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Thank You. Thank You All

Veterans Day

It is impossible to thank enough all of those who serve. They protect us and our freedoms. These words by Charles M. Province can only begin to express the many ways we owe an unpayable debt to the men and women of our military.

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.

To all of you who have served, no matter when or where, thank you.

Memorial Day 2009 Part II

100 Post Marathon #51

James Joyner has a very sensible look at the conflation of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

We shouldn’t be surprised that this happens. Aside from the fact that 35 years of an all-volunteer force mean that relatively few have served, the two instances overlap considerably. Obviously, all who died in war are veterans. Beyond that, though, we honor veterans because they have risked death in war, whether physically (by having gone to war) or theoretically (by being available for deployment). And when we honor those who have fallen in past wars, it’s only natural to pay at least passing homage to those currently risking their lives in ongoing wars or those who did so in past wars and lived to tell the story.

A very good point.

If you can…

To learn more about the 100 Post Marathon read here and especially here.

Cleaning Out The Feed Reader

100 Post Marathon #33

I uses Google’s reader to aggregate the feeds of the blogs I like reading. I “star” items that I think would be worth writing about or posts that I don’t have time to read right then. I try to clear out what I’ve read and/or written about. I am way behind. Right now I have 1040 starred items going back to January of this year. A lot of them I can just dump, they weren’t things I wanted to write about, just posts I wanted to read. But some of them, even though dated, still deserve mentioning.

This item (it’s actually a news release) I’ve kept starred since January 21st. I never did post about it, until now.

Craftsman(R) Tools Joins Forces With Helmets to Hardhats to Help Soldiers Transition Into Civilian Jobs

In yet another show of support for the nation’s military, Sears Holdings today announced an alliance for the Craftsman tool brand with Helmets to Hardhats. A nonprofit organization created by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, construction industry employers and trade associations, Helmets to Hardhats helps veterans successfully transition into family-supporting careers in the civilian sector. Helmets to Hardhats connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military members with quality career training and employment opportunities within the construction industry.

Under the agreement, veterans who register with Helmets to Hardhats (www.helmetstohardhats.org) and are placed as an apprentice or journeyperson will receive a $50 Craftsman gift card toward the purchase of $100 or more in Craftsman tools in recognition for their service and to help them purchase their initial set of tools for their new trade.

If you can…

To learn more about the 100 Post Marathon read here and especially here.

3 Day Weekend

100 Post Marathon #15

Home for a three day weekend and ready for some time away from work. Of course the most important part of this weekend is Memorial Day. Are you ever just stopped by the realization that men and women have sacrificed everything so we can enjoy everything our country has to offer?

We honor those people this weekend and thank them and their families for what they’ve done for us.

If you can…

To learn more about the 100 Post Marathon read here and especially here.

Postage Needed for Packages for our Troops

From Maggies Notebook via Stop the ACLU

Bloggers, please feel free to cross-post

Bob Williams in Wesley Chapel, Florida sends 215 packages weekly to the military in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan – EVERY WEEK OF THE YEAR – 215 packages stuffed with necessities and comfort items for our men an women in uniform, fighting the War on Terror.

According to Stars and Stripes, Mr. Williams served in the Navy in the 1960’s. His sons now handle the family businesses, while he works for the troops, preparing the boxes destined for approximately 200 combat-zone bases.

The short story is that donations are needed to cover the postage. Mr. Williams and OurTroopsOnline.com spends approximately $8,000.00 a week in postage, from $20.00 to $45.00 per package, depending on the contents. He always has packages ready to mail, but often lacks the necessary postage.

Much of what Williams sends are donations: baseball bats and gloves, games of all kinds, grips to put on the soles of boot, unending supplies of popcorn, and items for children in hospitals and orphanages – which the troops use to help gain the trust of the locals. All the usual foods and toiletries are either donated or purchased

He receives thousands of email requests from troops and their families and friends, and much of those requests are paid for from his own pocket. Items like Q-tips, batteries, shampoo, feminine and personal hygiene items, and deodorant are constant requests. Williams will not say how much he personally spends but the website says it is significant.

Camouflage scarves are inscribed with messages to the troops by Florida school children and church groups. “The scarves are good for keeping dust and sand out of your nose and mouth,” says Williams.

There are no expenses for this volunteer group. No one gets paid, there’s no rent for a warehouse, no office space rent, and while I made two telephone calls to OurTroopsOnline to verify this information (a human actually answered both times – no option for a choice of language preference, and no need to leave a message), no one gets paid to answer the telephone – everyone is a volunteer.

OurTroopsOnline accepts cash or checks for postage. Make your check payable as follows:

P.O. Box 7560
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

If you live in the area and want to donate items for the boxes, call 813-991-9400 for a delivery address or contact Mr. Williams by email at sift@aol.com. If you are a business and have items the troops need or will enjoy, and can contribute once or on an ongoing basis, please contact Mr. Williams.

This is a year-round operation – it doesn’t end in December. Put these people on your donation list throughout the year and know you are doing your part to make life a little more comfortable for our military in these combat zones.

[Ed note: Photos and links at the sites linked at the top of this post.]

Grazin’ In The Grass

Read this inspirational story of one soldiers attempt to bring a small part of the U.S. to Iraq.

While yesterday was Veterans Day, we were all thankful for all the soldiers, seamen, marines and sailors have done fort his country. They protect the freedoms we hold dearly and at great sacrifice. Many leave famlies with young children for years, and leave family members and friends behind. And all to protect our freedoms and to protect us from those that want to do us harm. And all to often we forget that these men and women are human and have feelings and are longing for home.