In 1986 Caspar Weinberger designated April to be the Month of the Military Child. Children whose parents serve, experience unique situations and sacrifices (dad/mom absent for extended periods of time–limited contact, frequent moves homes/schools,) older children are aware of the personal danger their parents face and may be without a close support system (close relatives nearby..) to help/connect with.
The above link is to “Talk Listen Connect”– a program for children whose parents are deployed. This program is from Seasame Street, hosted by Cuba Gooding Jr.
I want to ask a few simple questions. And then I shall answer them.
What has happened to our vaunted idealism? Why have some of us been behaving like scared chickens? Where is the million-throated, democratic voice of America?
For years it has been dinned into us that we are a weak nation; that we are an inefficient people; that we are simple-minded. For years we have been told that we are beaten, decayed, and that no part of the world belongs to us any longer.
Some amongst us have fallen for this carefully pickled tripe. Some amongst us have fallen for this calculated poison. Some amongst us have begun to preach that the “wave of the future” has passed over us and left us a wet, dead fish.
They shout–from public platforms in printed pages, through the microphones–that it is futile to oppose the “wave of the future.” They cry that we Americans, we free Americans nourished on Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence, hold moth-eaten ideas. They exclaim that there is no room for free men in the world any more and that only the slaves will inherit the earth. America–the America of Washington and Jefferson and Lincoln and Walt Whitman–they say, is waiting for the undertaker and all the hopes and aspirations that have gone into the making of America are dead too.
However, my fellow citizens, this is not the real point of the story. The real point–the shameful point–is that many of us are listening to them and some of us almost believe them. Read the rest of this entry »
A Navy Mom friend Babs just sent me a request to:
|Pass The Emergency DoD Supplemental Funding Bill|
|The emergency Department of Defense (DoD) supplemental funding measure – HR 1591 – will be acted upon in the coming days. In both the House and the Senate, slim majorities passed supplemental appropriation bills that set deadlines for withdrawal from Iraq and provide billions of dollars for pork barrel projects. When it comes to funding our troops, we have no time to waste. The clock is literally ticking for our troops in the field.|
With the recent news of troops tours of duty being extended from 12 to 15 months (consider if you didn’t see your wife/mom/sister, husband/dad/son for a year and a half- while every day the country they are in-trying to help some like you- and some consider you an enemy) — our troops – our American Military Family who are there no matter what the papers say, while politicians take vacations, spring breaks (!)-How about they get a spring break–I just don’t understand how they can do that?? will toss around the possibilities of cutting funds and state a date of withdraw (we all look forward to having them home safe again) – But, consider what that means in practical terms for those who are there right now or being sent back there again (and again and again) Read the rest of this entry »
Do you know a hero when you see one? There is currently some conflict in CO about erecting a statue of a hero: Navy SEAL Daniel Dietz of Littleton CO. He was on a 4 man mission behind enemy lines in Afghanistan in June 2005, when the SEALs were out numbered but fought beyond bravely on. Of the four only one survived. Type SEALs, Daniel Dietz, Michael Patrick Murphy, Matthew Axleson, Medal of Honor into your search engine read… because of their actions on that day–they ensured/enabled the survival of their fellow brother.
We are surrounded by real heroes-and many time we don’t even know it. Because of them, others live. Because of them, we live in peace and freedom in the midst of war and strife. Because of them, we have hope.
This link will connect you to 10 Lessons learned from a janitor.
Some veterans/heroes bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain haunted look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – – – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s alloy forged in the refinery of adversity .Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can’t tell a vet/hero just by looking.He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She – or he – is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in DaNang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another – or didn’t come back at all.
He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat – but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.
He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say “Thank You.” That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU”.
Army units’ Iraq and Afghanistan tours lengthened to 15 months
WASHINGTON — All active-duty Army units deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan will serve up to 15-month tours instead of the standard 12 months overseas, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »