Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $84,316
95%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $3.7k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much! God bless.

Keyword: vfw

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Caption this photo: Zero addresses VFW

    09/29/2009 12:09:53 AM PDT · by beagleone · 34 replies · 2,987+ views
    White House | 9/29/09 | Vanity
    Expressions on the Vets faces are priceless.
  • "Flag Burner" Duct Taped to Flag Pole as Punishment by VFW Commander - Video

    09/26/2009 5:14:02 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 1,081+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 26, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report about a "Flag Burner" who was duct taped to a VFW Flagpole as punishment for his having burned an American Flag that flew over the post in Valley Falls, New York. The man had gotten angry because the bartender at the post would not serve the man because he was drunk. In anger, he went outside, took the flag down and burned it. The flag had flown over a fox hole in Iraq where several Americans died. The post commander hunted the man down and "gave him some options." The option the man chose was...
  • Veterans Service Organizations: SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY(blogger accuses Legion/VFW)

    09/04/2009 3:04:25 PM PDT · by Drumbo · 7 replies · 553+ views
    Veterans Today ^ | August 27, 2009 | Gordon Duff
    VETERANS RIGHTS ADVOCATES UNDER ATTACK BY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND MEMBERS [Snip]Article... What vets don't know is how the American Legion, VFW and other groups have advised the DVA and Congress, led us, every step of the way, to the total failure and utter disaster we have now. These groups "played" at helping vets but became a home for political extremists or dimwits addicted more [sic] grandstanding than the hard work required by informed veterans advocacy.
  • Text of President Obama's address to VFW convention in Phoenix

    08/17/2009 2:49:04 PM PDT · by PhxRising · 17 replies · 956+ views
    KTAR ^ | 8/17/2009
    Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, I am honored and humbled to stand before you as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military the world has ever known. And we're joined by some of those who make it the finest force in world-from Luke Air Force Base, members of the 56th Fighter Wing. Whether you wear the uniform today, or wore it decades ago, you remind us of a fundamental truth. It's not the powerful weapons that make our military the strongest in the world. It's not the sophisticated systems that make us the most advanced. No, the true strength of...
  • President Obama Speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars - Video 8/17/09

    08/17/2009 11:52:47 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 6 replies · 695+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 17, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of President Barack Obama speaking today at the Veteran's of Foreign Wars meeting. Obama criticized the "defense establishment" and Congress for creating "exotic projects" that he says drains the defense budget. Obama assured veterans that he will see to it they are taken care of, and said their health care would diminish at all under his plans for Health Care Reform. Obama received polite, but what I would characterize as muted applause from the veterans during his appearance there. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • LIVE: Obama speaks before silent VFW audience

    08/17/2009 10:16:00 AM PDT · by pabianice · 334 replies · 19,329+ views
    Fox News Channel | 8/17/09
    Obama is speaking before the VFW now. Except for a dozen people or so, they are sitting on their hands. Vets know who the real Obama is. Occasional applause for apple pie statements. For the most part, silence.
  • Obama to speak at VFW convention in Phoenix (today, Aug 17)

    08/17/2009 5:22:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies · 2,169+ views
    KSWT ^ | 8/17/2009
    President Barack Obama plans to speak at the annual VFW convention in Phoenix on Monday. A speech before the nation's largest organization of combat veterans is a summertime tradition for presidents. Obama spoke to the group last year as a presidential candidate. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said that Obama will discuss the United States' responsibilities to maintain the world's finest military. Gibbs also says Obama will speak about the nation's responsibility to the men and women of the armed services when they return home from combat. The president has been in Arizona since Saturday evening on the final...
  • VFW: Woodstock Wasn't the Only Thing Happening 40 Years Ago

    08/12/2009 11:38:41 AM PDT · by Stoat · 25 replies · 2,380+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 12, 2009 | Colleen Raezler
    VFW: Woodstock Wasn't the Only Thing Happening 40 Years Ago By Colleen Raezler (Bio | Archive) August 12, 2009 - 13:47 ET    While some in the media have been dusting off their love beads, bell-bottoms and broomstick skirts in an effort to wax nostalgic about Woodstock, the VFW has reminded its members that the world did not stop for those four days in August 1969. In fact, for 109 American soldiers, the world ended that weekend.VFW Magazine honored those soldiers in the August 2009 cover story, "While Woodstock Rocked, GIs Died." Much has been made over the "half...
  • American flag will remain at Clearwater parks, buildings (Update:Clearwater,FL)

    08/04/2009 6:29:58 PM PDT · by devane617 · 9 replies · 485+ views
    TampaBayOnline ^ | 08/03/2009 | Mike Brassfield
    CLEARWATER — Stung by fierce criticism, the Clearwater City Council on Monday canceled a plan to remove about a dozen flagpoles and American flags from city property to save money. "We're going to leave all the flags as is," Mayor Frank Hibbard said after a lengthy and contentious discussion of the topic at a council meeting Monday morning. Council members criticized City Manager Bill Horne for not telling them about the flag removal plan that city staffers had come up with. Instead, the council first learned about it from the St. Petersburg Times. Council member George Cretekos said Horne had...
  • A flag flap forces flip-flop

    08/04/2009 7:54:01 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 10 replies · 865+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 4, 2009 | Mike Brassfield
    The Clearwater council on Monday canceled staff plans to take down flagpoles and American flags at some parks and facilities. Clearwater won't lower flags Stung by fierce criticism, Clearwater has canceled a plan to remove about a dozen flagpoles and American flags from city property to save money. After the story appeared on tampabay.com on Friday, nearly 300 readers posted comments, with many calling for Clearwater officials to be summarily fired. City leaders also got what the mayor described as "an unrelenting volume of phone calls." For full story: http: //www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/article1024460.ece
  • Clearwater scraps plan to remove flags

    08/03/2009 2:09:24 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 17 replies · 756+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | August 3, 2009 | STEPHEN THOMPSON
    The city today scrapped plans to take down some of its 60 odd flags after the mayor and city council members received a barrage of angry emails and telephone calls over the weekend, some of them from veterans. City Manager Bill Horne's staff had recommended slightly more than a dozen flags – out of 59 – be removed to save the city money. Some flags were on property no longer maintained by the city. Others were at maintenance buildings or the like that were far out of the public eye. Mayor Frank Hibbard and city council members were rankled that...
  • Clearwater City Council to discuss American flag removal (New Story Updating)

    08/03/2009 8:06:50 AM PDT · by devane617 · 46 replies · 1,193+ views
    TampaBayOnline ^ | 08/03/2009 | Mike Brassfield
    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater City Council plans to discuss the removal of several American flags, an act that has drawn widespread ire, during a work session this morning. Kevin Dunbar, Clearwater's parks and recreation director, ordered the removal of 13 flagpoles from across the city last week. He said budget cuts made it impossible to properly care for the flags. So Dunbar had city workers pull the poles out of the ground. The last flagpoles were removed Friday. City Council members and Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard were never consulted before the removal. Public reaction to news of the flag removal...
  • Vets decry removal of flags

    08/03/2009 4:13:21 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 52 replies · 3,928+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | August 3, 2009 | Jose Patino Girona
    City Manager Bill Horne didn't think taking down Old Glory at a few city properties would be a big deal. He was wrong. Several weeks ago, city workers started removing American flags from city properties. In all, 13 of the city's 50 flags came down, according to Mayor Frank Hibbard. But the cost-cutting measure has sparked outrage, especially among veterans groups, prompting city leaders to revisit the decision at a workshop this morning. "It's a knock at our country," said John Smith, canteen manager at the Hercules VFW Post 2473. "It's the only city in the United States that has...
  • Flags ditched to save money

    08/01/2009 8:57:37 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 147 replies · 6,168+ views
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 1, 2009 | Eileen Schulte
    CLEARWATER — Here's probably the most bizarre casualty of shrinking government budgets you'll hear. The city of Clearwater can no longer afford to fly the American flag. Clearwater's parks and recreation director ordered the removal of 13 flagpoles from across the city this week saying budget cuts have made it impossible to properly care for the flags. "Over the last three years, the parks and recreation staff has been reduced by 25 percent,'' explained director Kevin Dunbar. "When you have a flagpole, you have certain responsibilities. The flag has to be lit at night, if a flag has a rip...
  • While Woodstock Rocked, GIs Died

    07/30/2009 8:40:26 AM PDT · by Milhous · 53 replies · 2,257+ views
    VFW ^ | August 2009 | Richard K Kolb
    With the 40th anniversary of the '60s cherished rock concert, the so-called "Sixties Generation" remembers fondly those four days in August 1969. Instead, VFW magazine commemorates the 109 Americans killed in Vietnam then. Newsweek described the as "a youthful, long-haired army, almost as large as the U.S. force in Vietnam." One of the promoters saw what happened near Bethel (nearly 40 miles from Woodstock), N.Y., as an opportunity to "showcase" the drug culture as a "beautiful phenomenon." The newsmagazine wrote of "wounded hippies" sent to impromptu hospital tents. Some 400,000 of the "nation's affluent white young" attended the "electric pot...
  • Just got my latest copy of VFW magazine today...

    07/27/2009 1:25:49 PM PDT · by tpanther · 7 replies · 481+ views
    "While Woodstock rocked, GI's died" is the cover article. 109 died in Vietnam during the 4 days Woodstock was held from Aug 15-18, 1969. 'Time', 'Newsweek' and various other liberal rags are not only lifting up the various hippies and drug addicts, but made remarks like: "it may well rank as one of the significat political and sociological events of the age", and "deplored the 3 deaths that occured there" (one a heroin overdose), mentions the "need for more authentic service" and so on but refers to the Vietnam war as a "meaningless war in the jungles of southeast asia"...
  • Honoring the flag (Ceremony held on day dedicated to Old Glory)

    06/15/2009 5:49:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 614+ views
    Post Chaplain Wayne Rudell began the ceremony in honor of Flag Day with a prayer, “ ... Most gracious Lord, you have given to us the symbol of the flag to represent the United States in every nation when it is flown ... This flag has flown in every war and our flag is still flying in the middle of battles as a symbol of freedom for all who see it. Today it is time to retire the service of these flags and give them honor for their duty. We do this by burning each flag to put it in...
  • Gov Palin to Join MOPH Press Conference to Launch Operation Denali 2009

    05/29/2009 1:50:47 PM PDT · by euram · 7 replies · 499+ views
    TransWorldNews ^ | 05-29-09 | TransWorldNews
    The National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Jeff Roy, and Governor Sarah Palin, will hold a press conference at 10:00 am on May 30, 2009 at Mt View VFW Post 10252 located at 3105 Mt View Drive, Anchorage. The purpose is to launch an extraordinary expedition by America’s heroes to successfully summit 20,320 ft. Mt. Denali, the highest peak in North America, after more than a year of intensive preparations. Commander Roy will introduce the members of this team of wounded warriors who symbolize the strength of our Nation and those who defend it.
  • (U.S. Supreme Court) Justices to decide if vets can be honored with cross

    05/25/2009 2:42:41 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 68 replies · 4,644+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 25, 2009 | Washington Times
    Some see it as the universal symbol of sacrifice in World War I, others see it as the undisputed sign of Christianity, but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans. The cross was first erected in 1934 in what is now the federally protected Mojave Desert Preserve by a group of veterans whose doctors advised them that the desert heat would help them recover from shell shock. Veterans today say this war memorial and others like it across...
  • The VFW's New Wars: Veterans Struggle to Keep Posts Alive ( Video )

    05/25/2009 5:51:02 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 1,133+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | 5/25/2009 | staff
    As the nation once again honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, the Veterans of Foreign Wars is struggling to recruit a new generation of warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter takes a look at what VFW members are doing to ensure the organization survives for decades to come.