Fight for America

Fight for America

Fight for America

Fight for America

Returning war veterans have baffled and, at times, been a headache to politicians since the days of Alexander. The conflict between speaker and soldier is an enduring one—young people doing the bidding, whether it be well or ill-intentioned, of their elders, only to come home and be relegated to second-class citizenship.

Even in our own short history, American veterans have physically clashed with the very people who sent them to clash with others.

At the height of the Great Depression, thousands of WWI veterans converged on the National Mall to demand benefits promised to them for their service over a decade prior. These men, known as The Bonus Army, were responsible for ending the costliest war in human history, and when they demanded reimbursement (that, again, was promised to them) for their service they were met with teargas and batons. Mini-riots ensued, bigger names got involved, and a movement for veterans’ rights grew—which was a considerably new concept at the time.

Most of us are aware of the shameful treatment of Vietnam veterans during the 60s and 70s. They were unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of hatred for a war that continues to polarize Americans. They were spit on, called unrepeatable names, and bore the brunt of blame for an unpopular war—as if they had all been at the Gulf of Tonkin themselves. People continue to view that generation as broken, overlooking the fact that the majority of them were instrumental in a vast amount of economic growth in the 80s and 90s. Google men like Fred Smith and Bob Parsons and you’ll see how America would be a completely different place if it wasn’t for the ingenuity bred in the Vietnam War.

Now new generations of American war veterans are making their way home in a polarized society. These are men and women who, like their predecessors, come from every conceivable background and, like their predecessors, are close to being marginalized by a society that understands little about them, what they’ve accomplished, and the great things they’ve done and are capable of doing. The media and Hollywood portrays them as drug-addled, broken and prone to unprovoked violence. Obviously, like the aforementioned generations, statistics prove these depictions wrong.

I could cite numerous examples of American veterans getting trampled on by the Federal Government. But the point I’d like to make is that, no matter what, where, why and when, our Nation’s vets have continued to serve their people once they have taken off their uniforms. The reason why is very simple: They love their country.

That’s why they joined the military in the first place. You can’t stop loving your land just because you’re back in the private sector. You’ll always have that deep, inner drive to give back. We’ve seen that in organizations like Team Rubicon and Team Red, White & Blue—groups of veterans physically giving back to their communities. They pick up the slack when the Feds are incapable of performing—which, let’s face it, is often. Their contribution is organic and authentic.

I have a friend who is a municipal police officer in a mid-sized West Texas city. I served with this man in the military and have maintained a close friendship with him since then. He’s a fiercely independent person who, like many of us, has grown weary of the Federal Government’s encroachment into our lives. He’s tired of seeing politicians bicker while things fall apart. He puts his life and reputation on the line everyday—dealing with extremely violent Cartel members, cop-hating gang members, drunken oil heirs who have never worked a day in their lives and could easily lodge a fraudulent complaint against him, etc—to make his community a safer place to live.

He does this while people ignorantly clump him, a city beat cop, into the same category as people in DC who legislate our liberties away, simply because he wears a uniform that denotes authority—a local one at that. Yet he continues to serve. He truly believes that he is making his community a better place.

This friend is no different than the thousands of other veterans who have donned a uniform at one point or another. He has to give back. It’s ingrained in him. Squabbling about what to do is not good enough… We must show up and do it ourselves.

We understand that America may not always fight for us… But we will ALWAYS fight for her.

Fight for America

Fight for America

U.S. Navy Anchor

U.S. Navy Anchor

U.S. Navy Anchor
U.S. Navy Anchor
He who controls the seas, controls the world.
All great civilizations understood this
and built their societies around seafaring culture,
whether it was militarily,
 for exploration or for trade.
 

Hail to those brave souls
Carrying our colors at sea
So that the man on the ground
May have one more night of peace

U.S. Navy Anchor

U.S. Navy Anchor

POTENTIAL FRAUD ALERT!!!

POTENTIAL FRAUD ALERT GIFT CARD/PII ISSUE

POTENTIAL FRAUD ALERT
GIFT CARD/PII ISSUE

Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system, a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits. Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program, Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty, Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits.

BENEFITS ASSISTANCE SERVICE
ISSUED DATE: NOVEMBER 21, 2013
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A marketing company has acquired and is using two toll free numbers which are VERY SIMILAR to VBA toll free numbers. The marketer is trying to get callers to sign up to receive a Wal-Mart gift card, and is asking for PII, to include credit card information. When asked if they are the VA, they reply vaguely, and explain that the VA is very busy and the call was directed to them. They don’t say they are the VA, but if asked if they can help with VA benefits, they say yes. In addition, they even offer to transfer the call to the VA, after the caller provides the credit card information to get the free Wal-Mart gift card.
This issue has been reported to the Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission for review.
The two numbers identified in this alert are:

  • 1-800-872-1000 which is very close to our main number of 1-800-827-1000
  • 1-888-442-4511 which is very close to our GI-Bill number of 1-888-442-4551

FAQS AND SUGGESTED SCRIPTS

Q1. WHAT SHOULD WE TELL A VETERAN IF HE/SHE ASKS IF THIS IS A LEGITIMATE OFFER?
A: “The VA is not participating in any gift card promotions. We have been advised of this situation and have referred the issue to our Office of the Inspector General and have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Please use caution when disclosing personal information as it could be a fraudulent situation.”
Benefits Assistance Service Quality & Training November 2013 Contact us: www.va.gov 1-800-827-1000
Q2. IS THE VA RESEARCHING THIS ISSUE OR ATTEMPTING TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE COMPANY?
A: “The VA has reported this issue to the Office of the Inspector General and filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. They will be reviewing the situation to determine the appropriate course of action.”
Q3. WHAT SHOULD WE TELL SOMEONE IF THEY HAVE MISTAKENLY RELEASED THEIR PII IN THIS SITUATION?
A: “The VA has reported this issue to the Office of the Inspector General and filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. They will be reviewing the situation to determine the appropriate course of action. If you feel you have disclosed your personal information to an unauthorized individual, please contact your credit card company and advise them of the situation, review transactions, and request that a new card number be issued. You may request a free credit report from credit reporting agencies. In addition, you should also contact the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 and file a complaint.”
Q4. I CALLED THIS COMPANY. HOW CAN I FILE A COMPLAINT?
A: “Thank you for reporting this information to VA, you can contact the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 and file a complaint.”

American Soldier

American Soldiers

American Soldiers

American Declaration of Independence

On July 4th, 1776, a small group of men had the foresight to openly break from, at that time, the largest empire on earth. The document they all signed has come to be commonly known as the American Declaration of Independence.

But let us not forget that this document was a declaration of war. Thousands of young Americans would have to fight and sacrifice for this independence… and in every subsequent conflict where American liberty and interests were at stake.

The freedom of press, the right to assemble, and to free speech are wonderful things protected in the Bill of Rights, but they’re nothing without the brave men and women who are willing to give all to defend it. That is what our society has struggled to understand in recent years. The disconnect between those in military service and the civilian population is staggering. People increasingly enjoy a blanket of freedom provided by those in a sacrificial lifestyle.

Charles M. Province said it best:

It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

That is what we must remember: That the things we enjoy on a daily basis are paid for in blood, not chatter.

Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Nation

Chief Tecumseh

Chief Tecumseh

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing afriend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

Tecumseh

Have you heard the name Tecumseh?

How could a man who constantly allied himself with anti-American interests be held in such high regard? How could this man, who would never call himself an American citizen, become beloved by generations of American warriors? It’s simple, really: Tecumseh, aside from being a formidable opponent and brilliant tactician, was one of the most principled and wise individuals to ever grace the North American landmass.

He embodied the warrior spirit in his physical prowess, patient diplomacy, vigorous approach to fighting, and moral stand against injustice.

His name became synonymous with courage both in life and death. His devotion to his people has rarely been equaled—but most of all, his willingness to sacrifice for a cause has set an almost unattainable precedent.

In his immortal words:

When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

Be fearless. Live for your life as if every day is your last. Challenge limits. Accept everything for what it is and never look back.