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Tlingit Code
Talkers

Tlingit Code Talkers

We all know about the Navajo Code Talkers, but chances are you've never heard of the Tlingit Code Talkers from Alaska. During a ceremony on November 20, they were finally recognized for the contribution in the war with Congressional Gold Medals.

You can read more about the Tlingit Code Talkers 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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General News"Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing."

Always Go to the Funeral

This article is true on so many levels, I don't know where to begin. Someone once said that it's the things you don't do that turn into the biggest regrets. Yes. These critical moments don't get do-overs. So show up when people need you. It's okay if you're a mess. It's ok if for whatever reason it's all you can do to just get in the door. The action or inaction will be remembered.

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MSgt. Woodrow
Keeble

MSgt. Woodrow Keeble

64 years old from Waubay, South Dakota

May 16, 1917 - January 28, 1982

U.S. Army National Guard

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Sangsan-ni, Korea, on October 20, 1951. On that day, Master Sergeant Keeble was an acting platoon leader for the support platoon in Company G, 19th Infantry, in the attack on Hill 765, a steep and rugged position that was well defended by the enemy. Leading the support platoon, Master Sergeant Keeble saw that the attacking elements had become pinned down on the slope by heavy enemy fire from three well-fortified and strategically placed enemy positions. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Master Sergeant Keeble dashed forward and joined the pinned-down platoon. Then, hugging the ground, Master Sergeant Keeble crawled forward alone until he was in close proximity to one of the hostile machine-gun emplacements. Ignoring the heavy fire that the crew trained on him, Master Sergeant Keeble activated a grenade and threw it with great accuracy, successfully destroying the position. Continuing his one-man assault, he moved to the second enemy position and destroyed it with another grenade. Despite the fact that the enemy troops were now directing their firepower against him and unleashing a shower of grenades in a frantic attempt to stop his advance, he moved forward against the third hostile emplacement, and skillfully neutralized the remaining enemy position. As his comrades moved forward to join him, Master Sergeant Keeble continued to direct accurate fire against nearby trenches, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Inspired by his courage, Company G successfully moved forward and seized its important objective. The extraordinary courage, selfless service, and devotion to duty displayed that day by Master Sergeant Keeble was an inspiration to all around him and reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army

You can read more about MSgt. Keeble 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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Friday Scramble

ScramblesTwo really great pieces on the needs of veterans in our society:

Veteran on Quest to Ensure Old Soldiers Don't Die Alone

Veterans Need to Share the Moral Burden of War

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I choose hope

General NewsI'm smiling.

Even though my son threw my dinner on the floor, even though I have family members dealing with major medical issues, even though I will dance on the grave of the year 2013 in 47 days. I have many blessings but it's just been that kind of year.

But I'm smiling. Because I've hit bottom and dusted myself off, and I'll truly be damned if I choose anything other than hope and joy.

I cannot stand dwelling on the negative one moment longer.

I choose hope. Circumstances are the same but I will believe that solutions are out there.

I choose joy. There is both great evil and great good in this world. I will not allow evil to get too big for its britches. I will take opportunities to smack it down to size while keeping my eyes on the good.

Life sometimes limits our choices. But not these two.



Read this for a nudge in the right direction: http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/11/2...y-forever/
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Leland Diamond

Leland Diamond

61 years old from Toledo, Ohio

May 30, 1890 September 20, 1951

U.S. Marines

Master Gunnery Sergeant Leland "Lou" Diamond is famous within the U.S. Marine Corps as the classic example of the "Old Breed" tough, hard-fighting career Marines who served in the corps in the years between World War I and World War II.

You can read more about Gunny Diamond 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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Good perspective...

General NewsHelp Veterans by Taking Them Off the Pedestal
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Veteran Identification

General NewsThere's a "Veteran Transformation" video that's gone viral. In it, a veteran who has had years of homelessness and substance abuse gets a haircut, hair color, shave, new clothes etc. It's great to see the transformation. (Watch his expressions as the process goes on...the look on his face when he's getting the hair color is classic.)

A lot of people said, "it's impossible to watch this without crying." Well, I did. Maybe it was the day, or maybe just the expectation. Or maybe...

My time working at the VA hospital taught me a lot about who veterans are. Each conflict put its unique stamp on the men and women involved, from the nature of the fight all the way to the nature of the homecoming. "Invisible wounds" show in the hair, the beards, the demeanor.

I applaud what the organization that sponsored the makeover was trying to achieve. They did a good bit of healing there for that man.

But if society needs to give makeovers in order to see the hero, we don't really understand our veterans. We don't identify with them enough.

Yes, some of them look like my brother, who can wash his hair with a bar of soap.
Some look like my friend who looks like he belongs in GQ.
Or my sort-of-uncle former PJ who now looks more like Santa.
Or my grandfather, frail in the nursing home.
Or my other grandfather, aging but wiry and active.
Or the guy in the shelter with festering sores and sad eyes.
Or the man in the video.
Or the girl in the Master's program with curly brown hair and a victory over addiction.
Or my petite friend who has two kids.
Or.
Or.
Or.

I want to thank all of them, not just for their service, but because they continue to enrich my life. Some bear terrible wounds, some came out stronger than they went in, and many are somewhere in the middle. There's no archetype of the veteran. But if we pay attention, we'll likely find them in unexpected places.

THANK YOU to all who have served.

(And if you're not a veteran, find one and pay for their coffee or meal or whatever. Giving back a little is the best feeling in the world.)
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Shadows of Heroes

General NewsWe know we need our heroes. They pull us through moments of darkness and remind us that we are capable of so much more than what we're doing. Others have written on the need for heroes; I don't think I need to expound upon that.

But we humans can corrupt almost anything good, it seems. Well, maybe not the heroes themselves. But we can misuse them, appropriating them for all kinds of mind games.

I fell into this recently. I got despondent about the loss and forgot the inspiration of the life. After a few days of this, I started getting desperate for someone to tell me that my hero had a bad temper, or at the very least, drank from the milk carton.

But heroes have a way of saving us despite ourselves. Asking myself, "what would he think about what I'm making of him?" was a sure dose of reality. Talk about temper... heroes get more than a little grumpy when we put them on a pedestal and then use them as an excuse for moping around. It's so much better to get off the mat and choose one thing that we can do better.

"One thing" I said. And so I made my choices for the day based on that one thing. I can't tell you how many times I had to change what I was doing because of that one thing. Forget the circumstances. Forget other people's faults. I can make that one better choice in every situation.

If I keep it up for a lifetime, maybe I can look my hero in the eye in heaven.
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Excuse to drink more coffee...

General NewsStarbucks to Hire 10,000 Veterans and Military Spouses

First the refusal to ban concealed carry, and now this. If they could just get rid of that burnt flavor in my caramel macchiato, we'd be doing good.