Another View.."The Afghainistan National Agreement"

And the argument goes on! Sitting on one side of the table are the President and his civilian advisors trying to understand military operations so they can make a decision on what the US should do about Afghanistan going forward. On the other side sit the military Generals and Admirals who have devoted their lives to studying and fighting wars.

Home Town.."He serves in two Jobs"

Michael Shupak, formerly of Forney and now living in Rockwall, graduated from South Garland High School in 2000. In 2002 he went to work for the State of Texas and became a correctional officer in the Texas prison system. In 2004 he joined the USMC reserves.

Statistics.."Why the Military is Trusted"

Each year there is a poll taken by the Harris organization of fifteen national institutions. In this Harris Poll, adults are asked to rate their confidence level in the people running these national institutions. Not surprisingly, each year the military ranks highest of all the organizations considered.  It has been like this over the last twenty years.

Hero's..."Heroism on the Battlefield"

Many aspects of the military are confusing to people. Just the appearance of a person in uniform and what all of those “things” they have on their chest mean, is enough to make people wonder. They hear things about the military and sort of know what it means, but like so many other subjects today, they really don’t.

Vietnam Phonies.."Be Careful of What You Believe"

At the conclusion of the Vietnam War, our military personnel were not looked upon with the same enthusiasm and support as our current warriors fighting the International War on Terror. In fact, if you remember, returning troops were jeered rather than cheered, spit upon, labeled as “baby killers”, and the thought of a welcome home parade or welcome by the town was an alien thought.

Special Forces Soldier.."The Personal Side of a Soldier"

To many people who have not had any association with men and women of our armed forces and have had to develop their opinion of Soldiers based upon what they have read or seen on TV or in the movies, they may look upon them sometimes as rather different people.  

Corpsman.."A Reserve Corpsman"

“He is a Navy Corpsman who is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan with his Marine reserve unit from Camp Mabry. Before we met, I had no idea what a Corpsman is, what they do, or even that I had been looking at one every time I see the memorial for Iwo Jima.”

Death.."A Sad and Solemn Duty

It’s a tough subject when you write about a Soldiers death and the way in which a Soldier killed in a far away land is returned home to his loved ones. 58,000 of our men and women in the service were killed during Vietnam. Almost every town in America went through the very personal experience of having one of their own returned in a flag draped coffin.

Death.."A Sad and Solemn Duty

It’s a tough subject when you write about a Soldiers death and the way in which a Soldier killed in a far away land is returned home to his loved ones. 58,000 of our men and women in the service were killed during Vietnam. Almost every town in America went through the very personal experience of having one of their own returned in a flag draped coffin.

Service Family..."A Letter Home"

I have a friend from our area by the name of Patricia Thibodeau whose son has recently returned home from his second tour in Iraq. This is the same son who was involved with our operations in Panama where he earned his first Combat Infantryman Badge.

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