Drafted People in the Military Were Not Always Happy

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No Military news today. Just me ranting and raving. 🙂

I am wondering what our government is thinking lately. President Biden, has said, “Cut the Military budget.” He wants the money for his infrastructure ideas.

Cutting the military budget for this will greatly hamper the military’s abilities to replace outdated equipment and give the soldiers the raise they need.

Doesn’t make much sense to me.

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Kamala Harris finally went down south to what she calls the border. Where she went was to El Paso, Texas. That isn’t even close to a trouble spot. I have been to El Paso several times and never felt threatened by illegals.

She needs to go the hot spots and talk to the Border Patrol there to see what is really going on.

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I am looking back a ways, but I was very disappointed when Biden called up thousands of the National Guard to “protect,” the Capital.

When they got there it was all over. No rioting, no thousands of protestors. Silence.

He kept them there for a couple of weeks or more. What a waste of your tax payers money.

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I am going to share an excerpt from my book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Drafted Soldiers are Totally Different From the Enlisted Men

One of the interesting things while I was in the military were the drafted soldiers. They were selected in the lottery, or by age. If you were over a certain age you were safe. If you were in College they seemed to leave you alone, but if you were not you were prime bait.

There were a lot of bitterness coming from these soldiers. They didn’t want to be there and they let you know about it. Those of us that were enlisted got very tired of their whining, and had several “blanket parties,” because of it.

A blanket party is when a group of soldiers cover up another soldier with a blanket and roughed him up a little. A blanket party could also be when a soldier hasn’t showered for a long time even after all the rigorous training we had.

The draftees only had to serve two years. By the time you were through basic training and your MOS (your job) training you only has about one year left. You could almost do that standing on your head.

I felt like I was doing something good for my country, and for me as well. The military changed my life completely. I needed the structure. I needed the discipline. I needed the special training. I needed to get away from my safe haven at home, and learn more about the world. I got all of that in the three years I served. I felt the draftees should have thought about this themselves.

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There Could be Big Trouble at the Inauguration. Troops Are There to protect

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This is the last post before the inauguration on Wednesday. I hope there will not be any bad news from that day. I live in Salem, Oregon, which is the state capital of Oregon. Protesters are already starting to show up and they are carrying weapons.

They are peaceful at the moment, but I am afraid they will have plans for Wednesday.

The Capital is well fortified this week. Hopefully the show of force will cause the protesters to stay peaceful.

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In our nation’s capital 25,000 National Guard troops have been called up to protect the capital. That is five times more troops than there are in Afghanistan, and Iraq combined.

High fences have been put up. Windows covered. The congress men and women have been put on alert.

The actual inauguration site is also well fortified. They are only allowing a few people to come, and they will be spaced apart correctly.

This is be the most unusual inauguration in the history of our country.

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I heard a person say, “If they need that many troops there, it must be the wrong person becoming president.”

I ungently ask you not to go to any capitals and protest. There will be clashes, and people hurt.

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I had a great experience with the Oregon National Guard on Thursday. They are doing vaccine shots for the COVID virus at our State fairgrounds, which is in my home city of Salem.

My wife and I went to try to get a dose. There were thousands trying to get into the parking lots. There were directors moving cars in the right direction.

We parked our car and saw people running to a building. We knew that was where they were giving the shots.

We got to the end of the line and I had my walker, because it was going to be a long wait, and could sit down.

I did set down, because the race to get to the building, exhausted me. I also had my Army hat on.

Then out of no where a PFC National Guardsman came through the crowd and told me and my wife to follow him. He took us to a side door and escorted us to a side area where they were giving shots for those who may have handicaps.

We sat down, and five minutes later we got our shots. There were hundreds of people waiting for the shots, and we were done in less than an hour.

Did the walker cause this soldier to feel pity, or was it the Army hat he could see in the mob of people?

I think it was both. It was a brother helping another brother.

When we left there were still people in line outside that were in the line when we were there.

Maybe it was not fair to get moved up in front of so many people. Some of you may think so, but there was a caring trooper that made it all possible.

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How are you doing? Have been able to get your shot? I hope so.

Are you holding up under all this chaos? Does the scene seem to scary right now?

Not to worry, my friend there are over 10,970 fellow veterans here and they all have your back.

If the road is too long and rough GET HELP!

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Do not take on this crazy world alone!

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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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Reaching Out to Those Veterans Who Are Suffering

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What a rare mood I’m in. It has brought me a grin. It’s because the election outcome is almost in..

The tallies are still going and it is very tight. Our world will change big time no matter who wins the presidency.

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I had a very interesting doctor’s appointment this morning.

My doctor surprised me with what they call a test that is for dementia. He handed me a sheet of paper with different things to do to test your memory.

The first two assignments I blew. The first one was to draw lines from one to ten, like a dot to dot. I forgot the ten. BUSTED!

The second one was to copy a square that was drawn on the sheet. It was an optic illusion for me, and I completely failed that. BUSTED!

Then he had me read five words in a row three times, He then had me wait a couple minutes and say them again without looking. PASSED IT!

The next one was easy for me. It was just pictures of three animals and I had to identify them PASSED IT!

Then he read a sentence and had me repeat it. He read two sentences. I was able to repeat them. PASSED IT!

He went on to ask me what year it was; what month, and what was the date today. He finished with what day of the week it was. I blocked my brain on that one. It is because I am retired and I don’t keep track of what day it is very often. Before he could start the next faze I blurted out Wednesday! Passed it!

He closed with the game stopper if I didn’t get it right.

He asked me to repeat the five words he had me say at the very beginning of the test. I named 4 out of 5. He said that is the best that any patient has done on the test ever. PASSED IT!

Score: 27-out of 30!

So what he is saying to me is that my thinking is spot on still. He suggested I do crossword puzzles to keep the brain going strong. I do those puzzles, and lots of solitaire each day.

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I have been following the updates on the military and their improving of weapons.

I am so impressed. We, without a doubt, have the best weapons, bombs, air power, etc. on the plant. That is because President Trump supports the military so much.

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How have your days been going my friend?

Do they seem too long? Have the world events been dragging you down?

You are not alone! There are close to 10,000 fellow veterans here that have your back.

However, if it is just hard and over whelming you. GET HELP!!

Here is a tool free number that has highly qualified counselors to help you. They will never hang up until they know you are ok.

1-800-273-8255 Option #1


Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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