Readers’ Tales

VA to Medical Professionals Doing Union Work on the Clock: Back to Your Healthcare Jobs of Serving Veterans.

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As a shop steward (aka union representative) of a company that I worked for decades ago, I performed all union duties during my off-time from work. Only once did I attend a union function on company time and that was because my presence was requested at on on-going contract negotiation between management and the union.  My presence which lasted no longer than thirty minutes was agreed upon by both parties to which I obliged. Before that day and ever since, all ...

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2018 COMMANDANT’S MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL

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Wishing a Happy 243rd Birthday to the USMC. 

Thank you for your service.

NEVER FORGET.

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11.10.2018
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The 2018 Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball held at the Washington Hilton in the District of Columbia on November 10. This year’s Ball will be commemorating the 100th Anniversary of The Battle of Belleau Wood.

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DOD, VA Secretaries Commemorate Veterans Day at Arlington

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Source:  Defense.gov

VA, UNITED STATES

11.11.2018

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior officials honor veterans during the 65th annual national Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 11, 2018.

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All gave some: Coast Guard Veteran recalls the nuances of service

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VA Blogs.gov by VAntage Point Contributor

On Nov. 11 each year, Americans honor Veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Being a Veteran myself, I know that there are many facets to how military service impacts an individual. Some of these facets are so nuanced that they might seem insignificant. To people who have never had an immediate family member or close friend in the military, these impacts could be invisible.

Nuanced and seemingly insignificant as they are, ...

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The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

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November 11th is both a celebration of America’s Veterans and a commemoration of the Anniversary of the ending of World War I, once called Armistice Day, when the Germans, (the bad guys) formally surrendered to England and France (the good guys) in a railroad car at Compiegne, near Paris, ending the shooting.

The Versailles Treaty, in 1919, would finalize the surrender, which while called the War to End All Wars, would only create new hatreds so that 20 years later, most of the same cast had built up ...

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The Marines’ First Amphibious Raid

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Fix Bayonets by Mustang

At the outset of the American Revolution, Great Britain’s governor in Virginia recognized that stores of arms and gunpowder within his control were now threatened by colonial rebels.  Accordingly, he directed that these stores be removed from Virginia and transported to New Providence Island in the Bahamas.  In August 1775, General Gage [1] alerted Governor Montfort ...

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By an Angel’s Kiss, MAJ Brent Taylor, 39, (Green on Blue)

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

Major Brent Taylor, 39, of North Ogden, Utah and its Mayor, was shot and killed in a Green on Blue murder in Kabul, Afghanistan

He was serving on National Guard duty and serving with their Join Force HQ in Kabul

Rest in peace, Major

Job well done.  

angeleagle

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The Magic Carpet That Brought Everybody Home – WWII

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(Courtesy of our Vietnam War combat vet, Mike Collins, this is how my Dad got home in ’45.)

The U.S. military experienced an unimaginable increase during World War II. In 1939, there were 334,000
servicemen, not counting the Coast Guard. In 1945, there
were over 12 million, including the Coast Guard. At the
end of the war, over 8 million of these men and women
were scattered overseas in Europe, the Pacific and Asia.
Shipping them out wasn’t a particular problem ...

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