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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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”

Sunday, May 6, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

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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VETERANS: Why politicians hated Armistice Day but love Veterans Day

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017-Nov-11

Those who fail to learn from history end up harming veterans

Why politicians hated Armistice Day but love Veterans Day Retweet
By Perry Willis 

Veterans Day will be observed on Friday, November 10th this year. It used to be called Armistice Day, in memory of the moment when the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

Armistice Day was a valuable holiday!

It reminded people of the biggest mistake the political class ever made — a world war fought over nothing! Alas, the politicians could not abide such a reminder of their own folly, and so they changed Armistice Day into something they could exploit — Veterans Day.

Whereas Armistice Day highlighted the dangers of militarism and interventionism, politicians now use Veterans Day to promote those schemes. They loudly proclaim…

“Our soldiers fought to preserve our freedom!”

We want to stress-test that claim. We will, as we have done before previous military holidays, circulate a series of articles. Each article will review a different U.S. war and answer the following questions… Armistice Day

  • Did the war defend America?
  • Did the war defend freedom?
  • Did the war improve things?

We believe the evidence is overwhelming that U.S. wars have…

  • Endangered U.S. security
  • Reduced freedom
  • Harmed the world
  • Injured and destroyed veterans for little benefit

You’ll be able to judge for yourself as we present the evidence. We do this because…

We want to prevent the loss of more young lives in useless wars!

Alas, experience has taught us that we can’t speak the truth on either Veterans Day or Memorial Day. We’re met with howls of outrage on those days, while sweet-sounding lies are embraced with enthusiasm. Fortunately, we’ve found a more receptive audience in the days immediately before Veterans Day and Memorial Day. So look for several articles over the next couple of weeks, before the holiday.

In preparation, I want you to quickly consider the two most common criticisms I’ve received about my articles…

  1. I supposedly blame America for everything.
  2. I supposedly benefit from hindsight based on knowledge that was unavailable at the time.

If you read my articles closely then I think you’ll see that the second criticism is completely untrue. All of my arguments are based on facts that were widely known at the time. And the charge that I blame America for everything is equally false. I don’t blame America for anything! I blame U.S. politicians! But I do focus on the U.S. for two important reasons…

  1. The U.S. is so powerful that it’s mistakes have a disproportionate impact on the world. It’s been said in many ways by many people, “When the U.S. catches a cold the rest of the world catches the flu.”
  2. I have some small ability to influence things in my own country, but almost none in other countries.

If you find the series of articles we’re about to present of value, please share them with others. Start a conversation about the correct way to honor veterans and the war dead. We believe it should be possible to honor their courage and mourn their loss, without telling lies about how they were used. And if you’re new to our work and like what you see, please subscribe using the form near the bottom of our homepage! It’s free!

Perry Willis is a co-founder of Downsize DC and the co-creator of the Zero Aggression Project

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Let’s honor the KIA, MIA, and vets of all wars but returning the holiday to Armistice Day and bring all the girls and boys home now! 

Dona Nobis Pacem

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VETERANS: Don’t thank me; kick a politician’s ass

Saturday, November 11, 2017

IN RESPONSE TO “Thank you for your service!” … … provatemessages & Facebook postings

… … as well as Veterans’ Day sales and offers

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No one has to “thank me”. And business can NOT “leverage” it for sales. It was the way things were done then. And sadly “we the sheeple” including me did not realize we were being fooled. Shame that a lot of good men were Kia, mia, and wia as well as forever scared. That can’t be taken cheaply.

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FACEBOOK POST 

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No one has to “thank me”. And business can NOT “leverage” it for sales to me. It was the way things were done then. And sadly “we the sheeple” including me did not realize we were being fooled. Shame that a lot of good men were Kia, mia, and wia as well as forever scared. That can’t be taken cheaply. If folks want to say “thanks”, then demand the girls and boys come home NOW! The USA is not serious about how these hero’s are used. Argh!!!

Sorry for the rant, but Armistice Day makes me sad for all the vets who didn’t come home or came home “broken”. And for the children of vets who had their lives shortened by Agent Orange that came home with Dads. And, especially mad at all the people who let THEIR politicians and bureaucrats waste blood and treasure on Quixotic or idiotic foreign adventures. And that includes all parties and most all Presidents since George Washington.

Sorry for the foul mood but I’m mad and sad. That’s not a good combo for me.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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Sorry, but I’m not “celebrating” Veterans’ Day, Armistice Day, or any other day on the bodies of a lot of good men and women.

Argh!

(Have to make a joke to lighten my spirits. Ping me if you want to know how I really feel!)

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No one has to “thank me”. And business can NOT “leverage” it for sales to me. It was the way things were done then. And sadly “we the sheeple” including me did not realize we were being fooled. Shame that a lot of good men were Kia, mia, and wia as well as forever scared. That can’t be taken cheaply. If folks want to say “thanks”, then demand the girls and boys come home NOW! The USA is not serious about how these hero’s are used. Argh!!!

Sorry for the rant, but Armistice Day makes me sad for all the vets who didn’t come home or came home “broken”. And for the children of vets who had their lives shortened by Agent Orange that came home with Dads. And, especially mad at all the people who let THEIR politicians and bureaucrats waste blood and treasure on Quixotic or idiotic foreign adventures. And that includes all parties and most all Presidents since George Washington.

Sorry for the foul mood but I’m mad and sad. That’s not a good combo for me.

Dona Nobis Pacem

VETERANS: Setting and meeting tougher standards

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The 10-Point”

Army Strong 
The U.S. Army’s decades-old physical-fitness test could get more physical soon, with the aim of encouraging more-practical training and preventing injury. Among the six events in the proposed overhaul of the Army Combat Readiness Test: a barbell lift, a sprint with 40-pound kettlebells and a brutal new style of push-up. With one set of passing standards and no adjustments for age or gender, it reflects a U.S. military where all combat jobs are now open to women. The test would be a dramatic shift for the Army, long a bellwether of civilian health and fitness. Tens of thousands of soldiers can’t be deployed because of injuries, Army leaders say, many caused by poor physical fitness.
 

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Finally, some common sense in this crazy “politically correct” world!

I don’t want unfit men OR women who can’t deploy. It just makes it dangerous for everyone.

For the jobs where you sit on your butt all day, outsource them to civilians.

AND, why not make the physical items as part of shaping the force in terms of retention.

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