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Fort Hood Town Hall Presidential Forum

The country's wartime status has riddled this Presidential election year with added questions.

That's why several non-profit military groups have come together to try to hold a Presidential town hall meeting at Fort Hood.

Sen. Barack Obama is the missing ingredient for a town hall meeting at Fort Hood.


If Obama accepted, the two would be on stage together taking questions from an audience of military families and veterans.

I would want to see that, wouldn't you?

Obama believes in the power of you... well so do they!

We need your help!

Call Obama's campaign at 1.866.675.2008 and urge him to attend the Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall on veterans and military families!

This is a nobrainer for the Obama Campaign, especially as to recent remarks by Senator McCain to a Vet at a Townhall, and he isn't as great as he and others think as to Town Halls or other formats. The Obama camp have many like Wesley Clark and other knowledgable Veterans of our Military who have more than just his back, as well as the many running on the same ticket for federal offices.

Senator Obama can hold more than his own, and this Country needs this Forum to take Place, more than the ones linked below and any others!

Those interested follow the links below. Thank You from a 'Nam Vet!

The Town Hall Consortium is made up of:

 American Veterans

 Brain Injury Association of America

 Disabled Veterans of America

 Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

 Fleet Reserve Association

 Military Officers Association of America

 Military Order of the Purple Heart

 Military Spouse Corporate Career Network

 National Spinal Cord INjury Association

 The Sanctuary International

 Veterans for Common Sense

 Veterans United for Truth

 Vietnam Veterans of America

 Veterans Village

 WELLsville Veterans Project


"We want this dialogue, we want this conversation to occur, we want the American public to be watching it as it happens," Military Spouses for Change President Carissa Picard said.

John McCain has agreed to come, and CBS is on board to air it live. And, the Bell County Expo Center has been reserved.


Both of these Candidates owe answers to candid questions from  more than these groups and this country, at a time we are still in two very dangerous theaters of occupation. They owe those who have died for their service, under the orders of this present administration, the 4122 in Iraq and 556 in Afganistan as of 7-18-08 as well as those tens of thousands injured and maimed physically and mentally. They owe their answers to the tens of thousands of family members of those serving mutiple tours and stop lossed, the very small percentage of this countries citizens actually sacrificing as the country goes about unraveled and seemingly uncaring.

Both candidates are also considering two other proposed joint appearances: one at the LBJ Library at the University of Texas and another at the Reagan Library in California.

If the Fort Hood event happens, it is tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m., Monday, August 11, at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.


This is not a new idea nor one done on the quick. Military Spouses for Change, along with others, were trying to get those running for the Presidential Office, from both parties, long before it was down to two Candidates, with very puzzeling results, puzzeling results for myself, a 'Nam Veteran, and many others, those serving in OIF and OEF, the families of, those returned with mental and physical injuries, and more, some of the many candidates OK'd the forum others didn't and it never went on because of a Disinterested Country!

This is an article from back than:

War uneasiness could loosen GOP's hold on military votes

Look anywhere in Killeen, home to the sprawling Fort Hood army base, and there are patriotic signs like the giant banner that greets shoppers entering the local Wal-Mart: "Fort Hood Texas, Home of America's Hammer!"

But beneath the bravado and bluster you find a more volatile mix of emotions – frustration, anxiety and anger – among military families after five years of war in Iraq.


We all know of the extremely poor planning, and lies, that went in to both these theaters of occupation by the administration and the congress that was in office at the time and what little that congress did in their jobs of oversite and investigation as well as funding for the care of the returning Veterans and much more, and under which political ideology that power existed, McCain being a member of the political party that had control has should have more questions to answer on that, not only at this forum but all forums. Leading to investigation, oversite, and much condemnations of what little was done, keeping the present congress more than busy trying to correct the failed policies, failed policies across the board!

This is a Video report from back than:


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead.

Military Spouses for Change are trying to lure Democratic and Republican candidates to address the largest military community in the country face-to-face. "These candidates are asking to be the next commander in chief. I feel like our families and service members, if nothing else, deserve an audience," organizer Carissa Picard said.

Soldiers' wives trying to lure presidential candidates to Fort Hood

Spouse group: Action needed for wounded vets


The other day I posted up this on a few sites and sent it out. On two of the sites the post was attacked by a few simple minded bots. I'm using the KOS post as one person replying there really got under not only mine but others skin, no matter what was posted to the many replys used following almost the same line. I would have just blown this person off, as I used above as a political party bot or even troll, except for finding another slam reply in another post about a small, they say their large, purely partisan political group of Veterans of the current occupations, referring back to the Consortium trying to get an Up or Down from the Obama Camp. The person replying accused this Consortium of this being a purely political Setup and Poorly Planned referring to how it had setup a couple of political meetings recently successfully, only in it's mind I'll bet. It showed me how lacking not not only in understanding how to organize but how little there was of Common Sense and Critical Thought within as well as being totally lazy and not following the links before replying.

I'm posting this recent one to further a call for those interested, Especially the Great Majority who have not nor will be Sacrificing Anything, to Help make this Extremely Important Town Hall Forum take place to please get involved! The rest can just move on and continue chatting.

Let a few Veterans speak to the Senator and Country:

WE NEED OBAMA TO COMMIT TO EVENT AT MILITARY BASE

DEAR SENATOR,
MY NAME IS ASHLEY MILLER AND I AM A VETERAN OF THE IRAQ WAR. I LEFT THE U.S. ARMY IN 2006, AND I AM A SUPPORTER OF THE BARACK OBAMA CAMPAIGN. I FEEL THAT YOU ARE A GREAT CANDIDATE, FOR MANY REASONS. I BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE A NEW VOICE THAT WE AS AMERICANS NEED IN ORDER TO HELP OUR COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE IN THE YEARS TO COME. I FULLY SUPPORT YOU, SENATOR OBAMA, AND I WANT YOU TO WIN. HOWEVER, AFTER READING THE PRESS RELEASES ON THE EVENT THAT IS SET TO TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 11TH, AT THE TOWN HALL IN BELTON, TX, I AM DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR THAT YOU HAVE NOT YET COMMITTED TO COMING TO THIS EVENT. THE EVENT WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO SEAT 6,000 SOLDIERS, SPOUSES AND VETERANS CURRENTLY ONLY HAS A COMMITMENT FROM SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN. I BELIEVE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR SENATOR OBAMA TO ATTEND. IT IS TO MY UNDERSTANDING THAT BOTH PARTIES, MCCAIN AND OBAMA HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO REALIZE THAT BY NOT ATTENDING THE EVENT HERE AT FORT HOOD YOU ARE RISKING VOTES OF 44 MILLION PEOPLE. ALL OF WHICH ARE SOLDIERS AND VETERANS AS WELL AS THEIR SPOUSES. ALTHOUGH I AM AN OBAMA SUPPORTER, I CAN'T STRESS TO YOU ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR BOTH PARTIES TO ATTEND, SO THAT THE ISSUES OUR MILITARY HAS BEEN FACING CAN BE DISCUSSED. WE AS OBAMA SUPPORTERS NEED YOU TO BE HERE AS A VOICE FOR OUR SOLDIERS AND VETERANS. WE NEED THAT COMMITMENT, AND I THINK IT IS OWED TO ALL OF OUR SOLDIERS AND OUR FAMILIES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT TO COMMIT TO DISCUSSING THESE ISSUES AND MAKING LIVES BETTER FOR THE MILITARY. WE NEED BOTH CANDIDATES TO HEAR OUR SOLDIERS, THEIR SPOUSES AND OUR VETERANS. AS WE ARE THE LARGEST PART OF AN ELECTION PROCESS.

PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK... THERE IS A PETITION THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET TOGETHER TO SEND TO SENATOR OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN... THIS PETITION IS FOR EVERYONE WHO AGREES THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR SENATOR OBAMA TO COMMIT TO SPEAKING WITH THE SOLDIERS HERE IN THE FT. HOOD AREA. IT WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH PARTIES, AS THEY WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH MEMBERS BOTH OLD AND NEW OF THE MILITARY TO DISCUSS ISSUES, AND TO HELP FIND A WAY TO PROVIDE BETTER BENEFITS AND LIFE FOR OUR HEROES. IF SENATOR OBAMA DOESN'T COMMIT TO COMING TO THIS EVENT IN AUGUST, NEITHER CANDIDATE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AT THIS CONVENTION. THUS, RESULTING IN OUR SOLDIERS NOT BEING ABLE TO SPEAK WITH OUR FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON THE ISSUES THEY ARE FACING. IF ANYONE BELIEVES THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR BOTH PARTIES TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, AND FOR SENATOR OBAMA TO COMMIT TO THIS EVENT SO OUR MILITARY CAN SPEAK ON THE CURRENT ISSUES THEIR FAMILIES AND THEMSELVES FACE, PLEASE SIGN AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: http://www.ipetitions.com/...
REGARDS,

ASHLEY N. MILLER
OIF VETERAN
KILLEEN, TX 76549


And this:

Open Letter To Barack Obama: Veterans Want To Hear From You

On August 11 of this year the 2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall Consortium is planning to host a non-partisan town hall event and while John McCain has agreed to participate in this televised event, you have not committed to participate.
BigFella :: Open Letter To Barack Obama: Veterans Want To Hear From You
As a committed Barack Obama supporter, and a Viet Nam era veteran, I implore you and your campaign staff and advisers to reconsider your decision to decline to participate in the non-partisan, town hall forum, to be presented by the 2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall Consortium on August 11.  I don't know the reasons why you are declining to participate in this event, but I can assure you, that despite the fact that this event would occur in a military community with a majority in-house military audience, politically speaking, the audience will encompass a broad spectrum of political ideologies, however, my understanding is that the primary "mission" of the town hall forum is not political debate, but discussion that would lead to greater awareness of the health and welfare issues facing those who serve in our military forces, and an opportunity for each candidate to outline his strategic plans in this regard.

I know that you, Senator Obama were a sponsor of S.1817 and are concerned about the care and support our country is providing to those who have volunteered to serve our nation, and by participating in this forum you can further demonstrate your commitment to be a future commander-in-chief that will exercise compassion and good judgment in your management of our military forces, and your support of those who have served in the past.

From your speech on July 15, it is apparent that if you are elected president, you will move to end the folly of our engagement in Iraq, but will also reinforce our military presence in Afghanistan, for obvious, and logical reasons.  It is only logical then, that Senator Obama, in the short time leading up to the national elections and the sitting of a new administration in 2009, you would be open and amendable to hearing directly from those Americans who will be serving at under your command, on critical, dangerous missions.

If your staff has lost your invitation to this important discussion, you can make contact here for the details: Military Spouses for Change


And this also:

An Open Letter to Senator Barack Obama

Dear Senator Obama,

My name is Ronn Cantu and I'm a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. I'm assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and stationed at Fort Hood, TX.

I would like to begin this letter by thanking you for your recent vote in favor of updating the GI Bill. Education benefits such as this will ensure that today's members of the Armed Forces become tomorrow's professional and productive members of society.

I would also like to thank you for voting to increase the funding for health-care-related issues, and for ensuring that said funding takes into account the veteran population and current level of inflation. Despite these bills being rejected, it's good to see some of our elected officials fighting to get our nation's wounded the care that they deserve.

I read an article in the July 12 edition of the New York Times titled "Obama Won't Commit to Event at Military Base." The article confused me, because in a recent Army Times article titled "If Obama Wins," you were quoted as saying "Precisely because I have not served in uniform, I am somebody who strongly believes I have to earn the trust of men and women in uniform."

The NY Times article mentioned, and it bears repeating, that Fort Hood is the largest active-duty military installation in the country. Our post is so large and our commitment to Iraq so great that the Killeen Daily Herald published an article on July 13, 2008 about our sister division titled "4th ID Association Looking to Expand Soldier Memorial."

Since speaking out against the war, I've had to take great precautions to ensure that I'm never perceived to be speaking on behalf of the United States Army nor the Armed Services as a whole, so I hope this letter isn't perceived as such. But I have to say that I think it would be a huge step toward earning the trust of men and women in uniform if you and your campaign work with Carissa Picard and the Presidential Town Hall Consortium, and commit to appearing at this meeting the way Senator McCain has.

In this particular election season, and with the Global War on Terror arguably the most polarizing issue facing our country, it would mean a lot to the veterans of our country if you give us the respect that we deserve and fought dearly to earn.

Thank you for your time.

Ronn Cantu
Iraq Veterans Against The War - IVAW


The first two letters above are linked back to VetVoice Posts, visit them and read some of the comments, for there's more from Spouses and Veterans of these current occupations!

Contact the Obama Campaign, This Is extremely Important, not only for those holding the forum but for this Country and it's direction after such an Incompitent Administration and Previous Congress that led us into a growth of Perpetual Criminal Terrorism that will haunt us and the world for years forward!

Washington:
Phone:  (202) 224-2854
Fax: (202) 228-4260

Chicago:
Phone:  (312) 886-3506
Fax: (312) 886-3514
 

Or use any contact information you might have.

From A Member of the Consortium

The Brain Injury Association of America

Alert
Urge Presidential Candidates to Participate In the 2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall!
Town Hall Would Facilitate Discussion of Issues Facing America’s Military and Veteran Community, Including Traumatic Brain Injury

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) recently joined a consortium of non-profit organizations dedicated to serving active military, veterans, their families and their survivors, in inviting the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to Fort Hood, Texas, for an in-depth discussion of the increasingly complex issues facing America's military and veteran community. The CBS television network has agreed to produce and broadcast the very important Town Hall meeting in prime time on Monday, August 11, 2008.

As of July 17, 2008, the Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has agreed to participate in the Town Hall, but the Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has not agreed to attend the event.

BIAA is a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals with brain injuries and their families.  During this presidential campaign, BIAA strongly advocates for an open, transparent discussion of public policy issues related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) among both returning service members and civilians.  BIAA believes the 2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall represents a tremendous opportunity to facilitate this discussion in regards to returning service members.

Fort Hood is the largest U.S. military installation in the world.  As a result, it has deployed, and continues to deploy, the most soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of our continuing global war on terror.  Consequently, BIAA cannot imagine a more appropriate audience—or a more compelling location—for such a discussion concerning the health care needs of returning service members, including TBI.

To send a message urging Sen. Obama to participate in 2008 Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall, please use the form below - with personal edits to the message if you wish - to make your voice heard.

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McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

Originally posted to jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:25 AM PDT.

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  •  McCain - Security - National Security (14+ / 0-)

    As many already know we have an Ex-Navy Officer, from a line of family Military Officers who, as well as a long time U.S. Senator, seems to not care about the Security of Others nor the Regulations Clearly stating same.

    As WarrenStreet, over at VetVoice says:

    McCain Violates OPSEC and Reveals Obama might Visit Iraq

    Senator John McCain just seriously compromised the safety and security of Senator Barack Obama and everyone traveling with him--plus any military members or private security personnel assigned to protect him.

    As that news was breaking yesterday.

    Lets be perfectly clear!

    The so called Republican Party, with help at times from Democrats, has one claim to a 'Strong National Defense', and that claim comes from creating the enhancing Hatreds towards this Country to Justify the Huge and ever growing Defense Budget!

    Their tough talk and extremely failed foreign policies, as well as support for foreign leaders who shouldn't even be leaders, are the ideology they use to reap the wealth from the results of those failed policies, and all done In Our Names and often with Our Support, always has been!!

    McCain, as well as his Campaign, clearly showed what type of leader he is and would be by this Not A Gaff, this was Intentional and done so to slide under the radar and quickly get lost in the rethoric.

    It Should Not Be Allowed To!!

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:26:11 AM PDT

  •  The VA's mystery caller (3+ / 0-)
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    irate, panicbean, truong son traveler

    Agency finds veterans getting bad information

    The mystery caller dialed the Department of Veterans Affairs help line 1,089 times in 2002. And it created quite a problem.

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:28:23 AM PDT

  •  Fallujah (4+ / 0-)

    Fallujah's flames rekindled  

    Security has collapsed again in Fallujah, despite United States military claims.

    Local militias supported by US forces claim to have "cleansed" the city, 70 kilometers to the west of Baghdad, of all insurgency. But the sudden resignation of the city's chief of police, Colonel Fayssal al-Zoba'i, has appeared as one recent sign of growing unrest.

    Authorities may have controlled the media better than the violence.

    Remember Fallujah, the Iraqi city we Totally Destroyed!!

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:35:47 AM PDT

    •  Bribing Iraqi citizens and controlling the (6+ / 0-)

      media should have been kept out of the policies and strategies set forth by the CIC and the Generals on the ground...a sure sign of desperation, grasping at any and all methods to make it appear as if we were and are winning this so called war on terror in Iraq. Iraq is in shambles and is now being reconstructed with Iranian influence and money. It is so not over for the Iraqi people, much money and hard work will be needed. In the meantime we can't even take care of our war torn veterans - what is wrong in America will soon be right. We can not have another Bushlike President. Gobama.

  •  VA Ban on Voter Registration (4+ / 0-)

    Drives for Injured Vets Becomes National Fight

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs rejects a request by 19 secretaries of state to allow voter registration drives on VA facilities.

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:39:09 AM PDT

  •  Vet sues Hague over appearance in ad (4+ / 0-)
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    Vicky, irate, panicbean, gooderservice

    Councilwoman accused of invading privacy of mentally incapacitated man

    A mentally incapacitated man and his wife have sued Republican King County Councilwoman Jane Hague after the elderly veteran appeared in Hague campaign ads against his will.

    In court documents filed July 8, Moses and Barbara Wilson -- both Democrats -- claim that Hague invaded Moses Wilson's privacy by using a photo of him, in a wheelchair, with Hague in a 2007 campaign mailer and television advertisements. The Wilsons, of Bellevue, have requested financial compensation for the "mental anguish, mortification, (and) humiliation" caused by the advertisements.

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:44:24 AM PDT

  •  County's vet benefits not in line with population (2+ / 0-)
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    irate, panicbean

    Manitowoc County’s veteran population is 17th highest in the state, yet the county ranks 61st statewide in federal funds it receives for veterans’ medical care, compensation and other benefits, the county’s veterans service officer said Tuesday.

    More than 7,500 veterans reside in Manitowoc County, according to 2007 statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Those figures equate to county veterans getting $2,000 in benefits on average compared with the state average of $2,880 per veteran, she said.

    How about your county or state?

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 04:52:49 AM PDT

  •  Vets-only camp: War and peace (3+ / 0-)
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    irate, panicbean, gooderservice

    Veterans can get much-needed quiet time at a Washington County vets-only camp, which has expanded to cater to a new wave of returning troops.

    And some take a little peace and quiet to heal. "When they say the war is over, it's not over. Not for these people," Drigans said of the many military veterans he's seen who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Enter the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp, a 69-acre wooded campground in northern Washington County exclusively for veterans and their families.

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 05:01:25 AM PDT

  •  PTSD (0+ / 0-)

    State must provide treatment for post-traumatic stress

    All the flag waving and patriotic speeches do not amount to much for combat veterans and their families living with the dreadful aftermath of war. Full access to the health care services they need for recovery should be paramount in the hearts of a grateful nation.

    The only State is the State Of The Federal Government, the Nation They Serve and We Served!!!

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 05:57:52 AM PDT

  •  Homeless Vets (0+ / 0-)

    Vets await permanent housing

    Waiting has been an unexpected part of the program's early days in Allegheny County.

    County officials learned in May they were set to receive vouchers through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program. Delays in communication have left the housing authority waiting for veterans to sign up for the program.

    "We're just waiting for (the VA) to start giving us names, addresses," said Frank Aggazio, executive director of the Housing Authority. "As soon as they send someone here, we're going to issue (the vouchers)."

    Meanwhile the Vets are still Homeless!!

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 06:03:10 AM PDT

  •  McCain - Veterans Care (0+ / 0-)

    Veterans on bus tour criticize McCain

    A national bus tour dubbed the Road to Health Care tour is sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, which has endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president.

    And the labor union's endorsement of Obama didn't escape the McCain campaign when it responded to claims that the presumptive GOP candidate doesn't support veterans.

    The vets not only criticized McCain's record on veteran heath care and other benefits, they also questioned whether a plan for a Veterans Affairs mental-health clinic in Greene County would meet pressing medical needs at a time when it's more expensive to make trips to VA facilities.

    Speaking during the tour's midday stop at the Greene County Courthouse, the veterans made a frontal assault on fellow vet McCain.

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 06:11:36 AM PDT

  •  What the fuck dude (1+ / 0-)
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    second gen

    I wouldn't come to any forum where I'm taunted and bullied into going

    Barack Obama's smile can regrow hair - even for Karl Rove.

    by LoLoLaLa on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 06:19:36 AM PDT

  •  Mosul (0+ / 0-)

    Mosul still a key site for insurgents

    While coalition forces continue to make progress in Ninevah province, the violence is picking back up after slowing down in May, military officials say.

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:04:59 AM PDT

  •  Possibly Another Female Soldier in Danger (0+ / 0-)

    Police: Missing Texas pfc. may be in danger

    Police say a Fort Bliss soldier is considered in danger after she did not report for work Friday and evidence of foul play was found in her apartment.

    Authorities were searching for Pfc. Jeneesa Lewis, 29, and her husband. The couple is believed to be together and police want to talk to Clinton Lewis, 34, about his wife’s disappearance, El Paso Officer Chris Mears said.

    People who know the soldier told investigators that she and her husband, who is not in the Army, have been having marital problems, Mears said.

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:14:49 AM PDT

  •  Why give McCain the free press? (2+ / 0-)
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    second gen, LoLoLaLa

    CBS is on board to air it live

    Have they agreed to air it live regardless, or only if both candidates show up?

    If the latter, why would Obama give McCain a free live telecast on national television, at a military base speaking to veterans (his strength), in the town hall format (which is his best format)?  Right now network anchors are going to other continents to get exclusives with Obama, while they virtually ignored McCain's overseas trip.  Why help McCain out like that?

    Join the Matthew 25 Network and help Democrats win the next generation of evangelicals.

    by mistersite on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:16:50 AM PDT

  •  No it will not air if it is only McCain. Plus (5+ / 0-)

    military families are FT. Hood are on their 3rd, 4th, and 5th 12 to 15 month deployments.  Trust me, this is not going to be a rah-rah McCain audience.  

    I could understand that kind of accusation if this was help from any other kind of installation or branch, but the families at Ft. Hood have been hit hard by this war and they are worn out.

    Ft. Hood is a widow maker and a family breaker.  Keep that in mind.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.

    by mydragonflies on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:26:42 AM PDT

    •  Doesn't It (0+ / 0-)

      Just make you, as a military spouse with husband back in Theater, feel just tingly inside to know that the 'Support' is No Differant on the so called Left as it is on the so called Right??

      Doesn't surprise many of us 'Nam Vets, with some exceptions, that's how the majority show it and how we got back to failed policy quagmires and what you all will be facing!

      McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

      by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 08:33:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Interesting blog about media bias on this story: (1+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro

    Where is the outrage?

    Both candidates have been invited to participate in a town hall near Fort Hood, Texas, to engage in a dialogue with veterans and military families about the future of our Armed Forces, our veterans’ support system, and our country. To date, Senator Obama has declined to attend.

    There are many ironies and tragedies in this story.

    If Senator Obama does not deign to attend, the event will not occur, and thus the organizers’ vision of helping the American public realize the breadth and depth of the issues facing veterans, wounded warriors, and military families will go unrealized.

    This is the man who is asking to be elected the next Commander-in-Chief (during a time of war, no less) and at whose direction many people in this audience will sacrifice their time, their family, their health, their happiness, and, possibly, their lives. Yet some other engagement is more pressing than explaining his positions on how he plans to lead them while they serve and care for them when they finish.

    To Obama’s advisors, this is just invitation to another event. But it isn’t. It is a nationally broadcast, live town hall with McCain that Americans would actually watch, thus raising awareness about veterans and military families in crisis and the consequences that their unmet needs have for all of us—as taxpayers, as citizens, and as beneficiaries of an all volunteer military force.

    Where is the media? Where is the outrage? For eight years, the media has failed to hold the President accountable for his obstinance, arrogance, and insensitivity. Despite two wars, trillions of dollars of debt, hundreds of thousands of wounded, and thousands more dead, it appears that this trend is going to continue: different chapter, same book.

    Yes, McCain was a POW, but Fort Hood is a widow maker. I don’t think the audience is going to be as pro-McCain as his handlers think it will be. I know, I live here.

    I urge you to contact Obama’s campaign and tell him he has to accept this invitation to the Fort Hood Presidential Town Hall. If there is one more debate or town hall before November, shouldn’t it be before an audience composed of the men and women whose service and sacrifice allow these events to occur?

    Although she uses pulls a line from the press release, she is a spouse at Fort Hood who is following the story...

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.

    by mydragonflies on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:32:42 AM PDT

  •  Recruiting (0+ / 0-)

    Jail inmates hear from armed forces recruiter

    Apparently, as is getting well known, going less than professional!

    McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

    by jimstaro on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:33:57 AM PDT

  •  Diarist. What is your point? You write a diary (1+ / 0-)
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    in the diary, and then you write tons of "spam" diaries in your own comments. Why don't you just create a website, and diary about it.

    "I didn't kill the soldier in Iran, I just didn't vote to stop it from happening" Have fun standing on your issues when the Country is knee-deep in shit.

    by second gen on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 07:37:00 AM PDT

  •  The Harold Ford Lesson (3+ / 0-)
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    There is a very good reason why Obama has resisted town hall confrontations with McCain. There is a small portion of the population that would be threatened by any sign of assertiveness in such a confrontation. It's been said that a very slight argument between Harold Ford Jr and his opponent lost him the election.

    In a situation like that, any contradiction that Obama threw in McCain's face (and there are many, many)...any accusation that he deliberately skipped votes or changed position or (OMG) lied, would be considered rude.

    It's a no win situation. While I appreciate the sentiment here, I think that you should trust the campaign staff to make this judgment.

  •  Fort Hood and Harold Ford Lesson (1+ / 0-)
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    There seem to be two issues at play here.  There is no doubt that veterans have gotten a total shaft from this administration - on every conceivable level. Even people like me who opposed this war from day one recognize that the military men and women deserve much better treatment. So issue one is to bring this to the forefront of the American mind. Noble and honorable.  And to use Obama to do so. And that is issue number two.  Would his presence bring these issues forward?  Certainly CBS would broadcast it. But remember that then the media becomes a player. And we know the love affair the media has with McCain!  We can't even question why his imprisonment qualifies him to be president. Nor can we question the validity of his claims since he won't release his records as Sen Kerry did. Who would moderate this town meeting?  The republicans have shown their "commitment" to open and forthright "town hall meetings"! Indeed how could we be sure that even in best scenario that the questioners would focus on the stated issues? And more so despite that best case scenario, how would Fox, etc. portray any confrontation? It looks like a sure loser for Obama and the sponsers too.  
    I really would like such a session to happen. But it seems like McCain using the media and following the Bush-Rove playbook will turn it against the vets. I am open to be convinced and I will call.

    •  It's A TownHall (1+ / 0-)
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      Not of Debate by the Media, so who cares who Moderates, I Really Wish People Would READ, I'm not a writer but it's Made Very Clear where the request is coming from and it's Extremely Puzzling the Why? that the Obama Camp, let alone him, Don't See The Extreme Benefits From Front On Debate with the Veterans, Families, Active Military!!

      This Site, and Democrats across the board, are brainwashed about what McCain has or has not by the FOX like reporting and your own Fears!!!

      The responses in this one, and the other two {and the lack of}, show me how deep this site, and a few others, as well as the Democrats, as to the Constitution and Accountability, have Fallen!!!

      McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

      by jimstaro on Sun Jul 20, 2008 at 03:42:46 AM PDT

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  •  Obama can talk straight on military issues (3+ / 0-)
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    Obama should go and talk straight to his audience.  He should brush off any McCain stunts.

    He does not have to be afraid of speaking truth to this group.  They have been through the meatgrinder. They are ready for true patriotism to replace the GOP poseur opportunist version.  This audience is serious.

    Now, if it was an event at TAMU, that would be a waste of time.  A Ft. Hood event would make the rest of Texas pay attention and reconsider.  Some more.

    Going to Texas, to this heart of US armor?  It is the right thing to do.  As often is the case, the right thing is also the smart thing.  He should be there.

    "Yee Haa!" may not be the basis of a foreign policy, but it sure is fun to say."

    by furiouschads on Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 09:38:01 PM PDT

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