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Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider

    Amid growing concerns about the negative health impacts of vaping products, a U.S. House panel on Wednesday is poised to vote on a bill which would raise taxes on vaping products which involve nicotine, utilizing the same tax rate used for regular cigarettes. 'I’m terrified by the number of teenagers who are becoming addicted to nicotine because they vape,” said Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY). “Increasing the cost of vaping will have a direct correlation to decreasing the usage of vaping products.' 'Today’s development is an important step in ensuring Congress explores a means to end this epidemic and ensure the well-being of our youth,” said Rep. Pete King (R-NY). The plan before the House Ways and Means Committee would raise almost $10 billion in tax revenues over the next ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Work on the tax question involving vaping comes at a time where Congress is asking more questions - and getting alarming answers. 'We are in the midst of an outbreak of severe, acute respiratory disease that has affected more than 1,000 people – mostly youth and young adults – and has resulted in more than 20 deaths,' Dr. Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health told lawmakers at a hearing last week. “I think it’s possible the epidemic of nicotine-containing E-cigarettes has created a generation that is addicted to vaping, no matter what the product is,” said Anne Schuchat, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC reported last week that the number of what they call 'lung injury cases' related to vaping and E-cigarettes is at almost 1,500 people and continues to climb - with deaths linked to such use in 33 states.
  • The current acting Ambassador in Ukraine told lawmakers on Tuesday that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was held up by the White House in an effort to pressure Ukraine to publicly announce investigations which could benefit the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump, a charge the White House has repeatedly denied.   'President Trump did insist that President Zelenskyy go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference,' William Taylor said in a 15 page opening statement.   Taylor said he was told by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, that President Zelenskyy should make the announcement of the election investigations on CNN.   In his testimony, Taylor repeated for lawmakers what he had put in a text message to Sondland, that the idea of 'holding up security assistance for domestic political gain was 'crazy.''     TAYLOR: '[Mr. Morrison] went on to describe a conversation Ambassador Sondland had with Mr. Yermak at Warsaw. Ambassador Sondland told Mr. Yermak that the security assistance money would not come until President Zelenskyy committed to pursue the Burisma investigation.' — Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) October 22, 2019   While President Trump said there was no quid pro quo of any kind, Taylor said that's clear what was going on.   'By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelenskyy wanted (with President Trump) was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections,' Taylor told lawmakers.   Burisma is the company which involves Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden. The other request was related to President Trump's belief that the DNC server hacked by Russia in 2016 was somehow being hidden in Ukraine.   Democrats said the testimony was dramatic.   'Trump committed a blatantly impeachable act and lied about it,' said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).     President Trump waged a shakedown of Ukraine for his own political gain – withholding support for a 'favor' to undermine our elections. Ambassador Bill Taylor stood up to help uncover the truth for the American people. He is a patriot. https://t.co/7FGeyY8BqM — Ben Ray Luj n (@repbenraylujan) October 22, 2019 I cannot overstate how damaging this Amb Taylor testimony is to Trump. pic.twitter.com/ARLewa1DCV — Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) October 22, 2019   'In my ten short months in Congress, this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far,' said Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI), after listening to testimony delivered by Taylor on Tuesday morning.   'This testimony is a sea change,' said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA). 'I think it could accelerate matters.
  • The current acting Ambassador in Ukraine told lawmakers on Tuesday that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was held up by the White House in an effort to pressure Ukraine to publicly announce investigations which could benefit the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump, a charge the White House has repeatedly denied. 'President Trump did insist that President Zelenskyy go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference,' William Taylor said in a 15 page opening statement. Taylor said he was told by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, that President Zelenskyy should make the announcement of the election investigations on CNN. In his testimony, Taylor repeated for lawmakers what he had put in a text message to Sondland, that the idea of 'holding up security assistance for domestic political gain was 'crazy.'' While President Trump said there was no quid pro quo of any kind, Taylor said that's clear what was going on. 'By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelenskyy wanted (with President Trump) was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections,' Taylor told lawmakers. Burisma is the company which involves Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden. The other request was related to President Trump's belief that the DNC server hacked by Russia in 2016 was somehow being hidden in Ukraine. Democrats said the testimony was dramatic. 'Trump committed a blatantly impeachable act and lied about it,' said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). “In my ten short months in Congress, this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far,” said Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI), after listening to testimony delivered by Taylor on Tuesday morning. “This testimony is a sea change,' said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA). 'I think it could accelerate matters.' At the White House, President Trump made no statement to reporters, as his Press Secretary stepped in to knock down the Taylor testimony. “President Trump has done nothing wrong — this is a coordinated smear campaign from far-left lawmakers and radical unelected bureaucrats waging war on the Constitution,” said Stephanie Grisham. “There was no quid pro quo,” she added. ““Today was just more triple hearsay.”
  • Frustrated with the Ukraine investigation and demanding a probe of one leading Democrat, President Donald Trump on Monday blasted an intelligence community whistleblower, Democrats in Congress, and even the U.S. Constitution, labeling one clause which deals with him making money from his business while in office, 'phony.' 'You people, with this phony Emoluments Clause,' the President told reporters as he conducted a Cabinet Meeting at the White House. 'This is a phony investigation. I watched a couple of people on television today talking about it. They were talking about what a phony deal it is, what a phony investigation it is,' Mr. Trump added. Democrats blasted the President for labeling part of the Constitution 'phony.' 'On behalf of the American people, it is vital that all know that the Emoluments Clause is an important instruction of liberty and justice, found in the Constitution,' said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). 'Calling the Constitution’s main anti-corruption clause “phony” shows Trump’s contempt for the Constitution,' said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). 'It’s there in black & white.' 'He may not like it but our Founding Fathers had someone just like @realDonaldTrump in mind when they wrote the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution,' said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The President also urged Republicans to fight harder against the impeachment effort in Congress from Democrats, as GOP lawmakers tried to force a vote to censure Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the head of the House Intelligence Committee. But their resolution was blocked on a party line vote, as Democrats killed the measure without debate. 'He spread false allegations about Russian collusion,' said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). 'He has abused his power as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee and must be held accountable.' 'On multiple occasions, Congressman Schiff has used his chairmanship to intentionally mislead Americans,' said Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL). 'Shame on them for once again shielding Schiff from facing any consequences!' tweeted Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). 'He should be censured!' 'Adam Schiff may not have been held accountable tonight, but the American people are very much aware of his reckless disregard for the truth,' said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ). Democrats scoffed at the GOP attacks. 'Chairman Schiff is a great American patriot,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. 'What the Republicans fear most is the truth.
  • Still facing criticism over the aftermath of his decision to withdraw a small U.S. military force in Syria, which allowed the Turkish military to invade areas along its border, President Donald Trump on Monday again defended his decision, saying the U.S. did not have any agreement to protect Kurdish groups in that region. 'We never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives,' the President told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. 'I’m trying to get out of wars,' Mr. Trump added. In the Middle East, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper echoed the President's assessment. “We had no obligation if you will to defend the Kurds from a long-standing NATO ally (Turkey),' Esper told reporters. As U.S. military forces pulled back - moving into other regions of Syria, and across the border into Iraq - they were met with protests, as people threw tomatoes and rocks at American military vehicles. 'I understand the anger of Kurds,' Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted, as he said U.S. troops should be praised, and not insulted. 'They didn't make the decision to leave,' Rubio said, without mentioning President Trump. 'They were ordered to.' Asked about the possible release of Islamic State prisoners, and whether the group might be able to regroup with the U.S. gone, the President blasted the press. Back in Congress, House Democrats set a hearing for Wednesday on the situation in Syria spurred by President Trump's decision to pull out U.S. forces near the Syria-Turkey border. The witnesses will include three officials from the State Department; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not on the witness list. While the President has said the troops in Syria were being brought home, it instead looks like the Pentagon is going to keep those military forces in Syria and Iraq for the time being - in order to deal with the Islamic State.
  • Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro said Monday that he needs to raise at least $800,000 over the next ten days in order to keep his long shot bid going for the White House. In a fundraising email to supporters, and on social media, Castro bluntly said he needs more money to stay in the race. 'If I can’t raise $800,000 by the end of this month -- I will have no choice but to end my race for President,' Castro said. The appeal for money was much like one from Cory Booker a few weeks ago. While Booker hit his target -like Castro - he remains far back in the race for the Democratic nomination. Not only is Castro running into money troubles, but he is not expected to do well enough in the polls to qualify for the next Democratic debate, which will be held next month in Georgia. At this point, eight Democrats have hit the qualifying numbers both in terms of campaign donors, and polls - Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg, Steyer, Booker, and Yang. But a lack of strength in the polls means that Castro may not make the November debate, as he still needs four solid polls to get on the debate stage. Weak poll numbers also could keep out Tulsi Gabbard and Beto O'Rourke, as they both need three more qualifying polls. Amy Klobuchar needs two more. Castro's efforts to move up in the Democratic race have not worked; he used two debates to sternly attack former Vice President Joe Biden - but, while the efforts gained attention, it did not lead to a bump in the polls.
  • Accused by Democrats of blatant corruption by planning to host the 2020 G7 Summit at his Doral resort and golf course in Miami, President Donald Trump on Saturday night reversed course and dropped those plans, retreating just two days after his acting White House Chief of Staff announced the plans. 'I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,' the President wrote on Twitter, defending his choice of venue - which he owns. 'I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!' the President wrote. “To translate, “Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility” means people who stood up for the Constitution and the rule of law against what some of the most flagrant corruption in American history,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). Critics in Congress and outside ethics groups had denounced the President's decision, arguing that it was a clear cut example of corruption. Democrats had already planned a vote this coming week in the House on a measure to condemn the President for his choice, as some suggested it was such a  clear cut violation of ethics rules - and federal law - that it would automatically become an article of impeachment. “After demanding answers from the White House about the President’s decision to hold the G-7 at his Doral resort, I’m glad he’s reversed course,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI). “But it never should have come to this.” “It's just one mind-blowing, embarrassing fiasco after another,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). 'President Trump’s decision to award the G-7 Conference to his own property was outrageous, corrupt and a constitutional violation,' said Noah Bookbinder, the head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  'It was stunningly corrupt even for a stunningly corrupt administration,' Bookbinder added. The announcement on Twitter by the President came barely 48 hours after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was pelted with questions in a rare briefing for reporters, as he shrugged off repeated questions about why the G7 selection wasn't straight and simple corruption. 'Get over it,' Mulvaney said at one point. That news conference also included Mulvaney openly acknowledging that the Trump White House had pressured the Ukraine government to investigate items related to the 2016 elections, in exchange for the release of military aid to Ukraine. Several hours after that briefing, Mulvaney issued a denial of any quid pro quo, as he accused reporters of twisting his words - even though his statements were very clear. “I don’t think he’s enjoying impeachment at all,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said of the President. “He can also repay American taxpayers the millions collected at Mar-a-Lago, the Trump Hotel, and other Trump properties from DOD, Secret Service, the White House and other fed agencies in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause,” tweeted Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
  • Ridiculing the White House for planning a major summit of world leaders in 2020 at one of President Donald Trump's golf resorts, Democrats will bring a resolution to the House floor in coming days to signal Congressional opposition to the plan, arguing the President is misusing his office for personal financial gain. 'Trump’s corrupt plan to host the G-7 at his failing golf resort in Florida is a blatant violation of the Constitution,' said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ).  'This is blatant corruption in plain sight,' said Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO). 'Trump’s big plans to host the G-7 at his Golf Resort are a complete repudiation of everything the Founders wanted for our government and how the President should behave,' said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). “This is another outrageous example of the President using his office to funnel money from American taxpayers and foreign sources into his own pockets,' three Democratic Senators wrote in a letter to the White House. An effort to halt a G7 at the Doral resort owned by Mr. Trump could be in the shape of a non-binding resolution expressing opposition to the move, a specific bill passed by both the House and Senate, or through restrictions in various government funding bills, which would say that 'none of the funds' in various departments could be used for a G7 event at the President's golf property near Miami. 'A President participating in a contract award to himself is an impeachable act,' said Walter Shaub, a former head of the United States Office of Government Ethics, who has been a sharp critic of the President's actions. The vote would come at a time where Democrats want to put GOP lawmakers on the record about actions by President Trump - mirroring Republican calls for Democrats to vote specifically to authorize an impeachment investigation of Mr. Trump.
  • A day after remarks by the acting White House Chief of Staff forced officials to scramble and walk back his statement that the U.S. did engage in a quid pro quo to get Ukraine to investigate a GOP election conspiracy theory, President Donald Trump had little to say about the situation on Friday, as some cracks in his support began to appear in GOP circles on Capitol Hill. Asked about the Thursday briefing by Mick Mulvaney, the President offered up only five words for reporters, before immediately moving on to other topics. 'I think he clarified it,' Mr. Trump said of Mulvaney, who basically confirmed the story of an intelligence community whistleblower, by acknowledging that military aid to Ukraine was held back, as the U.S. pressed Ukraine to investigate evidence-free claims that a Democratic Party computer server had been hidden in Ukraine by a U.S. internet security firm. “That's why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said in the White House Briefing Room. Mulvaney later accused the press of deliberately mischaracterizing his words. Even with his later walk back, Mulvaney's confirmation that military aid to Ukraine had been delayed on purpose - along with the plan for the President to host the G7 Summit at his own golf resort in Florida - was too much for some Republicans. On conservative talk radio, Mulvaney was blistered as well. 'I don't even think he knows what he's talking about,' Sean Hannity said on his Friday radio program. 'I just think he's dumb.' Meanwhile Democrats said Mulvaney had confirmed why there needed to be an investigation. “This is about the president systematically abusing the power and resources of his office,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
  • After clearly acknowledging to reporters on Thursday that President Donald Trump had withheld military aid for Ukraine partly in hopes of spurring an investigation into a 2016 GOP election conspiracy theory, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney tried a few hours later to erase those comments, drawing fire from Democrats in Congress. 'That's why we held up the money,' Mulvaney said in an afternoon briefing at the White House, telling reporters that President Trump had made clear he wanted Ukraine to find the DNC computer server - which had been hacked by Russian Intelligence in 2016 - as the President believes it was somehow moved and hidden in Ukraine. 'Did (Trump) also mention to me the corruption related to the DNC server?' Mulvaney asked.   “Absolutely, no question about that.” The remarks put Mulvaney fully on board with an evidence-free allegation pushed by some Republicans - and embraced by President Trump - which says the hacked DNC server was taken from Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., and hidden in Ukraine by the computer security firm CrowdStrike. A few hours later, Mulvaney put out a written statement in which he said the press was twisting his words, as he tried to back away from his statement that President Trump wanted aid to Ukraine linked to 2016 investigations by that country's government. “There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server,' Mulvaney said in a written statement issued by the White House, hours after the Mulvaney said the exact opposite about what the President wanted from Ukraine. 'Once again, the media has decided to misconstrue my comments to advance a biased and political witch hunt against President Trump,' Mulvaney said - though Mulvaney's words were very clear in the White House Briefing Room about the President wanting Ukraine to investigate. 'The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that (the President) was worried about,' Mulvaney said. During his briefing, Mulvaney scoffed at reporters who questioned whether the President was trying to get something from the Ukrainian leader by withholding aid money. 'Get over it,' Mulvaney said at one point. After Mulvaney tried to take back his words - which were broadcast live on all the cable news networks - Democrats said it was obvious that the only mistake Mulvaney had made, was the mistake of telling the truth. 'Mick Mulvaney needs to testify,' said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). 'Mick Mulvaney has confirmed what we knew all along,' said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN).  'There is no doubt anymore,' said Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA). 'The President’s top advisor says withholding foreign aid in exchange for political favors is 'absolutely appropriate.'' 'We condition aid to advance the national interest,' said Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ). 'Never the partisan interest of the president.' In his July 25 phone call with the leader of Ukraine, the President clearly mentioned the DNC server and CrowdStrike. 'The server, they say Ukraine has it,' Mr. Trump said, according to a document released by the White House. Mulvaney's remarks came at a briefing where the White House announced that the U.S. would host the G7 summit at President Trump's Doral golf resort in Florida. Democrats said both the G7 Summit decision and the Ukraine investigation could well become part of impeachment charges against Mr. Trump.

News

  • A man is facing murder charges after authorities in England discovered dozens of bodies in a truck container in Essex, police said. >> Read more trending news  According to the BBC, the bodies of 39 people, including 38 adults and one teen, were discovered early Wednesday at an industrial park in Grays. Police arrested the truck's 25-year-old driver, a man from Northern Ireland whose name was not released, in connection with the deaths, the network reported. North Essex police Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner called the incident 'tragic,' The Associated Press reported. “We are in the process of identifying the victims; however, I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process,' he said, according to the news service. Investigators said the truck, which came from Bulgaria, arrived in England on Saturday. Read more here or here. Please check back for updates to this developing story.
  • Registered sex offenders in Butts County, Georgia, are suing to stop the Sheriff’s Office from putting signs in their yards to discourage trick-or-treaters ahead of Halloween. >> Read more trending news  The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Macon, asks the court to order the agency to stop the practice, which began last year with deputies planting signs that read: “NO TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THIS ADDRESS!! A COMMUNITY SAFETY MESSAGE FROM BUTTS COUNTY SHERIFF GARY LONG.” Deputies put up some of the signs while others among the county’s 200 registered sex offenders were told to display one themselves or face unspecified trouble, according to the complaint. A hearing is set for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for a judge to decide whether to bar the signs this year. Long intends to fight for the signs. The sheriff said his agency decided to put up the warnings last year because the “Halloween on the Square” event in Jackson had been canceled, causing more children than normal to go door to door for their candy. “Regardless of the Judge’s ruling this Thursday,” the sheriff wrote on Facebook, “I WILL do everything within the letter of the Law to protect the children of this Community.” The suit — filed by registered sex offenders Christopher Reed, Reginald Holden and Corey McClendon — said deputies had violated the law by trespassing to put up signs without permission. The plaintiff’s attorneys, Mark Yurachek and Mark Begnaud, argue that forcing the men to leave the signs up in their yards was tantamount to “compelling speech,” which runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. The suit also seeks a trial and for a jury to award the plaintiffs compensation for the stress, fear and humiliation the signs caused last year.
  • With drive and charisma, he helped transform a game': That's the reasoning behind the U.S. Postal Service choosing golfer Arnold Palmer to honor with a new stamp. >> Read more trending news  According to agency officials, the stamp features an action photograph of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.  According to the Golf Channel, Palmer won seven majors and had 62 PGA Tour wins. He was the first golfer to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and 'was the most beloved golfer of all time.' The Palmer stamp is part of a new collection issued for 2020. The Postal Service said it celebrates people, events and cultural milestones unique to U.S. history each year with new stamps. The 2020 crop includes stamps featuring the Lunar New Year, a heart, journalist Gwen Ifill, wild orchids, the state of Maine, the Harlem Renaissance and more.
  • The daughter of gospel recording artist and songwriter Micah Stampley has died at age 15. >> Read more trending news  Mary Stampley died Tuesday after a seizure. No other information was available about her health history. The singer, who has been nominated for several Dove and Stellar Awards, lives in Fayetteville, Georgia. He and his wife, Heidi, own a cafe, Orleans Brews and Beignets. Stampley’s 2005 debut CD, “The Songbook of Micah,” debuted at No. 3 and included hits like “War Cry” and “Take My Life.” Arrangements are pending. 'Please keep their family in your prayers and respect their privacy as they deal with this traumatic event,' spokesman David Robinson said in a statement.
  • A woman is recounting a terrifying and vicious dog attack at a park in Pineville, North Carolina, Monday and when police tried to seize that dog, the owner took off, leading police on a slow-speed chase for miles.  >> Read more trending news  Abryana Heggins said she remembers all the thoughts that were rushing through her mind as a huge dog attacked her at a Pineville dog park.  'I just kept thinking 'What's happening? Why is this happening? How am I gonna get this dog off of me,'' Heggins said.  She said it all started when a very large dog owned by Terilyn Jackson started attacking a husky in the park.  'At first, he grabbed the husky by the back of its neck and then, grabbed its tail and started shaking its head aggressively,' Heggins said. 'The woman got a whistle and blowing at him.' She and her friend Jaylen rushed to get their dogs out of the park, but suddenly, she said she felt pressure on her arm.  'I just ended up being dragged across the ground by the dog, and he started shaking and locked onto my arm and there's people yelling, and she's yelling and Jaylen is trying to rip the dog off my arm,' Heggins said.  Her friend jumped on top of the dog and fought it until Pineville police arrived. Officers told Jackson they needed to take her dog into custody, but they said she took her dog and drove off.  Officers turned on their lights and sirens and followed her. They said she drove the speed limit the entire time, but refused to stop.  At one point, they said she tried to hit their patrol car. Six miles later, she arrived at an animal hospital on Archdale Drive in Charlotte.  Eventually, police arrested Jackson.  'I could have been an 8-year-old or a child and that would be worse than what I got or Jaylen,' Heggins said. Her friend Jaylen suffered several bites and broke a finger during all of this.  The dog is under what is called a 'rabies quarantine.' Animal control officials are monitoring it while police look into its background and decide if it should be put down. 
  • Pete Burdon received a call from his daughter about a post circulating on Facebook that was getting a lot of attention.  >> Read more trending news  Gunnery Sgt. John Guglielmino, a Marine Corps veteran from Clay County, Florida was sick in the hospital and his daughter’s final plea was to get as many visitors as she could to say goodbye to her dad.  “I contacted her right away and I said would this be a good time to go over there,” said Pete Burdon, a retired Navy civilian who spent 37 years working with the Navy. Burdon said he responded to the call because it felt like it was important to say goodbye to a fellow veteran, even if he didn’t know him personally. Last week he gave him a hat and a hero’s salute. “When I joked with him you can see that he tried to smile and then he tried to salute after he put that hat on, that was really a touching moment for me,” Burdon said.  His daughter Katherine Boccanelli told me her father served three tours in Vietnam. She said he suffered a stroke back in April and he was diagnosed with cancer from exposure to Agent Orange. She didn’t want him to feel alone with his last few days on earth so she put the post out on social media.  What she didn’t expect was to see the outpour from the community.  “For her it was a step she didn’t know was going to happen when she put it out there, about a 100 people showed up in that short time,” Burdon said.  Burdon says he said goodbye to Guglielmino in the hospital and he’ll be there tomorrow to say his final farewell at the funeral.  The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Crossroads to Victory Church in Raiford, Florida.  Guglielmino’s family says any veterans who visited who wanted to come out and pay their respects are welcome to attend. To contribute to the funeral services, click here.