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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.

Murphy was a Grunt

gruntshirt-1How do we know that Murphy was a grunt? It’s easy:

1. Friendly fire – isn’t.

2. You are not Superman; Rangers, Marines and pilots take note.

3. A sucking chest wound is nature’s way of telling you to slow down.

4. If it’s stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid.

5. Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.

6. If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush.

7. The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: 1) When they’re ready. 2) When you’re not.

8. No plan ever survives initial contact.

9. The easy way is always mined.

10. Teamwork is essential; it gives the enemy other people to shoot at.

11. No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection.

12. Anything you do can get you killed, including nothing.

13. Tracers work both ways.

14. Professional soldiers are predictable, but the world is full of amateurs.

15. When in doubt, empty your magazine.

16. If you are short of anything but the enemy, you’re in combat.

thank you

Holiday for Heroes and last Christmas Cards

Remember our troops and don’t forget Dec. 6th is the last date for sending a soldier a Christmas card.  If you need the address again let me know…Holiday for Heroes /  PO Box 5456  /  Capital Heights , MD 20791-5456.

not everyone

4 years as a pow! Bring Bowe Home!

“Friends describe [Bowe Bergdahl] as quiet, thoughtful, well-read and athletic, a free spirit who thought nothing of riding his bicycle back and forth the dozen miles between Hailey and Ketchum.”

…or putting it all on the line for America. <- GO THERE!  Do what you can.  NO ONE LEFT BEHIND!

In service,

The Puppy Rescue Mission

The story of a soldier, his girl and his pups

The Puppy Rescue Mission (“TPRM”) is the brainchild of Anna Cannan, president and founding member of TPRM. Anna’s idea for TPRM began when her fiancé, Chris, was deployed to and stationed in Afghanistan. A few weeks prior to Chris’s arrival at his combat outpost, a suicide bomber entered the post in the middle of the night. The dogs on the post immediately started barking and took off in pursuit of the bomber. One of the dogs, Rufus, grabbed the bomber’s leg while two other dogs, Target and Sasha, alerted the troops.

Realizing his cover was blown, the suicide bomber blew himself up never making it into the living quarters of the soldiers. Thankfully, all the soldiers survived the attack with only a few sustaining injuries. Sasha did not survive the attack and was laid to rest at the post. Target, who was badly injured in the blast, was later nursed back to health along with Rufus.

Shortly after the attack, Chris and the other soldiers arrived at the post where they befriended the dogs as well as Target’s litter of puppies who were only 4-5 weeks old. Being the animal lover that Chris is, he and some of the other soldiers started taking care of the dogs on the post in their spare time. As time went by, the dogs became very fond of the soldiers who were caring for them. An instant, unbreakable bond formed between the soldiers and the dogs as the dogs provided a sense of normalcy for the soldiers at Chris’s post that rarely exists in a country like Afghanistan.

The soldiers at Chris’s post continued feeding the dogs from their own plates, caring for the dogs on a daily basis but, most of all, treating the dogs as if they were their very own. According to Anna, she didn’t hear from Chris very often but when she did, she could literally “hear the smile on Chris’s face as his voice would light up when he would talk about all the dogs at the post”. Realizing his time at the post would eventually come to an end, Chris spoke with Anna about the idea of bringing some of the dogs back to the States.

Anna then brain stormed as to how to raise funds to help bring back to the States 7 of the dogs, affectionately known as “THE LUCKY SEVEN”. While juggling work and school, Anna began her fundraising efforts by selling candles and running an online raffle to help rescue the dogs. Realizing that transporting 7 dogs back from Afghanistan was a very expensive process, Anna decided to start a Facebook page for her fundraising cause which became known as “Puppy Rescue Mission”. At the time, the cost of rescuing a dog from Afghanistan was about $3,000 which was utilized to cover the cost of the dog’s vaccinations, transport from the base to the shelter, transport to the nearby airport as well as airfare from Afghanistan to the dog’s respective new home.

TPRM supporters on Facebook began to grow at an amazing rate of speed as did the donations being made to support Anna’s fundraising cause. Once enough money was raised to transport “THE LUCKY SEVEN” back to the States though, Anna decided that TPRM needed to continue as there were many more soldiers who, like Chris, needed help in bringing their furry friends home from Afghanistan.

While the military does not condone befriending animals, dogs and cats alike tend to find their way into the hearts of many, many soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. According to Anna, “it’s as if the animals know the difference between the heart of an American versus that of an Afghan as Chris would tell her stories of how dogs growl at the Afghan soldiers but show nothing but love towards American soldiers.” So, Anna felt it only fitting to continue in her fundraising efforts through TPRM as a tribute to all those soldiers who have served our country as well as to all the animals who have loved the soldiers and who have been heroes in their own right.

In founding TPRM, Anna recognized that there are thousands of stray animals without homes in the States. Anna felt though that the mission of TPRM was extremely important as it would bring to light the horrible conditions which animals are exposed to in Afghanistan. According to the Afghan culture, if a person is bitten by a dog, the person cannot get to Allah, the god Afghans worship, as dogs are considered to be a disgrace. Animals in Afghanistan are literally treated like trash, used for target practice, blown up, run over and used in fights in the case of many, many dogs. If an animal is lucky enough to find its way to a U.S. base and is befriended by the soldiers, then the base becomes the animal’s home, a sanctuary where the animal finds love for the very first time in the animal’s life. As such, Anna felt it should be TPRM’s mission to help these animals as it would be devastating to turn them back out into the wild when many have never known a different way of life.

As for the dogs at the posts, Anna says that they amazingly learn to protect the soldiers like Rufus, Target and Sasha did that evening when they prevented a suicide bomber from killing over 50 soldiers. In light of such heroic efforts like those of Sasha, Target and Rufus, Anna believes that “no soldier should ever be faced with the decision of leaving a beloved animal in Afghanistan if there is a way to get the animal back to the soldier’s home so the mission of TPRM simply has to continue on.”

Since the rescue of “THE LUCKY SEVEN”, TPRM, through the efforts of Anna and several close confidantes, has continued to grow exceeding the expectations of even Anna herself. Within just 9 short months of its initial inception on Facebook, TPRM has raised money to bring many dogs home and is continuing to grow each and every day, helping more and more soldiers to bring their furry friends from Afghanistan back home. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the United States and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Due to the tireless efforts of Anna and her confidantes, TPRM is no longer just a fundraising cause … it’s an “official non-profit organization” working directly with several organizations in Afghanistan in arranging medical care for the soldiers’ animals as well as transportation for the animals to their forever homes. TPRM is also assisting certain organizations from time to time in re-homing stray animals from Afghanistan to the States.

Anna, TPRM’s board of directors as well as TPRM’s advisory members would like to thank each and every person who supports the mission of TPRM. TPRM considers each and every one of its supporters to be an integral part of the TPRM family. Without its family, TPRM would not be able to continue helping soldiers and their furry friends alike in maintaining the unbreakable bonds of love formed in Afghanistan, a country where very little humanity and normalcy exists.

TPRM thanks you again for your continued support and donations. Many blessings and best wishes to you all!

Anna Cannan, President of TPRM