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    02/02/2012 9:05:23 AM PST · by SMARTY · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Feb 2, 2012 | Unknown
    TAKES 10 SECONDS ... DO IT AND PASS IT ON Own a Gun? Please Keep This Moving Guess they were not happy with the poll results the first time so USA today is running another one... Vote now Attorney General, Eric Holder, has already said this is one of his major issues. He does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms. This takes literally 2 clicks to complete. Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today. It will only take a few seconds of your time. Then pass the link on to all...
  • For Freedom's Way

    02/02/2012 6:57:00 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 1+ views
    V-USA ^ | February 15, 2009 | Tom Hoefling
    For freedom’s way the patriots bled, The crosses mark our honored dead. More clearly than mere words e’er may That field lays out their final say: No greater love, they gave it all, In answer to man’s highest call. But don’t forget that most returned. To them we owe esteem they earned. And last of all, remember this: Our LORD betrayed by one mere kiss. For from within true danger lies, Though carefully as friend disguised. So fight my friend, from where you stand, For freedom rides on every man. E pluribus unum
  • St. Louis hosting 1st big parade on Iraq War's end

    01/28/2012 11:29:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 2 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | Jan. 28, 2012 | JIM SALTER
    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Large crowds are gathering in downtown St. Louis to honor Iraq War veterans Saturday during the nation's first big welcome home parade since the last troops left the country in December. Veterans dressed in camouflage lined up alongside military vehicles at the start of the parade, while organizers handed out small American flags to people along the route, many holding signs reading "Welcome Home" and "Thanks to our service men and women."
  • The Only War We Had

    01/26/2012 10:34:18 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 3 replies · 1+ views
    24Jan2012 | Major Don Martin, USA (Ret)
    There is nothing quite like the smell of burning human feces in the morning. If this first sentence offends you, I make no apologies. It may offend you because you have never been in combat, or if you were in a combat zone you were far enough in the rear to enjoy modern conveniences. It reminds me of a Harley-Davidson T-shirt which many riders have worn so proudly, including yours truly. Of course, the shirt is emblazoned with an artist's cool rendition of a raucous H-D, but the words thereon say it all. "If I have to explain, you wouldn't...
  • Arlington National Cemetery Historic Photos

    01/18/2012 5:11:05 PM PST · by shove_it · 5 replies · 1+ views
    From the 1906 Book "The Latest Views of Washington", L.H. Nelson Company, Portland, Maine. Except where noted, all materials are from the collection of Michael Robert Patterson. Updated 22 January 2006
  • Middle Class Aided Its Own Decline

    01/11/2012 12:43:36 AM PST · by raygun · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | Froma Harrop
    This was the Year of the Middle Class -- as in, its falling incomes, loss of job security and anger. The global economic forces fueling the decline, such as foreign competition and computers, have been well reported. But what about cultural factors? Is the middle class going down partly because it stopped acting middle class? For those who remember the American middle's golden era of 40 years ago -- or see it reconstructed on TV dramas -- the cultural losses are pretty shocking. The middle managers in "Mad Men" returned to orderly homes with tidy children, even as their personal...
  • Eaglets Amazing Feeding

    01/06/2012 3:47:58 PM PST · by Revski · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Revski youtube Classics ^ | 1-6-2012 | Revski
    This animation of a mother American Bald eagle feeding her young eaglets in a high nest that is firmly perched in a tree top, inspiring event! The song of this video is the first and last verse of, Amazing Grace! The singer is female and unknown!
  • The role of the NCO has expanded over the years

    01/05/2012 4:19:57 PM PST · by shove_it · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1 Dec 2011
    Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery T. Stitzel, regimental sergeant major for the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), was the Army’s first NCO of the year in 2002 while serving as a sergeant first class. Since that inaugural competition – now known as The Best Warrior Competition and held at Fort Lee, Va. – Stitzel has seen the status of the noncommissioned officer evolve into having a more crucial role in the Army. "We’re asking noncommissioned officers to do things now at the staff level that we entrusted career course-graduate captains to do," Stitzel said. Adding, "You’ve got noncommissioned...
  • Just W O W !!!

    12/12/2011 5:11:49 AM PST · by SMARTY · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Unknown | December 12, 2011 | Unknown
  • At last, the U.S. POWs of Buchenwald talk

    11/23/2011 8:32:16 AM PST · by edcoil · 19 replies · 2+ views
    OCR ^ | 11-22-2011 | edcoil
    ANAHEIM – He was beaten. Marched before a firing squad. Starved at Buchenwald. Only a small twist of fate saved him – four days before the Nazis planned to execute him. They have survived Buchenwald. But the world isn't ready to hear it. After the war, they are told to not speak about it. The official U.S. stance was that no American POWs went to Buchenwald. "We were still negotiating certain things with the Germans," says Dorsey, of Temecula. "The government didn't want to upset people by saying U.S. servicemen were held in concentration camps."
  • 90th anniversary of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    11/18/2011 8:41:38 PM PST · by shove_it · 11 replies · 2+ views
    DC Military ^ | 4 Nov 2011 | Chelsea Place
    In a ceremony honoring American unknown Soldiers Oct. 26, Bruno Bourg-Broc made the following observation: “At the end of World War II, the French poet Paul Edwards said — regarding the millions of deported people who perished in Nazi concentration camps – that if the echo of their voice is extinguished, we will perish. “Similarly,” Bourg-Broc said, “we can say if the echo of the voices of these Soldiers who gave their lives is never heard again we too will perish.” Bourg-Broc is the deputy to the French national Chamber of Deputies and mayor to the city of Chalons, France....
  • Michelle Obama Announces Private Sector Commitments to Hire 100,000 Veterans & Military Spouses

    11/12/2011 2:16:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    JobMouse ^ | November 10, 2011 | Lynn Herman
    First lady Michelle Obama announced commitments from companies Thursday to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014, a dramatic step in her Joining Forces initiative. She said the show of support demonstrates to military families that “America has your back.” The first Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. In her keynote address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Steps Up: Hiring our Heroes event, Michelle Obama announced that the International Franchise...
  • Thank You to our Veterans

    11/11/2011 6:07:50 AM PST · by ixtl · 10 replies · 1+ views
    America by Heart | 2010 | Sarah Palin
    This appeared in Sarah Palin's "America by Heart." I think it is especially appropriate today. It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. .It is the veteran, not he politician, who has given...
  • Viral Video for Veterans Day

    11/10/2011 5:02:29 PM PST · by Madly57 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    A special Veterans Day tribute featuring Due Souths' song "The Good Guys" (written by a FReeper!!!) with a special message from Debbie Lee, whose son, Marc Alan Lee was the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq. Help make this video go viral, and in turn help Debbies'charity "Americas' Mighty Warriors" raise funds. You can hear more of Due South at "'
  • Pre-Approved VA Loan Service Questions (Vanity)

    10/25/2011 11:12:21 AM PDT · by jettester · 8 replies · 2+ views
    October 25, 2011 | Jettester
    I am looking to buy a home in the State of Illinois and wanted to know if anyone has had any experience with the on-line VA Loan programs that are available? Any in particular? Pros and cons of going this route?
  • Semper Fi: Non-active Marines called to "Occupy" (Blech!)

    10/24/2011 3:17:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News / The Ass. Press ^ | October 24, 2011
    A new group called Occupy Marines is calling on non-active duty Marines to support the "Occupy" protest movement. The group was formed online to support the Occupy Wall Street protests after videos circulated online of a Marine confronting New York City police, questioning their tactics used against Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.... (VIDEO AT LINK) In a video that has received nearly 2.5 million views, Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas of Roosevelt, N.Y. an Iraq War veteran, spoke out to police in New York's Times Square, charging that they were over-reacting to Occupy marchers - and shaming their uniform....
  • Afghanistan, January 2011 (collection of photos)

    09/28/2011 4:47:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 2, 2011
    Traditionally, fighting slows in the middle of Afghan winters as opposing sides dig in to establish gains already made or make plans to retake losses. This winter, coalition troops are working to solidify positions in former Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan, holding ground and working with locals. Meanwhile the Taliban continues its campaign of sporadic attacks, and steps up efforts to create a sort of shadow government in parts of eastern Afghanistan. Though conflicts were light last month, 32 coalition troops still lost their lives
  • A music-video tribute to all Vets

    09/25/2011 12:45:29 PM PDT · by Madly57 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    A brand-new music video from the group "Due South" pays tribute to our Military, both past and present, as well as first responders.
  • A music-video tribute to all Vets

    09/25/2011 12:45:16 PM PDT · by Madly57 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    A brand-new music video from the group "Due South" pays tribute to our Military, both past and present, as well as first responders.
  • Retiree Benefits for the Military Could Face Cuts

    09/19/2011 8:12:18 PM PDT · by Crazy ole coot · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New Youk Times ^ | JAMES DAO and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    snip... By far the most contentious proposal circulating in Washington is from a Pentagon advisory panel, the Defense Business Board. It would make the military pension system, a defined benefit plan, more like a 401(k) plan under which the Pentagon would make contributions to a service member’s individual account; contributions by the troops themselves would be optional. Mr. Panetta has said that if adopted, the plan would not apply to current military personnel.