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American Eagle with torn flag Another Xanga member wrote an excellent blog regarding the current presidential election process going on & the various candidates as well as referring to Jesus - how He truly cared for people, didn't abuse His power for His own Glory but used His abilities for the greater good of mankind... and related that to how each of us can make a difference in our part of the world and while taking part in the political process. Her blog got me to doing some heart felt analyzing of what is going on in many different aspects of American society - In my humble opinion, it is not about who is our president throughout the years that we need to address - it is the very deep rooted American philosophies, mores, etc that are inherently changing for the worse in many ways because of a very frightening growing divisiveness in our country.. We, as Americans, used to concentrate on what *brought us together* what we had in common.. what we could do *together* no matter *what* our differences religious or otherwise - to help our country be a better country - a better place for our children and their children and so on... Used to be...when you told others you were American - there was an atmosphere of respect - not of contempt - even when there were wars, diplomatic policies, etc. others may or may not have agreed with.. While I have and will always be proud to be an American - I think every country has good and bad in it..and think that we, as a people, need to remember that haughty "Pride goeth before a fall".. Good pride is one thing.. but having a "puffed up" pride as my parents used to say is not a good thing. America is never going to be perfect - No country is ever going to be perfect ...but all of our countries..no matter where we're from - can be better. Proud to be American Americans can help bring back respect, true debate, true ideological discussions (and I do mean discussions - not yelling/screaming matches because people happen to disagree), true dignity back to the American political process...We've just got to choose to do so as a people. I'd like to know...just how many American citizens actually have taken the *time* to read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Amendments.. How many take the time to study the different proposals by the various candidates and analyze what it would mean for our country as a whole? How many Americans have ever taken the time to watch C-Span and watch our Congress *in action* to *see* our political process in action ? I also wonder just how many Americans are contributing to the downward spiral of American politics by doing NONE of the above but just claiming to believe something because - well someone else was saying this or believes this and THEY are a Democrat, or a Republican or an Independent so I'll say ittoo! I mean, after all...we're *busy*..we've got to go shopping, see the latest movie, go to the latest sporting event, go to the bar and hang with ourbuddies...we don't actually have *time* to *think* about these things...**Rolls Eyes** We, as Americans, can't just place the blame on the politicians and presidential candidates here...We've got to wake up to what a privilege it is - to have the freedom to participate in a democracy - bestowed upon us by the sacrifices of our military throughout the ages since America's foundation... and *really* use it - Not just "play" the "game" of politics. Photobucket I can't stand the "Dog and Pony Show" that American politics has become..I really can't... The *show* isn't what true American politics and discourse is about - wasn't from the get go - It was and should be about what can we do as a government, as a nation, as a democracy to help ensure that our people have the freedoms, abilities,choices to do what they need to do to have the best life they can have - without fear of persecution ..and if something is preventing our people from having those necessary freedoms/abilities etc.. what we can do collectively as a nation to look out for the better good of all..NOT socialism...Not hand outs but a hand up.. Politicians of yore used to go "stumping" - literally would go from town to town and stand on tree stumps and hold true **true** discourse..and the citizens could ask questions..and the politicians would *really* answer them with well thought out and heart felt responses. I hate what the American media as well as the Hollywood scene has done to the American election process for the presidential and other elections.. If we took the media out of it... didn't blast it all over television, be so concerned about ratings and polls and just got back down to the "nitty gritty" of what the Presidential Election is *supposed* to be about- then we, as an American people could really demand/expect our Presidental candidates to tell us why they believe what they believe...what would they really do about this or that social problem in society etc etc. Look up the Lincoln/Douglass Debates from the 1800s... and how those two men *really* addressed the hard core *issues* that faced our nation as well as truly interacting with the American people! I mean, let's face it y'all....if there had been televised debates back in the 1800s... Abraham Lincoln would have lost ...he wasn't the most pleasing on the eyes...& if such a critical presidential election had been left up to polls and who was more charismatic back then...well the US more than likely wouldn't be the US it is today because I honestly do not feel that Stephen Douglass could have even come remotely close to being the leader in troubled times that President Lincoln was... We are in just as troubled times now if not more so as a nation...just in different ways...Do we **really** want to leave this election up to popular opinion polls,who is more charismatic...whom can get whom more riled up ....like in a high school popularity Homecoming King/Queen contest??? Let's get real Y'all! Our nations very well being is at stake here - not to mention our childrens futures! If you don't have children yet..think about when some day you do...and how you'd feel right now about this election in hindsight.... If you don't want children...think about the who you want making the laws when you're in your golden years..Children who have grown up in an America where Americans *really* thought about what they were voting on....or children who grew up in a household of mindless idiots who just didn't give a damn but hey we gotta go to the polls...it's what we're supposed to do .... Think about it......Do something about it...Get involved!!! Photobucket We, as an American people, need to get back to getting really involved - not just saying we are..not just hoping to look good on some television out there or that "involvement" would look good on a resume! When we can find a president who truly has the courage of his or her convictions - someone who doesn't just sway with the wind or think about which lobbyist group is going to come by this week because Senator so & so happened to have connections ...and us as the American people at that point can stop being so worried about polls or what people think, get out of the "me me me" greed attitude & get back to "What is going to help the USA & American people the most" - then we can "take America 'back'" but at that point we can actually help make her better and stronger than ever before if we can ever somehow reach that goal. I pray that we do! For US and for the world. Photobucket I think others from many other great nations across the globe - if they take the current situation and emotions out of the mix - if they really did some soul searching - would *admit* that they would *like* to have an United States of America back that they could RESPECT even when they DISAGREED... I long for a day when TRUE diplomacy from ALL freedom loving countries return & I also still have a bit of the idealist in me that longs for a day when Diplomacy and true Respect & political discourse can be stronger than ever before. It can be...we, as a people, have just got to *choose* it and not wait around for someone else to to do it,think it,be active...etc. Americans as a whole need to stop relying on their particular party for "what to think" as well - make up their minds on what they believe for themselves...educate themselves..study what the different laws, policies, issues are and search themselves to find out what their true stance on things are... Too many these days are blind followers - Republican,Democrat, Libertarian and otherwise. I was taught to truly think for myself and analyze the candidate no matter which election - local, state, national....for their voting record, how they treat people in their communities, see if what they say they believe during election time stacks up to what their voting record is, see if they've participated in helping the community through volunteer programs etc. I grew up in Texas & when people accuse me of being a blind follower of the Conservative ideology - or that I'm one of "those" extreme fundamentalist etc.. without taking the time to get to know me or really sit down and find out what I think - just lump sum me in with the rest.. I love shocking them - saying that actually I'm a moderate.. Yes I am Conservative for the most part but that I have voted for a "Yellow Dog Democrat" (Texas terminology for a long time Democrat who has been in Texas for generations) who was had the courage of his or her convictions & had real integrity over corrupt Republicans who were just out for themselves..in politics because it would 'get them somewhere' rather than for what they could do to help our country. If your heart and soul are in the right place - then I still believe that as you get older you have the ability to become less judgemental of others, ways of life etc.and more judgemental on what *you* need to do as a person to help make your part of the world a better place to be in.. As you can very evidently see, I care tremendously for our American nation, our people..our way of life... I also care about the overall well being not only of our nation but of all nations. Those nations with citizens whom actually get to participate in the system without fear of retribution need to be active..make your voice heard.. inspire future generations to get involved... There are so many nations out there across our world where the citizens only dream of getting to voice their opinion without fear of getting killed for it! We need to appreciate what we have & USE IT! Photobucket It all boils down to the fact that all humanity have basic common desires/hopes/dreams/goals... for the most part...We all live on this globe together..we're either going to somehow figure out a way to make this a better world *together* or if we don't start really deep down caring about humanity all over the world...we'll end up destroying what was...what still is in many ways...and what could have & should have remained a very good thing.. I will end this with a line from one of my all time favorite songs....and I've loved it since I was a little girl - I will forever have a loving heart towards all people who don't wish harm on others... "Let there be Peace on Earth..and LET IT BEGIN WITH ME.........." See y'all...that song didn't say..let it begin with someone else.... Now did it ;) PhotobucketProud Americani am proud to be an american...
support our troops No matter what your political beliefs - I encourage you to take a moment to remember that the people in uniform sacrificing daily - and many giving the ultimate sacrifice - are not *the war*..they are our Brothers,Sisters, Moms,Dads,Aunts, Uncles,Nephews,Nieces,Cousins, in-laws, Husband, Wife, Step Dad,Step Mom,step brothers and sisters ...ie..Our Heroes are our Family Members...

Once they are on foreign soil and in harms way - they deserve for us to remember them, think about them, pray for them, support them through letters, care packages, etc.

Our Heroes don't do what they do because they *love* war...They do what they do because they love US - their countrymen - & our country - our way of life..our diversity..etc.

It doesn't take much time or effort at all to write one letter to a Hero serving overseas.

About a year and a half ago when I was running a grass-roots Support Our Troops group on myspace - (which I am going to get active again later this summer) - I became friends with a 20 yr old Hero on his first tour over in Afghanistan..

What he told me made me even that much more determined to make a difference..and to get the word out to others that we need to take the politics out of the war when it comes to supporting our troops.

He told me that he had been on tour for a year - since he was 19 and that his ENTIRE FAMILY - meaning parents,siblings, aunts,uncles, cousins - had told him TO HIS FACE *BEFORE* he left the States to serve - that THEY WOULD *NEVER* WRITE NOR SEND A CARE PACKAGE ***BECAUSE HE WAS IN 'THAT WAR'***

He told me that he felt sad all the time..that he was doing what he was doing because HE LOVED *THEM* ...He said that he was scared of dying but he was scared of terrorism MORE.. and that all he wanted/longed for is to feel that at least he would be remembered if he happened to die while in harms way in the line of duty

He kept asking why his family didn't love him enough to remember him...that it was like his first 18 yrs all of a sudden stopped having any meaning to his family and that puzzled and hurt him


People....How many other Heroes out there are just like him...just wanting to know that someone will GIVE A DAMN about them & take the time out of their day to REMEMBER ..to be grateful..and to pray in whatever your religion that they would make it back safe - but if not..to let that Hero know he meant something to someone!

I'm going to write a letter to one of our Heroes today... What are you going to do?

These organizations are American ones..for those of my friends in countries who are American Allies & also have troops/Heroes involved in the War on Terrorism I encourage you to look up the organizations in your country ..If you'll let me know which country you are from I'll do some research - get in touch with other friends and find a Hero from your country that you can actively support. As always when supporting our Heroes - OPSEC rules HAVE to be followed.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) provides college scholarships grants, based on need, along with financial aid and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident.

The objectives of the Night Stalker Association (NSA) are to:

1. To preserve the memories and comradeship kindled by the mutual experience of service with the 160th SOAR(A).
2. To render assistance to worthy members, their surviving spouses, and families by means of college grants, loans, special financial assistance, camaraderie, and personal guidance.
3. To provide for the collecting and dissemination of information concerning the organization and its members in local and national reunions.
4. To provide for the patriotic assembly of its members in local and national reunions.
5. To perpetuate the "Night Stalkers Don't Quit" spirit and tradition for future generations.
Lead the Way Fund, Inc.

is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of families of U.S. Army Rangers who have died, have been disabled or who are currently serving in harm's way around the world. The funds raised will provide spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness programs and other financial aid programs. The Lead The Way Fund, Inc. was created in honor of Sgt. James J. Regan who was killed in Iraq while serving with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Operation One Voice

is a program designed by police officers, firefighters and community leaders to raise funds to help support the children of fallen Special Operations Forces. Special Operations Forces consist of; Army Rangers, Green Berets, Spec Op Aviators, Navy Seals, Air Force Special Operations pilots, para-rescue and Marine Force Recon.

The Armed Forces Foundation
info@armedforcesfoundation.org


Promote the morale, welfare, and quality of life of the United States armed forces community. Provide quality support, recreation, and educational services to contribute to the retention, readiness, and mental, physical, and emotional well-being and enjoyment of the military community. More recently, meeting regularly with wounded soldiers at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Read Hospital to provide support, give gifts, and show the soldiers appreciation for their service and sacrifice. Includes food gift certificates, turkeys for the troops at Thanksgiving and all-day events for families and their children.

Naval Special Warfare Foundation

Our mission was not created by war, but it has been made more important and more difficult as a result of it. Our focus is on family and the special community that is Naval Special Warfare. Since our inception, the goal has been to provide educational and motivational support, promote health and welfare programs and perpetuate the history and heritage of U.S. Naval Commandos. Our Foundation is strong, our leadership is dedicated and our mission is noble. Support Navy SEAL families. Your support matters.

Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

The Special Forces Association is a non-profit veterans' fraternal organization formed in 1964, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and is chartered in the State of North Carolina. The purpose for which the Association was formed was to unite, fraternally, all men who are now or ever have been assigned to the United States Army Special Forces, to perpetuate Special Forces traditions. No person is barred from joining the association because of race, color, religion, sex, or political affiliation.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
info@woundedwarriorproject.org


Service(s) Provided:
Provide free assistance to veterans attempting to obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. Represent veterans on state and federal legislative issues. Work with business and government leaders to ensure veterans are given equal opportunity in hiring. Provide outreach to modern veterans through programs and services that address their unique needs.

Soldiers' Angels

Frequent flyer miles, voice activated laptops, cards and letters of encouragement, personal hygiene items, clothing, snacks, trips (when ambulatory and able to have day passes) as diversions from the life of hospital life, transportation to and from airports, hotels, and shopping, hotel accommodations for family on a short-term basis, and companionship to the wounded and their families.

Operation Hero Miles

Allows troops stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan to fly home on leave for free. It also gives family members of wounded servicemen and women free plane tickets to visit their loved ones recovering at military hospitals across the country.

Yellow Ribbon Fund

1) The opportunity to use their free time to learn job skills with a local company and to have meaningful interaction with the civilian business community (2) if appropriate, more formal training on the job, in a local business or at a technical institution (3) as required, transportation to and from the job or training site (4) mentors. When the patient's family visits, arrange free hotel rooms and rental cars.

The Fisher Houseâ„¢ program

is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Operation First Response

Sweatshirts, socks, underwear, toothbrushes, razors, etc. and backpacks for delivery of these essentials. O.F.R. also provides assistance to families of wounded heroes with travel expenses and financial burdens they incur during his period. Care begins at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center with a special nurse who is caring for wounded. Her unique position puts this organization in contact with families who need their help. She also passes out the backpacks.

Helping Our Heroes Foundation

Provide patient advocates, identify and fund educational opportunities for the soldier, coordinate specialty counseling (financial assistance, career, housing, etc.), and assist with emergency funding needs as deemed appropriate.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of members — veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

C.A.U.S.E.

Provides personal care and comfort items to, and organizes recreational opportunities for, members of the US Armed Forces receiving medical treatment and/or recuperating in government hospitals or rehabilitation centers.

Hope For the Warriors

The mission of Hope for the Warriorsâ„¢ is to enhance quality of life for US Service Members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope for the Warriorsâ„¢ actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet, particularly with regard to the short and long-term care of the severely injured.

Veterans Benefits Administration

This web site is dedicated to the surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide quality information and assistance to family members suffering the loss of their husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and mothers and fathers.

Disabled American Veterans

With more than 1.2 million members, Disabled American Veterans is an organization of disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families.

The organization accomplishes this goal by providing free assistance to veterans in obtaining benefits and services earned through their military service. It is fully funded through its membership dues and public contributions. It is not a government agency and receives no government funds.

DisabilityInfo.gov

This user-friendly Web site contains links to information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members.

Operation Homefront

was founded by CinCHouse, a non-profit community of military wives and women that serves those families in times of need, especially during deployments. Provides crucial car repair assistance, home & appliance repair, refurbished internet computers, moving & transportation assistance, furniture, food distribution, and children items. Now also providing Hurricane Katrina relief for military families.

Brain Injury Association of Oregon

Severely Injured Center – It serves as a back-stop to every other government program intended to help military members and veterans who suffer severe physical or mental wounds from war. If a severely injured veteran has hit a roadblock with finances, education, job assistance, counseling or child care, they should call the center. The goal is to prevent them from falling through the cracks of more well-publicized programs from the services, the Department of Veteran Affairs or any other federal agency.

Navy Region Southwest

Through our free workshops, services, classes, our dedicated staff can help enhance the quality of life for all military members and their families, single Sailors, reservist, and retirees. FFSC is also proud to support military commands by providing programs and training, when you need it, at your site

. US Wounded Soldier Foundation

Provide clothes, hygiene items, and other personal effects to US soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Items include large duffle bags and back packs, small electronic games, portable CD players, CDs, battery-powered electric shavers, slipper socks, fleece blankets, and winter jackets.

America Supports You –

Spotlights what citizens are doing to support the military and provide a mechanism to send email messages to deployed forces. The program ensures military families are aware of how the public supports our military force.

The Psychological Operations Association (POA)

is a non-profit private organization of men and women working to assist and advance the capabilities of our military forces in Psychological operations.

THE NATION'S VOICE FOR DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE Enable America

is working in partnership with people with disabilities, elected officials, educators, government agencies and employers to assist people with disabilities in achieving greater independence through opportunities for employment, civic involvement and community participation. Enable America invites you to join the fight to reduce the unemployment among people with disabilities. We want to give Americans with disabilities a voice and independence, to live fuller, richer, more productive lives.

The US Army Ranger Association

works closely with the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Ranger Training Brigade in order to give meaningful support to the active duty Rangers. USARA cooperates with the Ranger Veteran associations of the Ranger Battalions of WWII, Merrill's Marauders, the Ranger Infantry Companies (Airborne) of the Korean War, the LRRP, LRP, Rangers, and Ranger Advisors of the Vietnam War, and other recognized Special Operations associations. USARA conducts national and regional events, with the Annual Ranger Muster being the highlight of the year.

Military Family LifeStyle Charitable Foundation, Inc. (MFLCF)

will provide our military members and their families the dignity and respect owed them by our Nation for their commitment and selfless service in preserving the freedoms we all enjoy. MFLCF will accomplish this task by hosting golf tournaments throughout the United States and donating the proceeds to various charities and charitable organizations that help support the financial, physical, and emotional needs of military members and their families. Support Of Our Troops
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