Warrior Wednesday: Once a Soldier Always a Soldier

7-2-14 11:03 AM EST: “Judge not that ye be not judged; we carried the torch to the goal. The goal is won: guard the fire: it is yours: but remember our soul Breathes through the life that we saved, when our lives went out in the night: Your body is woven of ours: see that the torch is alight.” ~ Edward J. O’Brien, On the Day of Achievement

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Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you ~ Deuteronomy 32:7

’Tis a far, far cry from the “Minute-Men,” And the times of the buff and blue To the days of the withering Jorgensen And the hand that holds it true.

’Tis a far, far cry from Lexington To the isles of the China Sea, But ever the same the man and the gun— Ever the same are we ~ Edwin L. Sabin, The American Soldier 1899.

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God and a soldier all people adore In time of war, but not before; And when war is over and all things are righted, God is neglected and an old soldier slighted. ~ Anon.

This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remember'd; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother... ~ Shakespeare , King Henry V St. Crispin’s Day Speech

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They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green ~ Psalm 92:14

To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. ~ from LC John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields

So many men I see every week when I go to town are a little bent with age, gray hair peeking out from under their Veteran’s caps, but still, whenever I get a chance to talk to one, or shake their hand to thank them, there is still strength in them, especially in their faces. They still have that quiet dignity, which except for their caps, seems to say “I have served my country” and so many would gladly do it still if they could. These honorable men (and women too!) are leaving us too quickly, but their legacy can live on – not just by those of us who want to learn from them, but by those who follow in their footsteps.

We as younger generations can learn much from those of the older generations, if we listen and accept the torch whenever it is handed to us.
In honor of all those who have passed the torch, this is for you, a reminder that once a Soldier, always a soldier you will be. Thank you. Have an awesome Warrior Wednesday.

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Freedoms and Rules Of Engagement – Red Friday

6-20-14 10:17 AM EST: As a civilian, I have certain rights that I can say what’s on my heart to say. I can redress, petition, and criticize the Government. No matter one’s political preference, each American has these rights- that is unless you are a currently serving in the military.

While many take our rights for granted our military are not permitted to publically challenge the acts of our Government or criticize policies. While it is understandable, how are those who are affected most by ROEs supposed to fight with their hands tied behind their backs as they’re in the heat of combat or in extreme circumstances surrounded by enemies in the field?

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VA Whistleblowers On The Receiving End of Blowback

7-1-14 12:14 PM EST: Well, people have tried to become VA whistleblowers, and have been retaliated against. It's almost as if the VA union is circling the war wagons around the bloated bureaucracy isn't it?

Unions. You'll find the union label stitched or glued on and across all aspects of this mess. They just want more ya' know? More money, more protection from pink slips (if that's even possible), and more self-centered, rather than patient-centered benefits.

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Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Presented with the Medal of Honor

6-19-14 3:24 PM EST: Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter was presented with our nation's highest award today, the Medal of Honor. A couple of days ago we presented his story and an interview with this humble young Marine. He is both a fine example of those desired qualities U.S Marines exemplify, and a heartening example of just the kind of human being this country still produces.

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Warrior Wednesday-American Military’s Got Talent

6-25-14 12:28 PM EST: For Warrior Wednesday, I wanted to find a more uplifting way to spotlight some of our Military men and women, and I found just the thing. Most of us think of our Troops and Veterans as well, Troops and Veterans. We know they’re good at what they do but we don’t know their hidden talents. Over the years I’ve found that there are many talented folks out there who are quiet about what they do, whether they like to write, paint, act or sing.

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New Marine Officer Brings The Ceremony to Her Grandfather

6-19-14 10:22 AM EST: Newly minted Marine Officer, 2nd Lt. Taylor Batye's grandfather could not come and see her graduating ceremony so, she drove 16 hours and brought the most important part of that ceremony to a very important part of her life...her very own grandpa, who is also a retired Army Sgt. himself. The picture says so much, the article says much more.

SALUTE!

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U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi: Mom Speaks Out

6-23-14 11:51 AM EST: Three months and counting as Andrew Tahmooressi sits in a Mexican prison. He accidentally crossed into Mexico at night. The border was not marked and he had three legally registered guns with him. In Mexico they call that gun running, or trafficking.

The White House website has over 120K signatures on it to help get Tahmooressi released. The threshold is supposed to be 100K signatures. The White House hasn't responded in any way. An appropriate response would be to get him out of there and back home.

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Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter To Receive Medal of Honor

6-17-14 2:59 PM EST: A special Military Salute to Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter who threw himself on a grenade to save his friends. It was November 21st 2010 in Afghanistan.

Kyle and a fellow marine, also his best friend, were on top of a roof providing security for other marines inside a compound they had taken over the previous day. An attack was initiated by the enemy and the next thing Kyle remembers he woke up at Walter Reed Medical 5 or 6 weeks later.

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