Monday, June 4, 2012

Midway: Greatest Generation Avenged Pearl; Darkhorse Battalion; RIP Police Officer Kevin Ambrose; Veterans Go To College; Honoring Our War Dogs; PTSD Awareness Month

"I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory." Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Battle of Midway: June, 4-7, 1942: Greatest Generation Avenged The Attack Upon Pearl Harbor
Today marks 70 years since the Battle of Midway. Arthur Herman, author and columnist wrote about the battle: "In one momentous afternoon the Navy not only avenged Pearl but also reversed the tide of war in the Pacific. Later victories in the battle of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf (and the landings on Tarawa, Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa) were all made possible by the decisive win at Midway."

Japan lost four carriers, a cruiser, and almost 300 aircraft. American losses included the carrier Yorktown, one destroyer, 150 aircraft and 305 lives.

God bless the warriors of our Greatest Generation!

"Darkhorse" Battalion: One Year Ago

A little more than one year ago, the Marine's Darkhorse 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment returned from duty after 7 months in Afghanistan. The unit suffered 24 killed in action and 175 wounded.

Darkhorse patrolled in the Sangin District in Southern Helmand province. The area was known as a key crossroad for drugs, weapons and Taliban fighters.

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment was first organized in June of 1917 as the United States prepared for WWI. The Battalion's long and distinguished history included battles such as Chateau Theirry in WWI, Guadalcanal and Okinawa in WWII, Vietnam, Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In its history, the 3rd Battalion earned 77 decorations.
(LA Times and Darkhorse web site)

RIP Police Officer Kevin Ambrose

Police Officer Kevin Ambrose of the Springfield Police Department, MA, was shot and killed on June 4, 2012 while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance. The subject also killed a female at the scene and then committed suicide. Officer Ambrose was a 36 year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Veterans Go To College

Did you know that the number of veterans signing up for education benefits has more than doubled in the last decade? In 2001, approximately 420,000 veterans attended college. Ten years later that number increased to over 900,00. Of the 900,000 veterans, over 550,000 served after 9/11. (VA)

Reminder: The VA is now accepting applications for VRAP (Veterans Retraining Assistance Program). The veteran must be at least 35 years of age and no older than 60 and currently unemployed. In addition, the veteran cannot be eligible for any other VA education benefit program and cannot be enrolled in any state or federal job training program. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2013 or until 99,000 applicants are enrolled, whichever comes first.

Honoring Our War Dogs

"War Dogs" have been used throughout military history. During WWI, they were known as "Red Cross Dogs" for their service in finding casualties and carrying messages between medical units. The United States military started using War Dogs in WWII. Their duties including being used as scouts, messengers, tunnel detection, explosive detection and much more. We used War Dogs in Iraq and now in Afghanistan for similar work. Below are images of some of our canine warriors:

June is PTSD Awareness Month.

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