Posts in category "Deployment"

The We Us and Them of the Warrior Culture

Recently, I came across a post, actually a rant by someone who is well recognized in the veteran community, Boone Cutler. He is a combat veteran, author and host of a radio show out of Reno, Nevada.  You can listen on the web by clicking on BooneCutler.com for the links to days and times of... Read more »

Soldier Suicide There is Hope

22 a day. Some say that number is much higher, over 100 a day when all veterans are included. Even 1 a day is too many. It is an issue that everyone seems to know about, but no one really knows what to do. For too many a soldier survived life in a war zone,... Read more »

DoD Cuts Imminent Danger Pay

Last week, the Department of Defense updated which areas of the world qualify for Imminent Danger Pay. I agree with this decision and think it supports our troops in harm’s way. Sounds counter-intuitive to support cutting a portion of the pay of deployed troops, but as with most things, there is more to all this... Read more »
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"Happy" Memorial Day

I’ve noticed a lot of controversy this year surrounding Memorial Day. In the past, just getting people to recognize it is not National Mattress Sale Day or National BBQ Day was a big deal. Of course, those efforts still continue and intentional misuses of the holiday still offend military and veteran families, none more so... Read more »

Inauguration Traditions are Clues to Policy

President and Mrs. Obama have given a lot of lip service to the support of our military and their families, but is it a genuine commitment or mere pandering? There is ample photographic and video-graphic proof of both the President and First Lady’s attendance at and participation in events for our military, particularly with military... Read more »

The Newest Veterans

When we think of war veterans, we generally think of old men in VFW hats. What we don’t think of is nineteen year old boys, but those are the veterans I met in May of 2011. The 101st Airborne (Air Assault) out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky was returning from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. This... Read more »
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Red Fridays - Thank You

Red Fridays - Thank You
This will be the last in the “Red Fridays” series, but I’m sure it won’t be the last time I write about our military and veterans. From the beginning, I have wanted to expose some of the issues and concerns our service members past and present face. I find it disgraceful the way our military... Read more »

Coming Home

When a soldier is killed, there is a special unit that goes into action. It is called the Casaulty Notification team. Everyone who holds the rank of Non-Commissioned Officer or above in the Army and the Army Reserves goes through training, and hopes they are never called upon to fulfill this duty. During their rotation,... Read more »

It's A Mistake

They say a mother always knows when her child is in trouble, when something bad happens. We are supposed to get a funny feeling, or a nameless worry niggling at our subconscious. I can’t say that happened, exactly, but that is because I simply didn’t believe anything bad was going to happen to my son.... Read more »
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Red Fridays - Just Another Patrol

Red Fridays - Just Another Patrol
It’s a typical day, a typical patrol, November 1st, 2010 outside a little village called Sanjaray. Make a loop through town, let the locals know we are here, guarding the school we rebuilt after the Taliban blew it up, of course while it was occupied. But, it was only girls, so as far as they... Read more »
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    Born and bred in Chicago, now living in the wilds of far suburbia. I'm a Gold Star Mom, a wife and step-mom to two terrific boys. My views are generally politically and socially conservative, though I am far from a Party line Republican. I believe in this country, our Constitution and above all, in the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe our government is supposed to serve the people, not tell them how to live. To me, this is just common sense, but since it seems to be a minority opinion, it has become "Uncommon Sense".

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