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.


  • $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


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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You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!



When Darkness Comes Into Your Life, What do You do?

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When the darkness comes from life’s heavy burdens what do you do? Some go into deep depression. Others stay strong and always see the bright side of everything.

I have been in deep depression, but now I know everything is for the good of those who believe.

That verse in the bible is hard for some who wonder, “If that is true, what good did I receive from my loved one’s death?

Well, a little further in that same verse, it says for those who believe. That means belief in God.

When we believe, we also learn to trust God. We learn from our storms and trials. Sometimes we need to be put to the fire of life, to fine tune us like a sword has to be put to the fire to sharpen and shape to its maximum  potential.

I am now looking at everything on the bright side. I have learned that God has a plan. I have learned that He loves me, and will help calm the storms in my life.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!