I know that I get uncomfortable when I am told “Thank you for your service.” To be honest, I really don’t need that thanks. If you want to thank me, make sure you keep the Veterans Administration fully funded. Make sure the VA hospitals are open, fully staffed with competent medical personnel, and quit making “wounded warriors.” Quit using people up and throwing them on the street. Quit making things so that organizations such as Final Salute are necessary.
|By: dakine01 Sunday November 11, 2012 7:00 pm|
So what is my point with all of this? It is to remind folks that the veteran is the man or woman you grew up with, attended high school or college with. We’re the person who grew up down the street from you or that you saw everyday at the drug store or fast food joint. Most of us had a variety of reasons to sign our names and take the oath of enlistment. We weren’t and aren’t making a big production of our service. We mostly served and came home, no matter the time.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 25, 2012 5:00 pm|
The most chilling phrase in The Invisible War, Kirby Dick’s documentary about the ongoing, institutionalized, taxpayer funded rape of military service people by fellow members of the military, appears onscreen at the film’s beginning: “All statistics in this film are from U.S. governments studies.”
|By: emptywheel Saturday May 28, 2011 7:52 am|
No wonder the US Army was allegedly bested in the WikiLeaks leak by a Lady Gaga CD.
|By: dakine01 Sunday September 5, 2010 4:00 pm|
The other day I received an email from a friend with a link to an article in the September 1, 2010 issue of Government Executive discussing an audit the US Army Inspector General had conducted on 18 different contracting vehicles (seven contracts and 11 task orders) used to support activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. (The actual audit report is a PDF at the first link of the GE article.)
|By: dakine01 Sunday August 29, 2010 1:21 pm|
Rank creep is almost more pernicious than mission creep.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 21, 2010 9:00 am|
It seems compulsory government-sponsored religious indoctrination is making a comeback, courtesy of Major General James E. Chambers. Given the oath he swore to support and defend the constitution — including that whole “freedom of religion” part in the first amendment — someone may want to inquire as to his fitness to wear those two stars. Oathbreakers do not make good generals.
|By: Gregg Levine Thursday November 5, 2009 6:25 pm|
Lt. General Bob Cone is giving a press conference at Fort Hood, TX, and has confirmed that the alleged shooter, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan is alive. He was shot at the scene, but was rushed to surgery. He is now out of surgery, and Gen. Cone, though refusing to comment on his condition, has [...]
|By: Gregg Levine Thursday November 5, 2009 12:52 pm|
12 dead, 31 wounded. One confirmed shooter shot but now confirmed alive and out of surgery. Much more below.