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  • Polly Wanna Go Home?

    05/30/2008 7:26:50 AM PDT · by fings · 95+ views
    (TOKYO - When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught - recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help. Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor’s roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.) I imagine, while being kept at the police station, the parrot was banging his cage with a tin cup yelling, “Let...
  • WWII Vet Celebrates 100th Birthday At His Favorite Restaurant. (Hooters)

    03/14/2008 6:17:29 AM PDT · by envisio · 19 replies · 501+ views
    fox ^ | 03/14/2008
    If turning 100 doesn't win you the right to celebrate with busty waitresses in tight clothes, Iowa resident John Persinger can't imagine what does. The centenarian rang in his entry into the triple digits at Hooters on Wednesday, according to a report by The Des Moines Register. His late wife Vi wouldn't have objected, since she was a regular with him at Hooters, the infamous chain known for the cleavage it serves up with beer and buffalo wings. The Register notes that Persinger is one of only a few thousand American men that are 100 or older. "I don't know...
  • Remains of WWII vet returned to family for burial after 63 years

    12/30/2007 5:46:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 146+ views
    KVOA.com ^ | Lupita Murillo
    The remains of a World War II hero are returned to family members here in Tucson. For 63 years, the family of Tech Sgt. Hyman Stiglitz knew his plane was shot down over Germany. But not until now did the family learn of their loved one's heroic actions. It was the summer of 1944. Tech Sergeant Hyman Stiglitz was a radio operator on a mission flying over Germany. He was in a B-24 bomber part of the 492nd wing. Their target a bridge. But when they hit it not all of the bombs fell out putting the crew in danger....
  • America Supports You: Vet Receives Hero’s Welcome, New Home

    12/19/2007 3:27:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 271+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Devin L. Fisher
    CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Dec. 19, 2007 – A disabled Iraq war veteran thought he came here Dec. 14 to pick out colors and tiles for a bathroom remodel, but instead was surprised with the keys to a new home. Disabled Iraq war veteran Brandon Burke, left, is surprised with a new home during a live radio broadcast in Castle Rock, Colo., Dec. 14, 2007. American Military Family, Inc. teamed with 30 contractors to provide a fully remodeled, handicap-accessible mobile home to the former U.S. Army combat medic, who was permanently disabled during a 2005 mortar attack in Baghdad. Photo...
  • Airmen, civilians lay wreaths at Arlington

    12/07/2007 1:38:57 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 166+ views
    Air Force Print News ^ | 12/19/2005 | Senior Airman J.G. Buzanowski
    Airmen, civilians lay wreaths at Arlington http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123013643 by Senior Airman J.G. Buzanowski Air Force Print News 12/19/2005 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Despite the cold, wind and snow, about 75 people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 15 to lay more than 5,000 wreaths on gravesites, including four at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Since 1992, members of the armed forces, civil air patrol, veterans of foreign wars and several civilians have gathered to take part in the project, a brainchild of Maine resident Morrill Worcester. Mr. Worcester owns and operates a holiday decoration company. Thirteen years ago he...
  • Wreaths Across America

    11/23/2007 9:39:22 AM PST · by concretebob · 38 replies · 2,422+ views
    Wreaths Across America ^ | 23 November 2007 | concretebob
    On 15 December 2007, Wreaths Across America will be conducting its annual wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetary. This is a request for all DCFReepers and members of the DC Chapter of Protest Warrior to join me in lending a hand.
  • Natl Alliance claims >25% of USA Homeless are Military VETs!

    11/07/2007 4:56:06 PM PST · by Broker · 40 replies · 67+ views
    The Homelessness Research Institute ^ | 31 Oct 2007 | National Alliance to End Homelessness
    HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program Description (PDF | 52 KB | 1 page) Preventing and Ending Homelessness for America's Veterans (PDF | 53 KB | 1 page) Sample Local Press Release (DOC | 32 KB | 2 pages) Sample Op-ed (DOC | 30 KB | 1 page) Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness Among Veterans (PDF | 23 KB | 1 page) The Homelessness Research Institute, the research and education arm of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, will release Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness Among Veterans. This report details the number of homeless veterans by state, how housing and lack of housing...
  • Airman Missing In Action From WWII is Identified 1st Lt. James W. Blose

    09/27/2007 5:35:55 PM PDT · by Dubya · 15 replies · 100+ views
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | September 27, 2007 | U.S. Department of Defense
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is 1st Lt. James W. Blose, U.S. Army Air Forces, of Sharpsville, Pa. He will be buried Sept. 29 in Hermitage, Pa. Representatives from the Army met with Blose’s next-of-kin in her hometown to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. On April 22, 1942,...
  • Wounded Vet Leads Walter Reed’s Soldier, Family Support Center

    08/23/2007 4:34:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 393+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2007 – Permanently blinded and severely wounded by a booby trap in Vietnam in 1969, Stephen Maguire spent more than 17 months being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. Now Maguire has returned to Walter Reed to help wounded warriors and their families obtain assistance that wasn’t available when he was hospitalized here. He’s now director of the Soldier and Family Support Center at Walter Reed, formerly known as the Medical Family Assistance Center. The support center staff is a team of active-duty officers, noncommissioned officers and enlisted soldiers appointed by the commanding general to...
  • Humble hero visits RAF Lakenheath (MOH around his neck. Nam Vet)

    08/09/2007 5:19:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Airman Torri Ingalsbe
    8/9/2007 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England (AFPN) -- "I don't have anything really profound to say," said Col. Leo Thorsness, retired Air Force fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient. The colonel, who visited RAF Lakenheath Aug. 7 to speak to Airmen about the importance of teamwork and families as part of a successful military, received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Vietnam. Colonel Thorsness took the stage with a spring in his step and not looking all of his 75 years. He had bright eyes and many smiles as he recalled stories which focused on...
  • Vietnam Vet Overcomes Obstacles to Lead Troops in Iraq

    07/05/2007 6:30:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 375+ views
    Defense News ^ | Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett
    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gholston (right), a squad leader with the Oregon National Guard’s 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, talks with his fellow soldiers after coming off a range in June at Fort Dix, N.J. Gholston, a 52-year-old Portland, Ore., resident, rejoined the service after serving in the Navy when he was younger. Gholston and the rest of the 115th deploy to Iraq in August. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gholston Vietnam Vet Overcomes Obstacles to Lead Troops in Iraq By Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment...
  • America Supports You: WWII Vet Notes Cell Phone's Value to Troops

    05/05/2007 3:32:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 305+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2007 – When Purple Heart recipient Earl “Scotty” MacKenzie was a World War II Army sergeant, communications with loved ones back home from the South Pacific where he was serving were extremely limited. Earl “Scotty” MacKenzie (left) talks with Marine Sgt. Noah Tretter about the Cell Phones for Soldiers program during the third annual America Supports You Salute concert at the Pentagon courtyard, May 4. The concert, featuring local recording artist Jenny Boyle, kicked off Military Appreciation Month. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Oh my God, we had nothing, …...
  • Vietnam Vet Pace Passes Torch to New Generation of Leaders

    04/26/2007 5:37:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 467+ views
    WEST POINT, N.Y., April 26, 2007 – It seemed very much like the passing of the torch as Marine Gen. Peter Pace spoke to the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2007 here yesterday. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace speaks to cadets of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2007 in West Point, N.Y., April 25, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Pace probably will be the last chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with combat experience from Vietnam. He spoke to cadets...
  • Vet Claims Docs Removed Wrong Testicle

    04/05/2007 10:00:02 PM PDT · by Larry Lucido · 48 replies · 960+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 4/4/2007 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Air Force veteran filed a federal claim after undergoing an operation at a Veterans Administration hospital in which a healthy testicle was removed instead of a potentially cancerous one. Benjamin Houghton, 47, was to have had his left testicle removed on June 14 at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center because there was a chance it could harbor cancer cells. It also was atrophied and painful. But doctors mistakenly removed the right testicle, according to medical records and the claim, which seeks $200,000 for future care and unspecified damages. "At first I thought it...
  • Need FReeper Advice please, torn ACL (Dog)

    02/10/2007 7:10:45 PM PST · by Kimmers · 61 replies · 2,740+ views
    My 10 yo lab came up 3 legged lame today, diagnosed with a torn ACL. My vet is suggesting doing a procedure called a TPLO. I have seen pros and cons about this on the net and I was wondering if any FReepers had any experience with this. He is currently on Rimadyl and the poor thing is in a fair amounnt of pain. I do not see either one of us getting too much rest tonight. Thank you
  • America Supports You: Injured Vet Finds Future with Pizza Chain

    02/09/2007 3:37:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 510+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2007 – A U.S. veteran who lost both legs in 2004 when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq will begin a new career because his indomitable spirit moved a total stranger to give back to those who have served their country. Army Staff Sgt. Robbie Doughty and Michael Ilitch, the founder of Little Caesars Pizza, one of nation’s largest pizza chains, proudly stood side by side for the grand opening of the veteran’s new pizza store in Paducah, Ky., yesterday. Doughty, 31, was honorably discharged from the Army in July 2004 and began a long road...
  • America Supports You: Pennsylvania Vet Receives Brotherly Love (May Cause Bluury Screen)

    01/03/2007 4:47:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 345+ views
    America Supports You ^ | John J. Kruzel
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2007 – After Army Sgt. Pisey Tan was wounded in Iraq, he depended on others to do wash his clothes and perform his other household tasks. Now, thanks to a member organization of the Defense Department’s “America Supports You” program, chores that once were menial duty are now a measure of personal freedom. America Supports You spotlights and facilitates support among private citizens and the nation’s corporate sector for the men and women serving in the nation’s armed forces. “Homes for Our Troops,” teaming with Philadelphia-based homebuilder The McKee Group, designed and donated a handicapped-accessible home...
  • Oldest Man Turns 115 in Puerto Rico [Oldest vet]

    08/22/2006 1:30:04 PM PDT · by summer · 35 replies · 1,982+ views
    AP via Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2006 | FRANK GAUD
    Emiliano Mercado Del Toro combs his hair at his home in Isabela, Puerto Rico, Monday, Aug. 21, 2006. Mercado, born on Aug. 21, 1891, and certified the oldest man in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records is also the oldest living veteran. ... SABELA, Puerto Rico -- The world's oldest person celebrated his 115th birthday Monday, offering advice on healthy living at a party where he was serenaded by a well-known Puerto Rican singer. ..."I never damaged my body with liquor," said Mercado, who quit a 76-year smoking habit when he was 90. Mercado was declared the...
  • Decorated Vietnam vet back at war

    08/15/2006 5:48:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 570+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Ryan Hansen
    by Staff Sgt. Ryan Hansen 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/15/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- It may be surprising to hear that the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing has a Vietnam era Purple Heart recipient working at the wing. It is even more surprising to hear that the combat veteran is actually a C-130 Hercules deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. On the flight deck of aircraft 63-7865 is a plaque telling the story of one of the hardest working aircraft in the Air Force inventory. According to the certificate, on June 1, 1972, the aircraft was assigned to the 21st Tactical...
  • De-Barking Neighbor's Dog

    06/06/2006 1:55:57 PM PDT · by rawhide · 65 replies · 925+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 06, 2006 | AP
    A woman has filed a complaint against her neighbor, a veterinarian who, without permission, neutered her 10-week-old puppy and surgically quieted his bark. James Risch, the veterinarian, said he performed the procedures after he found the puppy barking on his porch and thought it was a stray. "He maimed my puppy," Nancy Miller wrote in the complaint to the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. "This man is a menace to animals and should not be allowed to continue to practice." She claims he took the dog from her fenced yard. He denies this. He said he gave the...
  • Important Update on Veteran Data Theft

    05/27/2006 12:07:34 AM PDT · by Eagle9 · 42 replies · 2,792+ views
    Military.com ^ | May 27, 2006
    Dear Military.com Member, As you may know, data was stolen from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This data contained identifying information on up to 26.5 million veterans and spouses, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and some disability ratings. At this time, we encourage you to be vigilant and monitor your financial accounts to protect yourself against identity theft. We have put together the following information to help you: Read the latest from the Department of Veteran Affairs Important FAQs What happened at VA and how does it affect me?How do I know if information on me was...
  • Medal of Honor Presented to Family of Pearl Harbor Vet

    05/19/2006 4:25:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 1,191+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 2nd Class (SW) Jason Thompson, USS Enterprise Public Affairs
    SPLIT, Croatia (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Adm. Harry Ulrich presented a Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously, to the family of Chief Watertender Peter Tomich during a solemn ceremony aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) May 18. Retired Croatian Army Lt. Col. Srecko Herceg Tonic received the award on behalf of Tomich. Tonic is the grandson of Tomich's cousin John Tonic. Tomich and the elder Tonic immigrated to the United States from what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina on the Croatian border. Commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Rear Adm. Ray Spicer said it was an honor and privilege to help deliver...
  • His online slogan: ‘Killem All Let Allah Sort Em Out’

    04/15/2006 10:32:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies · 2,650+ views
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | 4/14/06 | John Zaremba
    Signature phrase of Marshfield candidate upsets Imam Talal EidMARSHFIELD - The slogan appears right below Steve Barber’s name every time he posts a message on the popular Marshfield Forum online discussion board: ‘‘Killem All Let Allah Sort Em Out.’’ Where other forum users punctuate their messages with quotations or song lyrics, Barber uses a contemporary riff on ‘‘Kill ’Em All, Let God Sort ’Em Out,’’ a war cry coined by U.S. special operations forces during the Vietnam War. ‘‘I figure we’re fighting Muslims. ‘Allah’ works,’’ Barber said. Barber, 49, is a retired Army staff sergeant who, for the third time,...
  • Iraq War vet returns home to four-wheeled surprise

    03/27/2006 5:04:24 PM PST · by Rate_Determining_Step · 39 replies · 1,307+ views
    Ft. Wayne News Sentinal ^ | 3/25/06 | Associated Press
    An Indiana National Guard soldier who spent a year in Iraq returned home to a big surprise: In his absence, his friends had transformed his rusted 1967 Plymouth Barracuda into a deep blue, chrome-trimmed car lover's dream. Spc. Bob Metcalf, who had stored the rusted, hoodless, fenderless Barracuda in his brother's garage, left for Iraq last year. He had planned to someday fix up the old muscle car.
  • Another WW II Vet leaves this earth

    02/17/2006 12:33:17 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 11 replies · 501+ views
    Robert L. Schuck 2006-02-14 Robert Louis Schuck of Covington died Feb. 10, 2006, in Puyallup. He was 83. He was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Tacoma. He graduated from West Seattle High School. He served during World War II flying B-17 bombers in the 91st Bomb Group. He lived in Covington for 58 years. Mr. Schuck served at United Airlines for more than 30 years. He was an airline pilot for Commercial Aviation. After Mr. Schuck retired, more than 20 years ago, he and his wife, June Schuck, started Berrydale Forest, a U-cut Christmas tree farm in Covington. Mr. Schuck...
  • HE FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY ... BUT HE'S NOT WORTHY.

    02/15/2006 6:51:30 AM PST · by rattrap · 132 replies · 3,782+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 12 February 2006 | Neal Boortz
    His name was Gregory Boyington. Some called him "Pappy." He served as a combat pilot in World War II with the 1st Squadron, American Volunteer Group. This squadron was known as the Flying Tigers of China. Boyington later served as a combat pilot for the U.S. Marine Corps. He commanded Marine Fighting Squadron 214. Perhaps you've heard of this squadron. It was called the Black Sheep Squadron and was later featured in a TV series called "Baa Baa, Black Sheep." Boyington shot down 26 Japanese aircraft while serving in the Pacific. He was later shot down and spent 20 months...
  • Home Project Offers Wounded Vet New Beginning

    02/10/2006 5:00:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 427+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 10, 2006 | Paul X. Rutz
    WOODBRIDGE, Va., Feb. 10, 2006 – As he maneuvered his wheelchair through rooms under renovation yesterday, former Army Staff Sgt. Eugene Simpson celebrated the purchase of his new house and raised awareness that the project still needs more help to reach its goal. Homes for Our Troops recently purchased this house in Woodbridge, Va., and has begun renovations to accommodate former Army Staff Sgt. Eugene Simpson's injuries. The sergeant's spine was severed by shrapnel when he was serving in Iraq. The renovation is expected to last four months. Photo by William D. Moss  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • 40 years later, Vietnam Vet receives Purple Heart

    02/09/2006 5:15:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 524+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 9, 2006 | Cpl. Nich R. Babb
    MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2006) -- A Marine walks through a village in Vietnam while carrying out a mission of extreme importance. The day is warm and muggy and the villagers cower away whenever the Marine walks pass them. Suddenly, shots ring out in the distance and rounds impact around his location. His platoon sergeant goes down with the onslaught of bullets. The Marine reaches for his platoon sergeant's body to drag him away from the danger, but the wounded sergeant orders the other Marine to run and get his rifle. At that moment a warm...
  • Wounded vet stands tall again

    12/24/2005 2:37:24 PM PST · by csvset · 4 replies · 263+ views
    SFGATE ^ | December 24, 2005 | C.W. Nevius'
    On the Fourth of May, 2004, Jason Poole was in Iraq. Five days ago, he moved into an apartment. That may not sound like much to you. But those who love him understand that the journey between those two milestones represents something simple and clear. It is a miracle.
  • America Supports You: Iraq Vet Gives Back to Comrades

    12/07/2005 4:26:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 280+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Dec 7, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2005 – After serving 14 months in Iraq and feeling firsthand the positive effects of letters from home, Army Staff Sgt. Juan Salas decided to start a program to benefit his fellow servicemembers still serving overseas. Salas, who is part of the Army Reserve 411th Civil Affairs Battalion of Danbury, Conn., enlisted the help of his college president and staff and created "My Soldier." My Soldier supports troops serving in hardship areas by establishing pen-pal relationships between them and people back home. "By writing letters and sending occasional care packages, civilians contribute to the morale and quality...
  • 7th Fighter Squadron vet receives medals

    11/03/2005 4:51:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 414+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | Capt. Vince King Jr.
    11/3/2005 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFPN) -- Sixty years after serving in the Army Air Corps, a 7th Fighter Squadron pilot received a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal. First Lieutenant James Costley, a P-38 pilot in World Word II, received the last of his military decorations in front of three generations of his family, friends and fellow military veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Two Harbors, Minn., on Oct. 25. Lt . Gen. Donald Hoffman, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions deputy director, and Brig. Gen. Kurt Cichowski,...
  • Coughing Cats May Be Allergic to People, Vets Say

    10/28/2005 12:11:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies · 360+ views
    National Geographic Online ^ | 10/25/2005 | Maryann Mott
    Furry housepets—especially felines—have long been blamed for allergies and breathing problems in people. But now researchers at an animal hospital in Scotland say the discomfort can also work the other way around: Humans can trigger asthma attacks in cats. Cigarette smoke, human dandruff, household dust, and certain types of litter create inflammation in cats' airways and worsen asthma, the veterinarians say. Feline asthma is a common disease, with about 1 in 200 cats suffering from the condition. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Cats between the ages of one and five are most likely to develop asthma. Asian...
  • Mysterious disease hits waterfowl in Iran

    10/13/2005 10:32:46 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 19 replies · 774+ views
    Xinhua of China ^ | 2005-10-13
    PARIS, Oct. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- A mysterious disease hit waterfowl in west Iran, leaving thousands of dead birds, the cause is still unknown, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said here on Thursday. "A high mortality has been observed among wild waterfowl in Poldasht (in West Azerbaijan province)" said the Paris-based organization on its website. It noted that there was no pathological agent identified nor particular lesion appeared at the autopsy and that weakness and death are only signs of this affection. The OIE said a total of 3,673 wild waterfowl had died since thephenomenon was found on Oct....
  • Gaithersburg two-time combat vet fights in Iraq

    09/19/2005 6:12:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sep 19, 2005 | Cpl. Mike Escobar
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (Sept. 19, 2005) -- Corporal Darryl Toquinto is a warrior and a Purple Heart recipient who has seen combat in Afghanistan and Iraq and doesn’t mind the lulls that come between missions. "It's our job to be hot, bored and miserable, but suck it up and carry on with the missions," said the 24-year-old infantryman with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, a unit currently conducting counterinsurgency operations here. "We're here to do a job, and we know we didn't come out here for seven months of sun tanning and sitting in the AC." Although this Gaithersburg, Md., native...
  • Ralph, the story of a viet nam vet, as told by his wife. Updated

    08/30/2005 6:31:12 PM PDT · by mjaneangels@aolcom · 21 replies · 1,156+ views
    ProudVetWife | 08/30/05 | me
    See original thread here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1200566/posts August 20, 2005 In regards to: Ralph W. Hill Department of Veterans Affairs Medical & Regional Office Center 5500 East Kellogg Avenue Wichita, Kansas 67218-1698 Dear W. Hill: Subject: Application for Burial Benefits This letter has taken a long time to write, along with the decision that comes with it. I have debated and prayed for several months as to whether I should appeal your decision on Ralph’s death pension benefits. The fact that you made the decision that Ralph’s death was not service-related is what I disagree with. There are some things on Ralph’s...
  • Messy back yard lands owner in jail(city wages junk jihad against 88 year old WW2 vet)

    07/21/2005 3:20:38 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 42 replies · 1,288+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-21-05 | FREDERICK MELO
    Robert George Schulze showed up in Dakota County District Court on Tuesday to explain why, two years after he was cited by the city of South St. Paul, piles of wood still litter his back yard. Instead, Schulze, 88, was booked and placed in the county jail, where he is being held without bail for 30 days — or until he cleans up the clutter. "He's never been in prison before," said his wife, Mary, 84, standing in the offending back yard. "It will either kill him, or he's going to make a big story out of it later. I...
  • 94-year-old man dies after being beaten in his Florida home's garage

    05/07/2005 9:28:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies · 1,049+ views
    sandiego.com ^ | May 7, 2005 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LEESBURG, Fla. – A 94-year-old wheelchair-bound man was badly beaten inside his garage and died at the hospital later in the day, police said. Police believe Irwin R. Null went into his garage Friday morning to meet a man who was interested in buying his van. Null was selling the vehicle because he can no longer drive. Null's 91-year-old wife heard him moaning a while later, but she could not get inside the garage because his wheelchair was blocking the door. She called 911 and police broke down a side door. Officers found the retired truck driver and World War...
  • Larry Scott: Are You Really a Veteran? Rep. (R-IN)

    04/06/2005 4:22:07 PM PDT · by ColdWarNavyVet_dirsup · 10 replies · 521+ views
    Military.com ^ | March 29, 2005 | Larry Scott
    Steve Buyer is redefining your status (for the worse) Are you really a veteran? Better check it fast. I did. I've got my DD-214 that says "honorable discharge." I've got the red-white-and-blue VA identification card complete with lousy picture and the "service-connected" rating. So, I must be a veteran. Right? Not if Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN), chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, has his way. Buyer is trying to rewrite the definition of "veteran" in a cold and calculated manner that could cost millions of veterans their benefits. Buyer recently won a political tug-of-war and replaced Rep. Chris Smith...
  • Any Freeper Veternarians? Need Sick Viking Kitty Info (and prayers)

    03/12/2005 12:26:36 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 175 replies · 3,577+ views
    12 MAR 05 | dcbryan1
    Need Vet advice on sick freeper kitty.
  • Vet produces cd to make pigs horny

    03/04/2005 12:02:44 PM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies · 1,618+ views
    Ananova ^ | 03-04-05 | Staff
    A Belgian vet has produced a cd containing the noise of a grumbling boar to make pigs horny. The music is meant to make the sows excited in order to insert the sperm more easily by artificial insemination. According to the Belgian vet Frank Vermeiren the cd has proved already to be a big success in Holland. "I've already sold 400 of them and the results are terrific," he told Het Laatste Nieuws. Vermeiren is going to introduce the cd now in Belgium. "And the harder the music sounds, the more horny they become. A pig farmer I know, has...
  • 103-Year-Old Vet Last Of A Breed

    02/06/2005 6:21:38 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 24 replies · 1,665+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 5, 2005 | John McCormick
    The 20th--and last--name will soon be inscribed near the statue of a soldier that sits on the north end of the cemetery in Anna, Ill., a monument to the city's World War I veterans. The name belongs to Warren V. Hileman, laid to rest Friday with full military honors under an unusually warm February sky in southern Illinois. State officials say Hileman, 103, was the state's last veteran from the World War I era, a soon-to-be extinct group now estimated at less than 100 nationally. "It marks the end of an era of World War I veterans," Roy Dolgos, director...
  • Letter writing campaign

    01/08/2005 1:38:50 PM PST · by 82Marine89 · 80 replies · 1,485+ views
    82Marine89
    I went to the VA Hospital in La Jolla, California yesterday to fill a prescription and get a new knee brace. While I was there, I asked if they had any Iraq War vets as inpatients. I was told that there were. I then asked if they were receiving enough mail. That was probably a stupid question, because you never get enough mail when you’re in the military. It seems that the majority of letter writing campaigns were focused on the vets at Walter Reed, Bethesda Naval Hospital, and those presently ‘in country’. We need to let the rest of...
  • Artist Will Eisner has died

    01/04/2005 9:23:22 AM PST · by Borges · 27 replies · 1,532+ views
    One of the seminal American comic artists. He also did training guides for the U.S. Army during WW2.
  • MilitiaMan7 Obituary

    12/24/2004 2:01:19 PM PST · by EL MALO · 84 replies · 5,806+ views
    EL MALO
      Staff Sgt. David Scott Sublett, USAF, Retired, 54 of Roanoke passed away, Sunday, December 19, 2004. He was receded in death by his parents, Charles and Bernice Sublett, and infant brother of Grundy, VA. A decorated veteran, David served his country with distinction in thirteen duty stations around the World. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Luisa, a son, US Army Specialist Jonathan Sublett serving in Afghanistan and his wife Nouthine and two sons, David and Justin of Roanoke, three Daughters, Christina Davis and her husband Ben, and three children, Cristian, Breanna, and Fallon of Salem, Maria...
  • For the First Time Since Vietnam, the Army Prints a Guide to Fighting Insurgents

    11/12/2004 7:14:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,778+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL and THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 - For the first time in decades, the Army has issued a field guide to counterinsurgency warfare, an acknowledgment that the kind of fighting under way in Iraq may become more common in the years ahead. The Army field manual on counterinsurgency operations is the first since the early Vietnam era, and the first ever intended for the kind of regular Army units now embroiled in battles in Iraq, as opposed to the Special Operations forces who have taken the lead in previous counterinsurgencies. Under orders issued in February, the manual was prepared on an accelerated basis...
  • Favoritw WWII movies

    11/12/2004 2:01:34 PM PST · by indiana_gop · 42 replies · 1,169+ views
    If this is not the right place to post this, please forgive me. With this being Labor Day, there are a lot of great war movies showing, (except Saving Private Ryan, in some cities.) I was just wondersing what everyones favorite WWII movies were.
  • What is a Veteran

    11/11/2004 6:11:24 AM PST · by Tanniker Smith · 10 replies · 640+ views
    Bill Clinton Joke-of-the-Day Page ^ | several years ago | Fr. Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
    WHAT IS A VET? Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC WHAT IS A VET? Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain 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 ally 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 just by looking. What is a...
  • The war's over, but not for these brazen snipers

    10/31/2004 9:11:18 AM PST · by 2thfxr · 5 replies · 642+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10-31-04 | Parks
    Our troops are embattled in Iraq, and every day that conflict seems to get uglier. We are in the midst of a global war on terrorism whose front lines can be anywhere and which appears to have no end. And the goal of security for Americans in their homes is far away and not certain. In the midst of all this, a Texas lawyer, John O'Neill, decides to refight the Vietnam War, which ended nearly 30 years ago, and by taking on Kerry's proud claims of heroic service, attempts to make them the defining issue of the 2004 presidential election....
  • Vietnam Veterans Against the War VVAW, John Kerry, FBI files Section 8 (Oct–Nov 1971)

    09/09/2004 8:49:10 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 29 replies · 7,632+ views
    FBI Files on Vietnam Veterans Against the War VVAW and John Kerry ^ | October - November 1971 | FBI files concerning VVAW and John Kerry
    1. Prior to “Dewey Canyon III” Mike Thelan East Coast Coordinator for the VVAW tells a gathering of possible attendants that the VVAW’s official position is not to encourage anyone to commit acts of violence, but that VVAW activists are not “discouraging someone from “doing it”. VVAW activists are not “discouraging someone from committing acts of violence, pg 4 2. FBI files indicate that “VVAW is under active investigation in view of indications of communist and other subversive infiltration”. indications of communist and other subversive infiltration, pg 24 3. Speaker at VVAW antiwar rally Carl Moore makes following statements, “President...
  • Kerry, Kerry, Quite Contrary

    09/02/2004 7:27:38 AM PDT · by forty_years · 10 replies · 1,413+ views
    www.netwmd.com ^ | September 2, 2004
    Will John Kerry issue in an age of a “stronger America” as his campaign bumper stickers state? I have found quite the contrary, and have provided documentation. In the mid 1960’s he tried to avoid military service for 12 months so he could continue his studies in Paris, according to Britain’s Telegraph. [1] Then he served 4 ½ months in Vietnam. Though he claimed a Purple Heart for his first “injury,” his own diary for that day states, “we hadn't been shot at yet.” [2] According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, you have to be wounded to...