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  • Letter From Afghanistan

    12/25/2013 7:48:31 AM PST · by concretebob · 9 replies
    Susan Katz Keating ^ | 12/25/2013 | Chad Longell
    Some of you may not know that Cooking With the Troops has a deeply personal stake in this war. Our own President, otherwise known as Dear Chadwick, is deployed to Afghanistan. Tonight Chad sent a note from the front. I share it here, with his permission. Take it away, Chad: My dearest friends and family, Greetings from Afghanistan! I want to wish you all a blessed and joy filled Merry Christmas!!! Tonight we celebrate the night where hope gave birth to faith! I will never forget my first Christmas away from home. It was Baghdad 2009, where the main hall...
  • In about-face, Walter Reed opens dining hall to wounded warriors after Fox News reporting

    08/15/2013 12:26:16 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/15/13 | Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    The U.S. military has reversed a string of decisions that would have restricted access for severely wounded troops to a popular dining hall at Walter Reed hospital, after Fox News began reporting on complaints from veterans and their families. The military earlier this month decided to invalidate meal tickets and reduce hours for the Warrior Cafe, the sole dining facility in building 62 -- home to all multiple amputees and long-term, recovering patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The wife of one of the veterans affected by the decision told Fox News on Thursday that...
  • In about-face, Walter Reed opens dining hall to wounded warriors after Fox News reporting

    08/15/2013 7:58:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/15/13 | Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    In a disturbing revelation about the treatment of America's most severely wounded troops, Fox News has learned the military earlier this month decided to invalidate meal tickets and reduce hours for the sole dining facility in the Walter Reed building where they are recovering. The decision affects the Warrior Cafe located inside building 62, home to all multiple amputees and long-term, recovering patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The decision would mean wounded warriors who would normally have a government-funded meal just down the hall would have to walk, wheel or limp nearly a half-mile...
  • Obama Visits Wounded Service Members

    03/02/2012 3:47:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    abc ^ | 3/2/12 | Mary Bruce
    President Obama spent this afternoon visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, meeting 27 injured troops and awarding eight purple hearts. During his visit to the hospital the president met with 11 soldiers, 14 Marines, one sailor and one NATO forces member, according to the White House. Twenty-six of the service members that the president met were injured in Afghanistan and one was wounded in Iraq. The visit comes just two days after the president honored Iraq veterans at a White House dinner, praising those who served as heroes and welcoming them home after nearly nine...
  • Veteran's Story About Michelle Obama Using War Amputees as Photo Props

    03/05/2013 2:16:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    soopermexican.com ^ | 3/5/13 | soopermexy
    I caught this story being posted, and asked for permission to blog it – it’s pretty harrowing: J.R. Salzman @jrsalzman I've had veterans tell me a very similar story: Kids forced to go hungry for hours during Michelle Obama media event http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/04/lets-starve-kids-forced-to-go-hungry-for-hours-during-michelle-obama-media-event/ … 5:12 PM - 04 Mar 13 J.R. Salzman @jrsalzman .@AZ_Susan She told the soldiers and caregivers from Walter Reed they were receiving an award and having a luncheon. Neither one existed. After considering whether to tell the story, J.R. relented: J.R. Salzman @jrsalzman In light of Michelle Obama using hungry school kids as props, let me tell...
  • We Came; We Cooked; We Fed

    09/14/2012 8:45:36 AM PDT · by concretebob · 1 replies
    Cooking with the Troops ^ | 11 September 2012 | concretebob
    Ft Belvoir in Northern Virginia is home to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) specializing in the treatment of TBI and PTS. They have some of the most incredible individuals working there. The level of committment to our Warriors is unparalleled. We knew we had to make Ft Belvoir the nexis of our Homefront Support program for our wounded, their families and the dedicated men and women who care for them.
  • Some labeling Hasan terrorist [Fort Hood massacre]

    08/13/2012 1:33:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    San Antonio-Express News ^ | August 13, 2012 | Sig Christenson
    FORT HOOD — A string of witnesses in an evidentiary hearing identified Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as the triggerman at a Fort Hood deployment center that left 45 dead and injured. As his trial nears almost three years later, few here argue over his guilt. They wonder why a psychiatrist would gun down fellow soldiers. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock can explain it. He calls Hasan a domestic terrorist, something prosecutors have never claimed, and says those avoiding the term are indulging in political correctness. “Believe me, my friend, if somebody had jumped up and said, ‘Praise God and...
  • Building evacuated after reported bomb threat at Walter Reed Medical Center

    08/08/2012 9:50:16 AM PDT · by Doogle · 11 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/08/12 | FOXNEWS
    DEVELOPING: A building at Walter Reed Medical Center was evacuated Wednesday after receiving a phone call about a bomb that would explode at 10 a.m., WTTG reported. Explosive detection dogs are sweeping the building and all appointments at Walter Reed Bethesda have been suspended until 2 p.m. The Daily Caller reported that the person who answered the call confirmed that a threat was made, but did not discuss the matter further. The website reported that “building 19” was evacuated.
  • Wounded Warrior - US Army Combat Medic Specialist Mason "Doc" Steill (You Can Help)

    07/23/2012 7:03:56 PM PDT · by mnehring · 27 replies
    Honor The Troops (via Direct Email)
    US Army Combat Medic Specialist Mason "Doc" Steill was seriously injured in Kandahar, Afghanistian, on June 1, 2012, by an I.E.D. The blast devastated his face, blinded an eye and left him without the top jaw or palette. He is recovering at Walter Reed. Family is asking for cards to be sent to him. Spc Mason Steill Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 8901 Wisconsin Ave, Building 62 Room 316 Bethesda, MD 20889-5600.
  • WALTER REED - DC: Post Closing Report May 23,2012

    05/23/2012 4:16:06 PM PDT · by trooprally · 73 replies
    Cindy_True_Supporter
    MESSAGE FROM CINDY-TRUE-SUPPORTER:"Yesterday I (Cindy_True_Supporter) and the mother of a wounded warrior that I met before the closing of Walter Reed- DC had the opportunity to have lunch with Cliff, the evening manager of the Mologne House at WRAMC. He conveyed to me how important our group was outside of Walter Reed with supportive signs of our wounded troops. He stressed that our presence was of tremendous importance in their recovery and in trying to deal with depression and self worth. Our appearance at the gate and on the corners in front of the hospital was something they could count...
  • Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville (Starting today, Wednesday 18 April)

    04/18/2012 7:07:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 113 replies
    The Constitution Party ^ | 17 Apr 12 | CP
    04/17/2012 Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville Amidst Unprecedented Voter Dissatisfaction with Obama and Romney Constitution Party National Chairman, Jim Clymer, announced the 2012 National Convention of the Constitution Party which will be held April 18-21 in Nashville, Tennessee. “American voters who support limited, constitutional government, traditional American values, the protection of American jobs and preservation of individual liberty can take heart! They will not be limited to a difficult choice between Obama and Romney as the one likely to be the least threat to their life, liberty, property and other interests. The Constitution Party will be offering...
  • MittvMitt: The story of two men trapped in one body (DNC attack on UNELECTABLE Mitt is Devastating)

    03/06/2012 8:24:17 AM PST · by xzins · 88 replies
    http://www.mittvmitt.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K9njHHyRI7g (half a million hits and climbing)
  • King, Grassley meet with Walter Reed Officials Regarding Bible ban at Military Hospital

    12/23/2011 2:47:59 AM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    Steve King official ^ | 12/19/2011 | Steve King
    Congressman Steve King and Senator Chuck Grassley met with senior leadership of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center yesterday to discuss a recent memo released by the Medical Center prohibiting the use and distribution of Bibles and other religious materials during visits to wounded soldiers. After receiving the memo on December 2nd, King called Vice Admiral John Mateczun, Commander of the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, and Rear Admiral Alton Stocks, Commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, to Capitol Hill. King and Grassley were informed that the memo was worded improperly, that the Medical Center...
  • Obama World: Walter Reed Bars Family Members From Bringing Bibles to Injured Soldiers

    12/05/2011 8:40:25 AM PST · by bigbob · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-5-11 | Jim Hoff
    It’s an Obama world. While we were preoccupied with other disastrous Obama policies, military bureaucrats under Barack Obama passed a new rule that barred loved ones from bringing Bibles to wounded soldiers. The US Military says they are rescinding the order but only after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor. Todd Starnes reported: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones. The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one...
  • It’s an Obama World/Walter Reed Hospit. Bars Family Members From Bringing Bibles to Injured Soldiers

    12/05/2011 7:28:18 AM PST · by KyGeezer · 131 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 5, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world. While we were preoccupied with other disastrous Obama policies, military bureaucrats under Barack Obama passed a new rule that barred loved ones from bringing Bibles to wounded soldiers. The US Military says they are rescinding the order but only after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor. Todd Starnes reported: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones. The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one...
  • Bibles NOT allowed at Walter Reed Hospital ??? VIDEO at link

    No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material, and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit, the policy states.
  • Walter Reed’s Final Lowering of the Colors, Sept. 15,2011 - A sad day in America’s history

    09/18/2011 12:29:55 PM PDT · by trooprally · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Quiet and serene, with a ghost town atmosphere. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of a month ago. All the wounded had been transferred to Ft. Belvoir or The new Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda. The last 18 wounded warriors were moved on August 27,2011. Pictures and video by [Mrs] Trooprally At 11AM on this most perfect of a day, there was no one to be seen except a few people setting up for the lowering of the colors and a few trucks and cars packing up. Only sound one heard was the low hollow clanking of...
  • 'Change Is Hard': Army, Navy Hospitals Merge (NPR mentions FR)

    09/02/2011 12:26:04 PM PDT · by Drango · 46 replies
    NPR ^ | 9/2/11 | Joseph Shapiro
    September 2, 2011 There's a lot of good sense behind closing two famous and nearby military hospitals and merging them into the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. But just looking at the name reveals both what's good about this merger and what makes it so tricky. Walter Reed was a famous Army doctor, and for more than a century his name was on the Army's iconic hospital in Washington, D.C. Now that hospital is shutting its doors, and Reed's name will go onto the new hospital built on the Navy's flagship medical campus in Bethesda, Md., 6 miles...
  • The Last 18 Wounded Warriors Leave Walter Reed – Saturday, August 27, 2011

    09/01/2011 7:18:33 PM PDT · by kburi · 21 replies
    September 1, 2011 | Kburi
    Shortly after 6 am Saturday morning, and less than 9 hours after our last Friday night at Walter Reed, the first members of the DC Chapter of Free Republic began to arrive at the gates where the ambulances would depart Walter Reed. Between Silver Spring, MD and Bethesda, Montgomery County, MD police cars were already at every intersection to ensure a non-stop passage for each ambulance to the newly named Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda. By 6:30 am, the banners and signs were ready for the first of 18 ambulances. A food court, courtesy of the Trooprally’s...
  • Last Wounded Warrior Leaves Walter Reed (support from Free Republic recognized)

    08/30/2011 4:13:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies
    U.S. Army News Service ^ | Monday, August 29, 2011 | Rob McIlvaine
    Photo by U.S. Army WASHINGTON (Army News Service, August 29, 2011) -- The last patient left Walter Reed Army Medical Center Saturday following 17 other wounded warriors who traveled by ambulance to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. "It has been five years of preparation, but for me it's only been three," said Col. Norvell V. Coots, Walter Reed Healthcare System commander. This was his third year in command of the hospital, the last two of which he and his staff finalized all the plans for the move to the hospitals at Fort Belvoir, Va., and the medical center...
  • Final Friday Evening at Walter Reed - Week 332 August 26, 2011

    08/29/2011 6:49:51 PM PDT · by kburi · 35 replies · 1+ views
    August 29, 2011 | Kburi
    We knew it was coming and planned for it. For six years and four months of consecutive Friday evenings, the DC Chapter of Free Republic, other groups and individuals successfully challenged Code Pink and their union pawns in front of Walter Reed. After several months, they were forced from the Walter Reed front gates to a location 50 yards down Georgia Ave. Since June 2005, many Americans have gathered on Friday nights to continue to keep the anti-military forces away and to show support to the wounded warriors and their families. Tonight, then, was different from all others. Walter...
  • WALTER REED PATIENT TRANSFER MOVED TO SATURDAY - IRENE'S FAULT

    08/26/2011 9:23:26 AM PDT · by trooprally · 32 replies
    ALL The transfer of patients has been moved up 24 hours to Saturday, 7AM We will be there. Same game plan as original. [Mr] T
  • Heading into the Last Week at Walter Reed - Week 331 August 19, 2011

    08/24/2011 7:34:19 AM PDT · by kburi · 6 replies
    August 19, 2011 | Kburi
    A good evening to be at Walter Reed’s front gates. There were no ambulances tonight , nor were there dinner buses. But there were soldiers coming and going through the front gates all night. Cars passing gave us many honks with passengers waving. Not to be left out, three people on bicycles rode by ringing their bells! The weather looked threatening, dark clouds loomed and distant lightning was putting on an impressive show. Ponchos and raingear were donned. The DC Chapter was ready. Five minutes of rain and it was over. Nobody complained. Pizza, soda, and brownies (by Jessica)...
  • WALTER REED - Final Plans for LAST Rally in Support of Patients Move, Sun., 8-28-11, 7AM til done

    08/21/2011 3:13:36 PM PDT · by trooprally · 16 replies
    It is public knowledge that the final move of our Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed to Bethesda Naval Hospital and Ft. Belvour will be Sunday, August 28,2011. Best intel we have is that the ambulances will start transporting our Wounded Warriors out of the main at Georgia Avenue and Elder Street, NW, gate at 7AM. We do not know the exact end time. From some deduction it is expected to be around 1-2PM. THE DC CHAPTER OF FREEREPUBLIC WILL BE THERE, rain or shine or hurricane. All patriots are invited to help show our Wounded Warriors and their families that...
  • Slowly, very slowly, Winding Down at Walter Reed - Week 330 August 12, 2011

    08/16/2011 5:09:07 PM PDT · by kburi · 27 replies
    August 16, 2011 | Kburi
    It’s 6:30 pm on Friday evening at Walter Reed. Flag Row is being set up and the banners are on three corners. The first FReepers are taking to the corners with signs and flags. As the first flag is posted , passing cars start honking and don’t stop until we have left for the evening. Tonight, as usual, we talked with wounded warriors, family members and staff who were walking into or out of Walter Reed. And the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) bus stopped for a rare third time allowing some of us to directly thank the wounded warriors...
  • WALTER REED - Final Move of Patients, Aug. 28,2011 - DC Chapter of FReeRepublic will be there

    08/09/2011 8:23:01 AM PDT · by trooprally · 15 replies
    PRELIMINARY REPORTIt is public knowledge that the final move of our Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed to Bethesda Naval Hospital and Ft. Belvour will be Sunday, August 28,2011. THE DC CHAPTER OF FREEREPUBLIC WILL BE THERE and all patriots are invited to help show our Wounded Warriors and their families that they are loved and that we support them where ever the are. Not knowing specific details at this time we have permitted all four corners of all 4 gates from 6AM till 10PM. Once we know which gate(s) they will be leaving from, we will start setting up at...
  • As Walter Reed Transition Continues, So Do Friday Night Rallies! - Week 329 August 5, 2011

    08/07/2011 5:19:17 AM PDT · by kburi · 11 replies
    August 7, 2011 | Kburi
    Finally, a warm somewhat breezy Friday evening at the front gates of Walter Reed. A solid group of fourteen Freepers holding signs and flags in front of the banners received honks and waves from passing cars. You wouldn’t know that Walter Reed is closing three weeks from now. Three buses and several cars carried the wounded warriors and family to dinner and an evening of entertainment in near-by Maryland. Returning after 9pm, they were cheered into Walter Reed by our stalwart group. The Aleethia Foundation has done a wonderful job over the past seven years coordinating these Friday evening...
  • Big Crowd, DAV Bus Stops and Wounded Warriors Thank Us, Week 328 July 29, 2011

    08/01/2011 11:36:56 AM PDT · by kburi · 48 replies
    August 1, 2011 | Kburi
    On a hot July Friday evening, temperature at 100 degrees, you might expect everyone has left for the beach. Not at the Walter Reed front gate! Tonight, over 41 Freepers, lurkers and visitors arrived to support the wounded warriors and their families on one of the few remaining Friday nights before the final transfer to Bethesda and Ft Belvoir. A number of Freepers returned to join us. They came from Florida, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Georgia. SeektheTruth brought a sign all the way from Florida thanking the DC Chapter of Free Republic for its 328 consecutive...
  • Ceremony marks closing of Walter Reed hospital (After 102 years of service)

    07/27/2011 12:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/27/2011 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON – Maj. Walter Reed's sword was symbolically handed over to the Navy at a ceremony Wednesday marking the closure of the Army hospital bearing his name, where hundreds of thousands of the nation's war wounded have been treated for more than a century. The tone was somber at times, but mostly celebratory, as more than a thousand former and current staff members and patients — some of them wounded troops from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in wheelchairs who have lost limbs —gathered under a white tent to say goodbye to the Army's flagship hospital. The Army band played,...
  • Walter Reed Week 327: Massive Patriot Gathering in 115 Heat Index

    07/24/2011 6:25:12 PM PDT · by trooprally · 40 replies
    DON’T FORGET NEXT WEEK, JULY 29TH. WE ARE HAVING THE LAST BIG GET TOGETHER TO CHEER OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS THRU THE GATE. This will be the last chance to see everyone together. A special invite goes out to the past regulars who stood at the gate in our early years. "Eagles don’t flock, you gather them one at a time".This could not have been more true than last night. While we expected “several” additional patriots this Friday, we also knew of several other Friday night regulars who would not be there. An average attendance of a dozen was expected. BUT...
  • Walter Reed to close after more than a century

    07/23/2011 10:30:36 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 11:39 AM EDT | By KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army's flagship hospital where privates to presidents have gone for care, is closing its doors after more than a century. Hundreds of thousands of the nation's war wounded from World War I to today have received treatment at Walter Reed, including 18,000 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Dwight Eisenhower died there. So did Gens. John J. Pershing and Douglas MacArthur ... Through the use of medical diplomacy, the center also has tended to foreign leaders. The storied hospital, which opened in 1909, was scarred by a 2007 scandal...
  • WR Week 326: MOAB and 3DJoy make for one great night

    07/21/2011 3:15:30 AM PDT · by trooprally · 17 replies
    July 21,2011 | [Mrs] & [Mr] T
    DON’T FORGET NEXT WEEK, JULY 29TH. WE ARE HAVING THE LAST BIG GET TOGETHER TO CHEER OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS THRU THE GATE. This will be the last chance to see everyone together. A special invite goes out to the past regulars who stood at the gate in our early years. List of 11 Patriots at Walter Reed this ‘warm’ night: Lurkers Bill, Jim, Terri and Brian, and FReepers 3DJoy, BufordP, Fraxinus, RongKirby, Tammy Cat, [Mrs] T and myself. Pics by [Mrs] T [Mrs} T gives this report: Friday night was awesome. We had two things that made it that way....
  • Wounded Warrior and VictoryNY Meet at Walter Reed’s Front Gate, Week 325 July 8, 2011

    07/10/2011 5:44:57 AM PDT · by kburi · 15 replies
    July 10, 2011 | Kburi
    All day long the weather gurus had been predicting severe thunder storms for Friday afternoon and into the evening. At times, rainfall might be 2 inches per hour, they said. At three pm, it started and would you believe by 6pm, the sun came out and we had a great evening. A lot of traffic again tonight with cars honking and passengers waving. Soldiers and staff were coming and going all night long. Three small buses carried the wounded warriors and their families back to Walter Reed shortly after 9pm. Thirteen of us greeted those three buses with flags, signs...
  • July 4th Weekend Starts at Walter Reed’s Front Gate! Week 324 July 1, 2011

    07/02/2011 7:57:48 PM PDT · by kburi · 13 replies
    July 2, 2011 | Kburi
    The long July 4th weekend at Walter Reed and in Washington, DC usually means a low volume of traffic in and out of WRAMC and up and down Georgia Ave. Not tonight. Two big ambulances arrived early with wounded soldiers reminding us why we are at the front gates. Bill Salutes Arriving Ambulance Early In The Evening, As It Turns Into Walter Reed We were all busy talking with wounded warriors who came out to be with us, and we were dealing with a significant volume of drivers honking and waving. Tonight, a DC motorcycle officer spent almost the entire...
  • Join Us in Saluting the Last Wounded Warrior Dinner Bus at Walter Reed On Friday, July 29, 2011!

    07/01/2011 10:50:22 AM PDT · by kburi · 8 replies
    July 1, 2011 | Kburi
    On Friday, July 29, 2011, the Wounded Warrior Dinner Bus is scheduled to make its last run at Walter Reed. After this date, dinner buses will operate from Bethesda National Medical Center. The Aleethia Foundation has been running these Friday night dinner buses for seven years and will continue to do so. As we get closer to Walter Reed’s closing date, we will keep all of you informed of changes. July / August Calendar July 1st No Dinner Bus (This is the 4th of July weekend) July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29 Dinner Buses will operate....
  • Bethesda Medical Prepares for Walter Reed Arrivals

    06/28/2011 8:10:05 AM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 15 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 06/27/2011 | Donna Miles
    BETHESDA, Md., June 27, 2011 – Just two months remain before about 150 inpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., many of them wounded warriors, make the five-mile move here to the National Naval Medical Center. The relocation will mark a historic moment in both iconic institutions’ histories and one of the final milestones before they officially merge to become the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • Big Rally Tonight At Walter Reed’s Front Gate! Week 323, June 24, 2011

    06/25/2011 7:40:44 PM PDT · by kburi · 9 replies
    June 24, 2011 | Kburi
    Twenty FReepers and visitors handled the four corners tonight. Finally, it was a perfect weather-wise evening. The energy on the four corners and from the passing cars made the 323rd consecutive Friday night to support the wounded warriors, a night to remember. VictoryNY and TammyCat really turn up the tempo. It’s hard to believe that there are only four more Friday evenings that dinner buses from Walter Reed will take the troops to Friday night dinners. July 22 is the last Friday night scheduled. After that, the Aleethia Foundation will coordinate these dinners from Bethesda Medical Center. The DC Chapter...
  • Busy Evening At Walter Reed! Week 322, June 17, 2011

    06/22/2011 4:11:32 PM PDT · by kburi · 10 replies
    June 22, 2011 | Kburi
    The DC Chapter of Free Republic held its 322st consecutive Friday night rally to support the wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed. A little cloudy with light showers. No ponchos were needed. The evening started early with two big ambulances roaring down Georgia Ave into Walter Reed just as we were setting up. Eleven FReepers and visitors handled the four corners tonight. It was a busy evening with soldiers passing and talking with us. Two wounded warriors who stopped by early on were Grant and Marvin. Grant is in the Navy and Marvin is in the Army. Both...
  • Aleethia Foundation Won! And So Did Our Wounded Warriors!

    06/16/2011 11:11:34 AM PDT · by kburi · 13 replies · 1+ views
    June 16, 2011 | Kburi
    ALEETHIA FOUNDATION WON! Hal Koster and Margaret Thomas of the Aleethia Foundation just sent this grand announcement: Dear Friends of Aleethia, We just got the official word that the Aleethia Foundation is "Day 38 Winner" and will receive the Toyota Sienna Mobility Van within the next 150 days! The troops rule and they deserve this special recognition by so many wonderful people that stepped up and voted. Thank you so much for voting and for all your efforts in spreading the word to vote ... but, more importantly, thank you for supporting the service members! Hal Koster - Executive Director...
  • Correct Voting Link. Support Walter Reed’s Wounded Warriors, Vote for Aleethia Foundation, TODAY!

    06/15/2011 3:19:18 AM PDT · by kburi · 11 replies
    June 15, 2011 | Kburi
    Use this Facebook link to cast your vote between 6am and midnight EST, Today, June 15: Facebook Cars For Good The DC Chapter of Free Republic asks that you vote for the Aleethia Foundation on Wednesday, June 15. Your vote will help Aleethia to be awarded a new Toyota vehicle which will provide wheelchair accessible transportation for service members. It is a helpful, cost- effective way for Aleethia to further assist newly wounded, injured and ill service members. The Aleethia Foundation is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in the “TOYOTA 100 CARS FOR...
  • Support Walter Reed’s Wounded Warriors, Vote for Aleethia Foundation Tomorrow!

    06/14/2011 10:36:42 AM PDT · by kburi · 10 replies
    June 14, 2011 | Kburi
    The DC Chapter of Free Republic asks that you vote for the Aleethia Foundation on Wednesday, June 15. Your vote will help Aleethia to be awarded a new Toyota vehicle which will provide wheelchair accessible transportation for service members. It is a helpful, cost- effective way for Aleethia to further assist newly wounded, injured and ill service members. The Aleethia Foundation is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in the “TOYOTA 100 CARS FOR GOOD” program. Now Aleethia needs your help for one day -- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011! See Aleethia's summer 2011 newsletter...
  • Supporting Wounded Warriors, The Vigil Continues at Walter Reed! Week 321, June 10, 2011

    06/11/2011 8:51:34 PM PDT · by kburi · 10 replies
    June 11, 2011 | Kburi
    The DC Chapter of Free Republic held its 321st consecutive Friday night to support the wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed. The heat and humidity made for a sweltering night. However, 16 FReepers and visitors were more than up to waving, holding flags and signs, and vocally supporting our troops. A noisy and assertive crowd tonight. Possibly because our time at Walter Reed is getting short. The last Friday night Aleethia Foundation dinner bus from Walter Reed is tentatively scheduled to be July 22. So we have a lot to do in a short time. Visitor Ali was...
  • A Boisterous Night at Walter Reed! Week 320, June 3, 2011

    06/06/2011 7:35:13 AM PDT · by kburi · 20 replies
    June 6, 2011 | Kburi
    Tonight’s summary is based on comments by Mrs Trooprally. Tonight, VictoryNY and TammyCat led the cheers and waves with high enthusiasm. Lurker Bill got vocal and soon all four corners were impacting passing cars. All night long, cars were loudly honking and passengers waved or shouted their support back. We are beginning to notice more and more soldiers in uniform driving or walking off the post. Almost all return our waves or yell their support. TacoMomma and Danang68 came from Virginia and spent the evening with us. Our last night at Walter Reed is tentatively July 22. (This will be...
  • Why it's futile to trust Republicans on spending.

    06/05/2011 4:41:39 AM PDT · by billflax · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/26/2011 | Bill Flax
    The recent tiff between Rep. Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich is discouraging. Gingrich described Ryan’s plan to offer more choices for certain Medicare benefits as “right-wing social engineering” and “too big a jump.” Realizing he needs to win the primaries before revealing his statist leanings, Gingrich quickly retracted his comments. Like most career politicians, he’s for or against whatever policies and programs boost his election chances. But Newt blew it. And now you see why President Barack Obama rarely risks speaking without his traveling teleprompter. Last year the Tea Party propelled Republicans espousing limited government to victory. While many Republican...
  • Michelle Obama Visits Troops at Walter Reed (Yesterday, While Commander in Chief Played Golf)

    05/31/2011 7:25:44 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | Monday, May 30, 2011 | Ann Compton
    SNIP "The first lady is visiting privately with wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This is her third visit to Walter Reed and part of her ongoing private meetings and visits with wounded warriors and their families around the country," an administration official said. SNIP The president spent his afternoon playing golf in Ft. Belvoir, Va.
  • Memorial Day weekend at Walter Reed, Week 319, May 27, 2011

    05/28/2011 6:15:57 AM PDT · by kburi · 17 replies
    May 28, 2011 | Kburi
    Although there is no bus tonight due to the Memorial Day weekend there were more uniformed soldiers leaving on foot than we usually see. Most of the evening passing cars gave us loud honks and waves. Our flags and signs were in good hands. Meanwhile TammyCat and VictoryNY loudly express Support for our Troops. We were joined by Diane, mother of a wounded warrior, Allen. She is proudly holding the 82nd Airborne DN flag. We hope to see her again and wish Allen the best in his recovery. We had a good group this evening and filled the four...
  • Military Appreciation Day in Silver Spring, MD, May 20, 2011

    05/25/2011 1:36:54 PM PDT · by kburi · 6 replies
    May 25, 2011 | Kburi
    For the fourth straight year, the DC Chapter of Free Republic showed its appreciation of the military by recognizing the Recruiters at the Silver Spring( Maryland) Armed Forces Recruiting Station. This Recruiting Station is a mile up Georgia Ave from the front gates of Walter Reed. Mr and Mrs Trooprally, CindyTrueSupporter, RonGKirby and Kburi, presented Certificates of Appreciation to the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army recruiters. In addition, each service received a Manny and Olga’s gift card for pizzas, plus a M & O special pizza, sodas and cookies for their lunch break. The Army, Marines and the...
  • MOAB Returns, Miltary Appreciation Month continues at Walter Reed, Week 318, May 20, 2011

    05/24/2011 5:16:50 PM PDT · by kburi · 6 replies
    May 24, 2011 | Kburi
    After almost three months, the MOAB (Mother Of All Banners) returned to the front gates of Walter Reed! Rain and high winds had kept the MOAB down. But not today. Sunny and mid 70’s, perfect weather to be in front of Walter Reed showing support to our wounded warriors and their families. Military Appreciation Month continues through Memorial Day. Today was a busy day as M/M Trooprally,CindyTrueSupporter, RonGKirby and Kburi were at the Silver Spring Armed Forces Recruiting Station to thank military recruiters for their service Recruiters from the US Army and the US Marines received a Certificate of...
  • Surviving Friday the 13th at Walter Reed, Week 316, May 13, 2011

    05/14/2011 9:10:44 PM PDT · by kburi · 17 replies
    May 14, 2011 | kburi
    A very good Friday evening with lots of activity on the corners and from the passing cars. Americans continuously show their support through waves and honks. 14 of us took over the corners and actually had Trooprally searching for a spot to smoke a cigar. Although it was overcast, we had mild weather for the 317th consecutive Friday night at Walter Reed. One small bus tonight. It was filled with waving soldiers and family members. As the bus turned into Walter Reed, it was met with waving flags and chants of USA, USA. It is always good to see their...
  • Mother’s Day Weekend at Walter Reed, Week 316, May 6, 2011

    05/09/2011 6:41:17 PM PDT · by kburi · 18 replies
    May 9, 2011 | Kburi
    On Mother’s Day, the DC Chapter of Free Republic wants to take a moment to recognize and thank all the active duty Mothers, and all mothers with sons or daughters serving in the military. This country owes a lot to your service and caring. Reporting on the 316th consecutive Friday night at Walter Reed, Mr and Mrs Trooprally sent the following summary for May 6, 2011. We arrived a little early and promptly started to unload our gear. As we were unloading we heard the blast of an ambulance siren. We paused to see if it was the Wounded Warrior...