A program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta says 34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired.

Off The Grid Everyone said these wars weren’t like Vietnam. They’re identical. When the veterans come home they’re forgotten about and cheated. We do all this “rah-rah” for our veterans at stadiums and thank them for their service. Yet, on the dark flip side they lose their benefits. Related Story Number of Veterans on Wait

Oregon Governor Kate Brown approves recreational marijuana a year ahead of schedule.

Jen Hobbs KATU News reports that Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot to recreational users, effective October 1, 2015. Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to purchase marijuana at a dispensary starting October 1. This gives the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) a little more than two months to

Time reports that heroin use has reached epidemic proportions, increasing 63% in the last 11 years. That means the number of addicts seeking treatment are up too. But with health care in America being in the state it’s in today, treatment options aren’t exactly easy to come by.

Brigida Santos The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that heroin-related overdose deaths have quadrupled during the 11 years between 2002 and 2013 due to the heroin epidemic.  Here are some other relevant facts:  Related Story Off The Grid: The Militarization Of Police Just Got Worse Thanks To The War On Drugs In 2013 an estimated

Two moderate earthquakes have been recorded in central Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Geological Survey issued a report in April saying it’s “very likely” most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the injection of wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations.

Off The Grid   Let’s call it what it is – fracking. Not only is fracking wrong and dangerous, but also we’re putting oil ahead of water. Water that’s used in fracking gets contaminated for a minimum of thirty years: it’s useless. If you’ve been out in the desert for a week and you’re dying

Protestors in Portland work together to stop Shell from sending ship to drill for oil in the Arctic.

Off The Grid According to reports from the Seattle Times, protestors in Portland are doing everything they can to delay Shell’s Arctic icebreaker from leaving their port. The 380-foot vessel, named the MSV Fennica, arrived in Portland last Saturday for repairs. Shell received a permit last week to begin drilling but cannot start until the

A Hillview, Kentucky man was arrested for shooting down a drone worth $1,800. He says he was protecting his property and the privacy of his daughters, as the drone was hovering over them in his backyard.

Jen Hobbs  Is it an invasion of privacy for someone to fly a personal drone over someone else’s property without that person’s permission?  I’d say yes. There’s no way to tell what the intentions are of the anonymous person manning the drone. Is this person flying the drone for fun? Is this person gathering intel to rob you later

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to make election a day a holiday, suggesting that it could make it easier to vote. He’s also introduced legislation that would automatically register 18-year-olds to vote, and said last week that he intends to offer legislation that would allow public financing of campaigns.

Off The Grid These are all good ideas for the most part. Although, I have my doubts about making Election Day a holiday because by federal law your boss has to give you time to go vote. So you have the ability to vote if you take the initiative. Making Election Day a holiday seems

“I would prefer to be a Republican, but the party has one big problem that’ll crush it in every Presidential election.” – Mark Cuban

Jen Hobbs Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sounds off on why he could be a Republican, but just can’t bring himself to do it.  Here’s his reasoning, in his own words, reported by The Dallas Morning News: Today’s game is trashing the Republican Party. I would prefer to be a Republican. I want

One more step in the fight to end corruption.

Brigida Santos Al Jazeera reports that California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law prohibiting grand juries from ruling in cases involving police use of lethal force. This is huge because grand juries—bodies that determine whether or not there is enough evidence to prosecute a defendant for a felony or crime—operate in secret. Grand

A federal cleanup crew accidentally released mine waste into the water in Colorado. An estimated 1 million gallons of waste water spilled out of an abandoned mine area in the southern part of the state last week, turning the Animas River orange and prompting the EPA to tell locals to avoid it.

Off The Grid It’s horrifying that more precautions weren’t taken to avoid some type of spill like this. I think that river is going to be ruined for decades. You can’t even tell that the river is a river anymore. It looks like pea soup running through the river. It will take years to try