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Tag: veterans day

Nov.
7th

VETERANS: Remember Armistice Day, too

Veteran’s Day is always a sad day for me. I am a veteran of World War II and appreciate a day set aside for the country to honor all those who have served this country. However, the date selected was formerly known as Armistice Day, a day to remember the doughboy of the Great War (later known as World War I).

My father was among the first to go to France and fought in every major battle during 1918. He never talked of his experiences – it was too painful – until late in life, but two of his statements

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Nov.
11th

VETERANS: VA doesn’t have your back, vets

Welcome home to the OEF/OiF veterans. but you will soon find out that Veterans Affairs doesn’t have your back.

I served 1973 to 1993. Now the VA wants to reduce my disability, which will make me lose financial resources and my home. Watch out for each other as the scumbag politicians and VA don’t care about veterans.

Nov.
11th

VETERANS: Why I don’t speak German today

It was some time in the summer of 1944. The World War II allies had landed in Normandy a couple months earlier. Paris had been liberated on August 26, and the whole population of Meaux (a small town east of Paris) was fearful of possible combat activities as the Germans retreated.

Eventually, no fighting took place in Meaux. Long convoys of German troops could be seen retreating in their trucks, armored vehicles and tanks through Nanteuil, a small village a few miles away, their grim faces more expressive of defeat than words could describe. Only the rumble of their tanks

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Nov.
8th

DEFICIT: Time to abolish student loans

If there is anyone out there who believes that even half of the trillion dollars the U.S. government has underwritten for student loans will ever be repaid, that bridge in Brooklyn is still for sale.

At a time when our country is so hopelessly in debt that bankruptcy is not only possible but likely in the not-too-distant future if we don’t begin to reign in spending, a good place to start would be the student loan program. And, since we will be honoring our veterans on Monday, maybe it is time tell high school grads that if they want the

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Nov.
12th

MILITARY: Soldier didn’t make it to Veterans Day

How heartbreaking to see on Monday’s front page the small news item, “Bomb kills JBLM soldier in Afghanistan,” next to the story covering Veterans Day in the Capitol Rotunda.

First Sgt. Kenneth Wade Bennett, killed Saturday, missed Veterans Day by 24 hours or less. But we’ll remember him next May, on Memorial Day.

Nov.
11th

VETERANS DAY: Politicians being hypocritical

I have been listening to the president and other politicians talk about our veterans and thanking them for their service. I find it rather insulting that the politicians give there thanks on TV for all to see while they are sitting in a back room trying to figure out how to take away the benefits that these brave men and women have earned.

If they truly cared for the veterans, they would not be looking for ways to take from them what they have earned. I want to say thank you to all who have served and are serving our

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Nov.
11th

VETERANS DAY: Take a minute and remember those who served

Today, we had the honor to spend several hours visiting friends and family
at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

As we walked throughout the grounds, we came to a stop every 30 minutes and placed our hands over our hearts. In the background we could hear the sound of gunshots followed by Taps honoring another veteran (there was 21 interments today).

One marker was that of Civil War veteran 2nd Lt. Jesse T. Barrick and his wife
Sarah. Jesse’s marker had special marking as he was a Medal of Honor recipient.
Sarah was U.S. Army nurse, also in

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Nov.
11th

VETERANS DAY: Support our military

I want to take this moment to honor our military both active and retired. I especially want to thank those who fought in World War II, the “Greatest Generation,” and those who are currently defending our freedom.

I spent 25 years in the Air Force, and many of the veterans of World War II were still on active duty. Every time I had a chance I thanked them for their service. I do the same for those who are currently serving.

The difference is that our current military forces are serving under the worst conditions possible. Their enemy

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