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  • Navarre Beach Crash Site
    Duty to Country Is Deadly Business
    I awoke to the news that 7 Marines and 4 Army soldiers went missing, all presumed dead, after a special operations training mission helicopter crashed not far from where I live; not far from the pristine beach where I took the picture that sits...
  • Remembered
    Young American Revolutionaries are honored in Newark
    They were male adolescents who were forced to grow up really fast to protect America, the country that they loved so much. They fought valiantly in American Revolutionary War to transform America into an independent nation, one that would no...
  • returning soldiers needing medical care
    A Culture of War: The Maltreatment of Those Who Served
    War has become an integral part of the American way of life. At any one time there is no less than 130 conflicts ie; (wars) going on in every corner of the globe. American “interests” are represented in nearly two thirds of these. On a...
  • Americans divided on real war with ISIS
    Americans divided on real war with ISIS
    If the decision to send thousands of soldiers could be predicted, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe the United States will likely be forced to send combat troops back into Iraq to fight ISIS. That includes 36 percent who say it is "very...
  • “The Ballad of the Green Berets” - Sgt. Barry Sadler
    Five golden oldies that pay tribute to the military on Veteran's Day
    On Nov. 11 when we celebrate Veteran's Day, we recall that rock n' roll music in the decades of the '50s and '60s often used soldiers as themes, either about their work overseas or about love stories involving them. There were...
  • Dachshund greets soldier on Veteran's Day
    More Dachshunds welcoming home soldiers: Happy Veteran's Day
    People loved it when last year I culled some of the best YouTube videos of Dachshunds welcoming home their masters after long deployments overseas in the military. So, it's appropriate that on this Veteran's Day, we once again remember our...
  • VA Secretary Robert McDonald
    VA leader vows heads will roll; up to 1,000 facing pink slip
    Out with the old and in with the new, could well be the motto of the new leader of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). When former head Eric Shinseki resigned several months ago, Robert McDonald took over as the new Secretary of Veteran...
  • Walk a Mile in Our Boots
    Walk a Mile in Our Boots event to benefit iPads for Soldiers
    This Veteran's Day, Sunday, November 9, iPads for Soldiers, a local non-profit organization, will host its first annual "Walk a Mile In Our Boots" walk-a-thon. iPads for Soldiers raises funds to send iPads to deployed soldiers and...
  • Identity and honor in Disney's 'Mulan'
    Identity and honor in Disney's 'Mulan'
    Inspired by an ancient Chinese poem, and paying homage to an extraordinary and courageous heroine, "Mulan" the ninth jewel in the Disney Renaissance Era, brings to life the story of a young woman who defies the expectations of her people...
  • Soldiers accused of smuggling immigrants into US
    Soldiers smuggle immigrants: While in uniform, three soldiers arrested in Texas
    Three soldiers are being charged with smuggling two illegal immigrants at separate times over the U.S.-Mexico border and into Texas. The accused were formally arrested earlier this week on October 9, and were said to be in uniform when the illicit...
  • Women in combat: anything you can do, we can(not) do better
    Women in combat: anything you can do, we can(not) do better
    When Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat last year, he was met with the expected frenzy. Men who have spent time in combat seem best qualified to offer insight and have given overwhelmingly negative opinions. Women already serving seem...
  • Burning garbage heap of smoke from a burning pile of garbage
    Toxic burn pits: A story of wounded soldiers & environmental disaster
    Something that is not really common knowledge is how important it is for the military to be able to quickly and safely dispose of hazardous waste and toxic chemicals - especially during a time of war. The preferred method of disposal is to utilize...
  • Disabled Sports USA: A Half Century Later
    Disabled Sports USA: Still Growing Strong
    Summer is waning but that does not deter the dedicated members of the Disabled Sports USA. “Providing adaptive sports opportunities for people with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through sports is just one...
  • ROBIN WILLIAMS: DEPRESSION AND DELIVERANCE
    ROBIN WILLIAMS: DEPRESSION AND DELIVERANCE
    ROBIN WILLIAMS: DEPRESSION AND DELIVERANCEI really enjoyed Robin Williams’ work as it related to Mork and Mindy. I understand that he did a lot of good things in his life but the first time I watched his stand up routine, I thought it was...
  • families of soldiers coping with PTSD
    Shattered Lives: Soldiers who suffer from PTSD - Part 1
    Email interview with a mother of a returning soldier with PTSDMilitary duty may be over for many veterans but what happens to them when they get home? Unfortunately, the answer is quite shocking many veterans are left on their own battling a...