The Hardest Thing a Soldier Has to Face is the Loss of a Buddy.

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Military news…

GI Go Fund Organized Weekend Fundraiser for Homeless, Jobless Veterans

A group of U.S. Navy SEALs teamed up with veterans and military supporters to swim across the Hudson River for a good cause.

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15-Year-Old Minnesotan Teenager Raises $77,000 To Build Veterans’ Memorial

Eagle Scout Dom Claseman of Olivia, Minnesota, realized his hometown needed a veterans memorial. Dom painted his town with flyers, met with veterans, and appeared in local media. In total, he raised $77,000 to build one.

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He Lives Up To His Marine Corps Motto: WWII Veteran Celebrates 102nd Birthday

Harry Kone, a World War II veteran of the Pacific Campaign, celebrated his 102nd birthday Tuesday with friends, family, and fellow Marine veterans at Semper Fi Bar and Grille in Woodstock.

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Kissimmee WWII Veteran Honored With French Legion of Honor

U.S. Navy veteran Stephen A. Nemeth served as a gunner aboard several armed merchant ships that sailed across a stormy, deadly, cold, Nazi U-boat- and underwater mine-infested Atlantic Ocean, to deliver vital supplies and soldiers for the war in Europe.

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Animal Shelter Honors Military Working Dogs With Memorial

The memorial consists of a life-size granite sculpture of a 12-year-old German shepherd, known as Chyba, who served as a U.S. Army military patrol and security police dog in Kuwait and Germany.

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That time the Air Force delivered a heart transplant on a supersonic bomber
In 1986, a U.S. Air Force FB-111A ferried a heart transplant from Oklahoma to Connecticut in two hours to save a patient.

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US aircraft, artillery pound militants in Syria after rocket attack

U.S. forces struck back with airstrikes and artillery, killing at least four Iranian-backed militants in response to rocket attacks in Syria that injured three Americans.

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I was thinking of what to share today about my military times. Immediately I thought of my time in Korea.

What hit me the hardest was the fact that two buddies and I joined the military, and were sent to Korea, and only two came back alive. That still gives me bad dreams today.

Another very hard time is when a good buddie, I got to know in Korea, went out to the local village and got totally drunk. He tried to make it back to our base, but he stumbled into a honey bucket, (A hole that the locals filled with human waste for fertilizer,) and suffocated. We were in shock when the company commander told us about it the next morning in formation.

I know about the loss of a buddy. If you are there too, I feel for you.

I have these two bad moments written in my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life, so keep coming back to get caught up on the progress of the book. Better yet….go to the top of this page and click on subscribe. When you do all future posts go directly to your inbox.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you fighting back memories?


FEAR NOT!


There are over 15,219 Veterans on this site who have your back.


If you are battling mentally, but you are losing, GET HELP!!


Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until they know you are OK.
1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:


You are never alone.


You are never forsaken.


You are never unloved.


And above all…never, ever, give up.

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When a Soldier Losses a Friend in Battle it can Cause PTSD

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Military news…

US approves sale of $120 million in warship parts to Taiwan, irking China

The sale comes as tensions between the U.S. and China over Taiwan simmer.

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US Army officer who witnessed horrific German train derailment recalls helping at ‘scariest scene’ of his life

Army Col. Charles Bergman happened upon one of Germany’s worst train crashes in years on Friday. He and others stopped traffic, called rescuers, helped people out of the creek, checked airways and wounds, laid injured people near the side of the road and tried to calm hysterical victims.

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Sailor rescues pregnant soldier from flooded Okinawa underpass
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tottingham had just finished his last watch and had two days left in the Navy, but intuition told him to check the tunnel for flooding, he said.

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North Korea slams Seoul’s part in massive US-led RIMPAC naval exercise

North Korea frequently criticizes the joint military exercises between the U.S. and the South and claims they are a rehearsal for the invasion.

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Austin calls out China for increasingly aggressive policy toward Taiwan

America’s policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged, but China’s relations toward that island have grown ever more aggressive and coercive.

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Seoul: North Korea fires suspected artillery pieces into sea

The suspected artillery launches were the latest in a spate of weapons tests by North Korea this year.

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Russia likely to seize control of eastern Ukrainian region within weeks, US official says

The Ukrainian cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, in Luhansk, are increasingly under duress and could fall to Russian forces within a week, the official said.

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I going to share a partial interview for my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. This interview is with Staff Sergeant Michael Thorten. He was an Afghanistan veteran.

I have a lengthy interview with him, and this is just one segment of it.

What was the worst thing you had to face?

I was the head NCO for a unit that protected the convoys as they moved from one spot to another.

We were traveling alongside a convoy, when suddenly the vehicle ahead of me caught on fire. It was fully ingulfed by the time I jumped out and ran to it. Two of my soldiers were inside and couldn’t get out. They burned to death in front of our eyes.

I have relived that scene many times in my life. It doesn’t go away.

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This lead to PTSD for Michael. He has now recovered, and living a good life with his family.

This is just a partial interview with Michael. There is much more in the book. Keep coming back to see more interviews and stories. Better yet…go to the top of this page an click on subscribe. When you do all future posts will go directly to your inbox.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you fighting back memories?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 15,0105 Veterans on this site who have your back.

Here is what I am asking you to do…please share this site with as many other veterans as you can. It has helped so many.

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If you are battling mentally, but you are losing, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Racism is Not Much of a Problem in the Military

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Military news…

The military’s got a long list of more important things to worry about than ‘wokeness’ and ‘critical race theory, which reminds readers that the national security universe does not revolve around whatever Fox News host Tucker Carlson thinks of it. For example, have you heard of private housing contractors forcing military families to live in mold and rodent-infested houses? Yep, that’s a thing, and it’s still going on.

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A private donor is funding a National Guard deployment and nobody’s sure if it’s legal or not. South Dakota governor Kristi Noem said on Tuesday that up to 50 of her state’s Guardsmen are deploying to Texas to help secure the border with Mexico. Apparently a Tennessee billionaire is paying for it, which has national security experts and legal scholars scratching their heads.

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who led the Pentagon at the start of the Global War on Terrorism in 2001, has died at 88. Rumsfeld was SecDef when Jeff first started out reporting on the military, so no one can summarize better, or more succinctly, than Jeff can Rumsfeld’s outsized impact on America’s national security more than 15 years after he left office.

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Sixty Army special operators who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu 28 years ago are having awards they’d previously received for their heroic actions upgraded to Silver Stars and Distinguished Flying Crosses.The 15-hour battle, now known to history as ‘Black Hawk Down,’ saw 18 soldiers killed and dozens wounded in some of the heaviest fighting since the Vietnam War.

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There is no hiding the fact that Afghanistan is collapsing in real time and as a result the country will look remarkably similar to how it appeared on Sept. 11, 2001. The Taliban control most of the country, and are now just a two-hour drive from the capital, Kabul.

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One thing I really remember about time in the military was the “hurry up and wait” slogan.

I can’t tell you how many times I had to wait for new equipment to come. I struggled with the old beaten up equipment far too long.

Another thing I remember about the military was the closeness the soldiers had. There were no barriers of race or creed. We were all brothers working together to protect our country.

These current thoughts of training the military about racism, is not a waste, but the soldiers already know about racism, and do not use it at anytime.

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These thoughts are from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

Keep coming back to hear about more parts of the book. Better yet… Go to the top of this page and click on “subscribe.” When you do all future posts will directly to your inbox.

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Friday bed check. How are you doing? Do you wonder if you will ever get rid of the nightmares. Do you still grieve over losing a buddy?

FEAR NOT!!

There are over 12,400 fellow veterans here on this site, who have your back.

Of course it is just to hard for you now, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7.

There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until the know you are OK.

Do not try to take on this crazy world alone!

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1 For texting 838255

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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