America’s Sixth Living Medal of Honor Hero. Army Capt. William Swenson

First the actions that got Capt. Swenson into the news.  (I know as you know, him and his boys were Heroes a LONG time before this event.  08 SEPT 09.)

This video depicts the battlefield actions of Cpt. William Swenson on Sept. 8, 2009 near the village of Ganjgal in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, as he directs MedEvac landing for the evacuation of his critically injured teammate, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook. The video was captured by two different MedEvac crew members and shows each crew member’s perspective of events spanning the same time period. This video is courtesy of Mrs. Charlene Westbrook. To learn more about Cpt. Swenson and his heroic actions, visit http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/swenson/

firebase116.org will never forget Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook.  Rest in Peace Brother. firebase116.org knows that all women and men in our Armed Forces, and those that served, are Heroes.  Army Capt. William Swenson and his boys are Heroes.  We salute you. AND We love you.

I will post video and comments of Capt. Swenson’s Award Ceremony as soon as they become available. (live at The White House at 1410 (2:10 pm)).

…in the mean time look at the USA Today Story/video regarding Capt. Swenson.   Click Here.—>>>http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/usanow/2013/10/15/2986435/

jbarry

HELP IS ON THE WAY!

A driver was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway outside Washington , DC.

Nothing was moving.

Suddenly, a man knocks on the window.

The driver rolls down the window and asks, “What’s going on?”

“Terrorists have kidnapped the entire US Congress, and they’re asking for a $100 million dollar ransom. Otherwise, they are going to douse them all in gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, collecting donations.”

“How much is everyone giving, on an average?” the driver asks.
The man replies, “Roughly a gallon.”

…put me down for 2.

VA Disability and “the Shutdown”

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By RU Twisted
Rhino Den

I am seething with anger as I type this.

What kind of government actually exists if those who swore to defend it are left out in the cold?

Though the government is by no means fully shut down, it really and truly is going to affect those who actually worked hard for it and answered its call to duty.

Yup, that’s right—I’m talking about Veterans.

Don’t kid yourself, I’m not just referring to possible inaccessibility to certain care within the VA. The problem goes far beyond that.

According to the head of the VA, disability payments will grind to a screeching halt if this shutdown goes past October.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Payments totaling more than $6 billion to almost 5 million Veterans would cease. Wounded Veterans all over our country—men and women from any number of our nation’s conflicts who have damage to their bodies due to their service—would be left without their monthly income.

5 million Veterans.

This enrages me more than I can describe, and I’m sure you feel the same.

For those of you who served or are serving, you understand that the VA isn’t handing out charity. They are not a program for those who are just in need.

The VA’s sole purpose is to take care of those who served their country in a time of need.

It exists to take care of you for the sacrifices you made.

Yet Congress, in all its wisdom, doesn’t feel that you’re important. They don’t feel the service you gave was worthy of a little extra scrutiny during their little fight up on The Hill.

Think you’re mad now? Let’s take a quick look at what Congress has deemed to be still important enough to fund right now:

Their salaries: currently racing up at $177 per minute for the whole of Congress. For those of you keeping score, that’s around $2 million they’ve made since the shutdown began.

The IRS: Don’t kid yourself—they will still take your money and punish you if you don’t pay it.

Medicare & Medicaid: Yeah, a couple of the programs that are at the root of our country’s financial problems most likely won’t suffer.

Unemployment: Again, Congress felt this was more important than helping men and women who have sustained serious injuries in combat.

Higher Education: There are many educated people stating plainly that the “higher education bubble” is in fact worse than the housing bubble ever was and could cause more damage. Yet you won’t likely see funds to university gender studies departments dry up before yours do.

Welfare: Food stamps and Obama-phones take priority over wounded warriors.

This is, of course, just a partial list. There are many silly things that are set to be funded past VA benefits.

But if you’re like me, this is plenty to get your blood absolutely boiling.

This isn’t a case of bad entitlement spending that needed to be curbed.

The VA doesn’t exist for free phones and government cheese.

This is about Veterans.

The men and women who served their country and came away with scars.

Scars which often prevent those Veterans from holding down any number of jobs.

If this infuriates you even half as much as it does me, I implore you to call your Congressman to tell them how unacceptable this is.  <–CLICK

Tell them that Veterans are a group that isn’t begging for entitlements or just sitting on their asses because they don’t want to work.

The VA exists for those who answered a call bigger than themselves—a call from a government that is ready to turn its back on them.

Don’t let that happen. Click on this link and call your Congressman. <-CLICK

After you’ve made that call, share this with as many people as you can. Facebook, Twitter, Email, whatever it takes.

Get the word out.

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Veteran Homestead – “The Challenge”

What can I say…I love what Veteran Homestead is doing for our Sisters and Brothers.  My best friend and wife live there.  We met in class at MWCC.  We even share the same birthday. (11.4.xx, (send money)).  I’ve met quite a few of the Vets that live on Hero Ave.

I just received this via email:

I know that we never end with the fund raising.  This is a good one.  The cause is worthy and the project above board.  Take a look. I ask that you forward this to your contacts or get involved.  The Homestead is one of the best programs in the US.  Run by great people and doing wonderful work for vets.  Check the website.

Thanks,
Richard Earley
President VVA Chapter 116, Leominster, MA

 

Greetings!

We need your support. 
We’re Out to Get $75,000 for Our Cause

We’re super excited to let you know that we’re part of the Honoring Those Who Serve. The Challenge is a fundraising campaign being launched by Newman’s Own Foundation. The Foundation is proud to continue Paul Newman’s commitment to hel p the military community – those who have given so much of themselves, who now face critical needs.

To give back, Newman’s Own Foundation will be donating $180,000 to organizations like ours focused on empowering military personnel, veterans and their families. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $75,000 donation from Newman’s Own Foundation. Second place gets $50,000 and third gets $25,000. We’re out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win that $75,000 grand prize donation.

We think we can win and to do so, we definitely need your help. We’ll be sending emails throughout the Challenge and we’ll be asking for you to give. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small.

To help now, please Click Here Veteran Homestead, Inc. and give whatever you can.

Or, if you want to go one step further, Go Here Veteran Homestead, Inc. and click ‘Create Your Fundraiser.’ In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser that you can share with all of your family and friends so that you can raise money for our cause too.

Thank you so much for your support.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Ogonowski
The Veteran Homestead Inc.

All those who would like to start a firebase116.org team, please say “I”.

“i”

jbarry

Government shutdown: VA backlog at risk…read: no change here.

Government shutdown: VA backlog at risk.  VA  BACKLOG?  This must be something new.

The VA granted me a claim…PTSD.  AS A SINGLE VETERAN.  Married before I filed the original claim and I am STILL married with 4 dependents.  I am also a short-timer with end.stage.liver.disease.  I’m not going to see a RED CENT of what the government OWES me.  WILL MY FAMILY SEE IT?  And what is the VVA doing about it?  It’s hard for me to say…no it’s not.  THEY’RE DOING LESS THAN THE VA!  The VVA has a really pretty website vva.org, nice facebook page, and an okay twitter page (only deals with AO).  I can not find a single word or page that tells me that the VVA is working for the Veteran in regard to getting claims paid.

So, I asked Google…Google replied with “InformationNo results found for “what is the vietnam veterans of america doing for veterans claims”.” (note: i intended no disrespect in using using lower case in a search engine.)

NO RESULTS FOUND!

Check me.  Touch this Google page.  Yes, click here.  See for yourself.

I can understand why the VA doesn’t want to pay claims owed to America’s Veterans.  Like every government agency…THEY DON’T WANT TO LET GO OF THE MONEY!!!  Like it’s THEIRS.  But why the VVA is sitting on it’s proverbial arse and NOT PUSHING the government is beyond me.  Who at the VVA is accountable?

The VVA won’t answer my letters or emails.  They have put me on “ignore”.  I don’t have a facebook page, but I’m thinking about putting one up just so the VVA National dot (dysfunctional) org can vote theirdislikeon my page.  Gee, and I’m sooooooo happy to read that they had a fun, insightful, and productive convention.  (hold me…tell me you love me)

I am not going to lay down and give up this (or any other fight).

Never again will one generation of Veterans…

jbarry