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Internet Ensures Disabled Vet Never Has To Worry About Putting Food On The Table Again

Disabled Vet Gets Life-Changing Thank You!

Earlier this month, a struggling Gulf War veteran with disabilities had to decide whether to give up his home or feed his family. Now, thanks to the Internet, this former serviceman won’t ever have to make that impossible choice.

But the happy ending for this story actually started with the kindness of another vet who had fallen on hard times.

Last month, Las Vegas magician Rob Anderson pulled off one of his greatest tricks.
He made piles of money pour out from homeless veteran Alan McKracken’s cardboard sign. Anderson then inspired the Internet to donate money too and eventually collected more than $40,000.
But McKracken only accepted the money he needed and asked that the rest be given to another veteran in need.

That’s when Anderson visited Gulf War veteran Johnny Hicks who said he was recently fired from his government job after taking time off to get surgery for a disability he incurred while serving.
Since then, money has been tight for the family of six, especially after they recently lost much of their furniture and clothes to a mold issue.

I want to be able to do good things for people,” said Hicks who served in the Navy for 20 years. “I’m just struggling right now.”

The family subsists on $1,200 a month from his military retirement, which isn’t enough to cover their food and rent costs.

But with help from complete strangers, Anderson had enough funds to pay those bills, and a little leftover for some extra frills.

"You deserve it -- for your service to the country, for allowing me to live the life I want to live,” Anderson told the shocked veteran. “You provided that for me and a lot of other people.”
Watch the video above to see this deserving and grateful veteran get a boost so he can get back on his feet.


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Three years later, Facebook is bringing back its F8 developer conference to San Francisco on April 30

A view of Facebook's logo May 10, 2012 i
At SXSW today, Parse co-founder and CEO Ilya Sukhar announced Facebook’s F8 conference will be held this year on April 30 at the San Francisco Design Concourse. That the announcement comes from Sukhar is fitting because Facebook, Instagram, as well as Parse engineers and product team members will be available throughout the conference to provide 1:1 help and advice.
The conference will be a little different this year: it will be squarely aimed at developers eager to learn how to best use Facebook, Instagram, and Parse to build, grow, and monetize their apps. The company is promising a full day of technical sessions and hands-on labs, open to more than 1,500 mobile and Web developers from all over the world.
By having a pure developer conference, Facebook says it is “going back to its roots.” The first F8 event, held in May 2007, introduced developers to the social graph. In July 2008, Facebook showed off Facebook Connect for websites, but also introduced a new profile design. In April 2010, Facebook unveiled social plugins (including the Like button), the Open Graph Protocol, Graph API, and OAuth 2.0 support. In September 2011, Facebook introduced the Timeline profile and a broader version of its Open Graph.
In 2012 and 2013, Facebook chose not to host F8 in favor of multiple smaller events. Now, three years later, the company looks eager to build on its Parse acquisition. If we are to believe the message going out today, there won’t be much user-focused news at F8. That being said, if Facebook has decided to bring back its only major conference, chances are it has something notable to share.
F8 2014 will open with a morning keynote, followed by four tracks that cover getting started guides, technical best practices, infrastructure strategies, engineering deep dives, and advertising tips for apps and games. Facebook says it will also have sessions dedicated to open source technologies.
Facebook will start accepting applications for the event “soon.”

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