veteran

"I’ve seen a ton on the facebooks about "thanking veterans for their service." As a veteran let me just be very straightforward and honest with you. We didn’t "serve our country"; we don’t actually serve our brothers/sisters or our neighbors. We serve the interests of Capital. We never risked our lives or spent months on deployment away from our family and friends so they can have this abstract concept called "freedom". We served big oil; big coal; Coca-Cola; Kellogg, Brown, and Root and all the other big Capital interests who don’t know a fucking thing about sacrifice. These people will never have to deal with the loss of a loved one or the physical and/or psychological scars that those who "serve", and their families, have to deal with for the rest of their lives. The most patriotic thing someone can do is to tell truth to power and dedicate yourself to building power to overthrow these sociopathic assholes. I served with some of the most real and genuine people I’ve ever met. You’ll never see solidarity like the kind of solidarity you experience when your life depends on the person next to you. But most of us didn’t join for that; we joined because we were fucking poor and didn’t have many other options."

— An anti-capitalist veteran

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America’s oldest vet is a whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking, 108-year-old badass

Imagine your favorite Hollywood action hero at 108 years old and you’ll get Richard Overton.

Born on May 11, 1906, Overton is believed to be America’s oldest war veteran, although this is difficult to verify because of problems with the VA’s records.

Even though many of his behaviors seem like a caricature, he’s 100% real. Overton starts his mornings off with whiskey in his coffee for the “nutritional benefit,” and, according to Fox News, smokes 12 cigars a day.

"Whiskey’s a good medicine"

Hey guys!! A friend on mine could use your help; their father, a World War II vet is turning 90 on November 28th this year… normally she’d throw him a huge party to celebrate, but he’s had an accident this year and will never stand and is currently home-bound… that with his Alzheimer’s it’s impossible to have a big celebration.

What I’m asking, if you can, can you please make this man’s day and mail him a birthday card? It’s a simple gesture that would make him and his family so very happy…. and it’d mean so much to have some sweet cards from some kids. This is close to home and this fills my heart with such joy to think of how happy it would make him on his big day.

They can be sent to Norm Polner, 11 Robert Toner Blvd., Suite 5-112, Attleboro Falls, MA 02763.

I know the power of tumblr! We can do this!! Please share this so we can make this the best day for Norm.

Thank you from Elaine and her dad Norm :)

Today is Veterans Day in the USA! 
A day to honor the veterans who severed their country. 
Veterans are often forgotten after their service. One in four homeless people that you will encounter on the street is a veteran that is not receiving the help that he (and sometimes she) deserves. 

Today is not just about honoring those who served, but about creating awareness of what happens to the veterans who are not receiving the help that they deserve. 

If you want to do more than drink a beer in their honor go visit www.nchv.org which is the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. There’s a link with information with what you can do to help and also a button for donation that will be used to change public policies about homelessness and train people to become service providers.

www.woundedwarriorproject.org was founded to help veterans get back on track after suffering trauma, both physically and mentally. Check out the website and see for yourself all the good things they’ve done for veterans. On this website there’s also an option to donate.

On www.endhomelessness.org you can find a lot of information about ending homelessness in general. Since one in four homeless people are veteran they will also be affected by your help.

Change does not lie in our words, but in our deeds.

Go help a veteran today! :)