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 Korean Dogs Love Caused Her Babies to Die

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Doug Bolton, the founder of the blog, Signs of Hope, which is at www.dailysignsofhope.com, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics.  

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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.

 

Rosie the Riveter From WWII Has Passed Away

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https://www.rallypoint.com/join/spc-douglas-bolton

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As I started doing inmyloasrpost I will  be sharing articles that pertains to the military, and veterans. This one is a story about Rosie the Riveter. She passed away recently, but her posters are still an icon representing WWII.

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Fraley was a 20-year-old civilian working at the former Alameda Naval Air Station shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor when a news photographer snapped a photo of her wearing coveralls and a polka dot bandana, hunched over a lathe.

The aim was to highlight the strict dress code that the base commander had put down for women doing industrial jobs to boost the war effort: Slacks and turbans were mandatory. No sandals or open-toed shoes. Jewelry, including rings, was out.

The photo appeared in an Oakland newspaper with a caption that said the clothing policy “hasn’t made Miss Naomi Parker any less attractive.” Newspapers across the country also published it.

Fraley saved the newspaper clipping among her family papers, and mostly forgot about it in the years after the war, she said in an interview with the Bay Area News Group in 2016.

Then in 2009, she and her sister visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond for a “Rosie” reunion and saw the photo on display.

rosie the riveter dead

Accompanying information, however, identified another woman as the individual in the photo.

“I was amazed,” Fraley said. “I couldn’t believe it. There was another person’s name under my identity. But I knew it was actually me in the photo.”

Fraley and her family launched a campaign to prove she was the woman who inspired artist J. Howard Miller to paint the iconic image of the woman flexing her bicep.

(Miller created the poster for Westinghouse Electric to inspire the company’s workers. During the war, “Rosie the Riveter” was more associated with a hit song by the same name and a painting by Norman Rockwell of a brawny homefront worker on lunch break. Only in the early 1980s did Miller’s poster emerge in popular culture as an image of female empowerment — and since then it can be found on T-shirts, coffee mugs and refrigerator magnets).

Among those who backed Fraley’s claim as being the poster’s likely inspiration was James J. Kimble, an associate professor of communication and the arts at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, who spent six years researching the image.

Kimble was able to locate a copy of the original newspaper photo with the photographer’s information on the back, including the date March 24, 1942, the location, Alameda, and the caption, “Pretty Naomi Parker looks like she might catch her nose in the turret lathe she is operating,” according to the New York Times.

While the discovery helped cement Fraley’s claim, other researchers have said it remains impossible to know whether the artist ever saw the photo, and say that the woman in Miller’s painting may have been a composite.

A representative of the National Park Service, which runs the Rosie the Riveter museum in Richmond, said in an email to the Bay Area News Group in 2016 that it does not promote the identity of any particular individual as the inspiration for the poster.

The New York Times reported that Fraley, who worked as a waitress after the war, died at an assisted living facility.

Her survivors include her son, Joseph Blankenship; four stepsons, Ernest, Daniel, John and Michael Fraley; two stepdaughters, Patricia Hood and Ann Fraley; and two sisters, Ada Wyn Parker Loy and Althea Hill.

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Rosie the riveter was an icon for everyone during the war. He poster gave people strength to carry on and keep fighting.  We still need that strength in our world today, just like Rosie the Riveter did for the people in the 40’s.

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1-800-273-8255

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!