National Defense Budget Signed Into Law

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They just passed a new National Defense Budget. See what it includes:

National Defense Budget Signed into Law

President Donald Trump signed the new National Defense Budget for the military. It is a $626 billion budget for defense programs and another 65.7 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Syria, and the war on terrorism.

Highlights:

  • $241.2 billion for operations and maintenance.
  • $46.2 billion for military personnel.
  • $33.9 billion for defense healthcare programs.
  • $15 billion for ballistic missile defense.
  • 10.7 billion for military construction and family housing.

Other good news:

Included in the new National Defense Budget:

  • 2.4 percent increase in base pay and a provision that restricts the President’s ability to reduce it.
  • Expanded protections for victims of sexual assault.
  • Many other new provisions

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It hasn’t been widely known, but there were “trans dressers, way back in the Revolutionary War.

There were many occasions when women dressed like men, and snuck into the military to help fight the war. Some examples:

  • Deborah Sampson. In May of 1782 Sampson took the name of Robert Shurtliff, and impersonated a man while serving with the 4th Massachusetts regiment. She was wounded on July 3, 1782. It was not until Oct. 25, 1783 that Sampson’s true identity was discovered when she contracted a brain fever. She was then discharged from the military.
  • Sally St. Clair masqueraded as a man so she could follow her lover into war. She was killed on October 9th 1779. It was only then that it was discovered she was a woman.

There are many more stories similar to these. Women fought alongside the men and no one knew.

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Life is tough enough in this world. Do not pile more burdens on yourself.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

South Korea Dogs Love Caused Her Babies to Die

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I have  been away for a few days due to a virus that kicked my butt, but I am back and ready to share some more tidbit news pertaining to the military. What follows are several ittle articles that should perk your curiosity:

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Top Rated States for Military Retiress

  1. Alaska
  2. South Dakota
  3. Montana
  4. Wyoming
  5. Florida
  6. Maine
  7. New Hampshire
  8. North Dakota
  9. Hawaii
  10. South Carolina

This is considering best job opportunities and access to VA health care.

Some other thoughts on this:

Alaska had the highest percentage of veterans at 10.1 percent. They also have the highest number of Veterans Benefits Administration.

Virginia had the lowest percentage of homeless veterans.

New York has the highest number of VA health-care facilities,

South Carolina has the highest percentage of veteran owned businesses with paid employees.

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Charles Howell lll, a pro golfer who was in Honolulu playing on January 18th when the emergency alert came on for ballistics missiles being fired at them. His quote: “I didn’t know what to do. We all stared at each other. It kind of shows you the world we live in now. Your whole life can change in a second.”

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In the Olympics Dutch Skater Jan Blokhuijen ignited  a backlash after telling the South Korea people to “Please treat dogs better.”

He was referring to the custom of eating dog meat in the  country. He quickly apologized, even though is is still a custom for some.

When I was in South Korea in 1960, it was very much the custom of the people to eat dog meat. I have a story about this, which will also be in my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

We had a stray dog enter our quonset hut one day and we adopted her. We figured she was a miracle since she was still alive. We named her Skosh, because she was so little. Well, somehow she found another dog while she was in heat. Instant pregnancy!! We watched over her very carefully during her time to have the babies. She gave birth to five beautiful little puppies. We tried to make sure she didn’t get out of the hut so she could protect her babies.

Unfortunately, She was able to sneak out during the night, carrying each of her babies with her, one by one. We woke up in a panic. We searched everywhere for her, but we couldn’t find her or her babies. A few days later she came back without the puppies. We knew exactly what had happened. Skosh, lost all her babies to the people in the village. We we very angry, but Skosh wanted to hide her babies from everyone, but it didn’t work out for her.

I still think that the people of South Korea are good people.

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I will be having this next section in each post. It will be stories about things that shouldn’t be happening or, happened, and I am mad about it. It will be called:

Are you Kidding me!!

Kim Yong Chol, head of the the North Korean Intelligence for the Army, will be at the final ceremony for the Olympics!! He is accused of carrying out many atrocities against the South Korea people.

 

Soldier Did The Delivery of wife’s Baby in Car

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+ Here is a warm fuzzy story about a soldier who delivered his own baby. 

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Soldier Delivered Daughter at Fort Drum Gates After Base Hospital Turned Wife Away

When Brittany Kennedy showed up at the hospital in labor last Monday night, she was told she wasn’t dilated enough to have her baby and was sent back home to the Fort Drum Army base.

Less than an hour later, her husband—U.S. Army Sgt. Preston Kennedy — delivered their baby girl in the couple’s car at a Fort Drum entrance gate. The couple’s other four children remained in the back seat of their Dodge Durango – one of them fast asleep during the whole event.

“I still can hardly believe it,’ Brittany Kennedy, 29, said this weekend. “I had a baby inside a car! And I’m so proud of my husband – the first time we had a child he nearly passed out in the delivery room.”

Brittany Kennedy wasn’t due to have her baby until Jan. 25, but her labor pains started Monday, Jan 8. By late afternoon, the couple decided to go to the hospital. They got their other four children into the car, and made the 25-minute drive to Watertown.

At the hospital, Brittany Kennedy said she was examined, but sent home because her labor hadn’t progressed enough. She said she questioned the decision, but decided the experts knew best. She said she had had four children already, and felt like she knew her body.

“As we started to drive back, I had a feeling we weren’t going to make it home before the baby came,” she said. “But Preston assured me I was probably just nervous and disappointed.”

The couple, who are from Texas originally, stopped at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Watertown to get their other four children some food.

As they got back on the highway, Brittany Kennedy remembers the pain intensifying. She pushed her seat back, and her young son placed his small hand on her forehead to comfort her. As they drove, she told her husband she felt the urge to push.

“I told her no – don’t push, just breathe – until we can at least get home,” said Preston Kennedy, 29. “I was driving, and then all of a sudden I heard a pop and her water broke. We made it to the Fort Drum gates, and I pulled over and stopped the car.”

He called out to the soldier at the gate to call an ambulance. Then he got in the front seat and propped one of his wife’s legs on the dashboard radio and the other on the car door.

“I’m thinking ‘oh my God, not right now,’ ” Preston Kennedy said. “I was really nervous, but I knew I had to stay calm. I could see the baby’s head crowning, and then it was coming out in my palm. And then she was out – and crying!”

Looking back, he said he acted instinctively.

“I’ve been in the delivery room for our four other children,” he said. “And when you are in the military, you learn to handle stressful situations calmly and with poise. So that really helped me.”

At some point during the whirlwind delivery, Preston Kennedy called his platoon sergeant Justin Foster. When he told him he was at the gate delivering his baby, Foster at first didn’t believe him, but he quickly realized it was true.

“I could hear his wife screaming in pain,” Foster recalled, and just a few seconds later he heard the baby start to cry. He told Preston to wrap the baby up in something warm, and turn up the heat while waiting for the ambulance. (The high that day was only 36 degrees.)

Preston Kennedy said another solider who had come by during the delivery offered his coat to wrap the baby in. Within a few minutes, the Fort Drum ambulance and fire department were there.

Brittany Kennedy returned to the hospital and this time was admitted. She stayed until Wednesday morning.

Bella was six pounds, 13 ounces and 18 inches long. She joins Preston Jr., 2; Paytin, 6; Kianna, 8 and Ananda, 10, at home.

Preston, who is a field artillery tactical database systems specialist with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is now at home helping his wife. When the 1st Brigade posted his successful delivery on their Facebook page, congratulatory messages came in from everywhere.

“The whole thing just happened so fast,” Preston Kennedy told Syracuse.com. “It’is still hard for me to believe I actually delivered my own baby– and in my car!”

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This is why we love all our military and veterans. God bless this family.

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You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…..never, ever, give up!