Montana VA: Flying a Flag

Aaron Flint over at Montana’s leading conservative blog “The Flint Report” posted a column last week titled, “Vets Outraged as VA Flies LGBT Flag at Fort Harrison.” The column was about a LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) pride flag being flown at the Fort Harrison Veterans Regional Office and Medical Center near Helena, Montana.

You can read Flint’s column HERE.

Flint was able to interview the VA Montana Health Care System director Johnny Ginnity who told him a “diversity committee installed the new flagpole” where the flag was being flown. He also said it was a mandate. As far as I can tell from the interview, the LGBT flag was not flown in place of the American flag, Montana flag, or the POW/MIA flag.

I don’t think any animals were harmed in constructing the flagpole, either.

Flint also wrote that Ginnity said the flagpole may also be used to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander month, black history month, breast cancer awareness, etc. By the way, Ginnity said that June was LGBT Pride Month.

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Veterans Affairs: Falling Short

Sunday was an interesting day for Montana Veterans. One of the state’s major newspapers, the Missoulian, published an editorial about the Veterans Administration (VA) in Montana. Plus, U.S. Senator Jon Tester penned an opinion piece with his thoughts about the VA.

You can read Tester’s opinion piece HERE and the Missoulian Editorial HERE.

If you are thinking that things must really be screwed up if the VA is getting this much attention, then you are correct.

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Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to another Monday – and boy did I need some caffeine to get myself jump-started this morning.

First of all, my condolences go out to the family and friends of the military personnel who lost their lives in the Friday night crash in Afghanistan.  You are in my prayers.

Monday Morning Politics is the column where I take a look at some of the political stories that caught my attention over the weekend and I put them in one spot for all to see.  I also offer some commentary.

Today we take a look at the Tea Party Downgrade, Montana Veterans, the future of Lt. Gov. Bohlinger, using the word “soldiers,” a ballot initiative, the FAA, and more!

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