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On article Greetings to Soldiers.

Sending you warm wishes for a bright and beautiful 2017. Thank you for your service to our country. You are the best of us and an inspiration to all. Sometimes we face challenges and feel alone, but just remember that a very grateful American is thinking of you and praying that you will be granted strength. Be encouraged by the knowledge that someone in Columbus, Ohio, is praying for you. God bless you.

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On article Doc, \"Friendly Fire\" and Injured Soldiers.

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On article Doc, \"Friendly Fire\" and Injured Soldiers.

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On article You Can Help: The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club and “Project Outreach”.

I have quite a number of commemorative stamp albums from the US Postal Commemorative Society. They are in excellent condition. If you have use for them, I would like to donate them to your organization.

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On article Greetings to Soldiers.

He is the one who touched my soul than my body He is the one who made me cry than smile He is the one who loved his motherland than me He is the hero of my life yesterday,today and tomorrow He is my ever loving honey.... I salute my true soldier and all the other soldiers who saved our motherland 5 years ago.... They are the soldiers of hope and may god protect and bless them as they go on their journey. Love u all

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On article You Can Help: The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club and “Project Outreach”.

We were saving "used" postage stamps - cut or torn envelopes from mail we receive and giving them to an elderly Veteran. The were just regular US postage stamps. We don't know what he did with them, but he said it was to help Veterans. This gentleman is now in a hospital and not doing well. We are asking if you collect these stamps, what the Veterans do with them and how they benefit the Veterans? If you do collect them, where can we donate/mail them? Thank you for your help. Naomi Drass Joseph Silvestri & Son, Inc. Garnet Valley, PA 19060

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On article A Letter to the Next Generation.

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On article More losses of our troops.

Finally! After all these years success has filnaly arrived. It has been very annoying over the years writing to prime Ministers and Min of Def's to be fobbed off with replies that showed a clear lack of understanding about a NZ Defence medal meant for ALL servicemen and women. To quote an old signal saying Bravo Zulu to those who have been behind the scenes driving this one.

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On article We Can Help Each Other.

How can I obtain ahuetntic Vietnam dog tags?I'm aware that most of the dog tags for sale online are fakes. However, I've always wanted a real set of Vietnam-era dog tags. Is there any way I can obtain a true set?I don't mean to disrespect any veteran, they are for a private collection eventually to be donated as a museum display (boots, gun, helmet, tags).

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On article Discussions on Post War Iraq.

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On article Part I.

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On article Timothy Noah: The Great Divergence.

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On article Discussions on Post War Iraq.

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On article A Letter to the Next Generation.

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On article New Orleans Goes to War, 1941-1945 by Brian Altobello.

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On article Bill Moyers: What is it like to go to war?.

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On article Does anyone speak of war?.

Saturday morning I sat in a Mustang convertible as the VFW representative in our local Strawberry Festival parade. Sitting with me was my friend Phil who is Commander of our American Legion post. Our little NW island community has been described as Mayberry meets Burning Man, with just a smattering of Martha's Vineyard. It is also known as left leaning/progressive and anti-war. I looked, I searched, I asked, but did not see or hear a single person protesting our current gruesome multi-war global activities along our parade route. Where has the peace movement which grew out of the mayhem of the 60's gone? Are we so wrapped up in our personal financial misery that we have forgotten that the shredded body parts of American and 'allied/coalition' troops as well as those of our 'enemies' and countless civilians are still being splattered onto the hot sands of countries that most Americans can't even locate on a map? Shame.

Posted by: Christopher Gaynor, at 2012-07-22 19:56:25.


On article Memorial Day.

Well said Remy. My brothers and I have been there and as soldiers who have seen and participated in the madness of war, we have an obligation, duty and mandate to teach and work for peace. There are no 'winners' in warfare, only losers. It is always the 'non-combatants' who suffer the most. So on this Memorial Day, after years of war with little if any positive outcome now or likely in the future, let us renew our commitment to a world at peace. C.

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On article Paul Buchheit: Five Facts That Put America to Shame..

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On article You Can Help: The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club and “Project Outreach”.

We have a business card club - our newest member Tom Hollywood in Monee, IL told us about collecting stamps for Vets. However he gave his address in Monee, IL not your address in Arizona. Do you have different collecting sites? Is Tom Hollywood associated with your organization? We would appreciate knowing so we can run a note in our next monthly publication. Sincerely, Jim and Sue Thompson, American Business Card Club - phone 425-774-1458

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On article Proposals Concerning Iraq Continue.

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On article A Special Message From a World War II Veteran to All You Vietnam Veterans.

Thank you Stan, wherever your soul is. Thank you for your service and your open heart. It is never too late to reach out. Now it is the responsibility of those of us who survived 'The American War' in Viet Nam to extend a hand to our U.S. and Canadian brothers and sisters returning from current conflicts. Never again can we allow the sacrifices of those who have served to go unacknowledged or their service to be dishonored.

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On article Greetings to Soldiers.

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On article Discussions on Post War Iraq.

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On article "Waterboarding is torture.".

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On article What If They Were Your Children?.

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On article What If They Were Your Children?.

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On article Review: Michael Orban: Souled Out: A Memoir of War and Inner Peace .

Review written by Bernie Weisz, Historian, Vietnam War July 9th, 2011 Pembroke Pines, Florida U.S.A. Contact: BernWei1@aol.com Title of Review: "Why Would Anyone Expect An 18 Year Old To Go To Vietnam, Witness People Being Napalmed or Blown Up, Then Coming Home Normal?" Michael Orban was born in Wisconsin in 1950, the fourth oldest of ten children in a Catholic middle class family. Growing up as a happy, healthy child, pictures in National Geographic fascinated him, particularly the remote people and cultures of Africa. With the simple joys of reaching his teenage years, Orban had dreams typical of an American youth growing up in America: a new car, money, a new stereo, going to the movies, sporting events, and girls. Unfortunately for Orban, the Cold War would conspire against him, conscripting him as a participant in a war where no one believed any longer that if Communism was not stopped in Asia, it would appear in California and spread throughout the Americas like a forest fire out of control. After President Kennedy was assassination in Dallas, the problem of how to proceed in Vietnam fell squarely into the lap of his vice president, Lyndon Johnson. Not even ten months later, Orban turned fourteen and the "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" occurred. Supposedly, on On August 2, 1964 North Vietnamese PT boats fired torpedoes at the USS Maddox, a destroyer located in the international waters of the Tonkin Gulf, some thirty miles off the coast of North Vietnam. A second, even more highly disputed attack, allegedly took place two days later. An event that would impact Orban for the rest of his life happened next; The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was approved by Congress authorizing L.B.J. a free hand to wage all out hostilities against North Vietnam without ever securing a formal Declaration of War from Congress. The draft machinery went into high gear, battles were fought, and airplanes full of casualties came back. With half a million Americans in Vietnam in January of 1968, the Communists caught the US military off guard during the Vietnamese "Tet" holiday, sweeping down upon key cities and provinces throughout South Vietnam. Even though American forces turned back the onslaught and recaptured most areas, the "Tet Offensive" was a huge political and psychological victory for North Vietnam. The US military's assessment of the war was questioned and the "end of tunnel" seemed very far off. All of a sudden recent conscripts wondered if they would be the last to die in a war America had given up on. Massive anti war demonstrations in 1968 were seen throughout the United States, with youths burning their draft cards, fleeing to Canada, and the popular chant "hell no, we won't go" was heard from coast to coast. America's view of the war continued to sour after the Tet Offensive when On March 16, the angry and frustrated men of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, Americal Division entered the village of My Lai. A short time later the killing began. When news of the atrocities surfaced, it sent shock waves through the U.S. political establishment, the military's chain of command, and an already divided American public. Before the year was out, L.B.J. announced he would not run for reelection, the "Paris Peace Talks" began, Kennedy's younger brother Robert was assassinated, and America watched mesmerized with the violence at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. In 1969, Richard Nixon was elected. While he promised to end U.S. involvement in Vietnam, he ordered the secret bombing of Cambodia, conducted without the knowledge of Congress or the American public. Responding to charges that he was not moving fast enough to end the war, he announced his policy of "Vietnamization." This was his method of diminishing the role of the U.S. military in Vietnam and onto the South Vietnamese Army. This was a goal to make this an Asian war fought solely by Asians. It was in this light that Michael Orban would find himself drafted, spending the next eleven months, seventeen days and eighteen hours in a war he would emerge with deep hatred, guilt, shame and anger. He would, as the title implies, come home "Souled Out." The human soul is defined as the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans. It is regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable from it. The soul of humans is distinct from the physical part, where spirituality and morality exist, surviving mortality and subject to happiness or misery in a reincarnated state. War, killing and senseless death subjects this part of the human psyche to psychological wounds as serious as physical ones, scooping out one's soul with permanent effects. This memoir relates both how and why Michael Orban lost his soul, the issues that were involved, as well as his ultimate final triumph over adversity. "Souled Out" details Michael Orban's journey to reclaim his soul and inner peace by his use of alcohol, relationships, geographical cures via two trips to Africa, and therapy. He embodies the concept of "you can't keep what you have unless you give it away" by this book, publicly speaking, and developing graphic models for use in helping those afflicted with P.T.S.D. think about readjustment after war. Finally, Orban unequivocally conveys a poignant message of the impact of war, the irrational expectations of society on a solder placed back into civilian life, and the healing of the warrior's soul. He makes it clear that Americans do not understand the war experience. As proof, he cites America's assumption of expecting an 18 year old fresh out of high school to go to an unpopular war, see graphic death and violent carnage, and then come home unaffected as preposterous. Orban convincingly portrays the insanity a combat soldier faced in Vietnam, with a very realistic paradigm. Likening it to a game, Orban includes the arbitrary drafting of an 18 year old to go to Vietnam for 365 days flown to a land he never heard of before. There he is unable to recognize friend or foe and watches rampant death, while stifled by perplexing rules of engagement: "Imagine you are given a mandatory sentence of 12 months for having committed no offense, and are sent to live on a large island, which you cannot leave the confines of that island. Now, let's put in two teams of opposition, say of five guys each. One team of five is dressed in military dress and the other team dressed as typical islanders. You have four people with you on your team, the objective is to kill those other five men, and you must search them out as they search you out to kill you with whatever weapons or booby traps they choose. Now add an unknown number of native islanders who go about their normal activities, but you are not sure which are legitimate workers or which are out to kill you! You cannot be sure if the legitimate islanders are not suspect of helping the other side. You know only that you have to spend twelve months trying to find the other team and kill them before they kill you! The aforementioned describes every single Vietnam War memoir, with individual variation, I have ever read. It is hard to imagine a youth come out of that scenario completely unaffected and it is unreasonable to have that expectation. However, Orban played it to the end, which ultimately resulted in the loss of his soul: "You have weapons and ammunition, food and a bed roll; you must sleep on the ground and you can strike at or be struck at any time of the day or night by the other side; you can be killed any second, and you wonder why you have been given this insane sentence. Why you and what for? You cannot communicate with family or friends except by mail and you realize there is a strong possibility you will never see your wife, kids, husband or friends again." While told as a theoretical game, this is exactly what the author witnessed as a 19 year old in an infantry division patrolling the Central Highlands of Vietnam, a bitterly contested war zone. Based on the ordeal Orban experienced, it is a rare individual who could come out unscathed. Within a week of arriving as a "FNG," he was told by other soldiers that the life expectancy of an infantry soldier was less than one week. With a mandatory one year of active duty, Orban called his tour an "incomprehensible eternity" and built a protective mental shield, a facade, which did the following: "It made me cold and hard, but did its job to hold back the tears, heartbreak, fear and anger." Events conspired to erode that shield, as well as his very essence, i.e. his soul. During Vietnam's monsoon season, Orban was at a fire support base, which was an encampment that was designed to provide indirect artillery fire support to infantry that was operating in areas that were beyond the normal range of direct fire support from their own base camps. Hearing a loud explosion, he thought his position was under enemy attack. He later learned it was a "fragging," an explosive claymore mine intentionally set by an American soldier to kill another soldier in the same bunker. Learning this, Orban wrote that it sickened his soul, elaborating: "I lost much respect for the military that night, and the truth of war not written in history books." The reason for fraggings varied, but usually involved the murder of a commanding officer viewed as unpopular, harsh, inept or overzealous. As the war became more objectionable, especially in 1969 when Orban was there, soldiers became less keen to go into harm's way and preferred leaders with a similar sense of self-preservation. If a C.O. was incompetent, fragging him was considered a means to the end of self-preservation for the men serving under him. Next, Orban saw while serving as an assistant machine gunner another comrade during a firefight freeze up in a catatonic state. Orban commented: "His fear hit home with me." Two close PTSD inducing calls followed. First he was hit by enemy fire, the round narrowly being deflected by his favorite C-ration can. The second time was during a firefight when a Viet Cong soldier raced in front of both Orban and his machine gunner, firing his AK-47 wildly. The rounds harmlessly hit a felled tree. Orban wrote: "Each bullet came through that log exposing the fresh clean meat of its inside. For an instant I remember thinking how much like a movie it looked, but immediately the feverish fear of reality returned." The next day, Orban was assigned to count Viet Cong that were killed in action. Since the goal of the U.S. in this war was not to conquer North Vietnam but rather to ensure the survival of the South Vietnamese government, measuring progress was difficult.The contested territory, South Vietnam, was "held" already. Instead, the U.S. Army used body counts to show that the U.S. was winning the war. The Army's theory was that eventually, the Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army would lose due to attrition. In completing his assignment, he reflected: "We neared a corpse, face down, on the jungle floor and the soldier with me tried to turn the body over with his foot. But the body had been shot up so badly that the soldier's foot only sank into the chest as if it were mush. My heart felt sick with the sight of the dead and the wounded. I knew it could and might be my body someday. What sickness was this war? Just sickness pretending to have a higher purpose." Next, the defining moment of Orban's Vietnam experience occurred. As he turned away from the mutilated corpse and walked back to his position, he described the following: "Something left me. Something structural. My arms and shoulders drooped, my heart sank, and my spine curled forward. What had left, though not physical, had seemed to support my entire physical bearing. I would later realize that it was my soul, my spirituality that had shattered and left me. By the time it came for me to go home, my soul would be empty, barren, and seemingly destroyed." This feeling has been documented by other Vietnam Veterans. Author Terry Rizzuti wrote about his "1000 Yard Stare" in his fictional memoir of Vietnam entitled "The Second Tour." Other incidents happened. Orban lost more of his soul when he witnessed an old man and his son, i.e. two peasants searching for firewood accidentally gunned down. As he stood over the slaughtered old man, Orban mused: "What are we doing? No rational mind would ever put God's name on this insanity. More of my soul left that moment, and my posture sank further." Next, Orban and 11 other soldiers were carried into the jungle to set up an ensnarement, used as a blocking force against 5000 retreating NVA regular forces withdrawing against the might of an advancing Australian Army. Positioned in the NVA's direct path of retreat, Orban realized his unit was there only as a marker to identify the NVA position so an air strike could be used to annihilate them all. Before this unit could be extracted, the NVA would overrun and slaughter them. Recognizing his unit was expendable bait, he indignantly wrote: "Other human beings had no right to offer our lives for their meaningless goals." Even though the enemy never approached his unit, Orban felt like he was preparing to die for a war he knew had no purpose, no legitimate goal, and his country was in no danger from. His soul continued to vanish when he narrowly missed stepping on a booby trap, as well as discovering that a fellow solder who needed a souvenir had cut off a dead female Viet Cong soldier's breast as a war trophy. Orban wrote: "I felt that unexplainable disgust in the human race, and another part of my soul seemed to leave." Perhaps the most bizarre event of Michael Orban's tour, permanently shattering his belief in organized religion occurred when on Easter Sunday a Catholic Chaplain was choppered out to his position in the jungle to say Mass. In the middle of the sermon the Chaplain announced that 2 soldiers from another battalion had been killed the previous day. Orban wrote that the Chaplain told the group: "I want you to go out and get two of the enemy." Orban's soulless reaction was as follows: "I stared at him in disbelief, wanting to stuff my M-16 in his hands and scream. "If you want two of them killed, go do it yourself." Orban wrote that he felt it was wrong for Catholicism to ally itself with the Army, whose primary purpose was to kill. Testing his belief in God, Orban wrote: How could God allow this thing called war? If he was all powerful, why did He let these horrible things happen and why didn't he soothe my soul? Was there really a God? It no longer felt like it did." By the time Orban was ready to take his "Freedom Bird" to go "Back to the World," he lamented: "Nothing would make sense anymore. Only the accumulation of negativity, evil, disapproval, and hatred was left to haunt the vacant place and make its darkness blacker and blacker." As he left Vietnam he discerned why he even went there with the following rationale: "We went to war to protect those at home from knowing the insanity of warfare. If they do not fully understand, oddly enough, that is part of the goal. I would never wish those at home to experience such atrocities in order to entirely understand." Michael Orban returned from Vietnam, wed, and attended college on the G.I. bill for 2 years. Neither endeavor succeeded. Heavy alcoholism, nightmares, obsessive and intrusive thoughts of Vietnam invaded his presence constantly. His memoir chronicles his two jaunts to Africa as a member of the Peace Corps to try to run from himself, not knowing that a phenomena called "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome existed." No matter how far he ran, he could not outrun himself. Realizing that he had come home from Vietnam empty, confused and disconnected, Africa represented an attempt to find his way into a new identity. Regardless of whether he drank himself into obliviousness or lived in the deepest part of the African jungle rubbing elbows with the Pygmies and Witch Doctors, all facts he accomplished, Orban could not outrun himself. Realizing he had a choice of either suicide or facing himself, he chose the latter and explains he restored his soul in the process. Comprehending his egocentricity, Orban knew that if he did not contain his emotions he would go insane. Orban points out that more Vietnam Vets have died by suicide then from the war, which currently is at 58,220. Orban recounts the sad tale of his best friend from high school, who as a 21 year old was one of the few Americans to survive when the North Vietnamese overran "Firebase MaryAnn." Deciding that he could not take his "survivor guilt," Orban wrote this about his friend: "He could not reconcile his mind and soul with the experience. He recounted this torment to me; later he put a gun to his head to end this suffering." Similarly, Orban met a former combat medic in charge of 12 other medics in Korea. This man was the only one to come home. This book is a tribute to both of the aforementioned. If anyone has seen the 1989 film "Jacknife," the character of "Dave," embodies men returning from Vietnam with bent minds, alcoholism and loneliness as identifying characteristics. People that rudely said: "I know a Vietnam Vet, and boy is he messed up!" angers Orban the most. As for his motives for penning this book, he elucidates: "I knew I needed to write about this if for no other reason than to honor those who still suffer; to let them know it is okay and normal to have these reactions to war; that these feelings need not be hidden in alcohol, anger, anxiety and lonely walks down dark hallways at night. And as a way to give open support to families, letting them know it is okay to talk about their concerns." Michael Orban was diagnosed with P.T.S.D. in 1992 and has fought a daily battle with it. He has not allowed it to any longer disrupt his functioning, nor its interference with his ability to meet his daily needs and perform his most basic tasks. No longer does Vietnam intrude on his life, as he refuses to relive the life-threatening experiences he suffered in the past. Gone are the visual, auditory and somatic flashbacks, as with proper therapy he has short circuited the process of reacting in his mind and body as though events 40 years ago were still occurring. A member of Mensa, Orban uses his intellect to publicly speak of his toughest battle, vanquishing his demons and reclaiming his soul. Clearly, he has succeeded!

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On article Independence Day.

Happy birthday, Ron. Enjoy it, and thanks for your service. -Paul Wasserman

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On article Lizzie Palmer: Remember Me?.

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On article Going Back to Viet Nam.

Presently living in Nha Trang, Viet Nam; employed (Cantho & Mytho),525th MI Group from June-1968toJune1969, then from Jan1972-Nov1972 employed at MACV & USARV. First time, completed with honors, and recognition. Second time, after observation, was discarged with bipolar disease and have been under treatment since. In October 2009, when I had returned to Viet Nam to retire, three retired Viet Nam vets who had been diagnosed with PTSD referred me in 2009 to attend a seven-week course at Where I was discharged with diagnosis of PTSD on 2Jan1010 by Dr. John Schaut, my psychologist. Since then I have been dealing with others in Nha Trang. Most recently a new acquaintance, Michael Cull, a retired PTSD worke who is presetnly retired from assisting others with PTSD (Seattle, WA). referred me to Dr. Carlsternberger, psychologist in Hanoi. at an OSO Facility in Hanoi. I am presently waiting for an appointment with Dr. Carlsternberger. Sincerely, JameslSullivam 563-42-8823 Nha Trang, Viet Nam q

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On article Oil in all the wrong places.

Those of us who live safely removed(we assume) from such calamities may choose to live our lives as if what is happening hundreds or thousands of miles away has little importance to us. We would be dead wrong. Remy Benoit's passionate appeal for reason, responsibility and accountability must be headed. Our self serving politicians might just want to see how it feels to do the right thing for the American people and the resources we so cherish. We can only hope! Let's sit down around the kitchen table with a family which has been devastated; such an acutely personal tragedy can be understood by anyone. This mess is not about stockholder value or profit and loss speadsheats. This is human suffering and we cannot allow our neighbors to bear this alone.

Posted by: Christopher Gaynor, at 2010-05-20 03:38:38.


On article A Temporary Lull.

Miz' Remy, Hope your recouperation is a speedy one. Thank you again so much for your support of my book, Through My Eyes: a story of Hope. Our facebook fans are growing in number as we continue our quest to find the right publisher. Bob Whitworth

Posted by: Bob Whitworth, at 2010-02-10 17:57:19.


On article A Temporary Lull.

"a bit of heart attack"?!!! I do hope you are OK and recovering well without too much damage! Please take good care of yourself. I will remember you in my prayers! Warmly, Janet

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On article Not For Queen or Country by Edward Denmark.

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Posted by: sue, at 2010-01-23 20:00:42.


On article Visit with Pharaoh Press, UK.

Hey there Remy Sue is back working on getting the publishing back together the website is now liverpoolbooksonline.co.uk how are you get back to me if you can and let me know how the book sales have gone. sue

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On article Not For Queen or Country by Edward Denmark.

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On article Generation Y Continues.

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On article Jerry Wennstrom: Reverent Generosity.

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On article Joe Galloway: Hope Gives Way to 'No, We Can't'.

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On article Applebee's—Vets Eat Free on Veterans Day!.

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Posted by: William Forman, at 2009-11-11 17:34:48.


On article Send a Veteran an E-Card and Say Thank YOU!.

Dear American Hero, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sacrificies you've made for me and this great country. There aren't words that express what you mean to this country and the respect and admiration I have for those who serve. Thank you for your bravery and courage. Sincerely, Trevor Knight

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On article Applebee's—Vets Eat Free on Veterans Day!.

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On article Applebee's—Vets Eat Free on Veterans Day!.

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On article Review: Eric Newhouse: Faces of Combat: PTSD and TBI: One Journalist's Crusade to Improve Treatment for Our Veterans.

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On article From IAVA: Problems Faced by Women in the Military.

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On article A Passing: Anthony P. Rodriguez Jr..

Dear Remy, Tony. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Tony was in very good, loving and tender hands in his days of battle. He now beholds the face of God, our Lord Jesus and,I am sure, he is speaking kindly of you and your family. He has rest now. A great comfort. May God be with you both now, and your family, and comfort you in a special way to give you peace, rest and everlasting joyful memories only. Your friends, Lonnie and Carmen Story.

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On article Veterans Radio.

AMERICAN REMINISCENCES OF THE CARIBBEAN: 1937-1948 Dear Editorial team We are hoping that you and your listeners can help or advise us with regards inviting American contributions to our latest research. We are British researchers, currently seeking American contributions to add to reminiscences of the Caribbean 1937-1948. The initial objectives for the material we are gathering are a book and online resource for schools and colleges. [NB. we have researched archive sources to provide us with a strong understanding of this history. We welcome any advice or assistance in helping us to contact US veterans who served in the Caribbean, such as the 'Dixie Division' and the African American 99th anti-aircraft Artillery. Contributions to date have come from all perspectives - servicemen, wartime civilians (Aruba, Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad) , U-Boat Officers (U-160 and U-615), merchant sailors.... Our search for reminiscences is all about providing Educators and Learners with as broad and diverse a perspective as possible: We want to gain an impression of the war at sea, we are also gathering memories of the West Indies as bases of operations; what impressions their civilian populations made; how the islands provided for torpedoed merchant seamen; memories of shore-leave... We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Best wishes Tony T Rebecca Goldstone Sweet Patootee Ltd 28c Loraine Road London N7 6EZ UK T/F: 01144 207 686 5101 W: www.sweetpatootee.co.uk

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On article Why is there no national mourning for those who die serving our freedom?.

There is no question that our country has been blinded by such neglect that we are no longer the empathetic nation we should be. The fact that hardly any kind of connection to the soldiers who have died was the result of a total misuse of the media in its overloaded Michael Jackson material which was so inappropriate that I had to turn off the TV for almost two weeks. We definitely need to bring back the nation's attitudes to a better reality and reach out to the families of those soldiers who have fought and died for our nation's honor and survival.

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On article Scott Ritter: The Good American.

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On article Wayne Drash: The day I held a sobbing WWII medic in my arms.

I saw two of your reports; “James ’Little Man’ Presley” and now this, "The day I held a sobbing WWII medic in my arms." First and foremost, I want to thank you for your work. Thank you for your efforts in finding a voice for your subjects of your work. Your work is truly compelling and strikes at the heart of making right a long forgotten wrong. I cannot say enough how your work has inspired me.

Posted by: Cameron Sullivan, at 2009-06-11 13:10:45.


On article A Letter to the Next Generation.

What a beautiful letter. I copied it and will present it to people who might find this useful in teaching how to empower and motivate people from a strength- based perspective. It has been over 20 years since Dr. Dyer wrote this letter and I have yet to see that we are moving in the direction that he so profoundly hopes for. Perhaps, like a wheel in motion, as more of us become concerned with setting goals for humanity, we will generate a new way of thinking and living. Thank-you Dr. Dyer for giving me some insight as to what direction I should be taking when working with my clients. Maria McDonald, MSW

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On article Wilmer J. Leon III: President Obama's New Approach to a New World Order?.

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On article John Cory: Torture.

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On article Peter Dyer: War Crimes & American Rejectionism.

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On article Food Lines in Indiana.

What exactly is it about the overall economic situation and its devastating effects upon ordinary people that some elected officials can't quite grasp? As a life-long resident of the Hoosier state, most of us here fit into the "ordinary people" category and we are struggling. I have been out of work since February 2nd due to a RIF (reduction in workforce)and it's the first time I've ever been out of work. I have a great work history (30+ years), fantastic references, highly developed research skills, and continue to upgrade those skills through education. I shouldn't have a problem finding work, right? Wrong! In fact, I almost took a job at $8.50 per hour filling vending machines just to start earning a regular paycheck. Finally, today I was offered a full-time position with a salary just 25% less than I was making and I was thrilled. We just might survive on that. Here we ordinary Americans are wanting to work, wanting to support our families, wanting to pay our mortgage payment, wanting to be responsible, productive citizens, but it seems a segment of our society intends to thwart any plan towards that end simply because they want to see "Obama fail." What?? If he fails, Congress fails. If he fails, the ordinary citizen fails. If he fails, America fails. We are not powerless and we must demand nothing less from our elected officials than a coming together to solve our problems for the good of our country and its citizens. We, the citizens, must support each other, reaching out to those in greater need, using all our resources to help each other to survive until we can once again get honest work for an honest wage. Now is the time to problem-solve, work together, and believe. This great country has an opportunity to prove to the world that it has the foresight and tenacity to pull itself from this economic hole, fill that hole up with innovation, and build!

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On article Our Covenant.

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On article Review: Eric Newhouse: Faces of Combat: PTSD and TBI: One Journalist's Crusade to Improve Treatment for Our Veterans.

I too thank you Remy for giving the average person the opportunity to see what we deal/dealt with. I pray more will think deeply about this before clamoring for the revenge/justice they may perceive they'll get from sending someone else's son/daughter off to war. There is no justice. There is no revenge..only causualties of war that get forgotten or pushed out of our minds. Let us long remember..

Posted by: Dan Shulla, at 2009-03-09 15:53:10.


On article Review: Eric Newhouse: Faces of Combat: PTSD and TBI: One Journalist's Crusade to Improve Treatment for Our Veterans.

Thank you Remy for your continuing sacrifices on behalf of all veterans, myself included. You are greatly appreciated for your tireless efforts for veterans without compensation. A volunteer is a hero in the shadows. Thank you Mr. Newhouse for caring as well and thank you for doing your part to help. Indeed, we all need to do our "home work" as stated in the review. Only then can we, veterans, family and society begin to appreciate the daily impact we have on ourselves and others. Truly said, no man is an island.

Posted by: Lonnie D. Story, at 2009-02-06 21:19:12.


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On article Ed W. Freeman U.S. Army Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

Thanks for the endorsement. I'm glad the word is getting out about this book, and I hope it will help the vets and their families who need help so badly. God bless, Eric

Posted by: Eric Newhouse, at 2009-01-26 18:45:30.


On article Eric Newhouse: Faces of Combat, PTSD and TBI: One Journalist's Crusade to Improve Treatment for Our Veterans.

You might also want to check out the website http://www.facesofcombat.us/. It has the first chapter of the book and a large set of resources for veterans.

Posted by: Tom Blaschko, at 2009-01-13 17:06:37.


On article Aaron Glantz: The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle against America's Veterans.

In his book, Aaron has an important testimonial from Gerald Nicosia, author of "The War Comes Home: A History of the Vietnam Veterans Movement." What Aaron writes about today regarding the treatment of soldiers and vets of the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan is the same problems Gerald wrote about in 2001 regarding the Nam vets. The cycle of denial by our government continues. When in Iraq recently, I was with many soldiers on their second and third tours. They know what is waiting for them when they come home. They know about PTSD and such. What was curious was the number of soldiers who had fathers, grandfathers, and close relatives who served in Viet Nam, but never talked about it. Now these young men and women are facing the same problems their parents dealt with…and our schools or families did little or nothing to help them. In my mind, that represents a form of Post Traumatic Stress Denial. A notice for those in the Denver region: on Tue., Jan. 27 at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St, Ann Wright will speak about her book, "Dissent, Voices of Conscious." Ms. Wright, a (retired?) Colonel spent 29 years in the Army and Reserves, and 16 years as a diplomat. Aaron, who reported on the first three years of the war, will speak at the Mercury Café on Tue., 3 Feb. Both presentations are at 7 pm. These presentations are sponsored by the Rocky Mt. Peace and Justice Ctr. and the $10 donation admission benefits KGNU Community Radio.

Posted by: Ted Engelmann, at 2009-01-06 21:10:41.


On article It is almost a New Year....

Thoughts by Remy are both strong and quite focused on what this country needs to bring both peace and justice back into the world. I urge all who read this excellent thinking to print it out and send it to our local and national leadership. It is quite critical that we become a nation of citizens who actively reach out to bring back the Soul of Goodness onto our earth and make the mind of humanity plan for a future with less chaos and more creative comfort.

Posted by: Al Beck, at 2008-12-31 01:59:33.


On article Ross Irvin: Christmas in Vietnam 1969.

yes it was one of those isolated Chrismas far out of normal inhapitants. Good story.

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On article Our Covenant.

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On article Ross Irvin: Thanksgiving—Vietnam, 1969.

Neat story. My Thanksgiving in 1968 was prepared in a small "chow hall" in the Vietnamese fishing village of Rach Gia. As an Air Force Sgt, assigned to Advisory Team #55 as a Forward Air Control team, we didn't have it bad, stuck on the western coast of the Delta. I kept a menu from that 1968 Thanksgiving meal. Fast-forward 40 years later, to Thanksgiving 2008, a couple weeks ago. I was embedded with A Co, Task Force 1-22 Inf., 1/4ID in Iraq to make photos for my book compare/contrast my experience in Viet Nam and that of soldiers in Iraq. Food was brought in by an armored convoy of Humvees to our little bulding. Iraqi National Police came over and cooked some turkeys Iraqi-stye. The officers and senior NCOs served, and everyone had a very good meal. The CO had a menu made special for me. Now I can say I've had Thanksgiving twice with the Army...40 years apart. Don't want to wait that long for the next meal. Probably won't have my teeth.

Posted by: Ted Engelmann, at 2008-12-11 18:10:30.


On article Ross Irvin: Thanksgiving—Vietnam, 1969.

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On article You Can Help: The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club and “Project Outreach”.

June 17, 2008 Dear Ms. Brookshire, Our small rural school district has 450 students in grades K-12 and is located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Our school is about 60 miles southwest of our state capital, Albany. The small towns that make up our school community are mainly supported by the ski industry and tourism. As part of the character education program endorsed by our school, the elementary students learn about essential character traits. To further understand these ethical core values, the students get involved in character-based activities and engage in various community service projects. This year the third graders decided to continue to help the Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club. It is great that there are still volunteers who use the hobby of stamp collecting as a therapy program to support the medical staffs of VA Medical Centers nationwide. With this in mind, please be so kind as to forward the enclosed stamps to those veteran patients who request them. The students enthusiastically embraced the idea of helping the veterans. It is good to know that there are still some stamp clubs left in the VA system. Thank you for caring for our veterans. Sincerely, Maria Constantinides National Board Certified Teacher Windham Cental School Windham, NY

Posted by: Maria, at 2008-12-03 22:55:28.


On article Send a Pre-Paid Phone Card to a Soldier.

I think that this is a GREAT way to show our troops that we appreciate them.

Posted by: Phone Card, at 2008-12-01 21:41:15.


On article From YES! Magazine-Dr. Ed Tick: Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country.

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Posted by: Dennis, at 2008-11-27 07:20:18.


On article President Elect Obama Shares Plans.

Dear Congressmen and Congresswomen What Remy Benoit has said is quite critical to the nature of our true survival as a country. I urge you to get back to work in this time of crisis and help to solve our present disasterous circumstances.

Posted by: Al Beck, at 2008-11-24 06:25:30.


On article From YES! Magazine-Dr. Ed Tick: Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country.

I am an acupuncturist who would like to treat PTSD vets in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, CA at no charge. I have contacted the SF VA a few times to no avail. Does anyone know how I can make vets aware of my services?

Posted by: David Shevick, L.Ac., at 2008-11-18 03:42:47.


On article Send a pre-paid phone card to a soldier.

There are several individiual and organizations that are doing this and i think it's the best gift ever.

Posted by: Phone Card, at 2008-11-14 18:47:13.


On article Jim Furr (CPT RA West Point Class of '68): Rededication.

Life is not an isolated act. Our breathing in and out, yes, are shared by a host of others in a variety of circumstances. For us to assume that wherever our fortune or misfortune takes us is a solitary accident can't help but tangle up the truth. And so we must search vigorously for an understanding beyond any superficial moment pure or grime. Together we have built this time.

Posted by: Al Beck, at 2008-11-11 01:39:11.


On article Who is your presidential match?.

My choice is and has been Obama. I would never choose McCain. He's too old and too greedy and he's forgotten what it means to be a young strugggling soldier or vet.

Posted by: matthewsmom, at 2008-09-28 20:12:55.


On article Generation Y Continues.

I believe that world peace is possible. The kind of peace I am talking is not one where no one ever disagrees on anything because every one acts the same, but one where people do not kill or hate each other for these difference. The biggest obstacle in the way of world peace is that so many people are taught to hate each other over differences in skin color, nationality, or religion. The thing that seems to cause this more than anything is ignorance. Both my parents thing anyone who is Islamic hates westerners no matter what because apparently it is taught in there religion. Somehow they suddenly became experts on all the religions and cultures of the world. They would not even listen when I told them and even showed them that that just wasn't true, but the only reply I got was" i older than you. I know what I'm talking about." It frustrate me whenever I see things like this. Learning about different religions and cultures is fascinating and it opens your eyes up to a wonderful world. Another thing that relates back to the problem of intolerence is that everyone seems to be forgetting that we are the HUMAN race, not the white race, asian race, black race, or whatever. Peace may be a ways off, but it is not impossible. With how technology is connecting the world our generation and furture generations are being exposed more and more to different kinds of people and different ways of living. I think that that is something that makes peace possible. And ironically I think that religion, which has started so many wars, can bring people together. So many religions teach love and peace. As more people relize this, the name some gives to their god or gods wont really matter. So don't give up on world peace. Noone can achieve a goal if you abandon it because they believe that it is impossible in any form.

Posted by: Carolyn H., at 2008-06-10 02:56:39.


On article You Can Help: The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club and “Project Outreach”.

Dear Mr. Storck, As chairman of Service for Veterans in the James Tull TSDAR chapter, I was told to collect any & all stamps. Many of the elderly ladies in this chapter are very proud to help the veterans w/collecting stamps & also clipping coupons which I sort & total & send to military commissaries. I will be more than happy to send the stamps elsewhere. I was also told the veterans use these stamps as a means of therapy, not just collecting (for hand/eye coordination - cutting them of the paper, etc.). As you signed off on your note (1/9/08), "Trust the next lot will be better." S. Diane Slaughter Service for Veterans TSDAR James Tull Chapter

Posted by: Diane Slaughter, at 2008-04-25 19:42:19.


On article The Eternal Soldier - Video.

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Posted by: Mark Vine, at 2008-04-06 20:37:03.


On article What is Best for You? Writing on the Computer or Writing in a Notebook?.

Nathanial Bowditch lived at 79 Willson street in Salem,MA.He was born on March 26,1773 in Salem,MA.His family moved to Danvers when he was born.When Nathanial was 7 his family moved back to Salem.Nathanial's father's name was Habakkuk Bowditch and he was a cooper.Nathanial's father would repair and create crasks of wood.Nathanial became a clerk at a store called Hodges and Ropes at 12 years old during the year of 1785.He died in 1898.

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On article "maybe !00" years in Iraq .

Remy Benoit, Thank you for mentioning us on your Web site! We’re happy you enjoy Mother Earth News. Great Blog! We loved the post about candidates and their feelings about the environment. Laura Evers Mother Earth News Check out this link to our new Web site for more articles about politics! http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?search=presidential%20candidates

Posted by: Laura Evers, at 2008-02-21 19:43:13.


On article Lonnie Story: The Dustin Brim Story (Depleted Uranium).

Wow, I didn't expect a response from the author himself. Lonnie, I'm not attacking your character, really, as I have no basis on which to judge your true motivations for writing about DU. From looking at your other writings, I would guess that you are a sincere, compassionate individual. However, even though you are an excellent writer and "story" (no pun intended -- well, yes intended) teller and probably a fine lawyer, it doesn't appear that you have any background in radiation medicine, toxicology or epidemiology. That's fine, certainly I don't either, but when I'm not an expert in something, I defer to those who are. And those experts I'm quite confident would be highly, highly doubtful that Dustin's cancers and other ills had anything whatsoever to do with depleted uranium. Surely there's no shortage of politically motivated, agenda-driven, anti-war, anti-nuke, anti-capitalist, anti-seemingly everything self-styled experts who will disagree, (it's a cottage industry, like 9/11, you need a filter to find anything reliable on the subject) and I can only assume that you have been unknowingly swayed by such people, along with those nurses Ms. Brim heard from at the hospital. While we all sympathize with her loss, and understand her desire to find out why her son came down with cancer so fast, I hardly think it's a good thing to focus on what is perhaps one of the least likely answers. Now I haven't read your book, and maybe your look at this situation in full context is more balanced than I'm assuming. If that is the case, my sincere apologies; however I don't get that impression here or elsewhere the book/case has been discussed. I don't think it would be productive for you and me, two non-experts on the subject, to talk on the phone. However, it might be productive for you to talk with or correspond with people who truly are experts without agendas. I would suggest Naomi Harley, ( New York University School of Medicine) or the Health Physics Society. Are she or they mentioned in your book?

Posted by: Alan, at 2008-01-12 20:22:07.


On article Lonnie Story: The Dustin Brim Story (Depleted Uranium).

Alan: I can appreciate where you are coming from after so many far flung theories that float on the Internet. However, when criticizing an individual (especially with such erroneous comparison), you might consider whom you are critiquing and that person's background, qualifications and education. I am a veteran. My research and findings are well founded and documented far beyond room here, nor is it necessary for me to post. Alan, if you have a problem, talk to me. Or would that be too much? I am not afraid to discuss my findings and the subject with you, I will even call if it is long-distance. But first, Alan, be a gentleman or at least a man, don't say things that only embarrass yourself. If you read the book I wrote about Anni Adams you might learn a LOT about the Holocaust and much more. Before you are brave enough to attack my character, be brave enough to talk to me. Can you do that? I would hope so. Sorry folks, Alan represents the very meaning of the article. Sadly. Alan, the invitation stands and I will pay for the call. God bless you.

Posted by: Lonnie, at 2008-01-12 05:03:59.


On article Lonnie Story: The Dustin Brim Story (Depleted Uranium).

Yeah, he found a lot of stuff on the Internet about depleted uranium supposedly being as dangerous as swimming in shark infested waters with a bleeding cut, but he could also find loads of supposedly credible accounts saying the Holocaust and moon landings never happened, and even more saying the U.S. government blew up its own Trade Center Towers and Pentagon. So much for Googling. The truth, or at least the consensus of the legitimate radiation health/medical community is that DU residue has low to no ability to cause illness or death, except perhaps in cases of extremely high, prolonged and unlikely exposure scenarios. And CERTAINLY NOT in this short a time frame. It's not helpful to veterans or the issue of veteran's health to perpetuate these myths. It unnecessarily scares veterans, perhaps even away from having children, and distracts from finding real causes of illness. Not to mention the baseless trashing of the U.S.'s reputation around the world, and the resulting hatred it engenders.

Posted by: Alan, at 2008-01-12 04:33:38.


On article Greetings to Soldiers.

Dear Soldier, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for serving our country and defending freedom for all. I hope you will be home soon with your family and friends. God bless you Yolanda

Posted by: Yolanda, at 2007-12-23 12:58:34.


On article Greetings to Soldiers.

i am an american veteran with an honorable discharge from the united states army...i thought i would do something nice and attempt to send a xmas card to the 'recovering american soldier' address at WRAMC there in washington, dc...the card was sent the 20th of november and it has taken our lovely postal officials almost a month to declare it 'undeliverable' for god knows what reason...yes, the address is 100percent correct, including the 9 digit zip code...i am just wondering if, indeed it was refused by some overly officious postal worker who has a real issue with the u s military...ouch!!!

Posted by: janice weiss truitt, at 2007-12-14 22:46:50.


On article Greetings to Soldiers.

To all who guards the Gates of Freedom, May the Peace of Christ be with you. You and your families are in my prayers. "Serving America's Finest" Dan Paupp

Posted by: Dan Paupp, at 2007-12-11 13:47:47.


On article Lizzie Palmer: Remember Me?.

Lizze Palmer has made(with help)probably the most beautiful tribute to our soldiers over there.My hat is off to her,the ones that helped her, and all of the soldiers fighting over there.Job well done!!!!!!!

Posted by: jeffrey garvaglia, at 2007-10-19 22:48:20.


On article Global Warming Work Wins Nobel Peace Prize.

Go Gore! Run Al, Run!

Posted by: Vigilante, at 2007-10-12 14:11:18.


On article Senate Votes to Repudiate MoveOn.org's Ad.

Why is the Congress wasting my hard-earned taxes on debating what is clear protected by our Constitutional right to free speech. It must be true that facism is alive and well in Republican party.

Posted by: Jim Thompson, at 2007-09-20 21:27:44.


On article Senate Votes to Repudiate MoveOn.org's Ad.

I can't figure out how it is terrible for anyone to attack Petraeus when it was Ok to attack Max Mc Clellan, a three part amputee of WW II as a traitor. The Republicans used that to defeat him in the Senatorial race but it is disgraceful to repudiate the shill Petraeus. He is no different than Westmoreland as a mouthpiece for LBJ during the War in Vietnam.After all the lies of this administration how could you believe anything they put out. This administration feels that it can condemn anyone who doesn't dance to their tune but the enemies of this administration are coming out of the wall. If Mc Cain had won the primary in 2000 and not been Swift boated by those idiots in South Carolina prompted by Rove, especially that crackpot Robertson, we would not be in this position as a nation.

Posted by: Paul P. Valtos, at 2007-09-20 21:14:50.


On article Senate Votes to Repudiate MoveOn.org's Ad.

The great irony is that it is the service of General Petraeus and the armed forces of the United States that provides the safety and security that enables Moveon.org to trash his name.

Posted by: Larry Fischer, at 2007-09-20 19:59:34.


On article Senate Votes to Repudiate MoveOn.org's Ad.

Anyone complaining about the MOVEON.ORG ad -- which, by the way, DOES NOT accuse General Petraeus of wrongdoing -- who failed to condemn the "Swiftboat Veterans" smear job that called into question the entire award system of the Vietnam Era, including John Kerry but also John McCain and Max Cleland, are hypocrites and political hacks. Disgusting is our combat dodging President and draft-dodging Vice President using our soldiers as cheap political props. Oh, live ones only, of course. Our President is afraid of being photographed with a hero's flag draped coffin. Welcome home indeed. -- a 10 year Marine veteran, Purple Heart, Gulf War 1 Service.

Posted by: Chuck Smith, at 2007-09-20 19:19:00.


On article VA 90% or 75%?.

Why doesn't the Va contract out to other hospitals? If they can't carry the load build more VA hospitals or allow the vets to go to other hospitals in the area and backbill the VA. What's so hard about this for these people to understand. It sounds more like they want to keep it under one roof and limit the care and costs.This should not be about money but rather taking care of the guys that have been taking care of us all.

Posted by: Michael Kuehlewind, at 2007-09-11 14:18:15.


On article I suggest you pay a visit to PTSD Support Services.

Posted by: Sandra-tz, at 2007-08-25 21:07:14.


On article Where Have All the Weapons Gone?.

Where have all the weapons gone?? and they're just now posting that question? How about the ones that are given to the IA and IP trainees that never come back? have we recovered those weapons or are they part of the missing arsenal also?

Posted by: Edward, at 2007-08-06 18:36:03.


On article A Treatment for PTSD?.

This idea of making some one re-live some fake engagement of combat is just plain scary! This is just plain nuts. Its like beating someone till they get to like it. Shock treatments work better than this idea ever would. In the first place, its not the actual action that screws someone up, its the constant state of readiness that wears you out. It has the same effect on a person as speed does when taken for long periods of time. It re-wires you and there's not much I believe that they will be able to do about it. In our case things were made much worse because of the way we were treated in general by just about everyone. If anything can help us it would be to be treated like the heroes that we all are for doing the job in the first place. Unfortunately that will never happen with this country being so split on just about everything these days. No! this man just wasted alot of taxpayer money. It would have been better spent taking care of guys like some people I know who have to get by on 600.00 a month as his meager compensation for giving his best. There's something terribly wrong with this country and its government when they can't take care of guys like this and spend all this money on making sure the illegals are well taken care of. Its all backwards now, and I can't figure it out. Its like common sense died. Old Willey Nelsen had it right when he said were heading downhill like snowball headed for hell. I can all ready feel the heat. Once again Remy I'd like to thank you for caring. It means a lot to a lot. Mike!

Posted by: Mike Kuehlewind, at 2007-06-20 22:32:21.


On article Review: Lonnie D. Story 's The Meeting of Anni Adams: The Butterfly of Luxembourg.

D Day was the invation of Frnace by the Allies. My husband, who fought in the entire African campaign, landed in Italy (Euope) in September 1943. D Day was not the beginning of the end in Europe but after it the war in Italy, in which they suffered more casualties in one battle than was suffered on Normandy, became the "forgotten war". General Mark Clark said that the Italian campaign was the bloodiest battle that he had ever seen in any war!

Posted by: Lois Johnson, at 2007-06-08 10:46:24.


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On article Reference places and pictures to help you.

Nice site. You are doing a great service to the web

Posted by: johnt, at 2007-03-24 11:30:49.


On article Design of Tribute to Veterans Unveiled.

Stupore! ho una sensibilità molto buona circa il vostro luogo!!!!

Posted by: verona, at 2007-03-19 08:44:02.


On article We Need a New Mythology.

Once again Remy you've nailed it. War has to be a commitment by all, not just the soldier fighting it.Until it is, nothing will change.If it does change there will be no more war.

Posted by: Michael kuehlewind, at 2007-03-18 16:53:30.


On article We Need a New Mythology.

As war veteran I feel Remy Benoit has looked into my mind, and I respect her for it. Edward Falklands war 1982

Posted by: Edward, at 2007-03-18 11:52:52.


On article Gingrich Attacks Freedom of Speech.

The American public should be outraged that a United States politician is advocating the curtailment of our freedom of speech! How will the average American ever be heard? This government is supposed to be "by the people, for the people" and I for one am not willing to relinquish my voice to some control-freak politican! How dare they sit in the Oval Office (or anywhere else) and take my rights away "for my own good." With every freedom there is the chance it will be used for a purpose that isn't noble and good. Should we be afraid of that? Absolutely not! Give the American people a little credit for having the common sense to recognize and discard those things that aren't in keeping with our ideals. If we allow these kind of scare tactics to change the very structure of our Constitution, this country's example of democracy won't look much different from a dictatorship.

Posted by: Janet Kieninger, at 2006-12-01 23:20:55.


On article Navy Officer Has to Retire.

I'm flogging my tribute to Swift as hard as I can. http://mountainphilosopher.blogspot.com/2006/10/lt-cmdr-charles-swift-defender-of-us.html

Posted by: jdeville, at 2006-10-10 20:45:27.


On article Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day has a long tradition as it attempts to apologize for the death of human beings who sacrificed their lives attempting to protect others who live in this great country of ours. Freedom is a complex concept. As those who leave this country to reorganize and protect the rights of others in a foreign country, there are aspects of this process which need further exploration. What are the values of the Peace Corps? Missionaries? and even the Embassy? Have we really thought about other methods of some creative communication to limit the violence in the world? Greed, Mean Thinking, Corruption, disconnection to Kindness and Empathy are all here on this planet. The human species appears to be especially susceptible to these evils. But like any disease, the struggle to invent a formula to eradicate it, needs intelligent, imaginative, concerned world citizens. Why we have taken to War as the ultimate solution to maintain Freedom is still a question to which I have no answer. The future of the human species really depends upon coming up with other alternatives which, if they work, will truly give meaning to why we should be celebrating Memorial Day.

Posted by: abeck, at 2006-05-27 14:30:48.


On article Transition of WelcomeHomeSoldier.

Here I am a 50-something woman who has gone "back to school." I'm taking a 20th century history course and I've decided that ALL adults should have to take a refresher history course. Reviewing the highlights of the 20th century has made me realize that nothing is really new (even though we call them 'current events') and people, in particular governments, seem to repeat the same mistakes over and over. We seem to just forget! I believe that every person who contemplates running for public office should be required to complete and pass a 20th century history course. Maybe then elected officials could more wisely deal with current problems because they would be viewed against the backdrop of history. Does anyone else think this would be a good idea?

Posted by: Janet, at 2006-05-04 01:28:30.