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|I need help and need people to contact Senator Sanders about a veterans issue
Senator Bernie Sanders is now the Chairman of the Senate VA Committee, and he can change the way veterans are treated. As many of you know I am a totally disabled veteran of military service, I ...
|Hey Mitt, I am not a "victim" I am a "Promise"
When I enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War era, and re-enlisted again in 1976, then joined the National Guard in 1988 and was federalized when the First Gulf War began in November 1990 and ...
|The U.S.O or the United Service Organization
Gulf War Bob Hope and Ann Jillian perform at the USO Christmas Tour during Operation Desert ShieldTo support troops participating in Operation Desert Shield, USO centers opened in Saudi Arabia. ...
|President Obama saved my family 3 hundred a month
I am like most Americans, I pay my bills on time, my car payment, utilities and the mortgage. Despite the fact that since we bought our home the value has dropped from 180,000 to 162,000 so we now ...
|Poll & Duncan D. Hunter , R CA-52 on wrong side of SGT Stein
It appears that Congressman Hunter has attempted to use his position as a Congressman to get the Marine Corp to stop administrative actions to remove SGT Gary Stein from the rolls based on his ...
|Gov Nikki Haley orders OWS protestors arrested
Our Governor decided that it is against the law to protest after 6 pm on the State House Property. She had the S.C. Bureau of Protective Services troopers took 19 Occupy Columbia protesters in ...
|Why I am one of the 99%
I have attempted to try and live my life according to the American dream, I graduated high school, I enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War. Since my entire family had served in the Army since ...
|Veteran Health Care how it can work
I am a totally disabled veteran who served this nation in two wars, from the Vietnam Era October 1973 thru Desert Storm and my discharge in May 1991. I was lucky and spent the Vietnam war era on ...
|Medical fix it time
I have been in and out of ICUs since April with Congestive Heart Failure, they sent me to MUSC and Dr ...
|Recession pushes more in D.C. area to live with relatives
The WAPO article on this issue deals primarily with Washington DC, however this is an issue that is affecting every state and most cities across this nation. What used to be seldom done is now ...
|PTSD August Letter from the NCPTSD
I would think by now most if not ALL people who have been here 6 months or longer would know that I am a 100% P&T disabled by PTSD and have been since Dec 2003. I am rated at the 100% schedular ...
|Proud of my son & Poll
A year ago I tried my best to talk my son out of enlisting in the Army and to follow in his fathers footsteps after high school. I wanted my son to go to college instead of enlisting in the Army ...
|My random thoughts on Ohio & Wis and Unions
Okay I have waited for the bugs to be worked out, I have commented on some diaries and recommended quite a few, so I am ready I am mad about the union bashing activities of Ohio and Wisconsin, it ...
|TEA Party to help Democratic candidates in 2012
I was reading the NY Times a few minutes ago and I realized that Republican Senators that we would normally never stand a chance to unseat on our own are going to more than likely be defeated by ...
|Bachmann tells disabled veterans & families go broke U cost too much
I will be the first to admit no one enlists in the military for the benefits of becoming a totally disabled veteran, approximately 2700 a month from VA Compensation and about 1000 a month from ...
|I am not in a "safety net" Rep Ryan I earned my benefits
Tonight you made it sound like I am a lazy person who just lays around the house waiting for the federal nanny state to send me a check every month. I for one resent the hell out of your statements.
|The State of my Union & poll
Let me start with the fact that I am not the President of anything, I am not even a Michelle Bachmann type, I am a simple American, who has spent my life as a soldier during 2 wars, I enlisted ...
|Hatred and speech it does matter words do have meaning
It has been a day since the shooting in Tucson, I have listened to many newscasts and read many articles about who created this atmosphere the left or the right, and when I stop to think about it, ...
| Michelle Bachmann wants to be President? Really and other fun
The year is new and the silly season really has begun if this has made it into the WAPO Michele Bachmann for ...
|Mike Rogers R-Mich to investigate Obama Interrogation team WTF?
Color me stupid and maybe ignorant but where was the outrage and demand from the republicans after 9/11 when Vice President Cheney and President Bush threw out all the Geneva Conventions and Army ...
|My Xmas story how a PTSD dysfunctional family works
I have written before about my PTSD, I am not proud of the way I treated my family over the years, this was in the years before I admitted to myself that I had the problem and sought help for it. ...
|2010 the year in Review my 2 cents on the insane
I am like most Americans, I have my opinion on how the past year has been, both personally and politically. I am amazed at the amount of good stuff coming out of the Senate since the "lame duck" ...
|"Stimulus package that Republicans Love" why?
I realize I am an old man that gets easily confused, but I swear since that the stimulus package was passed 2 years ago, the republicans have been calling for the money to be returned to the federal ...
|PTSD Cases In State Up: this is a national problem
The article deals with Connecticut, but in reality this is happening in Veterans hospitals across this entire nation, there are NOT enough beds for mental health patients. The author Lisa Chedekel ...
|Veteran Affairs is NOT discretionary spending
I have heard all of the promises made by the new (thinks he is going to be speaker of the house) John Boehner, he promises to return all discretionary spending to the levels of 2008. The NEW GI ...
| Why this veteran is asking you to vote today & Poll
I love this nation, I have ever since I knew what it meant to be an American. I enlisted in our nations Army in 1973, when it was NOT a normal thing to do, most people prayed they wouldn't be ...
|The END of a trusted veteran news website
As a disabled veteran who does a lot of work with other veterans and their families for the past decade I have pointed many of them to the words and articles at The ...
|Some thoughts on recent American History
I have been pretty silent lately, with all of the craziness of the campaigns, I am NOT a witch Christine ODonnell, Ginny Thomas's phone message to Anita Hill asking for an apology WTF? This on ...
|DeMint: Sexually Active Unmarried Women And Gay Teachers Should Be Barred From Classrooms
This straight from Senator Jim Demint's mouth as this post from last night shows it appears Mr Demint was speaking at the ...
| This SGTs thoughts on the Fort Lewis Court Martial
I am an Infantry Staff Sergeant by trade, I spent my life in uniform serving this nation during two wars, the Vietnam War era, and the First Gulf War, I also served on the Korean DMZ, while it was ...
|Rob Miller Democratic Candidate for SC02
This is Rob Millers newest ad in his bid to unseat Joe "You Lie" ...
| Rep/TEA Party candidates want to deny veterans VA Care
I thought it was the republican party who made a great big show about how much they loved the military and our nations veterans. Didn't Bush 43 campaign on the "PROMISE" a slogan he kept repeating ...
|"average American" what does that mean anymore?
I started asking myself that question a few hours ago, when a new "poll" was discussed on MSNBC that says 55% of Americans are worse off now than they were before the "recession" and that 45% felt ...
|Is Veteran Affairs Medical Care changing?
I have been a patient at the VA Medical Center in Augusta Georgia for many years now. They saved my life with open heart surgery in 1997, and I have had excellent medical care from them over the ...
|My thoughts on DADT I am a 55 year old disabled veteran of 2 wars
I am the last person I ever thought would be writing on this issue. I served in the Army with gays and lesbians while I was in the military. I never saw any conduct by any active duty personnel that ...
|Why democrats MUST vote in 2010
It would be easy to write off these candidates as unelectable, Sharon Angle, Joe Miller in Alaska for Senator, "This is about changing the system," Christine O'Donnell, the tea party pick,
|Virginia Thomas wife of Clarence Thomas Justice of Supreme Court
I believe all Americans have the right to organize and be involved in our political process. How ever I see some major conflict of interests here, she solicits donations to her ...
| Cab driver attacker "uses" veterans as foil to deflect actions
I am probably making more out of this than is really intended but as a disabled veteran I find this article very "dicturbing" and yes I know how I typed that and it ain't a type....... stuff ...
|USA Today shows the extent of PTSD and mental Health problems at Ft Hood
In the past month we have been told that President Obama and Veteran Affairs Secretary Shinseki have now made it easier for soldiers and veterans to get VA benefits for their service related PTSD.
|My Vacation Diary, eh DC can go on vacation why not me?
I can not afford to leave town however so my "vacation plans" are not so elaborate. I will stay around the house and watch movies and read some books by my favorite authors and watch Keith, ...
|Sarah, Newt and others are wrong on Park 51
I have not uttered a word on the cultural center in New York, for one thing I live in South Carolina, and like these other citizens of the United States what business of mine is it what they put in ...
|General Lavelle & Nixon, Haig and Kissinger "honor'?
I have not written a diary in a while, but this issue is eating at me. By now everyone has heard what happened to General Lavelle in 1972. He was "thrown under the bus" by the then President of ...
|President Obama has put the money where his mouth is on veterans
When President Obama took office the budget of the Veterans Administration was 90 billion annually VA ...
|The VA is it helping vets or trying to make it harder to get benefits?
In a highly rated diary today Obama Administration to Cover PTSD for ALL ...
|Another 4th of July and how many military and veterans spend the day
On a political blog the majority of you could probably care less of how the troops and their families spend holidays like the 4th of July, it is not a warm a fuzzy holiday like Thanksgiving or ...
|For us oldies a flashback to the good war the "Cold War"
It was one of the longest wars in American history, it started the day the war in Europe ended in 1945, and the "winners" divided Europe, Berlin, the Kotean Peninsula into a North and South Korea, ...
| Why General David Petraeus should be promoted
I know this is a very strange diary for Daily Kos, but as an old infantryman who had the opportunity to work for 2 men who worse thru the ranks to both wear 4 stars, when I worked for Barry ...
|New Court filing shows Veteran Affairs were doing human experiments
I have been trying to wrap my head around the new court papers that were just filed on June 7, 2010 in San Francisco Federal Court, the ...
|Why has MSNBC decided to give Ari Fleischer a "platform"?
I woke up and saw Ari spewing his nonsense on Morning Joe and I thought it was just Joe Scarborough helping an old Republican friend a seat at his "table" to help beat up the Obama Administration. It'
|President Obama pays respect to war dead on Memorial Day, Fox distorts
I am more than a little upset with people that have decided to unload on President Obama for not being at Arlington National Cemetary to lay a wreath, which in his place he sent Vice President Joe ...
|SALUTE John Finn, Medal of Honor Recipient R.I.P
We learned today that a WW2 Hero passed away at the age of 100, he lived a long and full life and he truly was an American Hero. He never thought what he did on December 7, 1941 was heroic, he was ...
|Call for accountability on torture by the United States
This is not an area I normally delve into as we have several more dedicated writers on these issues here on Daily Kos, Valtin and others who keep us up to date on what the government is doing in our ...
|why Texas school board changes are not that effective
I know like many of you I am dismayed that a few uber conservatives on the state school board were able to ram thru some dramatic changes to the states education system, and if this was still 1950 ...
|Newt Compares Barack Obama to Hitler and Stalin
I realize this is part of Newts new book on where he argues against democratic legislation that is now taking place, and it is his misdirected attempts to distort current history. But I find it very ...
|30 years ago today I thought it was the end of the world
It almost seems like a lifetime ago, I was a young man 24 years old, newly married and my daughter Susan was just a little over one month old, she had been born on April 12, 1980. I was in the Army ...
|AP article attacks veterans PTSD claims
I have spent years advocating for veterans and their families. I am used to the major news agencies that report just facts and leave opinion pieces to others to write, Rueters, AP even Bloomberg ...
|with friends like these who needs enemies: Fox news promotes SGT Stein's agenda
Just what the young Marine Sergeant does not need "more press" when he should be trying to avoid the limelight. After being counseled by his superiors last week SGT Gary Stein actually pulled down ...
|Shocked I have been banned from Facebook page
I heard about this web page yesterday, so today I went and joined the board as a disabled veteran I have the right to comment on politics, and even the President of the United States, active duty ...
|Hero or Coward? The real cost of PTSD
To me when I first learned of Andrew Pogany I saw a NCO that was being royally screwed by the Army he had served proudly for years, and due to a few misguided Officers and NCOs who out ranked him, ...
|The TEA Party and our Constitution don't let them hijack it
I was watching Gov Huckabee last night and then again on re-run and he had a little kid on reciting passages of the bill of rights and the Constitution, and some lady spreading how that she was ...
|Book Review: A Terrible Mistake by Hank Albarelli Jr
I have not in the past ever reviewed a book for Daily Kos, but this book is a factual account of a Cold War chapter that has been very closed to the American public. There has been tons of ...
|On Mar 17 DOJ asks Judge to again dismiss veterans claims against CIA, DOD
The Edgewood Test vets again are waiting for a judge to decide if the case againts the CIA, the Army and the Department of Defense will be allowed to ...
|Obama finally kills "bi-partisianship idea" he made Jim NO Demint mad
President Obama went into office with an idea that he could actually reform the national swamp we call our nations capitol, Washington DC. That he would foster national cooperation to uplift the ...
|Faux news and the NLRB Becker appointment
I find myself sitting here in utter amazement at the gall of these "propagandists" that President Obama has stuck his thumb in the eye of the Senate. Senator Bennett of Utah who the Tea Partiers ...
|Generals are shooting themselves in the feet with their mouths on DADT
I spent a few decades in the military, it is NOT a democracy regardless of your rank, when the decisions come down from the mountain (the Pentagon) you say Yes Sir!!! three bags full and carry ...
|Today is our 7th anniversary why she keeps me I have no idea
I know this is NOT politicial but I feel my lovely wife deserves some attention today, after all she has put up with all of my BS since we met in Nov 2000 in a "chat room" of all places. We met ...
|DOD contracts disability care for private contractors with AIG oh oh
I have to be honest and upfront I am AGAINST any type of mercenaries working for the taxpayers in any war zone or hazardous duty type assignment, which should be done by a military member in uniform ...
|Rights of disabled veterans in the United States
To many people I am considered a "crusader" by the administration and buerucrats of the Veterans Administration, others call me a "trouble maker" because I refuse to accept the status quo that has ...
|After the past year HOW do we make Bohner and Repubs pay for blocking HCR
I am a simple NCO, I was good at making military operations happen, give me an objective and tell me what you wanted to have hapen to it, take it and hld it, take prisoners, kill everyone on the ...
|I am NOT a underwear sitting cheeto dripping blogger
Despite Morning Joke's description of people who write e mails to his show with differing opinions of the thoughts that fall out of his and Mika's mouths and occasionally their guests. Not all of us ...
|The adventures of the Bailey family my side of it
I can trace my fathers family back to 1775 in Barre, Mass where the first Bailey enlisted in the Continental Army, this is from the ...
|Sen Grassley please go pull a plug on Grandma and STFU
I am not a nice person and this time Chuck has pizzed me off royally, he is grandstanding based on a statement from Chief Justice John Roberts that I noted in ...
|Why we should change the name of Homeland Security
For one I hate the damned name, it reminds me of a "Herman Goebbels" moniker ala the "fatherland" and I find it repulsive as have most of the WW2 veterans I know. There are many names that would ...
|Rahm is the voice of Obama nothing more and nothing less
I have watched both the right and the left attack Rahm for months now, and there is one thing most all of them leave out, he is doing what the President wants him to do. In all things he is the "...
|My gratitude to Keith Olbermann and his lessons of life
Keith has gone thru tremendous loss in the past year, first his beloved mother and baseball fan Marie ...
|The problems with Veterans Service Organizations and claims
Yesterday I was attacked for being the "problem" with the service officers normally known as (SO's) they are the representatives that are entrusted to process the veterans and widows compensation ...
|Help us, Palin is shopping a reality TV show WTF
This has to be a new low in television, she is not getting a "news" show on Faux ala Hammity's America, so she is getting reality TV show, producer Mark Burnett to shop a Palins Alaska life story ...
|SCOTUS John Roberts "startled" by VA erroneous litigation
In a hearing before the SCOTUS yesterday in oral arguments in Astrue v. Ratliff Justice Roberts was shocked to hear that more than 60% of veterans cases based on: In litigating with ...
|Veterans and "Shreddergate" destruction of compensation claims
In the latest disclosure of "SHREDDER GATE" which disabled veterans have been screaming about for years, and was just "discovered" last year when a Detroit VARO employee blew the whistle. Larry ...
| Virg Bernero D for Michigan Governor
I have seldom picked a candidate this early in the game, but Michigan is where I was born and most of my extended family still live there, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. What happens in Michigan affects ...
|Sen Bond shut your piehole the President can declassify anything at anytime
In watching Senator Bond lose a gasket over the fact that the White House released data about the information gleaned from the Christmas day wannabe bomber and how they used his family and a ...
|Sarah Palin calls for Rahms job WTF?
In a absurd call from ...
|CREW now takes on the Veterans Administration & Poll
After last weeks action that has led to the instant announcement of Congressman Steve Buyer "retirement due to his wife's illness" as I wrote ...
|Fake outrage by the right over the supposed SCOTUS dis
I have listened to all of the moaners and whiners on "Morning Joe" complain about how President Obama went to far in commenting on the recent SCOTUS decision to turn over a hundred years of ...
|Open Letter to President Obama and a request for help from Kossacks
My story is not a secret here on Daily Kos, nor will it be to the nation shortly. Last week we Cold War "test vets" were notified that our federal lawsuit will ...
|C.R.E.W asks the IRS and the Congressional Ethics panel to look at Steve Buyer R In 4th
It seems as if the Congressman from Indiana has managed to get the attention of Melanie Sloan and her group to pay attention to him. I doubt he will be happy with the out come, regardless of how it ...
|Cold War "test vets" to finally get their day in court
Many of you know that I am one of these veterans, there are many veterans that were used in "experimental programs" Operation SHAD/112 (the veterans used in this program were never told at all that ...
|McCain & Lieberman are now demanding heads roll over Xmas Terror Plot
Two of the three stooges (MaCain, Lieberman and Graham) on an overseas Senate Junket stopped in Isreal today and were on CNN. Some of their comments as usual were over the top, even for them. ...
|Liz Cheney loves "24" as much as Tricky Dick 2 does
In her latest attack on President Obama, she uses a "24" style commercial to go after President Obama and her perceived notion that he is "failing to protect America" and due to the "snappy little ...
|Veterans Benefits and Healthcare CBS 60 Minutes
I actually cover two things in this diary tonights 60 Minute episode about the VA benefit side of the VA and an article by Washington Times reporter Amanda Carpenter. I don't know which was more ...
|My son came to see me today he brought an Army recruiter
My son Kevin does not live with me, he lives with his mother and step father about 90 miles away in Harlem Georgia, home of the Laurel and Hardy Festival due to being ...
|AFTERMATH OF USS COLE ATTACK CLAIMS VETERAN'S LIFE
It has been many years since the attack on the USS Cole took place, yet another Navy person will soon join the others killed that long ago day in Yemen. The October 2000 terrorist assault on the USS ...
|The horrors of Vietnam/Laos continue today the Hmong are paying for it
To many Americans they have never heard of the Hmongs, a group of indigenous people to South East Asia, who we bribed/paid and or coerced to help Americans fight the North Vietnamese in Laos and ...
|My thoughts today are with the troops overseas
Unless you have ever served in the military it is hard to understand what the soldiers, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard personnel and Naval forces are feeling. Yes, they are all volunteers now, ...
|Songs I would really like to hear for Xmas and Holidays
A "friends sent me this list" is it appropriate for me and them yes, we are all veterans with PTSD and other co-morbid mental conditions, so these fit us to a T. Even mental people can have ...
|Is Gov Dean right? Is this bill bad for Americans? & Poll
I think I am more informed than the average American, due to the fact that I am disabled and all I do all day is watch TV mostly news on MSNBC but occasionally CNN, and by reading many papers from ...
|Senator Franken on C Span verbally spanking John Thune
Today David Schuster was trying to get a clip of Senator Al Franken taking Senator Thune of South Dakota to task over some erroneous facts that Thune was spewing yesterday on the Senate Floor, the ...
|Army Suicide Rate Increases Five Straight Years
I am not shocked to read this headline, I wish I could say I am shocked but after 8 years of war, I am almost immune to it now. Yes, they are all volunteers, but it doesn't mean they do NOT have ...
|The Holiday Visit from my kids
I have a rough relationship with my children, the divorce from their mother wife #2 out of my 5 marriages, has not been the best relationship a family can have. I was not a great father, I dare say ...
|Chase raises my credit card rate to 24.99 + prime
I know this is not a new story, it has been happening to people all across this nation, a credit card company sticking it to the American public, a bank which we all bailed out last fall and ...
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