Rumor Doctor blog archive

Do veterans have a right to free health care for life?

Time and time again, Stars and Stripes hears from readers who say they were promised free medical care for life when they joined the military. The topic usually comes up when there is talk of raising Tricare fees for military retirees.

"I do mind paying more than $460.00 per year," one reader commented on such a story in January. "I was promised FREE medical and DENTAL for me and my family, for life. So to me any increase is a continuation of the break of a promise that was already broken."

Why was Armistice Day renamed Veterans Day?

The world was irrevocably changed by World War I, which was supposed to end all wars. By the time the guns fell silent in November 1918, millions were dead, empires had fallen and the course for the rest of the 20th century had been charted.

For years afterward, the United States celebrated Armistice Day on Nov. 11 to mark the end of the war. Then in 1954, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day to commemorate veterans of all wars.

Does Chuck Norris offer hope to Iraq?

As all but a handful of U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq by the end of the year, talking heads will debate whether the mission was a success. Certainly, Iraq is not the pluralistic democracy that we had hoped for, but it's also not the base for al-Qaida that we feared it might become.

We probably won't know for some time whether Iraq will turn out as a success story, but The Rumor Doctor can think of one reason why things just might turn out OK: Chuck Norris.


Why can't Hollywood get military uniforms right?

Sometimes The Rumor Doctor can't shut up. A few years ago, The Doctor saw a particularly bad movie where the main character wore an Army uniform with the wrong camouflage pattern. Not only did the Doctor complain for the entire movie about how the uniform was wrong, but he still brings it up with his friends who had to listen to the original tirade.

Thus we have established that few things irk The Rumor Doctor more than when movies and TV shows screw up military uniforms, and one reader asked The Doctor if there is a reason why Hollywood can't seem to get it right.