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Wednesday Hero BlogrollI want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. And to all those who are serving and are unable to be home, be safe and thank you.

Josh Groben - I'll Be Home For Christmas

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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PJ News

PJ StuffSikorsky Eyes Federal Budget Amid Uncertainty Over Combat Rescue Helicopter

First they reduce retirement benefits. Will they next undermine combat rescue?

It's getting a lot harder to believe that Congress values a strong national defense. Yes, serve your country in the military (if you have no better options, like getting elected to Congress) and if you get into a tight spot, maybe you'll be lucky and the old helicopters will make it through the round trip. Of course, if you actually make it to retirement, you won't get the benefits you were promised when you signed up...

Maybe I shouldn't write something so cynical right now, at a time of year when many veterans struggle already. But I write it because I'm angry about how you're being treated. You deserve far better than this from your country.

I'll keep fighting for you, and so will many other Americans. We're here if you want to talk and we'll keep telling Congress to get it right.

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Everything I Needed to Know About Toddlers I Learned Working Emergency

General NewsNever say you're having a quiet day.

If you leave them alone too long, they will take measures to get what they want by themselves. This is almost always a bad thing.

If they've gotten quiet, they're probably in trouble.

HYDRATE. You, them, everyone.

Always be honest, unless they're at the Altered Mental Status point, in which case you do what it takes to keep everyone alive.

Know how to dodge.

It's much easier to deal with bodily fluids when you know the health history. Also, superglue your cuts shut.

Tackling is appropriate sometimes.

And other times, you're the one getting tackled. Know how to get loose without injuring them too much.

It's far better to call for help rather than get in over your head.

Know your authority and don't be afraid to use it.

Be nice to doctors (but be confident about what you know.)

Be friends with nurses.

Handwashing is king.

Eat when it's quiet. Drink sugary coffee when it's not.

Any others?

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Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

30 years old from Frazee, Minnesota

2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division

March 23, 2007

U.S.
Army

Sgt. Greg N. Riewer, 28, of Frazee, was killed while on patrol March 23, 2007 in Fallujah with soldiers from the Bemidji-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry, when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, the Guard said.

"The loss of Sgt. Riewer is a tragedy," Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the adjutant general of Minnesota, said in a statement. "He was proudly serving his state and nation in a combat zone when he was taken from us."

You can read more about Sgt. Riewer here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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A Grateful Nation?

Military Retirees: "You Betrayed Us, Congress"

Most of you already understand the impact that reducing military retirement pay will have on our veterans and on future readiness. If that's you, then skip to the end of this post and use the link to send a letter.

But if you're wondering why this is such a big deal, especially as others are "tightening their belts" let me point out a few factors to consider.

For 20 years or more, these retirees (and often their families) were government property. They wrote a blank check to the government up to and including their lives. Their spouses and children had health problems and anxiety disorders. No one had a guarantee that they would make it through. They served proudly with a white-knuckle grip. But they had a golden hope: if and when they served long enough, those that lived would have a taste of that security that they had given to their country. Their families would receive not a folded flag but a livable pension from this "grateful nation."

But this isn't just about honoring the past. This is about securing our future.

You're right if you're thinking that military service is about far more than money. Honor is the heartbeat of our all-volunteer military. Honor respects honor, and when it is violated, that is when our military falls apart. Our enemies know this and use false allegations to undermine the honor of the men and women who serve. They served with the knowledge of the government's promise to take care of them and their families. To change retirement benefits for current retirees and anyone who is currently serving reeks of dishonor. Will they continue to love this country when its government breaks its promises to them? Only they can answer that, but such treatment of our veterans is akin to what veterans experienced after Vietnam. A nation that breaks promises to its veterans will be ill defended. Morale plummets when soldiers don't trust the government they serve. I saw this in Russia; they have failed their veterans and their military is much weaker as a result.

For these reasons and many others, this is one of those times when we all need to speak up. The Military Officers Association of America has an editable form letter available that you can send to Pres. Obama and our senators. Please, take 5 minutes and send it. These veterans gave 20 years for you.

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Scramble Pt 2

ScramblesSpotting Human Trafficking

SEAL of Peace: Safening.org

The Bully Too Close to Home

Air Force Announces Additional Force Management Programs to Reduce Force Size

Airline Secret Santa Surprise

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Maj. Thomas McGuire
Jr.

Maj. Thomas McGuire Jr.

24 years old from Sebring, Florida

475th Fighter Group

August 1, 1920 - January 7, 1945

U.S. Air Force

On January 7, 1945, McGuire was leading a group of four P-38s - himself, Major Jack Rittmayer (four victories), Captain Edwin Weaver (two victories) and Lieutenant Douglas Thropp (one victory) - on a fighter sweep over northern Negros Island in the central Philippines. Their aim was to gain victories. McGuire desperately wanted to pass Major Richard Bong's score of 40 kills. Descending through cloud cover, McGuire’s flight circled a Japanese airfield at Fabrica and then proceeded to a second airstrip at Manapla (also referred to as Carolina). As they approached Manapla, they were confronted by a lone Ki-43 “Oscar”, which immediately engaged McGuire's flight.

You can read more about Maj. McGuire here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Scramble Pt 1

ScramblesMy "scramble" links are on different devices, so I'm going to put this one together as I have opportunity.

Pacific County Woman Joins Coast Guard Elite

It's Not FAIR!

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Vida Loca

General NewsYes, I'm still here. And I'm even going to pay to renew the domain. But it's been crazy around here...

We're trying to buy land and build a custom home.
We've adopted a stray cat who would be quite at home in Spec Ops.
We're trying to make sure our child survives till age 2. (See prior comments on SOCOM)
Company Christmas Party. Spent every moment of "free time" last week making sure we were appropriately prepared. Will probably spend the next month telling the stories of the night.

There's more, but duty calls. Stay sane, or if you can't, stay positive!
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Maj. Don Beerbower

Maj. Don Beerbower

22 years old from Hill City, Minnesota

353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force

August 26, 1921 - August 9, 1944

U.S. Air Force

A fighter pilot who has brought down five or more enemy aircraft was called a flying ace. From December 1943 to Aug. 9, 1944, Beerbower became a triple ace, shooting down more than 15 German planes, making him the second highest ace in the 9th Air Force.

Due to pilot losses and Beerbower’s own advancements based on flying and leadership skills, Beerbower was promoted to major and made squadron commander in June 1944 — less than nine months after his arrival in Europe. At only 22 years old, he already was a great fighter pilot, respected and liked by the men in his squadron.

You can read more about Maj. Beerbower here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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