Sunday, November 9, 2014

Veterans Day - Honoring And Thanking All Who Served

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?...Michel de Montaigne


The following are some suggestions to honor and thank all who served:




  • If you know any veterans, thank them for their service. 


  • Try attending one of many Veterans Day activities and parades.

  • Visit a military and veteran cemetery. 
  • Visit a local military and veteran memorial.

  • If you live near a VA medical facility, pay the vets there a visit. They will appreciate it.


  • If you know any senior veterans, pay them a visit.


  • If you are an employer consider hiring a vet.

  • Don't forget our homeless veterans

  • Many businesses will be offering discounts this week for veterans. 




  • Remember all who served


"The willingness by which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation."  George Washington




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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 2014 Bad Month For Law Enforcement; Canadian Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Mourned

How does one define a hero? I don't know. But I know it when I see it...Jerry Komar, this blog's author

October 2014: A Bad Month For Law Enforcement 




Last week, two rookies NYPD officers from Queens were injured, one critically, when they were blind-sided in an attacked by an axe wielding man. 

Officeer Kenneth Healey, 25,  was struck in the head. Officer Joseph Meeker, 24, was struck in the arm. Healey was listed in critical but stable condition the days after the incident. Today, it was reported he's actually walking on his own.  Meeker was released from the hospital earlier this week.
NY Post

Meanwhile In California...





On October 24, 2014, Investigator Michael David Davis, Jr. of the Placer Country Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed while taking part in a massive manhunt for the murderer of Deputy Sheriff  Danny Oliver of  Sacramento County.




Both Sheriffs were 15 year veterans of their respective departments.
Officer Down Memorial Page

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Funeral Held


Yesterday, the funeral for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Cpl. Cirillo was gunned down while standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa last week. The attacker later went to the Parliament Hill where he was killed by hero sgt.-at-arms Kevin Vickers, 58.  Vickers is a retired Royal Canadian Mountie.
CBC News

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzay: A Portrait In Courage

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go...T.S. Eliot



Malala Yousafzay, 17, Youngest To Win Nobel Prize


Those who read my blog on a regular basis know I focus almost entirely on the courage and heroism of our military personnel and first responders. Today, I'm making an exception. Heroes, after all, come in all sizes.

Malala Yousafzay was 15 years of age when Taliban thugs boarded her bus and shot her in the head. 

A few years earlier, when she was just 11 years of age, she made a speech in the Swat region of Pakistan. Earlier, the Taliban had gained control of the region and closed several hundred schools. Malala was angry. So angry she gave this speech at a  press conference. It was entitled, "How Dare The Taliban Take Away My Basic Right To Education?"

Shortly thereafter, she began writing a blog under an anonymous name describing what life was like living under Taliban rule. A few days later, all girls schools were closed. In 2009, she had been outed as the author of the blog. Perhaps she didn't realize at the time but she became a target of Taliban thugs. On October 12, 2009, she was shot on the bus. She survived after several operations in England. 

Little did this courageous young girl know then she would become a symbol of conspicuous courage and a global advocate for the education of women. In 2013, she gave a speech to the UN. She also created the Malala Fund to help empower young women around the world.

In that UN speech, she declared, "They thought that the bullets would silence us...But they failed." She continued, "And then out of the silence came thousands of voices...Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born."
Time, CNN, ABC News








Sunday, August 31, 2014

Three To Receive Medals Of Honor; Hire A Hero

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you---ask what you can do for your country...Pres. John F. Kennedy




Three To Receive Medals of Honor Including A Civil War Soldier


In two weeks, Pres. Obama will award the Medal of Honor to three soldiers. Two served in Vietnam and one during the Civil War.

The two Vietnam veterans include Army Command Sgt. Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat. First Lt. Alonzo Cushing served in the Civil War.

Adkins was deployed to Vietnam three times. The Special Forces soldier displayed "extraordinary bravery" during a sustained attack by the Vietcong from March 9 to March 12, 1966. During the battle, Sgt. Major Adkins sustained injuries while dragging several wounded soldiers to safety during a mortar attack. Akins remained in the Army and retired after 22 years of service. He will be attending the ceremony.

Sloat was a machine gunner. In 1970, his squad was on patrol near Hawk Hill Fire Base. One of the soldiers in the squad triggered a grenade booby-trap in their path. Sloat picked up the grenade but realized it would explode before he could toss it aside. Instead he used his body to shield the grenade from the other soldiers. He was killed in the blast.



Cushing, serving in the Army of the Potomac, was shot multiple times on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. First Lt. Cushing was killed but his heroic actions made it possible for the Union Army to hold back the Confederate assault.
Stars & Stripes


Hire A Hero

Note to all military veterans. Go to the Military.com website. Click on "Veteran Jobs" and you will find a comprehensive listing of all veteran and military job fairs coming up in the next several months. 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts: Nation's Newest Medal of Honor Recipient; Army Opens 33,000 Positions To Women

"Valor was everywhere that day."...Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts



Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts: Medal of Honor Recipient

In 2003, Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts joined the Army at age 17. He entered the Army's Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA. As part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Sgt. Pitts was deployed to Afghanistan twice.

In the pre-dawn hours of July 13, 2008, Sgt. Pitts was engaged in a fierce battle in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Wounded in one arm and both legs, he fired his machine gun at the enemy as well as lobbying several grenades. To prevent the enemy from gaining any ground, he directed other soldiers to fire at his position. His fellow soldiers finally reached Sgt. Pitts who was already bleeding profusely from his wounds and near death. Nine other soldiers died in battle that day and 27 others were wounded.

Despite life threatening injuries---injuries that merited retreat {from his observation post}---he continued to fight said Capt. Mathew Myer, Company Commander.
U.S. Army, CNN


Army Opens 33,000 Positions To Women



This week the Secretary of the Army announced the authorization in the opening of 33,000 positions formerly closed to women.

This change in policy means there are no more units in the Army closed to women. With this change, women can now serve anywhere in the Army---even in combat units.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hero FDNY Firefighter Lt. Gordon Ambelas Mourned; Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago Ambushed + Killed; Resources For Veterans

"Our police officers and firefighters are everyday heroes. They run toward trouble when the rest of us run away. It's what they do because that's who they are."  NY Post 



FDNY Lt. Gordon "Matt" Ambelas Mourned

FDNY Lt. Gordon Ambelas, a 14-year veteran,  died while searching for victims in the dense smoke in a Brooklyn high-rise on July 5, 2014. Ambelas had just been promoted to lieutenant in the last year. He left behind his wife Nanette and two daughters Gina, 5, and Gabby, 7. Lt. Ambelas also took part in 9/11 operations as well as Hurricane Sandy.
NY Post + NY Daily News


Jersey City Police Officer, Melvin Santiago, Slain By Killer Who Wanted Fame



On July 13, 2014, Police Officer Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City, N.J. Police Department was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a robbery call at a pharmacy.

Prior to the police arriving, the subject assaulted the private security guard and stole his weapon before robbing the store. As the subject was leaving the store, Officer Santiago and his partner had just pulled into the parking lot of the store. The subject opened fire on the police officers. Officer Santiago was struck in the head. He didn't even have time to defend himself. Responding police officers returned fire and killed the subject. 

Earlier the subject was alleged to have told a bystander to watch the news tonight, "I'm going to be famous." (Hence, we are not printing his name).

Officer Santiago had just graduated from the police academy six months ago.
ODMP


Resources For Veterans



Fisher House http://fisherhouse.org/
The Gary Sinese Foundation http://www.garysinesefoundation.org/
Hire Our Heroes http://hireheroesusa.org/
Wounded Warrior Project http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
National Center on Homelessness: 1.877.424.3838
Veterans Crisis Line: 1.800.272.8255

Thursday, June 19, 2014

There Are Heroes And Then There Are Heroes Like Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter: Medal Of Honor Recipient


"No guts, no glory."...Major Gen. Frederick Blesse

Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter: Medal of Honor Recipient


Cpl. Kyle Carpenter was awarded our nation's highest honor today---The Medal Of Honor.

On the morning of Nov. 21, 2010, Cpl. Carpenter, an automatic rifleman with the 1st Marine Division, was standing guard on a rooftop in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He pounced on an enemy grenade to shield a fellow Marine who was standing watch with him. The blast seat of the grenade was found under Carpenter indicating he had indeed jumped on a live grenade.

The blast left him wounded from the top of his head to his feet. His helmet was riddled with holes and his gear had melted from the blast. While being treated for his injuries, he went into cardiac arrest three times. The doctors brought him back to life each time.

Subsequently, Cpl. Carpenter was in a coma for five weeks. That was followed by 40 surgeries over more than two years. He suffered a brain injury including a collapsed lung, a right arm broken in 30 places and fractured fingers. In addition to multiple skin crafts, he received a prosthetic eye, a new jaw and new teeth.

"The enemy killed me. I came back, ran a marathon, completed a mud run and jumped from a plane. I won't ever quit. I'm just getting started," said Carpenter.

He is now retired from the Marine Corps and is a student at the University of South Carolina.

After receiving the Medal of Honor today, he said he accepted the Medal for his fellow Marines who died in combat.