2015/2016/2017 Blog

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My Airedale and me at the Indiana Park
just renamed in Honor of a great Naval Hero*

Saturday November 18th 2017

Thomas Hudner Jr., Medal of Honor recipient,

dies at his Concord home at 93

By David Margolick, New York Times News Service

On the afternoon of Dec. 4, 1950, shortly after China had entered the Korean War, Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a lieutenant junior grade, was piloting one of six Navy Corsairs on a three-hour “roadrunner” mission near the Chosin Reservoir, in Korea’s northeast. After 45 minutes aloft, at roughly 6,000 feet and 5 miles behind enemy lines, Hudner watched in horror as a plane operated by a squadron mate, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, was hit by small-arms fire. Losing pressure quickly and too low to bail out, Brown needed to land. Hudner, among others, directed him by radio to a clearing on a snow-covered mountainside, where his colleague crash-landed belly in.

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2017/11/13/thomas-hudner-jr-medal-of-honor-recipient-dies-at-his-concord-home-at-93

Saturday November 18th 2017

Orlando VAMC‏ @OrlandoVAMC
When
#antibiotics aren’t needed,
they won’t help you,
and
the side effects could still hurt you.
To learn more about antibiotic use,
visit
http://bit.ly/2zWvf9I .
#BeAntibioticsAware #OVAMC https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/?utm_source=Toolkit&utm_medium=Digital&utm_campaign=2017_CDC_AU&utm_content=Toolkit_FB_1

Wednesday 15th 2017Homeless Veterans


VA Is Working to End Homelessness Among Veterans
https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/va-is-working-to-end-homelessness-among-veterans/
In late 2009, VA announced an ambitious goal to end Veteran homelessness.

The plan to address this urgent national priority was outlined in 2010’s Opening Doors,

the first-ever federal strategic plan to end Veteran homelessness.

These moves galvanized federal, state and local actions to prevent Veterans from becoming homeless

and help those who are homeless become stably housed as quickly as possible.

Since then, as a result of VA’s close collaboration with local and national stakeholder organizations,

success in ending homelessness among Veterans is happening community by community.

State and local governments across the nation—Virginia, Houston, New Orleans and many others

have recently announced that they have ended Veteran homelessness.

Many more communities are poised make similar announcements in the near future.
https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/about_the_initiative.asp

Saturday November 11th 2017

VA Scam Alert
Attention #Veterans! Scam alert:

An imposter 800 phone line

attempts to access credit card info from VA Choice Program users.

CORRECT VA

Choice Program phone number is 866 area code – 1-866-606-8198.
https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/va-scam-alert/

Sunday September 24th 2017

Did I spent 6 years of my life defending our flag?
I love the flag of the United States of America,
I believe our flag is the best looking flag in the world.
I am sure that other countries feel the same about their flag.
However
Did I spent 6 years of my life defending our flag?
Or.
Did I spend 6 years of my life defending the freedom of the citizens
and
the constitution of the United States of America?
‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now’
Why?
Because he is kneeling while our ‘National Anthem’ is playing?
https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/did-i-spent-6-years-of-my-life-defending-our-flag/

 

Friday September 22nd 2017

 

Thank you for your service Luther Walker

World War II veteran Luther Walker is loved by his Mitchell Elementary School Students.
How can you tell?
Just read on.
PLANO, Texas…
Students give unexpected surprise to 94-year-old crossing guard
There are many important people at Mitchell Elementary in Plano, but perhaps none more treasured than the man across the street.

 https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/thank-you-for-your-service-luther-walker/

Sunday June 18th 2017

USS Fitzgerald collision:

First question.

Who was the officer of the Bridge at the time of the collision?

2nd

Who was at the helm and on watch-duty and who was in charge of the cargo ship

Carina Star at the time of the collision?

3rd

The captain is always responsible for his/her ship.

4th

The officer in-charge of the bridge is also always responsible while on duty.

5th

Who was in-charge of the sonar and the starboard watch at the time of the collision?

6th

Who was the ‘Starboard Watch on duty at the time of the collision’?

7th

All now should be charged in some way with the loss of life, injured and the damages of both ships.

Having the right-away could kill people!

Think wrong way drivers on our highways!

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/

Tuesday June 6th 2017

UCF students uncover veterans’ stories

at Florida National Cemetery

BUSHNELL

There was no one to write the obituary

when U.S. Army veteran Leroy Quick died.

His wife was already deceased;

they never had children.

Leroy Quick,

a New York native

who served in both world wars,

was buried at the Florida National Cemetery in 1988.

He was likely 90 when he died,

although some records gave conflicting information.

“His legacy was probably forgotten,”

said Evan Murray, 20, an aspiring historian.

“At least until now.”

Scenes from Florida National Cemetery near Bushnell, Fla.,

photographed Friday, May 19, 2017.

Nearly 130,000 veterans and military civilians

are interred at the cemetery, which opened in 1988.

(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)

(Joe Burbank)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-ucf-history-veterans-cemetery-20170509-story.html

Friday May 19th 2017

US Navy Testing Spy Drone Fueled by Solar Energy, Thermal Updrafts

Northrop Grumman – MQ-4C Triton High Altitude Long Endurance UAS First Flight [1080p]

https://youtu.be/2VoJko9x154

The US Naval Research Laboratory is testing a surveillance glider-drone that uses photovoltaic arrays to exploit the Sun.

US Navy Testing Spy Drone Fueled by Solar Energy, Thermal Updrafts

Sputnik International

Northrop Grumman Wins Multimillion Contract to Deliver US Maritime Spy Drones

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) said in a press release on Wednesday it is testing a surveillance glider-drone that uses photovoltaic arrays to exploit the Sun and thermal updrafts allowing the aircraft to fly on or off battery power.

“This research is investigating the value of combining autonomous soaring algorithms and solar photovoltaics for capturing energy from the environment to extend flight endurance and mission operations of an aircraft,” NRL aerospace engineer Dan Edwards stated

Edwards explained that a power management and distribution system converts the power from the solar arrays into direct current (DC) voltage, which the electric motor can use for propulsion, or recharging a smart battery.

The glider-drone has a 14-foot wingspan and is based on a commercial glider known as the SBXC built by RnR products of Silicon Valley, California.

The Navy has been at the forefront of developing novel uses of drones, and is testing a quad-copter drone for anti-submarine warfare that takes off and lands on water and can submerge to mask its position, according to published reports.

https://sputniknews.com/us/201705181053721252-usa-navy-solar-panels-drone/

Wednesday May 17th 2017

Today I learned why so many (Old Poops from the old Wars) voter for #45

Would you believe that so many veterans from the Vietnam era back in time from older wars actually tell me that they voted for him “Because he is a billionaire and does not need the money?”

I tell you the TRUTH

Would I lie to you?

Another day another V.A. doctor visit

I am alive, my heart is working, and yes, I have one.

Weight great, lost 2″ on my body however; no one seems to be concerned.

Sorry all of you Republican #45 followers, it looks like you will be putting up with me for at the very least ‘Six more month until the next visit’

🙂

I started pointing to a few facts and get a cold shoulder because, and I quote, “I believe all of that phony crap going around!”

Today we talked for almost an hour because of an emergency that doctors had to handle.

We talked about wars, ships, radio and computer repair, alternative energy and more until one of them asked what is Obama going to do with all of that money.

I pointed at the photo of #45 on the wall and the room instantly went colder than the South Pole!

12/31/2016

Young man on a mission to honor WW-2 Veterans
Rishi Sharma, To Remember
As seen on WKQM News 6 this morning
Saturday 12/31/2016
Young man on a mission to honor WW-2 Veterans
To Remember
Help Me Interview a WWII Vet Daily
My name is Rishi Sharma, I am 19 years old and I run a non profit called Heroes of the Second World War.
https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/…/young-man-on-a-missio…/

12/08/2016

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Florida VA left deceased veteran in Shower,

Thank-you for your service!

When well this country, learn how to treat our heroes better, from Enlistment to Death?

Every year we learn about how careless our veterans are treated in every town, city, and state in this country.

Truth

All of our citizens are often treated badly, especially if that citizen is poor.

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However, shouldn’t we be trying a little harder to protect our heroes from inconsiderate staff members?

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/florida-va-left-deceased-veteran-in-shower-thank-you-for-your-service/

http://mypoliticalopinionblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/florida-va-left-deceased-veteran-in.html?zx=731c4ffe81293469

12/12/2016

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Navy recommends 2 for Medal of Honor;

Navy Cross review complete

By TARA COPP | STARS AND STRIPES

Published: December 6, 2016

WASHINGTON

Two Navy Cross recipients honored for acts of valor in Afghanistan or Iraq instead deserved the Medal of Honor for their actions and are being nominated for an upgrade, the Navy said Tuesday.

The announcement,

first reported by USA Today, is part of a review of all Silver Stars and service crosses awarded since Sept. 11, 2001.

As part of the review, the Navy has also determined that an unspecified number of Silver Stars will be upgraded to Navy Crosses.

The names of the two service members awarded the Navy Crosses, the service’s second-highest medal, have not been made public.

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https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/navy-cross-review-complete/

12/02/2016

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Navajo Veterans leave for Standing Rock

I dare this corrupt government to harm our Sacred Hero Veterans!

Every veteran in the country and on Mother Earth will be watching you for sure!

Navajo Veterans leave for Standing Rock on December 3rd 2016

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/11/navajo-veterans-leave-for-standing-rock.html?spref=fb

Indian-Country

https://www.reddit.com/r/IndianCountry/comments/5fvpez/navajo_veterans_leave_for_standing_rock_on_dec_2/

Can you believe that they were refused air travel and must take a bus?

Brings you back to the 60’s and 70’s if you thing about it?

Only in the United States of America.

it is

A buck over our hero’s

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/navajo-veterans-leave-for-standing-rock/

http://mysmudgingblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/navajo-veterans-leave-for-standing-rock.html

12/02/2016

My newspaper, my state, my town, Your Military

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Our War

Beyond duty:

Veterans honored for giving back

Hartford Connecticut

Three locals will be inducted into the Connecticut Veterans’ Hall of Fame, which recognizes honorably discharged military veterans for their contributions to their communities, in a ceremony on Dec. 7 at the Legislative Office Building.

Frank Conahan

joined the Navy in 1960, having only completed the eighth grade, and went on to serve for 26 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander.

Navy veteran

William “Paul” Orstad,

75, of Norwich also will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Dec. 7.

Orstad spent 20 years in the Navy and served on five different submarines, retiring in October 1979 as a chief petty officer.

Linda Schwartz,

72, of Pawcatuck, an Air Force veteran, has served as assistant secretary for policy and planning for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs since October 2014.

http://www.theday.com/military/20161201/beyond-duty-veterans-honored-for-giving-back

The Day Paper

j.bergman@theday.com

The war of shame no more.

11/20/2016

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Thank you for your service Shipmates

Better late then never to thank a “Veteran!”

(71) Veterans!

WWII ‘ghost’ submarine with crew on board discovered off Italian coast (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Published time: 26 May, 2016 10:24

Edited time: 27 May, 2016 10:16

Divers off the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia have located the sunken wreck of a British World War II submarine more than 70 years after it disappeared without a trace with 71 crew on board.

The Royal Navy T-class submarine – the legendary, HMS P 311 – was discovered by Genoa-based wreck hunter Massimo Domenico Bordone and his team in 100 meters of water off the northeast coast of Sardinia.

https://www.rt.com/news/344429-ghost-submarine-wwii-found/

10/01/2016

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Welcome Va.gov

New Haven, Connecticut

http://www.va.gov/

To my Military site at

goosewp

Welcome Aboard the USS Betelgeuse AK-260

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/

If you need any help,

although you have more information on me than I have,

just drop me a line?

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/welcome-va-gov/

09/23/2016

Trump This is how we treat Gold Star families in Connecticut

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Dr. Beth Dively, left, widow of U.S. Air Force Maj. Duane Dively, is presented with a Gold Star lapel pin from Captain Paul Whitescarver, right, commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, at the Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members: A Gold Star Family Remembrance event held on the Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571) in Groton, Conn., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (Tim Martin/The Day)

For Gold Star families, ceremony helps keep memories alive

By Julia Bergman Day staff writer

j.bergman@theday.com JuliaSBergman

Groton — None of them wanted this distinction.

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/trump-this-is-how-we-treat-gold-star-families-in-connecticut/

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Those who’ve lost a service member attended an inaugural event on Thursday recognizing their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their loved ones. The Naval Submarine Base hosted the event on the pier adjacent to the Historic Ship Nautilus, and officials hope to make it an annual event.

The event coincided with commemorations at Navy installations across the country in honor of Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which is on the last Sunday of the month.

The Gold Star mothers and families, as they are called, submitted the names of their loved ones to be read aloud, followed by the tolling of a bell.

“Their actions attest not only to the depth of their devotion, but also to a belief in their country so profound that they were willing to give their very lives for it,” said Capt. Paul Whitescarver, commanding officer of the submarine base, after reading the submitted names.

Some said afterward that they felt the event helped to keep the memory of their loved one alive.

Kathryn Cross, whose son Tyler Connely, a Navy seaman who died in January 2002, said it was the first time in several years that she’d heard her son’s name spoken aloud.

The symbolism of the gold star dates back to World War I, when white service flags were displayed in front of homes, businesses, schools and churches with a blue star to signify an active service member. A gold star stitched over the blue star indicated that a service member had died.

More than 10 years after her husband’s death, Beth Dively, the widow of Air Force Maj. Duane Dively, on Thursday was presented with a Gold Star lapel pin given to families of service members who died during action against an enemy, during conflict or as the result of an international terrorist attack.

The Air Force recently reviewed the circumstances of Dively’s death, determining his family should be recognized with the Gold Star pin, and requested that it be presented to Beth Dively on Thursday.

On June 22, 2005, Maj. Dively flew a nine-hour reconnaissance mission in his U-2 plane over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On his way back to his base, his aircraft crashed in Southwest Asia after suffering catastrophic mechanical failure.

At the time of his death, the Divelys had been married 20 years. When he died, a huge part of her died with him, Beth Dively said. There was no one to come home to or go on a bike ride with or say “hi” in the morning and “good night” at the end of the day.

Dively, who lives in Old Saybrook, described her husband as humble and always willing to lend a hand. He was entrepreneurial; he built his own bike and guitar.

After his death, Dively wanted support, but she didn’t know how to ask for it.

Gold Star programs are relatively new across all of the services, with the Navy’s being just two years old.

The idea is to offer continued support to the families “after the business of death,” as Beth Hundley, the Navy Gold Star Coordinator at the base, calls it. That is, after help is provided for funeral or memorial arrangements and obtaining benefits.

Hundley’s area of responsibility includes all of New England, and she keeps in touch with the families she serves through email, phone and written letters.

Gold Star programs also serve as a way to bring the families together and to recognize them.

“This right here is fantastic. There wasn’t enough of that,” Debby Schurman said of the event, comparing it to the support available in 2009 when her son, Petty Officer 3rd Class Douglas Beichner, died.

“You hear about other people who’ve lost children, but where do you meet them?” Schurman said.

Monday will mark seven years since her son’s death. She did not want to discuss the details of his death, saying only that he died shortly after returning home to Hamden from a deployment.

Beichner was a gas turbine systems technician and a search and rescue swimmer aboard the USS Kauffman, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate, where he served four tours of duty, according to his obituary.

Schurman described her son as somebody who could make anybody laugh. At his funeral, he was described as being the guy who could walk into a room of 50 grumpy sailors and have them laughing within 10 seconds, she said.

He left behind a sister, Alison Beichner, and brother, Daniel Beichner, who served in the Marines.

Daniel Beichner took the loss particularly hard, Schurman said, because his brother was his first best friend.

She is still in contact with Beichner’s shipmates, who, she said, were like brothers to him.

Two of Chief Petty Officer Christopher Rice’s daughters were in attendance Thursday. Rice died of a heart attack in 2009 while stationed in Kings Bay, Ga.

MariAnne Rice, 22, and Megan Howe, 26, both vividly remember service members showing up to their houses to inform them of their father’s death. The next couple of months were a blur for each of them, they said.

Rice also left behind another daughter, Christine, and a son, Christopher.

The two daughters present Thursday described their dad as the glue of the family. He was goofy and laid back but also did what he needed to do. He was a pushover when it came to the kids, often responding to their requests for permission with “I suppose,” they recalled.

Rice’s family was presented with Gold Star pins in a ceremony at the base in June.

Danielle Goodwin, who lost her first husband 10 years ago, was there to honor him and to be there on behalf of his parents, whom she planned to tell later about the event.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Hafterson, who was stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., died in 2006 after suffering from a medical condition, according to Goodwin. Goodwin, now 29, was 19 at the time and said the couple had been married a little less than a year at the time of his death.

Goodwin has since remarried, and her current husband is an instructor at the Naval Submarine School. She said he’s greatly helped her to cope with Hafterson’s loss.

“I’m still healing, even after 10 years,” she said.

http://mypoliticalopinionblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/trump-this-is-how-we-treat-gold-star.html

j.bergman@theday.com

http://www.theday.com/military/20160922/for-gold-star-families-ceremony-helps-keep-memories-alive

08/01/2016

“I like people that weren’t captured,”

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“There but for the grace of God, Go I!”

I take this personally, you see, I was at risk every second of every day during my time in this war,

“The Vietnam War!”

So should, “All military personal and their family, from every war throughout the whole world!”

Take personally, all of Donald Trumps “Wing-It,” Statements!

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https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/i-like-people-that-werent-captured/

07/30/2016

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The USNS Harvey Milk

Remember his words.

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https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/07/30/the-usns-harvey-milk/

29 July 2016

The US Navy is set to name a ship after gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, according to a report by the US Naval Institute News.

The tanker, which is yet to be built, will be called the USNS Harvey Milk,

USNI News said.

It cited a notification signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Milk was one of the first openly gay politicians in the US and was killed a year after winning election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

He served in the US Navy in his youth as a diving officer during the Korean War before being honorably discharged.

Milk was wearing his Navy belt buckle when he was shot dead.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36921306

It’s about dedication to Country

06/25/2016

Veterans Organizations

Gainesville Florida

http://www.cityofgainesville.org/

To a page (posting), on our main page about one of our ships, the USS Betelgeuse Ak-260,

her shipmates and my time caring for her while she cares for her cargo.

Veterans Organizations

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/organizations.html

This page lists Veterans Organizations that are dedicated to making

the lives of our service men and women better.

The care offered by these Organizations, may include physical or emotional care, or both.

If you or your organization would like to be included here, please send me an email.

(The only requirement for inclusion here),

is that you or your group do not charge any veterans a fee for your service.

They have already earned our gratitude for life.

If you are a Veteran who would like to talk, please feel free to write to me.

I am a Viet Nam Vet,

a good listener

and

have been there too.

NAVYNATIVE

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/index.html

If you do not know already,

Florida has a real good V.A. Hospital

in your city of Gainesville.

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https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pictures+of+the+gainesville+va+hospital&view=detailv2&qpvt=pictures+of+the+gainesville+va+hospital&id=3C4847B1C1CACA5CDE01076DFB2C43A413B84DCB&selectedIndex=7&ccid=eAtT3hfp&simid=608036858987873356&thid=OIP.M780b53de17e93babd7ed23a2816c7532o0&ajaxhist=0

06/20/2016

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WORLD WAR II REMEMBERED

French give Port Orange D-Day veteran hero’s welcome.

Former machinist’s mate cheered in return to Omaha Beach.

World War II veterans Joseph Van Eyzeren, left, and Donald Cobb walk through the Normandy American Cemeter

and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on June 6.

Seventy-two years before, the two served on the same destroyer warship, the USS Murphy DD603, off the coast of Omaha Beach on D-Day.

The Greatest Generations Foundation, a non-profit created to preserve the stories of WWII veterans,

provided nine veterans, including Cobb and Van Eyzeren, the opportunity to return to the battlefields of France.

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/french-give-port-orange-d-day-veteran-heros-welcome/

The Greatest Generations Foundation

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20160620/NEWS/160629973/101040?Title=French-give-Port-Orange-D-Day-veteran-hero-s-welcome

Complete story below photos

06/07/2016

USS Betelgeuse AK-260

 Looks like a threefer

USS Betelgeuse AK-260

I believe rather than the bing.com uss beatleguese

You came to the USS Betelgeuse AK-260 site.

Welcome to the visitor from the City El Paso Texas

Welcome Dunedin Florida

Welcome Pennsville New Jersey

To my military site, USS Betelgeuse (Welcome Aboard).

We also have the main site

http://mysmudgingblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/uss-betelgeuse-ak-260.html

Welcome Aboard the USS Betelgeuse

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/index.html

USS Betelgeuse

https://ussbetelgeuse.wordpress.com/

05/31/2016

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Preserving a tradition

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/preserving-a-tradition/

I just heard about this last night on Television.

On WFTV and again this morning, could not find it on their sites?

Katie Prior, a 15-year-old, is showing the

“Veterans Administration and our government officials,”

How to respect our deceased veterans

And she has been doing so for a couple of years!

Oklahoma teen seeks to aid vets funerals

For years, my group of

Native Americans watched veteran funerals

While waiting our turn to show respect.

And

“Taps” was played,

If you can call it “Taps”

Cassette player

On a cheap battery operated cassette player!

NAVYNATIVE

“As a Spiritual leader,

Asked to care for the loved one,

It is preferred to allow any other religion

First

To help avoid any possibility of

Adding to the family’s grief.”

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/soaugi-funeral/

Native American Veterans have been complaining

to our media for over 25 years,

on deaf ears!

Katie Prior, the 15-year-old founder of the

nonprofit Youth Trumpets & Taps Corps sounds

“Taps”

in honor of great-grandfather,

Wilford Foresee, while visiting his grave

at Sunnylane Cemetery in Del City.

When her great-grandfather died five years ago,

Katie Prior wasn’t yet ready to use her musical gifts to pay tribute to

his World War II service with the Army’s 63rd Infantry Division.

http://newsok.com/article/5484380

15-Year-Old Plays Taps At Military Funerals And Recruits Other Teens To Do The Same

December 18, 2015 by WYSK

Oklahoma teen’s Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps sends volunteers to perform at veterans’ funerals

by Brandy McDonnell Published: Mar 11, 2016

 

05/26/2016

World War II vet dies on his ‘final mission’ in London

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“They just wanted something simple, and when I found out a little background about Melvin,

there is just no way that we were just going to give him a simple service,”

funeral director Neil Sherry told British ITV Network,

which aired a news piece about Rector’s funeral service.

“We wanted it to be as special as possible.”

Though no one knew him,

the Royal Air Force, U.S. Air Force and historians in London attended

and participated in the funeral with military honors.

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“He certainly got a beautiful send-off,” Jowers said.

“People everywhere, from Cambridge to London heard his story.”

U.S. Army Maj. Leif Purcell told ITV

he thought he and a few other U.S. military personnel would be the only ones to attend the funeral, but was surprised.

“The representation from the Royal Air Force and the British Army that I saw here was phenomenal,” he said.

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2016/05/24/wwii-vet-died-his-final-mission-london/84618100/

05/13/2016 – (Friday the 13th)

Invictus Orlando

i am

I AM

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/invictus-orlando/

Morgan Freeman

https://youtu.be/b3Pm8m_otKU

Invictus

By William Ernest Henley

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MAY- 07/2016

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The U.S. military received about

6,000 reports of sexual assault in 2015,

similar to the number in 2014,

the Pentagon said in an annual report

on Thursday,

but such crimes are still underreported.

The Defense Department’s report said

there were 6,083 reports of sexual assault against a service member in 2015,

compared with 6,131 the year before.

The report said that 68 percent of those who reported sexual assault experienced negative behavior from colleagues or leadership.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-sexual-assault-idUSKCN0XW28E

MAY- 07/2016

Royal Navy fires warning shot at Spanish patrol boat

 If Gibraltar is in fact, in Spain, was stolen by the then brutal Anglo-Dutch,

and they then traded it to another country (the UK), shouldn’t it just be given back to Spain.

Royal Navy fires warning shot at Spanish patrol boat ‘hassling’

US nuclear submarine attempting to dock at Gibraltar

Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena twice tried to disrupt sub’s visit

USS Florida was trying to dock in Gibraltar when the incursion took place

Royal Navy ‘fired flares’ and dispatching squadron patrol boat HMS Sabre

https://wordsfromsachem.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/royal-navy-fires-warning-shot-at-spanish-patrol-boat/

Sunday MAY 1st 2016

President Obama had taken $2.6 billion from veterans’ programs

NOT!

Vet Ding

President Obama did not cut $2.6 billion from programs for veterans

and instead give a like amount to support Syrian refugees in the U.S.

The $2.6 billion figure cited here did not represent money

“cut”

from veterans’ programs by President Obama

(or anyone else);

rather

it was the amount of an unexpected budget

shortfall

House panel supports closing VA’s $2.6 billion funding gap

reported by the

Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2015,

a potential crisis that Congress worked to stave off:

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/president-obama-had-taken-2-6-billion-from-veterans-programs/

April 20th 2016

Pentagon says report justifies a round of base closures

I Believe that in 2016 “Boots on the Ground!” are a thing of the past wars.

Just like the “Civil War”

when solder’s walked in a line to kill each other

or

revolutionary war solders

modern “Air-War” will kill those solder’s with-in minutes.

We need water and air bases a lot more than the older type Army bases?

https://wordsfromsachem.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/pentagon-says-report-justifies-a-round-of-base-closures/

In this June 2005 Day file photo,

Bob Walker of Groton, a member of Sub Vets

and also employed on base at the Navy College,

waves his sign and flag as the motorcade

with the members of BRAC passes by on Route 12.

People lined Route 12 in Groton to show support for

saving the submarine base Wednesday, June 1, 2005.

The BRAC members passed through the area

after touring the submarine base and then moving on to the Groton-New London Airport

for a press conference. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

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April 19. 2016

By Julia Bergman  Day staff writer

http://www.theday.com/military/20160419/pentagon-says-report-justifies-round-of-base-closures

April 13th 2016

Navy requiring vendors to lower carbon footprint

The U.S. Military, world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels

https://climatechangenaturenodhuman.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/navy-requiring-vendors-to-lower-carbon-footprint/

Navy to Require Climate Change Reporting From Vendors

By ellen knickmeyer, associated press

Apr 12, 2016, 10:10 PM ET

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the U.S. military,

the world’s single-largest user of fossil fuels

to say it will start requiring big vendors to report their output of climate-changing greenhouse gases and work to lower it.

“We’ve got skin in this game,”

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a Silicon Valley conference on tech, government and climate change,

noting that the Navy is facing rising ocean levels and a surge of interest as ice melts in the Arctic.

The U.S. military has characterized climate change as a threat to national security since at least 2014,

saying drought and other natural disasters can foster instability, conflict and extremism.

The move seeks to leverage the Navy’s $170 billion budget to encourage contractors to cut their overall output of climate-changing carbon.

The policy announced by Mabus

did not immediately commit the Navy to cutting off companies with high emissions Companies and governments typically use such emissions reports as a factor in choosing suppliers.

The Navy is following the lead of the General Services Administration,

which last year became the first federal agency to require its vendors to report carbon emission and set lower targets.

The U.S. military is also broadening its use of solar and other renewable energy,

seeking to lessen its dependence on supply chains and on oil, a commodity vulnerable to global tensions.

The Navy is responsible for about one-third of the Pentagon’s use of fossil fuel, Mabus said,

speaking to the emissions-focused meeting of leaders of Google, Apple and other tech and financial firms.

April 8th 2016

A Bully will back down to a ‘Bigger Bull’!

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(Power to Power)!

https://wordsfromsachem.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/a-bully-will-back-down-to-a-bigger-bull/

How America and the rest of the world, Should Respond to China’s Moves in the South China Sea?

In my humble opinion, the only thing a ‘Bully’ will ever understands and will fear, is matching

(Power to Power)!

Every war from the beginning of time has been started by a country with a military, wanting your country and if or when you blink, the bully country will try to take it.

Russia, remember the 2nd world war?

The Sasanian (Iran) Empire

The Egypt Empire

The Assyrian Empire

The Roman Empire

The 1948 Arab–Israeli War

WW-1

WW-2

Just to name a few, there are thousands more in recorded history, will humans ever learn?

Every country in the world with a military must show this and any Bully Country just what will happen if it does not crawl back onto its own borders!

The USS Betelgeuse AK-260

 March, 30th 2016

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Welcome Aboard Mate from Charleston South Carolina

http://www.charleston-sc.gov/

homecoming

To our main website, build by my better half, in order to help the old shipmates

of this old girl alive and well in our hearts and minds forever.

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/

If you did not find everything that you were looking for remember

Elmer Brown also had a very good site and for the same reason as this one,

keep the old girl alive in our hearts and minds.

http://ussbetelgeuse.org/

House backs military burial honor for women pilots

WASHINGTON Tue Mar 22, 2016

A man pauses at a grave during Memorial Day celebrations at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

A man pauses at a grave during Memorial Day celebrations at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The House of Representatives voted unanimously on Tuesday to allow women pilots from

World War Two to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the vast military cemetery just outside Washington.

The vote was 385-0.

If passed by the Senate and signed into the law, the measure would allow the cremated remains of about 1,000 women

who served as Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, during World War Two, to be buried there.

They performed training and transport missions in the United States so male pilots could be sent overseas.

However, unlike male veterans,

they cannot be interred at Arlington,

the best-known U.S. military cemetery, because authorities insist their service was not the same as active duty.

The bill was sponsored by Republican Representative Martha McSally, who was the first woman U.S. Air Force pilot to fly combat missions.

Senate leaders have not scheduled a vote on the bill, but some have said it could be included in another, broader measure, such as a spending bill, this year.

The measure also has strong bipartisan support in the Senate.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sandra Maler)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-women-arlington-idUSKCN0WO2Y9

March 16th 2016 3:20PM

Veterans fight for Arlington rights

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 “May the WASP’s be with you?”

SORRY!

This is not funny, this is disgusting!

Katie Couric

March 16, 2016

By Sarah B. Boxer

They were known as WASPs, Women Airforce Service Pilots. During World War II, between 1942 and 1944,

about 1,100 women volunteered to fly military planes here in the United States. Today, a new battle is being waged for these veterans of war.

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/veterans-fight-for-arlington-rights/

Despite the important role they played, the women pilots have never been awarded full Army status

and therefore cannot be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

They were granted retroactive veteran status in 1977

but never received the full military benefits needed for the right to be interred at Arlington.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to change that for good. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.,

are holding a press conference today to draw attention to legislation that would allow for WASPs to be interred at Arlington.

The bill now has the support of almost 40 percent of Congress, with 28 co-sponsors in the Senate and 181 in the House,

according to McSally’s office. Ernst and McSally will be joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif.,

as well as the family of Elaine Harmon, a WASP who died last April.

Harmon told her family that her dying wish was for her ashes to be laid to rest at Arlington.

“Elaine’s family has been amazing,” McSally tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. “

And they are not going to rest until this is changed. The Army has tried to pressure them …

and they have said no, even though Elaine’s ashes are sitting on a shelf in their granddaughter’s closet,

waiting to be given that full military burial at Arlington that she deserved and she asked for.”

Arlington, the Army and the Department of Defense all tell Yahoo News that they will comply if Congress passes a law to let WASPs be buried at the cemetery.

But Arlington also wrote in a statement that space is limited — in 20 years, by the mid-2030s, Arlington is expected to be at capacity.

Ernst and McSally, both veterans, tell Couric they would gladly give up their own spots at Arlington for the women who came before them.

“There are a number of us that would gladly give up our spaces at Arlington to make sure that we’re honoring these women,”

says Ernst,

who served in the National Guard. McSally is a former Air Force pilot.

Turning to the election, Couric asked both women whether they would support Donald Trump

if he becomes the GOP nominee for president.

“I will support whoever the nominee is,”

said Ernst, who backed Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,

during the Iowa caucuses in January, adding,

“I truly hope that whoever our next president is will honor these women as well.”

https://www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/veterans-fight-for-arlington-rights-164934759.html

March 13th 2016 11:50AM

The V.A. has a new Clinic

The Leesburg, Mount Dora area veterans in central Florida, have a

new V.A. clinic, to go along with the new V.A. Hospital in Orlando Florida.

leesburg

1390 E. Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, Florida 32778

This new clinic is across the street from a large, great hospital,

a stone’s throw, property to property from each other.

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The new V.A. Hospital is right in the center of, “Medical City Orlando, Florida!”

13899 Veterans Way Orlando, Florida.

Problem is Traffic, Tolls, and Greedy Politicians!

The quickest way to our new hospital is to Route # 4 to Route 417,

to Veterans Way some 50 to 60 miles from the new Clinic.

One can if you travel the tolls often, get a ‘Sun-Pass.’

You will pay excessively and if your battery should die, you pay a fine for going through the Sun-Pass Booth.

Florida’s Greedy Government Officials have added many tollbooths to, Route # 417,

to ‘Milk’ the Visitors, Patience, Family members, and Doctors to and from Medical City.

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Now this friendly group of greedy politicians are building tollbooths on Route # 4 and adding an extra booth on Route 417.

To make matters worse and to full their pockets, they are removing human contact and replacing them with exact change tolls, with deep fines if you do not have the change.

You do have the option of going through a ton of lights through Orlando and hope not the die in a crash?

Problem, Florida Government Officials are planning on ‘Tollbooths on Route 436 also!

Now, back to the next-door neighbors, at the Waterman Christian Hospital in Tavares.

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https://www.floridahospital.com/waterman

The V.A. is overcrowded at best, veterans dying for lack of time served at worse,

why not run some of the veterans across the street for simple procedures.

Scans, Echoes, pacer checks, eye exams and so on.

WW-2 and Vietnam Veterans and their spouses,

are getting up in age and cost of driving is hard on the pocketbook

and the stress of driving on their health.

The V.A. is talking outsourcing some of their veterans,

the only good thing to outsource?

March 4, 2016 11:07 AM

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Navy SEAL awarded Medal of Honor,

Female World War II pilot proud to be a WASP

Lucile Doll Wise, a Women’s Air force Service Pilot, or WASP, during World War II, joined the service in May 1943, and served until they were disbanded in December 1944.

“I was thrilled at the prospect of flying the larger and faster military aircraft and at the opportunity to help in the war effort,” she said.

http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/26210/female-world-war-ii-pilot-proud-to-be-a-wasp/

 

March 4th 2016

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 92-year-old Veteran runs across country

92-year-old WWII Veteran runs across the country

Earnest Andrus runs across the country four days a week to raise awareness of the sacrifices the men and women

of the military made during World War II and the many conflicts since that time.

http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/25827/wwii-veteran-runs/

March 1st 2016

VA Honors Veterans through Burial and Memorial Benefits

Did you know VA provides burial and memorial services for Veterans, their spouse and other eligible family members?

These services are provided at VA national cemeteries to ease families through the loss of their loved one at no cost.

Some benefits are available for Veterans who choose burial in a private cemetery.

Click below to Explore VA and learn about benefits including burial in a VA national, state Veterans, or tribal cemetery;

headstone, markers and medallions; burial flags, Presidential Memorial Certificates and more.

Watch this video to learn about the services Veterans’ family members may be eligible for as well.

Learn how VA burial and memorial benefits can save families thousands of dollars and offer comfort in knowing their loved one’s gravesite will be cared for forever.

Explore VA memorial benefits and find a VA national cemetery near you.

http://explore.va.gov/memorial-benefits?utm_source=Feb%20Benefit%20Email&utm_medium=GovDelivery&utm_campaign=ExploreVA

2016 Blog

02/16/2016

Phase using animals in military medical training

 Our Military is finally coming out of the

“Dark Ages”

and into the

“Light of this World!”

Killing our animals to learn what we have already known for over 100 years

and/or to learn how to operate, when we have had much better ways is just plain

“Stupid!”

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/phase-using-animals-in-military-medical-training/

02/09/2016

Triton Island.

USA warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea

Mon, February 08, 2016 By Patricia Jimenez

This is what all of the hullabaloo is about, a little island in the south China Sea, that the Communist Country of China has recently jumped onto and is making artificially larger, just to bully other countries shipping lanes.

http://ussbetelgeuse.blogspot.com/2016/02/triton-island.html

02/04/2016

No matter what else happens today, my day was complete

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/thanked-a-veteran-today/

Today way our shopping day, because we like to eat.

We both go along with our boss, Breanna and take turns staying in the car with Breanna.

I baby sat the boss first and then shopped.

Nothing strange yet, is there?

Well while shopping I spotted an old fellow in one of the isles

I was traveling with a hat with the words Purple Heart on it.

What do you do?

I said as I patted him on the shoulder, “Thank- you for your service brother!”

We talked for quite a while and I enjoyed it immensely!

Got into the car, in a hurry to brag about my visit with a WW-2 Veteran Sailor.

Not to be undone by this, Donna, the real boss

spent quite a while with a WW-1 Veteran while she was in the store!

Now I’M jealous. 😦

It was a great morning for us both.

If you want to feel the feeling that we both feel each time,

we thank a veteran,

try it and do not rush on by because that veteran will also bless your day.

02/03/2016

The Medical Records from the Goose

Welcome Troy New York

http://www.troyny.gov/Home.aspx

Looking for

USS Betelgeuse AK 260 medical records

To the

USS Betelgeuse AK-260 Website

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/index.html

I do not have that answer please check out our other site at

http://www.ussbetelgeuse.org/

Elmer Brown or Arthur Miller should be able to help you.

Thank-you Greensboro North Carolina

02/03/2016

Welcome Greensboro North Carolina

http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/

From

Bing.com:

To our

uss betelgeuse

USS Betelgeuse AK-260 Website

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/index.html

 

02/03/2016

Welcome Wise Virginia (USS Betelgeuse)

Welcome Wise Virginia

http://www.townofwise.net/

To my USS Betelgeuse AK-260 Website

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/index.html

Not real sure how you made it to the site but I am grateful that you did.

Thank-you Bing.com/

http://www.bing.com/

Because the

“Shipmates”

from the

“Goose”

are quickly going the way of our main ship mate,

“The USS Betelgeuse AK-260!”

She is our ancestor and many, many sailors are now guiding her around our oceans from under the waters.

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/pipe.html

USS Betelgeuse AK-260 was formally decommissioned on 15 January 1971.

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/welcome-wise-virginia-uss-betelgeuse/

01/22/2016

‘Great Green Fleet’

Using biofuels deployed by U.S. Navy

Wed Jan 20, 2016

The U.S. Navy formally deployed its “Great Green Fleet” on Wednesday;

sending warships powered by alternative energy to conduct operations in the Pacific

three years after controversy over the price of developing new fuels provoked a fight in Congress.

Well, DUH!

Don’t upset congress and their Super Pac’s!

However, our navy knows.

“It gives us an edge tactically, it gives us an edge strategically,”

Mabus said.

“It keeps … fuel from being used as a weapon against us.”

Yes, for now as with all new things

it cost more than the same old fossil fuel

however, as always

the pricing is coming down

and coming down fast.

https://climatechangenaturenodhuman.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/great-green-fleet/

12/27/2015

China accuses USA of

“serious military provocation”

over South China Sea over flight

By Paul Elliott Dec 26, 2015

I have a terrific idea, let’s help Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei,

build

(Make-Believe)

or artificial island lands all around their island

and extend into China waters?

Its called Taiwan Strait!

https://climatechangenaturenodhuman.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/china-accuses-usa-of-serious-military-provocation/

http://thevillagessuntimes.com/2015/12/26/china-accuses-usa-of-serious-military-provocation-over/

After all isn’t this what China is doing and then crying foul every time someone fly’s next to or over this

“Make-Believe thing?”

Maybe if or when this happens China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and the USA, can,

China should

“Make-believe that it never happened?”

https://climatechangenaturenodhuman.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/china-accuses-usa-of-serious-military-provocation/

 

 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Japan ready to patrol South China Sea, navy official says

It is way past time for the free world to allow this free country (Japan)

to help control the free world from communist countries and terrorist?

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/japan-ready-to-patrol-south-china-sea-navy-official-says/

Japan has become more vocal about China’s activities since the passage of a security bill that would allow its troops to fight overseas.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/11/25/Japan-ready-to-patrol-South-China-Sea-navy-official-says/1001448468177/

Vice Adm. Robert L. Thomas, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, and U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift during a U.S. Seventh Fleet

change of command ceremony at the Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in Kanagawa, Japan, on Sept. 7.

The United States and Japan said that neither side has plans to launch joint patrols in the South China Sea,

even as the two navies conducted a joint training exercise at sea.

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Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI License Photo

Sunday November 15th, 2015

USS Betelgeuse 1952

Welcome Rock Hill South Carolina

http://www.cityofrockhill.com/

To my Military site Welcome Aboard

http://www.ussbetelgeuse.com/

If you were looking for your ship mates we were on the Goose at least 9 months apart so I’m not sure?

I was wondering, have you tried our ships website?

Elmer is doing an excellent job on the up keep and you may be able to find what you are looking for?

Welcome aboard the web site of the

USS BETELGEUSE

AK (FBM) 260

REUNION ASSOCIATION

http://www.ussbetelgeuse.org/

Sachemspeaks

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/uss-betelgeuse-1952/

 November 12th, 2015

Veterans Affairs pays $142 million in bonuses amid scandals

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/veterans-affairs-pays-142-million-in-bonuses-amid-scandals/

I just wrote about this yesterday!

WASHINGTON

The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014

even as scandals over veterans’ health care and other issues racked the agency.

Among the recipients were claims processors in a Philadelphia benefits office that investigators dubbed the worst in the country last year.

They received $300 to $900 each. Managers in Tomah, Wis., got $1,000 to $4,000, even though they oversaw

the over-prescription of opiates to veterans – one of whom died.

The VA also rewarded executives who managed construction of a facility in Denver, a disastrous project years overdue and more than $1 billion over budget.

They took home $4,000 to $8,000 each. And in St. Cloud, Minn.,

where an internal investigation report last year outlined mismanagement that led to mass resignations of health care providers,

the chief of staff cited by investigators received a performance bonus of almost $4,000.

Guess that they can brag that they are getting better?

VA Reviewing Bonuses After Awarding $400M in 2011

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/06/07/va-reviewing-bonuses-after-awarding-400m-in-2011.html

I just wrote about this yesterday!

A V A Thought for this day

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/a-v-a-thought-for-this-day/

November 11th 2015

Today is Our Day

Welcome to Veterans Day

Many veterans and their families will be going to restaurants that support

your troops and then on our way to one of thousands of special events, please join us?

Some will not because a kind word from you for doing the job that we were asked to do is our reward!

https://thisisfloridayouknow.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/welcome-to-veterans-day/

We now know

that you agree,

Vietnam was in fact,

“A WAR!”

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/veterans-day-2/

November 2nd 2015

The U.S.S. Rafael Peralta DDG 115

Navy Christens Ship Honoring Mexican-American Marine

Nov 01, 2015

Hundreds gathered to watch the christening Saturday of the U.S.S. Rafael Peralta DDG 115, constructed at Bath Iron Works.

Rosa Peralta asked God to bless the ship named for her son, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, and to keep the crew safe before smashing a bottle of Champagne on the ship’s bow.

Peralta, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico City as a child, enlisted in the Marines on the same day he earned his green card, according to U.S. Navy officials. He is believed to be the first serviceman born in Mexico to have a naval warship named in his honor.

http://www.kcentv.com/story/30405339/navy-christens-ship-honoring-mexican-american-marine

October 26th 2015

Kuentai-USA Group search for USA WW-2 MIAs

Its about time?

Group returning to Pacific island to search for US WWII MIAs

The leaders of Kuentai-USA told The Associated Press that a team of about a dozen Japanese and American volunteers plans to search

an area of Saipan where the U.S. Army’s 27th Infantry Division was hit by the largest suicide attack of the Pacific ground war.

The New York National Guard unit suffered hundreds of casualties, many of them New Yorkers.

The division’s 105th Regiment suffered nearly 1,000 killed and wounded during what became known as the “banzai attack” on July 7, 1944.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/30331805/group-returning-to-pacific-island-to-search-for-us-wwii-mias

The 2015 Blog

October 31st 2015

“VA honors a Veteran each day.”

VA National Cemetery
Veteran compete at Rio

Finding inspiration in sports – injured Veteran hopes to compete in 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

‘Bridgers’ help sober Veterans stay that way

‘Bridgers’ help sober Veterans stay that way

Teachers

Teachers, are you ready to celebrate Veterans Day?


Telechaplain

Telechaplaincy provides access for Veterans no matter where they live

(ABOVE) A young deer ventures out of the woods during at Jefferson Barracks VA National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Find the VA Veterans Day ceremony nearest you.

Food Safety

[VIDEO] Food Safety: Keeping you safe and healthy – American Heroes’ Cafe

AdaptiveSports

VA’s Adaptive Sports programs inspire international community

Redesign VA Systems

Staff from VA’s largest healthcare network meet to redesign systems

October 24th 2015

LCDR Philip McCutcheon Armstrong

Welcome Woodbridge Virginia

http://www.virginia.org/cities/Woodbridge/

To our

Armstrong posting

http://www.ussbetelgeuse.com/armstrong.html

I am not sure of the visit to one of my Ship Captains tribute posting

about LCDR Philip McCutcheon Armstrong

however, you are always welcome.

Believe me, I know that at the time of a person’s ‘end of life’ for lack of words,

we always hear words such as those on my site,

LCDR Armstrong was one of my Commanding Officers, while I was on board the ‘Goose’

and “I can honestly say that I never worked with a finer officer during my Naval career.”

However, in this case the words, as weak as they are, are all true!

LCDR Armstrong way one of those rear officers that truly was a “Mans, man!”

Unfortunately he was ‘Killed’ proving this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident

And I for one, still have many unanswered question about that day?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The best way to honor wounded vets

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Is to stop cresting so many new ones!

October 23th 2015

You just got to love the V.A.

Living Well

I just came back from a class on P.C. Advance Directive Living Well

P.C. Advance Directive Living Well

or

Personal Care Surrogate

I had no clue of what I was getting into while on the way to the class and am now so glad that I did go!

If “God Forbid” this happens to you or yours are you prepared?

Every person in this and other countries should learn more and get it done!

Statue # 765 came after the Terri Schiavo, Governor Jeb Bush, Congress and President George W. Bush Case!

If you remember back to the 1990s?

Governor Jeb Bush, Congress and President George W. Bush put Terri’s husband and family through a living hell and the expense to boot for 14 horrible years, just to do the right thing for Terri Schiavo and the tens of thousands of Terri Schiavo before this case!

If seeing is believing please read the link below?

Terri Schiavo 1990 helped to change the laws in Florida for husband and family with this living well (Statue # 765) the final word!

The highly publicized and prolonged series of legal challenges presented by her parents, which ultimately involved state and federal politicians up to the level of President George W. Bush, caused a seven-year delay before Schiavo’s feeding tube was ultimately removed.

In all, the Schiavo case involved 14 appeals and numerous motions, petitions, and hearings in the Florida courts; five suits in federal district court; extensive political intervention at the levels of the Florida state legislature, then-governor Jeb Bush, the U.S. Congress, and President George W. Bush; and four denials of certiorari from the Supreme Court of the United States.[5

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/terri-schiavo-10-years-death-end-life-debate/story?id=30013571

You just got to love the V.A.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Unclaimed veterans to receive military honors funeral

The Missing In America Project (MIAP) in cooperation with the Valhalla Funeral Chapel Crematory and Cemetery, St. Louis and Bopp Chapel, Kirkwood, MO will inter 18 veterans, and three eligible family members, whose unclaimed remains were located through the efforts of dedicated MIAP volunteers. These veterans served during World War One, World War Two and Vietnam.

The interment will be held at the Jefferson Barracks National Veterans Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, ceremonies at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, the 7th of October 2015.

http://www.waynesvilledailyguide.com/article/20151001/NEWS/151009861

Call their Bluff!

September 30, 2015

Russia launches airstrikes in northern Syria, senior military official says

Russia (Moscow) is calling our bluff!

If we stop flying over Syria what else will Moscow be calling our bluff on?

A U.S. official said Russian airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly 60 miles east of a Russian naval facility in Tartus, and were carried out by a “couple” of Russian bombers.

The strikes hit targets in Homs and Hama, but there is no presence of ISIS in those areas, a senior U.S. defense official said.

These planes are hitting areas where Free Syrian Army and other anti-Assad groups are located, the official said.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/30/boots-on-ground-russian-lawmakers-back-putin-sending-troops-to-syria/

“If you have forces in the area we request they leave,” said the general, who used the word “please” in the contentious encounter.

A senior Pentagon official said the U.S., which also has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS, but does not support Assad, said the request was not honored.

“We still conducted our normal strike operations in Syria today,” the official said. “We did not and have not changed our operations.”

The development came after Pentagon officials, in a development first reported by Fox News, brushed aside an official request, or “demarche,” from Russia to clear air space over northern Syria, where Moscow said it intended to conduct airstrikes against ISIS on behalf of Assad, according to sources who spoke to Fox News. The request was made in a heated discussion between a Russian three-star general and U.S. officials at the American Embassy in Baghdad, sources said.

Saturday, September 27, 2015

Navy Hospital Ship returns to a visit to Florida

The USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) to Mayport in Jacksonville Florida

The navy not only takes care of its own it is also out trying to take care of the world and has been for many years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Station_Mayport

The USNS Comfort (T-AH-200) replaced the hospital ship USS Repose (AH-16) as shown on Welcome Aboard the Goose.

http://ussbetelgeuse.com/organizations.html

As seen on WESH 2 News (News at Sunrise.

HOME COMFORT: USNS Hospital Ship Comfort returns to Mayport

100 Military personal from the navy hospital ship returns home from central and south America and the Caribbean.

More than 100 U.S. military and civilian personnel who served aboard the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort returned to Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, FL on Friday Sept. 25, 2015 after a six-month deployment to 11 nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

The ship saw over 120, 000 patients and performed over 1,200 surgeries while in support of Continuing Promise 2015.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Veteran and service dog have trouble boarding flight

Service dogs aren’t allowed on American Airlines flights?

Haag, his wife, and Axel were asked to get out of line after waiting to board for 2 hours,

Captain Jason Haag is a Marine veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and Axel, his service dog, has been named the 2015 Service Dog of the Year.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2015/09/21/veteran-and-service-dog-not-allowed-to-board-flight/72559544/

I know that this is hard to believe however, please remember, like with the Handicap mirror mount card, people by the hundreds

CHEAT!

There is no excuse for the airline going about this in so many wrong ways and I do not even know if my Military Brother was in uniform?

If there was a doubt, the airline should ask to see Captain Jason Haag V.A. Card because, again with the handicap sticker, anyone can get a uniform.

Not anyone can get a V.A. Card with his photo on it.

I have a V.A. Card and I also have the Handicap Plate, the Handicap stickers need to be replaced with one with a photo on it?

Captain Jason Haag also had the responsibility to show Axels’ Award!

His dog (Alex) is an American Humane Association HERO DOG AWARDS from California and must have proof of this?

My last eye appointment at our newest VA Hospital I followed a person with a scrawny little, very young, puppy in the hospital that had a makeshift vest and leach and no one question this person all the way through and out of the hospital?

This person was not blind!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HOA stands for Homeowners Association.

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If you fly more than one flag in a one flag only HMO or say, have three cars in a two car HMO, you are outside of their rules

and

although I hate their rules, you get what you are asking for?

Sell your house?

I will never buy a building on an HMO property!

Before buying anything HMO you should definitely find out if there are fees and rules and if so how much, and what the rules are.

As a Vietnam Veteran I do not like this anymore than the rest of you however the truth is,

You know the rules before you buy in an HOA and if you do not like their terms don’t buy or get on their board and help change their rules?

Some of your HMO neighborhoods often have all sorts of rules and regulations you need to know before you buy.

Some people like being in these types of neighborhoods, they often offer things like pools, gyms, tennis courts, maintenance of the common grounds or exterior of the buildings etc.

US Navy to Restart Heritage Flights

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

US Navy to Restart Heritage Flights in 2016 in Air-show News

The US Navy is set to reintroduce their Naval Aviation Tailhook Legacy Flight program in 2016 which will see the pairing of active US Navy aircraft in formation with civilian-owned and operated vintage naval aircraft.

The Government Sequester of 2011 saw the cancellation of this exceptionally popular air show phenomenon, as well as the individual military air show demonstration performances due to the lack of available funds for all but essential military activities.

The US Navy announced on Saturday (September 19th) that they will publish a draft schedule of air show attendances at the ICAS Convention being held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada between December 6th and 9th.

Warbirds News will of course let our readers know more once the details become available.

http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/navy-restart-heritage-flights-2016.html

September 20, 2015
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So Long Sonar!

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This awesome picture of a Pacific Blue whale is courtesy of NOAA fisheries!

The United States Navy has made me a fan once again, with this latest move to save
the lives of so many of our threatened and endangered Ocean wildlife.

Over the past few years in this very Blog, I have written ad nauseam about this disturbing issue and for so very long, it looked bleak and as if it would never happen, but it has!

Our planet’s Whales and Dolphins simply cannot and will not survive, if they cannot hear each other, and in the past, Navy activity in their Global Habitats has done just that, it has repeatedly interfered and done so, quite loudly.

Marine mammals need to have the waters that surrounds them quite silent,
so that they can talk, or communicate with each other.

The constant noises made by our very active US Navy, has caused the whales and dolphins, to try to live within the confines of a world in great turmoil, which in turn, has often resulted in countless, unnecessary deaths for these threatened animals.

But, now after so many years of bitter court battles from both sides, and with many thanks to Earthjustice, NRDC and other concerned Environmental groups, an agreement has finally been reached and the US Navy will set aside areas of the Pacific Ocean, that will allow marine life once again, to safely do what
they do best, survive and thrive!

And they will be doing this in nearly complete silence, well as silent as it can be because,
who knows what else is going on down there?

So for now at least, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and say thank you to our Navy,
for allowing these beautiful creatures to live safely and hear each other again.

Good by, good riddance and so long Sonar!

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