Why Ramadi matters: The fall of Ramadi is highly symbolic and of substantial strategic significance, despite the protestations to the contrary of Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. In a joint press conference with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 16, Dempsey stated: “The city itself is not symbolic is… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Military Families
For a country that’s been engaged in two major theaters of war for around the last 13 years, much of the service and sacrifice has been made by the true 1%’ers. A 2013 Pew Research article reports that only a 5th of the Congress at the time had any military experience, themselves. Not all that… Read more »
President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for this Memorial Day. On FB, I’ve noticed a number of friends sharing this link. KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in… Read more »
Several Rangers have Fallen in combat during the shutdown. The Rangers’ families need your help. One such family is the Pattersons.
Due to the government shutdown and the denial of death benefits, PFC Cody Patterson’s family is under severe financial distress. The 75th Ranger Regiment is currently attempting to collect donations through the Ranger Assistance Fund.
Contributions can be made at the RAFs website at http://www.75thraf.org/ by clicking the “Donate Here” button.
Checks can be sent to:
The Ranger Assistance Fund
2733 Summerfield Pl.
Phenix City, AL 36867
– See more at: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2013/10/no-death-gratuity-benefits-for-families-of-fallen-rangers-help-now.html#sthash.921T1JtJ.dpuf
More about Cody Patterson from the 3-75th:
President Barack Obama writes a school excuse note for Alanah Poullard, 5, while visiting with Wounded Warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House, Sept. 19, 2013. Alanah asked for a note to show her kindergarten teacher.
History, like this title, can be ambiguous; indeed, the ambiguity of history belongs to those who write and their interpretations of events. One of the most inspiring historical events was the Battle of Thermopylae. A battle story first told to this author by his grandmother, a children’s librarian, when he was small enough to sit… Read more »
Hat tip to BlackFive for this: How to thank soldiers, by George W. Bush While Bush-haters perceive President Bush as evil incarnate who sent “kids” off to be maimed and killed in an imperialistic war for oil against a country that was never a threat, and to make his rich friends richer, I just have… Read more »
I was at a loss for something appropriate to write for this special day. I know many sad stories that will go to the grave with me. Don’t misread that line. I am not a hero, but many heroes came to me to talk. I mainly listened. I am an excellent listener. Hopefully, I helped… Read more »
Two weeks and counting. Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012. Her death was caused by choices she made on her own. President Barack Obama reacted within two days WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama’s thoughts and prayers are with Whitney Houston’s family, especially her daughter. Press secretary Jay Carney says it’s… Read more »