Escaped commieny Time sensitive: On March 24, 2015, Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina introduced H.R. 1594, a bill to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan for military surviving spouses to offset the receipt of veterans Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.
This bill is in accordance with a longstanding DAV resolution, passed each year by the delegates to our National Convention. H.R. 1594 was referred to the House Armed Services Committee on March 24, 2015.
Please use the prepared email or draft your own to request that your Representative support this important bill and ask that it be brought to the floor for a vote and passed as soon as possible.
Thank you for all you do for veterans and their families.
Escaped commieny A new song from the maestro about PTSD and the Loss of servicemen worldwide to suicide. I couldn't get to post before, get your tissues out.
March 13 at 09:34 EST .
8 people like this.
Balogreene We're working on a Technical Manual, have a Chief Warrant Officer, and a Staff Sergeant this week helping us get ready for testing. Today the buzz was, the major was coming to meet us. Someone said "she", and I did a double take. I weirdly think Major=male. Bad, bad, me. She came, and was really a nice person.
She seems very young to this 62-yr-old woman, I was told, graduate from college at 21 or 22, 6 to 8 years to become a major, you should be a major by 30. She's also about 5' and 90 pounds. But, we entertained her, let her play with our system without judgement of her skill (we've all been there ), and laughed and had fun, while she figured out this new thing she is in charge of.
I love working with soldiers, but, this was a new experience. The respect shown is kind of new, I've met high officers before without having to stand in their presence, but, the soldiers,and ex-soldiers were, so I did.
Chief and Sergeant are different, we are all equals, and they are teaching me so much. I love them, even offered to adopt the Sergeant, but, he said I'd have to take his whole family : )
RoseOfTexas Texas honors her native son: it's Chris Kyle Day.
February 2 at 19:46 EST .
19 people like this.
Balogreene Yesterday, I spent an hour or so with a young man (40-ish ) I work with. He was a Ranger in Afghanistan. He was also in his late 20's when he joined the army. He is currently reserve, and in OCS. The things he said about the people in Afghanistan were shocking. I thought I knew things from people and experiences, but, I knew nothing. He told me, as American soldiers drive down the roads in their Humvees, or tanks, or Strykers, young children are thrown in front of the truck. If the Americans stop, they are ambushed and killed. So, they keep going. Pedophilia and bestiality are a fact of life because according to Islam, that is not sex.
This is why so many suffer from PTSD. And in the meantime, Diane Feinstein releases a report on American behavior.
I've never heard anything about Afgan children being thrown in front of our vehicles. But then I've not been there and what I know is second or third hand. The guys I know that were there were at Bagram Aibase, not in the field. Your information may be more current than mine.
However, at 40-ish your young colleauge would have a tough time getting into Army OCS because the upper age limit is thirty-three(with as a minimum a BA degree )and you must accept your commision prior to age thirty-four. Also OCS is at Ft. Benning GA. and lasts twelve weeks, no leave, so I don't know what..."and in OCS" means. Being in OCS is like being pregnant, either you are or you're not.
December 17 at 22:50 EST .
19 people like this.
Balogreene Mr. SafetyDude, I actually know that about OCS, but it was his boss (retired Army ) who told me. When I first met him, I thought he was in his 20's, but he has a minimum of one degree, I suspect more. He was a forensic scientist in New Orleans before joining the army. He made it through Ranger school in the time he was in. He was Jesuit educated, and is helping me write my Technical Manual as he's a grammar pro, and has used the equipment in the field, in real life situations. He hasn't been back home for a year yet, that's when he switched to the Reserves, he has a young child, and didn't want to be deployed yet again. Apparently, OCS for the Reserves is different than regular Army? I don't know, just know his boss is immensely proud of him, and helps as much as she can. Anyhow, he works primarily on base here, and does his Reserve stints at one of the bases near here (Northern VA, Southern MD, PA ). When I see him next, I'm going to ask him how it works.
December 22 at 18:05 EST .
20 people like this.
Safetydude Thank you for getting back to me. I'm always ready to be corrected about military policies and the behavior of our members.
If it was(is )true that our troops drive over... "young children"... to stay safe it does not speak well of them and that behavior should not be tolerated. Ask your your colleauge if he, or any of his mates, made that behvior known to their commnders. If not, why not? Was it an 'official' policy to run over children to stay safe?
December 23 at 20:35 EST .
17 people like this.
Balogreene Actually, because of the type of vehicles and the speed they travel, they swerve, or throw it in reverse and avoid them. He didn't know of anyone who had actually run over a child, just that it was close, and very scary. They keep going, to avoid an ambush. Our guys are good, caring, trying so hard to not hurt anyone who is not actually in combat. But, they have to protect their lives, and their buddies' lives. It must be a very hard line to walk, morally. You must know that better than I (I can only imagine what goes through someone's mind in places like this ). He was using the example to explain the mindset of the terrorists, or whatever they are. To just grab a child and maybe kill it, to get the enemy. They see women and children as property, not as humans. And many of the women go along with it.
December 24 at 15:21 EST .
21 people like this.
Escaped commieny My brother in law was sent to Afghanistan to set up MASH units. His commander told him 'You are not going to Disney' ignore the kids. Those children were sent out to the mined fields to collect metal. The kids were injured either by shrapnel, mines, or picking up live ordinance so their fathers could sell the metal. Of course he did NOT ignore them, I have a DVD of the most beautiful children he was able to save. The kids are expendable in that culture. One little girl was hit and needed a colostomy, then got sick and died. There are no wheelchairs authorized for the theater so when they wanted to get the young boy who stepped on a mine out of bed, they manufactured one out of parts. When he and 6 other officers arrived they had to walk a half mile for showers and food, he came home to two knee replacements, two hearing aides and all his toe nails removed from fungus. He retired from active duty, but with an MOS of gas-passer, they can reactivate him until he is 70, His son is home too, an Army Ranger,plus Airborne and can speak Farsi. but has PTSD, but doing well. The Horror that exists over there in unimaginable.
December 25 at 12:45 EST .
21 people like this.
Balogreene The saddest thing EC, is when you read about Afghanistan in the 50's and 60's, the women were college educated, as were most people. They lived much as the Western world did, I can't understand how they devolved into the people so many are today. The women were educated, professionals, how did they allow this to happen? How could the men make those changes? How could the families let their children become pawns. It is medieval.