Thursday, July 28, 2016

Anti-Police is Similar to Anti-Military of Years Past


The Vietnam War was the time of many protests against military personnel. Forget the fact that is was political leaders that put our military in these situations. The political powers decided it was the right thing to do, unpopular though it was. As it dragged on and incidents made the headlines and news, some low-thinkers decided to equate our military with being the cause. So they protested. Many times in very vile and vulgar ways. Homecoming for soldiers, sailors, and marines was not a pretty sight. No parades. No celebrations. Nobody coming out and saying, "Job well done."No thank yous. Nothing. In fact, you were shamed. Years later, mostly under Reagan, the tide began to turn. America realized our military does great things under severe conditions. They deserve a lot more than we gave them. So Vietnam Vets began to get some of this, albeit too little, too late. But it set the stage for some very patriotic years, and American was proud of its military again.

Notice how we now have similar rants against our men and women in blue? Society, read: political leaders, have once again messed things up. Many neighborhoods have gone to hell in a hand basket. Our schools have failed. Social experiments have failed. Our inner city youth, mostly Blacks, have bee oppressed. No doubt about that. But they are being oppressed by the same political leaders that get their votes!!!! But that's another story. Right now because of this inflammatory situation, police are right in the middle of it.

Each and every day, men and women put on a uniform and encounter all sorts of situations. Dangerous ones. Like our military, they are not social workers. They are not psychologists. They are not trained to solve society ills. But they are smack dab in the middle of them. And they are trained and paid to keep the peace, and us safe. That's it. They do it thanklessly daily. The vast, overwhelming majority do it while putting their lives on the line. They readily are willing to take bullets for us. And yes, shoot back. Or first. They are expected to do this 100% right each and every time. Impossible. They don't know what someone did, or is capable of. They must make split decisions. And you know what? 99.9999999999999999% of the time....they are right. I'll take my odds on any police officer doing the right thing.

Yes. Any police officer. Even when we go back, analyze the situation, dig deep, look at some cell phone footage on youtube. What response would you make if put in the same situation BEFORE you were able to look back and scrutinize the situation?

Now we have people hating the police. Killing them. Rioting against them. Protesting them. Just like they did in the 1960's against out military. Yes people, these 60's radicals set off many bombs.

We hope soon real Americans will stand up for what's right. Stand for police officers everywhere. It's not a pretty job. It's a thankless job. How many of you who protest would put your body between a bullet and a bystander?

They amount of great, heroic actions that police officers take is FAR greater than any bad outcome. Where are these stories? Where's the cell phone footage?

We challenge anyone to start filming these great men and women doing amazing things. Because they do these things, multiple times a day, and nobody knows about them.

Remember: Each and every incident where a cop kills someone, was started by the officer wanting to keep the peace and protect people. Think about for a while.

All Americans should be relieved that all charges were dropped in Baltimore against the officers.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

National Parks Free Annual Pass for Current US Military and Dependents

There is perhaps no better freebie than the one from the government giving you free access to National Parks. This is one that many now can take advantage of. If you are on leave, think about taking your family on a road trip to a National Park or other US recreation area.

Here are some details:

  1. What are the benefits for the Annual Pass - Military? Free admission at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees for one full year from the month obtained (through last day of that month).
    • Allows pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to enter federally operated recreation sites across the country.
    • Covers the pass owner and three (3) accompanying adults age 16 and older at sites where per person entrance fees are charged. No entry fee charged for children 15 and under.
    The pass does not cover or provide a discount on expanded amenity fees such as camping, boat launch or interpretive fees.
  2. Who qualifies for the Annual Pass - Military? Current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).
  3. Can dependents of National Guard and the Reserve members acquire a pass? Dependents of deployed military members with DoD Form 1173 may obtain a pass. If the military member has not been deployed, the dependent may be the second signer on their sponsor’s pass.
  4. Are there any benefits for veterans? There is not a pass specifically for veterans; however, many veterans qualify for one of the other discount passes offered as part of our pass program.
    If you are 62 or older you qualify for a Senior Pass. You can buy a Senior Pass in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office or by mail.
    If you have a permanent disability you may qualify for an Access Pass. This is a free lifetime pass that you may obtain in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office or by mail.
  5. Where can I use my pass? Please contact a site directly if you have a question about pass acceptance and fees. The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Annual Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) are charged.
    US Army Corps of Engineers will not be issuing this pass, however they may honor it for free access at some sites. For more information contact your local US Army Corps of Engineers.
  6. How do I get my pass? You can receive your pass by presenting your Current US military ID at most Federal lands that charge an entrance fee. A list of sites that sell pass is available. Sites that issue the Annual Pass will generally also issue the free US military version as well. Please contact the Federal Land you will be visiting in advance to ensure that they have the pass available.
Start planning for next summer or your next leave!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

How the military started tracking Santa Claus


We are promoting an older post on NORAD and how they started tracking Santa. Please visit: http://militaryandveterans.blogspot.com/2009/12/why-military-uses-norad-to-track-santa.html


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