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I'm not from nor in Illinois, but it is very refreshing when one see's, reads or hears clear comments made about what this Country needs to do instead of the established spinning and flip flopping all over especially by the self described oh so patriotic candidates and their supporters. Now this is what we need some more of, not specifically veterans, but at least they know what service means and who and what they serve, the Country and defending the Constitution. Along with what they've experienced they bring along a clear message about the Country from the life altering experiences.

Decorated War Veteran Runs for Congress in 12th District

Dec 12, 2011 - You sit down with Chris Miller, 31,  and it’s like someone opened windows on both sides of the room and let the decade-old stench of political self-propagation out.

You could breathe again.

Multiply it by a 100 new and uninfluenced faces and voices and there’s a faint hope for America.

“Somebody’s got to be the first,” says the decorated Iraq War veteran of Carbondale of his desire to stand on the floor of Congress and tell anybody who’ll listen, “You’ve got to make service about service again. You’ve got to save the Middle Class. You can’t drown the crew to save the ship.”

“You’ve got to make service about service again" and let me add 'Support the Troops' mean you actually support the soldiers and the veterans of the wars you choose to send this 1% into while supporting their families, all are a tiny tiny population of the whole.

No Revenues = No Sacrifice = No Support = DeJa-Vu all over again!. Now a decade and counting added to the previous decades of under funding the VA!

Country Must 'Sacrifice' not just Groups Within nor Just Non Profits Fighting for Donations!
What part of 'we serve the Whole Country and not groups within' don't you get?

Chris, a Democrat,  is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as an expert in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense.
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“The politics of Washington is broken and it is holding back the communities and cities of this district, especially small towns,” he said.

Obama has done what he can, but the 2008 train wreck is still smoking.

Democrats sat on the sidelines for the past election which actually gave the very loud corporate funded teabaggers and their corporate media hypsters the ability to not only call themselves a new political force they were able to keep many of the same reps who brought this country to it's knees, along with being a main cause of other so called western economies to almost totally collapse, and they brought in a boatload of new and even more extreme mentalities to continue the policies of destruction and failed no policies for the country.

He is a decorated combat veteran having received the Combat Action Badge for facing the enemy in armed combat, four awards of the Army Commendation Medal, three awards of the Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Order of the Golden Spur.

In 2004 he was awarded the Purple Heart after his military vehicle was attacked by a suicide bomber who drove an explosives-laden truck into his vehicle showering him with glass shrapnel and bursting both his ear drums.

He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. read more>>>

Uh oh, a Decorated Combat Veteran with a Purple Heart, hmmmmm.

Looks like the folks in his district, the ones who used to be (R)'s they no longer exist except in labels only, can brush off their symbols of 'joy' and 'laughter', the 'purple heart bandages', remember those, while sending this new generations soldiers into two more wars, and bring some more smiles and laughter. After all the PBS Newshour did a report on how the, still called by everyone republicans, or rather conservatives, are happier then liberals. So we shouldn't denie them more smiles and laughter, showing their 'patriotism', at the wounded and deadly expense of others!

And the folks in Illinois have not one but at least another, one Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), with the same clear message from this generations 1%, not the hoarders but those who Actually Served and Sacrificed, to join with all the way to Washington and a clear slate of policy ideals and idea's for the Country to once again move forward, been way too long in the ditch and obstructing the rescue from, way too long!

And just think, getting back to the Newshour report, these two IL districts (T)'s can have a get together with their you know what's and show all that 'happiness' they have bottled up inside, for I'm not seeing any from their candidates nor in online forums.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 01:19:14 PM PST

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    Opened up my e-mail and found a message from the DKOS community about a 'Surprise' Christmas, or should I say Holiday's ;c}, gift from a DKOS friend mimi, THANK YOU for the subscription!!!!!

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    Thanks Once Again, and A Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

    Jim Starowicz

    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 02:49:25 PM PST

    •  Good on mimi, congrats to you (2+ / 0-)
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      Where the hell would veterans on Daily Kos be without Jim Starowicz?

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      I was from Illinois and 45+ years ago lived in IL-12 while attending Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

      From the wiki here is Chris's competition:
      Former St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Brad Harriman and Kenneth Wiezer, a retired carpenter, will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Costello. Alan Pirtle, the chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Central Committee, may also seek the Democratic nomination. If Pirtle stays out, Chris becomes the best candidate.

      Organization in IL-12 needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. No reflection on Jerry Costello, but the man has held the seat since 1988.

      Bring them all home NOW. There is no longer any excuse.

      by llbear on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 06:05:34 PM PST

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    •  Yeah! I'm glad the secret santa came to visit. (1+ / 0-)
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      You're such a valuable member of the community.
      Thanks for all that you do.

  •  Related As To ALL Veterans (1+ / 0-)
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    We need the obstructionists OUT and the sooner the better, should have happened the last election then maybe this Administration could have gotten the Country back in working order! Those once republicans, that we could work with and actually did their jobs most of the time, Are Long Gone, they No Longer Exist, the rest use the labels still!!!!!

    VA-HUD: Homelessness among Veterans Declines 12% in 2011

    Obama Administration on Track to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015
    Announces $100 Million to Expand Homeless Prevention Program

    WASHINGTON – December 13, 2011 - The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development today announced that a new national report shows that homelessness among Veterans has been reduced by nearly 12 percent between January 2010 and January 2011. The 12 percent decline keeps the Obama Administration on track to meet the goal of ending Veteran homelessness in 2015.

    “This new report is good news for the tens of thousands of Veterans we have helped find a home. Our progress in the fight against homelessness has been significant, but our work is not complete until no Veteran has to sleep on the street,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We have been successful in achieving this milestone due to strong leadership from the President and hard work by countless community organizations and our federal, state, and local partners who are committed to helping Veterans and their families get back on their feet.”

    HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan added, “We’re absolutely headed in the right direction as we work to end homelessness amongst those who have served our nation.  This significant decline tells us that the Obama Administration is on the right path, working together across agencies to target Federal resources to produce a sharp and measureable reduction in Veteran homelessness.  As we put forth in the first Federal plan to prevent and end homelessness, there’s plenty of work ahead to reach our goal, but these numbers validate the work done by both HUD and VA to reach our nation’s homeless Veterans and get them into permanent housing.”

    According to the 2011 supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) released today, 67,495 Veterans were homeless in the United States on a single night in January 2011 -- a significant reduction from last year’s single night count of 76,329.

    Since 2009, working with over 4,000 community agencies, VA and HUD have successfully housed a total of 33,597 Veterans in permanent, supportive housing with dedicated case managers and access to high-quality VA health care. The complete 2011 Annual Homeless Assessment Report will be available in 2012. read more>>>

    Still not enough for a country that claims it 'Supports It's Troops'!!

    No Revenues = No Sacrifice = No Support = DeJa-Vu all over again!. Now a decade and counting added to the previous decades of under funding the VA, while the peoples reps Still try and lay blame on the Agency, after rubber stamping wars and costs of and those represented cheer on these wars! While the wealthy and other investors garner their booty, still, from both and many have the chutz·pa to call themselves more patriotic{?} then others wrapped in those false flags, using false slogans and various cheap symbols of!

    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:15:06 PM PST

  •  What we really need (3+ / 0-)
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    is a couple of hundred more people like Miller and Duckworth, who understand what service to country is.

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. Mohandas Gandhi

    by onceasgt on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:19:59 PM PST

    •  And They (1+ / 0-)
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      Need not be Veterans, though after this past decades and what non-veterans and the little chickenhawk supporters did and said, a whole decades worth and continues now even more pointedly at the present veterans, would be great to get more Veterans in!!!!!

      CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

      by jimstaro on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:55:35 PM PST

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