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The WatchCat spent a year in Russia and the Middle East in preparation for a government career. Unfortunately she got in a little too deep, and health problems sabotaged her career before it began. The future? Now there's an open question. She gets her paws in the action whenever possible, with or without a paycheck. WatchCat keeps busy supporting the troops, recruiting pararescue candidates, yelling at traitors and helping people navigate the grey areas on international everything.
A close family member is active duty US military, but due to OPSEC (and the general need for family peace), WatchCat is unable to write about that person's activities. She makes the most of the opportunities that God gives her, knowing that she should be dead by now.
And yes, she is married & is going to stay married. Smacks upside the head are delivered as needed to those who don't understand this.
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Although my family served in North Africa and the Pacific, I'm very aware of the sensitivity of this issue. And I hope that the Normandy veterans will continue to speak up, because their voices should eclipse mine. But I would like to cautiously offer another point of view.
Over the years we've often discussed the need to balance remembrance with living our lives fully. One of the few things that has helped me after the chopper crash is the knowledge that these warriors would never want us to spend the rest of our lives staring at the walls in their name. No, they'd never want to be forgotten, but they didn't die for a burial ground. They died so that we could live our lives in freedom, making new discoveries and breathing new life into the land destroyed by war.
The young dead soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.
They say: We were young. We have died.
They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.
They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives gave.
They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.
They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for
peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
it is you who must say this.
We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We were young, they say. We have died; remember us.
I understand this scenario better than some, simply because I've liaised with a major government agency while writing a novel. It's a security tightrope when a writer wants to portray something realistically. In the hands of someone who cares about security, it's usually possible to have a novel or screenplay which is largely truthful yet still protects the real people who do the job.
In the hands of the average anti-military Hollywood producer, or someone seeking reelection, there's trouble. Bad trouble.
I'd recommend paying attention to the results of the investigation. Most of us probably have a suspicion about what it will uncover, but we need the public outrage to push this monster back into its cage. If Hollywood already has the details, it may be too late. But we need to try.
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Maybe someone here can help me get my head around this. It could be that there are family factors or any number of unknown issues playing into this. Maybe the decision is because being the "last" isn't a noteworthy aspect of an individual.
But if that's the case, does it really matter? I think of all the time our country wastes on celebrities who could never be called honorable. And if you want to quibble about him lying about his age, I'll point to the wall at the Portland VA that specifically honors underage veterans.
As a nation, we need to remember. The loss of our WWI veterans, and soon our WWII veterans, changes America. While they often didn't understand what was happening to the country they fought to protect, they were our backbone and some of our finest history. The death of the last WWI veteran is a loss to us all.
I'd like to see this taken one step further. Our legislators should also honor MOH recipients in the Capitol whenever possible. We need them in our national consciousness. We need their centering memory in our lives.
"Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you." -Sirach 4:28
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" -Isaiah 6:8
As many of you are aware, the PJCountry blog disappeared in November 2008.
I'm doing my best to help the pararescue community by sharing PJ-related news and events on my blog. The following information may be helpful:
You will find answers to many questions at pararescue.com and specialtactics.com
If you're ready to become a PJ, you'll need to decide between Active Duty and Reserve. This will determine who will handle your official recruitment. Visit Contacts and POCs to find the appropriate person or email me.
304th Pararescue Team (Reserve) (Oregon)
If you're on the west coast near Oregon and are considering being a PJ/CRO on the Portland Pararescue Team (commitment of 4 years beyond training), contact TSgt Stanley Iakopo at stanley.iakopo AT us.af.mil or email me.
I have no official role with pararescue or other SpecOps but I know enough to get you connected to the right people. Email to CAT at THEWATCHCAT dot NET
Jubilate Agno, Fragment B
[For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]
by Christopher Smart
For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in
For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant
For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good Cat.
For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in
For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For by stroking of him I have found out electricity.