All American Face

by Leysa Lowery

What is the all-American face?
Some say it’s white —
Others argue it should be
The face of a Native American —
Others say it’s the faces of
Their children, sweet and innocent,
Or the svelte model
On the cover of the sports magazine —
Or maybe the smiling basketball star —
Or Norman Rockwell’s subject
In a Sunday-go-to-meeting suit.

I saw the all-American face today.
It was worn by a soldier
Dressed in desert camouflage.
He/she was white/black/brown
He/she was smiling
Waving at the camera
Telling his/her spouse/mother/child
“I love you!”
“I’m OK!”
It was a beautiful face
An all-American face.

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR MILITARY  THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS TO COME.

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TGIF~Subterranean New York-Ft. Totten

Subterranean New York – The subterranean tunnel between Fort Totten, Queens, New York andtottenFort Fort Schuyler, Bronx, New York has been a mystery for years. Historians, park rangers and common sense imply it is a myth. The knowledge and skill needed to build a tunnel under more than 100 feet of water, simply wasn’t present at the time, they maintain.

http://hubpages.com/_1jlqz2sadegzu/hub/Subterranean-New-York-Fort-Totten-Tunnels?done

9-11 The Days After

http://hubpages.com/_1jlqz2sadegzu/hub/9-11-The-Days-After

This article focuses on civilian federal workers who showed up for work, and kept the government going the days after 9-11.  There were many civilian and military personnel killed that day as well. There were thousands of people age 3 to 71 killed in the attack in Washington, DC, New York City and Somerset, Pennsylvania. Our story begins September 12, 2001, and ends with the report of those killed at the Pentagon – civilians and military.

Ed Freeman~Someone We Should Know

 You’re an 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is out numbered 8 – 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in. You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn’t seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. Ed Freeman is coming for you. He’s not Medi-Vac, so it’s not his job, but he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come. He’s coming anyway. And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses. And, he kept coming back…. 13 more times….. And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out. Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID ……May God rest his soul….. (Oh yeah, Paul Newman died that day too. I guess you knew that — He got a lot more press than Ed Freeman.) Ed Freeman

Resorts Make Vacations More Affordable

pool1Armed and Uniformed Forces as well as Department of Defense(DoD) are eligible to use military resorts. Many civilians may be eligible for inclusion in some military resorts.

See more at http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1520072/resorts_make_vacations_more_affordable.html

The Forgotten Confederates-African-Americans

Cold Harbor, Va. African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle

Cold Harbor, Va. African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle

The Forgotten Confederates-African-Americans
“When you eliminate the Black Confederate soldier, you’ve eliminated the history of the South.” quoted from General Robert E. Lee, in 1864.

http://www.associatedcontent.comarticle/1505727/the_forgotten_confederatesafricanamericans.html

After Active Duty

Military families in your community may need your help or they could fall through the cracks.  There is an increase in suicide and abuse.  There are so many stories in the news, I am not going to repeat them here.  War changes people.  We are not a war-like people.  War came to us at Pearl Harbor and 9/11! 

The Army learned notheing from Viet Nam.  Got to take care of the troops after they get home.  Too many flash backs, and bad experiences.  Killing people and seeing dead bodies effects normal people. 

If you see a person/family in trouble – do something! 

HOMICIDE AND

 SUICIDE IN THE

MILITARY

http://www.bordeninstitute.army.mil/published_volumes/military_psychiatry/MPch6.pdf

Army to report record number of suicides

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/28/army.suicides/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

The U.S. Army will report Thursday the highest level of suicides among its soldiers since it began tracking the rate 28 years ago. Time for the troops to come home.  Don’t believe me, visit the 18-19 years amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren congratulates Sgt. Kelly Keck after presenting him a Purple Heart at Walter Reed Medical Center.