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Columns

  • Military scandals must be addressed

    His attorney announced last week that U.S. Army staff sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, most of them children, in order to avoid the death penalty.
        The attack, the worst U.S. atrocity of the long occupation of Afghanistan, happened in March of 2012, when Bales left his base on two separate occasions to carry out the murders.

  • How long can we get away with it?

        A couple of weeks ago I read a news article about a hand-written letter that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, sent to China’s President Xi Jinping. The letter was hand delivered by a high-ranking North Korean army officer who wore a “Mao suit” instead of a military uniform. The exact contents of the letter are unknown, but the article stated that it was part of an effort by North Korea to build better ties with China.

  • Honoring our fallen veterans, repealing the president’s health care law, and holding the administration accountable for abuses of power

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address on our website at hurt.house.gov, and you may read the address below:

     

  • Holding the IRS accountable

    Unacceptable, illegal, outrageous, a blatant abuse of power, and a breach of trust – all terms appropriately used to describe the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) recent admission that they targeted various conservative groups for additional scrutiny as they applied for tax-exempt status. 

     

  • Are you ready for E. W. Jackson?

    Ken Cuccinelli got what he wanted when he and his supporters manipulated the state GOP into scheduling a convention rather than a primary for their 2013 nominees.
        Everyone knows that a primary is more democratic than a convention. Anyone in your party can show up at their usual voting location and cast a ballot.

  • The end of an era

  • Protecting 5th District Virginians from federal over-regulation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The reasons for repeal

    The fundamental question facing uninsured Americans was never, “how do we give the federal government more power over our lives?” Yet government control over health care was the ultimate result of the president’s health care law. Obamacare costs jobs, reduces choices, lowers the quality of care, and hurts the very people it was intended to help.

     

  • Dependency, indemnity compensation

    By Bob Kibler

        Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

    Eligibility (Surviving Spouse)
        To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below.
        The surviving spouse was:

  • Pay tribute to those who protect and serve

    By Marla Graff Decker
    Virginia Secretary of Public Safety

        I would like to take the opportunity during Law Enforcement Memorial Week to pay tribute to the men and women who protect and serve the Commonwealth, risking their lives each day to keep us safe. 
        Since the first known line-of-duty death in America, there have been more than 19,000 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Tragically, 487 of those fallen heroes were serving Virginia when their lives were cut short.