A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) – In the ultimate show of courage, valor and respect, one soldier has showed the nation that military pride extends through the most serious of injuries.
U.S. Army Ranger Cpl. Joshua Hargis, a 24-year-old native of Cincinnati, OH, was severely injured when his battalion conducted a mission to obtain a high value target in the southern Afghan district of Pajwai, according to the website Guardian of Valor.
Not much is known about the mission, but Guardian of Valor states that 36 members and a canine unit were a part of the search mission.
Battlefield reports suggest that as troops approached an unarmed man who exited the home of the suspected high-value target, a woman "wearing a suicide vest emerged from the house and blew herself up," killing several members of the unit and the dog, and injuring several others, including Hargis.
The incident occurred on Oct. 6 where four soldiers were killed and 12 others were injured, according to USA Today. Hargis' unit, the 3rd Ranger Battalion, is based out of Fort Benning, GA.
Following the initial explosion, 13 other "improvised explosive devices went off, killing and injuring more U.S. forces" as Army medics approached the scene.
Hargis evacuated from the area and was taken to a military hospital in Afghanistan, where doctors treated and stabilized his injuries in an intensive care unit. His wife Taylor Hargis received notification of his injuries from her husband's commander, and shared Hargis' true valor on her Facebook page with a message.
The message included the photo called the "salute seen around the world." While being presented with a Purple Heart, a very bandaged Hargis still showed the proper respect to his superiors.
Taylor Hargis said the message was "a letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to."
"Josh was seriously wounded, as you know, and survived for almost two hours after his injury before arriving to the hospital," Taylor Hargis wrote on her Facebook page. "Josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries and emerged hours later" to be treated at the ICU in the military base hospital in Afghanistan.
The letter said before Josh Hargis was moved to Germany on his way back to the states, his Purple Heart was presented to him in the hospital. The regimental commander placed the medal on the wounded soldier's blanket, and everyone in the room was moved by the next few moments.
"Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during the ceremonies," the letter to Taylor continues. "Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen."
Taylor was sent a photograph of her husband, heavily bandaged and restrained by tubes and cords, honoring his regimental commander with the Purple Heart visible on the blanket that covered his battered body.
Hargis' commander ended the letter saying that he has the photo hanging on his desk "and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my 10 years in the Army."
According to WXIX in Cincinnati, Hargis is expected to return home in the next few days, where he will begin his long road to recovery at a military hospital in San Antonio.
Wednesday, October 16 2013 6:24 AM EDT2013-10-16 10:24:26 GMT
A Tri-State soldier injured in Afghanistan last week has received a Purple Heart for his sacrifice. But, it's a picture of the medal ceremony for Army Ranger Josh Hargis that's spreading across the world,More >>
A Tri-State soldier injured in Afghanistan last week has received a Purple Heart for his sacrifice. But, it's a picture of the medal ceremony for Army Ranger Josh Hargis that's spreading across the world, quickly becoming known as the "salute seen around the world."More >>
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