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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 ^ | 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 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...