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May 18, 2006
Name: Fallen of 1983 Beirut Bombing
Type: Memorial (for the deceased)
To Honor: Individual(s)
Location: Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan United States

This was on the front page of the Soo Evening News today! We were all SO excited to see it.


[b]Rememberance Walk Journal Started Day 2[/b]

At 7:15am when I hit lap 133, I had to sit a while. I know at this pace I will end early Friday morning (no media) and my legs were weak. The cold (40 degrees) and rain took its toll through the night. My back is burning so I chopped .19 per lap off at lap 80. This adjusts the total down from 149 miles to 129 miles.

As of this posting, total miles walked is 75. At 1:30am, I had to leave the route due to being chilled so bad it caused spasms. My son in law walked 29 laps for me so credit him with 15 miles of the total. I am trying to finish this. I see it as the laps, not the distance walked.

We had 4 people take the name of one of the fallen to make donations in their memory. Most people are unaware or just done care. By the way, 3 of the 4 people were under 25. At 5pm or so, I spoke to a teenager close to 14 years old. He asked what I was doing so I told him. He replied, "Thats alot of laps." I said, "It was alot of people." He just shrugged and rode away. Taking for granted the freedom he has today because of service men and women who laid their life down.

After I walked the first lap, I had to stop to speak with the local paper Soo Evening News and pose for pictures as I gave the owner of Grooves Music a coin. Gary has been so understanding and helpful with the walk and everything else. I think it would be nice if all of us write a thank you note to:

Gary Hatch at Grooves Music
540 Ashmun Street
Sault Sainte Marie, MI

We need to support those who support us since there are so few. Cold again, body spasms, sides cramping up. I know I can finish this but it looks like another long day and night ahead. Only 108 laps to go, not that bad. I have been told that after you eat, you should exercise carefully as the blood is diverged to the stomach to digest the food so I have been waiting 30 minutes after eating before walking. I guess that explains why I get real cold after I eat.

I see this walk as freeing the souls of the fallen, another rescue mission I must not fail this time. City worker stopped by and thanked all of us for serving in Beirut. He served from 1980 - 1984, West coast marine.

8:30am on the 18th. Rain is stopping, starting to warm up. David Scott from Edward Jones Investments dropped off coffee for me, another supporter.

At 5pm, lap 153. A total of 84.5 miles so far.

(to be continued)

[ note : this is being written with paper and pen. steve asked for this to be posted. ]

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Posted: May 18, 2006 4:14pm
Apr 10, 2006
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: Tennessee, United States
The Westboro Baptist PUNKS are Planning to Picket a Funeral
The Westboro Baptist PUNKS are planning to picket the Funeral of Marine Cpl. David A. Bass - at 9:30 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 11 - at Woodman Hills Church of Christ leper colony, 3710 Franklin Rd., Nashville, Tenn; Tennessee
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Posted: Apr 10, 2006 3:38pm
Feb 1, 2006
Focus: Government
Action Request: Various
Location: United States
Here is the letter written by Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan Donald Rumsfeld. He wrote the letter on my behalf asking Rumsfeld to Reopen the Investigation. If you agree with this please ask your Rep. to follow Stupak and maybe then we can start a tradition of Justice for Veterans.

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Read the Pdf file here!

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Posted: Feb 1, 2006 4:56am
Jan 14, 2006
If you are a troop supporter, we invite you to join our FRAPPR!

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Posted: Jan 14, 2006 11:15pm
Jan 12, 2006

Five (5) lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

1. - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I
was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely
this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before
class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many
people All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even
if all you do is smile and say "hello."  I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing
on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her
car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her,
generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety,
helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked
him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise,
a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was
It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The
rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside
just before he passed away.. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly
serving others."
Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy
entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass
of water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins
in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more
people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins "I'll have the plain ice cream,"
he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and
walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When
the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough
left to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some
of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked
around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but
none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon
approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he
noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to
know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease.
Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her
5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor
explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he
would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and
saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he
lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color
returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I
start to die right away".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he
was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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Posted: Jan 12, 2006 2:51pm
Jan 12, 2006
Focus: Government
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
Wow, alot of names here huh? Take a peek..... 

MCPL Terry W. Abbott
of New Richmond, OH
MCPL Clemon S. Alexander
of Monticello, FL MFC John R. Allman
of Carlsbad, NM
MCPL Moses J. Arnold, Jr
of Philadelphia, PA
 MPFC Charles K. Bailey
of Berlin, MD
MLCPL Nicholas Baker
of Alexandria, VA
MLCPL Johansen Banks
of Detroit, MI
MLCPL Richard E. Barrett
of Tappahanock, VA
NHM1 Ronny K. Bates
of Aiken, SC
M1stSGT David L. Battle
of Hubert, NC
MLCPL James R. Baynard
of Richmond, VA
NHN Jesse W. Beamon
of Haines City, FL
MGYSGT Alvin Belmer
of Jacksonville, NC
MCPL Shannon D. Biddle
of Valley Head, AL
MPFC Stephen Bland
of Midway Park, NC
MSGT Richard Blankenship
of Hubert, NC
MLCPL John W. Blocker
of Yulee, FL
MCAPT Joseph Boccia
of Northport, NY
MCPL Leon Bohannon, Jr
of Jacksonville, NC
MSSGT John Bohnet
of Memphis, TN
MCPL John J. Bonk
of Philadelphia, PA 
MLCPL Jeffrey L. Boulos
of Islip, NY 
MCPL David R. Bousum
of Fife Lake, MI 
MFLT John N. Boyett
of Camp Lejeune, NC 
MCPL Anthony Brown
of Detroit, MI
MLCPL David W. Brown
of Conroe, TX 
MLCPL Bobby Buchanan
of Midway Park, NC
MCPL John B. Buckmaster
of Vandalia, OH 
MPFC William F. Burley
of Linden, NJ  NHN Jimmy R. Cain
of Birmington, AL
MCPL Paul L. Callahan
of Lorain, OH
MSGT Mecot E. Camara
of Jacksonville, NC 
MPFC Bradley J. Campus
of El Campo, TX
AMAJ Randall A. Carlson
of Trumbull, CT
MLCPL Johnnie D. Ceasar
of El Campo, TX
MCPL Sam Cherman
of Queens, NY
MLCPL Randy W. Clark
of Minong, WI 
MPFC Marc L. Cole
of Ludlow Falls, OH
ASP4 Marcus A. Coleman
of Dallas, TX 
MPFC Juan M. Comas
of Hialeah, FL 
MSGT Robert A. Conley
of Orlando, FL
MCPL Charles D. Cook
of Advance, NC
MLCPL Curtis Cooper
of North Wales, PA 
MLCPL Johnny Copeland
of Burlington, NC
MCPL Bert Corcoran
of Katonah, NY
MLCPL David L. Cosner
of Elkins, WV 
MSGT Kevin P. Coulman
of Seminary, NY
MSGT Manual A. Cox
of Union City, NJ 
MLCPL Brett A. Croft
of Lakeland, FL 
MLCPL Rick Crudale
of Warwick, RI 
MLCPL Kevin P. Custard
of Virginia, MN 
MLCPL Russell E. Cyzick
of Star City, WV
MCPL David Daugherty
of Eastlake, OH 
MMAJ Andrew Davis
of Jacksonville, NC 
MLCPL Thomas Debenedetto
of Mansfield Center, CT 
MPFC Sidney S. Decker
of Clarkston, KY 
MPFC Michael J. Devlin
of Westwood, MA 
MPVT Nathaniel G. Dorsey
of Baltimore, MD 
MSGMJ Frederick Douglass
of Cataumet, MA 
MLCPL George L. Dramis
of NJ
MCPL Timothy J. Dunnigan
of Princeton, WV
NHN Bryan L. Earle
of Painsville, OH 
MMSG Roy L. Edwards
of Camp Lejeune, NC 
NHM3 William D. Elliot Jr
of Lancaster, PA
MLCPL Jesse Ellison
of Soldiers Grove, WI 
MPFC Danny R. Estes
of Gary, IN
MPFC Sean F. Estler
of Kenall Park, NJ
MCPL Thomas A. Evans
of Conrad, MT 
NHM3 James E. Faulk
of Panama City, FL 
MPFC Richard A. Fluegel
of Erie, PA 
MCPL Steven M. Forrester
of Jacksonville, NC 
NHM3 William B. Foster, Jr
of Richmond, VA
MCPL Michael D. Fulcher
of Madison Heights, VA
 MLCPL Benjamin E. Fuller
of Duluth, GA  MLCPL Michael S. Fulton
of Ft. Worth, TX 
MCPL William Gaines Jr
of Port Charlotte, FL 
MLCPL Sean R. Gallagher
of N. Andover, MA 
MLCPL David B. Gander
of Milwaulkee, WI 
MLCPL George M. Gangur
of Cleveland, OH 
MSSGT Leland E. Gann
of Camp Lejeune, NC 
MLCPL Randall J. Garcia
of Modesto, CA 
MLCPL Ronald J. Garcia
of Jacksonville, NC 
MSSGT Edward Gargano
of Quincy, MA 
MLCPL David D. Gay
of Harrisburg, IL 
MSSGT Harold D. Ghumm
of Jacksonville, NC
MLCPL Warner Gibbs
of Portsmouth, VA 
MCPL Timothy R. Giblin
of N. Providence, RI 
NETC Michael Gorchinski
of Evansville, IN 
MLCPL Richard J. Gordon
of Somerville, MA 
MLCPL Harold Gratton
of Conoes, NY 
MSGT Robert B. Greaser
of Lansdale, PA
MLCPL David M. Green
of Baltimore, MD
MLCPL Thomas A. Hairston
of Philadelphia, PA 
MSGT Fredie Haltiwanger
of Little Mountain, SC 
MLCPL Virgil Hamilton
of Dayton, OH 
MSGT Gilbert Hanton
of Washington, DC 
MLCPL William Hart
of Jacksonville, NC 
ACPL Michael Hasenfus
of Dedham, MA
 MCAPT Michael Haskell
of Camp Lejeune, NC 
MPFC Michael A. Hastings
of Seaford, DE 
MPFC Jeffrey T. Hattaway
of Pensacola, FL 
MCAPT Paul A. Hein
of Camp Lejeune, NC 
MLCPL Douglas E. Held
of Jacksonville, NC
MPFC Mark A. Helms
of Dwight, NE
MLCPL Ferrandy Henderson
of Tampa, FL 
MSGT Matilde Hernandez Jr
of Midway Park, NC 
MCPL Stanley G. Hester
of Raleigh, NC 
MGYSG Donald Hildreth
of Sneads Ferry, NC 
MSSG Richard Holberton
of Beaufort, SC 
NHM3 Robert Holland
of Gilbertsville, KY 
MLCPL Bruce Hollingshead
of Fairborn, OH 
MPFC Melvin Holmes
of Chicago, IL 
MCPL Bruce Howard
of Strong, ME 
NLT John R. Hudson
of Riverdale, GA 
MCPL Terry L. Hudson
of Prichard, AL 
MLCPL Lyndon J. Hue
of Des Allemands, LA 
M2LT Maurice E. Hukill
of Jacksonville, NC 
MLCPL Edward F. Iacovino
of Warwick, RI 
MPFC John J. Ingalls
of Interlaken, NY 
MWO1 Paul G. Innocenzi
of Trenton, NJ 
MLCPL James Jackowski
of S. Salem, NY 
MLCPL Jeffrey James
of Baltimore, MD
 MLCPL Nathaniel Jenkins
of Daytona Beach, FL
NHM2 Michael Johnson
of Detroit, MI 
MCPL Edward Johnston
of Struthers, OH 
MLCPL Steven Jones
of Brooklyn, NY
MPFC Thomas A. Julian
of Middleton, RI 
NHM2 Marion E. Kees
of Martinsburg, WV  MSG Thomas C. Keown
of Louisville, KY 
MGYSG Edward Kimm
of Atlantic, IA 
MLCPL Walter Kingsley
of Wisconsin Dells, WI 
ASG Daniel S. Kluck
of Owensboro, KY 
MLCPL James Knipple
of Alexandria, VA
MCPL Todd Kraft
of Devils Lake, ND
MLCPL Freas Kreischer
of Indiatlantic, FL
MLCPL Keith J. Laise
of Stroudsburgh, PA 
MLCPL Thomas G. Lamb
of Coon Rapids, MN 
MLCPL James J. Langon
of Lakehurst, NJ 
MSG Michael Lariviere
of Perry, FL  MCPL Steven B. Lariviere
of Chicopee, MA 
MMSG Richard L. Lemnah
of Camp Lejeune, NC
MCPL David A. Lewis
of Garfield Heights, OH
MSGT Val S. Lewis
of Atlanta, GA MCPL Joseph Livingston
of Champaign, IL 
M2LT Donald G Losey
of Winston Salem, NC 
MLCPL Paul D. Lyon
of Milton, FL MMAJ John Macroglou
of Jacksonville, NC 
MCPL Samuel Maitland
of Jacksonville, NC 
MSSG Charlie Martin
of Camp Lejeune, NC 
MPFC Jack L. Martin
of Oveido, FL 
MCPL David S. Massa
of Warren, RI 
MSG Michael Massman
of Port Huron, MI
MPVT Joseph Mattacchione
of Sanford, NC
MLCPL John McCall
of Rochester, NY
MSG James McDonough
of Newcastle, PA 
MLCPL Timothy McMahon
of Austin, TX
MLCPL Timothy McNeely
of Mooresville, NC
NHM2 George McVicker
of Wabash, IN
MPFC Louis Melendez
of Puerto Rico 
MSG Richard Menkins
of Tully, NY
 MCPL Michael D. Mercer
of Vale, NC
MLCPL Ronald W. Meurer
of Jacksonville, NC 
NHM3 Joseph Milano
of Farmingville, NY 
MCPL Joseph Moore
of St. Louis, MO 
MLCPL Richard A. Morrow
of Clairton, PA 
MLCPL John Muffler
of Philadelphia, PA
MCPL Alex Munoz
of Bloomfield, NM
MCPL Harry Myers
of Whittler, NC
M1LT David J. Nairn
of Jacksonville, NC
MLCPL Luis A. Nava
of Gardena, CA
MCAPT Michael Ohler
of Huntington, NY 
MCPL John A. Olson
of Sabin, MN
MPFC Robert P. Olson
of Lawtons, NY
MSSG Alexander Ortega
of Rochester, NY 
MCWO3 Richard Ortiz
of Ft. Sill, OK 
MPFC Jeffrey Owen
of Virginia Beach, VA
MCPL Joseph Owens
of Chesterfield, VA
MCPL Connie Ray Page
of Erwin, NC 
MLCPL Ulysses Parker
of Baltimore, MD
 MLCPL Mark W. Payne
of Binghamton, NY 
MGYSG John Pearson
of Jacksonville, NC 
MCPL Marvin Perkins
of Franklin, TN MPFC Thomas Perron
of Whitinsville, MA 
MSGT John A. Phillips Jr
of Wilmette, IL 
NHMC George Piercy
of Mt. Savage, MD 
M1LT Clyde W. Plymel
of Merritt, FL 
MSG William H Pollard
of Jacksonville, NC
 MSGT Rafael Pomalestorres
of Philadelphia, PA 
MCPL Victor M. Prevatt
of Columbus, GA
MPFC James C. Price
of Attala, AL 
MSSG Patrick Prindeville
of Gainesville, FL 
MPFC Eric A. Pulliam
of St. Louis, IL 
NHM3 Diomedes Quirante
of Calcoocan City, RP
MLCPL David Randolph
of Siloam Springs, AZ 
MGYSGT Charles R. Ray
of Jacksonville, NC
MCPL David L. Reagan
of Virginia Beach, VA 
MPFC Rui A. Relvas
of Philadelphia, PA
MPFC Terrence L. Rich
of Brooklyn, NY
MLCPL Warren Richardson
of Brooklyn, NY
MSGT Juan Rodriquez
of Miami, FL
 MLCPL Louis Rotondo
of Philadelphia, PA 
MLCPL Guillermo Sanpedro
of Hialeah, FL 
MLCPL Michael Sauls
of Waterboro, SC 
M1LT Charles Schnorf
of Camp Lejeune, NC
MPFC Scott L. Schultz
of Keeseville, NY
MCAPT Peter J. Scialabba
of Moorehead City, NC 
MCPL Gary R. Scott
of Rankin, IL 
MCPL Ronald L. Shallo
of Hudson, NY
MCPL Thomas A. Shipp
of Jacksonville, NC 
MLCPL Jerryl Shropshire
of Macon, GA 
MLCPL James F. Silvia
of Middletown, RI 
MLCPL Stanley Sliwinski
of Niles, OH 
MLCPL Kirk H. Smith
of Miami, FL 
MSSG Thomas G Smith
of Middletown, CT 
MCAPT Vincent Smith
of Jacksonville, NC 
MLCPL Edward Soares
of Tiverton, RI 
MSG Alan H. Soifert
of Nashua, NH
M1LT William S. Sommerhof
of Springfield, IL 
MLCPL Michael Spaulding
of Akron, OH 
MLCPL John W. Spearing
of Lancaster, PA
MLCPL Stephen E. Spencer
of Portsmouth, RI
MLCPL Bill J. Stelpflug
of Auburn, AL 
MLCPL Horace R. Stephens
of Capitol Heights, MD 
MPFC Craig S. Stockton
of Rochester, NY 
MLCPL Jeffrey G. Stokes
of Waynesboro, GA
MLCPL Thomas D. Stowe
of Jacksonville, NC 
MLCPL Eric D. Sturghill
of Chicago, IL 
MLCPL Devon L. Sundar
of Standford, CT 
NLT James F. Surch Jr
of Lompoc, CA
 MCPL Dennis A. Thompson
of Bronx, NY 
MSSG Thomas P. Thorstad
of Chesterton, IN 
MPFC Stephen D. Tingley
of Ellington, CT
MLCPL John J. Tishmack
of Minneapolis, MN 
MCPL Henry Townsend
of Montgomery, AL 
MPVT Lex D. Trahan
of Lafayette, LA 
MCPL Pedro J. Valle
of San Juan, RP 
MCPL Donald H. Vallone Jr
of Palmdale, CA 
MCPL Eric R. Walker
of Chicago, IL
MCPL Leonard W. Walker
of Dothan, AL 
MCPL Eric G. Washington
of Alexandria, VA 
MCPL Obrian Weekes
of Brooklyn, NY 
M1SG Tandy W. Wells
of Jacksonville, NC 
MLCPL Steven Wentworth
of Reading, PA 
MSG Allen D. Wesley
of Philadelphia, PA 
MGYSG Lloyd D. West
of Jacksonville, NC 
MSSG John R. Weyl
of Jacksonville, NC 
MCPL Burton Wherland
of Jacksonville, NC 
MLC Dwayne Wigglesworth
of Naugatuck, CT
 MLCPL Rodney Williams
of Opa Locka, FL 
MGYSG Scipio Williams
of Charleston, SC
MLCPL Johnny Williamson
of Asheboro, NC
MCAPT Walter E. Wint
of Wilkes-Barre, PA
MCAPT William E. Winter
of Fripp Island, SC
 MCPL John E. Wolfe
of Phoenix, AZ 
M1LT Donald Woollett
of Barthesville, OK
NHM3 David E. Worley
of Baltimore, MD 
MPFC Craig L. Wyche
of Jamaica, NY 
ASFC James G. Yarber
of Vacaville, CA 
MSGT Jeffrey D. Young
of Moorestown, NJ
 M1LT William Zimmerman
of Grand Haven, MI 

Could you forget an event where this many people died at once?
These are the names of the servicemen that died in their sleep in 1983 Beirut, Lebanon.
Now that I have your attention, would you please sign our petition to reopen the 1983 Beirut Bombing Investigation?

Yes! I Want To Sign the Petition!
Jan 11, 2006
Everyone has them, some are outspoken about them, some act as though it's taboo to admit.

Here are my top 10 pet peeves.  What are YOUR'S?  

1. My house being dirty
2. Wet toilet seats
3. Close talkers
4. People that borrow and never return your things.
5. Empty promises
6. Chewing with your mouth open
7. Fake people
8. Lies
9. Dial up
10. "Know it All's"
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Posted: Jan 11, 2006 4:07pm
Jan 8, 2006
Name: Steven Douglas Ayers
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Individual(s)
Location: , United States
                                                         This Man

This man was once a young boy with dreams.
This man grew up and joined the Navy.
This man fought for our country.
This man went to Beirut on a peacekeeping mission.
This man saw things that most couldn't handle.
This man came back someone different.
This man buried his tears.
This man now has a fear of death.
This man hurts for his fallen brothers.
This man dreams of atonement.
This man has lost his zest for life.
This man has been stamped crazy by the VA.
This man needs understanding.
This man needs to be heard.
This man is my husband.
This man is my love.
This man is my life.

This man, this one man is just one in vast sea of men and women who have served their country and are now paying the ultimate price of living out the remainder of their lives as someone they were not meant to be. Who knows what they COULD have been. Who knows what their lives would have been like. What they may have accomplished.

This was written in honor of my husband and the many people who have served in the military to give us the freedom we have. THEY did it, not the rest of us. THEY made the ultimate sacrifice so OUR lives could be normal. And now THEIR lives aren't. They walk the earth wondering what could have been. If they hadn't served, would they be walking the earth with smiles and hopes and dreams? Would they be living lives where the family is sturdy and full of laughter? Would they still be married to the people that they were when they left?

These are the things that we all take for granted. We assume that our servicemen can "take it". That they will persevere. It's not that cut and dried folks. These people come back to live lives of nightly hauntings of the images they saw.

I commend all of our troops and I commend most of all my husband for whom I have watched go through this hell for 22 years.

I can imagine our life being alot different than it is now, but it doesn't matter to me. All that matters is that he KNOWS that people care. That we don't take him and countless others for granted. They were all once normal people like us with dreams, aspirations and hopes. Now it's up to all of us civilians to help them all feel comfortable in knowing that what they did for us was nothing less than courageous.
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\\n\\n\\n\\n\\n3/18/11: \\\"The source term provided to NARAC was: (1) 25% of the total fuel in unit 2 (SFP) released to the atmosphere, (2) 50% of the total spent fuel from unit 3 (SFP) was released to the atmosphere, and (3) 100% of the total spent fuel wa...
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\\n \\n Every nuclear reactor is a military industrial complex stocked up with 1300 weapons of mass destruction that if released for ANY reason, can wipe out all life on the planet, from just ONE nuclear reactor. If a Carrington Event happens, whic...
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\\n \\n \\n http://www.agreenroadproj A nuclear subcontractor ordered workers at Fukushima to cover their dosimeters with lead to lower official levels of radiation would be reported; allowing workers to work longer hours inside the plant. By...