Joining the Navy? Part 2: Seaman Ship Out Guide-Asbestos Awareness

part2Congratulations! You made it through Navy Boot Camp. Are you prepared for an exciting life at sea? During your training you may have learned a bit about asbestos exposure and the potential health dangers it has on Navy veterans. A high percentage of asbestos exposure took place on navy vessels prior to the 1970s, leaving many veterans with asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, a cancer that may take 10 – 45 years before the first signs. Some of those vessels have been retired to the shipyards, while others are still in use. As a seaman, it’s important that you have asbestos awareness and that you know how to protect yourself and others from unnecessary asbestos exposure.

Joining the Navy? Part 1: Seaman Ship Out Guide-Prep Checklist

navy-girlHas the ocean been calling your name? Have you always felt called to serve your country and stand up to protect your family? If you are considering joining the Navy, or any other branch, then it is imperative that you understand what you are signing up for.

Enlisting as a Seaman can be the start of an exciting and character building adventure. Although many items mentioned here could be applied to those preparing for other branches of services, the Navy has certain unique differences that can’t be found anywhere else. Becoming a Seaman means living at sea, usually aboard a navy vessel or submarine. Unlike other newly enlisted men and women, seamen will go through boot camp training at the only naval boot camp base, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Because all training will be done indoors, in order to prepare seamen for conditions on a navy vessel, it’s important to be prepared for a life with limitations to the outside world. Get your sea legs ready and prepare yourself with a Navy checklist.

Preparing for the Future-Again: Retirement

ssAs many baby boomers enter their golden years, it becomes imperative to have their finances in order. Much like the preparation for life after college, it is now time to prepare for life after retirement. Social Security is a type of social insurance meant to protect citizens from succumbing to financial troubles from unemployment or underemployment due to age, disability, and other special circumstances.

Online Fraud Targets Seniors with Identity-Theft Scams

fraud under magnifying glassWhile there remains an ongoing stereotype that seniors no nothing about computers and have very little understanding of how to do anything online, the truth is that large numbers of American seniors work, socialize, and get information online just like younger Americans.

As with most things in life, the Internet serves as a blessing and a curse. It’s a great way for seniors to meet, talk, share ideas, and maybe even get involved in a fantasy football league or two. But the Internet also serves as a tool for people to create a range of scams and frauds targeted directly at seniors.

Jobs After the Military: Life Goes On

jobs after the militaryThose who serve in the military deal with challenges, risks, dangers, and a level of commitment that most of us can never fully understand. They are on the front-line of defense risking their lives, possible future post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and much more in an effort to give us the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy each and every day. Unfortunately for many former military personnel, returning to civilian life offers an entirely new set of obstacles. While healthcare for former military personnel remains a major topic in Washington DC, and across the country, the fact that many who have served are struggling to find jobs once they leave the military has remained a woefully overlooked issue.

Legal Marijuana: Medicinal & Recreational: Who Has Jurisdiction?

Medical Marijuana and prescriptionNovember 6, 2012 marked the date of an extremely controversial and shocking election on both federal and state levels. One nationally dividing issue actually came from a state election in Washington and Colorado, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

What makes this issue so interesting is that non-users of this drug are coming to the support of this act. Many citizens, law enforcement professionals, and politicians are coming to the defense of the legalization of cannabis as a part of the efforts to limit the power of the federal government. As a part of this movement, people believe that the Feds have far too much power over the state and individuals.

Liberal Media Alert: Election was a Landslide for Pro-Life Movement!

premature baby fingersYes, it’s true. But you certainly didn’t hear about this through the liberal media- they’d rather brag about the democratic landslide in California, and of course the re-election of President Obama. Unfortunately for Obama however, there will be a lot more opposition this go-around. The 112th Congress was the most pro-life Congress in history. But the 113th Congress (starting Jan. 2013) is even more pro-life!

The National Pro-Life Alliance (NPLA-PAC), targeted 91 House districts, and pledged Life at Conception Act (HR 374 / S 91) supporters won in 84 of them. I’d call that a landslide.

Iran: Obama’s War (Iranian SU-25 Fires at US Drone Before Election)

Iranian Fighter Jet SU25These certainly are some backward times- and not just because Obama got re-elected. Everyone loves to hate “the neocons” for being war-mongers, including hard-core conservatives like myself. Of course, the definition of neocon changes, depending on who you’re listening to. But so many people think Obama is all about ending wars. News flash- he’s not. He had to end the Iraq war to free up the assets to be used in Iran. If you think that’s crazy, you didn’t see CNN this morning- Iranian jets fired on a US drone.