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We are all Veterans 9/11
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We are all Veterans 9/11

The word ‘veteran’ customarily represents an individual who served in the military. The keyword ‘military’ customarily represents a fighting alliance like the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines or the Navy. Arguably, two other groups could be classified as veterans: Merchant Mariners and members of the Home Front.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 12:51 a.m. | Updated: sep. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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A Veteran's story: Orphaned by history
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A Veteran's story: Orphaned by history

The “Forgotten War” of Korea is also referred to as the war “orphaned by history.” The catchphrases ‘forgotten’ or ‘orphaned’ may appease intellectuals or the power-players of that era, but for the soldiers who suffered and sacrificed in the hell called Korea their war will never be ‘forgotten.’ As for being ‘orphaned by history’, Korean veterans knew from the outset that the diplomatic philosophy of the day guaranteed they would indeed feel orphaned if not blamed for America’s first war without a victorious outcome.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 7:25 p.m. | Updated: sep. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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No color in war
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No color in war

Soldiers of color, be it white, black, red, brown or yellow, have one human characteristic in common: we all bleed the same color. The warrior covering your back most likely wears the same color uniform, yet his or her race, creed or color has no relevance on the value of training or their desire to simply do what is right.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:00 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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A Veteran's Story: The dustoff
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A Veteran's Story: The dustoff

Their aphorism, ‘Dedicated Unhesitating Service To Our Fighting Forces’ was better known in Vietnam by its acronym ‘Dustoff’. These were the medevac choppers. Unarmed and unwavering, the courageous crews of ‘Dustoff’ missions flew their Hueys into combat zones to bring out the wounded, the dying, and young soldiers covered with rain ponchos. ‘Dustoffs’ were clearly marked with the Red Cross insignia to signify a mercy flight, yet that distinctive Red Cross also became a prime target for Communist gunners.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:03 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 7:44 p.m.
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Mecca: In the midst of love and war
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Mecca: In the midst of love and war

Personality Plus best describes her spunk and spirit, and I knew a story of love and sacrifice resided in her heart. Little did this journalist know that her home front narrative would open the door to one of the most remarkable untold accounts of World War II. If made into a movie, I’ll volunteer to write the screenplay.

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Posted: aug. 12, 2014 6:04 p.m. | Updated: aug. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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