Yesterday afternoon...

…I took a 24 person party in our banquet room. It was a group of women who were members of a group called, “Daughters of the American Revolution”. Two *very* nice ladies showed up about half an hour early in order to set things out and put red White and blue cupcakes out on the tables. I was talking to them after I brought them an ice tea and a water with lemon and I mentioned in passing that I had served in the US Army and I had huge amounts of respect for vets. Once the check is paid that’s usually the end of the server/table relationship. I will occasionally go back and see if I can refill their drinks if they stay for a long time but usually that’s it. Well. One of the ladies came and got me from the server station and said, “Will you come back over here whenever you get a sec?” I said, “Of course! I’ll be right with you, miss.” When I walked over there the regent for DAR said, “Blake, we love veterans and we understand you’re one yourself. We just wanted to say thank you so much.” They all stood up and clapped for me. I didn’t know what to do. Almost cried. I didn’t think anyone cared anymore.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: asianpacificheritage.gov

discover scores of Asian-American themed Gov Docs in the LIS-GISIG/gov-info archives

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

This GOP Congressman's Insane Marijuana Speech Just Set Back Drug Reform (VIDEO)

This GOP Congressman’s Insane Marijuana Speech Just Set Back Drug Reform (VIDEO)

Last week medical marijuana advocates were dealt a blow by the GOP. An amendment to an appropriations bill that would have made it easier for veterans to receive prescription marijuana was defeated. With a final of vote of 210 in favor of the amendment, and 213 against, Republicans managed to continue their legacy of fighting for regressive positions on drug reform. They also proved that they…

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Surprise Veterans Reunion Highlights Brenau Graduation Ceremony

When Brenau University President Ed Schrader gave his welcoming remarks at the 2015 commencement, he gave a special acknowledgment to the active duty military personnel and veterans among the graduating class. Schrader singled out one veteran: Debra Cooper from Winder, Georgia, who was about to receive a diploma for a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.

Not only had Cooper served in the U.S. Army herself, Schrader said, but also her daughter, Staff Sgt. Markita James of Dublin, Georgia, was currently serving in Afghanistan.
Then Schrader corrected himself.

“Actually Sgt. James is not in Afghanistan,” he said. “She is here so that she could be with her mother at graduation.”

James had stealthily positioned herself in the audience behind the graduating class, but when Schrader said the words “not in Afghanistan,” mom Cooper got the hint and began frantically looking around. The run-hug-squeal-cry mother and daughter re-union became an instant “YouTube” moment.

“She’s my she-ro,” James later said about her mother.

Read the full article at the URL and view a photo gallery from graduation at http://brena.us/1Qakqzs.

New Orleans solved veteran homeless — and now will the rest of the country

On Monday, first lady Michelle Obama visited New Orleans to acknowledge a historic accomplishment. A few months ago, the Big Easy became the first city in the United States to eliminate homelessness among its veteran population. The federal government will provide local governments with $65 million to help them do it in the same way.

RE: veterans

You know that feeling after you finish a series of books? Or when you finish a really amazing TV show? 

That feeling of wistfulness. Feeling like you have no idea what you’re going to do next? 

Multiply that feeling by 1000. 

When i came home, the world had changed. I was gone for more than a year, and in that time i went from thinking the Sidekick was the most amazing phone to buying an iphone. 

Imagine missing everything that happened at home for a year. 

It was so hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that life kept going while i was gone. A year is a long time to be deployed. It’s even longer for those we love to be without us. 

I came home and spent my days begging for something to happen. I lived an adrenaline filled rush for more than a year and came home to an apartment and a cat and nothing else. 

What do you do with yourself after you’ve been on an adventure? 

So many of us have died because we don’t know how to come home. 

I haven’t been able to hold down a steady job for more than a few months since i came home. I’ve been unable to commit myself to anything. I avoid treatment because of my anxiety. 

I didn’t have someone teaching me how to be a civilian when i came home. I still don’t have it right. I’m so lost. 

I’m broke and sick. Sad and broken. 

I don’t have the money to fix me. And i can’t make money till i fix this. 

How is it that so many politicians say they support the troops and yet, i feel abandoned? 

Hawkeye and Scarlett Witch Controversial Scene

So I saw Age of Ultron yesterday and have seen a lot of people hating on the scene where Hawkeye is giving a pep talk to Scarlett Witch. Everyone is taking it as some sexist “she’s a girl she needs to be protected” scene but I don’t think that was the plan. Yes Wanda is super powerful and later shows how bad ass she is. However I think the scene was supposed to show how someone new to war reacts to it and how a veteran would try to help them. Wanda has not been in a battle this large ever, with so much counting on it. She has trained and prepared to fight but the real deal has terrified her. At this point she has every right to be terrified. Hawkeye has noticed this and pulls her to the side to give her a pep talk to snap her out of her fear. He has been in her shoes before when he first joined shield and someone probably gave him a pep talk too.
Hawkeye is recognizing Scarlett Witch’s fear and as a veteran he is trying to help her get back on track and focus on the mission instead of her fears (Kinda ironic).

My fellow Americans, if you support humanity and having a better quality of life, please look into Bernie Sanders for the presidential election. He’s an Independent Senator from Vermont running for the Democratic position. I am not usually this adamant about politics, much less politicians, but seriously, this guy means business and actually wants to make a positive change. Do not allow indifference, anger, or spite keep you from voting, because that’s how Republicans win and we lose.

But I mean, he’s:

Pro LGBT

Wants equal wages for men and women

Wants to address climate change

Supports veterans, people with disabilities, women, minorities, the elderly, etc. and ACTUALLY getting them the benefits they deserve

Wants to increase the minimum wage

Wants healthcare for everyone

Wants to make college education AND early childcare more affordable

Wants to narrow the wage gap between the wealthy and lower class

Wants to go after the big businesses who practically control us and are in the government’s favor

That’s not even all of it. Seriously. He’s the best chance we have for a better life. And you’d never guess he’s some old white guy.

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While I was at Disneyland, after their colorguard lowered the flag at the end of the day, they presented it to a veteran. I don’t know if they do that every day, but I thought it was very nice. I saluted. For all its many disappointments, I love this country.

Equality Golbat: “You don’t need to be pro-war to care about veterans.”

Too often media about veterans is wrapped up in pro-war rhetoric like “support our troops” or “they fought for your freedom.” It is possible to denounce war, and even the actions of soldiers, while still recognizing the humanity of veterans, including their need for support in transitioning back to non-military life. It is also possible to advocate for war and then take a metaphorical dump on the people who waged it. Divorce these conversations.

–Nidoqueen

I am the flag of the United States of America
My name is Old Glory.

I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I fly majestically over great institutes of learning.
I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world.
Look up! And see me!

I stand for peace, honor, truth, and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident … I am arrogant.
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.

I bow to no one.
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped.
I am saluted.
I am respected.
I am revered. I am loved.
And I am feared.

I have fought every battle of every war for more than 200 years…
Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomatox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy,
the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines,
the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
and a score of places long forgotten by all but those who were with me.

I was there!

I led my soldiers.
I followed them.
I watched over them…
They loved me.
I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.
I was dirty, battle-worn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me,
and I was proud.

I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries
I have helped set free.
It does not hurt … for I am invincible.
I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country,
and when it is by those with whom I have served in battle … it hurts.
But I shall overcome … for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stand watch over the uncharted new frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.

I have been a silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips to be used for bandages
for my wounded comrades on the field of battle.
when I fly at half mast to honor my soldiers…
and when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother at the graveside of her fallen son.

I am proud.
My name is Old Glory.
Dear God … Long may I wave!

This is 95 year old Bamia who was enlisted with the Torres Strait
Light Infantry Battalion in 1942 and is one of only three surviving
members of the battalion.

Bamia’s son Eddie says “He joined the army in 1942. When this happened
he saw it as a call of duty. He was honoured to be a part of it and do
the service. Before he joined the Army, they lived in the dark by
kerosene lamp. When he joined the war, he saw the light electricity.
War introduced them to modern society.

He’s my father. I’m honoured he’s my Dad and has given me this world.
He stood up and believed what he did was right. I just want to cry.”

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Photo by Peter Rossi APP.L GM.Photography

So there's a new challenge called the Eric Shepard challenge

Basically they get an American flag and do a shuffle dance on it piss on it shit on it wipe there ass with it etc.

Let me very clear with all of you.

IF I SEE ANY OF YOU SLIMEY FUCKS DEFACE MY FUCKING FLAG THAT MY FUCKING BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAVE DIED FOR I WILL GOUGE OUT YOUR FUCKING EYEBALLS AND SKULL FUCK YOU NO FUCKING LUBE.

Don’t ever let me see that shit. Ignorant little fucks

The Memorial Challenge

I challenge you my loyal followers and friends, as well as each patriot, and fitness enthusiast to join me by doing pushup for every fallen US service member in the OIF/OEF conflict over the course of this next 365 days(April 23, 2016). That is 6,661 pushups to honor the fallen.

19 pushups a day to honor those who have given their lives protecting our freedoms. A good workout for a good cause, one that also makes you healthier, stronger, and honoring our sacred dead.