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Five Finger Death Punch - Wrong Side Of Heaven
Don’t even watch this for the song. This video has all kinds of facts about the lives of American veterans and it ends with a huge list of websites and phone numbers for organizations who help veterans who are homeless, who suffer from PTSD, and many other problems. I started shaking while I was watching this because these facts are just too shocking. I knew there was a problem, but not quite as big as this.

My Step-dad made a fundraiser to go help more Veterans with PTSD. He’s trying to get the funds to go to a conference to help his business thrive and help Veterans with free one-on-one sessions where he would help them deal with PTSD, Anxiety, Fears, Phobias, Anger, or any stuck emotional issue.

He’s been a counselor and hypnotherapist for many years, and has recently opened up his practice again. He still does hypnotherapy, but his new practice deals with a new ultra-quick way to clear single emotional issues in ~15 minutes. I’ve personally done it after I got attacked by a dog, and had obssesive thoughts and panic about dogs long after the incident. The session he did with me stopped me from linguering emotional stress from that attack, and decreased my heightened fear of nearby dogs. It’s a really fantastic thing. 

He has been giving veterans business cards with a coupon for a free session (which are roughly $80-100) because he really wants to help veterans. Unfortunately, everytime he’s gone to a Veterans related center, the management has either denied his FREE help, or they’ve just dropped the ball entirely in terms of getting his business known. 

With this trip, he would be able to get referrals for veterans, get his business known and running, and would ultimately end up benefitting my mom and myself. We really want him to not miss this great oppurtunity. Please, if you have anything, even change or a couple dollars, it would be greatly appreciated. GO HELP THE FUNDRAISER AND READ SESSION TESTIMONIALS HERE

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Chris Kyle: April 8, 1974- February 2, 2013

An American Hero, a humble man, and a true patriot. He killed 160 enemy insurgents and was lauded as our nations most prolific sniper “the Devil of Ramadi.” He did not consider that accomplishment as having made himself more or less of a man.

To many will read the above article and only see the highlighted portion and not read the rest. He killed, often but each kill was an enemy who couldn’t place a bomb or kill an American or ally. He wishes that he had killed more so that we had lost less.

He helped and served fellow veterans until he was fatally shot by one he had been helping at a shooting range. He returned from war (which is hell) to help others piece back their lives. If for no other reason (though they are legion) he is a hero.

IF YOU ARE ANTI-AMERICA, or ANTI-CHRIS KYLE unfollow me now because you lack the perspective of anything beyond your own limited agenda. You know nothing of our sacrifices, or our motivations and I have no need or want of you.

Til Valhalla brother.

New Orleans becomes the first major U.S. city to end veteran homelessness 

In a major accomplishment that will hopefully serve as a model for cities around the country, New Orleans has become the first city in the United States to end homelessness among its veteran population, according to ThinkProgress.

"I am honored and very pleased to report that we have housed 227 veterans, exceeding our goal of 193, thanks to the hard work of our committed partners," Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced. "New Orleans is now the first major city in the nation to answer the president and first lady’s call to end veteran homelessness – and we did so one year earlier than the federal goal.”

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Holocaust Survivor Has an Emotional Reunion 70 Years Later With the American Soldier Who Freed Him

Daniel Gillespie was among the American soldiers who liberated the Jews being held at the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, Germany, during World War II.

When Nazi concentration camp survivor Joshua Kaufman and Gillespie reunited recently, the touching moment was captured in a series of extraordinary images.

Upon meeting, the two men immediately saluted one another. Then, the 87 year old Kaufman appears to be overcome with emotion…

…and does this:

He told Gillespie:

“I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you. I love you so much.”
It was a show of the tremendous depth of his gratitude.

Kaufman revealed that when the soldiers arrived, the guards quickly confined him and others to the barracks. He knew it meant that most of them were likely to be put to death.

The prisoners hid in the latrines, waiting in fear to learn the source of the boots they heard coming. The revelation that they belonged to their rescuers created an almost indescribable joy within Kaufman:

“Then I saw the white flag flying from the watchtower and I realized then that the torture was at an end. When the Americans smashed in the door, my heart did somersaults.”

As a young soldier, Gillespie, now 89, was horrified by what he witnessed at the camp. The first person he saw looked like “a walking corpse.” His name was Joshua Kaufman. Gillespie explained:

“It was the most profound shock of my life. It’s liberation changed my life forever.

We could not understand it. I grew up in California where we had everything in abundance. We didn’t get how people could let other people starve. They murdered them or just let them die. Again and again the questions moved through my head. And at the same time I was just incredibly angry.”

Almost seventy years later, the two men ended up living only an hour away from one another, but never knew it until their recent reunion.

A program showing their touching reunion is scheduled to run on the History Channel on May 31.

Ask Americans if someone in their family served in the military, and the answer is probably no. After all, fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve these days.

But ask if one of their grandfathers served, and you’ll likely get a different answer. Between World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, millions of men were drafted into service — and both men and women volunteered.

Now, that generation of veterans is getting older. And as many of them near the end of their lives, aging into their 80s and 90s, the demand for hospice care has been growing with them. 

VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

Photo credit: Quil Lawrence/NPR 

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My name is Erik. I need as much help as I can get to pay for my surgery for my back. I have a pars injury in my lower spine. I don’t have insurance and have been paying for all my appointments, medications, lab work, and physical therapy out of my pocket.

Normally I wouldn’t even ask for help but after having a little mental breakdown before Christmas, I spent 17 days in the VA hospital to only get told they can’t help me because of my discharge. While in the hospital my boss called me to let me know he had hired someone to replace me.

I spent everything I had in the bank to get my self ahead in rent and other bills along with paying all my medical expenses. I suppose I’ll get to WHY I need help. Well with my PTSD and now back problem I can’t lift anything over 5lbs, can’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time, and to top it off I can’t get a job because no one wants to hire someone that can’t even sit through the interview.

I’m trying to raise the money so I can pay for a fusion of the L5 disc and the S1. It truly sucks not being able to leave the house without being in tremendous pain. For the past 4 days or so I haven’t been able to even get out of bed it hurts so much. I’m at a point of complete desperation that if I could get up I’d be outside with a sign trying to raise the money. I’ve posted the link below. Thank you to whoever sees this and decides to help a veteran who has fallen through the cracks. Please reblog this even if you can’t donate.

http://www.gofundme.com/imrz9g

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Warrior Culture : USMC

America’s premier fighting force. The mission of the Marine Corps Rifle Squad is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy, by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy assault by fire and close combat. It is something the USMC has proven it excels at. Sharing its tradition of excellence as warfighters with enemies near and far since its inception in 1775.

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LONDON — A veteran of World War II who slipped away from a nursing home in England last year to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in France has died at the age of 90.

Bernard Jordan, who became known as the “Great Escaper” after his escapade last June, died peacefully at The Pines, a care home in Hove, East Sussex, the hospital said in a statement.

His secret departure from the home to take a cross-Channel ferry to France, wearing his war medals under a gray raincoat, prompted a police search when the staff at the home reported him missing.

Mr. Jordan, who served in the #RoyalNavy, made his own way to Normandy, and his whereabouts was discovered only when a younger veteran telephoned during the night of June 5 to say that he had met Mr. Jordan, who was safe and would return when he was good and ready.

Mr. Jordan later said that he went to Normandy because “my thoughts were with my mates who had been killed. I was going to pay my respects. I was a bit off course, but I got there.” He told the nursing home staff he was going out to take a walk, and headed toward Portsmouth to attend D-Day celebrations there. But on the way, he decided instead to take the overnight ferry to Caen. Although he had no accreditation, he was allowed into the ceremonies and ended up about 100 yards from Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr. Jordan returned home a hero. A former mayor of Hove after the war, he was made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove and was said to have received more than 2,500 birthday cards when he turned 90.

The current mayor, Brian Fitch, said, “I will remember Bernie as a hard-working politician, as a great mayor of the city.” His escapade showed “a determination to achieve one of the things he believed in,” he added.

Amanda Scott, managing director of Gracewell Healthcare, which runs the home, said in a statement: “Bernie caught the world’s imagination last year when he made his surprise trip to France and brought a huge amount of joy to a lot of people. He will be much missed by everyone here and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife.”

“Bernie was always insistent that what he did during the war was nothing unusual, and only what many thousands of others did for their country,” she added.

Mr. Jordan, upon his return from his adventure, said: “There were a lot of other people on the beaches of Normandy that day. This lovely attention is for them, really, not me.”
(N.Y. Times)

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Starship Troopers Friend or Foe?

To answer the ? “should any government emulate it and why (militarily speaking.)”

Yes unaquivicably yes.

Militarily this book is as it should be. The recruiters are specifically designed to scare off anyone who isn’t ready, motivated, or dedicated, the exact opposite of modern recruiters who will take almost anybody provided they are above the age of 18 and have a pulse…

Basic training lasts 5 months and has a 90% fail rate, making training as hard as possible on purpose and allowing for only the best to pass into the ranks of the military and from there combat or service. Meaning that those who partisipate in military sevice are not only volunteers of dedication and ability they are also the best that the nation has to offer.

As the book says “There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men. We’re trying to teach you to be dangerous — to the enemy. Dangerous even without a knife. Deadly as long as you still have one hand or one foot and are still alive.”

To become and officer you have to serve enlisted, show apptitude, be selected and then pass through another even more rigourous basic training. So that the officer corps is agian the best of the best and you know or can rightfully assume that because its a meritocracy that your chain of command is the best of the best of the best… And that the officers are required to do and be able to do everything their troopers can, or better…

The Chaplain Corps also fights along side the troops blessing as they fight, fighting as they bless, experienceing everything with their troops. Unlike current Chaplains who are noncombatants, who often times have little to no practical experience in regards to the trials of the troops in the field.

They also believe in a true no joke NO MAN LEFT BEHIND POLICY, to the point where for a single prisoner they would go to war because as i have previously stated “Its about brotherhood and strength. As a trooper those captives are your brothers and sisters and their freedom is priceless. As a government a prisoner is an insult and a weakness, and cant be tolerated. If people can take or keep your people that will lead others to believe you weak which will lead to more of the same. Besides especially since in order to be in government you had to serve they are your family as well.”

The entirety of the book is about the social responsibility of the individual for and to the community, and how by serving the community you are inherently rewarded. They further enforce the inherent reward of community service with social incentives (the ability to vote and hold public office) and punishment for destructive and criminal behavior through things like public punishment, and depending on the severity of the crime Corporal punishment. The book bases everything on the indiviual voluntarily assuming responsibility for the common good. It encourages service, but does not punish or stigmatize lack of service.

I also like that governmentally they put forward the idea that only those who had volunteered to serve could really be trusted to appreciate the responsibility of governing, having sacrificed personally for the nation and society, and intimately understanding the sacrifices that can intail. That ONLY those who have served and sacrificed inherit the appropriate moral and social authority to lead, and that, that service need not be military in nature, but that military service is the ideal. That only full Citizens (those who have served) can vote or hold public office but that all Civilians (those individuals that are part of the nation but have not served) still maintain all other rights (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly…) and that they only lack the abiltiy to vote, hold public office and recieve selected government aid.

Check out my other Terran Federation post here.

http://unrepentantwarriorpriest.tumblr.com/post/109347071860/unrepentantwarriorpriest-warrior-culture