"The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday" Motto of the Navy SEALS.
Navy SEALs Show Terrorists: We Will Find You & We Will Kill You
Terrorists confronting our Navy SEALs are now 0 and 3 (these numbers refer only to high profile operations reported by the Pentagon not covert ops we'll never know about). On Tuesday night, Navy SEALs rescued two aid workers in Somalia. Both aid workers, Jessica Buchanan of Bedford, Va., and Poul Thisted, of Denmark, were abducted by Somali thugs on October 25, 2011, while on their way to the airport.
Navy SEALs parachuted into the desert encampment where the two hostages were held. There was a firefight and no U.S. casualties, according to the U.S. African Command. It was reported at least 9 Somalis were killed in the firefight. After the SEAL team rescued the hostages, they were flown by helicopter to a U.S. military base in Djibouti.
(Sources: ABC and NBC News)
Lesson for terrorists: If you run, you'll only die tired.
Operation Phone Home
"I received the packages of phone cards today. They came in the nick of time as we were just about completely out. It means so much for the wounded to be able to call home and reassure their family...Thank you for your generous gift." Capt. Von Almen, USAF Chaplain Afghanistan.
If you want to make a donation so our troops can have calling cards, simply visit http://soldiersangels.org/
Number of Homeless Female Veterans Doubles
The GAO (Government Accountability Office) reported this week that the number of homeless female veterans doubled since 2006. In 2010, it was estimated over 3,000 female veterans were homeless in America (the reality is the numbers are actually higher). The GAO said the lack of coordination between the VA and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is hampering efforts to help these women. Two-thirds of the homeless veterans are women between the ages of 40 and 50 years old. The report also said many of the female veterans are not even aware of the services available to them. The same report also said improved outreach is needed to reach these women with more focus on the specific needs of female veterans. (Military.com)
Editorial Note: There should never be one veteran homeless and sleeping on any street in America.
Free Legal Clinic For Veterans
If you're a veteran and you live in Southwest, Texas, you're in luck. On January 28, 2012, VFW Post 4709 in Conroe, Tx., will be hosting a free legal clinic for veterans from 9 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary. For more information contact the Houston Bar Association at: 713.759.1133.
Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
C.O.P.S. provides assistance and resources to surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. also provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues. Contact http://www.nationalcops.org/ for more information.
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty in 2011 was 177 up from 153 in 2010.
FDNY Firefighters Honored For Donating Bone Marrow
In 2009, FDNY Firefighter James Wildes of 162 donated his stem cells to a young girl from Iowa. Wildes was honored during the eighth Honor Roll of Life induction ceremony by the FDNY along with six other firefighters who also donated their bone marrow and stem cells in 2011. 13% of all bone marrow donors are members of the Fire Department of New York City. Now why doesn't this story surprise me?