My Airedale and me at the Indiana Park

January 14th 2021

The pandemic has ushered in swindles involving everything from stimulus checks to fake coronavirus cures. The crooks’ goal is often to manipulate or gain access to your benefits.

New Year, Same Scams: Tips and tricks from AARP to fight fraud in 2021

You can’t afford to fall victim to scammers. In the five years ending in 2019, fraud cost Veterans, service members and their families more than $338 million, according to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data. Impostor fraud was the top complaint during each of those years.

The pandemic has ushered in swindles involving everything from stimulus checks to fake coronavirus cures. Those are in addition to the familiar ruses that employ a Veteran-focused twist on identity theftphishingcharity scamsinvestment schemes and loan deceptions. The crooks’ goal is often to manipulate or gain access to government benefits provided to those who served our nation.

“Younger Veterans may be looking at people that might be trying to rip them off on things related to education, finding a job, starting a business,” says Carol Kando-Pineda, an attorney for the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education. Older Veterans may face similar pitches and solicitations for work-at-home schemes, which lure potential victims with the promise of fast cash but may charge a large up-front fee or seek credit card information.

Military families may be particularly vulnerable to fraud because they relocate frequently and because younger families may be living on their own or earning a paycheck for the first time, the FTC warns.

“Folks in the military are taught to depend [on] and take care of each other,” Kando-Pineda says. “Unfortunately, scammers will try to take advantage of them and claim some sort of [military] affiliation to gain their trust.”

AARP provides free resources to all Veterans, military personnel and their families, regardless of whether they are association members

Whether you or a loved one may be the target of a scam, or you want to learn more about scam prevention, visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network online or call its toll-free helpline at 877-908-3360.

Here are more steps that Veterans can take to combat fraud. These are critical given that former service members and military families are twice as likely as civilians to be targeted for scams, according to research by AARP’s free Fraud Watch Network.

Download or print the AARP Watchdog Alert Handbook: 10 Ways Con Artists Target Veterans. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scammers.

Get to know Operation Protect Veterans. AARP teamed up with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to expose swindles that focus on Veterans. Report suspicious emails, texts, phone calls or printed materials by emailing protectveterans@aarp.org or calling 877-908-3360.

Learn from the costly experience of one Veteran, awarded a Purple Heart for combat injuries in Vietnam, who fell victim to two con artists promising COVID-19 grants.

Review the do’s and don’ts Veterans should follow after recognizing the warning signs that a scammer has made contact.

Bookmark the Veterans, Military and Their Families page on AARP.org — aarp.org/veterans — to stay up to date with the latest news and information affecting older veterans. AARP resources for veterans are free and available to nonmembers.

(Online Event) Five Ways to Protect Veterans & Military Families from Fraud & Scams in 2021: Join AARP, the USPIS, and the FTC for a free “Operation Protect Veterans” webinar. You’ll hear from fraud fighting experts about the top scams and frauds targeting Veterans and Military Families in 2021, get your questions answered live, and learn more about stopping scammers in their tracks. The webcast will be streamed live Jan. 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST or on-demand at your convenience.

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of the VA.

New Year, Same Scams: Tips and tricks from AARP to fight fraud in 2021 – VAntage Point


January 13th 2021

To me this is ‘Disgusting at its very core’!

Pentagon authorizes arming of National Guard members supporting Capitol security

Barbara Starr-Profile-Image

By Chandelis Duster and Barbara Starr, CNN

January 13, 2021

This morning while joining millions of citizens of the United States and millions of citizens around the world, we watched our ‘National Guard’, charged with protecting our state and federal building against ‘Domestic terrorist’ while the need to rest is on a cold, hard, floor?

To me this is ‘Disgusting at its very core’!

I understand ‘Boot-Camp’ give- em hell boys!

I understand while in battle of war give-em hell boys!


these brothers and sisters in my/our military

have been there, done that,

and are at the end of their distinguished time protecting

you, me our country and the world!

Get them at the very least a sleeping bag?

January 13th 2021

The U.S. Navy’s top officer has laid down the gauntlet?

Can a voting citizen also lay down the ‘gauntlet to the U.S. Navy’s top officer’?

Can you just try to think what would happen to the military and their builders in countries like (Russia, China, North Korea, Iran or Cuba)?

Here’s the US Navy’s plan to stop its string of shipbuilding failures

By: David B. Larter

High-profile technology missteps, such as the Zumwalt-class destroyer’s Advanced Gun System and its associated long-range projectile, have forced the Navy to change how it builds ships.

(Courtesy of Bath Iron Works via U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s top officer has laid down the gauntlet: The service must deliver two new classes of surface ships on time.

Here’s the US Navy’s plan to stop its string of shipbuilding failures (defensenews.com)

I believe that paying companies like ‘Bath Iron Works’ that build our military weapons like ships and planes should not be paid for ‘untested work’ until at the very least one year after without a problem!

Is this asking too much from our employees, ‘the military and their choice of builders’?

If the militaries choice of builders cannot agree maybe we the voting taxpaying citizen employers, should demand different builder companies and/or better leadership at the top of our military?

I ask the question again?

Can you just try to think what would happen to the military and their builders in countries like (Russia, China, North Korea, Iran or Cuba)?

December 24th 2020

Honoring your Veteran’s grave this holiday season

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Honoring your Veteran’s grave this holiday season | RallyPoint

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the graves of their loved-ones interred at VA National Cemeteries.

These special trips often occur around the holidays, but due to COVID-19 safety concerns many are unable to make the trip this year.

But just because you can’t be there in person doesn’t mean your Veteran is forgotten.

“In the military we often say ‘No one is left behind,’ and at the National Cemetery Administration we have a saying that ‘No Veteran ever dies’ as long as we honor their legacy,” said Danny Devine, executive director of the National Cemetery Administration’s Office of Engagement and Memorial Innovations.

There are still ways to honor your Veteran despite not being able to travel.

Find someone local to visit your loved one’s grave. Post in or search the comments below to find Veteran supporters who are local and can visit your Veteran without major travel.

• If you are looking for someone to visit your Veteran type LOOKING and the cemetery such as – LOOKING Florida National Cemetery.

– Consider sharing some details about your Veteran with a volunteer visitor so they can honor his or her service.

• If you are offering to visit a grave type VISITING and the cemetery such as – VISITING Florida National Cemetery.

– Consider taking a picture and sending it to the Veteran family member or loved one who requested the visit.

Not sure where your Veteran is buried or interred? Use NCA’s Nationwide Gravesite Locator at: https://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/

If you can’t visit or can’t find someone to visit your Veteran this year, consider using the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) online platform. VLM extends memorialization of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in those cemeteries to this digital memorial space by providing a VLM profile page for each Veteran. Launched in 2019 with Veteran service and cemetery information, VLM now allows family, friends and others to post tributes to a Veteran’s page and to share Veteran pages using email, Facebook and Twitter. Visit http://www.va.gov/remember to get started.

VA operates 152 national cemeteries and 34 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 42 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve and maintain 117 Veterans cemeteries in 48 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2017, VA honored more than 361,892 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries. Learn more at: https://www.cem.va.gov/

December 20th 2020

COVID-19 vaccines:

Stay informed and help us prepare

We’re working to get COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as quickly and safely as possible based on CDC guidelines and available supply.


 We need your help to prepare.

 And we want to keep you informed at every step.

Sign up below to help us understand your interest in getting a vaccine.

We’ll send you updates on how we’re providing vaccines across the country—and when you can get your vaccine if you want one.

We’ll also offer information and answers to your questions along the way.

When you sign in, we can fill in some of your information for you.

COVID-19 vaccines — Stay informed and help us prepare | Veterans Affairs

You don’t need to sign up to get a vaccine.

And you can change your mind about getting a vaccine at any time.

We’ll use the information you provide to understand your interest and keep you informed.

Learn who will get a COVID-19 vaccine first based on CDC guidelines

VA releases COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, vaccinations began this week

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today publication of its dynamic VA COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan, being executed at 37 sites across the country.

VA began vaccinating Veterans and frontline employees this week, following the Food and Drug Administration’s Dec. 11 decision to issue an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

The distribution plan addresses vaccinations for Veterans, staff and other federal partners including a prioritization framework for identifying the population(s) at highest risk to receive the vaccine. The plan will be updated over the next two weeks to reflect final recommendations and specifications from FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19 vaccines authorized through FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization process — and will continue be updated as FDA approves new vaccines.

“VA employees have provided life-saving COVID-19 care to thousands upon thousands of people, and the department continues to play a crucial role in the nation’s response to the pandemic,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Dedicated professionals across many fields contributed to this plan, which will ensure a safe, evidence-based and equity-focused vaccine rollout for VA frontline workers and Veterans.”   

COVID-19 vaccines at VA | Veterans Affairs

The plan covers vaccine distribution in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories where VA provides health care to Veterans, as well as vaccine safety monitoring and vaccine reporting as required by the CDC and Operation Warp Speed. 

Veterans seeking additional information should visit the VA Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs webpage, contact their care team or visit their facility website. 

VA releases COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, vaccinations began this week

December 19th 2020

Information about the “GOOSE”

USS Betelgeuse AK-260

“It is with a heavy heart that I must report the interest or should I say the lack of, for any planned reunions of her”!

Alas, as with this ship, shipmate, and the crew, time has had a heavy toll on the health of her and her children (crew)!

“Could it be that the children of her crew might be willing to take up the gauntlet and together

“{Ring the bell at least one more time in loving memory”?

Time at sea is marked every thirty minutes by the striking of the ship’s bell.  To her crew, that familiar sound becomes as constant and comforting and reassuring as their mother’s voice.  While the USS Betelgeuse in now retired, her bell continues its faithful call from the steeple of the Christ Episcopal Church in Milton, PA.  In light of her service to the Nation, it is fitting that the bell rang on July 4, 1976, to celebrate our Bicentennial.

USS Betelgeuse AK (FBM) 260 reunion news page

Our History: USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) – City of North Charleston, SC

USS BETELGEUSE (AK-260) Crew Roster (hullnumber.com)

USS Betelgeuse AK 260 Reunion Association

Welcome Aboard the Goose (ussbetelgeuse.com)

USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) – Wikipedia

USS Betelgeuse (AKA-11) – Wikipedia


December 17th 2020

How to help your homeless brothers and sister

images of homeless veterans usa – Bing images


Veterans Experiencing Homelessness (va.gov)





 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to view the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 for homelessness individuals and homelessness service systems and providers.

Learn more »

What Veterans Who Are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness Should do for Help

Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If Veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, only then are they to visit their closest VA medical center without calling in advance. VA also urges Veterans who are not homeless or at risk of homelessness to contact their VA medical center before visiting for any reason. These steps are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Each VA facility has created separate areas or zones to isolate Veterans with possible or confirmed COVID-19 from uninfected patients who need other routine and emergent care. VA is also identifying appropriate quarantine options for Veterans who are homeless to receive treatment if they are symptomatic or screen positive for COVID-19 but are not ill enough for hospital-level care.

No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

VA is committed to ending homelessness among Veterans. Our focus is threefold:

Conducting coordinated outreach to proactively seek out Veterans in need of assistance.

Connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutionshealth carecommunity employment services and other required supports.

Collaborating with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers, faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for Veterans exiting homele


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What Veterans Who Are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness Should do for Help

Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If Veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, only then are they to visit their closest VA medical center without calling in advance. VA also urges Veterans who are not homeless or at risk of homelessness to contact their VA medical center before visiting for any reason. These steps are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Each VA facility has created separate areas or zones to isolate Veterans with possible or confirmed COVID-19 from uninfected patients who need other routine and emergent care. VA is also identifying appropriate quarantine options for Veterans who are homeless to receive treatment if they are symptomatic or screen positive for COVID-19 but are not ill enough for hospital-level care.

November 1st 2020

They now call it an operation?

I still call it just another (Colon Procedures); something that if you are getting up in age should be every 10 years and this was my 3rd!

Yes I am fine after all, ‘I was in the best hospital in the country and maybe the world’, my post, my opinion?


I want to write today because, once I entered the parking lot there was only three mask less people walking, because they had the mask in their hand.

You do not get into the hospital without a face covering!


Because the hospital is full of people that did a lot more for you then covering up their face!

Two days, once to get into the computer and to make sure that all of my and their questions were asked.

Both days, constant words a ‘Vietnam Veteran’ can never get enough of

(Thank-you for your Service to our country)!

My words back to them each time,

(Thank-you for what you are doing daily for your brothers and Sister of the Military)!

Not so for the ‘City of Gainesville Florida’, the hotel, their employees and most of their customers!

Like all trump supporters, they care for no one put themselves!

October 4th 2020

My ‘Beloved Ship’ (The USS Betelgeuse AK-260)

I will never understand the reason why my ‘Beloved Ship’ (The USS Betelgeuse AK-260), is so popular on the internet?


She has been a play ground for fish, mammals and site seekers for 46 years?

Taw-but-ni (Thank-you) from and old salt with many memories!

Storey, William C.



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September 24th 2020


I will be rooting for navy but ‘ugotta love this’?

A side view of the helmets Air Force will wear for its Oct. 3 home game vs. Navy.

The Falcons’ uniforms for the game will honor the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-Black fighter plane unit during World War II that was trained in Alabama and credited with shooting down 112 enemy aircraft.

(Gage Jenkins/Air Force Athletics photo)

Air Force will wear special uniforms honoring the Tuskegee Airmen for their Oct. 3 home football game vs. Navy.

The Falcons’ helmets for the game will be modeled after the tails of the P-51 Mustang aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-Black unit in the history of the Army Air Corps, the precursor to the U.S. Air Force. The Tuskegee Airmen, also known as the “Red Tails,” were credited with flying more than 15,000 individual sorties and shooting down 112 enemy planes during World War II.


July 25th 2020

New ‘wall’ of military veterans protect protesters in Portland


New ‘wall’ of military veterans protect protesters in Portland

By Vincent Barone

July 25, 2020 | 2:29am | Updated


Human ‘Wall of Vets’ joins ‘moms’ & ‘dads’ to shield Portland protesters from police (VIDEO)


June 24th 2020


Do you need another reason to remove ‘all White supremist statues and flags’?




U.S. Soldier Charged With Plotting to Let Neo-Nazis Ambush His Army Unit



JUNE 22, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

Acting USA Strauss: As alleged, Ethan Melzer, a private in the U.S. Army, was the enemy within. He allegedly attempted to orchestrate a murderous ambush on his own unit, unlawfully revealing its location, strength & armaments to a neo-Nazi, anarchist, white supremacist group

4:56 PM · Jun 22, 2020

She identified the group he tried to work with as the Order of the Nine Angles, also known as O9A, described in the release as an occult-based neo-Nazi and racially motivated violent extremist group. Court papers also said he researched terrorist groups, including the Islamic State.

“Melzer was motivated by racism and hatred as he attempted to carry out this ultimate act of betrayal,” Strauss said.

May 6th 2020

Australia and Italy build American war ships

When will this country, her government and citizens ever learn?

We shipped every factory, manufacturing, and product company to China and now China owns the United States!

So what do we do?

We have other countries build our ‘War Ships’!

For as far back as I can remember; China has been making our computers and chips, home, business, government and our military, now other countries are making our war equipment also?

Yes I know the at least two are friendly and bought land to build some in our country, for now!

Who makes the parts and equipment used to build the plant and the parts?

You can lead a bull elephant to water but you cannot make one drink!

China makes the ‘face masks and equipment and this country fell far behind the battle with the trump coronavirus (about 3 month behind)!


Italy’s Fincantieri will build newest class of US Navy warships


In February 2018, the U.S. Navy awarded $15 million design contracts to 

Fincantieri MarineGeneral Dynamics Bath Iron WorksHuntington IngallsAustal, and Lockheed Martin.

The competition slimmed to Fincantieri, Huntington Ingalls, Austal and a joint venture between General Dynamics and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.


May 6th 2020

Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues

Learn about VA support for many health issues

It’s important to understand the health care needs of Vietnam War veterans because of the long-term effects of military service during the Vietnam War era.

If you served during the Vietnam War, you may be at risk of certain health conditions. Understanding these needs will allow you to receive better care.

Learn about these conditions and what to do next to take care of your health.

Health risks related to Vietnam War

Diseases related to Agent Orange: A toxic chemical used to clear trees and plants that can cause long-term health effects

Hepatitis C: A disease that can harm your liver

Hearing problems caused by noise: Harmful sounds from guns, explosives, rockets, heavy weapons, jets and aircraft, and machinery that can cause or add to hearing loss and ringing in the ears

Illnesses or injuries caused by job-related hazards: Chemicals, paints, radiation, and other hazards you may have come across

What you can do now

Take these steps to make sure you’re taking care of your health:

Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues

April 29th 2020

Dear Veteran,

The editorial below was sent to various newspapers and other media outlets yesterday afternoon. It highlights VA’s response and management during the COVID-19 pandemic specific to VA health care facilities in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The editorial also highlights our network’s general state of preparedness and readiness for other national, regional or state emergencies such as hurricanes. The piece was authored by Dr. Miguel Lapuz, Network Director, VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8).  He is responsible for all health care facilities in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that serve more than 600,000 Veterans.  If you prefer to read the editorial online, you can do so here: www.visn8.va.gov/VISN8/pressreleases/20200428.asp.

Uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic have overtaken nearly every aspect of our lives in a few short months, and this concerning virus has us all looking at the world through a new lens. No longer do we spend our days going to work, making trips to grocery stores or greeting friends and neighbors with handshakes and hugs. Instead, we wear masks and make quick waves while our smiles go unseen.

Workers across industries are finding new ways to conduct business using ingenuity and innovation. Healthcare is no different, and across the globe we have seen medical professionals tested like never before. Yet, they too are finding new ways to serve their patients.

VA facilities in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands planned and prepared for the likelihood we would be overcome by COVID-19 patients seeking care at our hospitals. Thankfully, we have not yet seen the overwhelming surge of patients experienced in other parts of the country, but we are ready.

In late February, we began virtually triaging patients through our VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center. This virtual hub ensured a warm hand-off to VA and community emergency departments throughout the state. Meanwhile, we have completed more than 630,000 telehealth visits representing a 364 percent increase in virtual care, expanded ICU bed capacity by at least 50 percent and were among the first healthcare systems to postpone elective surgeries. Because of the aggressive and necessary actions we took early, ICU beds, ventilators and other supplies have never been strained.  In fact, we even set aside resources to assist the community if needed.

VA facilities in Florida and Puerto Rico have judiciously managed current inventory while issuing personal protective equipment (PPE) to all who need it to remain safe. We implemented a universal masking program to ensure everyone in our buildings are offered a facemask and have taken actions to preserve and sterilize equipment for the future should it be needed.

Even now, as the number of COVID-19 patients slowly rise, we are selflessly answering the call of VA’s fourth mission – to support the nation in times of crisis by sending teams of healthcare professionals to community nursing home facilities experiencing staff shortages. This is not the first time our employees have answered the call, in the past few years they have supported Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the State of Florida following the tragic Pulse Nightclub and Parkland Shootings. We stand in unity with those who need our help and we will get through this fight together.

Like everyone, we look optimistically to the future when we can responsibly relax some of the limitations that have been required during this unsettling time. We also strive to learn more about the virus and are actively involved in convalescent plasma treatment research, anti-body testing, and more.

We are proud to say, we are prepared now and for the future.


Miguel H. LaPuz, MD, MBA

Network Director, VA Sunshine Healthcare System (VISN 8)


April 13th 2020

“Sailors don’t need to die,”

‘There Will Be Losses’: How a Captain’s Plea Exposed a Rift in the Military

The coronavirus crisis aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt spurred another chapter in the hollowing out of the Navy’s leadership, in particular under the trump administration.

Capt. Brent Crozier, who was removed April 2, 2020, from command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, addresses the crew in San Diego on Jan. 17. Colleagues say the downfall of Crozier was charging headlong into the Trump administration’s narrative that it had everything in the coronavirus pandemic under control. (U.S. Navy)


On March 30, after four days of rebuffs from his superiors, Crozier sat down to compose an email. “Sailors don’t need to die,” he wrote to 20 other people, all Navy personnel in the Pacific, asking for help.

A Naval Academy graduate with nearly 30 years of military service, the captain knew the email would most likely end his career, his friends said in interviews.

The military prizes its chain of command, and the appropriate course would have been for the captain to continue to push his superiors for action.

The captain had reached a breaking point.

The aircraft carrier he commanded, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was docked in Guam as the coronavirus raced unchecked through its narrow corridors.

The warship’s doctors estimated that more than 50 crew members would die,

but Capt. Brett Crosier’s superiors were balking at what they considered his drastic request to evacuate nearly the entire ship.

Acting Navy Secretary (Jack-Ass),

Thomas Modly,

in other words, trumps accountant


Testifies Dec. 3, 2019, during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

April 11th 2020

There have been reports of individuals fraudulently posing as VA employees and who are contacting patients in an attempt to collect medical supplies and equipment, particularly items used for personal protection like rubber gloves and masks.

VA would NEVER contact patients and ask them to return supplies and equipment after issuance of such items.

If you or a Veteran you know are being targeted by this type of fraudulent activity, please contact the VA Office of the Inspector General.  You can submit a complaint 24/7 by visiting www.va.gov/oig/hotline. You can also report concerns via telephone by calling 1-800-488-8244, on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April 8th 2020

Veterans enrolled for VA health care in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can contact the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center for virtual urgent care using the VA Health Chat App.

The VA Health Chat app is an exciting new technology that provides easy, online access to chat with VA staff when Veterans have health concerns and other questions. The app accesses the VA Electronic Health Record and, for security purposes, requires Veterans to enter My HealtheVet (premium), DS Logon (premium), ID.me, or account credentials.

For those unfamiliar with the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center, it is a 24/7 virtual urgent care service available to Veterans. The center provides services to Veterans telephonically (1-877-741-3400), via VA Video Connect, and now, the VA Health Chat app. The center operates VA Health Chat Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Veterans who require immediate care outside of these hours are encouraged to call the number provided above.

Veterans who choose to contact the center using VA Health Chat, and who need to see a provider, may also be offered the option to connect via telephone or secure video during their chat session if deemed appropriate by center staff. The app is available for Android and IOS. You can learn more about VA Health Chat at https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-health-chat.

Attached to this email is an FAQ document about the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center and a one-pager about VA Health Chat. Please review these documents and share with others who may benefit from the services the center provides.

Thank you for your service to our great nation and for trusting VA for your medical and mental health needs.



April 4th 2020

Exclusive: Navy probe to decide future of fired U.S. carrier commander

My (Two-Cents), if you will?

My navy needs to (CHILL-OUT)!

Captain Brett Crozier of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt is worth your pride, Get Over It!


In the Military, when a leader is a true leader, the followers will follow the leader through anything while protecting their leader!

(In English), a ships commander as in World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam, we would travel through fire with a good Commander, Not Fire him/her because your feelings were hurt!

I had a few questionable officers in my military time, no (E O’s) worth their salt and a few real commanders (Captains).

Care to guess which of those my shipmates and I was always ready and able to give 100% without question?

Captain Brett Crozier

of the

U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt

is worth your pride, Get Over It!

March 26th 2020

Attend virtual National Vietnam War Veterans Day events

Veterans can attend virtual events for National Vietnam War Veterans Day

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29.


Organizers canceled or postponed many events to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing. Veterans are encouraged to stay connected and participate in virtual events.


Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin has become “a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks.” Living U.S. Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.

Normally, these lapel pins are presented during a dignified, public ceremony to individual Vietnam Veterans. However, given the global pandemic, most commemorative events have been postponed, while others have been rescheduled for next year.

As a unique alternative during this challenging period, The Vietnam War Commemoration is encouraging Vietnam Veterans to submit a request for their lapel pin via email at whs.vnwar50th_events@mail.mil. At the earliest opportunity, Veterans will receive a lapel pin in the mail.

March 10th2020

Situation Update – Orlando VA Healthcare System
03/09/2020 04:34 PM EDT
New COVID-19 Procedures Across the OVAHCS
All Orlando VA Healthcare System facilities are fully operational.
We know some of you may be concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) in Florida and how it is impacting the Orlando VA Healthcare System. Ensuring our Veterans remain safe and uninfected is one of our top priorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and VA have recommended a variety of enhanced steps that we are implementing to help further reduce the spread of the virus on our campuses.
In an abundance of caution for the safety of our staff and patients – and in accordance with national VA guidance – we will begin enhanced screening of all employees, patients and visitors. Effective March 10, 2020, the following measures are being implemented by location. This daily screening will comprise of a temperature check and completion of a short questionnaire.
In addition to the entrance questionnaire, access to each site of care will be limited as listed below:
Orlando VA Medical Center
All pedestrian traffic to the main medical center building will be routed to:
Back Lobby/South Entrance
East Garage Entrance on 1st Floor only
West Garage entrance on 1st Floor only
Note: During weekends, holidays, evenings and nights, the only entrance to be used will be Emergency Department side entrance
Visiting Hours will be limited to 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. or at the discretion of the clinical care team and must be communicated with those at the screening checkpoints.
No children under the age of 18.
Those arriving on Buses or VTS should be screened prior to getting on bus and have a wrist band based on day of week.
Orlando VA Medical Center Community Living Center
The Front Entrance will be the only access point.
Limit 2 visitors only during hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
No children under the age of 18 and no pets.
Orlando VA Medical Center Domiciliary
The Front Entrance will be the only access point.
Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty Outpatient Clinic, PRRC, Westside Pavilion
The Front Entrances will be the only access point.
Viera VA Health Care Center
The Front Entrance will be the only access point.
Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center
Building 500 – Decreased entrance points.
Building 504 – Decreased entrance points.
Trailers – limit to one entrance.
Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center Domiciliary
The Front Entrance will be the only access point.
The Front Entrance will be the only access point.
Kissimmee, Clermont, Deltona, and Tavares VA CBOCs
The Front Entrances will be the only access point.
Other ways you can help protect yourselves and your loved ones:
If you are experiencing COVID-19 (Coronavirus), flu or cold symptoms- Please use the available VA Virtual Care options- VA Video Connect or the 24/7 VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center (1-877-741-3400).
Practice proper hand washing hygiene. Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
We are in this together and appreciate your patience during this time.
VISN 8 Clincial Contact Center
VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center Veterans who require immediate urgent care services can call the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 for 24/7 support. This service is not to be confused with emergency services. For more information about the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center, please visit http://www.visn8.va.gov/ccc.asp.
VA Veteran Disaster Line
A toll-free number has been established for Veterans who receive care in the impacted area. They or their families should call 1-800-507-4571 to receive information on where to go for care, how to receive prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care. The phone line will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For information about compensation or pension benefit checks, please call the toll-free number 1-800-827-1000. The phone line is operational Monday -Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.
NOTE: This message will only change in the event of an emergency, change of facility operation staus, or other urgent situation. Check back later for updates.
Always be informed and plan ahead. Disasters happen. Prepare now. Learn how. Resolve to be ready! Visit Ready.gov to learn more about emergency preparedness.
During disasters Veterans and employees can get updated information on facility closures, appointment cancellations and pharmacy refills from this page.
Sign up for automatic email updates by filling in your email address in the “Emergency Email Updates” section located at the top right corner of this page.
Check back on this page or on Facebook or Twitter for additional information as weather conditions change.
Prepare! Plan! Stay Informed! Visit ready.gov to learn about preparedness kits, family emergency plans, and more.

March 5th 2020

It’s a 2nd start?
First we still must end their ‘Homelessness’!
Nothing (NOTHING)
is more embarrassing then a town, state, country,
with any
(Homeless Veterans),
‘The United States of America’
still has thousands if not millions of Homeless Veterans!
Students in five states
participate in the
End Veteran Homelessness Challenge
When Veterans move into stable housing after years of homelessness,
many lack the resources to also purchase basic household items
that they’ll need in their new homes.
To address this need, schools and student councils across the country
competed in the annual End Veteran Homelessness Challenge.
The End Veteran Homelessness Challenge raises money and collects household essential items
for Veterans who are exiting homelessness.
VA’s Homeless Programs Office, in partnership with the
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
and the
American Student Council Association (ASCA), organized the challenge.
The challenge asked student councils in five states to help homeless Veterans
by collecting clothing, everyday household goods and money for security deposits.
The combined value of cash and goods collected by the five participating schools exceeded $5,000.
Love and blessings from
Creator to You All
Shechaim Ohjieshan
“Don’t get scared,
it’s your country, take it back”!

“This is our Watch”!

February 29th 2020

Having symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus),
flu or cold are encouraged to contact
the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 (toll free).
Clinical staff provide 24/7 virtual care and support, including nurse advice and triage.
This service is available at no cost to Veterans enrolled for care in at VA health care facilities
in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Click here for more information about COVID-19.
VISN 8 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
VISN 8 is actively monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Currently there is no outbreak in the U.S. or its Territories
but there are things you can do to prepare if it happens.
What you Need to Know
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a new virus that originated in China in December 2019
that can cause respiratory illness in humans.
While there are currently limited cases in the U.S. illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe.
The most common symptoms include the following and are similar to the common cold and flu:
Dry Cough
Shortness of breath
Sputum Production (thick mucus coughed up from the lungs)
Most people infected with COVID-19 have mild disease and recover.

February 18th 2020

Three U.S. World War II aircraft have been discovered in a lagoon in Micronesia
76 years after they went missing.
The planes, which were part of Operation Hailstone in February 1944,
are associated with 7 U.S. servicemen listed as missing in action.

January 16th 2020

My friends please pay attention to this!
As you know
we do not answer calls and have not for two years,
unless you leave a message and we both agree to answer.
we have a new ‘home phone’ and are expecting a delivery from Lowes.
(There lies the rub)!
I answered the phone yesterday and it was a ‘scam’
that sounded like from out of this country?


“Hello Wilbur err William”?
“Your Medicare card is no longer paper,
we are changing over the plastic”

I interrupted with out him able to answer
any of my questions!
“Is this your phone?
Do you answer on this phone”?
“Do you pay the bill to this phone”?
“I don’t think so,
so if not do not call again or you will be
paying me a lot of money”!
“This is now a taped answering call”!
I hung up!
You my friends must be careful!

Medicare will not be calling you to tell you that your paper will now be plastic!

December 26th 2019

Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass
Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country


Read the Comments my fellow (female/male), Veterans an weep for your country!


I have a Golden Access Passport issued from Connecticut back in 1997; does this now mean that this pass is no longer honored?
The reason it took from 1965(1967 reserves), to 1997 would be the way the government just dumped (veterans from Vietnam) with no knowledge of military benefits information!
Remember my brothers and sisters, of our honor for this country, while in ‘Harms Way’ for the citizens, (all of the citizens); of this country this includes government officials that never served!

December 16th 2019

What is an (OFFSHOOT) of Humanity?

Offshoots of ‘slave owners’ have been around almost as long as humans have been on Mother Earth!
About 6 million years, if you do not understand ‘Father Gods Word to his people’?
The Bible is about Father Gods Son!
(Old Testament – ‘Messiah’–New Testament ‘Jesus’ about 40,000 of those years).
The ‘Offshoots’ are cowards hiding in the ‘shadows of humanity’, until now!
Now they have a ‘leader coward’ with the ‘power of the president’s office’ of a ‘Free Country’ behind him!
This act has nothing to do with (1st Amendment rights)!
(1)- It is a military matter.
(2)- It is just a coward doing yet another cowardly deed!
As a proud ‘American Citizen’ that has served you in your military to help protect you, the constitution, the 1st Amendment, and your country, I say that ‘We the people’ have the right to know who is this person that will be looking into this ‘Disgrace of your military and your country’!
Anything less than ‘Being Expelled’ from our ‘Military’ is


They are not just students,
they should be
preparing to serve you
your country
(All of Your Country)!

Naval Academy assigns officer to conduct ‘internal investigation’ into students’ hand symbols

December 15th 2019

Is this what my Army-Navy Game has turned into?
US military probes ‘white supremacist’ hand signs at army-navy game
December 15, 2019 7:34 PM
president white supremacist is even a disgrace at our sacred game!
Operative word
For just shy of 130 years the Army-Navy college football was a game of the elite of the United States of America!
In just over 3 years trump has managed to add our military to his long, long list of embarrassments to our military and the United States of America!
Is this what my Army Navy Game has turned into, cadet/midshipmen, white supremacist disgusting game?
The Army–Navy Game is an American college football rivalry game between the Army Black Knights of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York,
And the Navy Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, Maryland.
The First Army-Navy football game was played at West Point on Nov. 29, 1890

December 7th 2019

We will never forget you my brothers and sister in arms!
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:
A look back at December 7, 1941
Today December 7, 2019
Today most of the heroes of that day at Perl Harbor are now gone from earth but never from our hearts!
Every time you see one still with us please show her/him your love, respect and your appreciation?
A little hug would not hurt while doing a world of good for you both.
Thank you for your service.

 Our last war that we actually won!


December 5th 2019

National Wreaths Across America Day is December 14th 2019
Honoring Veteran grave sites during the holidays

To honor and remember Veterans during the holiday season, the non-profit organization Wreaths Across America organizes the annual event of laying Christmas wreaths on Veteran’s graves. The event is held every December, on the second or third Saturday of the month. This year’s National Wreaths Across America Day takes place on Dec. 14, 2019.

Borne the Battle #174: Army Veteran Wayne Hanson, Wreaths Across America
WAA is a national campaign that coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at over 1,700 national cemeteries, culminating at Arlington National Cemetery. The three-fold purpose of WAA aims to remember fallen U.S Veterans, honor those who currently serve, and teach children the value of freedom. Here, Hanson explains WAA’s humble beginnings and its rise into the national organization that it is today.

Veterans need VHIC for in-person Commissary, Military Exchange, MWR access
Expansion to start Jan. 1, 2020


November 19th 2019

Opera Orlando has teamed up with the Orlando VA to not only perform for upcoming holiday events, but in addition giveaway free tickets to Veterans and loved ones for a renowned show.
“All is Calm” is a must see performance by Opera Orlando on Saturday, December 21 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center.
Get your free exclusive tickets now- Ticket(s) Request Survey OR RSVP to Email Opera Orlando
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November 16th 2019

What we believe about the following post is our right, the constitution, what is left of it, still gives us (you), ‘Free Speech’! 
I believe that this is a beautiful example of the reason why I and hundreds of millions of my brothers and sisters of our military were, are, and will always be, willing to fight, be injured and die for, many have!

Orlando VA Medical Center
Finally Free
Francis Garcia as her authentic self.
By Andrea N. Madrazo
Thursday, November 14, 2019
For 39 years, not a single soul knew of her secret.

Finally, free

to be who she has always longed to be,

Francis Garcia, U.S. Army Veteran,

is now able to express her true and pure self.

November 12th 2019

Calling all Women Veterans using wheelchairs, walkers and canes – You Are Wanted! 
Orlando VA Medical Center is introducing — Service Women Adaptive Group (SWAG) —
to support Women Veterans using wheelchairs, walkers and canes.
Together Women Veterans gather to share their stories and make new ones by trying a new journey of Adaptive Sports!
Join the group tomorrow, November 13, @ 10:30 am in the OVAMC Crescent Room to see what all the talk is about!

November 11th 2019



Great ‘Veterans Day’ present

for at least 80 families of Americans


every shipmate, past, present and future.
Notice I did not say ‘Welcome home’ because they are not home (Yet).
Navy submarine, missing for 75 years, is found off Okinawa
John Ismay, The New York Times
Published: 11 Nov 2019 08:45
A 75-year-old mystery has been solved, and the families of 80 American sailors lost at sea will now have closure:

The USS Grayback has finally been found.


October 30th 2019

First Navy Submarine Resupplied By Commercial Drone
Oct 29, 2019
H I Sutton
I have heard of ‘Outsourcing’ but this is serious!
This would be putting the ’Goose’ out of business!
(Joke, joke)!
It has been years (53)
I still miss my time on the Goose
and the friends I made through-out my ‘military travels’!
My Navy was good for me and so is my V.A.

October 17th 2019

Its about time, way past time!

Smoke-free policy begins to take effect Oct. 1 at all VA medical facilities
Veterans, families, staff to benefit from smoke-free environment

The policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes (including electronic and e-cigarettes) and vape pens or e-cigars.
Resources for quitting
Veterans who want to quit smoking have resources available through VA. Employees can contact their facility for resources to quit smoking. For information about the closest VA location, go to https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp
More tools and tips are available at the Smokefree Veteran website. SmokefreeVET is a text messaging program that provides 24/7 support to help military Veterans quit tobacco for good.

October 12th 2019

Happy Birthday Navy
The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend.
On October 13, 1775,
the Continental Congress commissioned
two ships, each with eighty sailors, for intercepting

September 16th 2019

No matter what you are experiencing,
there are resources and support systems to help.
Whether you’re looking for
clinical care, counseling, assistance with benefits, or something else,
we’re here.
Use the tool below to find resources and assistance close to you.

September 14th 2019

Are you subscribed to Veterans Health Matter Magazine (VHM)?
VHM is an award winning health and wellness magazine produced for Veterans in
Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 
The magazine is available in electronic and print formats in both English and Spanish.
Click here to read the Summer 2019 issue.
Click here to watch the accompanying living well video about how to manage type II diabetes.
The Fall issue of VHM will be available at the end of the month.
Subscribe to receive the magazine at home for no cost by completing the online subscription form here.
To view past issues of VHM, videos, and other publications from the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8),
visit http://www.visn8.va.gov/news/publications.asp.

September 12th 2019

The Veterans Legacy Memorial, the country’s first digital platform dedicated entirely to memory preservation for the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries, launched Aug. 14.
Each Veteran will have their own memorial page on the VLM, a secure, web-based platform that creates a perpetual memorial extending beyond the physical border of the national cemetery.
“Veterans Legacy Memorial ensures ‘no Veteran ever dies’ by honoring the legacy of our nation’s Veterans, not just in our cemeteries, but in a new and innovative digital setting,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It enhances the onsite national cemetery experience and extends the experience to those who otherwise are unable to physically visit the cemetery.”
NCA, in conjunction with VA’s Office of Information & Technology, built the architecture for the site starting with the information contained on every Veteran’s headstone.
In the initial rollout, the public will be able to search the site for Veterans, find out where they are buried and read the basic details of their lives and service. Future capabilities may be expanded to allow families, survivors, fellow Veterans and others to add historic photos and share memories to a deceased Veteran’s memorial page. Such capabilities will include provisions that allows NCA to manage the site in a manner that maintains the same level of decorum our customers experience in our national cemeteries.
For more information about the Veterans Legacy Memorial, visit https://www.va.gov/remember. Have questions about Veterans Legacy Memorial? Find what you’re looking for at VLM FAQ.
Welcome to the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM). VLM is an online memorial space for Veterans managed by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). NCA manages 136 national cemeteries as shrine spaces to honor our Nation’s Veterans and extends memorialization of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in NCA cemeteries to this digital memorial space, providing a VLM profile page for each. To find the memorial profile of a Veteran, please enter the name of your Veteran in the format of First Last with no commas (“John Doe” not “Doe, John”). To search with additional information (branch of service, cemetery name, etc.), please click on Advanced Search. We hope you share your feedback so that we can continue to improve this memorial platform. You will find the Customer Support link at the bottom of this page.
Find Your Loved One:

September 7th 2019

The US Navy finally repaired its broken super carrier, but?
You and I have the answer that seems to be stumping our ‘Navy Brass’!

Hint, Hint?

The navy paid Huntington Ingalls Industries to build a ship!
Huntington Ingalls Industries paid ‘a subcontractor’, General Electric Company ‘to build our ship’.
Huntington Ingalls Industries ‘got paid’ so they must pay and ‘collect from their subcontractor’!
However; in this new ‘Corrupt World’ that we are now living in
and knowing the quickest way for the navy to correct
‘their Blunder’ will be to just stick ‘You the taxpaying citizens’ with the bill’!
Remember this my
My first posting with the ‘Navy’s First Blunder’?
Who would hire an incompetent company to make our
‘War Machines’?
Apparently someone that is looking for what is in it for them!
August 16th 2019

September 4th 2019

Welcome to the following people from states and countries to my Ship
Washington Court House, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, Altay, Xinjiang, China,Tampa, Florida, Fremont, California, Roubaix, Hauts-de-France, France, Woodside, California, Austin, Texas,
San Antonio, Texas, Prineville, Oregon, Muhlhausen/Thuringen, Thuringen, Germany,Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Bensheim, Hessen, Germany, Nurnberg, Bayern, Germany, Berlin, Germany,
Barre, Vermont, North Bergen, New Jersey,, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, Nashville, Tennessee,
The USS Betelgeuse AK-260

Sorry I have not been able to keep up with you my friends/Shipmates!

August 31st 2019

29 American Presidents Who Served in the Military
16 presidents were not in the military at the time a war started.
5 of those 16 were born before a war.
One (1)- did not go to his war?
(1)- faked bone spurs deferment during the time of a war!
United States military.
Six of those 29 served in the Navy, and five even had ships named after them.

United States Presidents Who Served in the Navy (Part One)
Brooke Griffin Aug 29, 2019
The 2020 Presidential campaign season is upon us,
so let’s talk about some United States Presidents that have Navy background. Shall we?
Out of 45 presidents,
29 of those men have served in a branch of the United States military.
Six of those 29 served in the Navy, and five even had ships named after them
16 presidents were not in the military at the time a war started.
5 were born before a war.
(1)- faked bone spurs deferment during the time of a war!

August 29th 2019

Military children born, overseas citizenship?
We must keep those ‘Military Immigrant Brats’
from crossing our Mexico Border

from those European

Asian countries!
Some of them might be Democrats!
trump is so worried about the loss of his
Putin/Republican Senate given power;
he is doing everything to try to squash
any of his potential political adversaries!
trump administration tightens citizenship rules
for children of U.S. military abroad
August 28, 2019


August 28th 2019

11 deaths at the West Virginia V.A. Center?
Once again I must remind you.
The pay for our V.A. doctors, nurses, and staff (STINKs)!
I am the first to admit that each of them might get only military pay?
Volunteers get ….?
And yet they all must handle ‘hundreds of patient daily’ always with a smile.
Caring for our veterans and returning veterans, ‘it (their pay), is not enough’!
Any sane person must know, once their tour of duty is over
(Doctors, nurses, and staff),
they leave for civilian life and real paychecks!
VA deaths:
Authorities investigating string of 10 patient deaths
Investigators with the VA’s Office of Inspector General
told them his death is one of about 10 they are reviewing,
a figure confirmed by a person
briefed on the federal investigation
who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The pressure on V.A. doctors, nurses, and staff is so great that is it any wonder that mistakes might happen?
This was not intended as an excuse because there is no excuse for the death of our veterans!

August 26th 2019

Dear Veterans and Families,
Hurricane Season is here!
Preparation for a hurricane is critically important.
Do not wait until a storm watch or warning is issued for your area to begin your preparations.
The best time to prepare is NOW.
Download the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8)
new and improved Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Veterans and Families.
The guide is available in both English and Spanish.
Click your preferred language below to access, view, and download the guide.
· English Version
· Spanish Version
Another good resource is our hurricane tips web page. You can access the page by clicking here.
Be Informed. Make a Plan. Be Ready.
Thank you for your service to our great nation and for trusting VA for your health care needs.
VISN 8 – Your partners in health and well-being

August 19th 2019

Alaska man discovers message in bottle
It is time for a good story for a change.

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian navy 50 years after it was sent.
Associated Press Published 2:33 p.m. ET Aug. 18, 2019 | Updated 2:35 p.m. ET Aug. 18, 2019
The good news is that an American found the note from a Russian Captain, Captain Anatoliy Botsanenko the Sulak?

Both countries worked as one to make this a
‘Good Story’.


August 18th 2019

Strike Three! Buyer Beware:

Strike Three (3)!

who is the crooked ‘Ship Building Company’,
‘Crooked Government Officials’

to turn their back once again?

If the ‘Taxpaying Public’ spends a billion-dollars on a vehicle’,
especially if it is a billion-dollar frigate for our navy,
we should expect,
‘No Demand’,
that it runs as one should be able to expect a ‘frigate’ to run
for at least as long as any ‘frigate’ would run,
the builder must make it right!
Not right the ‘Ship Builders way’, RIGHT!
The U.S. Navy’s, New Frigate Doesn’t Come With A Warranty
by Michael Peck
You expect to get a manufacturer’s warranty that promises to fix all defects
without the customer paying a dime.
But not when it’s a billion-dollar frigate.
The U.S. Navy’s new FFG(X) frigate will not come with a warranty.
Instead, each ship will come with a “guaranty,”
in which the shipbuilder pledges to correct defects—‘though
only up to a certain dollar value’,
with ‘the government paying for part of the repairs’.
In other words, we the taxpaying public
gets stuck with the bill one again!
A new Government Accountability Office report
describes this arrangement:

August 17th 2019

Want to talk immigrants?
Soon they will be coming from,

(Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, Nicaragua
and many other communist countries)!
Because of a cabinet loaded with
‘bankers, realtors, money sharks, and suck-ups’
‘Federal Senate’ run my a ‘Money Crazed Millionaire’ (Moscow Mitch).
We are losing the wars before they even start!

First it was our ‘massive aircraft carriers’!

Now it is our ‘Top Rated Submarines’


August 16th 2019

Who would hire an incompetent company to make our ‘War Machines’?
 Apparently someone that is looking for what is in it for them!

The PSA at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia
Another incomplete ship handed over to our navy with our navy’s permission!
It looks as if this has been going on since 2016?

Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer and builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy.
trump’s Navy secretary bet his job on getting a critical super carrier weapon system to work. The Navy says it won’t be ready in time.
Ryan Pickrell
May 31, 2019, 3:06 PM
The PSA at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia was initially supposed to conclude in July, but problems with the ship’s propulsion system, the elevators, and a few other aspects of the ship led to delays. While most of these problems are expected to be resolved before the carrier leaves the shipyard at the end of the PSA, the weapons elevators will likely continue to demand additional attention.
trump on Friday announced the nomination of Richard V. Spencer, an investment banker and retired Marine aviator, to be secretary of the Navy.
trump’s Navy secretary pick drops out
Monday, February 27, 2017 – 00:52
trump is looking for another Navy secretary nominee, after Philip Bilden withdrew his name for consideration Sunday. It’s the second time a nominee to lead one of the armed services has bowed out. Colette Luke reports.
trump’s pick for secretary of the Navy – Philip Bilden – is the second nominee to withdraw his name for consideration to lead one of the biggest armed services. Bilden saying in a statement, “After an extensive process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.” Earlier this month, trump’s Army secretary pick – Vincent Viola – withdrew, also because of business ties. Bilden’s withdrawal leaves trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis without nominees to head both the Navy and Army. Mattis said on Sunday he would make a recommendation to trump in the coming days for a nominee to lead the Navy and Marine Corps.

August 12th 2019

Get the care you need right away!
Dear VA Pulse User,

You can now access 24/7 virtual urgent care services through the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center by calling 1-877-741-3400. 
The service is available to Veterans enrolled and eligible for VA care in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 
Services include general administrative support, nurse advice and triage, and virtual visits with a doctor or nurse practitioner
via telephone or VA Video Connect.
Pharmacists are also available to assist with medication questions and prescriptions.
Veterans can contact the center and be seen by a provider at no cost.
A co-pay may be required for prescription medications depending on your assigned eligibility group for VA health benefits.
Save time, money, and receive the care you need now by calling the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center today!
For additional information, please visit
The Orlando VA Healthcare System – Your partners in health and well-being

August 8th 2019

Hundreds of strangers attend funeral of Vietnam vet who had little family.
This, unfortunately,

happens more times than I can talk about,

‘breaks my poor old heart’!
Strangers from all over made sure PFC Stanley Stoltz got proper burial he deserved
Aug 7, 2019
OMAHA, Neb. —
PFC Stanley Stoltz died in his nursing home in November 2018. With no family to make funeral arrangements for him, a social worker reached out to a local funeral home in Omaha to give him a proper burial. Michael Hoy, the funeral home director, put an ad in the paper asking people to attend — but the response was far more than he or anyone could have anticipated. Watch the video above to see how hundreds of strangers went out of their way to honor Stoltz.

August 4th 2019

Navy football drops ‘inappropriate and insensitive’ team motto in wake of shooting
Tom Schad,
USA TODAY Aug. 3, 2019

What took you so long?

The Navy football team is dropping its motto for the 2019 football season

“Load the Clip”

out of respect for the victims of the shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper’s offices in Annapolis, Maryland last summer.
Published 3:25 p.m. ET June 28, 2018?

What about today Shootings?

July 25th 2019

Suicide, VA releases Request for Information
Concern that affects everyone VA releases Request for Information
We should be caring a lot more for our military people
starting in ‘Boot-camp and ending after death’!
No longer waiting for a veterans call for help!
We have billions of tax dollars to spend on useless border walls.
Millions of tax dollars to spend on a ‘joke called a military parade’.
Billions of ‘tax break for the 25% of our rich in this country.
Nothing or close too nothing to help our veterans.
This is just me before I tell you my feeling on this subject!

July 21st 2019

After several attempts,

determined veteran climbs flagpole

to fix American flag at Navy SEAL monument
July 20, 2019
Veteran climbs flag pole, fixes American flag at Navy SEAL monument
A veteran has captured the hearts of social media users after he climbed a flag pole at the Navy SEAL monument in Virginia to fix a loose American flag.
Dom Raso, a former SEAL himself, says he was on his morning run Thursday in Virginia Beach when he spotted the flag out of place and broken off the pole.
Video posted on Facebook shows Raso climbing up the pole and then clipping the flag’s loose end to the pole, before sliding back down.

July 17th 2019

Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues

Learn about VA support for many health issues

July 12th 2019

The Orlando VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) is changing its tobacco policy along with all other VA medical centers across the country to further our commitment to you.
The new change is to provide a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers and contractors.
Beginning October 1, 2019, smoking will no longer be permitted on VA property for patients, visitors, contractors, volunteers, and vendors.
This policy covers all smoking material including, but not limited to:
any other combustion of tobacco
non-Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens, or e-cigars
Patients, visitors, vendors, volunteers and contractors are strongly encouraged to leave all smoking materials at home.
To reduce the risk of ignition near oxygen or other flammable gases used in our facility, some areas may require materials to be stored during their visit.
We are here to support you.
Get started today!
If you are a Veteran receiving care and are thinking of quitting smoking, talk to your primary care team or call 1-877-741-3400 to schedule an appointment.

July 11th 2019

Home Grown by Heroes
Can this program help our veterans suicide rate?
Because they come back state-side and are forced to live

in our woods, park-benches, sidewalk and so on?
Well it and hundreds of potential other programs can and/or should be helping my brothers and sisters get back on their feet respectfully by meaningful jobs like the following!

“There but for the grace of God, go I”!
Veterans have opportunity to grow with USDA and farming resources
Assistance with land, equipment and training
In 2018, USDA’s Farm Service Agency provided $64.5 million in direct and guaranteed farm operating loans to Veterans—and Veterans have preference.
Few pairings more closely align than Veterans and farming.
The skill sets developed in military service match many of the characteristics of a successful agricultural professional.
Whether it’s a sense of duty, responsibility and accountability for completing the mission, or being organized and disciplined, Veterans typically transition naturally into farming, ranching, and other agricultural opportunities.


June 27th 2019

All Veterans deserve a place to call home.

Are you Homeless or at Risk of Becoming Homeless?

VA Medical Centers across the Nation can Help
All Veterans deserve a place to call home.
If you, or a Veteran you know
are at risk of or experiencing homelessness,
VA will connect you to safe housing options.
Learn more about available support programs VA
offers to help end Veteran homelessness.
About Homeless Programs

June 6th 2019

Normandy landings
Because of this new world we are now living in, this should be remembered?
I am so proud of the brave men and women of those two wars
(WW-1 &WW-2) and every war for freedom ever.
Please remember, many of my ancestors served in both wars, plus in Korea.
I do wish to add if you will?
Let’s remind the Russian Government to not forget that if not for D Day, the Russian people would be speaking German!
If not for the defeat of the Japanese, the Chinese people would be speaking
(名古屋弁, Nagoya-ben and (尾張弁 Owari-ben) the Japan language!
As a sailor I remember all of my brothers in all of those ships of D Day and landing crafts, many that did not even make it to the beaches.
Last but by no means least,
The sacrifice of the United Kingdom and the French Residence through-out the late 1930’s and early 1940’s!
World War One and World War Two were both World Wars for Peace and Freedom from (Tyranny)!

May 3rd 2019

How you honored our fallen heroes
“We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.”

April 22nd 2019

This is our hemisphere bring it on!
I have three words for you!
Columbia-class submarine.
Russia Iran and China can
‘Eat their own words.
I have never and will never agree with anything
“Crooked trump”
does or said,
because it is always for his pockets and only for his pockets!
Russia Iran and China can ‘Eat their own words.’
Iran is always meddling in their neighbors business, China is trying to assimilate
Taiwan and the sea of Japan,
and Russia is always going to be
‘greedy Russia’!
Russia Warns U.S. ‘Getting Ready’ for War on Venezuela,
China Says Leave Cuba Alone Too
By Tom O’Connor On 4/18/19 at 5:26 PM EDT

April 19th 2019

Navy wants to scrap a ‘Super Aircraft Carrier’!
April 18, 2019 / Shechaim speaks
Our navy wants to scrap a 25-year-old ‘Super Aircraft Carrier’!
This congress does not want to.
Trump wants to build even more ‘Super Aircraft Carrier’!
I say, do not scrap,
Decommission and/or sell all 11 we now have!
And this is why.


March 28th 2019

Veterans harmed at VA nursing homes in 25 states, inspections find
This is on trumps watch, both of them!

Donovan Slack, USA TODAY,
and Andrea Estes,
The Boston Globe – USA TODAY – Thursday, March 28, 2019
Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public
Donovan Slack, USA TODAY,
and Andrea Estes, The Boston Globe Published 6:00 p.m. ET
June 17, 2018 | Updated 8:08 p.m. ET June 17, 2018


March 28th 2019

Alachua County Vietnam veterans to be honored with first tribute event
The free event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday 03/30/2019
Lina Ruiz, Alligator Staff Writer

Vietnam War veterans stand up to be recognized at Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park on Nov. 11, 2015.
The speaker who asked them to stand said they worked just as hard as veterans in any other war.
When Vietnam War veterans came back home from the war in the 1960s they weren’t met with cheers. Instead, they got picket signs.
Alachua County will be holding its first Vietnam War veterans memorial event Saturday to give veterans the welcoming and honor they didn’t receive.
The tribute will take place at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, at 7400 SW 41st Place. The free event is hosted by the Alachua County Veteran Services and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.
Yours truly was hit in the head with an egg and splashed with, what turned out to be juice, at the train station on the way to visit my mom in the hospital!

March 28th 2019

Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues
It’s important to understand the health care needs of Vietnam War veterans because of the long-term effects of military service during the Vietnam War era.

If you served during the Vietnam War, you may be at risk of certain health conditions. Understanding these needs will allow you to receive better care.
Learn about these conditions and what to do next to take care of your health.

Tuesday March 5th 2019

I have had many visits to my navy site

built for my time is service to this country
by Donna, my web Designed,
please check the gator at the bottom of the site?
not one of them have commented or asked questions so I wonder,
do any of them have question?
Also at the bottom are places and links for your interest.

The USS Betelgeuse AK-260

The USS Waterford ARD-5

US Naval Base 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
This is just a few

states and countries

that came to visit.

Pompano Beach, Florida
Louisville, Kentucky
Atlanta, Georgia
San Clemente, California
Houston, Texas
Hamburg, Germany
Port Wentworth, Georgia
Semarang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Chicago, Illinois

Sunday December 2nd 2018

Welcome to my visitor from Busan, Pusan-jikhalsi, Republic of Korea
To one of the sites designed for me by Donne
(My Web Design by: Gator-Woman)
Welcome Aboard Mates
This web site is a tribute to the USS Betelgeuse or “Goose”, my years in the US Navy and the many great mates who served with me.
From a USA Navy site at
NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
I hope that you found what you were looking for?
If not please write, I will always answer.

Monday September 10th 2018

Royal Navy, needing a feel good posting.
Royal Navy Sailors Arrested In Florida During HMS Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit To US
My time in our navy there was a time when the citizens of ‘Holy-Loch’ were holding sit in and lie down protests on the pier.
After a few kind words and the need of a cab to where they go to visit in Scotland, I was able to pass.
It helped to show my ancestors from the area as well as Ireland.
I did not drink or smoke and always made it my mission to visit the locals and see the real country our ship visits
At time in a military we all need a little time to blow off steam, not this cheap sailor, but most of us.


USS Betelgeuse AK-260 visit to Holy Loch Scotland

Thursday MAY 31st 201

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes


Let’s see your governor do this

as many time

as your senator does?

Dear Friends,

Over 1.3 million Americans have died in combat since the founding of our country, each one with their own unique story, and each with their own list of accolades and achievements.
The brave men and women who voluntarily put their lives on the line to protect us all are true American heroes – in every sense of the word. And today is the day that we honor them.
Memorial Day is a day that we pause to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. So I hope you’ll join me by taking a moment today to remember these selfless warriors – and thank them for their service.
I hope you’ll also take a moment to honor those who are currently serving around the world, and their families that support them.
The men and women who serve in our nation’s armed forces make tremendous sacrifices every day so the rest of us can continue to enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted. We owe all them – and their families – a tremendous debt of gratitude.
To all my fellow veterans who are no longer with us, we salute you. You are missed, but never forgotten.


Don’t tell us what Rick Scott did wrong as governor of Florida, Floridians even his followers know this.
Tell us what you want to do right as our governor and explain to us how and why you plan on doing it?

Wednesday 30th 2018

Military & Veteran Programs
Goodwill Military & Veteran Services

Operation: GoodJobs
Providing Military personnel, Veterans and their families with the tools and support needed to achieve successful civilian careers.
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging. Operation GoodJobs assists Military and Veteran families with job training and placement services by providing individualized, holistic plans to help each participant succeed. The plan serves the needs of the whole family with the goal of achieving job placement, retention and long-term financial stability.
We serve transitioning military members, Reservists, National Guard Members, Veterans of all eras and ranks, military and veteran spouses, and dependents under 25 living with a veteran or military sponsor.
Connections with more than 1,400 local employers & a vast network of community service organizations
Job leads, networking opportunities–
giving you the inside track directly to hiring and HR managers and recruiters
Support from a staff of Veterans and military spouses
No cost training opportunities including those leading to certifications
Internship opportunities at local, state & federal agencies
Unlimited one-on-one resume and cover letter assistance
professional profile creation
Mock interviews
Learn how our services can help you.


Sunday May 6th 2018

Welcome Aboard Mates Germantown, Wisconsin
From the
Nav Source Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
To my Military site
Welcome Aboard
Some of my people also traveled west to your area
Samson Occum



Sunday April 22 2018

Military Order of the Purple Heart Announces Suspension of its National Service Program
Closure of the MOPH National Service Program has been made necessary by failure of the Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Organization, to be able to raise sufficient funds to sustain operation of the Service Program and a number of other programs of the Order.  Faced with a dramatic reduction of 50% of the prior year’s operating budget, already well below earlier years, the MOPH has been left with no choice other than to dramatically reduce expenditures for its outreach programs.
The “Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.,” (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration.

Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat or by an act of international terrorism.


Sunday April 22 2018

EB, Navy gearing up for boost in submarine production

The Virginia-class attack submarine South Dakota is under construction

on the waterfront at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton on Jan. 27, 2017.

Electric Boat and submarine part suppliers are

preparing for a ramp-up in submarine production.

(Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
After the navy I worked for a short time, very short time at EB.
It was like raising rabbits for years and then raising Tortoises!

TUESDAY 27th 2018

You can help homeless veterans
Orlando VAMC Retweeted
Veterans Affairs‏Verified acco
t @DeptVetAffairs Mar 25
If you know of a Veteran

who is homeless


at risk of

becoming homeless,
call 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)
to help the Veteran access assistance from VA

Sunday 02/04/2018

U.S. Navy Destroyer Collision Punishments
Four More Sailors Punished Over U.S. Navy Destroyer Collisions
So why do I care?
Just like in the movie

(White Christmas)

I believe the every shipmate under the rank of chief petty offices,

every father, mother, grandparent, brother and sister

in the United States of America,

Must Care!
If we cannot trust our family members

to those chiefs and officers they serve.

Our whole Navel System will crumble in corruption.
To me it looks like it has already started!

Wednesday 01/24/2018

Notice to my sisters & brothers in the V.A. Program
Important Message from My #HealtheVet Team!
When attempting to send a Secure Message, some users may not be able to see previously listed Secure Messaging Triage Teams.
We recognize this is a problem and are currently working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience.
9:41 AM – 23 Jan 2018
Orlando VAMC‏ @OrlandoVAMC 21h21 hours ago
Important Message from My #HealtheVet Team! When attempting to send a Secure Message, some users may not be able to see previously listed Secure Messaging Triage Teams. We recognize this is a problem and are currently working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience.
Secure Messaging – Wilkes-Barre PACT Teams
If you are in the V. A.
You should think about joining the My #HealtheVet Program.
If I can do it you can do it!

Monday 01/22/2018

U.S. navy in beyond embarrassed
Going nowhere fast:
US Navy’s new high-speed warship
USS Little Rock

on the shores of Montreal and unable to set sail until the spring
The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo, New York, on December 16
It was supposed to depart the next day for its home port in Jacksonville, Florida
However, the ship got trapped in ice in the St Lawrence Seaway in Montreal
A sustained blast of Arctic air caused ice to form faster than normal in the area
The ship will have to wait until the spring thaw and is expected to leave in March

Monday 01/22/2018

U.S. Navy World War II veteran Albert Sturzenegger gets help from volunteer.
A grant from the Home Depot Foundation helped volunteers build a 40-foot wheelchair ramp and install smoke alarms and carbon dioxide detectors on the home.
About a dozen volunteers scurried about, working to build a ramp and take care of some landscaping that will make it easier for the U.S. Navy and World War II veteran to get around.
“Holy moly,” he said, drawing laughter from the workers milling about, screwing together the planks that would become a ramp.U.S. navy in beyond embarrassed


Thursday 01/18/2018

Sometimes, the most important thing you can do
Be There
for a
in crisis.
Here are resources to help:
Welcome to the Veterans Crisis Line Website

Wednesday 01/17/2018

This is sad however always the same!
A captain of any ship has the responsibility to train all below her/him.
However, some trips out of port can take days if not weeks and even months.

He can, should and does hand the ship over to executive officer at times

for rest, eat and sleep one must assume?
If or when this happens, the executive officer becomes the Captain of the ship until relieved by his Commanding officer (the Captain).
Why did both get the relieved of their duties?
Which one was the Captain of the Ship at the time of the crash?

Tuesday 01/09/2018

USS Pinckney 
“Proud to Serve”
Named for Navy Cook First Class William Pinckney
After 41 years this Beaufort veteran’s headstone finally reflects his bravery
By Delayna Earley dearley@islandpacket.com
January 07, 2018
41 years after being interred at the Beaufort National Cemetery, CK1 William Pinckney’s headstone finally reflects all of the honors that he earned while serving in the Navy during World War II.
He died in 1976 from spinal cancer, but for some reason his headstone never

Pinckney was awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart for bravery shown while saving the life of a crew member on board the U.S.S. Enterprise on Oct. 26, 1942, during the Battle of Santa Cruz.

Saturday 01/06/2018

Thanks to Red T Raccoon‏ @RedTRaccoon

Army veteran freezes to death after being released from VA hospital?
Vance Perry was found dead on New Year’s Eve in a freezing-cold parking garage in Madison, Wis.?

He was found in a parking garage in below freezing temperatures, wearing only a light jacket?
The medical examiner says he likely died of hypothermia.
He was 57.
Sorry my friends.
I cannot see to read to write any more!


Thursday 12/28/2017

Energy & Environment
Military turns to oyster reefs to protect against storms

This Nov. 21, 2017 photo, oysters grow on larger shells at the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Middletown N.J. Coastal communities around the world are planting oyster reefs to protect shorelines against the damaging effects of waves during storms, including the Navy pier that suffered $50 million worth of damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Earle Naval Weapons Station, where the Navy loads some of America’s most sophisticated weapons onto warships, suffered $50 million worth of damage in Superstorm Sandy. Now the naval pier is fortifying itself with some decidedly low-tech protection: oysters.
The facility has allowed an environmental group to plant nearly a mile of oyster reefs about a quarter-mile off its shoreline to serve as a natural buffer to storm-driven wave damage.

Tuesday 12/26/2017

UConn Engineers Develop Ceramic and Metal 3D Printing Solution for US Navy to Manufacture Replacement Parts At Sea, allowing sailors and officers to make and repair their own tools, parts and components on board while out at sea, rather than having to go back in to port.

UConn engineers have found a way for a Navy ship’s crew to determine the exact point of mechanical trouble on board the ship, which would negate them having to take the ship offline for maintenance.
Instead, they could use 3D printing technology to fix, or replace, the bad part while out at sea, saving on both time and money.
Uconn engineers created a device which uses ceramics, on 3D printed metals, to find signals about potential problems and degradation on board, like overheating.

Sunday 12/24/2017

The America I believe by Kinley Wilson of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

Rifle volleys at VA national cemetery inspire student to pen essay on
“The America I believe in”
We in this country and around “Mother Earth”

Can learn a lot from
Mr. Kinley Wilson!


Sunday 12/24/2017

Santa delivers gifts to Wichita veterans
Thu 6:12 AM, Dec 21, 2017

Kansas veterans are honored this holiday season for their service to our country.
Santa and his helpers visited veterans on Tuesday in the Medical Foster Program through the Dole VA.
The program is for veterans who require regular care and supervision.
Santa spent the day visiting several homes in Wichita to deliver gifts to them, their families,
the people that help with their care.
“I think it’s great that they do things like this for the veterans, and you guys come to the veterans hospital out here, I just think it’s all great for being a part of it,”
says David Goodman.
There are currently 10 caregivers who work with the program full time to provide care for veterans in need.


Friday 12/01/2017

Navantia/ Bath Iron Works/ US Navy frigate
So close and yet, ‘No Cigar’ as they say.
Navantia and Bath Iron Works partner to develop new US Navy frigate


just when will these companies

start to come back to

the USA?

Navantia is Spanish
Navantia is Spanish run by an Australian company.
General Dynamics ships most if not all of their job work as outsourcing.
Navantia is a Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company,

which offers its services to both military and civil sector.
It is the fifth largest shipbuilder in Europe, and the ninth largest in the world with shipyards all over Spain.
General Dynamics Marine Systems, Bath Iron Works

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.


Saturday November 18th 2017

Orlando VAMC‏ @OrlandoVAMC
#antibiotics aren’t needed,
they won’t help you,
the side effects could still hurt you.
To learn more about antibiotic use,
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

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.

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.


Choice Program phone number is 866 area code – 1-866-606-8198.

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.
Did I spent 6 years of my life defending our flag?
Did I spend 6 years of my life defending the freedom of the citizens
the constitution of the United States of America?
‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now’
Because he is kneeling while our ‘National Anthem’ is playing?

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.


Sunday June 18th 2017

USS Fitzgerald collision:

First question.

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


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?


The captain is always responsible for his/her ship.


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


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


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


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!


Tuesday June 6th 2017

UCF students uncover veterans’ stories

at Florida National Cemetery


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)


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]


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.


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!


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.



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.


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


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





Navy recommends 2 for Medal of Honor;

Navy Cross review complete


Published: December 6, 2016


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.





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




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




My newspaper, my state, my town, Your Military


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.


The Day Paper


The war of shame no more.



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.




Welcome Va.gov

New Haven, Connecticut


To my Military site at


Welcome Aboard the USS Betelgeuse AK-260


If you need any help,

although you have more information on me than I have,

just drop me a line?



Trump This is how we treat Gold Star families in Connecticut


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.



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.





“I like people that weren’t captured,”


“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!





The USNS Harvey Milk

Remember his words.



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.


It’s about dedication to Country


Veterans Organizations

Gainesville Florida


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


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


have been there too.



If you do not know already,

Florida has a real good V.A. Hospital

in your city of Gainesville.






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.


The Greatest Generations Foundation


Complete story below photos


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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


Welcome Aboard the USS Betelgeuse


USS Betelgeuse




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.


“Taps” was played,

If you can call it “Taps”

Cassette player

On a cheap battery operated cassette player!


“As a Spiritual leader,

Asked to care for the loved one,

It is preferred to allow any other religion


To help avoid any possibility of

Adding to the family’s grief.”


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


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.


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



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


“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.


“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.


05/13/2016 – (Friday the 13th)

Invictus Orlando

i am


I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.


Morgan Freeman



By William Ernest Henley


MAY- 07/2016


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.


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


Sunday MAY 1st 2016

President Obama had taken $2.6 billion from veterans’ programs


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


from veterans’ programs by President Obama

(or anyone else);


it was the amount of an unexpected budget


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:


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


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?


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)


April 19. 2016

By Julia Bergman  Day staff writer


April 13th 2016

Navy requiring vendors to lower carbon footprint

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


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’!


(Power to Power)!


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



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


Welcome Aboard Mate from Charleston South Carolina



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.


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.


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)


March 16th 2016 3:20PM

Veterans fight for Arlington rights


 “May the WASP’s be with you?”


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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.


March 4th 2016


 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.


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.


2016 Blog


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




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.



No matter what else happens today, my day was complete


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.


The Medical Records from the Goose

Welcome Troy New York


Looking for

USS Betelgeuse AK 260 medical records

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


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

Thank-you Greensboro North Carolina


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Welcome Wise Virginia (USS Betelgeuse)

Welcome Wise Virginia


To my USS Betelgeuse AK-260 Website


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

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Because the


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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.


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



‘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.



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,



or artificial island lands all around their island

and extend into China waters?

Its called Taiwan Strait!



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?”



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?


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


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.


Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI License Photo

Sunday November 15th, 2015

USS Betelgeuse 1952

Welcome Rock Hill South Carolina


To my Military site Welcome Aboard


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


AK (FBM) 260





 November 12th, 2015

Veterans Affairs pays $142 million in bonuses amid scandals


I just wrote about this yesterday!


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


I just wrote about this yesterday!

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!


We now know

that you agree,

Vietnam was in fact,

“A WAR!”


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.


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.


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, are you ready to celebrate Veterans Day?


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


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


To our

Armstrong posting


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.


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

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The best way to honor wounded vets



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


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


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.


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.


“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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


September 20, 2015
(kindly lent by gatorwoman)

So Long Sonar!

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!

Friday February 26th 2010

To my Anonymous Shipmate
(Fool me once, shame on you)!

For years I have ignored questions as to why we stopped going to my ship reunion.
Soon after we met, she talked me into giving my ship reunion another try.
That year, everything seemed to fall into place with the honeymoon trip that we were on.
The base was flying ever thing it had (she was in heaven); shipmates were, for the most part, friendly.
The Motel room was good, the pool, outdoor to indoor was great, food was also great and we were able to spent most of the time with me getting use to the changes from the 1960’s to the 2000’s and her getting to see the area for the first time.
At the dinner/dance we ran into our first problem.
Elvis came out singing, took one look at the prettiest lady at the dance (my and Elvis opinion), embarrass her and turn the room filled with Elvis loving women hostile!
The next morning two of the ‘racist shipmates’ interrupted our breakfast so we left!
(Fool me twice, shame on me)!
The following year we decided to give it another try, our mistake!
Motel was extremely over priced, the motel room was a disgrace, the food was garbage and a few more racists showed their true colors (Old and White).
The pool that was the prize of the first trip was empty and ugly!
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