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  In the Beginning of Change, the Patriot is Scarce, Brave, Hated and Scorned,

When His Cause Succeeds, The Timid Join him!

For It Cost Nothing Then, To Be A Patriot

 (New 12-02-13)

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE | A Soldier's Pledge

In the 5 years Barack Obama has been "occupying" the White House, have you ever heard him say anything close to this idea of America?  Think hard my friends, bet you can’t come up with anything!

You do not have to be a veteran to have goose bumps run down your body when viewing the video. But it will take more than goose bumps to recover what we are losing in America.

The narrator would roll over in his grave if he knew what our present administration looks like.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/rKsW6c_CgFY?feature=player_detailpage

Isn't it time to stop whining over mouse manure, consider the unalienable rights God has given us, and we're about the lose, and try, try to do something about it?

 

I don't know if May 16, 2014 Operation American Spring gathering in Washington, D.C. is in God's plan to correct the terrible direction of the United States of America.  In my heart I believe it is.  We will see if America takes the challenge to unite, put small differences aside, focus on lawless leadership replacement, and simply demand constitutional restoration, 


(New 03-06-13)

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Your Web Master's Navy & Coast Guard Reserves Service Ranks and Years

Navy schools attended:

· SP/SG Submarine School Reserve (Jun 65 to Aug 65)

· Basic Electricity Electronics Prep (BEEP) School, NTC San Diego, CA 6 weeks accelerated pace

(Jun 66 to Aug 66)


· Torpedoman’s Mate “A” School, Fleet ASW School, San Diego, CA 8 weeks – first in class

(Aug 66 to Sept 66)

Torpedoman’s Mate


TM

SR to TM2(SS) USN Submarine Reserve 6-12-65 to 6-12-71

Torpedoman's Association

 Qualified in Submarines on USS Diodon (SS-349) under the Yellow Sea on August 15, 1967

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USS Diodon (SS-349) Home Port with Frame Pages - for Diodon Shipmates, Photos, History

Submarines Your Web Master served on

1965

The Fleet Type Submarine (Navpers 16160 & Others)
Web-Master's Note:  Navpers 16160 is the very text I studied in USNR SP/SG School at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard during 6 weeks in the Summer of 1965 

Here is my reserve training boat, USS Dentuda, SS-385. on which I studied SS qualification training in her insides in USNR Submarine Reserve Unit 12-31 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard from June 1965 until I went to SP/SG training school there and there after continued SS qualification training in her insides until BEEP and TM A Schools and again until my assignment to active duty.

USS Dentuda SS-385
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, CA


(Dentuda pulling into Hunters Point, 1946 - Courtesy Larry Derouin)

Dentuda was decommissioned 11 December 1946 and stationed in the 12th Naval District (HUNTER's POINT NAVAL SHIPYARD) for use as a Naval Reserve Training Boat. Dentuda was stricken and sold for scrap February 12, 1969 to Zidell Explorations of Portland Or. for $55,459.00 .

Note: Assigned to JTF 1 as a test vessel for Operation "Crossroads," Dentuda returned to Pearl Harbor 14 February 1946, and on 22 May sailed for Bikini Atoll. She underwent both atomic weapons tests with her crew safely away from their submarine, and returned to Pearl Harbor 6 September. On 7 October she got underway for Mare Island Naval Shipyard, arriving 14 October. She was decommissioned 11 December 1946 and stationed in the 12th Naval District for the training of members of the Naval Reserve.

1966

After graduating from USN Submarine Reserve SP/SG Submarine School at Hunter's Point, San Francisco Naval Shipyard in the Summer of 1965. I was assigned to attend the Basic Electricity/Electronics Prep (BEEP) School (1600 to 0100 hrs, Monday through Friday) for 6 weeks and Torpedoman Mate's "A" (TMA) School for 8 weeks in San Diego in 1966 as a SN(SG) - Seaman, Submarine School Graduate.   Had 5 weeks more of electronics (had to build a working Superheterodyne Radio Receiver) , and 3 weeks of weapons, torpedoes and mines.  I graduated First in the Class.

Before going to those schools, I got a copy of the manual, typed in the text with a typewriter and hand drew some of the drawings to highlight them for better study. Here are some of them below on the hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Submarine Torpedo Tubes Pneumatic and Hydraulic Operational Sequences

After BEEP School and TMA School completion, my designation was TMSN(SG), Torpedoman's Mate striker, Seaman, Submarine School Graduate. While serving on USS Diodon (SS-349), I qualified on submarines as TMSN(SS) and passed my 3rd class Service Wide Exam and became TM3(SS).

1967
USS Diodon (SS-349) Submarine History Page for 1967 - I came aboard her and Qualified in Submarines during a WEST PAC deployment that year
USS Diodon (SS-349) Home Port with Frame Pages - for Diodon Shipmates, Photos, History


Here is your Web-Master Qualified in Submarines as a TMSN(SS) on USS Diodon (SS-349) in September 1967 in Hong Kong, BCC.  That is an Australian frigate's bow seen in the background.

 

 

 

1968
 

1968
USS Diodon (SS-349) Submarine History Page for 1968 - I served aboard her until October that year

While aboard Diodon, I later took the Service Wide Exam and passed the exam for TM2(SS), but picked up the advancement in rank after I was separated from active duty and returned to Reserve duty. 
 

I returned home in October 1968 from the USS Diodon (SS-349) in San Diego and USNR Sub-Div 12-31 had closed and I was then attached to USNR Sub-Div 12-9 at the Alameda Navy and Reserve Training Center with the USS Parche (SS-384) there as the reserve station boat.

 

After World War II, the USS Parche served as a target ship for Operation Crossroads, the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll. She survived both the aerial bomb and the underwater bomb, and she underwent decontamination before heading to Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California. The submarine was decommissioned on December 10, 1946, and she was reclassified as an auxiliary submarine, AGSS-384, on December 1, 1962 to serve as a Naval Reserve Training Submarine. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on November 8, 1969 and sold for scrap on June 18, 1970. The USS Parche received five battle stars and two Presidential Unit Citations for her service in World War II

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1969

This photo was taken, as I recall, on board one of those covered Coaxain's Boats.

This was just after i had completed a week end working in the Torpedo Shop on the Sub Tender USS Sperry or USS Nereus.

Another Reservist from my Submarine Reserve Unit, TM2(SS) Ruiz. I believe, snapped this photo.  He was a photographer by trade, as I recall.

He took the photo as we were returning to shore from the tender, which was moored out in the water at Fort Roscrans, Ballast Point Submarine Base, San Diego, California.

 

the hell of vietnam
A Video
(New 03-12-11)

Tet Offensive & Khe sahn vietnam war footage

(New 01-31-10)

Tet Offensive - Chapter 1

January 31, 2011, marks the 43rd anniversary of the Tet Offensive, a surprise attack by the North Vietnamese that took place on the first day of the Vietnamese new year -- a day that had been expected to be a quiet religious holiday. NavyTV is airing two episodes of the documentary series "Virginians At War," which feature vintage film footage taken during some of this historic event and first-person accounts from Virginia veterans of the Offensive. Above is Chapter 1, click here for Chapter 2.

(New 02-27-11)

Tet Offensive - Chapter 2

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Reality and Perception / Why We Fought
Avg. Rating: 5.00

(New 02-27-11)
 

Good Read Especially Vietnam Vets & Era Vets!
I am forwarding this excellent essay on the Vietnam experience- authored by Sen. Jim Webb(D-Va.), His contrast of the Vietnam military with the WWII "greatest generation" military is  fascinating- especially the point that it was the 'greatest generation' who sent us to 'Nam.
I am personally one of those vets who believed the war was worth fighting and one which we could have won if permitted to do so.
Heroes of the Vietnam Generation
By James Webb

(New 01-01-11)

 

PS

Port Securityman

PS3 E4 to Senior Chief E8

 

U. S. COAST GUARD RESERVE
Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay

October 2, 1978 – January 01, 1997 (18 years 3 months)

PSCS USCGR Retired

Served as 
MARINE SAFETY BOARDING OFFICER; 
PORT SECURITY PLANNING SPECIALIST and 
MARINE FIREFIGHTING CONTINGENCY PLANNING SPECIALIST: 
District 11; ASSISTANT TRAINING OFFICER for 95 people; 
CURRICULUM COORDINATOR for 95 people; 
INSTRUCTOR
designed and taught multiple classes which resulted in very many of my shipmates passing their End off Course Examinations on their first try. 
MARINE INVESTIGATOR: performed investigations of marine accidents; 
MARINE INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT HEAD: managed and scheduled 9 Marine Investigators doing marine accident investigations;
·
CERTIFIED MARINE SAFETY BOARDING OFFICER: regulatory application, enforcement and interpretation of 33CFR, 46CFR, 49CFR, IMO, U.S. Codes and U.S. Codes Annotated experience. Was the first USCGR member to obtain this certification. Designed and published Marine Safety Boarding Officer hand book

· CERTIFIED MARINE INVESTIGATOR: regulatory application, enforcement and interpretation: 33CFR, U.S. Codes and U.S. Codes Annotated

USCGR Schools attended
· Instructor Training (first in class) (2 weeks) 
· Port Securityman Basic (first in class) and Advanced Schools (4 weeks).
· Marine Environmental Response Basic (first in class) and Advanced Schools (4 weeks) & HAZWOPER course (2 days)
· Reserve Senior Petty Officer Leadership and Management (first in class) (2 weeks)

 (New 11-12-13)
 

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Can your iPhone Kill You?
(New 07-17-13)

Apple investigating iPhone 5 user death by electrocution'

(New 07-17-13)

50,000 NAMES
(Carved in the Wall)

(written by Jamie O'Hara)

(New 08-22-12)

Now using General Quarters, General Quarters, All Hands man your Battle Stations background sound, most appropriate for our time with enemies both with in and with out our Nation.

They took away her Purple Heart

First woman to receive medal served as chief nurse during the Pearl Harbor attack.

(New 12-07-13)

 

Court Orders Removal of Veterans Memorial Cross

A Southern California District Court has ruled that a cross at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego is a government endorsement of a specific religion and must be removed within 90 days.

The judge in the case, Larry Alan Burns, appeared to be choked up as he read his decision, saying that precedent from the wildly liberal Ninth Circuit Court left him no options. Burns immediately issued a stay of his order to allow lawyers for the defense to appeal.
 

The memorial has been the subject of legal battles for nearly a quarter of a century. The most recent round of litigation from the ACLU came after Congress in 2004 declared the memorial to be a national monument. There has been a cross at the Mount Soledad memorial since 1913.
 

Burns' ruling yesterday hinged on the Ninth Circus' decision in 2011 that the memorial cross "projects a government endorsement of Christianity."

 

Congress noted in passing the 2004 law that the cross is surrounded by secular symbols and by symbols of other faiths, including 18 Stars of David. None of those symbols appears to have been subject of any lawsuits.

 

That's noteworthy because the ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, a group that should know better than to be promoting religious intolerance.

 

The ACLU called the ruling a victory, of course.

 

“We support the government paying tribute to those who served bravely in our country’s armed forces,” Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, said in a press release. “But we should honor all of our heroes under one flag, not just one particular religious symbol.”

“A national war memorial should stand for all of those who served,” added Norma Chavez-Peterson, executive director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, reported KNSD. “It is inappropriate and unconstitutional to declare a deeply religious symbol that excludes those outside of that faith as a monument to all veterans.”

 

The ACLU's various representatives neglected to mention if they planned to sue over any other religious symbols at the memorial, but it's a safe bet that the answer is no. Once again, it's the Christians who are being targeted and having their rights to freedom of religious expression suppressed.

 

The federal government had been defending the memorial until Barack Obama came into office. Since then, the Justice Department has shown only minimal effort in the case, prompting lawyers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and the Religious Liberty Institute to step in.

 

The cross does not represent an establishment of religion as it is displayed in an area that is replete with other symbols as well. It merely represents an honor to our war veterans on behalf of the Christian segment of the community.

 

As is all too common with these types of cases, the court is tearing down the First Amendment while claiming to defend it. "Prohibiting the free exercise thereof" is part of the First Amendment's limitations on Congress, too.
 

 All these court decisions to remove crosses, the Ten Commandments and other Christian symbols will have one end effect: establishment of atheism as the state religion.
 

It's particularly depressing that a Jewish veterans group would volunteer to be a pawn in this.

(New 12-13-13)

 

Pearl Harbor, a place and a day -- Dec. 7, 1941 -- we will never forget

From left are George Keen, 88, of Newhall, Jack Rogo, 90, of North Hollywood, Joe Mariani, 92, of Reseda and Curly Elliott, 90, of Granada Hills. They are the last local Pearl Harbor survivors. (File photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

FDR was right. We couldn’t forget.

The kid’s name was Minter, Joe Mariano said. He couldn’t remember his first name because the guys on his battleship usually called each other by their last names only. He still remembered his face, though, like it was yesterday.

“Minter saved my bacon that day. Our anti-aircraft gun had jammed, and a crew of us were sent below to hand out ammunition. A bomb hit on deck, and all hell broke loose as the ship started to list. It was so smoky below we couldn’t breathe or see anything.

“There was one open hatch, and Minter pushed me through it. When I made it through, I reached down for his hand to pull him up, but it wasn’t there anymore. The ship listed again. He was gone.”

Seaman 2nd Class James Dewey Minter was one of 265 sailors who died that day on the USS California.

Leon Kolb was 23 and manning a forward gun turret on the USS Oklahoma the morning 429 sailors on his battleship died. It was the second-highest loss of life on a ship at Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona lost 1,177 men.

Love, not bombs, almost got Leon killed that morning. He was trying to get back to his locker to save the engagement ring he had bought for his high school sweetheart and future wife of 68 years, Lucille.

He was fighting to get below, but the guys in the ship’s magazine told him to get out fast, there wasn’t any time. It saved his life. None of the men in the magazine survived that day.

“I think about them every day,” Leon said. “How lucky I was.”

Curly Elliot was cutting across the parking lot after a Veterans Day parade when a little boy stopped him.

“He asked if he could shake my hand,” said Curly, a retired Los Angeles police officer. “I looked over at his mother and her hands were shaking and she had tears in her eyes.”

Curly knelt down and gave the boy his handshake and a hug. Did he shed a tear, too? Of course.........

(New 12-07-13)

U.S. generals  now take action to watch Obama
Retired Army, Air Force leaders say 'government  continues down path of  destroying America'
WASHINGTON – After one of them called  for  the “forced resignations” of President Obama and congressional  leaders in  response to multiple grievances, including the alleged  political purge of  hundreds of senior military officers, two retired U.S.  generals are creating a  citizens’ commission to scrutinize Obama  administration actions on national  security and economic issues.

“America’s Provisional Leadership  Council” will look at major concerns, as  outlined by Army Gen. Paul E.  Vallely and Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, in  an eight-point paper  titled “The   Americans Project.”

Vallely told WND he sees The Americans  Project as a “citizens’ commission” of  prominent Americans to provide  advice to legislative and executive branches of  government.

America’s leaders, he said, will be  “held to high standards of performance to  solve the nation’s problems of  governing. We will scrutinize and provide  guidance to federally elected  officials on behalf of the citizens.”

The Americans Project, Vallely added,  is a “movement, not a new party  necessarily. We want candidates to run as  Americans first before being a  Democrat, Republican or  Independent.”

Vallely, who today is chairman of the  organization Stand  Up  America, served as the deputy commanding general of Pacific  Command.

Jones, who is vice chairman of The  Americans Project of Stand Up America,  held numerous Air Force command  positions including a tactical fighter wing, a  strategic airlift wing and  a special operations group.

In calling for the forced  resignations of  Obama and the leadership of Congress, Vallely outlined  suggestions for  nationwide rallies and said a peaceful “civil uprising is  still not out of  question.”

The current crop of leaders, he  said, must face a “demand resignation”  process, which he explained  requires massive grassroots protests and social  networking which he  envisions can be undertaken through his organization. And  example of a  “forced resignation,” he said, was that of President Richard   Nixon.

“Our federal government continues down  the path of destroying America,”  Vallely said. “Americans must now stand  up and put America back on the right  track.”

Workable  solution

Vallely and Jones in their paper say  “The Americans” leadership has developed  workable solutions to “help solve  and fix what has without question stunted our  nation’s ability to clearly,  legally and peacefully function as a constitutional  republic.”

“Honest, selfless political leadership  is the first key to America’s economic  and debt recovery and secure future  for all citizens and their children,” they  say. “That means voters must  band together and vote for positive ‘America first’  leadership rather than  self-serving greed and corruption within the two major  political parties  that have for decades and are now rapidly tearing the United  States of  America apart.”

In their paper, Vallely and  Jones call for adherence to the Constitution with  strict congressional  oversight of all executive actions.

In an apparent reference to the  cutback in overall U.S. military readiness,  they call for a strong  national defense but stipulate that “in no way” would the  U.S. military  ever be used against U.S. citizens, a reference to a growing  concern among  many Americans.

The paper decried the historic $17  trillion government debt, concerns over  continued unemployment and  excessive tax rates on businesses and citizens.

Their solutions? Vallely and Jones call  for abolishing the Federal Reserve  and the Internal Revenue Service  system, the intended result of which would be  that “all political  plundering of the peoples’ wealth via taxation will be  stopped.”

In abolishing the Federal Reserve  System, all U.S. government financial and  economic functions would be  turned back to the U.S. Treasury.

The IRS would be immediately abolished  and replaced by a sales tax on  specified items for partial financing of  the U.S. government.

The retired generals condemned the  illegal alien “invasion,” which they said  would be stopped with a secured  border double fence, calling for penalties on  employers who hire illegal  aliens.

“There will be absolutely no jobs, no  social services, no welfare nor medical  services allowed to be provided to  illegal alien invaders,” they say, with the  exception of emergency medical  care only until the illegals can be deported.

“American jobs are for U.S. citizens,  returning military veterans, part-time  high school students and the  elderly,” they said. “When U.S. employers cannot  find workers and can  fully justify seeking foreign workers, government  permission will be  granted for hiring temporary foreign workers.”

(New 11-25-13)

LIST OF NAMES of Purged Military High Officers – Extensive & Terrifying

23 November 2013   

Look up the service records of some of these guys. MOST have perfect LONG services, highly decorated.

Military Suicides Drop; Unclear Why (2013)
“Last year the number of suicides in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines spiked to 349 for the full 12-month period, the highest since the Pentagon began closely tracking the numbers in 2001, and up from the 2011 total of 301. There were 295 Americans killed in Afghanistan [war] last year,
by the AP’s count.” There are more dying by suicide than in war. Why???? http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-military-suici...

“In 2005 alone, there were 6,256 suicides nationally among those who served in the armed forces — about 120 deaths per week.”
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2004019358_aliciacol17.html

What the hell are they doing to the military???

I believe only 2 Generals were fired under Bush’s 2 terms total. There are currently 48 4-Star Generals. [link to en.wikipedia.org]
Many of these below have spotless records, 25 and up years service, many medals and honors such as Brig. Gen Bryan W. Wampler and Command Sgt. Major Don B. Jordan.

Commanding Generals fired:
Commanding Admirals fired:
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011) 
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013)

157 [ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN] Air Force majors forced into early terminations, no retirement or benefits.
All 157 had been twice passed over for promotion and were within six years of retirement.

Too many to list

Any mistakes are probably mine. If you know of any I missed, I will add them.

A retired Army general is calling for the “forced resignations” of President Obama, administration officials, and MORE

http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/general-lets-make-obama-resign/#RgFdpYytKGaBQMdA.99

Lisa
(New 11-24-13)

COME VISIT THE CHAPLAIN'S CORNER, IT'S OPEN TO EVERYONE

(New 11-07-13)

Emergency Message to All Patriots

Can FEMA Ban This Video?

First off.

If you care about your safety...

Stop what you're doing.

And watch this video with the door shut.

=> Click here now...

I wish this was a joke.

Unfortunately it isn't.

It's deadly serious.

I'm sending this to all my friends, family and patriot brothers...

As quickly as I can...

Because it's the ONLY video I've seen that reveals the lethal "November surprise" nobody is talking about...

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Yes...

The "November surprise" is bigger and far more dangerous than Sandy could have ever been.

And it's headed to YOUR neighborhood...

WAY faster than you think.

>> Watch shocking video <<

The chilling speaker on the video (my new favorite patriot)...is going to give you the 3 practical steps you need to take TODAY...

To make it out alive and well...

This is the big one folks.

Don't take this lightly..

The "November surprise" has already begun in certain parts of the country.

And it's about to make Hurricane Sandy look like a six year old flower girl.

Your fellow Patriot,

Jason Richards

P.S. Do both Obama and Romney know ALL about this, but are SWORN to secrecy...?

And when you watch the video you'll understand why.

>> Click here before it's too late

(New 11-07-13)

13 folds of the American Flag

The Obama once said America is no longer a Christian Nation.  This video proves him wrong.  

http://youtu.be/c50xvbEmzOs

(New 07-04-13)

“A Nation Of Cowards

August 30, 2013 by Wild Bill for America

Decency demands that we offend certain people; we cannot afford to be cowards.

(New 08-31-13)

Navy SEALs ordered to remove ‘don’t tread on me’ Navy Jack from uniforms
The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.

So why would ranking SEAL commanders ban the historical symbol? Is the proverbial top bass banning the flag? Is President Obama?

Clearly the administration and sycophant “top brass” officers have degraded America’s military prestige; from hand-tying rules of engagement, to uniform regulations that make our military allegedly more compatible with foreign forces, to the banning of an awe-inspiring flag that traces its roots to the first U.S. Navy. We have a civilian-led military, but why should our ranking commanders be complicit in the administration’s war on it? Why don’t they stand up to Obama and his leftist cronies?

During my two deployments to Iraq, “Don’t  Tread on Me” was a phrase seen on nearly every uniform and platoon space — including mine. From patches to flags to large paintings on concrete barriers, our commanders themselves wore the insignia on their sleeves — until now.

Perhaps this is why so many of my former teammates felt compelled to send me the email below. They may not be able to expose the administration’s travesty, but I can. The email, dated October 22, reads:

ALL:

WARCOM and GROUP TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn on the sleeve.

All personnel are only authorized to wear the matching “AOR” American Flag patch on the right shoulder.  You are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread On Me” patch.

Again the only patch authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass the word to all

Thanks

Senior Enlisted Advisor

[Name Redacted]

After reading the email, I first wondered, ‘why?’ (Actually, first I headed to the gym to take out my frustration and anger on some unsuspecting weights with the fury and intensity only a former Navy SEAL can exert.) Why would our leaders sell out our heritage? Why would they rob present and future sailors of our battle cry?

When a friend of mine asked his leadership the same question, he was told, “The Jack is too closely associated with radical groups.” We must assume that this thought policeman embedded in the SEAL community is speaking of the Tea Party, whose flag (which also dates from the American Revolution) depicts a snake with the same defiant slogan as The Navy Jack.

This begs yet another question: Who defines “radical group”? The last time I checked, all military personnel are under oath to “support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The Tea Party stands for constitutional rights and founding principles of civil liberties and limited government. Radical? Not unless you’re a leftist hell-bent on destroying the foundations of our country. Or as the President has stated as the objective of his presidency, “to fundamentally transform” America........

(New 11-03-13)

The Patient’s Role in Patient Care
When it comes to health care, many perceive doctors as having the final word when it comes to managing their patients’ care. Although doctors and other health professionals play a major role, each individual is ultimately responsible for getting the care they need.

First, patients should know or have a copy of their health history including prior hospitalizations and a list of current and past medical problems. Patients should think of their health as a story that needs to be told. In order to completely and accurately understand the story, doctors need every chapter, including whether current symptoms are new, or a continuation of prior symptoms. This is especially important if several doctors are currently being seen or if a patient is meeting a new one.

Keep in mind most health history is captured in records. Take the most current copies of test results, x-rays, labs or any other care that has been provided. While many medical offices have moved to file sharing or electronic file transfers, in some instances, patients may have to make copies and bring the files to the doctor themselves.

Next, be sure to have a list of all current medication - prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements, as well as the dosage. If necessary, just throw everything in a single bag and bring it to the appointment. This is also a good time to check for expired medication.......
(New 11-12-13)

TRICARE Salutes Veterans Day All Year Long With Ongoing Preventive Care
Veterans Day is a special day set aside for America to show its support and respect to the men and women who served the United States. A key part of this is the health care, TRICARE provides for its 9.6 million beneficiaries all year long.

TRICARE supports military families, retirees and other eligible beneficiaries with prevention-based information and resources, a focus on family-centered care, and supportive programs and services to help them “take charge” of their health all year. Some of the preventive services TRICARE covers are:.....

.....Costs for these preventive services vary based on an individual’s TRICARE plan. TRICARE Prime beneficiaries can get their clinical preventative services at no cost from their primary care manger or any network provider, and no referral or authorization is necessary. TRICARE Standard beneficiaries may have to pay some cost shares for some preventive services, but most are cost-free including:.....

(New 11-10-13)

What is TRICARE?
Video
Watch an overview of TRICARE, the Military Health Plan serving our Uniformed Service members, retirees and their family members. Learn more at www.tricare.mil . Sign-up for TRICARE e-alerts at www.tricare.mil/subscriptions .

(New 11-01-13)

VA, Affordable Care Act and You
(New 11-10-13)

VA Reaches Out to Veterans about the Health Care Law (ObamaCare)
(New 11-10-13)

Most TRICARE Beneficiaries Meet ACA Coverage Requirements
Defense Health Agency
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 10, 2013 – The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans.

Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014, qualify for an exemption, or may be required to pay a fee if they have affordable options, but remain uninsured. Because of this, many TRICARE beneficiaries may be wondering how this new law will affect them and their families.

Simply speaking, the Affordable Care Act will have very little impact on TRICARE beneficiaries. The biggest change they will notice may be an extra letter in their mailbox every January, and an extra box to check on their tax forms every April.

Beneficiaries who receive TRICARE benefits, whether at no cost, by electing to pay an enrollment fee, or by paying monthly premiums, have minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This includes: TRICARE Prime, Prime Remote and Standard; TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS); TRICARE Young Adult (TYA); TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR); and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP).......

.....Beginning with the 2014 tax season, and every tax year after that, the Department of Defense will send every TRICARE beneficiary the same information it sends the Internal Revenue Service. This notification will detail whether sponsors and their dependents had minimum essential coverage during the previous year. Sponsors can then use this information when they file their tax forms.

Because the information sent to the IRS is generated using beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers, it’s essential for sponsors to make sure their family’s Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) information is correct and up to date.
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(New 10-11-13)

TFL Retirees to Pay 80% of VA Health Care Costs
TRICARE for Life beneficiaries are being notified that as of October 1st, military retirees (over age 65) who receive care at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility for non-service connected ailments will be required to pay the VA 80% of the TRICARE allowable charges. By law TRICARE, will only pay up to 20 percent. The remaining 80 percent is equal to the amount that Medicare would have paid if the beneficiary had used a Medicare certified provider.

This is not a new a new Law, it is a regulation that both agencies (TRICARE & VA) recently realized was not properly enforced for over a decade.

To avoid getting charged the remaining 80 percent, TRICARE and the VA are urging that you only seek care for service connected disability at VA health care facilities and seek care for all other medical services at a certified Medicare provider It is important to note that higher priority veterans will not be impacted by the enforcement of this rule.

For example, veterans with VA disability ratings of 10 to 40 percent will continue to receive cost-free VA care for any condition. These veterans are only required to pay a co-payment of $8 on outpatient medications for non-service-connected conditions. Veterans with service-connected ratings of 50 percent or higher are not required to make any co-payments for care at VA facilities.

Read Tom Philpott’s Military Update for more details and to see a copy of the letter.
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(New 09-10-13)

Savage: Obama Disarms Americans While Arming Al-Qaeda Terrorists
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Michael Savage slams Obama and says he disarms Americans while arming al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria…

(New 09-19-13)

DOD Suggests Founding Fathers Extremists?
Obama DOD: Mainstream Conservative Views “Extremist”

Did you ever think there would come a day in this country when the federal government would compare a person speaking about “individual liberties” to a member of the Klu Klux Klan? Unfortunately, such is the state of affairs in Obama’s America.

Judicial Watch recently obtained “educational” materials from the Department of Defense (DOD) depicting conservative organizations as “hate groups” and advising students to be aware that “instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”

The documents repeatedly cite the leftwing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a resource for identifying “hate groups.”  (More on this contemptible group here.)

Pursuant to our original Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, filed on April 8, 2013, JW sought from DOD:  “Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to the preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups or hate crimes distributed or used by the Air Force.”

And here’s what we have received so far: 133 pages of lesson plans and PowerPoint slides provided by the U.S. Air Force.  Included in these documents is a January 2013 Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute “student guide” entitled “Extremism.”  The document is marked “for training purposes only” with the instruction “do not use on the job.”  Highlights include: ....

(New 09-01-13)

 VA failing to provide benefits to Vietnam War veterans who served aboard ship off the coast of Vietnam

Resources for Brown and Blue Water Veterans Who Need Help Proving Their Ship Was Exposed to Agent Orange

(New 09-05-13)

Veteranstrek: Two Veterans Walking from Milwaukee to Los Angeles
I am m writing to ask you to help drum up more support along the road for these two Irac vets walking from Milwaukee to LA.  Our church has been blessed with the privilege of accommodating them when they arrive here the afternoon of the tenth, and our community is having a support picnic. Their website is veteranstrek.com/.
Here Is a roadside interview done yesterday (day 4 of their journey) by fox channel 6      http://fox6now.com/2013/09/02/veterans-on-day-four-of-walk-from-mil... (http://fox6now.com/2013/09/02/veterans-on-day-four-of-walk-from-mil...) ....  

(New 09-05-13)

Veterans needed for this - If somebody asks you what kind of weapon or how many you have what are you going to tell them?

Everyone think before answering this question online and to just any stranger or acquaintance. This is to get you to thinking and maybe some guidance from our Veterans.

(New 10-17-13)

Veterans Help Needed With This - "So, you are walking out of a store and look up and see what looks like a very bright meteor running north to south."

So, you are walking out of a store and look up and see what looks like a very bright meteor running north to south. The "meteor" continues to burn and disappears from view over the roof line of the store building. Seconds later, a tremendous flash can be seen from that direction. You have seconds to react. What do you do?....

(New 10-21-13)

Vets Needed With This One Too - "You hear BOOM........... Power is out no phones or internet... What Do You Do?????"

Think before answering this question. If you plan ahead you will not cower but will be able to think clearly and do what is needed and must be done.

 Make many plans. Some will not work out. Practice this all the time in all surroundings you find you are in daily.

(New 10-17-13)

Veterans Wait Years For Benefits While VA Employees Get Bonuses For Inept Work
If you are a veteran, have you run into difficulty getting your benefits from the Veterans Administration?  I read about a number of veterans that waited a year or more to receive needed benefits including medical treatment.  Men and women who served our nation only to get wounded and maimed end up waiting months to receive their desperately needed disability compensation.  There are horror stories across the nation of men and women who almost qualify as a marathon runner from all of the run arounds they get from the VA.

Perhaps that’s because VA employees can no longer earn points for following up on contacts and perusing whatever documents are necessary to process a case.  This was known as ‘supplemental development’ and they used to gain extra points for this, but that is no longer the policy.  With no reward or incentive to go beyond the minimum requirements, resulting in poor performance, many claims are being handled improperly or left incomplete.  At the moment, the VA reports that there are about 14,000 veterans who have appeals still pending after more than 2 years of applying for their rightful benefits.....
(New 08-31-13)

At What Price Freedom

From   conservativetreehouse;

 Bring your kids and Grandkids close to the computer, turn up the speakers, and before you watch the fireworks tonight, understand;  I mean deeply understand in the very depth of your soul, what they represent.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/bC18F9mOhsY

 The thing that sets the American Christian apart from all other people of the world is that he will die on his feet before he will live on his knees.

- George Washington

(New 07-04-13)

Food City Salute- Fourth of July 2013

At Food City, we honor those people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!

 

(New 08-03-13)

July the Fourth

We're watching a favorite video from last year: San Diego's accidentally amazing "fireworks fail". If you've ever wondered what 20-minutes worth of fireworks looks like ignited in one big spectacle, check it out. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July everyone!

 

(New 07-04-13)

 

When I went to bed last night I was an American; I woke this morning a man with no country, no leader, no direction, and no purpose. I did not leave my country, my country abandoned me.
(New 11-05-08)

Socialism Is Still Bad News
(New 11-06-08)

Nidal Hasan Sentenced To Death For Fort Hood Shooting Rampage
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Tex., the worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history.

Dressed in Army fatigues, Hasan, who turns 43 next month, listened impassively as the death sentence was handed down by a panel of 13 senior military officers in a unanimous decision after less than two hours of deliberations. If even a single panel member had objected, Hasan would instead have been sentenced to life in prison. He also was stripped of pay and other financial benefits, which he continued to receive while in custody.

No active-duty service member has been executed since 1961, and legal experts said it will probably be many years, if ever, before the sentence will be carried out. Hasan will be flown shortly to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he will join five other inmates on military death row, officials said.

In military cases, there are several mandatory appeal stages and a military death sentence requires final approval by the president, as commander in chief.....

(New 08-31-13)

FT Hood Shooter Renounces US Citizenship

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In a 7 page statement released directly to Fox News on August 1st, 2013, Ft. Hood shooter, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan renounced his U.S. citizenship & abandoned his military oath as a commissioned officer. In an excerpt dated back to October 18th, 2012, Hasan goes on to state:

~“I, Nidal Malik Hasan, am compelled to renounce any oaths of allegiances that require me to support/defend (any – sic) man made constitution (like the constitution of the United States) over the commandments mandated in Islam ... I therefore formally renounce my oath of office ... this includes my oath of U.S. citizenship.”~

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/01/hasan-sends-writings-ahe...

In another statement from the 7 pages of documents submitted to Fox by Hasan’s former Attorney John Galligan (who confirmed the documents authenticity as well as that of Hasan’s signature), Hasan went on to point out the incompatibility of American democracy & Shariah law:

~”There is an inherent and irreconcilable conflict. ... in an American Democracy ‘we the people’ govern according to what ‘we the people’ think is right or wrong; even if it specifically goes against what All-Mighty God commands.”~

Given the dispute that has raged since the powers that be in the Defense Department idiotically designated Hasan’s actions on the day of November 5th, 2009 (which left 13 dead & 32 wounded in what has been described as ”the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.”), an act of “work place violence“, this designation then would appear to have been rendered invalid now by Hasan in his own statement.

Hasan had a troubled history dating all the way back during the six years that he worked as an intern & resident at Walter Reed Medical Center. His colleagues and superiors were deeply concerned about his inappropriate behavior and comments, yet despite their “deep concern”, & out of deference to political correctness, they chose instead to look the other way rather than confront Hasan. Even going so far as to promote him in May of 2009 from Captain to Major. Also revealed have been the extensive e-mails Hasan had exchanged with Anwar al-Awlaki in 2008 through 2009 in the months leading up to the shootings. Although considered a moderate at the time by FBI officials, al-Awlaki would later be designated a senior talent recruiter and motivator who was involved in planning terrorist operations for the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda. Consequently, al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike on September 30th, 2011 in Yemen after Obama had placed al-Awlaki on a list of people whom the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was authorized to target because of terrorist activities.

Controversy & public outrage however are no strangers to this tragedy in the series of events that have played out over the past 3 1/2 years as survivors of the Ft. Hood massacre have subsequently had to resort to filing a lawsuit against the Federal government, seeking benefits (up to & including the Purple Heart) to assist them in the ongoing costs of medical care & monetary compensation to assist them with daily living expenses. Denial of these benefits have come with Hasan’s shooting being designated as workplace violence rather than an act of terror, & despite Hasan having opened fire shouting “Allahu Akbar“. Initially the Army & the Obama administration had promised to take care of both the families of those killed & the wounded, but I think we all know by now how much worth a promise from Obama has. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on November 5, 2011, claimants stated the government has done everything it can to protect the shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, and their own interests while marginalizing the victims. The suit is seeking $750 million in damages.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2013/05/23/nbc-affiliate-...

Meanwhile however, as Hasan has awaited trial he continues receiving his annual $75,000 salary as a United States Army Medical Corps officer. As of May of this year, he has reportedly been paid over $278,000 since November of 2009.

(New 08-03-13)

Mexican Cartels Hiring US Soldiers As Hit Men

Former Army Pfc. Michael Apodaca (l.) and ex-Lt. Kevin Corley both pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire charges, crimes committed while they were on active duty. Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/08/mexican-cartels-hiring-us-soldiers-as-hit-men/#ixzz2ao0v6YxV

Former Army Pfc. Michael Apodaca (l.) and ex-Lt. Kevin Corley both pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire charges, crimes committed while they were on active duty.

It seems bizarre, but the fact is the Mexican cartels are offering big money to recruit hit men from the U.S. military. They contract highly trained soldiers to carry out murders and even share their expertise with gangs south of the border, according to law enforcement experts.

Fox News reports:

The involvement of three American soldiers in separate incidents, including a 2009 murder that led to last week’s life sentence for a former Army private, underscore a problem the U.S. military has fought hard to address.

“We have seen examples over the past few years where American servicemen are becoming involved in this type of activity,” said Fred Burton, vice president for STRATFOR Global Intelligence. “It is quite worrisome to have individuals with specialized military training and combat experience being associated with the cartels.”

Michael Apodaca, 22, was a private first-class stationed at nearby Fort Bliss Army Base and was attached to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade when he was recruited and paid $5,000 by the Juarez Cartel to shoot and kill Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana, a cartel member who had been outed as an informant for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Apodaca, who was the triggerman in the May 15, 2009, hit, was sentenced in El Paso District Court July 25.

Last September, Kevin Corley, 29, a former active-duty Army first lieutenant from Fort Carson in Colorado, pleaded guilty in federal court in Laredo, Texas, to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire for the Los Zetas Cartel after being arrested in a sting operation. Ironically, that cartel was itself founded by Special Forces deserters from the Mexican Army.

Arrested with Corley in connection with the case was former Army Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28. He was convicted of committing a murder-for-hire in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years in prison June 21.

Walker served in Afghanistan with Corley’s 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division platoon between 2010-2011. Shortly after their return, they made contact with the undercover DEA agent they thought was a member of Los Zetas.

Burton says that some soldiers become corrupted by gangs after joining, but also points out that others are actual gang members who enlist specifically for the training they receive.

“There has been a persistent gang problem in the military for the past six to eight years,” Burton said.

The growing ties between U.S. based gangs, including those which have infiltrated the US military and Mexican cartels could be opening soldiers up to being available to the cartels. The FBI National Gang Intelligence Center, as of April 2011, the NGIC has identified members of at least 53 gangs whose members have served in or are affiliated with U.S. military. They are concerned about gang members with military training because they present a unique threat to law enforcement personnel due to their weapons and combat training and their ability to train others with this skills.

Yeah, I’d say this is a pretty serious situation. The obvious question is when someone is found to be in the military with these ties or affiliations to Mexican cartels, are they not immediately arrested and tried for treason. Additionally, the men cited above aren’t even receiving justice for the murders they were convicted of. Seeing that we have and administration that arms the cartels anyway via Operation Fast and Furious, I don’t see why this wouldn’t have their fingerprints on some of what is taking place between US soldiers and the Mexican cartels.

(New 08-03-13)

This is how the O’blamer administration works…..SHAMEFUL!!

Every Red Blooded American Should Read This

We need to throw those in the white house under the bus like he throws good Americans.  Your blood may boil on this one.

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Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley

Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly-decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University.  He had 19 years of service and experience, and was considered one of the most highly qualified military instructors on Radical Islam & Terrorism.

He taught military students about the situations they would encounter, how to react, about Islamic culture, traditions, and explained the mindset of Islamic extremists.  Passing down first hand knowledge and experience, and teaching courses that were suggested (and approved) by the the Joint Forces Staff College.  The course "Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism" ,which was suggested and approved by the Joint Forces Staff College, caught the attention of several Islamic Groups, and they wanted to make an example of him.

They collectively wrote a letter expressing their outrage, and the Pro-Islamic Obama Administration was all too happy to assist.  The letter was passed to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , Martin Dempsey. Dempsey publicly degraded and reprimanded Dooley, and Dooley received a negative Officer Evaluation Report almost immediately (which he had aced for the past 5 years).  He was relieved of teaching duties, and his career has been red-flagged.

"He had a brilliant career ahead of him.  Now, he has been flagged." - Richard Thompson, Thomas More Law Center

"All US military Combatant Commands, Services, the National Guard Bureau, and Joint Chiefs are under Dempsey's Muslim Brotherhood-dictated order to ensure that henceforth, no US military course will ever again teach truth about Islam that the jihadist enemy finds offensive ,or just too informative." - Former CIA agent Claire M. Lopez (about Lt. Col Dooley)

The Obama Administration has demonstrated lightning speed to dismiss Military brass that does not conform to it's agenda, and not surprisingly, nobody is speaking up for Lt. Col. Dooley.

IT'S A SAD DAY FOR THIS COUNTRY WHEN GOOD LOYAL MEN LIKE THIS GET THROWN UNDER THE BUS BECAUSE NOBODY HAS THE COURAGE TO STAND UP!

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(New 07-24-13)

Military Preparedness Suffers, Yet Obama Takes $100 Million Vacation

US Navy SC Military preparedness suffers, yet Obama takes $100 million vacation

This week, retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula penned a scorching op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, pointing out that military options being planned for Syria ignore the effect of sequestration on the U.S military at home. One suggestion was a limited no-fly zone over Syria, with Air Force and Naval aircraft flying out of Jordon. One of the facts being ignored is that aircrews are not flying training missions to maintain their proficiency to fly, fight, and win with air supremacy. Right now, the biggest unreported, no-fly zone is already up and running–it’s the one in the United States! US bases are being ordered to reduce flying time, training, and maintenance, greatly compromising America’s air combat readiness.

Gen. Deptula, the former head of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance on the Air Staff, was one of the primary planners of Operation Desert Storm and a joint task force commander during Operation Northern Watch. He served as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom. He has flown more than 3000 combat hours.

The real danger of sequestration begins when politicians and the American public believe that budget cuts do not affect combat forces. “Sequestration was designed (by Obama) to be so irresponsible that Congress would be forced to prevent its implementation. Now that it has been implemented, the danger is that Washington will begin to think the military cuts are tolerable.” In order to fight and win a war, troops must constantly train for war. Perpetually idle airmen are not ready to effectively engage the enemy.

Training and testing are important; improvements and upgrades are vital to combat readiness and safety. Maintaining high standards, education, and proficiency are only accomplished by continuous preparation and training for combat. It’s what taxpayers expect from the military. America is no longer protected by the oceans as it once was over 100 years ago. And isolation is not an option that we can afford. It takes time to move force from the United States to forward bases.

Americans see exorbitant IRS bonuses and Mr. Obama’s $100 million, in your face trip to Africa as the U.S. military is being told to stand down. Gay pride celebrations, held at the taxpayer’s expense, are doing wonders for military readiness (by helping to destroy it!) If you voted for Obama, the next attack on the United States will be your fault and will probably be executed by terrorists entering the country through Mexico. Don’t think the rest of the world isn’t paying attention as Obama works to turn the United States military into an incompetent joke.

(New 06-30-13)

US To Spend $771M on Planes Afghans Can't Operate

The U.S. government is about to spend more than $771 million on military aircraft that the Afghan people “lack the capacity to operate,” according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

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The Department of Defense says that it is moving forward with the purchase despite SIGAR’S warning that the planes will go to waste.

SIGAR only discovered the DOD’s plans while performing an audit of its Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW).

“SIGAR is recommending that DOD suspend all activity under the contracts awarded for the 48 new aircraft until capacity issues are properly addressed,” it said in a press release Friday morning.

SIGAR additionally discovered that “DOD awarded $553 million to Rosoboronexport, a Russian government agency, after receiving SIGAR’s recommendations that moving forward was imprudent,” according to the release.

Lt. Col. James Gregory, a Pentagon spokesman, told the Washington Free Beacon that it does “not concur with the SIGAR report recommendation” and that a delay in shipment is not in the United States’ security interests.

SIGAR’s audit of SMW found that the planes are not useful because the Afghans have hired illiterate and untrained pilots to fly them.

The Afghan forces have experienced “difficulty finding recruits who are literate and do not have associations with criminal/insurgent activity,” according to the audit.

“Only seven pilots are qualified to fly with night vision goggles, which is necessary for most counter-terrorism missions,” SIGAR reported.

The SMW program also has poor U.S. government oversight, leading to waste and problems in sustaining what the DOD believes is a critical project in post-war Afghanistan.

“NATO and DOD do not have a plan with milestones and dates for achieving full strength for the SMW to justify the fleet size,” SIGAR reported, noting that most maintenance projects are still performed by the United States.

“DOD performs 50 percent of maintenance and repair and 70 percent of critical maintenance and logistics management for SMW and does not have a plan for transferring these functions to the Afghans,” SIGAR said.

The United States still intends to spend $109 million per year despite the flaws, “for oversight, maintenance, training, and logistics support for the next several years,” according to SIGAR.

These deeply entrenched problems have contributed to the program’s slow growth.

“SMW had less than one-quarter of the 806 personnel needed to reach full strength and during the length of the audit made no tangible growth,” SIGAR found.

In addition, the “Afghan Ministries of Defense and Interior do not have an agreement on the SMW command and control structure, impacting growth and capacity,” according to SIGAR.

SIGAR predicts that once the United States fully exits Afghanistan in the coming year the Afghans will not be prepared to maintain or operate the planes.

Gregory said delaying the shipment of planes until SIGAR’s performance criteria are met “would not be in our national interest.”

“Delaying contract award pending agreement between the ministries on transition of SMW administrative control would unacceptably delay our efforts to develop the SMW into a capable force,” Gregory said.

“The contract for the PC-12 [planes] was signed on Oct. 13, 2012, and the contract for the Mi-17 [planes] was finalized on June 16, 2013,” he said.

The SMW is still a relatively new creation, meaning that improvement efforts are already underway, the official said.

“The SMW was formally established less than a year ago and sustainment efforts, including training, are presently underway,” Gregory said. “Delivery of the aircraft in question will take place over the next eighteen months. This will include training on how to operate and maintain the aircraft and associated equipment.”

“DOD has been implementing or has agreed with implementing the other recommendations in the report, which will help avoid the adverse outcome that it warns against,” he added.

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(New 06-30-13)

Soldier Forbidden to read Conservative Books

Soldier forbidden to read conservative literature while in Uniform
A veteran member of the U.S. Army Band said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh, and serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his promotion party.
Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran and conservative Christian based at Fort Myer in Washington, believes his outspoken opposition to gay marriage prompted higher-ups to take a closer look at his beliefs. The recipient of an Army Commendation Medal and a soloist at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford, Sommers said his core beliefs are enough to mark a soldier for persecution in today’s military.

“It seems like with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – that the Christians have been the ones who’ve had to go underground and in the closet – for fear of retaliation and reprisals,” Sommers told Fox News. “Christians feel like they can’t be forthright with their faith. They have to hide.”
Ret. Navy Commander John Bennett Wells is representing the master sergeant. He said there is no doubt in his mind that the U.S. military is discriminating against Christians – and specifically his client.

“There’s no question about it,“ Wells told Fox News. “Because he is religious, because he feels that homosexual conduct is wrong for religious reasons, he is basically being persecuted.”

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(New 06-09-13)

Calling for Transparency

Will this President negotiate away our military dominance? We need transparency.

(New 06-17-13)

 

 

 

Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to: "The United States of America," for an amount of: "up to and including their life."

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

(New 08-19-07)


If liberals in Congress really support the troops, why do they keep saying things like ...

Senator Harry Reid: "That this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything."

Senator John Kerry: "If you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

Congressman John Murtha: "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."

Senator Dick Durbin: "If I read this to you and didn't tell you it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have happened by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime, Pol Pot or others that had no concern for human beings."

(New 10-14-07)


 

The VietNam War
US Air Force, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy & US Coast Guard Involvement & the
Beginning of the War
, the years it occurred and the Fall of Vietnam
 Videos & Text
(Updated 06-07-13)

World Wars and Other History - War History - General 

World Wars and Other History - World War I

World Wars and Other History - World War II

Military Retiree Information
Very Important info for you
(Updated 10-06-11)

Please remember those who fought for our country, proudly....
So that you and I can enjoy the Freedom, we have today...

In Honor of Our Veterans

Where Are Our Troops?

Obama Expands US Troops In Jordan To 1,000

US troops to be deployed to Sinai

Obama sending US troops to Egypt
American troops will be deployed in service of the Muslim Brotherhood

American Troops Boots on the Ground in Egypt – To Protect Israel? I...
Something about this report doesn't make sense. Why would the Muslim Brotherhood allow troops in the Sinai to protect Israel, when the Brotherhood has already said it will not honor the Egypt-Israel peace treaty?....

Again, the Muslim Brotherhood has said they will not honor the peac...

(New 06-26-13)
 

In Appreciation of the Enola Gay

Yesterday, Japan held a peace ceremony on the 68th anniversary of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Reportedly, thousands were in attendance. Apparently, anti-nuclear views are strong in the country which, along with their Nazi co-horts, started a war and planned to takeover the world.

Crew of the B-29 "Enola Gay"

Damn! If it wasn’t for that dastardly U.S. and Great Britain, Hiroshito and Hitler could have beaten those Yanks and Brits, and had Americans and Europeans to rape and enslave like they did the Chinese and Poles.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not making light of the thousands killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In fact, one of the most heartbreaking photos I’ve ever seen was that now infamous Nick Ut photo of ‘napalm girl,’ running naked with several other children from the burning wreckage of an accidental bombing in the Viet Nam conflict.

No doubt, the A-bomb caused scenes like it, and much more.

It’s just that people, well . . . Liberal people, seem to forget the circumstances that brought about the Allies attack on those Japanese cities.

In the 30′s and 40′s, the government of Japan was every bit as evil as that of the Third Reich. But then, so are most anti-Christian regimes of recent history.

(look it up, it’s there)

According to Historical Boys’ Clothing, a website detailing the Japanese invasion of China,

Babies are snatched from their mothers’ arms and bayonetted. Young girls and women are raped over and over, the attacks ceasing only when the girl dies or feigns death.

The same site says,

The Rape of Nanking was one of the most terrible atrocities ever recorded in history.

And,

Historians don’t agree on all the statistics, but we know that over 100,000 people and perhaps as many as 300,000 were slaughtered in the 6 weeks of the massacre after the city was occupied by the Japanese.

Shiro Azuma was one of the Japanese soldiers in Nanking. He later became an activist for the memory of the victims of Nanking, and in his, My Nanking Platoon, based on his diary, he said,

“We were taught that we were a superior race since we lived only for the sake of a human god-our emperor. But the Chinese were not. So we held nothing but contempt for them.” In another section, he said, “There were many rapes, and the women were always killed. When they were being raped, the women were human. But once the rape was finished, they became pig’s flesh.”

One article from a website edited by Vernellia R. Randall, read,

Hwang Geum Joo, who grew up in Japanese-occupied Korea, remembers her ‘recruitment’ differently. When she was nineteen, Emperor Hirohito purported to order all unmarried girls to work in Japanese military factories. She reported to the train station where she was packed into a Japanese military train carrying about fifty girls per car, and taken to a troop station. There she was repeatedly raped for two weeks. Then she was installed in a commodified rape center, euphemistically misnomered a ‘comfort station,’ where she served thirty to forty soldiers on the average day.

(when I read that last part, I had to fight to keep my emotions in control and didn’t wholly succeed)

In that same article,

Tomasa Salinog remembers her rape at thirteen and her initiation into Imperial Japan’s system of ‘comfort stations.’ Japanese soldiers burst into her home in the middle of the night, soon after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1942. They decapitated her father and removed her to a garrison where two soldiers raped her and then beat her unconscious.

What I’m saying, is that with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there’s a false ‘equalibrium’ with those on the Left (no surprise there). The idea that in WWII, there was just some Eastern country fighting against some Western country and the Western country lost it, going for a bloodthirsty overkill on the Eastern country, is fatuous nonsense. Japan at the time, like Germany, was an atrocity, a Tyrannical regime of pure evil.

And evil must be stopped at all costs.

Sad to say, the atomic bomb was a, yes, necessary weapon, and one that we should be glad to have had, just as we are glad to have the pistol that kills the rapist reaching for the twelve year old girl, or the knife that kills the murderer that tightens his hands around the college student’s throat.

It’s tragic that such governments have among them the innocent that suffer from their despotic machinations, but let us not blame those forced to administer the reckoning. They are simply doing what’s right. We did what right in 1945 when the Enola Gay did her duty. Had we not, our choices would have been the ovens of Hitler’s Nazi Germany or the ‘Comfort Stations’ of Emperor Hiroshito’s Japan.

And probably much more that we couldn’t even imagine!

I hate war. Actual, real war. So do soldiers. So do those who have been directly involved in it, lost limbs from it and buried loved ones because of it. However, ask anyone who has been on the victimized end of rape and slavery and I’m sure they’ll tell you that war is a far, far better alternative to such fates.

So as you mourn those who suffered from the atomic bomb in 1945, be thankful for it. After all, it put a halt to Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Nanking, and the many other inhuman endeavors like them that would have surely followed.

“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption”

2 Peter 2:12

 joekeck.com

(New 08-08-13)

WWII pilot gets shown footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash that he's never seen until now.

In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the first time. SPITFIRE 944 was put on YouTube as...

(New 06-17-13)
 

Americans At War

Through the eyes of those who were there, Americans at War® looks back at the moments when ordinary people were called to extraordinary heroism.

High-definition interviews offer intimate, one-on-one experiences. It's a priceless understanding of the effects of war through harrowing personal accounts. Featured on PBS, this award-winning series offers 50 compelling vignettes.

Learn More About Americans at War
(New 04-28-08)

Full Interview with American Military Hero, Bud Day

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Like John McCain, Col. George E. “Bud” Day spent over 5 yrs in Vietnamese POW camps. Day and John McCain were cell-mates for about 2 and a half years. Day is a legendary military hero with more medals and ribbons than anyone since General Douglas MacArthur.

(Updated with tags on 05-10-08)

(New 07-03-08)

The swindle story

 Please distribute this far and wide to see if we can keep this up and running on Youtube.  (The more that visit the site, the longer it stays up.)   

 Send it to all your friends, relatives and your entire address book. 

 It’s the story of the broken promise made for a life time of healthcare to military retirees. 

 

So many have completed their end of the deal and now they are without the promised healthcare.

(New 07-28-08)

 

 

 

Prayer Request
 

Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our
troops around the world. Please - of all the gifts
you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine deployed in harm's
way, prayer is the very best!!!


I understand the weather in Iraq is very difficult to bear right now. Our
troops need our prayers for strength, endurance and safety.

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us. Bless them
and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. I ask this
in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Amen."

We Thank You!

I Had To Share This Poster

Poster1 I Had to Share This Poster

Sometimes a picture speaks more clearly than an essay. A friend emailed me this poster, and I just had to share it. Pass it on. It tells an important story on the Memorial Day Weekend.

(New 06-03-13)

 

The Anniversary of D-Day on Normandy Beach

The largest amphibious armada ever launched in history brought liberation to the beaches of Normandy June 6, 1944.

The largest amphibious armada ever launched in history brought liberation to the beaches of Normandy June 6, 1944.

By Doc Vega

Let us not forget the bravery and losses that it took to defend freedom.

The Blitzkrieg

Conquered

Preparation for D-Day

Adverse weather conditions

Treacherous waters
Battle lines are drawn

Tragedy and heroism all at once

Staggering losses pay off

Operation Overlord succeeds

The cost of freedom

(New 06-07-13)

Reagan Normandy Speech: 40th Anniversary of D-Day

by politisite

President Reagan's Address at the Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day at Point-du-Hoc - 6/6/1984

Ronald_Reagan_salutes

Here's the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/eEIqdcHbc8Iinvasion-d-day/

(New 06-06-13)

D-Day: Mistakes Redeemed By Courage - Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!
Published on DickMorris.com on June 6, 2013

Dear Friend,

In this video commentary, I take a revisionist look at D-Day (today is the anniversary). From the pages of the biography Eisenhower, by Jean Edward Smith, comes new revelations of the mistakes that caused Omaha to become a slaughterhouse and how the bravery of our men overcame them. Tune in!

(New 06-06-13)

DHS Caught Spying On Veterans

Janet Napolitano SC DHS Caught Spying on Veterans

In 2009, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security began a program to monitor white supremacists and “militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups” for terrorist activities.

Included among the suspected terrorists were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

At the time it was revealed, the program called “Operation Vigilant Eagle” caused some controversy but was quickly forgotten and buried by the media.

For the DHS, Vigilant Eagle was the expression of the misdirected paranoia that exists at the agency’s highest levels, which since President Obama stepped into office have issued multiple reports about a supposed wave of terrorism by American conservatives of various stripes, from Tea Party members to off-duty cops.

At the time, Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary and chief conspiracy theorist, told NBC that, “This is an assessment of things just to be wary of, not to infringe on constitutional rights, certainly not to malign our veterans.”

(New 06-03-13)

‘Operation Vigilant Eagle’ Spies on Veterans Who Speak Too Freely

In 2009, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security began a program to monitor white supremacists and “militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups” for terrorist activities.
Included among the suspected terrorists were Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

At the time it was revealed, the program called “Operation Vigilant Eagle” caused some controversy but was quickly forgotten and buried by the media.

For the DHS, Vigilant Eagle was the expression of the misdirected paranoia that exists at the agency’s highest levels, which since President Obama stepped into office have issued multiple reports about a supposed wave of terrorism by American conservatives of various stripes, from Tea Party members to off-duty cops.

At the time, Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary and chief conspiracy theorist, told NBC that, “This is an assessment of things just to be wary of, not to infringe on constitutional rights, certainly not to malign our veterans.”

Tell it to Brandon Raub.

Last year, Raub was arrested by a small mob of FBI and Secret Service agents and held for a week at a psychiatric facility, all because the Marine vet likes to gripe in blogs and on Facebook about the federal government. (Who doesn’t?)

According to WorldNet Daily, one sample of his posts reads, “The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them”

Ah, yes. You can feel the imminent danger.

He has filed a lawsuit against the federal government. Wonder if another visit to the psych ward is in order?

He was only released last time after a judge stepped in and admonished the agencies holding him that the case was “devoid of any factual allegations.”
Raub’s attorneys claim that the arrest and forcible commitment were an attempt by FBI and other officials with Operation Vigilant Eagle to silence Raub for his criticism of the government.
Documents about Operation Vigilant Eagle show the project idea was hatched in December 2008 as a joint operation of the FBI and Defense Department, as the Bush Administration was packing up and the Obama Administration was moving in, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By February 2009, just weeks after President Obama’s DHS opened shop, a project memo stated that the purpose of Vigilant Eagle was to “share information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat.”
Supposedly, this assessment of a suddenly “growing threat” was based on confidential information, undercover sources and “publicly available” information — I’m betting the Huffington Post or Mother Jones, but the memo doesn’t specify.

Raub’s attorneys say they’ve been contacted by numerous other military veterans recounting similar stories.
After his arrest on August 16, Raub was ordered by a “Special Justice” to be held for 30 days for evaluation and “treatment.” The arresting officials specifically stated his Facebook postings were the reason for his arrest.

Fortunately, Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett heard about the case and intervened, throwing out the allegations by the feds.
If this is how we treat our veterans, our country has crossed the line and joined other countries like China and the Soviet Union that use tactical psychological “treatment” and detention to silence the opposition.

Thanks to the Obama Administration, the freedoms our brave veterans fought to protect are slipping away daily.

(New 06-03-13)

Unclaimed: Vietnam Veteran Tells Story

As a citizen , I didn’t know this happened , as a Vietnam Veteran, in country these years, I am outraged at these turn of events, and those who took part in this cover up

 

In researching this story I came across a story , published originally September 1994, and reprinted By Sydney H. Schanberg, at The Village Voice, Tuesday, Feb 17 2004.

 

This article is in two parts and is 12 pages long, I know it is long but I ask you please read it in its entirety, for the sake of those left behind, and to get some new insight, into our government ver the last fifty years. There is talk this same event may have occurred during the Korean War, with prisoners being held in Russia. Wait till you see how many live veteran POWs we are talking about.

 

Please see the story below, Unclaimed: Vietnam Veteran to see why this has surfaced again now, then go to the two part article.

Upon reading this article, I am asking for your help in spreading this story, till everyone knows it, then maybe we can prevent this from happening again . For the troops who have sacrificed, doing multiple tours in the Middle East, everything in defense of our country , our way of life in America, our freedoms and rights.

 

And again as in the 60s and 70s while they are sacrificing everything , we are letting this country go down the tubes under Progressive rule . They will be victims of being the bad guys for a war they didn’t start , and are not permitted to finish , because its not politically correct. Don’t let them be forgotten, or left behind as happened in Vietnam and possibly Korea.

http://www.villagevoice.com/2004-02-17/news/did-america-abandon-vie...
 

http://www.villagevoice.com/2004-02-17/news/did-america-abandon-vie...

 

(New 05-01-13)

Unclaimed: Vietnam Veteran Tells Story In New Film After Being Left Behind For 44 years

Again , Please read this article on the treasonous John Kerry , not my favorite person , alongside Hanoi Jane Fonda . The veterans managed to keep him out of the Presidency , but for whatever the reason , whether the Veterans numbers are becoming too few , to still make a difference , or maybe we are just getting too old to keep fighting city hall , for a growing number of American citizens who just seem not to care anymore . Whatever the reason , he managed to get appointed to Secretary of State , the highest political position after the President commanding our loved ones , in foreign lands . We must hold him accountable this time , and not permit his lies , to blacken the sacrifices of our troops in the Middle East , and mislead the American Public again for political gain ……..

http://www.villagevoice.com/2004-02-17/news/when-john-kerry-s-coura...

 

 

(New 05-01-13)

Torpedoman's Association Web Site
(Updated 1
1-05-12)

Special Forces Take On Domestic Enemies Promoting Gun Control In Letter

More than 1,100 retired and current Army Special Forces troops, Green Berets, have put their names to a letter that condemns the efforts by Washington politicians to restrict in any manner gun ownership, following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Their 2,900 word letter has been distributed to media outlets and was originally posted at Professionalsoldiers.com.

According to the post at Professionalsoldiers, “1100 Green Berets Signed this Letter. We have a list of all their names and unlike any MSM outlets we can confirm that over 1100 Green Berets did sign. The list includes Special Forces Major Generals & Special Forces Command Sergeants Major down to the lowest ranking “Green Beret”.”

The letter begins by those citing their oath to ““…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…”

“We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world,” the letter continues. “We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.”

The letter conveyed the emotions and expression of sympathy from these brave men. “Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers,” the letter reads. “Like you, we have been stunned, horrified, and angered by the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook; and like you, we are searching for solutions to the problem of gun-related crimes in our society. Many of us are educators in our second careers and have a special interest to find a solution to this problem.”

They continue in the letter to make the case that the term “assault weapon” and “assault rifle” is a political term, which began to be used around 1989. Its use has been clear and that is to be used by anti-gun lobbyists against the Second Amendment.

The letter then makes the case for the differences between the AR-15 and the M4A1. The AR-15 is a rifle that “cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute.” The letter doesn’t comment on the use of “bump stocks” which significantly increase the number of rounds one can put through an AR-15. In fact, these bump stocks would allow similar operation to the M4A1 with incredible control over the firearm…..

(New 01-30-13)

The Third Row

The very sad part about this email is, that ALL the recipients will NOT forward it to those they are connected with. Most will take a look at it, and then delete it because it MAY be controversial. And, that is the problem with the world we live in today. Most are not willing to admit to how badly things are right now and are unwilling to step up and be heard.

Think about this
The Third Row?

(New 02-28-13)

SSgt Sal Giunta awarded the Medal of Honor

 ;

(New 02-28-13)

Veterans forced to prove they're worthy of gun rights

Obama's War on America: Suspends Tuition Assistance for Our Troops, #1 Recruiting Tool

Veterans forced to prove they're worthy of gun rights

Soldiers told 2nd Amendment no longer applies to them

by Bob Unruh

The Obama administration insists it’s routine for officials to send out letters informing veterans that an unidentified “report” indicates they may be declared incompetent and consequently stripped of their Second Amendment rights.

It’s the same administration that in 2009 warned that “returning veterans possess combat skills and experienc...

The 2009 report, from the Department of Homeland Security, was called “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.” It also said Obama’s governmental managers were “concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.”

So when hundreds, perhaps thousands, of veterans began receiving letters like the one dispatched from the Portland, Ore., office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, alarm bells went off.

WND reported only days ago that a veteran in Oregon received a letter informing him of “a report from Portland VA Medical Center on December 3, 2012.”

Evidence already in

The letter warned the vet that “evidence indicates that you are not able to handle your VA benefit payments because of a physical or mental condition.”

“We propose to rate you incompetent for VA purposes. This means we must decide if you are able to handle your VA benefit payments. We will base our decision on all the evidence we already have including any other evidence you sent to us.”

Completion of the incompetency determination would mean a “fiduciary” would be appointed to manage the veteran’s payments.

The VA also warned: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both.”

The letter then offered the veteran an opportunity to “request a personal hearing within 30 days from the date at the top of this letter to present evidence or argument on any important point in your claim.”

But it said the VA will not pay some of the expenses of the hearing....

(New 03-11-12)

Is Obama Purging The Military?

All of this focus on affairs and alleged inappropriate emails is obviously taking attention off the Benghazi attack and the White House’ s involvement.

With an administration that never seems to allow any “good crisis” to go to waste, is the departure of some our most dedicated military commanders a manufactured strategy by the White House to kill two birds with one stone—purge the upper echelons of the military and cover their butts concerning the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi?

Sundancecracker writes:

Jill Kelley, a Petraeus family friend, began receiving odd and harrassing e-mails about her relationship with CIA director General David Petraeus: “More like, ‘Who do you think you are? … You parade around the base … You need to take it down a notch,’” according to the source, who was until recently at the highest levels of the intelligence community and prefers not to be identified by name.

New York Times:

Ms. Kelley brought her complaint to a rank-and-file agent she knew from a previous encounter with the F.B.I. office, the official also said.

That agent, who had previously pursued a friendship with Ms. Kelley and had earlier sent her shirtless photographs of himself, was “just a conduit” for the complaint, he said. He had no training in cybercrime, was not part of the cyber squad handling the case and was never assigned to the investigation.

But the agent, who was not identified, continued to “nose around” about the case, and eventually his superiors “told him to stay the hell away from it, and he was not invited to briefings,” the official said. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday night that the agent had been barred from the case.

Later, the agent became convinced — incorrectly, the official said — that the case had stalled. Because of his “worldview,” as the official put it, he suspected a politically motivated cover-up to protect President Obama. The agent alerted Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who called the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, on Oct. 31 to tell him of the agent’s concerns.

The official said the agent’s self-described “whistle-blowing” was “a little embarrassing” but had no effect on the investigation....
(New 11-14-12)

'The military is being purged and no one will talk about it'

"Why do I want to talk about longevity?" asked Michael Savage rhetorically.

Because the news is quite depressing.

The military is being purged. It's like "Seven Days in May" in reverse. It's a bloodless coup and hardly anyone in the media is noticing, but me.....

(New 11-27-12)

Obama Continues Radical Social Engineering of the Military

The progressive revamping of the military has gotten another boost. Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has offered an array of new benefits to the same-sex partners of service members, both active and retired, whether they are married or not. They include child care services, member-designated hospital visits, and the issuance of military ID cards to same-sex partners, granting them access to on-base commissaries, movie theaters and gyms.

“Taking care of our service members and honoring the sacrifices of all military families are two core values of this nation. Extending these benefits is an appropriate next step under current law to ensure that all service members receive equal support for what they do to protect this nation,” said Panetta in a statement announcing the development. Yet all service members are not receiving equal support: unmarried heterosexual partners and their families are not getting these benefits.

All the new benefits were previously denied by the Pentagon. The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) mostly prohibits more than 85 other benefits now granted to heterosexual military spouses and their children from being given to same-sex partners. These include medical care, housing allowances, death benefits and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. They will remain prohibited because making such changes “presents complex legal and policy challenges due to their nexus to statutorily-prohibited benefits and due to ongoing reviews about how best to provide scarce resources,” Panetta explained.

Such policy challenges are reflected by the reality that same-sex couples are not legally prohibited from qualifying for on-base housing. But Pentagon officials were concerned that following the “spirit of the law” outlined in DOMA required further review. Those concerns centered around fairness and the reaction of other military members, including married couples who could be bumped from housing lists by same-sex couples.

In a statement issued Monday decrying this development, the Center for Military Readiness (CMR) noted that by “equating same-sex domestic partnerships with natural marriage, the lame-duck Secretary of Defense has created a new inequity. Unmarried same-sex couples signing Secretary Panetta’s on-paper-only ‘Declaration of Domestic Partnership’ will have special rights, status, and benefits that are denied to opposite-sex domestic partners and their dependents.”....

(New 03-02-13)

Trevor Loudon: The Real Obama Agenda-Destroying the U.S. Military
Video

There are those who scoff and mock the fact that Obama is a socialist/communist sympathizer, yet the evidence and proof that he is has been there for many years. Go ahead and ignore the facts and history of Obama et al. at your own peril. The left is counting on it—nothing could make them happier.

“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.”

—Adolf Hitler

You know, when a man like Trevor drops everything and goes to the expense and trouble to travel to this country on a mission to warn Americans of the hidden Marxist agenda of Obama and ilk, you might want to pay attention.

From Trevor Loudon:

I recorded this video a month ago. It is my message to America. In it, I attempt to explain the global implications of a second Obama presidential terms.....

(New 11-27-12)

Army Captain Attacked At Wal-Mart Because Of His Military Service
Public reaction to military personnel has varied drastically over the years.

During World War 1, 2 and the Korean War, servicemen and women were treated with respect and honor for serving their country and fighting for freedom.

During the Vietnam War, that all changed and many Americans looked down and ridiculed our military personnel. They believed it was a war that we should not have been involved in and rather than take their frustrations and protests out on the politicians who got us involved and kept us involved, they turned their anger to America’s military troops.

When Desert Storm took place, America had regained a sense of patriotism and military pride and once again they respected and honored those who served. Soldiers were greeted at airports with cheers and dozens of American flags being waved by proud Americans.

Since our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, much of that pride and patriotism is still there. I’ve seen people shake the hands of passing military personnel and thank them for their service. I have done it myself and will continue to do so.

However, there is a growing number of people in this country who no longer condone our efforts in fighting terrorism and like what happened during Vietnam, they are taking it out on servicemen and women. This happened to an Army captain who was wearing his fatigues while shopping at a Wal-Mart store in Albany, New York last Thursday.

As he was standing in the checkout line, 47 year old Yiqiang Wu began cursing and yelling at the captain. His statements were against the captain’s military service and against the United States in general. The altercation escalated when Wu began punching the captain in the face. The incident was caught on the store’s security camera:

On Friday, Wu was arrested and charged with third degree assault as a hate crime. He was later released on $5,000 bail. The Army captain involved has not been named as yet and perhaps that is best. Wu’s assault wasn’t against the captain personally, but against the military and the US.

The First Amendment gives Wu the right to free speech, but not the right to turn that speech into a physical assault. If he is so unhappy with the United States and our military, then my suggestion would be for him to find another country and military that he likes better and move his anti-American behind there.

(New 04-17-13)

Military Prayer
(New 11-11-12)

U.S. Military Update----: What is Going On? Urgent!
PLEASE SEND THIS ON TO ANY MILITARY FRIENDS,  AND ASK THEM TO FORWARD IT ON.

More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.

Thirty have died in August.  During the last month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half staff for the Sikhs that were killed.  There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war.

Obama has had 4 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform.

But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president.

(New 10-05-12)

Vets angry over Obama's image on American Flag
Video
Right in the Orlando area!! Check this out as some of our Vets get angry. You might want to share this with your local Veterans group!

Obama's image has been placed on the American Flag. Before anyone makes excuses and says it's just some 'local' Democrat that had done this, be reminded that the Democratic National Committee is selling these 'Obama image' desecrated flags on their web site. These brain dead Democrats are just 'worshiping their messiah'. They don't even know that's desecrating the Flag!

Anyone who has ever worn the uniform who votes for this clown, must have brain damage. Keep this information and the images in your mind as you cast your vote this November!

(New 10-07-12)

Vietnam and U.S. POWs and MIAs 2012
A Collection of Five documents

Vietnam Opens Sites to Joint POW/MIA Investigators

Diary, Letters Help Cement Ties Between U.S., Vietnam

Past, Present, Future Come Together in Hanoi Meeting

Statement from George Little on the Exchange of Artifacts Taken During the Vietnam War

Panetta’s Cam Ranh Bay Visit Symbolizes Growing U.S.-Vietnam Ties
(New 08-30-12)

Marine Hero Detained For Exercising 1st Amendment Rights
Video
Brandon Raub served his country well, apparent from the amount of medals and decorations he received as a Marine.

He fought for this country, for freedom, and for the Constitution.

One thing in particular that he fought for was our right to free speech.

That right was taken away from him on August 16, 2012.

A contingent of police officers, FBI agents, and Secret Service agents wrestled him to the ground in handcuffs and took him away without due process, without being arrested, and without any semblance of legality.

Waiting back at John Randolph Psychiatric Hospital in Hopewell, Virginia was a psychiatrist willing to do the U.S. government’s bidding, who signed a court order to lock up Brandon for thirty days of “observation.”

What tipped off the FBI and Secret Service agents that Brandon was insane and might harm others?

He dared to criticize his government.....

(New 08-23-12)

Whose President is this?

From: sharkhunters@earthlink.net [mailto:sharkhunters@earthlink.net]
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2:03 PM
Subject: Whose President is this?

 

This come to us from a former U.S. Navy SEAL and we are sending it on to about 3,000 emails.  We hope you enjoy the attached clip.

 

PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO YOUR EMAIL ROSTER

 

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 . . .

 This e-mail is about that worthless individual that is the President of this Nation. Based on that remark if you are a Pro - Fan of his don't read this e-mail.

 

I have verified this information not with Snopes or Ask. I have verified it with TWO returning afgan VETERANS. These two VETERANS have returned from afganistan just recently. One is enlisted, the other an Officer a Major. Both are in the Calavary, both are in the U.S. Army. Both told me unsolicited that the men of the TALABAN who the U. S. Army specifically the U.S. Army Calavary are training to support the (ANA) AFGAN NATIONAL ARMY, ARE KILLING our U.S. Army soldiers, who are training, (MET TEAMS) them. Being a U.S. Army soldier, (ENLISTED/OFFICER) asigined to a MET - TEAM is the worst possible duty a soldier can get in this war. The talaban members who are being trained by the MET - TEAMS are being MURDERED in suprise attacks when they are not looking specifically at them. they are being sprayed at very close range with automatic fire from AK - 47'S. This has been verified by me.  

More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.

 

Thirty have died in August. During the last month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan .

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half staff for the Sikhs that were killed. There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.

 

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war.

Obama has had 4 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform.

But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president.

 

Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another one hundred U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

 

  Veterans: Please forward to your lists. High Priority!

(New 10-24-12)

 

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From: Dick Bridges [mailto:ricbridges@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:07 PM

Subject: FW: What is Going On?

The GREAT ONE has definitely ticked off the wrong people. We plan to help them change his address come Jan 2013.

 

More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.

Thirty have died in August. During the last month, over 50 additional NATO and US servicemen have been murdered, inside jobs by those who are hired to be a force for good in Afghanistan .

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half staff for the Sikhs that were killed. There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war.

Obama has had 4 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform.

But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president.

Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another one hundred U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.

Veterans: Please forward to your lists. High Priority!

(New 09-27-12)

Families of Fallen SEALs Allegedly Sent Form Letters With President’s Electronic Signature
Thirty U.S. service members were killed on August 6, 2011, when a CH-47 Chinook was shot down in Afghanistan’s Wardak province. As Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reminds us, it is the deadliest single loss of U.S. forces in the Afghanistan campaign.

Among those killed in the crash were 17 members of the U.S. Navy SEALs. And although the deadly attack was over a year ago, it wasn’t until yesterday that, apparently, parents of fallen SEALs revealed that were sent stock letters with President Obama’s electronic signature.

“Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son’s death,” Hoft reports.

A form letter?......

“After the deadliest single loss of US forces in Afghanistan, Barack Obama sent out form letters to the parents,” Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft writes.
(New 08-31-12)

Obama Speech to Soldiers Met With Silence

President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended  periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families  during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.

His praise for the soldiers — and for his own national-security policies — won cheers from only a small proportion of the soldiers and families in the  cavernous aircraft-hanger.

The audience remains quiet even when the commander-in-chief thanked the  soldiers’ families, and cited the 198 deaths of their comrades in Iraq and  Afghanistan.

The audience’s reaction was so flat that the president tried twice to elicit  a reaction from the crowd.  

“Hey, I hear you,” he said amid silence.

The selected soldiers who were arrayed behind the president sat quietly  throughout the speech.

CNN and MSNBC ended their coverage of the speech before it was half-over.

Obama and his wife are also trying to reach out to military families in  several critical swing-states, including Virginia and Florida. (RELATED: Obama  warm to scientists, cold to soldiers)....
(New 09-04-12)

SEALS Release New Ad: “Jolted”
Video
This new ad slams Obama for the leaks coming out of his administration.

(New 09-03-12)

Special Operations Forces are Furious
Video included
Navy SEALs, Green Berets, CIA and serious breaches of national security leading back to government's highest levels
-- This is the documentary that the Obama Administration doesn't want you to see...

America is facing a national security crisis and it's critical that
you watch a brand new short documentary -- Dishonorable Disclosures -- to hear what America's Special Forces warriors and members of the intelligence community are saying about serious breaches of security....

(New 08-22-12)

Obama Campaign Sues To Restrict Military Voting

The left is so self-righteous about voting rights for illegal aliens and the homeless ("just because we're homelesss deoesn't mean we don't have an opinion"), but our soldiers fighting and dying for this great nation?

Drop dead! More of the 'Obama Administration's War on America.'

Our soldiers' voting rights are systematically destroyed under this administration. These men and women are putting their lives on the line every day and dying in record numbers under Obama's crippling rules of engagement. And how does Obama thank them? By making sure their vote doesn't count. This is no accident.

The sabotage of the military vote is a high crime. I previously reported on Lema Bashir, the Palestinian stealth jihadist at Obama's Department of Justice. Lema Bashir was at the center of Virginia's failing to mail military ballots in time in 2008. The same mistakes were made again in 2010, and United States military voters were heavily disenfranchised because of in-actions by Bashir and DOJ throughout that year.

Previous to her seditious career at the Department of Justice, Lema Bashir was a  legal adviser with the American-Arab Anti-Discri... (ADC) in Washington, D.C. The ADC:....

Obama Tries to Disenfranchise Our Troops
Check out the Video

t is no secret that Obama is trying to gut our military. In fact in, in Aaron Klein's just-released book Fool Me Twice: Obama's Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed, Klein reveals that George Soros' front group/Obama-connected Center for American Progress as recently as January 2012 published a paper describing how our military spending could be gutted in order to transform it into a peacekeeping organization (under the auspices of the UN no doubt), with the primary goals of redistributing wealth and fighting "climate change."

Obama slapped our military in the face when it was announced that Tricare—the healthcare system for our military and their families (both active duty and retired)—was tripling the cost of benefits.

"Under the new plan, Tricare annual premiums will increase 30 percent to 78 percent in the first year. After that the plan more than triples the premium payment in five-year increases ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent. 'According to congressional assessments,' Free Beacon reported, 'a retired Army colonel with a family currently paying $460 a year for health care will pay $2,048.'"

Could Obama be more brazen in slapping our the military in the face? Is there something more outrageous that he could do?

Yes.

Obama is now trying to strip our troops' ability to vote....

P-38 Lightning
Video

The P-38 Lightening. This shows the walk around and checkout prior to engine start, engine start procedures, taxi to take-off, take off, cruise flight and maneuvers, and landing and shut down.

THIS IS BETTER THAN ALMOST ANYTHING ON TV. DON'T OPEN UNTIL YOU CAN SPEND 24 MINUTES WITH THIS SPELL-BINDING VIDEO. IT BUILT NEW RESPECT FOR THE "FLYBOYS" IN ME. TURN UP YOUR SOUND AND PREPARE TO BE VERY IMPRESSED! ........

This is one of the best pieces that I’ve seen. The production values are wonderful and the point of view shots are super. If you have a few minutes, I think you’ll really enjoy this video.
(New 09-05-12)

Return to Makin Island iPod Version

True story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later. Story: Pat Mendoza. Music arranged by Pat Mendoza Trumpet: Steve Wiest. Singers: the Islanders and Pat Mendoza
For information on the one hour video contact
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US Troops Told to 'Respect Islam' To Prevent 'Green on Blue' Attacks

Green on Blue is another term for jihad against US soldiers (or NATO) by Muslims, often Taliban or sympathizers who have infiltrated the Afghan forces. Many of these deadly attacks on Americans are not reported by NATO or media. We should respect them by leaving and never giving Afghanistan another penny of taxpayer funds. via truth-out.org’s Pocket Guide Advises US Troops to “Avoid Arrogance,” “Respect Islam....

US military personnel in Afghanistan have been instructed to “respect Islam, Koran or a mosque” and “Afghan women, elders and children” in order to prevent so-called “green on blue” attacks, where Afghan security forces turn their weapons on the coalition soldiers who have trained them, according to an unclassified Army pocket reference guide obtained by Truthout. The reference guide, “Inside the Wire Threats – Afghanistan Green on Blue,” referred to as a “smartcard,” was distributed to US military personnel in early February, right around the time “green on blue” attacks started to increase, along with a detailed “handbook ” under the same name, which Truthout is seeking from US Army Training and Doctrine Command under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.....
(New 08-31-12)

Vets angry over Obama's image on American Flag
Video
Right in the Orlando area!! Check this out as some of our Vets get angry. You might want to share this with your local Veterans group!
 
Obama's image has been placed on the American Flag. Before anyone makes excuses and says it's just some 'local' Democrat that had done this, be reminded that the Democratic National Committee is selling these 'Obama image' desecrated flags on their web site. These brain dead Democrats are just 'worshiping their messiah'. They don't even know that's desecrating the Flag!

Anyone who has ever worn the uniform who votes for this clown, must have brain damage. Keep this information and the images in your mind as you cast your vote this November!

(New 10-07-12)

Why The FBI Targets Veterans
here is something going on, something odd, with returning combat military soldiers.   They are closely tracked, there is a concerted and coordinated following of their activity, and, in many cases, odd interventionist steps by the federal government via law enforcement to remove/restrict their assimilation into mainstream society.

I don’t know how to connect all these seemingly random, yet not disparate, dots into a cogent discussion thread, but something is definitely afoot. 
...

.....When the US government rolls out martial law , the biggest threat to their total lockdown of America will be the US veteran. Former active duty soldiers are trained in tactical procedures and pose a real risk because they can easily combat the US military that will show up in every city across the entire nation.

These brave Americans people have given everything to protect the US and fought in coercive wars without their prior knowledge. The ones who are lucky enough to come back are no0w being turned into the newest Boogeyman; replacing al-Qaeda and other state-sponsored terrorist groups. The demonization of our veterans is a part of the plan concerning martial law and eventual conversion of our Constitutional Republic to a Fascist Dictatorship controlled by the global Elite. (continue to website)

US veterans, being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are being tracked by the Department of Defense (DoD) because they may display personality changes that could come on without warning and effect their ability to acclimate back into American society.

Researchers are claiming that even mild TBI can develop into CTE, which will cause veterans to possibly become a danger to themselves and those around them....
(New 08-31-12)
 

Sheepdogs: A tribute to our Armed Forces

A sheepdog, a warrior, a watchman, a Sentinel. This is what I choose to be. On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs (From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman 

http://theregulatorsvigilancecommittee.ning.com/profiles/blogs/sheepdogs-a-tribute-to-our?xg_source=msg_mes_network

(New 07-04-11)

SHEEP, WOLVES AND SHEEPDOGS

The Sheep-People
Most of you out there.

The Wolves
They are out to get you there.

The Sheep Dogs
They are out to protect you there.

Warrior-Be Prepared
A sheepdog, a warrior, a watchman, a sentinel. This is what I choose to be.

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
(From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)

(New 07-04-11)

Of Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs Part 1 of 4
Extracted from On Combat, By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, with Loren Christensen

(New 07-04-11)

Of Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs Part 2 of 4
Extracted from On Combat, By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, with Loren Christensen

(New 07-04-11)

Of Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs Part 3 of 4
Extracted from On Combat, By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, with Loren Christensen

(New 07-04-11)

Of Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs 4 of 4
Extracted from On Combat, By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, with Loren Christensen

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This video was released by Vance AFB the day we got Bin Laden 

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Our wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have many challenges ahead, but finding transportation home shouldn't be one of them. That's the view of a new nonprofit group, Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which is recruiting volunteer pilots and aircraft owners to lend air support to recovering soldiers and their families.

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Lizzie Palmer who put this YouTube program together is 15 years old. There have been over 3,000,000 hits as of this morning.

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Its going to take a miracle to come up with a with a viable candidate - a charismatic type that people will listen too.  America is so radicalized, tribalized, liberalized that it becomes a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. So says retired Marine Sergeant Major Bill Steigerwald of Harlingen, Texas. 
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STOLEN VALOR!

By now, everyone knows what the Supreme Court of the United States did yesterday and each of us has an opinion..........and we will not go into that here. In our opinion, however. the Supreme Court did a tremendous DIS-service to our military and our veterans when they struck down the "Stolen Valor" Act. For those who are not familiar with this law, it makes it a crime for anyone to claim military decorations that were not awarded to them. In other words, those who FALSELY claimed they were decorated with the Medal of Honor - or any other decoration for that matter, they could be arrested and charged with a crime. The Supreme Court threw that law out!

They said that telling lies is not a crime! One must wonder just how far they had their heads up their asses with the decision and now anyone can FALSELY claim they were decorated with medals when they were not. This is a travesty! Medals earned by military personnel are not just a piece of ribbon on their uniform - these medals tell a history of honor, or bravery and of sacrifice - but now, according to the Supreme Court, any loser can buy these ribbons and medals, invent a story and lie about their non-history and the Supreme Court says that this is okay, that telling a lie is not a crime.

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as the politicians, the left wing, the pussyfoot Military Officers with no combat experience, the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and President George W. Bush defend not our Marines and Sailors in Iraq! 
The Islamofascist terrorists in Guantamno, Cuba get far better treatment, better meals, better everything than our Marines and Sailor in the brig in trumped up charges by Iraqi terrorist supporters.

Bob Gates' Brushes with Controversy 
Donald Rumsfeld’s sport is wrestling, and his ego is legendary. But President Bush's nominee as the next defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, is a bicyclist — a thoughtful man who listens.
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Article 32 hearing for Navy corpsman rescheduled to Oct. 19, 2006

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Haditha Massacre: Media and Terrorist Hoax?
To large portions of the worldwide media and a growing radical leftist faction within the United States Congress, the U.S. Military can do nothing right and the terrorists can do no wrong.....
.....This is what liberalism and the tenets of the Left breed; dishonor, cowardice and abject stupidity.  But, the honor and intelligence of our fighting men and women will prevail.  However, sadly and apparently permanently, so will the contradictory pillars of the Left continue to exist. 
Then again, without the presence of evil, how would the rest of us recognize good.

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Haditha investigators doctored drone video to incriminate Marines
A video taped from a Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle – purported to show the action that took place in Haditha when 24 Iraqi civilians and insurgents were killed – was heavily edited by government investigators, a NewsMax investigation reveals.
The reason, according to an inside source: to avoid showing anything that exonerates the Marines who were accused of murdering the victims....
...NewsMax can reveal that the video – which was broadcast by CNN – was a small, carefully edited part of what the Scan Eagle transmitted during its daylong surveillance flight over the battle scene on Nov. 19, 2005. And shockingly, the approximately one hour of edited footage was the only Scan Eagle footage provided to the Marines’ defense teams by the prosecution.....

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Charges dropped against 2 Marines in Haditha case

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Charges Against Cpl. Sharrat Dropped in Haditha Case
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General Praises Exonerated Haditha Marine

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Investigators recommend dropping charges against another Haditha Marine!

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Courts-martial ordered for three Hamdania defendants
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Death penalty call for US soldiers if convicted of killing three detainees during a raid in Iraq in May

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Jury acquits ex-Marine in Iraqis' deaths
Verdict is the first time a civilian jury has weighed in on the law of war
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A former Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in a first-of-its-kind federal trial.  

The jury took six hours to find Jose Luis Nazario Jr. not guilty of charges that he killed or caused others to kill four unarmed detainees on Nov. 9, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq, during some of the fiercest fighting of the war.  The verdict left the 28-year-old defendant in tears. He cried so loud that the judge smacked his gavel to call for order. Nazario's family and friends also sobbed in the courtroom.  

Thursday's verdict marks the first time a civilian jury has determined whether the alleged actions of a former military service member in combat violated the law of war...
(New 09-01-08)

 

Marines Charged in Iraqi Civilian Deaths - May God Damn the US Government!
Eight Marines were charged Thursday in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians last year during a bloody, door-to-door sweep in the town of Haditha that came after one of their comrades was killed by a roadside bomb.
In the biggest U.S. criminal case involving civilian deaths to come out of the Iraq war, four of the Marines - all enlisted men - were charged with unpremeditated murder.
The other four were officers who were not there during the killings but were accused of failures in investigating and reporting the deaths.
The most serious charges were brought against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, a 26-year-old squad leader accused of murdering 12 civilians and ordering the murders of six more inside a house cleared by his squad. He was accused of telling his men to "shoot first and ask questions later," according to court papers released by his attorney.....
In Meriden, Conn., Frank Wuterich's father, Dave, said his son was out Christmas shopping. The father said family members believe his son's version of events.
"He says they followed the rules of engagement," Dave Wuterich said. "They were taking small arms fire. They did what they had to do."
(New 12-22-06)
 

Plea-deal medic will testify over killing of Iraqi man
A US NAVY medic pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy yesterday, under a plea deal in which he agreed to testify about the death of an Iraqi civilian.

(New 10-07-06)
 

The Marines/Iraq Legal Defense Fund - Help defend our Camp Pendleton 8!

(New 08-31-06)

 

Trials ordered for 3 Marines in Iraqi’s death
All on the insane basis of  the word of Islamic terrorism supporters
(New 09-26-06)
 

 


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Jesus, Lover of my Soul!
Borne Again Christian Songs & Videos

Updated 08-13-11

My Generation - Your Web Master

Songs & Videos
Updated 07-24-11

 

A Different Christmas Poem

(New 12-10-10)

America's First Jet Flight, October 1942

 

(New 09-05-11)

LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY... U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides)

The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."

Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."

(New 09-07-11)

Colonel Allen West Answers a Marine's Question
The question of Muslim terror was never so succinctly answered as here by Allen West. (Courtesy of The Hudson Institute's Reclaim American Liberty Conference).

(New 09-14-11)

Sgt Reckless - Korean War Horse Hero
Go to www.SgtReckless.com Story of Sgt Reckless, a horse so heroic during the Korean war she was promoted to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the US Marine Corps, and is listed alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and John Wayne as one of our all-time heroes. Please go to www.sgtreckless.com for more information, and join the Official Sgt Reckless Fan Club on Facebook.

(New 09-14-11)

 

Gene Simmons From KISS-A Patriotic Salute to the Military....yeah, THAT Gene Simmons!

http://www.resistnet.com/forum/topics/gene-simmons-from-kissa

(New 05-31-10)

Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS does a military tribute
(New 10-13-07)

 

 

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 on Vimeo
(New 05-15-10)

 

National Health Reform and You Please read in it's entirety
(New 03-26-10)

 

Thank Your Military

(New 11-09-09)

 

Tango Mike Mike

 Tango Mike Mike is the story of Green Beret Roy P. Benavidez and his heroic action in Vietnam that earned him the Medal of Honor. His story is truly amazing and is a tribute to all the Vietnam Vets whose stories haven’t been told. If you want to read more about Roy read: Medal of Honor. Another Medal of Honor recipient past away in 2009 that many people have never heard of: Colonel Robert Howard and more recently 1SG McNerney passed away. A recent recipient of the Medal of Honor from the War in Afghanistan shares his story in the short film The Sal Giunta Story.

(New 08-07-11)

 

Houston Veterans Claim Censorship of Prayers, Including Ban on 'God' and 'Jesus' by Obama's VA
Veterans in Houston say the Department of Veterans Affairs is consistently censoring their prayers by banning them from saying the words "God" and "Jesus" during funeral services at Houston National Cemetery.

Three organizations -- the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion and the National Memorial Ladies -- allege that the cemetery's director and other government officials have created "religious hostility" at the cemetery and are violating the First Amendment. According to court documents filed this week in federal court, the cemetery's director, Arleen Ocasio, has banned saying "God" at funerals and requires prayers be submitted in advance for government approval, MyFoxHouston.com reports.

"People are doing things out there that I feel like they shouldn't be," Vietnam veteran Jim Rodgers told the website.

The Department of Veterans Affairs said in a statement that it "respects every veteran and their family's right to burial service that honors their faith tradition." The department employs nearly 1,000 chaplains who preside over religious burials, according to the statement.

However, the new allegations come one month after a controversy surrounding Pastor Scott Rainey's prayer in Jesus' name at a Memorial Day service in the cemetery. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled May 26 that the government couldn't stop Rainey from using the words "Jesus Christ" in his invocation. Hughes issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from censoring Rainey's prayer.

"The hostile and discriminatory actions by the Veterans Affairs officials in Houston are outrageous, unconstitutional and must stop," said Jeff Mateer, an attorney with Liberty Institute, which filed the original lawsuit on behalf of the veterans groups. "Government officials who engage in religious discrimination against citizens are breaking the law. Sadly, this seems to be a pattern of behavior at the Houston VA National Cemetery."....

(New 07-05-11)

Good Day at the Patch - Blue Angels of 1947

(New 07-17-11)

Check out USNI - A Season's Greeting
(New 12-21-10)

Victory at Sea - The Pacific Boils Over

Navy TV has been granted permission by Periscope Films to air their newly restored HD-BluRay version of "Victory at Sea"'s episode on Pearl Harbor: "The Pacific Boils Over." Using captured Japanese footage and material from John Ford's "December 7th," viewers see the planning, execution and, ultimately, the celebration of the surprise attack on Hawaii. All 26 episodes are available for sale through the Navy Memorial's Ship's Store.

 

U.S. Navy of 1915 (1915)

(New 02-23-11)

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When I went to bed last night I was an American; I woke this morning a man with no country, no leader, no direction, and no purpose. I did not leave my country, my country abandoned me.
(New 11-05-08)

Socialism Is Still Bad News
(New 11-06-08)

Obama to Bill Combat Wounded for Medical Care
(New 03-17-09)

Way to go Congress…….I now have even a bigger respect for Arizona !

My name is d'Lynn. I'm a disabled Vietnam vet. I don't look too bad for a beat-up old fart, do I? And that's my ride. She's looking pretty good also, especially when you consider that she'll turn twenty this summer. That's right, it's a 1990 with a 1990 sidecar. I can't ride a solo bike, ergo the sidecar rig. It's my sole means of transportation - rain or shine, snow or wind, and this summer also marks a milestone in both of our lives, as I will finally be able to pay her off. Twenty years old? What? Why did it take so long? You weren't paying attention, were you? It's right at the beginning of this paragraph.

I am a disabled vet, which means I receive a veterans administration disability pension, which also means "I'm broke!" Just one step ahead of being homeless every month, and that's not an idle statement or an "Oh, woe is me" dire complaint. There’s a point to this, so hang in there a minute or two and read on.

There's a 25-year-old illegal immigrant woman living in Florida , with eight kids. Yes, eight "anchor babies" and she receives just shy of $1,500 per month per kid, plus medical, plus food stamps....
(New 06-14-11)


NRA Life of Duty - Patriot Profiles: Patriot Guard Riders

The Patriot Guard Riders consist of motorcycle riders from across the nation who come together and work to ensure that the funerals for America's fallen heroes are shielded from interruptions by protesters. This group is one of several Patriot Profiles spotlighted on NRALifeofDuty.TV, a network that serves and supports those who go to work each day to protect, defend and fight for the safety of the American people. In light of the Supreme Court 8-1 decision that members of the renegade Westboro Baptist Church have a constitutionally protected right to protest military funerals, please take a moment to watch this video in honor of our heroes, those warriors like Brennan Gibson and Matthew Snyder.


(New 08-13-11)

 

Is the Feres Doctrine Fair?
Battlefield Death Happens - Warrior Death In Military Hospitals By Incompetents Is An Unacceptable Tragedy

Our military members expect hazards, potential death when going to war but don't deserve shoddy treatment and death by incompetent military medical personnel.. 

 

The case of Staff Sgt. Dean Witt is another grim, reminder that our warriors are treated as cannon fodder, not only on the battlefield, but after their mission is accomplished.


The military and congressional attitude toward our military is send them into harms way to foster our greedy, selfless political agenda.  When they come back dead, disabled, or in need of competent medical care, do everything possible to deny fair, compassionate, follow-on support...in short get them out of our "budget"  responsibility without delay.

 

Another immoral example of American leadership.  Budget considerations take precedence over warrior justice and "caring for widows and orphans".

 

Harry Riley, COL, USA, Ret
(New 06-20-11)

 

 

TRICARE.MIL Website Tour
A walk-through of TRICARE.MIL - the Military Health Plan's official website. Learn about features and benefits that help to ensure a useful visit.
Video

(New 10-26-10)

 

Blue Star Banner

Blue Star Banner Explained

 

Blue Star Flag Tribute Video

This Blue Star Banner video pays tribute to military families and their loved ones who serve our nation in times of war — past and present. This historical journey through time honors their continued service and sacrifice. The video was produced, directed and edited by Gulf War Veteran, Tim Reinhart.
http://www.mybluestarflag.com/?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MHB_MYBSF+Contest+Update_72010

(New 07-19-10)

100 of the greatest Military Photographs
A MS PowerPoint Presentation

$441.5 billion defense bill includes benefits changes

4-Star General Relieved of Duty

10 Things a Janitor Can Teach You About Leadership

A death aboard the USS Norton Sound AVM-1 in December 1955

A train story - bless the Troops

Annual Veterans Day Photograph Museum Notice

Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas

Battleship misinformation

Battleships face retirement, museum life

The Jerseyman - 1Q 2006
 

Better Late Than Never - law designed to protect the employment rights of military service members

Johnny Carson

Statement by SECNAV on Passing of U.S. Navy Veteran Johnny Carson
May his Soul Rest In Peace

A Memory, below
Copper Clapper Caper - Jack Web and Johnny Carson

 
CELEBRITIES IN THE MILITARY
 

CNO Releases 2005 Holiday Message
 

Collision at Sea story from Naval History Magazine

Damn the Torpedoes! Burke made reputation with high-speed tactics

DeckLog - Navy Veteran & Reunion Locator

Defense bill allows military recruiters to offer new incentives

Dental Technician and Hospital Corpsman Job Ratings Unite  

Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial It's Free
(New 04-13-08)

 

The Military Retiree swindle story - Version 1.2

The greatest swindle of all time... a broken medical care contract with America's military retirees  

Without our military soldiors we would all be speaking German and Japanese today. We all be goose stepping to nazi marching bands. Our country is going down the toilet everyday because we don't give a damn. We are happy with our 52" inch flat screen TVs, 6 pack of beer, and white picket fences. We are blinded by our arrogance and decadence that we can't see what is happening to our nation.

(New 03-10-10)

 

I've started the new year by sending the following message to my two Senators. I feel that we must go back in time and tell our Representatives that we have been cheated once and appeal to their sense of fair play such that they will not cheat us again. I've also entered my contacts into the MRGRG Tracking System at http://mrgrg-ms.org/educate-the-congress.html
Floyd Sears 
 


Get acquainted with the the Military Retiree swindle story at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MApnr5026M

This is no joke. It concerns a national disgrace, and it's the greatest swindle of all time!

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, case # 99-1402, in their November 18, 2002, conclusion (see http://mrgrg-ms.org/f99-1402.html#conclusion) has said...

"We cannot readily imagine more sympathetic plaintiffs than the retired officers of the World War II and Korean War era involved in this case. They served their country for at least 20 years with the understanding that when they retired they and their dependents would receive full free health care for life. The promise of such health care was made in good faith and relied upon. Again, however, because no authority existed to make such promises in the first place, and because Congress has never ratified or acquiesced to this promise, we have no alternative but to uphold the judgment against the retirees' breach-of-contract claim."

To Swindle is to cheat or defraud of money or property. Military retirees have been swindled!


Since we have more cuts to military retiree entitlements on the horizon by way of cuts in payments to Medicare Doctors, please keep in mind that military retirees have already been swindled out of what they were promise once, which is clearly stated above in bold lettering by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The court says that "no authority existed to make such promises", but the United States Military Hierarchy (a body of persons having authority), acting as agents of the United States Government, authorized the making of a promise to provide free medical care to those active duty personnel that would serve in the military until retirement. See
http://mrgrg-ms.org/testimonial-c-adams.html. If the United States Government is not responsible for keeping the medical care promise then who is?

Floyd Sears, MSGT, USAF, 1951 to 1971 (retired)
 

(New 01-01-11)
 

Navy Log Offered Free to Sea Service Members and Veterans


Christmas Poems
These are two wonderful Christmas Poems that I came across from previous years; some of you may have seen or received them before.  They are definitely worth reviewing again as they illustrate the patriotism of our fighting men and woman, and remind us that they are still out there on duty for us.  God Bless you and your families this Christmas season and may you enjoy a most happy and prosperous New Year.

(New 12-23-07)

 

40 Years Honorable Active Service - General Pace
(New 06-17-07)

 

A Legacy of Horror and Honor - A poignant and inspiring portrait of Air Force Colonel Bud Day -- the most decorated American fighting man alive
Military biography has fallen into a sad state. Servings either are hagiographies that would make John Wayne blush, or, more often, smug debunkings that, for example, consider General MacArthur's Filipina mistress of more interest than his Pacific islands campaign strategy.
In a welcome break from this dismal trend, best-selling author Robert Coram's latest book provides crisp writing and the authority of uncommon research. He presents a poignant and ultimately inspiring portrait of Air Force Colonel Bud Day -- the most decorated American fighting man alive. He also gives us an uncomfortable yet unimpeachable look at what really happened to our POWs who were tortured by the North Vietnamese both during and after their ordeals. Day was the leader of the resisters in the Hanoi Hilton and paid a stunningly awful price for his heroism -- again, both during and afterwards....

(New 10-12-07)


 America Supports You Web site
(New 12-29-06)

 

Army Sniper Convicted of Killing Unarmed Iraqi Civilian, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
(New 02-12-08)
 

Bible Stopped Sniper's Bullet

(New 08-11-07)

 

 Democrats Vow to Repeal Ban on Homosexuals in the Military

(New 08-11-07)

Freedom Bird-circa 1967
For most servicemen who served in Vietnam, the Freedom Bird was that civil airliner which took them back to the land of the big PX at the end of their tour. Mine was a bit different sort of Freedom Bird....
(New 03-24-07)

Beware of Fake Veterans Organization - INDIANA VETERANS RELIEF FUND
(New 02-08-07)

 

Care packages for the troops
(New 03-03-07)
 

Embarrasing - downright HUMILIATING! A Chinese SONG Class submarine surfaced INSIDE the protective screen within torpedo range of the KITTY HAWK!
(New 11-13-07)
 

"Idiots run US Navy; Chinese Sub penetrates all Defenses, Menaces Aircraft Carrier!"
Uninvited guest: A Chinese Song Class submarine, like the one that sufaced by the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk
American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.
By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.
According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.
The Americans had no idea China's fast-growing submarine fleet had reached such a level of sophistication, or that it posed such a threat...

(New 11-13-07)

 

If you want to see what our Military is made up of, watch this video.
It's so hard to comprehend the people that shout vile, hateful, and demeaning language at our heroes.........I wish I could do more to help our warriors.......take a look at the site (above) Harry Riley
(New 10-11-07)

 

McCaffrey: Military ‘in peril’
(New 03-29-07)


Never Forget, An Eagle’s Tribute - GOE

(New 06-02-07)
 

Soldier Video - Very Well Done!
(New 10-16-07)

Walter Reed Hospital debacle

 

American Legion to help at Walter Reed
(New 03-08-07)

Can't be quiet any longer
This is an e-mail from the Chief of Chaplains at Walter Reed AMC (Walter Reed Army Medical Center). He provides another perspective on the Walter Reed Issue.

(New 03-25-07)

Disabled GIs say higher co-pays, deductibles are bleeding them dry
(New 03-06-07)

Forgotten Heroes - How the U.S. is Failing Its War Veterans
(New 03-03-07)

Neglect of vets sickening: Mass. Dems rush to mend
(New 03-11-07)

Walter Reed Army Hospital disgrace for helpless Military Vets care
(New 03-04-07)

Program Supporting US Troops Sees 'Phenomenal Growth'
(New 12-29-06)

Solemn flight delivers Airman to final repose
Here is an article from Navy Times this week that should make us all proud to be an American and to be very lucky to be living in this great country of ours.

(New 01-29-07)

 

Operation adopt a soldier

AT&T Internet Gift Cards for Troops

 Thank the Troops - Call in Your Voicemail Message 
 

Dennis flips sunken ship ex-SPIEGEL GROVE (LSD 32)
 

Did The Government Let Its Veterans Die?
 

 

Ed Freeman, Viet Nam Hero, has Died 31 August 2008
May His Soul Rest in Peace
(New 09-01-08)

Ensure Your Name is Listed in the Military Personnel Database

Famous warship may sail inland
 

FAX NUMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS [02/17]

How to reach your members of Congress
 

FBI arrests 7 USS Eisenhower sailors in sham to marry immigrants for benefits

Fewer Troops Desert Since 9/11
(New 03-07-06)
 

Foul comments -- Academy instructor’s remarks land him in court-martial
 

Free on-line viewing of the video "Stolen Honor" that Democrat Scum tired to stop
 

Free Stuff for Troops and Their Families
 

From an 81 year old Veteran
(New 08-28-06)
 

From Heckles to Halos

Happy 230th Birthday, Marines !!!
 

 

Col. David H. Hackworth, 1930-2005 Legendary U.S. Army Guerrilla Fighter
May His Soul Rest In Peace

 

Harry's Session on Radar

Here is a poetic salute to Vietnam Vets...those who stood up to be counted and those who couldn't answer the call in person.

If Lord Admiral Nelson had to fight the Battle of Trafalgar in these days he never would have won it

 

Hurricane Katrina devastation of New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama

 

Iwo Jima Memorial - A Tale of Six Boys
 


Just one Medal of Honor given in OEF and OIF conflicts
 

Lasting impression --- Outgoing CNO rocked Navy’s boat, put sailors first

Q and A with CNO ADM Clark
 

Living Will

General Douglas MacArthur: Thayer Award Acceptance Address - Duty, Honor, Country

Mach 3.18 In-Flight Breakup Of An SR-71 Blackbird|
(New 01-02-07)
 

Medical and dental ratings combine - Goodbye DT rating

Military Report ,12 December 2005 -- Print and post

Military Sealift Command is renamed

Military Update
 

 Missing Pilot's Supporters Launch 'Free Scott' Campaign http://FreeScottSpeicher.com

October 11, 2002
Gulf War pilot’s status now missing-captured

http://navytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1194639.php

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher

Two Men, Two Wars, Same Fate - Missing/Captured in Iraq
 

Monthly Updated War Library Reference Desk Guide

Monthly Updated War Library Reference Desk Guide 1 Feb 2006

More Hiring of Veterans Urged

Movie recalls WWII's ''Great Raid'' in the Philippines

Nagasaki ......A Power Point Presentation

NAVetsUSA Online Newsletter, The Shipmate, 21 August 2005

Navy cracks down on Supermanning stunt

Navy has high hopes for new warship's guns

Navy's plans for fighting terror call for smaller ships

NDAA Conference Report Includes Increased Death Gratuity for All

New national cemetery for veterans opens near Pittsburgh, PA

Norfolk copes with scorching heat

Norfolk stop brings ship close to end of journey

 

Original Blue Angel Dies

Retired Capt. Roy M. “Butch” Voris, the original flight leader of the famed U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, died at his home in Monterey, Calif., Aug. 10, 2005

May He Rest in Peace

Passing of A Generation

President's Veterans Day 2004 Proclamation In Focus: Veterans

President George W. Bush

President Bush looks to save at home by taking from retirees and veterans

HR 3474/S2065 Talking Points Prepared By Phil Alperson, Legislative Assistant

Military Service Records of President George W. Bush
 

 

Marlow White Uniforms
US Army and Navy Dress Uniforms, Large selection & high quality.

NAVYSTUFF.COM Gifts
US Navy and USNA gifts and clothing Hundreds of items. Fast shipping.

Navy Chief Petty Officer heritage

NAVY COLORS-- 27 August 1802 the Secretary of the Navy signed an instruction which set a pattern for the dress of the U.S. Navy in Blue and Gold

Prepare for 2006 Success

Reservists deserve chance to take retired pay earlier

Rewriting the code - Discipline lapses inspire a new conduct initiative

Sad story of  Vietnam War Soldier  with PTSD and his family
 


SECNAV Releases 2005 Holiday Message
 

Servicemembers’ benefits now in committee’s hands
(New 07-10-06)
 

Should the U.S. Census Also Count War Veterans?
(New 03-16-06)
 

Soldiers re-enlist beyond U.S. goal

Special Legislative Update - FY 2006 Individually Unemployable CRDP

Standard Federal ID to Replace Common Access Cards

Study Smart With These Sites

Supporting our veterans and military retirees
 

The Fourth of July event aboard the carrier USS Lincoln was a treat for civilians and sailors

The Navy - Then and Now
(New 03-0
5-06)

The old navy back in '42 - a poem

The Vietnam Era

Then and now: veterans 'On the Ball' -- Will sail again on D-day ship

TMA Fact Sheet - The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

Tomb of the Unknown Solider Sentinels

USS SARATOGA Update by Webmaster

Young cancer patient gets wish to be like his Navy chief father
(New 04-07-06)

 

Weekly Government and You Enews for August 9, 2005 from National Military Families Association

Westmoreland's tragedy was also America's

What To Do With Found Dogtags
 

What To Do With Found U.S, Military Items
(New 04-05-06)
 

Why We Call a Ship a She



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11 Days Remain to Stop the Medicare Cuts in January 2006

 

 265 House Members Who Signed the Sep 11 Bi Partisan Petition to Hastert and Pelosi
Here is the list of all 265 House Members who signed the 11 September bi-partisan petition to Speaker Hastert and Leader Pelosi to move forward with correcting the Sustained Growth Rate formula before this 1 January 2007 which will begin with a 5% cut in reimbursements to physicians.
The signers are listed in alphabetical order so that you can more easily find if your critter got on board for this one. The numbers in parentheses reflect the page number, column number, and sequence of where that Representative signed the petition. I was hoping to implement a new Capwiz feature by "attaching" to this message a file which I uploaded to Capwiz. Unfortunately, either the feature does not work, or I misunderstood my instructions. Regardless, you do have the list of petitioners. If your critter is among the list, thank them. If not, then chide them.

(New 10-26-06)

 

Advocates oppose health care copayment hikes
 

BRAC would cut inpatient access

 

Chemo Angels
Chemo Angels is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Congressman Mike Honda reply to Oppose Misguided Military Health Fee Increases

Delays and inequitability still plague VA health care

Department of the Navy, Disabled Veterans Assistance Phone Line

DoD shows global electronic medical records

DoD Temporarily Extends TRICARE Eligibility Following Active Duty to 180 Days

DoD Updates Its Uniform Formulary

DoD Website Links Service Members to Deployment Medical Research
(New 04-15-06)

"Dying in sleep" linked to sleep apnea - study

FAQ's About TRICARE For Life

Fed program (FEHBP) may cost more than Tricare For Life

Feds Eye Medicare Handbook Before Release

Give em' an inch and they'll take a mile - More TRICARE drugs eyed for a $22 copay

Government Health Care Can Kill, in Canada and Here
Sometime next year Gov. Schwazenegger will be presenting a health care plan to cover all Californians. Will it be run by the government? Will illegal aliens be given the same care as the middle class family barely able to pay their bills? Will current programs like Kaiser be incorporated into it? Lots of questions, few answers. The issue was not discussed during the election, so we have no idea the size or shape of it. We do know the Governor wants every child covered, regardless of immigration status. We know he wants it affordabe--don't we all. The big question is cost and coverage.
Looking at the Canadian system, you wait four months or longer to see a referred doctor, some provinces can no longer afford the program, so cut back on services. No private doctors are allowed, so folks who need quick care must have the money to go to the United States to get health care.
Where would we go, Mexico? This is a serious issue that will be greatly discussed next year. We need a free market approach and must have our Think Tanks get ahead of this curve. Write your thoughts directly on the web site for all to see and discuss.
http://www.capoliticalnews.com/s/spip.php?article17

(New 11-07-06)

Health Disparities Persist for Men, and Doctors Ask Why
In recent years, women’s health has been a national priority. Pink ribbons warn of breast cancer. Pins shaped like red dresses raise awareness about heart disease. Offices of women’s health have sprung up at every level of government to offer information and free screenings, and one of the largest government studies on hormones and diet in aging focused entirely on older women.
Yet statistics show that men are more likely than women to suffer an early death. Now some advocates and medical scientists are beginning to ask a question that in some circles might be considered politically incorrect: Is men’s health getting short shrift?
(New 11-15-06)

Higher User Fees Eyed To Slow Rising Military Health Costs

Ground Broken on New Day in VA/DoD ‘Joint’ Health Care

MEDICARE ANNOUNCES PAYMENT RATES AND POLICY CHANGES FOR HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT SERVICES

Medical costs? Reach into your own pocketbook

Military Health System Enters New Era

Military struggles with rising health care costs

Military Update - Uncertainty swirls around VA disability reform
(New
09-16-07)

More than 3,000 National Guard and Reserve Members Purchase TRICARE Reserve Select

New Program Helps Severely Wounded Warriors Navigate Health Care
(New 09-
23-07)

Newest Vets Receive Priority for VA Medical Care

No Rest for the Weary -- Nutritional Support for Strong Bones

Outdated Pancake, Cake, Brownie and Cookie Mixes can be Toxic
(New 05-21-06)

President Bush to Seek Lifetime TRICARE for Medically 'Unfit' Vets
(New 0
9-23-07)

To Those Now Serving: How to Ensure VA Benefits for Undocumented Trauma, Injury or Illness

VA Initiative against Obesity and Diabetes Advances
(New 05-14-06)

Vets May Be Denied Health Care




Military Base Closures - effect on Active Duty and Retirees alike

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Backing mounts and optimism grows in sub base fight

Base Closures mean retiree upheaval

Base Closure list due soon

BRAC 2005 List Of Base Closings In Alphabetical Order

BRAC closing list expected to include Georgia

BRAC keeps Submarine base New London open

New London and Portsmouth to stay open - Oceana gets another chance
 

BRAC states are both Red and Blue

BRAC panel hints at key differences from DoD list

California seen as target-rich environment for base closures

Defense Officials Answer BRAC List Questions

 

DoD plans would trigger a 'government-induced recession'

 

Former Mayor and Defense Official Offer BRAC Advice

 

Hard work has elevated the debate over closing shipyard

Keesler Medical Center closure could leave military in the lurch

The last BRAC? Panel chairman says he doesn't foresee another round for at least 10 years
 

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The number of veterans in Congress has been declining since 1994, largely as a result of the retirements and deaths of World War II veterans. That year, 44 percent of members of Congress had served in the armed forces. Olds said veterans, especially military retirees, have problems running for the House.
“They may not have spent much time in the district because their military duties have taken them around the world,” he said. “They do not know the political game, and they don’t have resources.” The Veterans for National Service Foundation helps teach candidates about local politics, fundraising and other aspects of running for office, Olds said.“ This is not going to be a fast process, as this election has shown,” he said.

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Memorial Day

Traditional: May 30
Observed: last Monday of May

   

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Memorial Day Tribute

They answered their country's call to arms,

Into battle they did go

Where their final destination was

No one will ever know.

May their final resting place

Under some unknown sod

Be forever hallowed

For it is known only...unto God.

~ TMP ~

(from the Paralyzed Veterans Of America)

(New 05-27-13)

 

Only Two Defining Forces Have Ever Offered to Die For You

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

President Ronald Reagan spoke those prophetic words during his presidency, and this Memorial Day we must stop, reflect and give gratitude to the families of the men and woman who died protecting our liberty. The American people have always stopped to reflect on the great sacrifices that those in uniform have made and will continue to make. Memorial Day is a day to honor all those who have paid the ultimate price. We must never take for granted the sacrifice that our fellow Americans have made in defense of our Nation.

Even though we have set apart this special day for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, our troops deserve our admiration and support throughout the year, not just on a select few days.

I encourage everyone to visit a war memorial, a cemetery in their neighborhood or one of many observances across the district. The men and woman who have given their lives for us come from various backgrounds, various economic and social circumstance and various geographical parts of our nation, but they all share one thing in common. They all believed in America and were willing to stand up for their beliefs. Today and every day we stand united in our gratitude for these individuals.

Memorial Day has been a long standing tradition in the United States, According to the Veterans Affairs the first form of Memorial Day was actually called Decoration Day and was held in 1868. The day was meant as a day for decorating the graves of the dead veterans with flowers. Officially, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared that Waterloo, NY was the "birthplace" of Memorial Day in 1966. You can learn more about the origins of Memorial Day by clicking here.

Memorial Day is a time for our entire nation to come together and unite behind those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The federal holiday, sales at the department store and backyard barbeques are far from the meaning of what Memorial Day truly represents. Memorial Day should always be a day to honor, remember and thank those who have fought for our liberties and lost their lives in doing so. Their selfless demeanor means that our nation lives on to fight another day. The success of the United States depends on individuals who are willing to die for what this great nation stands for. A nation with such heroes will endure the test of time and adapt to future challenges.

Memorial Day is also a day of reflection as we remember those who died on foreign battlefields around the world, thus enabling us to enjoy our way of life, our values and our freedoms. The Library of Congress has a greatVeterans History Project where you can learn about the sacrifices and realities of war.

Congressman Randy Forbes, 2012

(New 05-27-13)

The Whole Package: Military Families as Heroes

Alison Buckholtz's book, Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War, is a very powerful reminder that the families of those serving are also heroes.

Americans need to understand the trials and tribulations of being a military family. Through numerous interviews American Thinker has reached the realization that military families all have distinct differences and unique perspectives. AT wants to thank all those who participated or were willing to participate.

Those interviewed wanted to make sure that Americans understand that military children are spectacular. They are described by their parents as adaptable, independent, resilient, and maintaining a strong sense of patriotism. Through their experiences they are able to view different cultures and values. Yet as Sam, a "Mr. Mom," told American Thinker, "all the people serving in the military volunteer, but their children are drafted. They have no choice in this matter as to where they are relocated or how the serving parent is not there for different events in their life."

It became obvious that children cope and react to their parent's deployment in many different ways. They are affected by their age, the type and length of the deployments, the support level, and how families are able to communicate.

Many of the younger children become clingy and react to the military parent as a stranger when he or she comes home for a visit. A former SEAL's wife stated, "My little girl cried every time her father held her. She wanted Mommy. I know my husband was hurt by this and felt rejected. However, since he has been home, now it is all about Daddy."

Other young children's reactions range from adjusting well to doing poorly in school, and having emotional outbursts of crying, anger, and aggressiveness. Angela, whose husband is an Army certified registered nurse, had to home-school her second-grade children because they refused to go to school when their daddy was away. An Army lt. colonel noted that the longer the deployments are, the worse on the family. He used to come home on a midterm leave for two weeks, but "when I left, the children's emotions plummeted, grades got worse, and my wife had to deal with poor attitudes. So my wife and I decided it was best if I did not come home until the deployment was over."

An assistant Air Force chaplain described her ten-year-old child's reaction: "She is afraid I will not come home and that she will never see me again. I responded that I will try my very best but could not give her a 100% guarantee. She bites her nails to a point that there are no nails left. What seems to help is that we recently bought her an iPhone where she and I do face time together, so she can now see I am okay."

A major in the Air Force Reserves also commented that he is having relationship problems with his sixteen-year-old daughter, who is currently shutting him out of her life. She has been doing that since he was deployed in Afghanistan in 2010, even though he has been home for two years. He attributes part of it to the fact that "my family knows that I have been in very dangerous places and worry that I am okay. I only was able to have two fifteen-minute phone calls per week and I hardly had any time to e-mail. I partially blame myself. When I was over there, doing and seeing such horrific things, I had to shut myself off emotionally because I could not afford to lose it. Sometimes it is tough to turn the emotions back on." He told American Thinker that his homecoming was a surprise to his daughter, and when she saw him, she screamed "Daddy!" and jumped into his arms. He is having a hard time understanding what happened between "Daddy, I am so glad to see you" and "Daddy, I don't want anything to do with you." His wife explained that she thinks their daughter reacted to his withdrawal and numbness by making sure she was not going to be close to Dad anymore. "She sees him as changed and is protecting herself emotionally." He has not given up, and he is working with his daughter to repair the relationship. He wants her to know that he loves her and is very proud of her.

The different ways parents chose to help their children cope ranged from having a deployed parent doll, buying a "flat daddy" (a life-sized printed poster), making "Daddy on a stick," having a memory box/journal, or, for the older ones, talking about their situation.

There are also schooling issues, which makes a big impact on teenage children. Dr. Vivian Greentree, a Navy veteran, a military spouse, and the current director of research and policy for Blue Star Families (www.BlueStarFam.org), said, "I do not understand why orders have to be cut in October, which affects the school year. To make stronger military families, something the military does have control over is relaying new orders in the summer. This would make it easier for families to relocate to a new community and allow the children to start school at the beginning of the school year."

After being transferred and relocating, the assistant chaplain spoke of her son's problems adjusting to the rigorous grading scale of his new high school, even though he previously was an honors student. She asked for some consideration: "My son should not be penalized for my choices. I was told by the school that no exceptions would be made for military children." When told about this incident, Dr. Greentree responded that forty-two states signed a contract allowing for adjustments for military children. These contracts will ensure that rules are in place requiring schools to respond, make accommodations, and understand military children.

Dr. Greentree reported that more and more families are now "geobatching," where children and spouses do not relocate with the serviceperson. She noted, "My family has already moved four times, and I am not sure as a family we would move again, since my children are getting older and school is becoming an important part of their life." Another family interviewed has basically been apart for three years because they "geobatch." Their fifteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, told American Thinker that she did not want to leave her friends and school in Georgia, and she is greatly appreciative that her parents decided to live apart when her mom was transferred to Kentucky. The parents emphasized that they did it to make sure Stephanie has a stable lifestyle.

Dr. Greentree also cautions that children mirror the stay-at-home parent's reaction, which is why endurance and flexibility were listed as the best attributes to have for the caregiver. This can be seen through the eyes of three different spouses interviewed. Tawana, a Navy veteran, understands the trials and tribulations of being a Navy spouse. She has made it work by being very positive. She makes a bucket list with her two boys, ages ten and seven, of all the exciting things they would do in their new home community, and she actively involves her children in sports programs to make new friends. She and her husband make sure that he fits into the family schedule when returning home so as not to disrupt the children's routines. She agrees with Samantha, another military spouse, that open communication is very important, including using resources available, such as other military spouses or family support.

The former SEAL's wife said re-integration was hard, since her husband tried to inject his rules on the family. While she and the children saw it as intrusion, he saw it as trying to become a member of the family again.

Another spouse, Jessica, who has five children, including a special-needs child, appeared to be overwhelmed during the interview. She felt that "it's been a roller coaster ride. I get really angry at times. I have learned to do it alone. It is a rough road and not very easy. I miss him and want him to come home. I am so frustrated and need him at home. Of course, I don't tell him any of this because I don't want to worry him. I do not rely on anyone but myself, because too many friends have come and gone, and I don't trust others with my children."

Alison, the author of Standing By, summarized it best: "Countless military children sacrifice a sense of personal security for America's national security. It is not perfect, but families endure because they know the deployment will end. We are all in it together, and we become a team to get through this non ideal situation."

The author writes for American Thinker. She has done book reviews, author interviews, and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.

(New 05-27-13)

A Purposeful Memorial Day

A Purposeful Memorial Day

 

As we pause this Memorial Day and reflect on those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country… our country… your country… my country.

 

My heart and mind lend themselves to the legacy of my grandfather, John H. Clark, Sr., and his service to this country… our country… your country… my country. He served in the greatest army in the world, the United States Army.


For my friends outside of the islands, here in Hawaii, Memorial Day has evolved into a day of remembrance for Veterans as well as all others who have passed away before us.

In fact, on this upcoming Memorial Day, there is a special Lantern Floating Ceremony that facilitates a celebrated space in time to remember, reflect, and offer gratitude to those who have gone on before us. It is also a collective experience where families, friends and even strangers reach out with love and understanding to support each other... a grand gesture in times of loss and remembrance.

Of course, thoughts of my grandfather usually lead to thoughts of my grandmother. The total embodiment of love, my grandmother will forever serve as the cornerstone of my understanding of agape, earthly love... and the fundamental faith that exists in the gift of forgiveness.

In reminiscing on the life and legacy of my grandmother, grandfather, and all those souls who have prepared my path (and those enlightened spirits who continue to nudge, pull, prod, and carry me through each day), I adore the following insight on Joy and Sorrow:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises…
was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine
the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit,
the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous,
look deep into your heart and you shall find…
it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater thar sorrow…"
and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come.

And when one sits, alone with you at your board,
remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily…
You are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver,
needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

 

~ "On Joy and Sorrow" by Kahlil Gibran


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This Memorial Day, let’s purposefully set aside divisive politics, pressures, and petty differences. Let’s collectively recall and remind each other of this great American dream… paid for in lives, loves, and (literally) the legacy of our ancestors.

Let’s pay it forward by focusing on what makes us indivisible.

Remember:
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.
~ Anonymous

May God continue to bless you and the United States of America.

Aloha,
John

www.johnclarkiii.com

Accept. Adapt. Achieve. ®

 

For information on the Lantern Ceremony, visit the link below.

http://www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com

 (New 05-27-13)


Obama takes over Vietnam Memorial on Memorial Day

Obama’s secret service shut down the memorial for most of the day, as families and veterans who had come to pay their respects to fallen loved ones were forced to stay hundreds of feet away.

 

Why? So that the Narcissist-in-Chief could show up for 15-minute speech and photo-op with his carefully selected fans in the audience.....

In his campaign speech remarks, Obama made sure to mention that:

 

“As long as I’m president, we will make sure you and your loved ones will receive the benefits you’ve earned and the respect you deserve,” Obama said. “ America will be there for you.”

 

Wow. How did our veterans ever get their benefits before the benevolent Obamessiah came to office? Is that his argument for why they should vote for him? Because their benefits are only available “as long as I’m president?” Perhaps he’s hoping they’ll forget that he suspended hazard pay for deployed U.S. troops, terminated 157 Air Force Majors without retirement benefits, and proposed a budget that would cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military while protecting union benefits....
 

Maybe it would have been better for everyone if Obama had just gone golfing like last year. Unfortunately, this is what veterans and their families have to suffer when Obama is in full campaign mode.

No wonder a recent Gallup poll showed veterans prefer Mitt Romney to Obama, 58% to 34%.

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Memorial Day

Here in the USA we celebrate Memorial Day this Monday, but the entire week-end is more or less devoted to it.  We enjoy outdoor barbecue gatherings with family and friends, NASCAR has exciting races today and tomorrow then on Monday is the biggest single day sporting event in the world - the Indianapolis 500.  The Cooper family will enjoy the festivities and I will be in front of the television since (many years ago) I spent Sunday afternoons at 200 mph on the superspeedways in my purple #17 Dodge Charger and I still love watching it.........the American Flag that was sent to me personally by our Member RONALD REAGAN (1858-1991) is at this moment flying from my front deck.

 

But is that what Memorial Day is all about?  Sure, we are happy to enjoy all the freedoms and festivities involved - but please keep foremost in your mind, the very reason there is a Memorial Day.  Remember and keep dear in your heart, those brave men and women who served, who wore the uniform and did their duty honorably.  Remember those who were wounded in battle and certainly keep uppermost in your hearts, minds and prayers - keep those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  These were great Americans and as once described, the greatest generation....

(New 05-26-12)

God rains on Obama's false memorial to troops?
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A Memorial Day Message from LTCol Oliver North USMC Ret
(New 05-31-10)

Memorial Day Massacre Of Our Military
(New 05-28-10)

A Tale of Two Americas On Memorial Day 2010 - Constitutional Emergency

I am personally glad "O'" Enemy N' Chief didn't defile the grounds at Arlington Cemetery with his presence, I'm also glad no one there had to endure any of his arrogant deceitful words....
Twana

(New 05-31-10)

Rolling Thunder 2010 - A Marine's Vigil
| May 31, 2010
A solitary Marine holds vigil at full attention during the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in tribute to fallen comrades.

Rolling Thunder ....

3000 vets on motorcycles from across the US A paraded in D.C. the Sunday before Memorial Day, while a solitary, saluting Marine greeted them out on Constitution A venue... the Marine stood at salute for 3 straight hours, while the parade of roaring bikes kept on coming.... it is held in remembrance of those who've fallen in the military.... the event (or the group) is called Rolling Thunder.

The camera is on the Marine a lot... watch his struggles with his emotions, and his struggles with holding that salute... the way he salutes is very touching... his head lowered, his eyes down, in reverence for the fallen.


 

(New 07-15-10)


 

From: Patriotic Resistance [mailto:mail@resistnet.com]
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2010 3:36 PM
Subject: Memorial Day - Re-Edit..

 

 

A message to all members of Patriotic Resistance

Dear Patriots,

As we approach Memorial Day, let us be mindful of those who have sacrificed much for our Freedoms
that we so cherish today. Many of you will be traveling and vacationing at this time and we ask each of you
to have safe travels. We also ask that you take a moment to remember what this day is about.

We here at ResistNet appreciate all our Veteran's who have served our great Nation! We thank you for
your Service. It is My honor to be standing beside you in these days of trial that we are now facing.

 




 
Freedom Is Not Free
 
Kelly Strong
 
I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free

Please check out our Memorial Day Tribute here:
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Memorial Day and Remembrance 

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What is Memorial Day?
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Pearl Harbor Attack Remembrance

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65 years after attack, Arizona memorial on last legs
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December 7th, 1941 Was a Day of Infamy for Six Patten Brothers
As the nation approaches the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, veterans should be proud to know that six Patten brothers were there that fateful day on the battleship USS Nevada.
The Patten brothers from rural Iowa began joining the Navy in 1934. During peacetime, they were allowed to serve on the same ship. By January 1941, seven brothers, Gilbert, Marvin, Bick, Allen, Ted, Ray and Bruce, were serving in the engine room of the Nevada. In September, their father, Floyd, joined the Navy and the Pattens were recognized as the Navy's largest family.

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Names of Pearl Harbor KIA's and photos taken on December 7, 1941
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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation
 

Pearl Harbor - a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation
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Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Sunday, December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 -- Overview and Special Image Selection

Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund Home Page

Pearl Harbor Photos real but been around for years with inaccurate descriptions
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Pearl Harbor Remembered

Preserving history As the Arizona rusts, scientists work

Remember Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor History
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Salvaging Pearl - A Day of Infamy, Two years of Hard work
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Survivors return to Pearl Harbor for final reunion
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The Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941
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The sun sets next to the USS Arizona Memorial
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USS Pearl Harbor Commemorates Pearl Harbor Attack


Veteran's Day

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A Veterans Day 2008 Message From VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake
(New 11-09-08)

A World War II Submarine Skippers Son Remembers him on Veterans Day

All you veterans, Thank you for your service....
This appeared in this month's American Legion magazine. It is good. It needs to be read by thousands of Americans. The main stream media won't carry it. Please pass it along. Semper Fi..

American Veteran Search - Happy Veterans Day!

American Veteran Search Newsletter #45 - Veterans Day

An Open Letter to All Veterans

As the nation honors veterans, the next generation looks more diverse and professional

Happy Veterans' Day - It Is The Veteran

Homeless vets won't be forgotten on Veterans Day

If I Die before You Wake
A Power Point presentation

MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO MOHAMMAND ALI, aka CASSIUS CLAY

Moving Tributes to our Veterans on Veterans Day

 

Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Veterans Day 2006

 

SECDEF Releases 2005 Veterans Day Message

 

SECNAV VETERAN'S DAY 2006 MESSAGE
 

Senator John Sununu discusses S.407 "Keep Our Promise" Act

Terry Kelly - Pittance of Time video

This Was A Tough But Proud Day!

 

Thoughts on the meaning of Veterans Day
This is directed at anybody who'd like to read it, but if you're within, I don't know, 10 years or so of my age (48) you may appreciate the first paragraph the most.  
    I'm of the age where my dad, my uncles and their friends were all World War Two veterans. Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, holiday gatherings, backyard barbecues, any family get-together invariably ended up with the "grown-up men" talking about the war.
    As a kid, I didn't find much interest in any of the stories. But the older I got, the more I understood....

VA Secretary Calls for Honoring All Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2005

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Veteran's Day Notice - How to Wear and Display Medals

Veterans Day Poster Gallery
 


Veterans & Service Members data undermined

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FRAUD ALERT -Theft of VA Data on 26.5 Million Veterans
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Firstgov web site on the VA Data Theft
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IDs of Active Personnel on Stolen Laptop
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Important Update on Veteran Data Theft
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Police - Theft of VA data likely a random crime
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Sailors' data posted on Web -- Navy launches criminal investigation
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Senator Boxer reply regarding the recent theft of personal information of millions of American veterans
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Special Legislative Update for June 9, 2006, Regarding Stolen VA Records
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VA Data Theft
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VA Received Specific Warnings About Security
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Veterans Information Scams & Phishing
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Veterans Report - ID Protection Act - Denied VA Claims and more
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Vietnam echoes in Iraq for one veteran
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2 Awarded Posthumous Medal of Honor

35 Years After His Death, Army Vietnam POW Earns a Medal of Honor for Bravery in Captivity

57 Years Ago Today, 27 July 2002, the Korean War Ended.... "The Forgotten War"

Action Alert: Reserve Retirement

ADM Clark: Carrier retirement would pose problems

Another less than brilliant idea from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
 

Annual Air Commando Association (ACA) Reunion 10-13 October 2002

Benefits Subcommittee Hearing on the status of the VA's implementation of the VA Claims Processing Task Force's recommendations

Civilians Allowed Military Honors at Arlington

Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

Coming Home: The Veteran Experience in the 20th Century: Part 2

Courage Under Fire

Election 2006 Implications for MOAA Members
(New 11-11-06)

Experts Say Cuts Overwhelming VA

First Navy Littoral Combat Ship Honors Freedom

Forgotten widows entitled to annuity

Frustrated Veterans accuse Bush of breaking promise

Gays' ouster seen leaving gap in military

Gold Star Mothers Need Members; Group Helps Veterans, Families

House and Senate likely to OK concurrent receipt but legislation would come with limitations

House panel sidetracks increased SBP payments in 2003

House Voting on Veterans Bills

House Votes to Build New Veterans Medical Facilities and Expand National Cemetery System at end of October 2003
 

Korean War project aims to thank veterans for service

Letters With the Veterans' Stamp Of Approval

Local veterans groups work to keep vibrant the many tales of soldiers' sacrifices

Los Angeles man to receive Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously

Medals and Awards Authorization from Vietnam and Korean War

Medal of Honor - Vernon Baker Article

Military used real nerve gas and toxin in 1960s tests, Pentagon acknowledges

 Missing Pilot's Supporters Launch 'Free Scott' Campaign

Monument salutes Vietnam vets

National Veterans Wheelchair Games Coming to Cleveland Ohio July 9-13, 2002

 

Navy hoping ''pre-sea swap'' prepares crews for ship switch

 

Nearly 25K sailors will be cut by 2007

 

New Army Program Helps Soldiers Gain Certification For Civilian Jobs

New Veterans Employment Program Proposed

Newsletter Items of Importance to Veterans and Military Retirees for December 2002

News Release - National Veterans Wheelchair Games Come to Minneapolis

No Motive Revealed in Missouri Nurse Murder Case

On board USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)

Retired Soldier Named National Teacher of the Year American Forces Press Service

Retired Navy Master Chief Needs Support in Forwarded Message from TRSMCA
 

Returning Dog Tags (Background Report of The Voice of America)

Reward Offered in Huge Theft of Identity Data
 

SNA Symposium Panel Emphasizes Transformation

Soldier Alleges Gulf War Cover-Up

Survivor Benefit Plan Message from BGEN Bob Clements, USAF, ret

This is MOAA's LEGISLATIVE UPDATE for Friday, August 6, 2004

The World War II Memorial

THREE NAMES TO BE ADDED TO VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

Top Navy Officials Speak at West Coast Defense Technology Expo

TREA/TROA Legislative Updates, 3 May 2002 Important !!

Two recruiters will leave Navy rather than face court-martial

Updated Lists of Casualties from The Worldwide Military Personnel Registry

United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Announces the 2005 Distinguished Graduates Captain Slade D. Cutter ’35, USN (Ret.) and Rear Admiral Robert H. Wertheim ’46, USN (Ret.)

USS Midway Final Tour will end in San Diego as part of San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

VA Readying for Bioterrorism Attack

Veterans find a home at Salem shelter known as Firebase Hope

Veterans muster quickly for Korean War medals

Veterans News and Information Service

Veterans Sought For Oral History

Vet Fulfills Dreams for Pearl Harbor Dead

WWI Veteran Reflects On Liberty Memorial & War

World War I memorial reopens with fanfare after years of neglect and disrepair

 

World War II Vet Graduates 59 Years Later

 


When is the right time to retire? 
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If you are near retirement, I suggest you check this out.

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Veteran's Day

11th hour of the 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH of 1918, World War I ended

Though the Armistice was signed at 5:00 AM, fighting continued till 11:00 AM, killing nearly 11,000 more men.



In 1921, President Warren Harding had the remains of an unknown soldier killed in France buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.


 
Inscribed on the Tomb are the words:

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier know but to God."

Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all U.S. Veterans.,,,,,

 

(New 11-11-13)

 

Only Two Defining Forces Have Ever Offered to Die For You

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

President Ronald Reagan spoke those prophetic words during his presidency, and this Memorial Day we must stop, reflect and give gratitude to the families of the men and woman who died protecting our liberty. The American people have always stopped to reflect on the great sacrifices that those in uniform have made and will continue to make. Memorial Day is a day to honor all those who have paid the ultimate price. We must never take for granted the sacrifice that our fellow Americans have made in defense of our Nation.

Even though we have set apart this special day for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, our troops deserve our admiration and support throughout the year, not just on a select few days.

I encourage everyone to visit a war memorial, a cemetery in their neighborhood or one of many observances across the district. The men and woman who have given their lives for us come from various backgrounds, various economic and social circumstance and various geographical parts of our nation, but they all share one thing in common. They all believed in America and were willing to stand up for their beliefs. Today and every day we stand united in our gratitude for these individuals.

Memorial Day has been a long standing tradition in the United States, According to the Veterans Affairs the first form of Memorial Day was actually called Decoration Day and was held in 1868. The day was meant as a day for decorating the graves of the dead veterans with flowers. Officially, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared that Waterloo, NY was the "birthplace" of Memorial Day in 1966. You can learn more about the origins of Memorial Day by clicking here.

Memorial Day is a time for our entire nation to come together and unite behind those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The federal holiday, sales at the department store and backyard barbeques are far from the meaning of what Memorial Day truly represents. Memorial Day should always be a day to honor, remember and thank those who have fought for our liberties and lost their lives in doing so. Their selfless demeanor means that our nation lives on to fight another day. The success of the United States depends on individuals who are willing to die for what this great nation stands for. A nation with such heroes will endure the test of time and adapt to future challenges.

Memorial Day is also a day of reflection as we remember those who died on foreign battlefields around the world, thus enabling us to enjoy our way of life, our values and our freedoms. The Library of Congress has a greatVeterans History Project where you can learn about the sacrifices and realities of war.

Congressman Randy Forbes, 2012

(New 05-27-13)

The Whole Package: Military Families as Heroes

Alison Buckholtz's book, Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War, is a very powerful reminder that the families of those serving are also heroes.

Americans need to understand the trials and tribulations of being a military family. Through numerous interviews American Thinker has reached the realization that military families all have distinct differences and unique perspectives. AT wants to thank all those who participated or were willing to participate.

Those interviewed wanted to make sure that Americans understand that military children are spectacular. They are described by their parents as adaptable, independent, resilient, and maintaining a strong sense of patriotism. Through their experiences they are able to view different cultures and values. Yet as Sam, a "Mr. Mom," told American Thinker, "all the people serving in the military volunteer, but their children are drafted. They have no choice in this matter as to where they are relocated or how the serving parent is not there for different events in their life."

It became obvious that children cope and react to their parent's deployment in many different ways. They are affected by their age, the type and length of the deployments, the support level, and how families are able to communicate.

Many of the younger children become clingy and react to the military parent as a stranger when he or she comes home for a visit. A former SEAL's wife stated, "My little girl cried every time her father held her. She wanted Mommy. I know my husband was hurt by this and felt rejected. However, since he has been home, now it is all about Daddy."

Other young children's reactions range from adjusting well to doing poorly in school, and having emotional outbursts of crying, anger, and aggressiveness. Angela, whose husband is an Army certified registered nurse, had to home-school her second-grade children because they refused to go to school when their daddy was away. An Army lt. colonel noted that the longer the deployments are, the worse on the family. He used to come home on a midterm leave for two weeks, but "when I left, the children's emotions plummeted, grades got worse, and my wife had to deal with poor attitudes. So my wife and I decided it was best if I did not come home until the deployment was over."

An assistant Air Force chaplain described her ten-year-old child's reaction: "She is afraid I will not come home and that she will never see me again. I responded that I will try my very best but could not give her a 100% guarantee. She bites her nails to a point that there are no nails left. What seems to help is that we recently bought her an iPhone where she and I do face time together, so she can now see I am okay."

A major in the Air Force Reserves also commented that he is having relationship problems with his sixteen-year-old daughter, who is currently shutting him out of her life. She has been doing that since he was deployed in Afghanistan in 2010, even though he has been home for two years. He attributes part of it to the fact that "my family knows that I have been in very dangerous places and worry that I am okay. I only was able to have two fifteen-minute phone calls per week and I hardly had any time to e-mail. I partially blame myself. When I was over there, doing and seeing such horrific things, I had to shut myself off emotionally because I could not afford to lose it. Sometimes it is tough to turn the emotions back on." He told American Thinker that his homecoming was a surprise to his daughter, and when she saw him, she screamed "Daddy!" and jumped into his arms. He is having a hard time understanding what happened between "Daddy, I am so glad to see you" and "Daddy, I don't want anything to do with you." His wife explained that she thinks their daughter reacted to his withdrawal and numbness by making sure she was not going to be close to Dad anymore. "She sees him as changed and is protecting herself emotionally." He has not given up, and he is working with his daughter to repair the relationship. He wants her to know that he loves her and is very proud of her.

The different ways parents chose to help their children cope ranged from having a deployed parent doll, buying a "flat daddy" (a life-sized printed poster), making "Daddy on a stick," having a memory box/journal, or, for the older ones, talking about their situation.

There are also schooling issues, which makes a big impact on teenage children. Dr. Vivian Greentree, a Navy veteran, a military spouse, and the current director of research and policy for Blue Star Families (www.BlueStarFam.org), said, "I do not understand why orders have to be cut in October, which affects the school year. To make stronger military families, something the military does have control over is relaying new orders in the summer. This would make it easier for families to relocate to a new community and allow the children to start school at the beginning of the school year."

After being transferred and relocating, the assistant chaplain spoke of her son's problems adjusting to the rigorous grading scale of his new high school, even though he previously was an honors student. She asked for some consideration: "My son should not be penalized for my choices. I was told by the school that no exceptions would be made for military children." When told about this incident, Dr. Greentree responded that forty-two states signed a contract allowing for adjustments for military children. These contracts will ensure that rules are in place requiring schools to respond, make accommodations, and understand military children.

Dr. Greentree reported that more and more families are now "geobatching," where children and spouses do not relocate with the serviceperson. She noted, "My family has already moved four times, and I am not sure as a family we would move again, since my children are getting older and school is becoming an important part of their life." Another family interviewed has basically been apart for three years because they "geobatch." Their fifteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, told American Thinker that she did not want to leave her friends and school in Georgia, and she is greatly appreciative that her parents decided to live apart when her mom was transferred to Kentucky. The parents emphasized that they did it to make sure Stephanie has a stable lifestyle.

Dr. Greentree also cautions that children mirror the stay-at-home parent's reaction, which is why endurance and flexibility were listed as the best attributes to have for the caregiver. This can be seen through the eyes of three different spouses interviewed. Tawana, a Navy veteran, understands the trials and tribulations of being a Navy spouse. She has made it work by being very positive. She makes a bucket list with her two boys, ages ten and seven, of all the exciting things they would do in their new home community, and she actively involves her children in sports programs to make new friends. She and her husband make sure that he fits into the family schedule when returning home so as not to disrupt the children's routines. She agrees with Samantha, another military spouse, that open communication is very important, including using resources available, such as other military spouses or family support.

The former SEAL's wife said re-integration was hard, since her husband tried to inject his rules on the family. While she and the children saw it as intrusion, he saw it as trying to become a member of the family again.

Another spouse, Jessica, who has five children, including a special-needs child, appeared to be overwhelmed during the interview. She felt that "it's been a roller coaster ride. I get really angry at times. I have learned to do it alone. It is a rough road and not very easy. I miss him and want him to come home. I am so frustrated and need him at home. Of course, I don't tell him any of this because I don't want to worry him. I do not rely on anyone but myself, because too many friends have come and gone, and I don't trust others with my children."

Alison, the author of Standing By, summarized it best: "Countless military children sacrifice a sense of personal security for America's national security. It is not perfect, but families endure because they know the deployment will end. We are all in it together, and we become a team to get through this non ideal situation."

The author writes for American Thinker. She has done book reviews, author interviews, and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.

(New 05-27-13)

A Purposeful Memorial Day

A Purposeful Memorial Day

 

As we pause this Memorial Day and reflect on those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country… our country… your country… my country.

 

My heart and mind lend themselves to the legacy of my grandfather, John H. Clark, Sr., and his service to this country… our country… your country… my country. He served in the greatest army in the world, the United States Army.


For my friends outside of the islands, here in Hawaii, Memorial Day has evolved into a day of remembrance for Veterans as well as all others who have passed away before us.

In fact, on this upcoming Memorial Day, there is a special Lantern Floating Ceremony that facilitates a celebrated space in time to remember, reflect, and offer gratitude to those who have gone on before us. It is also a collective experience where families, friends and even strangers reach out with love and understanding to support each other... a grand gesture in times of loss and remembrance.

Of course, thoughts of my grandfather usually lead to thoughts of my grandmother. The total embodiment of love, my grandmother will forever serve as the cornerstone of my understanding of agape, earthly love... and the fundamental faith that exists in the gift of forgiveness.

In reminiscing on the life and legacy of my grandmother, grandfather, and all those souls who have prepared my path (and those enlightened spirits who continue to nudge, pull, prod, and carry me through each day), I adore the following insight on Joy and Sorrow:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises…
was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine
the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit,
the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous,
look deep into your heart and you shall find…
it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater thar sorrow…"
and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come.

And when one sits, alone with you at your board,
remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily…
You are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver,
needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

 

~ "On Joy and Sorrow" by Kahlil Gibran


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This Memorial Day, let’s purposefully set aside divisive politics, pressures, and petty differences. Let’s collectively recall and remind each other of this great American dream… paid for in lives, loves, and (literally) the legacy of our ancestors.

Let’s pay it forward by focusing on what makes us indivisible.

Remember:
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.
~ Anonymous

May God continue to bless you and the United States of America.

Aloha,
John

www.johnclarkiii.com

Accept. Adapt. Achieve. ®

 

For information on the Lantern Ceremony, visit the link below.

http://www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com

 (New 05-27-13)


Obama takes over Vietnam Memorial on Memorial Day

Obama’s secret service shut down the memorial for most of the day, as families and veterans who had come to pay their respects to fallen loved ones were forced to stay hundreds of feet away.

 

Why? So that the Narcissist-in-Chief could show up for 15-minute speech and photo-op with his carefully selected fans in the audience.....

In his campaign speech remarks, Obama made sure to mention that:

 

“As long as I’m president, we will make sure you and your loved ones will receive the benefits you’ve earned and the respect you deserve,” Obama said. “ America will be there for you.”

 

Wow. How did our veterans ever get their benefits before the benevolent Obamessiah came to office? Is that his argument for why they should vote for him? Because their benefits are only available “as long as I’m president?” Perhaps he’s hoping they’ll forget that he suspended hazard pay for deployed U.S. troops, terminated 157 Air Force Majors without retirement benefits, and proposed a budget that would cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military while protecting union benefits....
 

Maybe it would have been better for everyone if Obama had just gone golfing like last year. Unfortunately, this is what veterans and their families have to suffer when Obama is in full campaign mode.

No wonder a recent Gallup poll showed veterans prefer Mitt Romney to Obama, 58% to 34%.

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Memorial Day - Arlington (Trace Adkins)

(New 05-26-12)

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day -- Remembering Those Who Sacrifice Gov's Weekly Message

(New 05-26-12)

Memorial Day

Here in the USA we celebrate Memorial Day this Monday, but the entire week-end is more or less devoted to it.  We enjoy outdoor barbecue gatherings with family and friends, NASCAR has exciting races today and tomorrow then on Monday is the biggest single day sporting event in the world - the Indianapolis 500.  The Cooper family will enjoy the festivities and I will be in front of the television since (many years ago) I spent Sunday afternoons at 200 mph on the superspeedways in my purple #17 Dodge Charger and I still love watching it.........the American Flag that was sent to me personally by our Member RONALD REAGAN (1858-1991) is at this moment flying from my front deck.

 

But is that what Memorial Day is all about?  Sure, we are happy to enjoy all the freedoms and festivities involved - but please keep foremost in your mind, the very reason there is a Memorial Day.  Remember and keep dear in your heart, those brave men and women who served, who wore the uniform and did their duty honorably.  Remember those who were wounded in battle and certainly keep uppermost in your hearts, minds and prayers - keep those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  These were great Americans and as once described, the greatest generation....

(New 05-26-12)

God rains on Obama's false memorial to troops?
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A Memorial Day Message from LTCol Oliver North USMC Ret
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Memorial Day Massacre Of Our Military
(New 05-28-10)

A Tale of Two Americas On Memorial Day 2010 - Constitutional Emergency

I am personally glad "O'" Enemy N' Chief didn't defile the grounds at Arlington Cemetery with his presence, I'm also glad no one there had to endure any of his arrogant deceitful words....
Twana

(New 05-31-10)

Rolling Thunder 2010 - A Marine's Vigil
| May 31, 2010
A solitary Marine holds vigil at full attention during the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in tribute to fallen comrades.

Rolling Thunder ....

3000 vets on motorcycles from across the US A paraded in D.C. the Sunday before Memorial Day, while a solitary, saluting Marine greeted them out on Constitution A venue... the Marine stood at salute for 3 straight hours, while the parade of roaring bikes kept on coming.... it is held in remembrance of those who've fallen in the military.... the event (or the group) is called Rolling Thunder.

The camera is on the Marine a lot... watch his struggles with his emotions, and his struggles with holding that salute... the way he salutes is very touching... his head lowered, his eyes down, in reverence for the fallen.


 

(New 07-15-10)


 

From: Patriotic Resistance [mailto:mail@resistnet.com]
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2010 3:36 PM
Subject: Memorial Day - Re-Edit..

 

 

A message to all members of Patriotic Resistance

Dear Patriots,

As we approach Memorial Day, let us be mindful of those who have sacrificed much for our Freedoms
that we so cherish today. Many of you will be traveling and vacationing at this time and we ask each of you
to have safe travels. We also ask that you take a moment to remember what this day is about.

We here at ResistNet appreciate all our Veteran's who have served our great Nation! We thank you for
your Service. It is My honor to be standing beside you in these days of trial that we are now facing.

 




 
Freedom Is Not Free
 
Kelly Strong
 
I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free

Please check out our Memorial Day Tribute here:
http://www.resistnet.com/forum/topics/some-gave-all-all-gave-some

And also our home page: http://www.resistnet.com/

Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend.
Mellie
Asst Natl Dir.
ResistNet.com

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GI Photo Museum Report with 101,753 M Day Photos Added

Memorial Day -- Day of Remembrance
(New 05-25-08)

Memorial Day and Remembrance 

"These Are My Credentials"
A Memorial Day tribute to the heroes who keep us all safe & free
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What is Memorial Day?
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Pearl Harbor Attack Remembrance

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65 years after attack, Arizona memorial on last legs
(New 12-06-06)
 

December 7th, 1941 Was a Day of Infamy for Six Patten Brothers
As the nation approaches the 65th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, veterans should be proud to know that six Patten brothers were there that fateful day on the battleship USS Nevada.
The Patten brothers from rural Iowa began joining the Navy in 1934. During peacetime, they were allowed to serve on the same ship. By January 1941, seven brothers, Gilbert, Marvin, Bick, Allen, Ted, Ray and Bruce, were serving in the engine room of the Nevada. In September, their father, Floyd, joined the Navy and the Pattens were recognized as the Navy's largest family.

(New 12-21-06)

Names of Pearl Harbor KIA's and photos taken on December 7, 1941
(New 12-03-06)

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation
 

Pearl Harbor - a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation
(New 03-31-06)

Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Sunday, December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 -- Overview and Special Image Selection

Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund Home Page

Pearl Harbor Photos real but been around for years with inaccurate descriptions
(New 12-06-06)

Pearl Harbor Remembered

Preserving history As the Arizona rusts, scientists work

Remember Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor History
(New 12-06-05)
 

Salvaging Pearl - A Day of Infamy, Two years of Hard work
(New 12-07-06)
 

Survivors return to Pearl Harbor for final reunion
(New 12-06-06)

The Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941
(New 12-07-05)

The sun sets next to the USS Arizona Memorial
(New 12-09-05)

USS Pearl Harbor Commemorates Pearl Harbor Attack


Veteran's Day

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A Veterans Day 2008 Message From VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake
(New 11-09-08)

A World War II Submarine Skippers Son Remembers him on Veterans Day

All you veterans, Thank you for your service....
This appeared in this month's American Legion magazine. It is good. It needs to be read by thousands of Americans. The main stream media won't carry it. Please pass it along. Semper Fi..

American Veteran Search - Happy Veterans Day!

American Veteran Search Newsletter #45 - Veterans Day

An Open Letter to All Veterans

As the nation honors veterans, the next generation looks more diverse and professional

Happy Veterans' Day - It Is The Veteran

Homeless vets won't be forgotten on Veterans Day

If I Die before You Wake
A Power Point presentation

MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO MOHAMMAND ALI, aka CASSIUS CLAY

Moving Tributes to our Veterans on Veterans Day

 

Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Veterans Day 2006

 

SECDEF Releases 2005 Veterans Day Message

 

SECNAV VETERAN'S DAY 2006 MESSAGE
 

Senator John Sununu discusses S.407 "Keep Our Promise" Act

Terry Kelly - Pittance of Time video

This Was A Tough But Proud Day!

 

Thoughts on the meaning of Veterans Day
This is directed at anybody who'd like to read it, but if you're within, I don't know, 10 years or so of my age (48) you may appreciate the first paragraph the most.  
    I'm of the age where my dad, my uncles and their friends were all World War Two veterans. Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, holiday gatherings, backyard barbecues, any family get-together invariably ended up with the "grown-up men" talking about the war.
    As a kid, I didn't find much interest in any of the stories. But the older I got, the more I understood....

VA Secretary Calls for Honoring All Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2005

Veteran's Day - Before You Go

Veteran's Day Notice - How to Wear and Display Medals

Veterans Day Poster Gallery
 


Veterans & Service Members data undermined

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FRAUD ALERT -Theft of VA Data on 26.5 Million Veterans
(New 05-24-06)

Firstgov web site on the VA Data Theft
(New 05-24-06)

IDs of Active Personnel on Stolen Laptop
(New 06-04-06)

Important Update on Veteran Data Theft
(New 05-29-06)

Police - Theft of VA data likely a random crime
(New 06-17-06)

Sailors' data posted on Web -- Navy launches criminal investigation
(New 06-24-06)

Senator Boxer reply regarding the recent theft of personal information of millions of American veterans
(New 06-03-06)

Special Legislative Update for June 9, 2006, Regarding Stolen VA Records
(New 06-11-06)

VA Data Theft
(New 05-24-06)

VA Received Specific Warnings About Security
(New 06-17-06)

Veterans Information Scams & Phishing
(New 06-03-06)

Veterans Report - ID Protection Act - Denied VA Claims and more
(New 06-01-06)

Vietnam echoes in Iraq for one veteran
(New 11-13-06)


Veterans' News

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2 Awarded Posthumous Medal of Honor

35 Years After His Death, Army Vietnam POW Earns a Medal of Honor for Bravery in Captivity

57 Years Ago Today, 27 July 2002, the Korean War Ended.... "The Forgotten War"

Action Alert: Reserve Retirement

ADM Clark: Carrier retirement would pose problems

Another less than brilliant idea from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
 

Annual Air Commando Association (ACA) Reunion 10-13 October 2002

Benefits Subcommittee Hearing on the status of the VA's implementation of the VA Claims Processing Task Force's recommendations

Civilians Allowed Military Honors at Arlington

Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

Coming Home: The Veteran Experience in the 20th Century: Part 2

Courage Under Fire

Election 2006 Implications for MOAA Members
(New 11-11-06)

Experts Say Cuts Overwhelming VA

First Navy Littoral Combat Ship Honors Freedom

Forgotten widows entitled to annuity

Frustrated Veterans accuse Bush of breaking promise

Gays' ouster seen leaving gap in military

Gold Star Mothers Need Members; Group Helps Veterans, Families

House and Senate likely to OK concurrent receipt but legislation would come with limitations

House panel sidetracks increased SBP payments in 2003

House Voting on Veterans Bills

House Votes to Build New Veterans Medical Facilities and Expand National Cemetery System at end of October 2003
 

Korean War project aims to thank veterans for service

Letters With the Veterans' Stamp Of Approval

Local veterans groups work to keep vibrant the many tales of soldiers' sacrifices

Los Angeles man to receive Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously

Medals and Awards Authorization from Vietnam and Korean War

Medal of Honor - Vernon Baker Article

Military used real nerve gas and toxin in 1960s tests, Pentagon acknowledges

 Missing Pilot's Supporters Launch 'Free Scott' Campaign

Monument salutes Vietnam vets

National Veterans Wheelchair Games Coming to Cleveland Ohio July 9-13, 2002

 

Navy hoping ''pre-sea swap'' prepares crews for ship switch

 

Nearly 25K sailors will be cut by 2007

 

New Army Program Helps Soldiers Gain Certification For Civilian Jobs

New Veterans Employment Program Proposed

Newsletter Items of Importance to Veterans and Military Retirees for December 2002

News Release - National Veterans Wheelchair Games Come to Minneapolis

No Motive Revealed in Missouri Nurse Murder Case

On board USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)

Retired Soldier Named National Teacher of the Year American Forces Press Service

Retired Navy Master Chief Needs Support in Forwarded Message from TRSMCA
 

Returning Dog Tags (Background Report of The Voice of America)

Reward Offered in Huge Theft of Identity Data
 

SNA Symposium Panel Emphasizes Transformation

Soldier Alleges Gulf War Cover-Up

Survivor Benefit Plan Message from BGEN Bob Clements, USAF, ret

This is MOAA's LEGISLATIVE UPDATE for Friday, August 6, 2004

The World War II Memorial

THREE NAMES TO BE ADDED TO VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL

Top Navy Officials Speak at West Coast Defense Technology Expo

TREA/TROA Legislative Updates, 3 May 2002 Important !!

Two recruiters will leave Navy rather than face court-martial

Updated Lists of Casualties from The Worldwide Military Personnel Registry

United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Announces the 2005 Distinguished Graduates Captain Slade D. Cutter ’35, USN (Ret.) and Rear Admiral Robert H. Wertheim ’46, USN (Ret.)

USS Midway Final Tour will end in San Diego as part of San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

VA Readying for Bioterrorism Attack

Veterans find a home at Salem shelter known as Firebase Hope

Veterans muster quickly for Korean War medals

Veterans News and Information Service

Veterans Sought For Oral History

Vet Fulfills Dreams for Pearl Harbor Dead

WWI Veteran Reflects On Liberty Memorial & War

World War I memorial reopens with fanfare after years of neglect and disrepair

 

World War II Vet Graduates 59 Years Later

 


When is the right time to retire? 
 (SSA E-News)

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If you are near retirement, I suggest you check this out.

http://www.ssa.gov/enews/last.htm#retire

http://www.ssa.gov/retirechartred.htm


A Veterans Day 2008 Message From VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake
(New 11-09-08)

A World War II Submarine Skippers Son Remembers him on Veterans Day

All you veterans, Thank you for your service....
This appeared in this month's American Legion magazine. It is good. It needs to be read by thousands of Americans. The main stream media won't carry it. Please pass it along. Semper Fi..

American Veteran Search - Happy Veterans Day!

American Veteran Search Newsletter #45 - Veterans Day

An Open Letter to All Veterans

As the nation honors veterans, the next generation looks more diverse and professional

Happy Veterans' Day - It Is The Veteran

Homeless vets won't be forgotten on Veterans Day

If I Die before You Wake
A Power Point presentation

MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO MOHAMMAND ALI, aka CASSIUS CLAY

Moving Tributes to our Veterans on Veterans Day

 

Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Veterans Day 2006

 

SECDEF Releases 2005 Veterans Day Message

 

SECNAV VETERAN'S DAY 2006 MESSAGE
 

Senator John Sununu discusses S.407 "Keep Our Promise" Act

Terry Kelly - Pittance of Time video

This Was A Tough But Proud Day!

 

Thoughts on the meaning of Veterans Day
This is directed at anybody who'd like to read it, but if you're within, I don't know, 10 years or so of my age (48) you may appreciate the first paragraph the most.  
    I'm of the age where my dad, my uncles and their friends were all World War Two veterans. Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, holiday gatherings, backyard barbecues, any family get-together invariably ended up with the "grown-up men" talking about the war.
    As a kid, I didn't find much interest in any of the stories. But the older I got, the more I understood....

VA Secretary Calls for Honoring All Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2005

Veteran's Day - Before You Go

Veteran's Day Notice - How to Wear and Display Medals

Veterans Day Poster Gallery
 

 

Veterans Day 2005