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A public service announcement for Veterans:

Assisted Living Benefits for Veterans is a community organization that prioritizes helping those who are disabled and the elderly fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Our organization creates and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. We have been featured on the Parkinson’s Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services – Health Finder, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.

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The Time I Took my Wife to Meet the Girls at Manos

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You already know the story of my first visit to Manos, the Russian spy-restaurant in Tokyo. It was 1972. It was run by two brothers from Pittsburgh, former OSS officers during WWII, and within shouting distance of the Soviet embassy, where, at the end of every visit, I’d pause to take a leak on their gate.

A small restaurant, Manos was known Tokyo-wide not for its borscht, which was horrible, but that it was the single place in all Tokyo ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, Cpl Joseph Marciel, Afghanistan, Green on Blue

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By an Angel’s Kiss, Cpl Joseph Maciel

 

Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony

Cpl Joseph Maciel, 20, of South Gate, CA,

was killed July 7, 2018 in Uruzgom Province, Afghanistan as a result of gunfire from friendly Afghan Forces

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry ...

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Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Kunan, 38, Rests in Peace Saving Thai Children

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At this writing 8 of the 12 Thai soccer kids have been rescued from hours underneath the ground in a wet, flooding cave. The bulk of the rescue crew are SEALS from the Thai Navy, many trained by American SEALS.

The Fox News story here.

Among those SEALS there was Saman Kunan, a retired SEAL, who volunteered to help and who, on the second day, died when he ran out of air.

Though, in all likelihood, not a Christian, Saman met the highest meaning ...

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National Service: How to Save America’s Lost? Hire The Veterans.

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We began this conversation a couple of weeks ago, when we pointed out that 90% of Americans have invested none of their own skin in this game that is called “Keeping America Alive.” Even my generation, the last to know the military draft, which was never natural to the American scheme of warfare anyway, and which accounts for about half of the “skin in the game” citizenry today, are now in our 60s and 70s, and will soon pass away.

Most college-aged ...

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July 4th – 50th Anniversary of 11th Infantry slog in Vietnam

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(This is another installment of one of our sponsors, Mike Collins, and still swaps stories with this mates from the old unit. Reunions and much beer involved.-VB)

This is the 50th Anniversary of our slog to build LZ Karen.

On the 4th we were OPCON to 3/21st Inf but were dropped off in the wrong place without right maps and wrong radio frequencies and/or were  out of radio range. This was smack in the middle of the Que Son valley.
I remember Patterson ...
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US ends 70 years of Military Presence in S. Korean Capital

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From AP:

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea’s capital on Friday with the opening of a new headquarters farther from the tense border with North Korea.

The U.S. military had been headquartered in Seoul’s central Yongsan neighborhood since American troops first arrived at the end of World War II. The Yongsan Garrison had been a symbol of the U.S.-South Korea alliance aimed at deterring a North Korean attack, but its occupation ...

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My First Adventure at Manos in Tokyo, 1972

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(ed note: There is today a Manos Russian restaurant in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, but the one of which I speak here was just a short walk from the original Sanno Hotel in Akasaka, who’s history can be seen here.)

I could tell a dozen stories about Manos, a little Russian restaurant in the Akasaka District of Tokyo, about 200 feet from the Soviet Embassy.

My best friend in Japan was Maj Guy, living next door in our 12 family ...

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Dying of Gangrene

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(This pencil art is from an unidentified soldier or medical personnel, in a field facility, Corinth, Mississippi. Title: “Dying of Gangrene” from an exhibition of art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, 1961 and 1962.)

( A copy of the approx. 260 pg book is available in out Sales Gallery.)

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