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  • 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.
  • Vet: Honor WWII survivors now, while they're alive

    09/02/2011 7:14:37 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | AUDREY McAVOY
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - A Marine who fought in the Battle of Okinawa urged Americans on Friday to honor those who served in World War II now, while veterans from that conflict are still alive. E. Bruce Heilman, speaking at a ceremony marking the 66th year since the end of the war, noted fewer than 2 million of the 16 million men and women who served in the war are alive. They are dying at a rate of 30,000 per month, he said.
  • Oh apologizes for Green Beret 'confusion or misimpression'

    08/28/2011 5:11:24 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 26, 2011 | Bob Warner
    City Council candidate David Oh issued a formal apology Thursday for what he described as carelessness in describing his five-year stint in the Army National Guard - an issue that led some veterans to complain he was embellishing his military record. Although Oh was assigned to a National Guard Special Forces unit, he said he should have been more careful as a candidate in his use of the terms Special Forces and Green Beret, both used to describe elite units whose combat soldiers typically have endured months of rigorous training. "I apologize to the public for any confusion or misimpression...
  • US MILITARY/agent orange....(vanity)

    08/18/2011 1:55:17 PM PDT · by Doogle · 18 replies · 1+ views
    American Legion newsletter | 08/18/11 | Doogle
    I thought I would give a heads up to fellow vets who served in Thailand from 1967..forward After years of fighting, the VA finally relinquished and admitted that AO was used on bases throughout Thailand. IF YOU HAVEN'T FILE YOUR CLAIMS...get on it..the new deadline is THIS AUGUST 30th,2011. Check the VA site for details....file that claim that has been denied to you NOW!!
  • Utah's forgotten veterans receive military funeral

    08/17/2011 4:40:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies · 1+ views
    | Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2011
    BLUFFDALE, Utah – It's been four years since Randall Hester last heard from his older brother, Ron, a Navy veteran his family called a lone wolf. He had no idea Ron had died in January 2009 until relatives saw the man's name in a newspaper along with 15 other veterans whose bodies were unclaimed. On Monday, Hester prepared for a final goodbye, gripping an urn containing his brother's ashes and heading off to the Manti-La Sal National Forest. "It will be our last elk hunt," the 50-year-old Hester said with a great laugh, a bit like old times. He planned...