..as an American on terrorist threats..

“Peace will come when ‘they’ love their children more than they hate us.”  Golda Meir

Praying for peace.

“Pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom”

‎=( … as Ronald Regan said best: “They were not afraid to stand up for their country or, no matter how difficult and slow the journey might be, to give to others that last, best hope of a better future.

We cannot and will not dishonor them now and the sacrifices they’ve made by failing to remain as faithful to the cause of freedom and the pursuit of peace as they have been. 

 I will not ask you to pray for the dead, because they’re safe in God’s loving arms and beyond need of our prayers. I would like to ask you all—wherever you may be in this blessed land—to pray for these wounded young men and to pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

God bless you, and God bless America.

http://www.presidentreagan​.info/speeches/lebanon_and​_grenada.cfm

From then, to today..we remember and give thanks

A Tin Can
Sailor

By: MMC Joseph
Early, USN (Ret.)
USS Vammen (DE-644)
USS Gregory (DD-802)
USS Furse
(DD-882)

A tin can sailor
Is a friend, indeed
He’ll come to your
aid
In a time of need

He’ll laugh at your jokes,
Agree with your
lies
And happy being
Just one of the guys.

After some lengthy
Maneuvers at sea
His mind
is focused
On a good liberty

When he first sets foot
On the ship yard
docks
You know where he’s from
By the way he walks.

And he walks quite fast
To his watering
hole
Where he becomes prey
For some one to roll.

If he should get rolled
He shows no
regrets
If they left him change
For some cigarettes

then on the way back
To his ship once more
He
walks funnier
Than he did before

Like all good sailors
After they unwind
Rolls
up his sleeves, and
Gets back to the grind

There’s the heat from steam
And many long
hours
Little fresh water
For taking showers

But he doesn’t mind
Any part of this
He’s a
tin can man
And that’s how it is

When his ship departs
And enters harms way
He
will state with pride
“Just earning my pay.”

And as they proceed
Through the jowls of
hell
He’s pleased with himself
For performing well

When the ship returns
To home port once
more
He takes the credit
For winning the war

Then in later years
In civilian life
He will
settle down
With a lovely wife

While at his bedside
And on bended knee
He
will pray for those
Who were lost at sea

After drifting off
Into a deep dream
He’s
back aboard ship
And cranking up steam

His mind often dwells
On his old
shipmates
Cherishing his years
With those reprobates

At ships reunions
He’s first to arrive
With
his sea stories
The past comes alive

And the bond that formed
While part of the
crew
Becomes stronger still
With their past on review

That same bond they share
No one can
sever
All tin can sailors
Are shipmates forever

http://www.destroyers.org/other%20information/poets%20corner/poem-a%20tin%20can%20sailor-2.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5T0fBcDu5U

 

From the Minute Men in the birth of our country and those who served around the world,  to our service men and women of today, those who have stood to protect and defend our Constitiution, our Country and her people, thank you.

“God Bless the Mothers”

National Day of Prayer (since 1775) “Warriors Prayer”

The Psalms
91

Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD,

He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,

and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,

and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;

nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 nor for the pestilence thatwalketh in darkness;

nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,

and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold

and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which ismy refuge,

even the Most High, thy habitation;
10 there shall no evil befall thee,

neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.10

to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in theirhands,

lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.11
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:

the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Lk. 10.19
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:

I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:

I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,

and show him my salvation.

http://nationaldayofprayer.org/outreach/military-ministry/

BZ! and THANK YOU.

“Now I lay me down to sleep…one less terrorist this world does keep…with all my heart I give my thanks…to those in uniform regardless of ranks…you serve our country and serve it well…with humble hearts your stories tell…so as I rest my weary eyes…while freedom rings our flag still flies…you give your all, do what you must…with God we live and God we trust….Amen”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmta7GwXCpo

Contact Congress about them using our military as pawns and fodder

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Above link will connect reader with their Senators and Congressmen/women.  Our servicemen/women have been fighting for near a decade…and now on three war fronts, many are engaged in humanitarian missions throughout the world and were the first to Japan..and still there.

Please contact your ‘representative’ and remind them that our servicemen/women put everything on the line to protect and defend our country, and they should not have to worry/concern themselves with the insecurity of will they or will they not be paid.  With illegal immigration, our current economy and difficult job market/high unemployment,  our returning Veterans are looking at added challenges to their transitions back.

—–update 5/2/11— Thank you Congressman Tim Bishop for the reply/response/letter.

May 2, 2011

Dear  (my name),

I share your concern for the wellbeing of our service members and their families.  I am pleased that legislation to fund the governmentthrough September 30th has been passed, guaranteeing that pay for members of the military will not beinterrupted.

A delay in pay for our men andwomen in uniform would be the most unfortunate effect of a government shutdown, as it would add anotherburden to families who have already sacrificed so much.  You may be interested to know before the budgetagreement was reached, I pledged to donate my daily salary for each day the government was shut down to charities that serve those in need, including the Friends of the Fighting 69th, which supports theFamily Readiness Unit of the historic, Long Island-based Army Infantry Battalion.

Thank you again for sharing your views. I encourage you to visit my website at http://www.house.gov/timbishop for more information andto find out about other important issues that I am working on in Congress. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tim Bishop
Member of Congress

update 7/27/11:  http://www.military.com/news/article/little-support-for-pay-troops-first-bill.html?ESRC=eb.nl

WELCOME HOME and THANK YOU. Vietnam Veterans Day March 30th.

http://veterans.senate.gov/rankingmember/ranking-press-releases.cfm?action=release.display&release_id=2aa7e16a-9bad-4c3e-ab8e-a076cd861d93

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/

From Ron Fox, friend and Vietnam veteran:  To my brothers and sisters who served with me.  This is very moving and reminds me of how proud I am of all of you that served with me in that far off distant place that lives in our hearts and minds. This film is worth seeing over and over again. This is a video made by and for Michigan Vietnam Veterans, but I believe all of you should appreciate this.  http://www.v-prod.com/trailer_vietnam.html

(Above post/link from Blue Star Mom Pat and below link/You tube Video from double Blue Star Mom Patty – Chewy (Biker Dog) and his driver bring such a wonderful tribute as the Patriot Guard Escorted “The Wall That Heals” on March 29, 2011.  Semper Fi.  BRAVO ZULU and Thank you.)

“My boy was much more to me, than a name on a wall”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YisFkvI_-o&feature=player_embedded#at=94

Wounded Warrior heckled at Columbia University 2/21/11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb3oqoAU4S0

 

Wow…a Wounded Warrior is heckled during a short speech he gave in support of the reinstatement of the R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) to Columbia University in New York City.  Discrimination.

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based, officer commissioning program, predominantly in the United States. It is designed as a college elective that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_Officers’_Training_Corps

According to the ‘history’ page in Columbia’s web site, they did have an R.O.T.C. program from 1916 to 1969.  Today, the Army R.O.T.C. goes to Fordham University and the Air Force to Manhatten College  http://www.columbia.edu/cu/rotc/hist.htm

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/rotc/army.htm

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/rotc/airforce.htm

Columbia’s mission statement:

Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.  http://www.columbia.edu/content/mission-statement.html

 

So how does this vilification, discrimination and osterization exist in direct contrast to the core of the university’s mission statement:  it’s desire ‘to attract a diverse student body….teaching on global issues…expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and convey the products of its efforts to the world.  ?????

This young man stands above the crowd.

dis·crim·i·na·tion

–noun

1.

an act or instance of discriminating.
2.

treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favorof or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, orcategory to which that person or thing belongs rather thanon individual merit: racial and religious intolerance anddiscrimination.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/discrimination


Combat Faith: ‘using the virtues of faith to silence the demons of war’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RViaBqR6V7A&feature=player_embedded

http://www.woundedsoldierhealingwarrior.com/InterviewonLarryKingLive.htmlAllen B. Clark Jr.

http://www.combatfaith.com/Index.html

 

From Allen 2/17/11:

I was interviewed about my war wounding and healing on CBS Channel 11 Dallas-Ft. Worth Feb. 16, 2011.

The Honorable Allen Clark 469-831-0841
Founder, Combat Faith Ministry, www.combatfaith.com

Author, Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior
www.woundedsoldierhealingwarrior.com

To listen to Allen’s interview on 2/16/11, click on this link:

http://goo.gl/OXkaO