Sunday, December 18, 2011

Our Victory in Iraq; Texas Vets Offering Free Legal Advice; Free Psychological Counseling; A Park Renamed in Honor of Fallen Officer Joe Szczerba; Fallen Firefighter Honored; Unos Pizzas 4 Heroes

You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is VICTORY.  Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.---Winston Churchill

Our Victory in Iraq

Almost 70 years have passed since Churchill uttered those words, but they hold true today as they held true during World War II. And while many uncertainties lie ahead, the fact is the achievements of our military men and women in Iraq is something to be proud of. The war in Iraq will continue to be debated for decades to come, but several truths remain evident.

We overthrew a ruthless dictator (as ruthless as those in Syria and Iran today). We overthrew a dictator who used chemical weapons on his own people, killing thousands. A dictator who started three major wars in a period of 20 years in that region of the world. We helped liberate over 25 million people from a vicious and blood thirsty regime. As a result, Iraq today has free elections. The country's fledgling democracy has a long way to go, but so did ours. Our troops are leaving the country in an orderly fashion with no chaos or mobs as had been predicted by many just a few short years ago. Contrary to what many other critics said, we have not taken over the country's oil fields. In fact, most oil contracts are with dozens of other countries including China, France, and Russia. We've never been an occupying force, and as we leave this week, we have not turned Iraq into one big U.S. military base. Iraq remains a sovereign country. The fact is now the Iraqi people will determine the future of their country. But one truth is certain, they would not have been able to even dream of such an outcome if Saddam Hussien was still in power. It was U.S. military might with our brave and honorable troops at the head of the spear that bestowed upon the Iraqi people HOPE and the possibility of a much better future.

And make no mistake about it---we won the war.

Texas Vets Offering Free Legal Advice
Are you a veteran living in Texas who can use some free legal advice for a variety of legal issues, then you are in luck. TexVet is offering such advice. You can access them at

Free, Confidential Counseling for Military Personnel and Their Familes

The Soldier's Project offers free, confidential counseling for military personnel and their families. This free counseling is offered to those who have served or expect to service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Contact

Honoring Fallen Lt. Joe Szczerba
On September 16, 2011, Lt. Joe Szczerba, New Castle County Police Department, Delaware,  was fatally stabbed while struggling with a suspect. During the struggle, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed Officer Szczerba in the neck. The officer later died in the hospital. He served in the department for 18 years.

This week a park in New Castle, Delaware, was renamed in Szczerba's honor. The park is now named, "Lt. Szczerba Memorial Park at Penn Acres." The neighborhood wanted to honor the officer for the sacrifice he made while protecting the community. Lt. Szczerba is survived by his wife and family.(The News Journal)

Year to Date Line of Duty Deaths: 154 (ODMP)

Fallen Firefighter Honored
Firefighter Kevin Townes of The Mount Vernon Fire Department in New York, collapsed while fighting a fire in the basement of a single family residence. He was transported to the hospital where he died. Cause of death was overexertion and stress.

Year to Date there have been 75 on-duty firefighter fatalities.(U.S. Fire Administration)

Kudos to Unos Chicago Grill

Unos will be sending pizzas to U.S. Servicemen and women for the upcoming Super Bowl. The name of the project is "Pizzas 4 Heroes." Kudos to Unos!!!

Breaking News:

Congress Approved $10 Million for Gulf War Illness Studies. We will follow this developing story.

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