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What Father’s Day is really about

660-Travis-ManionWhat Father’s Day is really about: Cherishing sons and daughters

Father’s Day has always been a special day for me. But today, as with the previous seven Father’s Days, the feelings of pride and satisfaction over my son Travis and daughter Ryan will be mixed with a void in my heart that can never be replaced.

That is because Travis will not be with us. 

In April of 2007, he was serving as a Marine first lieutenant when he was killed in action in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province, cut down by a sniper’s armor-piercing bullet after his unit was ambushed while searching a suspected insurgent house. He had just helped save two wounded comrades when the bullet struck him in the heart.

He was 26.

I am one of thousands of fathers whose thoughts will turn today to a son or daughter lost serving our country.

Travis always made me extremely proud. A varsity athlete in football, lacrosse and wrestling in high school, he went on to graduate from the Naval Academy and served our country with great honor as a Marine officer through two tours in Iraq.

As an aspiring athlete and a 30-year Marine myself, I was able to share so much with Travis as he grew into manhood. I was always happy when he would come to me for advice or just ask to play catch.

I am one of thousands of fathers whose thoughts will turn today to a son or daughter lost serving our country. And from that perspective, I’d like to ask you to approach Father’s Day a little differently this year.

While it feels great as a dad to have a day where you are the center of attention, think instead of this as a day for celebrating the bonds between fathers and their sons and daughters.  Consider this a day, as a father, to appreciate all of the blessings you have as a family and share those special moments together.

Let the day be a reminder of just how important you are in each other’s lives. In my case, while my son Travis may be gone, my heart and thoughts are with my daughter Ryan, her husband Dave and my three grandchildren.

Today, if you are fortunate enough to be with your children, make the day a celebration of the unique relationships you have forged. Drag out the photo albums and the videos and remember every detail of the experiences you have shared.

Talk with your children about their lives, their dreams, their aspirations – and be thankful for what you have.

 Col. Tom Manion, is co-author of “Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice,” an account of the friendship, lives and deaths of 1st Lt. Travis Manion and Lt. Brendan Looney. He is a board member of the Travis Manion Foundation.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/06/15/what-fathers-day-is-really-about-cherishing-sons-and-daughters/

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Remembering D-Day 70 Years Later

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Veterans honor D-Day’s fallen, 70 years later

Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders Friday in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France, in a day of international commemorations of history’s biggest amphibious invasion.

They are honoring the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity — just as bloodshed in Ukraine is posing new challenges to European security and threatening a new East-West divide.

As the sun rose Friday over a gusty Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.

“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.

Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are converging on Normandy to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

The D-Day invasion was a turning point in World War II, cracking Hitler’s western front as the Soviet troops made advances in the east. Overall at least 4,400 Allied troops were killed the first day, and many thousands more in the ensuing three-month Battle of Normandy, which brought the Allies to Paris to liberate the French capital from Nazi occupation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also in attendance, invited by French President Francois Hollande in a gesture toward the 27 million Soviet citizens killed in World War II.

The D-Day commemorations are also offering a moment to try to reconcile Russia and Ukraine, and Russia and the West.

Putin is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville on the Normandy coast Friday morning, after meeting Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night. Ukraine’s president-elect is also coming to Normandy, and there is hope he and Putin may meet, too.

The encounters marked the first time the isolated Russian leader has met Western leaders since pro-European protests in Kiev pushed out Ukraine’s Russian-leaning president in February and Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula.

Back in Normandy, several thousand veterans, family members and others gathered at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, with its 9,387 white marble tombstones on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s bloodiest fighting at Omaha Beach, the emotional centerpiece of pilgrimages to honor the men killed in Normandy.

Soldiers of 173rd Airborne brigade, the ceremony organizers, served as ushers, wearing maroon berets. For the ceremony, small U.S. and French flags were placed in the ground at each grave.

Obama declared June 6 a national remembrance day.

In a declaration Friday, he said, “Seventy years later, we pay tribute to the service members who secured a beachhead on an unforgiving shore — the patriots who, through their courage and sacrifice, changed the course of an entire century. Today, as we carry on the struggle for liberty and universal human rights, let us draw strength from a moment when free nations beat back the forces of oppression and gave new hope to the world.”

In addition to the fallen troops, Allied bombardments killed an estimated 20,000 French civilians, and Hollande paid tribute to them Friday in Caen, which like many cities of Normandy was largely destroyed in the bombings.

France has only tentatively come to grips with the invasion’s toll on civilians. The Allied bombings — especially the deadly onslaught in Normandy during the invasion launched on D-Day — were used as a propaganda tool by the Vichy government. But historians now believe that nearly as many French civilians died in Allied air raids as Britons during the German Blitz.

“No one knew that this day would be the first of one of the most ferocious battles of France. This battle was also a battle of civilians,” Hollande said. He said Normandy’s residents “helped the victory happen. They opened their doors to the liberators.”

Ceremonies large and small are taking place across Normandy, ahead of an international summit on Friday in Ouistreham, a small port that was the site of a strategic battle on D-Day.

Today’s conflicts are also on many minds at the D-Day commemorations.

Jeffrey McIllwain, professor at the San Diego State University school of public affairs, will lay a wreath on behalf of educators who have lost students to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — himself included.

He, like many veterans and world leaders here, is concerned about keeping the memory of D-Day alive as the number of survivors dwindles.

He brought 12 students to Normandy for a course on the lessons of D-Day.

“I make them promise to bring their grandchildren to serve as a bridge to the next generation,” he said.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/06/veterans-honor-d-day-fallen-70-years-later/

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Death Panels at the Veterans Affairs Health Care system?

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CNN delivers a shocking report that “at least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/health/veterans-dying-health-care-delays/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

After all the ridicule it would seem Sarah Palin was right after all…

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“Death panel” is a political term that originated during the 2009 debate about federal health care legislation to cover the uninsured in the United States used to describe the system’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The term was coined in August 2009 by Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska, when she charged that the then-proposed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would create a “death panel” of bureaucrats who would decide whether Americans—such as her elderly parents or children with Down syndrome—were “worthy of medical care”. Palin’s claim has been referred to as the “death panel myth”,.[1][2] Palin specified that she was referring to Section 1233 of bill HR 3200 which would have paid physicians for providing voluntary counseling to Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care options.

Palin’s claim was criticized in editorials by mainstream news media, fact-checkers, academics, physicians, Democrats, and some Republicans. Prominent Republicans such as Newt Gingrich and conservative talk radio hosts Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin backed Palin’s statement. One poll showed that after it spread, about 85% of Americans were familiar with the charge and of those who were familiar with it, about 30% thought it was true.[1] Due to public concern, the provision to pay physicians for providing voluntary counseling was removed from the Senate bill and was not included in the law that was enacted, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In a 2011 statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology bemoaned the politicization of the issue and said that the proposal should be revisited.

For 2009, “death panel” was named as PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year”, one of FactCheck’s “whoppers”, and the most outrageous term by the American Dialect Society.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_panel

A special Commentary by AFVet on this latest Scandal to rock the Obama Administration

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 So now we have the

VA hospital scandal

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Veterans waiting for months for an APPOINTMENT, let alone care for their ailments.

In 2009, Obama knew about this problem and here it is 2014 and veterans are dying waiting for treatment.

These people were willing to give their lives for this Country.

Many lost limbs, and some were incapacitated in other areas of a normal existence.
Nightmares may persist, the echoes of combat do not go away.
The inability to shake the memories can prove to change your life for the rest of your life.

Still, many function as fathers and mothers and raise a family, and do quite well in doing so.
They do so because they are the cream of the crop that this Country can ever produce and they are showing the courage that it takes to carry on no matter what.

These are the true Americans, the spine of America, the best of the best.

The ones that will still give their last breath to defend this Country.

In WWII, 25 missions on a bomber and you were out.
Many did not make that goal.
The bomber was either shot down or they lost it and could no longer perform their duty due to mental conditions.

This Country owes a lot to the people that were willing to put their life on the line to protect Her from the ones that would take Her away from US.

Our taxpayer money goes to pay the VA to take care of the ones that took care of US.

The ones that are responsible to maintain them have fallen down on the job, consistently.

Time to take our Country back.

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We the People are not finished yet,…we have only just begun.

God Bless America and the ones that defended Her and the ones that defend Her to this day.

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AFVet is an Air Force Vietnam Veteran and American Patriot

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ANY QUESTIONS?

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Why Americans choose Slavery while the rest of the World begs to be Free…by Brittius

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Those that do not understand this, are already, slaves.

I saw that with people in New York City in the 1960s envying the French and Bohemian life style. I spoke with a few former German soldiers, one an ex-Waffen SS trooper. I spoke to two women that were French and, were in Paris 1940.
Much of the strict laws were made lax, as the country was getting over the great Depression in 1940. My mother (still alive), says here, we had it until 1938/1939. The women said there was little to eat and absolutely nothing to waste. Not food, not anything. The government in Paris let the people live as long as nothing like murder was going on. The old German soldiers said pretty much the same thing. The Waffen SS trooper said, people, begged for something easy. Anything easy and getting over, without hard work or pain. People were poor and lowered themselves and became poorer. Females, he said, were willing to have sex for half bottle of wine and three cigarettes. Where did it get them? Only lower. Only more depraved. Then what? Hitler took Paris, and all the people were fleeing or hiding, except for a few partisan resistance people, and they gave the German troops a damned good fight. Everyone else ran, because it was easier to run.
People here, want the soft, lax life. A baby will always want the mother’s teat, until they are made to, start eating solid food. Sin is sweet. It is hard for people to migrate towards a slightly bitter hard scrabble life, so they seek what is sweet, sin.
I remember going through hamlets that were hot with firefights. NVA Regulars, not untrained VC. Fighting was brutal and also on occasion hand to hand. I recall the smoke cover, smells, at times slow motion of mayhem. Looking down the gun sights while moving, where your eye goes, so does that front sight. You think as you were trained. I’m only a teenager then, and suddenly, people run towards us, shouting in Vietnamese, they are naked. Their hands up and fingers spread as they run past us. A woman runs past holding a naked baby by one leg upside down, and all I see are human figures, I do not think like a teenager. Any one of them could try to kill us, my finger on the trigger. A shot from a hut and it draws fire. We were not teenagers, we were “terminators” for lack of a better word. The people wanted nothing to do with dying, bleeding, and suffering.
In America, people will run to whatever feeds them, clothes them, houses them, no different from any domesticated house pet. But who do we notice? The old beat-up Tom cat, the battered junkyard dog, or the animals that live in freedom. Even the lion in the zoo, seeks Freedom, because it is bred into them.

Brittius is a United States USMC/DaNang Vietnam Veteran and true American Patriot

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With this administration, everyday should be a National Day of Prayer!

1381957_10202189610292198_1632604993_nThis Country was founded on Christian Principles

Apostasy n. total desertion of one’s professed principles, faith, or party. —–apostate.

With that word in mind, do you see any similarity with what is happening to this Nation ?

Church’s are drifting away from the teachings of the Bible regarding gays and homosexuals.

They are allowing gays and lesbians to stand at the pulpit and preach to the congregation.

Some are even allowing same sex marriage to take place within the church itself.

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This is an abomination as stated in the Old Testament in the book of Leviticus.

Leviticus chapter 20:13 reads,…

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

That is pretty explicit to me, so why are some churches allowing this ?

Similarly, our military is being attacked!

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Not only the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ debacle, but open attacks on the Chaplains whose duty it is to administer to the troops Christian Principles.

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Under the radical liberal progressive tenants that this administration promotes, our Country is being turned upside down.

Our law enforcement agencies have been told to remove any reference to radical Islamists from their training manuals.

The Muslim Brotherhood is embedded in our Government.

May 1, is National Prayer Day

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With this administration, everyday should be National Prayer Day until we turn the tide on the direction this Country is headed in.

This has become an apostate Country due directly to the efforts of the present regime.

The Lord judged Sodom and Gomorrah, and I feel that he will judge US too.

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Maybe He is doing it right now?

Maybe we are being judged for electing a man that is clearly against this Country’s Principles.

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is being decimated right before our eyes.

It’s time to rise up and stop it !

 God help US.

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AFVet is an Air Force Vietnam Veteran and American Patriot

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Freedom’s Last Stand…by AFVet

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So now the Patriots and the men and women that have served this Country and currently may have their children serving in the Armed Forces are probably worried about their future.

We are manning the gates and the watchtowers.

The enemy within is obvious to US.

It appears that it resides in the White House.

What a shame!

The commander in chief is supposed to be the one that eliminates the threats to our Country, not the one who exacerbates the chaos that is being forced upon US.

The congress is supposed to restrict the president from becoming a dictator.

Has the congress failed in their duty to the American People ?

Has the president failed in his duty to the American People ?

Has the Supreme Court failed in interpreting the Constitution of the United States ?

Barack Obama is a dictator, prove me wrong, I am open for discussion on that subject.

How did we get here ?

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What happened to the

American Spirit ?

Is the ignorance that exists in this Country as far as government control a reflection of where we are or where we are going ?

The elegance of the American Spirit is still intact, and it will always be what we will depend on to restore our Country back from the devious entities that are determined to take Her down.

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Men and Women are on the Watchtowers.

They are informed as to what is happening.

They see the destruction of this Country unfolding before their eyes.

Courage in the face of evil is what we are all about.

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God Bless America

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AFVet is an Air Force Vietnam Veteran

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Righting the Ship…by AFVet

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P R Y,…. by AFVet

4bc29294fc7acb1fffe4fdc06ed1a5e5AFVet is an Air Force Vietnam Veteran

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A small word but a powerful one when it comes to your privacy.

 

What gives the federal government the right to impose itself upon you if you have done no wrong ?

 

Many people take the opinion that they haven’t broken any law.

 

Many say that they have committed no crimes.

 

With today’s government,…can you be sure ?

 

My response to those comments are,…by who’s rules?

 

Children that are suspended from school for forming a gun with their hand.

 

Or for eating a pop tart into the shape of a gun.

 

All the while, teachers, men and women, are engaging in sex with the students that they are paid to educate by the parents that have no choice but to put their children in their care.

 

All of this is happening amidst the desecration of the Christian voice striving to speak out against it.

 

The gay community, the abomination, continues to grab the headlines on our news channels.

 

The LGBT has infested our Military, and yet we allow it to proceed.

 

America, what have we become ?

 

Are you willing to accept this ?

 

Aren’t you willing to take a stand and say NO MORE !

 

Take heed my friends, for the task that we must undergo is at hand.

 

Go out there and VOTE for OUR Country, and Her survival in the choppy seas that She is immersed in.

 

Right now, the rudder is in the wrong hands.

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We need to wrench those hands off the rudder and put this ship back on course.

 

Back on the course that the Constitution set.

 

P R Y

a small word, but one that we cannot allow to be used against US without using it on our so called public servants

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VOTE THEM OUT THIS NOVEMBER!

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