VETERANS: Only vets should vote!

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/pz46fl/what_is_something_that_a_fictional_chacter_said/

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•Posted byu/ThomasTheGreatGenius 
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What is something that a fictional chacter said that stuck with you ? [SERIOUS]

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“A soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic of which he is a member, defending it, if need be, with his life. The civilian does not.” — Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois (Ret.) and student, p. 26 Starship Troopers (1959) by Robert A. Heinlein 

This resonated with me. As a VietNam era vet, I realized that only vets should vote. I lost friends in the Republic of, had friends and relatives come back “different”, and even lost my best friend who went underground to avoid the draft.

Only vets should vote, because they UNDERSTAND (I’d use the Heinlein word ‘grok’) what it means to send young women and men in “harm’s way”. When politicians and bureaucrats vote for war, I’d hand them a rifle and say “OK, Pops, you go first!”

Dona Nobis Pacem

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VETERANS: DNF D-Day

https://www.dday.org/the-memorial/

Bedford boys

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Bedford, Virginia… Like eleven other Virginia communities, Bedford provided a company of soldiers (Company A) to the 29th Infantry Division when the National Guard’s 116th Infantry Regiment was activated on 3 February 1941. Some thirty Bedford soldiers were still in that company on D-Day; several more from Bedford were in other D-Day companies, including one who, two years earlier, had been reassigned from the 116th Infantry to the First Infantry Division. Thus he had already landed in both Northern Africa and Sicily before coming ashore on D-Day at Omaha Beach with the Big Red One. Company A of the 116th Infantry assaulted Omaha Beach as part of the First Division’s Task Force O.

By day’s end, nineteen of the company’s Bedford soldiers were dead. Two more Bedford soldiers died later in the Normandy campaign, as did yet another two assigned to other 116th Infantry companies. Bedford’s population in 1944 was about 3,200. Proportionally this community suffered the nation’s severest D-Day losses. Recognizing Bedford as emblematic of all communities, large and small, whose citizen-soldiers served on D-Day, Congress warranted the establishment of the National D-Day Memorial here.

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Having met some D-Day vets I’d say the common factor was their humility.

Not sure that I’d have had the stones to do what they did,

And, I hope such courage will never be required again.

GBA

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VETERANS: WWII Midway vats were of stern stock

https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3965033/posts

Leadership and Sacrifice at Midway June 4, 1942
self | June 4, 2021 | self
Posted on 6/4/2021, 1:02:44 PM by Retain Mike

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A great summary of the battle of Midway.

It’s hard to imagine the courage it took to go up facing certain death in obsolete hardware to take a swing and hope for a “lucky strike”.

The American experiment was save here by a bunch of tough men.

Where will they come from when need again?

GBA

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VETERANS: Remember and recover ALL the Vets

https://nypost.com/2021/05/15/honored-at-last-the-heroes-of-flying-tiger-line-flight-739/

Honored at last: Remembering the heroes of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739
By Jane Ridley

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The Sargent family, including Judith (from left) and Clifton and daughter Jennifer Kirk, lost Clifton’s brother, Donald, when Don’s military flight disappeared.Six decades after their loved ones vanished into thin air, relatives of the victims of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 — 93 soldiers aboard a secret-mission flight chartered by the US Army in the buildup to the Vietnam War — want answers.

They gathered together Saturday for a ceremony in Columbia Falls, Maine, organized by the non-profit Wreaths Across America at a memorial to honor the fallen.  

“The memorial ceremony offers some closure,” Marie Mull, 82, told The Post of her brother, Sgt. Clarence Ganance of Rensselaer, NY. “We’ve always wondered what happened . . . probably always will.”

Nobody knows exactly what happened on the morning of March 16, 1962, because no bodies nor debris — not even a single piece — have ever been recovered.

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Some sources claim the elite team of Rangers aboard Flight 793, mostly communications specialists, had been hand-picked by President John F. Kennedy as part of a covert operation involving the CIA. It has since emerged that in early 1962 — three years before American ground troops “officially” entered the Vietnam conflict — the US had advisors training indigenous tribes in Laos and Cambodia. As the agency was trying to determine if America should join the ongoing war in Southeast Asia, the situation was politically sensitive.

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Repeat demands from legislators, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, led to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests and the release of heavily redacted military documents — but that has only caused dissatisfaction among bereaved family members frustrated by the absence of clarity.

“It’s called the runaround,” concluded Crumpler. “Nobody [in the political system] has an answer so they just keep sending us elsewhere.”

Neither the government nor military has taken an official stance on the mission or what might have happened to the flight. A report by the Civil Aeronautic Board released after the crash merely stated that “the board is unable to determine the probable cause.”

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Right now, she said, “It’s as if James and the other men never existed.”

The appeals have so far been thwarted by the Department of Defense which claims those aboard Flight 739 were not participating in an “official” combat mission.

She, along with the other grieving families, believes the unveiling of the Maine memorial is a step in the right direction.

“The Rangers’ creed says ‘Leave no comrade behind,’ but these men were left behind,” pointed out Monica Young, whose father, John C Wendell, Sergeant First Class, disappeared the day before her 15th birthday. “Thanks to this [Saturday’s] remembrance, they’ve no longer been left behind.”

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Sorry, but the Gooferment’s “official mission” is just bureaucratic “new speak” for “we don’t give a s#$%”!

I think as part of every vet’s “celebration” — Independence Day, Decoration Day, and Veterans’ Day — we should take the opportunity to demand that “our representative” account for the Gooferment’s past actions that cost good men and women their lives, happiness, and posterity.

Argh!

I will; will you?

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VETERANS: Vietnam War Veterans Day March 29th

Vietnam War Veterans Day March 29th

On March 29, our Nation will commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day on its 50th anniversary. There are several virtual events, live webcasts and 2021 traveling wall schedules posted to help us remember and respect the nine million American men and women – more than six million of whom are living today – who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during our involvement in Vietnam from November 1, 1955 to May 7, 1975. 

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Sadly for all those that didn’t come home and those that were so badly damaged — both recognized and unrecognized.

A special place in Hell for all the politicians and bureaucrats that sent them there.

Let’s honor them by bringing all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

Requiescat In Pacem. Dona Nobis Pacem.

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VETERANS: Doris “Dorie” Miller, U.S. Navy mess attendant 2nd class

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/29/917816651/a-military-first-a-supercarrier-is-named-after-an-african-american-sailor?fbclid=IwAR1QkeW1B3KEFqATaE_h0ROVLUq_x-KiuxESikrmBtJiGTyls_NEUer14wQ

A Military 1st: A Supercarrier Is Named After An African American Sailor
September 29, 2020 @ 5:01 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
JAY PRICE
FROM NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO – WUNC

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Doris “Dorie” Miller, U.S. Navy mess attendant 2nd class, became one of the first American heroes of World War II for his actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
U.S. Navy/National Archives

Military names can echo down through the ages, a fact underlined by the current fight in Washington, D.C., between President Trump and Congress, which has voted to strip the names of Confederate generals from several Southern Army bases.

The president has vowed that won’t happen, but the battle might not be resolved before Election Day.

The Navy, meanwhile, has quietly charted a new course. A supercarrier now on the drawing boards will be christened the USS Doris Miller.

It’s the first supercarrier to be named for an enlisted sailor and the first to be named after an African American.

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I “knew” some of the story from high school history but never knew the man’s name. 

Hopefully this is something that the children learn in school.

Requiescat In Pacem Dorie.

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VETERANS: Nemo Resideo

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/12/21/americas_mias_coming_home_653955.html

America’s MIAs: Coming Home
By Christopher D. Brady
December 21, 2020
 
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On December 23, 1944, 24 year old Captain Lawrence Dickson flew his P-51D Mustang on a routine surveillance mission into Italy and crashed. He became one of the 27 Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails) Missing in Action (MIA) in World War II.  In spite of a post-war scouring of Europe for U.S. service members, it took 68 years to locate his crash site.  His remains were excavated in August 2017 and identified 15 months later using advanced DNA techniques.  This is indicative of how difficult it is to locate, excavate, and then identify missing service members.

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The concept of the Latin phrase nemo resideo, or “leave no one behind,” is almost as old as warfare itself. Greek mythology portrayed heroes who rescued those captured by enemies.

Unfortunately we have in the past and I guess “we” will in the future.

Personally, I think that the politicians and bureaucrats should be held to account for the girls and boys who ARE left behind!

AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!

Maybe then they will be incentivized to get everyone home?

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VETERANS: American Legion HQ warns about tents for “outdoor dining”

2020-11Nov-30

I was copied on an email from the New Jersey State department of the American Legion warns about tents for “outdoor dining” being “non-conforming” after November 30th.  They recommended the Post may need to get a permit, inspection, and make modifications to “conform”.

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My reaction was; “I wish that the State Department would push back harder against King Murphy’s diktats.  They are killing the economy as well as our post.  It’s only a matter of time before the Post will go under.  And, the facts about lockdown don’t match reality,  They don’t know squat about this virus. http://www.wrongaboutlockdown.com

Argh!

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VETERANS: Inspiration in Steadiness From Band of Brothers Paratrooper, Carwood Lipton

During a season of intense stress in history, Carwood Lipton, an elite World War II paratrooper from the Band of Brothers, provides a prime example of someone who held things together. On a wintery evening in Belgium’s Bois Jacques woods, Sergeant Carwood Lipton slipped through the twilight from foxhole to foxhole, encouraging the soldiers in his care.

Source: Inspiration in Steadiness From Band of Brothers Paratrooper, Carwood Lipton

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A great read for Veterans’ Day!

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VETERANS: Memorial

Image: Wikimedia Commons The Anthem Veterans , in Anthem, Arizona, consists of five white pillars representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each pillar contains a slanted elliptical opening, and the five are arranged so that at 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day, November 11, the sun’s light passes through all five and illuminates the Great Seal of the United States, which is inlaid among 750 red paving stones engraved with the names of veterans.

Source: Memorial

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Neat. And make me sad for all the vets.

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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VETERANS: Lawrence Brooks, the country’s oldest-known World War II veteran … …

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/acts_of_kindness/article_1577e026-05bb-11eb-a7d8-03d066f206a6.html

Oldest World War II veteran gets new roof in New Orleans, thanks to phone call, volunteers
BY KATY RECKDAHL | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
PUBLISHED OCT 3, 2020 AT 3:57 PM | UPDATED OCT 3, 2020 AT 8:56 PM

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When Lawrence Brooks, the country’s oldest-known World War II veteran, turned 111 in September, he received more than 10,000 cards, a salute from a squadron of aircraft and a happy birthday call from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

His daughter, Vanessa Brooks, 60, heard her father’s end of the conversation, as the governor thanked him for his Army service and chatted with him about his big birthday. As the call concluded, it seems, the governor told Mr. Brooks to reach out if he needed anything.

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I don’t know if the Governor did anything or there was publicity that made it happen.

And, I’m very pleased with what happened!

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VETERANS: How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Veterinarian & How To Make Sense of all Face Mask Orders

Dear Stevo, Just wanted to thank you again for your advice and encouragement regarding resistance to mandatory mask mandates. I have an appointment with my vet this week. The vet clinic has a “mandatory” mask requirement, with which I do not intend to comply.

Source: How To Invoke a Face Mask Exemption at the Veterinarian & How To Make Sense of all Face Mask Orders

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In another talk about the misery caused by using euphemism to dull the language Carlin said “I bet you, if we’d have still been calling it shell shock, some of them Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. But it didn’t happen, and one of the reasons is because we were using that soft language, that language that takes the life out of life. And it is a function of time, it does keep getting worse.”

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OK!  Let’s go back to calling it “shell shock” and help any of the vets that are still around and have not suicided!

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VETERANS: 2 Vets and the tragic V.A. waiting list (PODCAST) | Sharyl Attkisson

How the lives of two veterans intersected in a tragic way, revealing serious problems in the system intended to help soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury.

Source: 2 Vets and the tragic V.A. waiting list (PODCAST) | Sharyl Attkisson

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You can’t listen to this and not be ENRAGED at the politicians and bureaucrats of the Veterans Administration.

I know that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy. But in this case, they have “outdone” themselves with possibly criminal neglect of of returning combat vets with Brain Trauma Disorder (BTD) and PTSD.

I pray for my fellow vets and will ask any politician seeking my vote what they have done on this issue, if anything.

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VETERANS: Once again the US Gooferment reneges on a commitment

Bugle Blasts July 2020 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 12 Number 1 Cell: 703-861-0726 Email: bugleblasts@gmail.com

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DOD Immigrant Soldier Citizenship Promise Broken by U.S. – source Military.com

Six soldiers have filed a class-action suit charging the U.S. promise of citizenship for service – dating back to the nation’s founding – has been broken by DoDs restrictive policies on naturalization. The six non-citizens, who all enlisted in the Army under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program ( MAVNI), alleged new and lengthy security checks for possible terrorist ties and other measures have effectively blocked them from obtaining citizenship. The suit, filed on their behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union, charges DoD policies enacted in 2017 “unlawfully obstructed the ability of thousands of service members to obtain citizenship, placing them in a state of personal and professional limbo.”

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An inexcusable action!

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VETERANS: Do NOT bring back the draft; repeal its legislation

Bugle Blasts July 2020 Vienna VA 22181
Volume 12 Number 1 Cell: 703-861-0726 Email: bugleblasts@gmail.com

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As I begin the 12th year of Bugle Blasts – something different – a rare editorial comment.

The Selective Service System and a Draft

There is occasional talk about bringing back the draft to replace or supplement the All-Volunteer US military. Having retired from the Army and having worked as a civilian for Department of the Army, the Selective Service System and Department of Veterans Affairs, a return to a draft is an option I have generally supported since I believe it would provide a better cross-section of the nation’s youth vs. the all-volunteer service. But would it be practical course of action?

If a draft (which, under present laws, would be all-male) were authorized today, the Selective Service System could provide the first allotment of 100,000 men in approximately 13 days, with additional allotments to arrive subsequently. So, where would they be sent for training? Where would they be housed? Where would the uniforms and equipment come from? Who would do the training? Where would they be sent when basic training was completed? Finally, how would they be paid? The first month base pay for the first allotment of 100,000 would be about $180,000,000 (a new recruit earns about $1,800 a month base pay). But today about 56% of new enlisted personnel are married and have families (70% of new officers are married), so all that additional pay and allowance-reiated cost would be added on top, plus medical care, quarters, schools and more.

Before the US initiated the WW2 draft an Army Private or Navy equivalent earned $21 a month base pay, unchanged since the Civil War, and all recruits were unmarried. It is interesting that in 1940 when the War Department mobilized the National Guard, a National Guard Private earned $1 a day. Their pay could not be reduced to $21 a month. As a result there was an immediate pay raise for all active military personnel.

So, while a draft might be an excellent idea, there are a few problems associated with taking such an action.

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America was a different place both before the draft by Abe Lincoln and after Viet Nam.

In the prior time, “We, The Sheeple” joined their State militia.  In the later time, “We, The Sheeple” had see enough young boys ground into hamburger.

I oppose the “DRAFT” as unconstitutional slavery. Ditto of the various forms of “draft” disguised as “training programs”, Gooferment-sponsored volunteer “opportunities”, and any form of “public / private partnerships”.

It’s the “endowed by their Creator” part that prohibits Gooferment coercion.

And, let’s not forget that the Dead Old White Guys abhorred a “Standing Army”, as well as “special militias” like the BATF, FBI, etc. etc. and (let’s not forget) the (well armed) Department of Agriculture.

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VETERANS: Veterans’ Day should be renamed to Armistice Day

2019-Nov-11

https://mailchi.mp/tomwoods/new-ebook-318817?e=39307912ab

Pro-war propaganda
Tom Woods

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Pro-war propaganda.

A fellow I do a fair amount of business with posted on social media today that this is not a day for “antiwar propaganda.”

Nonsense.

Veterans’ Day was originally Armistice Day, in commemoration of the cessation of hostilities in World War I. The armistice was signed in the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918.

For four years, Europe tore itself apart, and sent millions of men into a meat grinder for no good reason. Tens of thousands would die, and the front would move a matter of yards.

Especially on this hundredth anniversary of the original Armistice Day, how does anyone seriously expect to honor the fallen without any discussion of the madmen who sent them into this horror?

Did their deaths occur in some abstract realm, outside time, space, and causation?

Or were they killed in specific ways, under orders from particular people?

Anyone speaking in mere platitudes today is an enemy of mankind.

The left-liberals and neoconservatives alike, who always seem to put aside their pretend differences when an idiotic war is in the offing, and who make saccharine speeches about democracy and openness and peace, are enemies of mankind.

As a reminder of how deranged our cultural elite and political establishment are, how many major political figures of the past hundred years have been dismissed from polite society for urging too much war?

There are lots of things that get you demonized and ostracized in America, but that ain’t one of them.

Usually it gets you called a “statesman.”

This is deranged.

Especially on Veterans Day should we speak out against war and the lying propagandists who foment them.

And the state cheerleaders who make excuses for them. (Why, Saddam really did have WMDs! etc.)

Especially culpable are the so-called conservatives who claim to distrust government propaganda — and yes, they’re indeed very sound on the milk subsidies question — but who can’t ape that Pentagon press release fast enough.

To hell with all of them.

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The best way to “celebrate” Veterans’ Day is DEMAND that “we” stop creating so many of then, and “wasting” their lives,  IMMEDIATELY.

Never met a vet who disagreed.

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VETERANS: Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

2019-May-27

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle998-20181111-03.html

History most people will never know.
Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
by Unknown Person on the ’Net
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 62 years since the first casualty.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps LCpl Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. I wonder why so many from one school.

8 Women are on the Wall, Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

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For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, brothers and sisters of our friends, neighbors, classmates, fathers, husbands, wives, uncles, aunts, fellow workers, fellow students, sons and daughters There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.

I’ve also sent this to those that I hope care very much, and I thank you for caring as you do.

[Tip o’ the Hat to to Jim Woosley, who sent this along.

And I must ask, what did all those mostly young people die for? Not for their country, there was no benefit to their country from that “war” (since it was not declared by Congress it couldn’t be a war). Did they die so American tire manufacturers could continue to get cheap rubber from the plantations? Or what? Nobody knows, and those who know—if any—aren’t telling. — Editor, (who has a number of guys he grew up with listed on that wall.) ]

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What can one say?

Not all the “casualties” are on the Wall.  There are many, who were “collateral damage”, like my best friend from high school who went underground as did a ⅓ of the eligible draftees and died in an MVA while “hiding”.

Sad to say, it was a national disaster and a national disgrace. 

Argh!

“Happy” Memorial Day.

Can we all tell the politicians and bureaucrats to stop wasting lives like these?

Argh!

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VETERANS: Where is a national apology to all the in-country Viet Nam vets?

2019-Mar-29

FROM Karen O’Connell Bednarski

Today is a day put aside for the service personnel of the Viet Nam Veterans Era, especially those who were in Viet Nam. .. to all “welcome home?…think of good memories and thank you for your service!

MY RESPONSE:

I was only in “the Era”; not out in the boonies. Those guys — mostly men — deserve a national apology to them and their families for what they brought home (i.e., the multi-generational harm of Agent Orange). Those are the real heroes.

And, let’s not forget those who never got to come home and those who went underground and to Canada to avoid being sent to the “meat grinder” for no good reason other than the hubris of politicians and bureaucrats. Thanks, Ike, JFK, Nixon, McNamara, and their ilk.

Makes me sad to think of my lost best friend and all those who came back “changed”.

And, my amazement is that “We, The Sheeple” have learned nothing from it. We have decades of constant war. Sending now young women, and men, into various “meat grinders” around the world for no good reason that I can determine.

Argh! If only we’d have elected Ron Paul, then we’d have a sane foreign policy. Instead of new KIAs, MIAs, WIAs, and broken Vets to regret creating.

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VETERANS: An outrageous push to mutilate a war memorial

It looks like America’s next big religious-freedom case could center on the war memorial known as the “Peace Cross.” The Supreme Court justices recently agreed to hear the case this year.God

Source: An outrageous push to mutilate a war memorial

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To find this is “religious” is absurd!

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VETERANS: “Let There Be Light” The Documentary The Army Suppressed

Authored by Chris Calton via The Mises Institute, At the end of the second World War, filmmaker John Huston got a commission from the US Army to produce a documentary of new treatments for psychiatric casualties of the war. This occurred when experimental treatments such as hypnosis or injections of sodium pentothal were being introduced into psychiatric therapy.

Source: Let There Be Light: The Documentary The Army Suppressed

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What else has the Gooferment stamped as “SECRET” to avoid “bad optics”?

Pity the poor vets (TWENTY PER CENT!!!) who were put threw a mental meat grinder for the pleasure of the politicians and bureaucrats.

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VETERANS: Veterans Affairs Dept. won’t repay underpaid GI Bill benefits

2018-Dec-01

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/veterans-affairs-dept-tells-congressional-staffers-it-won-t-repay-n941491

Veterans Affairs Dept. tells Capitol Hill it won’t repay underpaid GI Bill benefits recipients

  • The news conflicts with a promise VA officials made to a House committee earlier this month that it would reimburse those veterans who received less than the full amount they were due.
  • Nov. 28, 2018 / 8:40 PM EST / Updated Nov. 28, 2018 / 8:52 PM EST
  • By Phil McCausland

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For weeks, student veterans across the country have raised an alarm about delayed or incorrect GI Bill benefit payments, which the Department of Veterans Affairs has blamed on computer issues.

But on Wednesday, the department told congressional staffers that it would not reimburse those veterans who were paid less than they were owed, two committee aides told NBC News.

The news conflicts with a promise VA officials made to a House committee earlier this month that it would reimburse those veterans who received less than the full amount they were due.

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Are the politicians and bureaucrats this “tone deaf”?

When are we going to stop screwing around with Vets?

Argh!

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How elite military and scientific teams bring home fallen U.S. soldiers | Popular Science

All of Oxford’s siblings, friends, and his ­fiancée were dead by the time his family held a service for him in a high school auditorium near Concord. Nonetheless, hundreds of people turned out—dozens of relatives, as well as scores of neighbors, veterans, local politicians, and other well-wishers. At a cere­mony before the burial, a framed photo of the airman stood next to his casket. Beside it, his family placed pictures of the other seven Hot as Hell crewmembers.

Source: How elite military and scientific teams bring home fallen U.S. soldiers | Popular Science

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No man left behind!

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VETERANS: All veterans need “new blood”

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/corkman/news/american-legion-seeking-new-blood-36867995.html

American Legion seeking ‘new blood’
Maria Herlihy — May 5 2018 12:00 AM

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The American Legion was founded in 1919 in Paris and is a non-profit, patriotic, wartime vetrans organization and has since grown to be the nation’s largest wartime organization of 2.5 million worldwide members. It was  founded on the values, contributions and sacrificies of those who answered their country’s call to arms.  

A person who is seeking to join must have served in the marine corps, coast guard, army or the air force. However, Pat Mulcahy explained that they did not have to have been in combat but they must have served in the army during war time. 

“I’m afraid our members are dwindling downwards due to age and this year we lost four members,” he said. 

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Sadly true. Seems like the young vets don’t join either the AL or the VFW.

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VETERANS: I wonder how much “Agent Orange” damaged vets

SERVICE REFLECTIONSOF AN AIR FORCE VETERAN DEC 2017 TSgt Samuel McGowan, Jr.

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What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? 
 
After obtaining my private pilot’s license, I enrolled in Advanced Flying Training using my GI bill benefits. By the time I up for my third reenlistment, I had my commercial pilot’s licenses with instrument and multi-engine ratings and my flight instructor certificate. I was unhappy with the way the military was changing after we withdrew from Vietnam so I decided not to reenlist even though I had 12 years in service.

I went into aviation, first as a flight instructor and charter pilot then was hired as a corporate pilot by a major corporation (Ashland Oil.) I flew corporate from 1984 to 2000 then flew as contract pilot until 2010 when I was placed on medication for nerve pain caused by Type II diabetes that the FAA does not approve.

Since I quit flying, I have spent my time writing. I’ve authored several books, some of which are Air Force related. They can be seen at http://www.sammcgowan.com/books.html. I had intended to finish out my 20 years in the Reserves or guard but when I went for my physical, I learned I was just over the enlistment weight. I never joined either the Reserves or Guard.

I am currently rated 60% disabled due to Type II diabetes and complications caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

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Special place in hell for the person who decided to use that “weapon”.

As well as for all the politicians and bureaucrats that sent us to an unwinable war.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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VETERANS: Not a parking space in sight

2017-Nov-13

FJohn Reinke shared New Jersey 101.5’s post.32 mins · 

Drove by but there wasn’t a parking space in sight. I’ll visit again after all the hype is gone to say thanks.

http://nj1015.com/jersey-shore-bars-nfl-ban-pays-off-in-patriotism-and-positivity/

New Jersey 101.52 hrs · “The day was overwhelmingly positive. … There was no negative talk about the NFL, only the love and respect our veterans deserve.”

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