritage Foundation of Afghanistan has hurt this countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national security. While half of troops surveyed see the reduced emphasis on large-scale overseas missions as harmful to military readiness, 45 percent see the shift to training and advising missions as a positive for the armed forces. Trump and Republican lawmakers have ridiculed the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreign policy as scattered, quick to find any option other than a possible fight. They point to what they see as an overly trusting agreement with Iranian hard-liners over nuclear weapons and indecisive, unfulfilled threats against Syrian President Bashar Assad for attacks on his own people. And a host of Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own former defense officials have helped pile on that narrative. In his memoir, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates blasted Obama as a leader â&#x20AC;&#x153;who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in his own strategyâ&#x20AC;? and said his plans in Iraq and Afghanistan were â&#x20AC;&#x153;all about getting out.â&#x20AC;? He also accused Obama of distrusting senior military leaders, and treating them as potential adversaries. A reluctant warrior Retired Marine Corps Gen. James MatThose budget concerns were at the core of Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attacks on Obama on the tis, head of U.S. Central Command under campaign trail, with accusations that the Obama and Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nominee to serve as president was uninterested in â&#x20AC;&#x153;defendingâ&#x20AC;? defense secretary, last fall called Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s America and too quick to prefer diploma- anti-ISIS strategy â&#x20AC;&#x153;unguided by a sustained policy or sound strategy, replete cy over military might. In speech before troops in Florida in with half-measures.â&#x20AC;? While overseeing U.S. operations in December, Obama said that he never shied away from military intervention, but Afghanistan in 2010, Army Gen. Stanley instead took a responsible, cautious ap- McChrystal was effectively fired by Obama after reports of their fights over military proach to those grave decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that we must never hesitate strategy were made public. In 2014, Army to act when necessary, including unilat- Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, today a top adviserally when necessary, against any immi- er to Trump, was dismissed as director of nent threats to our people,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the Defense Intelligence Agency over his I have also insisted that it is unwise and criticism of Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soft approach to Isunsustainable to ask our military to build lamic terrorism. XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN gradual drawdown in military manpower. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also contributed to a host of compensation trims, as Pentagon leaders have held down pay increases and stipend raises in recent years to help offset funding reductions in other areas. Independent military advocates have said lower-than-anticipated defense budgets put enormous strain on military families in recent years. A November poll, conducted in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election victory, showed that more than 60 percent of active-duty service members felt improving troopsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pay and benefits should be a top priority of the incoming administration. Carafano said he is hopeful that a change in administrations will produce different results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a just-in-time industrial base anymore, so any changes in defense spending will be gradual,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But these problems are reversible. We just have to have a president who is interested.â&#x20AC;?


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