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May. 27th, 2010

We lost a piece of living history today. If anyone has seen a movie of the attack on Pearl Harbor there is always a shot of a sailor using a machine gun to fire at the Japanese aircraft from an open area of an airfield. This is the representation of Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn. The first man to be awarded the Medal of Honor in WWII, and up to today, the oldest living Medal of Honor reciepient.

Lt, John Finn passed away at 0545 this morning in San Diego Ca. He will be forever remember for his heroic's at Kaneohe Bay HI on Dec 7th 1941. Please keep John's family including Francis in your prayers...


God Speed Lt. Finn.

Tracking down old friends

I have been a member of a site for a number of years, it is by far the best one I have found to try and track down the people I have served with.

www.togetherweserved.com is an exceptional location because it has different sections for all the services. You can join for a trial membership which is free to see how the pages look and if wanting to become a free member or a paid it is up to you.

I just became a lifetime member and its well worth it. If you wanna track down old friends or family members that are active duty or vets this is the place, and tell them I sent you.

Apr. 27th, 2010

Don't let these BAS**ARDS win their court case.

Please sign the pledge.
Albert Snyder, grieving father of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, has been ordered by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to pay legal costs to Westboro Baptist Church (see full news article here). These costs were incurred when Mr. Snyder sued over the hateful and despicable protest the church waged during his son’s funeral. Now, the landmark case has moved to the U.S. Supreme Court, and his court costs continue to mount. Show your support during this difficult time by signing the Declaration below.

http://donate.vfw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=2010_albert_snyder_pledge

Veterans day specials?

My friend tells me that a Denny's in the area is giving out free meals on Veterans Day (Wednesday) to any active duty military or veteran, with military ID. I'm all about free food! I'm not sure if that's a one store special, or if that's across the whole Denny's chain. Does anyone know?

Also, does anyone know of any other Veterans Day specials going on? I heard Applebees might have something, too. :)

Thoughts on this f'n guy?



*later edit*

This is the blog: http://www.scribd.com/events/18979728?user_id=9207429-nidalhasan

Where he wrote this on May 20, 2009:

NidalHasan scribbled: There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that "IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE" and Allah (SWT) knows best.

An historic day.

Today, President Obama signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act into law, which authorizes Congress to approve the VA health care budget at least one year in advance. With the President's signature, timely, predictable funding for veterans' health care will become the norm, VA Secretary Shinseki will be set up for success, and the VA will be forced to become a more proactive department.

Michael Steele spreading lies...



When the Chairman of the Republican Party has to depend on fear-mongering and blatant lies to defend their position, it's a sad day for America. As a VA patient, I know better; and I also know this is a slap in the face of the caring people who work at VA health care facilities.

EDIT:

I didn't mean to turn this community into a political discussion. I only wanted to point out that it isn't right for political figures to accuse people, who in many cases are themselves veterans, of trying to move their patients to commit suicide. It's unfair and deceitful, regardless of whether the accuser is a Democrat, Republican, or 'other'.

Beware of veteran scam organizations!

I get calls from telemarketers, and I'm sure most of you do also.

Before you give money to these people - check them out online. If they don't have a web site, or ESPECIALLY if they are not listed by www.charitynavigator.org or similar groups - forget it! There are numerous scumsucking pigs out there who are running scams. They use telemarketing primarily to get money, and maybe 10% of it actually goes to veterans - the rest goes in their pockets.

I actually had one of these callers say, "Oh, ALL of it goes to veterans!" Bull... every organization has administrative and marketing expenses. Charities are required to be registered in the states, but there is very little the states can do as far as monitoring these organizations.

The pond scum that does this kind of thing are very good at making you feel bad over the phone. Don't fall for it; do a little investigation first.


This came across my Facebook page today; a friend who is a legislative associate for the VFW posted it.

 

The biggest problem I have with that video is that by identifying the student as a veteran you are insinuating that this is a common occurrence with veterans at colleges and universities. My experience is the complete opposite; veterans tend to be the most respectful of their professors and instructors and the most disciplined and productive.

 

The other problems I have are with the student’s portrayal of the veteran, the stereotyping of all veterans (and thereby service members) as ignorant and prone to anger, and no mention of the use of a veteran’s affairs office, or the possibility of PTSD. With all of the actual challenges that veterans face, especially some of the disabled veterans that I know, colleges and universities should be reaching out to veterans not stereotyping them.

 

Another one of my friends and fellow veterans who works for a women’s veterans advocacy organization had this to say:

 

This is how significantly huge the disconnect is between our universities and our Servicemembers. They actually thought there was nothing wrong with this video... and if a university such as Penn State is this out of touch, imagine what the rest of America's universities must think about veterans.

 

Enough is enough. The protestors of the 60's and 70's have become the professors of today's youth. Now their ideas are outdated and off line with the whole of today's society.They grew up in a different time when they were unable to differentiate policy with the people who served under those policies. America's youth, today, are quite a bit different.

 

As veterans continue to seek out higher education and utilize the benefits they've earned with their selfless service, these misinformed people will perhaps gain some perspective. It's through veterans and vets' groups like Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and soon American Women Veterans that this education of our educators will occur.

 

Perhaps they should have done a bit more research with any of these organizations before producing the video... or even their own student veteran population.

 

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