Chuck Hagel warns: Troops are ‘close to the breaking point’
Politico ^ | 23 Jul 13 | PHILIP EWING
Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:20:54 PM by SkyPilot
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Monday that U.S. troops are “close to the breaking point,” after many deployments — and Congress risks worsening the situation if it doesn’t help the Pentagon with its budget.
“Our people are strong and resilient after 12 years of war, but they are under stress — and so are the institutions that support them,” Hagel told the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the group’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky.
(Gunny G: ATTN VETS: What Do YOU Think?????) ~ McClellan: One last call to service – end military funeral honors : News
Who is eligible for military honors at a funeral? According to the program’s website, virtually all veterans who have received an honorable discharge are eligible. A veteran does not have to be buried at a national cemetery to receive military honors. The honors teams travel to private cemeteries.
Both the federal government and the state government are broke. So why are we providing military funeral honors for all veterans? It is a nice gesture we can’t afford.
Certainly, men and women killed in combat deserve full military honors. It’s a way for the country to say, “We honor the memory of those who died in our service.” These military honors — and the thought behind them — are intended to provide some solace for the families of the fallen.
Brooke County, WV – A McDonald’s restaurant earned a fair share of controversy Wednesday when an American flag was shown to he hanging upside down early in the morning, thought initially to be a protest of the results of the 2012 election.
Many wondered whether or not the McDonald’s upside-down flag was a deliberate political message. Turns out, the upside-down flag wasn’t intentional disrespect, but rather a timely, accidental coincidence.
A local reporter for NEWS9 had called the McDonald’s restaurant earlier Wednesday to ask why the flag was flown upside-down, usually taken as a sign of distress. Reportedly, the employee who answered the phone said that the flag was flown that way on purpose.
Later, a person identifying herself as a manager of that particular McDonald’s called to clarify her employee’s comments.
VFW ^ | 01 AUG 2012 | Kelly Gibson
Posted on Sunday, August 05, 2012 2:27:14 PM by BCW
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The pen is definitely mightier than the sword. And the dragon vest. Please read this book. Published by the greatest Constitutional scholar that has ever lived. Paul Andrew Mitchell.
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Screw the Troops
Life on the Pentagon‘s Shit Heap
March 4, 2011
You see them here and there, usually in countries where they can afford to live, barely—Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico. They are the Pentagon’s throwaways. There is the old guy, old now anyway, who took several rounds in one of our previous pointless wars, one in Asia, and ended in constant irremediable pain.
Little was, or is, visibly wrong with him. Nerve damage is hard to see. Some parts don’t move as well as they ought, but it’s nothing he couldn’t live with.So he gets a small disability pension and lives on ferocious pain killers, always.
They make his mind gauzy and when he gets important letters from the government, such as those to see whether he is still alive and should continue getting his pension, he doesn’t understand and throws them away. He is not pleasant to be around because he tells the same stories over and over.
Some VFW guys keep him from dying moaning in a crap apartment over a bar.It was a terribly important war, though, to do something or prevent something I can no longer remember, and billions in military contracts had nothing to do with it.
Another guy, a tunnel rat while in his teen years, screams at night and rolls off his bed to avoid incoming. He was present at some atrocities which, had they been discovered, would have been isolated incidents or, today, collateral damage. He can keep them out of his head by day but at night they come.
If you want a case-book example of bad PTSD, he is it and clearly, to me anyway, a victim of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant with which the military contentedly poisoned the troops. It was a war, you see.
Bad things happen in wars.
You might think that a prominent veterans organization like the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW would actually reserve its political endorsements for, you know, veterans, or at least those politicians that actually demonstrate some level of respect for the military.
But you would be wrong. And the problem is not just the VFW; rather, the VFW’s current lobbyist-driven fiasco simply serves to illustrate how out-of-touch the Washington in-crowd is with the feelings of us benighted souls dwelling outside the beltway.In the Florida 22nd Congressional District race, incumbent Democrat Ron Klien is running against Republican challenger Allen West. Actually, he’s properly addressed as Lieutenant Colonel Retired Allen West, a decorated combat veteran who commanded a battalion in Iraq until he was forced to retire after making a 9mm suggestion to a captured terrorist that it would be a very, very smart move to give up some information about future attacks against LTC West’s men.
Now, that’s not to say Congressman Klien does not have a distinguished military record of his own – to be fair, apparently he saw most of Saving Private Ryan on AMC once, though he found it pretty scary.After due consideration- which apparently means the VFW’s lobbyists told it to do so – the VFW endorsed Klein.Okay, sometimes an organization makes a mistake. I mean, it’s not like the VFW decided to endorse, say, a liberal Democratic senator who tried to humiliate an Army general testifying by demanding that he call her “Senator” instead of the perfectly appropriate “ma’am,” or who allowed her fundraisers to be hosted by the likes of Hanoi Jane.
That would be, well, crazy.Oh, wait. The VFW is endorsing leftist Senator Barbara Boxer. Yeah, the same Barbara Boxer who voted to undercut us troops as we sat out in the desert waiting for Operation Desert Storm to start. Yeah, the same Barbara Boxer who undercut the troops by voting to cut and run in Iraq. Yeah, that Barbara Boxer – the one who will be running around using the VFW’s shameful endorsement as a shield against the truth of her track record of contempt for our military.