He goes about his duties with the Newton County Sheriff's Office with the dignity and professionalism intuitive of a World War II combat veteran and distinguished career as an FBI agent. At 91-years-old, Jack Simpson is the oldest active police investigator in America.
Ever since Homosapiens ceased their nomadic life to come together in clusters called villages and towns then kingdoms to states to countries, narcissistic leaders of tyrannical governments have tried to control the 'subjects' under their sovereignty with harsh rules, absurd regulations, and brute force. Nowhere in recorded history has tyranny won in the long run.
Last week I learned more then I cared to about the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Extreme abdominal pain put me in the Rockdale Medical Center Emergency Room where I was diagnosed, almost immediately, with pancreatitis. Pancreatitis has a 30 percent fatality rate with the initial treatment stated as, "We plan to starve you."
No diplomas are awarded, rather, a certificate for Valor, Achievement, or Service presented by the Georgia Military Veterans' Hall of Fame in an annual quasi-military ceremony at Fort Benning. The GMVHOF was founded by Colonel Paul Longgrear, one of fourteen survivors of Lang Vei, a Special Forces camp overrun by North Vietnamese soldiers and tanks.
I am giving thanks this week, for the country I call home, for the chance to hug my father at the airport after returning home from Vietnam and for the chance to finish college, all because I did make it home.
More than 10 million women of all races, creeds and colors joined the workforce during WWII to replace the males who were destined for the battlefields. These enthusiastic ladies, affectionately known as 'Rosie the Riveters', filled a variety of jobs building ships, tanks, guns, aircraft, ammunition plus thousands of other critical duties. "We can Do it,' on the iconic WWII Rosie the Riveter poster became their battle cry.
Born and raised in Cajun country, Alan Gravel received a degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech before obtaining a Master's Degree in Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas. In February of 1969 the 23-year-old Gravel went into officer training on the Medina Campus at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.
The chaotic temperament of contemporary American politics has given our citizens the perception of hopelessness tempered by anger with no avenue for venting. Amidst this cauldron of uncertainty, a gathering of eagles is steadily maturing into an unstoppable force of dedicated men and women capable of exercising common sense across both sides of the aisle.
I have been asked repeatedly by my editors and friends to pen my own story, and I have repeatedly refused. I just don't like honking my own horn. But the requests keep coming in, so honk-honk; I'll give it a shot.
"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause." - Abraham Lincoln