Readers’ Tales

By An Angel’s Kiss, CPT Andrew Ross, 29, SFC Eric Emond, 39 and AF SSG Dylan Elchin, 25 (Afghanistan)

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Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

Army Captain Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, VA, and

Army SFC Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, WA, both of 1st Bn, 3rd Special Forces Gp, Ft Bragg, and

AF SSG Dylan J Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, PA, of 26th Special Tactics Sqd, ...

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Female Green Berets: “…significant corruption, ethical and leadership failures, and potentially serious future problems….”

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In 2016, the U. S. Army opened its special operations jobs to women.  Army Times reported ten days ago that a female soldier has its Special Forces Assessment and Selection process.

Selected to attend selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course, if successful she would earn a Green Beret.  While there are those who would celebrate such an achievement, for eight years we have witnessed the previous administration implement policies placing political correctness and ideology ...

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The Good Son

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I recently relayed a tale  from a veteran who witnessed the first Atomic Cannon test-fire in Nevada in 1953.

The retired vet who told that story is now 86, and I met him at my local YMCA a few months ago.

Bent over, he came in with a rolling walker, hooked up to an oxygen tank, with an Asian fellow I took to be his trainer, or maybe a paid physical therapy specialist from the retirement center where he probably lived.

Because he always had a cell-phone tuned ...

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Conservatism, “Those Other Guys” and the Veterans: A Preamble

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William F Buckley, Jr. was the founding figure of modern conservatism in America. He wrote God and Man at Yale when he was 25, and wrote many books afterward until he died in 2008.

But he had an extra dimension which seems to have been lost on the newer generations of conservatives, which I’ll discuss here.

In 1960, at age 35, in his home, WFB and several other “founders”, penned the Sharon Statement, which became the founding statement of the Young Americans for Freedom, (the YAF) which went ...

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VA to Medical Professionals Doing Union Work on the Clock: Back to Your Healthcare Jobs of Serving Veterans.

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As a shop steward (aka union representative) of a company that I worked for decades ago, I performed all union duties during my off-time from work. Only once did I attend a union function on company time and that was because my presence was requested at on on-going contract negotiation between management and the union.  My presence which lasted no longer than thirty minutes was agreed upon by both parties to which I obliged. Before that day and ever since, all ...

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2018 COMMANDANT’S MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL

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Wishing a Happy 243rd Birthday to the USMC. 

Thank you for your service.

NEVER FORGET.

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The 2018 Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball held at the Washington Hilton in the District of Columbia on November 10. This year’s Ball will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of The Battle of Belleau Wood.

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DOD, VA Secretaries Commemorate Veterans Day at Arlington

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Source:  Defense.gov

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11.11.2018

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior officials honor veterans during the 65th annual national Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 11, 2018.

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All gave some: Coast Guard Veteran recalls the nuances of service

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VA Blogs.gov by VAntage Point Contributor

On Nov. 11 each year, Americans honor Veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Being a Veteran myself, I know that there are many facets to how military service impacts an individual. Some of these facets are so nuanced that they might seem insignificant. To people who have never had an immediate family member or close friend in the military, these impacts could be invisible.

Nuanced and seemingly insignificant as they are, ...

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The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

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November 11th is both a celebration of America’s Veterans and a commemoration of the Anniversary of the ending of World War I, once called Armistice Day, when the Germans, (the bad guys) formally surrendered to England and France (the good guys) in a railroad car at Compiegne, near Paris, ending the shooting.

The Versailles Treaty, in 1919, would finalize the surrender, which while called the War to End All Wars, would only create new hatreds so that 20 years later, most of the same cast had built up ...

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