An Incredible Interview With a VA Nurse With Forty Years of Service.

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Military news…

Legally Blind U.S. Army Veteran Sets Personal Best at Boston Marathon

Rob Sanchas, 54, ran the entire 26.2 miles with the assistance of his guide, Jeremy Howard.

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U.S. Soldiers Took Her Birthday Cake in 1945. They Finally Replaced It.

As Meri Mion prepared to celebrate her 90th birthday, U.S. soldiers based in Italy “returned” the birthday cake that was taken from her windowsill in 1945.

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Air Force Wants Big Increase for 2023 Budget to Improve On-Base Housing for Military Families

Funds to improve the dwellings provided by privatized housing companies doubled in the budget request, with around $110 million requested in 2022.

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Military Veteran Receives New Rank at 101 Years Old

More than 55 years after he retired, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Adams Jr. is now Major Adams. 

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The Navy’s First Medical Ship In 35 Years Will Be Unlike Any Before It

While not a one-to-one replacement for either of the Navy’s huge medical ships, the new vessels will go places they can’t.

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Ukrainian military confirms ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’ is made up

“The Ghost of Kyiv is alive and embodies a collective image,” a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

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NATO fighter jets scrambled ‘multiple times’ this week in response to Russian aircraft

It’s not the first time pilots had to intercept Russian planes.

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Here is another interview for my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. A VA Nurse.

VA Nurse

Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you. How long were you a nurse?

Nurse: I worked 40 years with the last six as a VA nurse.

Did you like working for the VA?

I loved it much more than the regular nursing. I was able to make my own decisions.

I had to understand that they were not going to get well. I helped a man who was a double amputee. It was very rewarding.

How did you know what to do with each patient?

Had to find out what they needed through texting other nurses, and what their doctor shared as far as their basic needs. In other words; VA was “live.”

You said the work was rewarding. Can you explain that a little more?

My heart grew with each patient.

Tell me about some of the patients?

I had on patient that had wounds all over his body. He was tortured by testing his skin with different bacteria.

Another patient was traumatized. Yet another committed suicide.

That must have been hard. Are there other stories you can share?

There was another tortured veteran. They put rats in his mouth. They did waterboarding on him. They kept him awake with blaring music. They played the same songs over and over again. This made him sleep deprived.

These stories had to affect you. Did some veterans share with you how they felt when coming home from Vietnam?

Taxis wouldn’t even pick them up if they knew they were veterans. There were people waiting at the airport for the veterans to land, and they screamed at them as they came through their lines.

Were most of your veterans Vietnam veterans?

No one veteran was only thirty years old. He had PTSD and TBI (Traumatic brain injury.) His wife now has to take care of him and his mental wounds. He was shot in the head.

I am not sure how you could do this day after day.

I wouldn’t have done nursing for 40years if I didn’t think it was rewarding.

I have heard there are some sexual harassment, and sexual abuse in the military. Have you had to deal with that?

There was a female soldier who was raped and got pregnant. She is now raising the child.

Another woman was raped and got military compensation. She has PTSD and cannot function.

Yet another woman from WWII was raped. She got syphilis and died from it.

(If you or anyone you know have faced sexual harassment, or sexual abuse in the military, there is now a number you can call for help: 1-800-692-966… You can get help and even compensation.)

MST (Military sexual trauma) even has a course that is six weeks long that can help people.

Any other interesting stories you can share?

I took a trip to Normandy Beach, France. I walked the beach to see all the graves around the towns. They showed us where to boats came in. We saw the trenches and the fox holes. I went to a WWII museum. They had bombers.

This is an amazing story of your life as a nurse. Do you have any feel good stories to wrap this up? 

A Vietnam veteran adopted a child from Vietnam, because they came home without their parents.

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Incredible interview! I have more to share in future posts so keep coming back. Better yet…go to the top of this page and click on Subscribe. When you do all future posts will come directly to your inbox.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you struggling?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 14,572 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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Today’s Russia Problem Mustn’t Distract from Tomorrow’s China Problem

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Military news…

Army Report Finds Horses That Carry The Caskets of America’s Heroes Live in ‘Unsatisfactory’ Conditions, After 2 Die

The military horses that carry America’s war casualties to graves in Arlington National Cemetery are living in unsanitary and potentially life-threatening conditions, according to a U.S. Army report.

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Child With Serious Heart Condition Goes Through Mini Boot Camp to Become a Marine For a Day

A 13-year-old boy with a serious heart condition became a Marine for a day, following his graduation as the guide from an abbreviated boot camp.

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Hicks: Today’s Russia Problem Mustn’t Distract from Tomorrow’s China Problem

Amid the deployment of additional U.S. service members in Eastern Europe to deter further Russian aggression, the Pentagon must be resolute in planning for a more challenging fight with China, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said last week.

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Rock Island Arsenal to Name Health Clinic For WWII Soldier Who Saved Lives on D-Day

Staff Sgt. Waverly Woodson, a U.S. Army combat medic who is credited for treating countless casualties during World War II, will be the namesake of a Rock Island Arsenal health clinic.

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4-star general deemed qualified to serve as school administrator after overseeing 80,000 troops

While lacking a traditional background in education, the school board was persuaded to make an exception
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Veteran and Military Charities Get $100 Million Windfall From Amazon Billionaire

The donations were among $3.9 billion given to 465 organizations MacKenzie Scott announced as part of her pledge to give away at least half of her personal fortune.

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VA Helps Women-Owned Small Businesses Get a Slice of the Federal Contracting Pie

The number of women veterans has been growing steadily over the years and so has the number of women veteran entrepreneurs. 

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Here is another endorsement for my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Learn from the best, Douglas Bolton, U.S. Army Veteran who has written a great book for all veterans, active duty service members of all branches, military families, friends and non-veterans. It provides a thorough understanding, knowledge, and the real stories among those who have served and their families that compliment today’s American Veterans.  Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life can make a big difference in today’s understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its affects.  As the daughter of Vietnam Marine Veteran that suffered all of his life with PTSD and then finally ended his own life, it will make a big difference in your life as you read the personal stories.  This author does a great job of creating a sense of urgency by calling it a “must-read,” and ends with a powerful “call to action” for the reader. 

Bella L. Burroughs

Daughter of WWII Veteran

Castle Rock, CO

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The sad part about Bella’s endorsement is that her father committed suicide a year ago.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you struggling?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 14,300veterans 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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“Red Dawn,” Hits Ukraine After Russian Armor Tagged With “Wolverines.”

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Military news…

‘Red Dawn’ hits Ukraine after destroyed Russian armor gets tagged with ‘Wolverines’

WOLVERINES!!!

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4 airmen awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for evacuating more than 150 civilians from Kabul

“The conditions that day were like none I had ever seen.”

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The Army’s suicide rate is the worst it’s been in nearly a century

That’s according to a new report from the Defense Suicide Prevention Office.

(Over 22 each day take their own lives in the military.)

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Signs of Massacre in Bucha Spark Calls For War-Crime Probes

Ukrainian officials said they have asked the International Criminal Court to visit the mass graves found in Bucha so investigators can gather evidence of possible Russian war crimes.

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Top US general says more bases in Europe could be needed amid ‘turning point’ in Continent’s history
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers heightened American military “presence is always a good deterrent” against enemy aggression, telling them that he favored rotating more units in and out of Europe to a permanent boost of U.S. force strength on the Continent.
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Russia aims to create ‘land bridge’ to Crimea in new planned offensive, NATO chief says
Russian forces are regrouping for a new offensive in Ukraine aimed at gaining enough ground to connect the occupied Crimean Peninsula with separatist-controlled territory in the eastern Donbas region, NATO’s official said Tuesday.
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Pentagon: Russian troops have left Kyiv and Chernihiv but have not yet moved to eastern Ukraine
The roughly 40 Russian fast-response ground units — each made up of about 800-1,000 troops — that once surrounded the northern Ukrainian cities have returned to neighboring Belarus, a senior U.S. defense official said Wednesday.

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Jersey Shore town pulls together for 94-year-old veteran who lost home to fire

A World War II veteran lost everything in a sudden tragedy. A community came to his aid. An example of compassion in times of strife.

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Update…

My upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life, will be ready for the publisher by the end of this month. Then I will share a countdown daily on this site, so keep coming back to check it out. Better yet…go to the top of this page and click on Subscribe. When you do all future posts will come directly to your inbox.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you struggling?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 14,260 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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