Please send the following message to your two Senators --
I urge you to cosponsor and actively support S. 713, the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act, introduced on February
28, by Senator Barack Obama. This rather comprehensive bill would provide for improvements in six areas.
(1) On housing for outpatients, S. 713 would set minimum standards so that living conditions for wounded and
recovering service members would meet the all of the same standards that apply to permanent-party barracks. It would require
regular inspections of outpatient housing for five or more patients at least twice a year by high-level military officials,
create a zero-tolerance policy for pest infestation, and require a crisis counselor and an emergency medical technician to
be available 24 hours a day at all outpatient residences. S. 713 also sets a 15-day limit for housing repairs to be made and,
if that limit cannot be met, requires that alternative housing be provided.
(2) On paperwork, S. 713 would require overhaul of the cumbersome physical disability and evaluation system,
title 10 US Code Chapter 61, which is part of the reason wounded service members are living at military hospitals even though
they are no longer inpatients. It would have a single command responsible for a system that now varies among the services,
require that the system be available for use online and also require any hospital with more than 100 recovering service members
to have a single location for handling paperwork. The changes would have to be made within one year.
(3) On caseworkers, S. 713 would require a minimum standard of one caseworker and one supervising noncommissioned
officer for every 20 recovering service members. The Pentagon would have 45 days to meet this standard. Within 60 days, the
Defense Department would have to establish a better training program for caseworkers, to include a focus on suicide prevention
and identifying mental health problems. All caseworkers would get annual re-training.
(4) For family members, S. 713 would break new ground by extending federal job protections — traditionally
reserved for military members so they are rehired after separating from the military — to spouses and parents who leave
their employment to help with the recovery of injured service members. Obama said family members should not have to choose
between keeping a job or caring for a service member. Additionally, S. 713 would make family members living in military treatment
centers eligible for military medical care, something not available to parents, grandparents or siblings of recovering service
members. Family members helping with the care of injured service members also would get employment counseling from the military
and have better crisis counseling and respite services.
(5) To better assist wounded service members and their families, S. 713 would require two bilingual 24-hour
hotlines — one for crisis counseling and one for family assistance. Every major medical command would appoint an ombudsman
for outpatient care.
(6) And, because of concerns that the problems at Walter Reed happened under the noses of military leaders,
S. 713 would create a Wounded Warrior Oversight Board appointed by Congress to oversee implementation of S. 713 and serve
as an advocate for recovering troops and their families.
Again, please cosponsor and actively support S. 713. It is the right thing to do.
Well guys, it's official. We are now part of
the "Wounded Warriors" family. We have been offically endorsed by Col. John Folsom USMC who is the founder of the Wounded
Warriors. He sounds like a great guy and said donations are the most special he has received to date.
He said he gets most of his support from bikers or motorcycle type people. He is personally send out and email tonight
to 3,700 members of his organization instead of just listing on his web site. Now that's determination!!! His
site is www.woundedwarriors.org and he said to please place that one our web site with his full endorsement.
He is currently buying 80 acres of land in northern Neb. for a recreation haven for wounded men and their families with all
sorts of amusements and even a nice big pool. He is having the local Lakota indian tribe out to bless the land when
they get started. They show publicly on the net, accests of over $320,000. He even asked us to a motorcycle rally
in DC on 11-17, but that's a bit risky with a show bike that time of year, but Jeremy said we may load her up in the trailer
and go down. Maybe we'll just do that!!!
Garry, I just wanted you to know that I valued your
advice and that Jeremy and I acted on it immediately. And Diane, if this could also be included on the web site
now that we have a bonified sponsor! Hey, this thing may really go off!!! <Salute Sir!>
I just thought I'd let you guys know that we are making
great progress here. Oh, we meet with the reporter who did my origianal story on Memorial Day at the house tomorrow
and her editor told her to go a head and do a follow up story to it. That's the story that you put on the first page
of the site Diane. Well, here's hoping we can get it out before Saturday. Take care, brothers Nick and Jeremy!
Janey Harrah and her family were guests at our Wounded Warriors
condominium in Orlando this past week. Janey's son, Lance Corporal Daniel Bubb, was killed in action on the October
17, 2005 in Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was not yet 20 when he was killed.
Our Wounded Warriors Orlando condominium has been dedicated to Lance Corporal Bubb's service to our country.
Just inside the entrance you will see his framed boot camp photo, a copy of his Purple Heart citation and a joint resolution
from the Virginia legislature that recognized his selfless service to our country.
Lance Corporal Bubb was assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division then headquartered
at Forward Operating Base Korean Village, which is located in the westernmost Al Anbar province.
I was assigned there as the "Air Boss" with my primary mission to coordinate air support for the battalion and other supporting
units. It was in that capacity on October 17, 2005 that I launched AH-1 "Cobra" gunships and a UH-60 "Blackhawk" MEDEVAC helicopter
in response to an urgent call.
Three Marines were hit by small arms fire. Two were killed. Lance Corporal Bubb was one of them.
I met the MEDEVAC back at the pad and watched the Marines take their brothers from the helicopter to the waiting ambulances.
They were gentle, almost reverent, in the way that they carried the stricken Marines.
A once strong, but now lifeless arm dropped over the side of the stretcher as he was being loaded into the ambulance. Another
Marine lifted it and placed it on his chest. I was moved then and I am moved now by that gesture that represents love and
the bond that exists between young Marines.
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President proclaims April 9 National Former Prisoner
of War Day
The White House President George W. Bush
For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary April 6, 2006
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2006
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
In every generation, America's Armed Forces have answered the call to duty with dedication and valor.
On National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, we pay tribute to the brave patriots of the United States military who
endured captivity because of war. These heroes sacrificed their personal liberty to secure a future of freedom for all Americans.
While held as prisoners of war, American POWs have reflected the best of our country, acting with resourcefulness,
bravery, and strength. Former POWs, such as Corporal Tibor "Ted" Rubin, USA, continue to inspire new generations to acts of
courage and compassion. Liberated by U.S. forces from a Nazi concentration camp, Rubin enlisted in the Army after immigrating
to the United States. He was captured and held as a POW during the Korean War even before he became an American citizen. His
incredible bravery and service to his fellow POWs saved many lives and has left a legacy of hope and honor, and for his heroism,
I had the great privilege to present him our Nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor.
The sacrifices of those taken as prisoners of war have helped bring security to American citizens and
freedom to the world. With determination and courage, America's former POWs, their fallen and missing comrades, and their
families have demonstrated the true spirit of our Nation, and they will never be forgotten.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority
vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2006, as National Former Prisoner
of War Recognition Day. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in remembering and honoring the sacrifices
of all American prisoners of war. I call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to
observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand
six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq at 3,505
By The Associated Press
The Associated Press Sunday, June 10, 2007; 7:06 PM
-- As of Sunday, June 10, 2007, at least 3,505 members of the U.S. military
have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven
military civilians. At least 2,864 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
The AP count is 14 higher than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EDT.
The British military has reported 150 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 20; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11;
Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia,
Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, South Korea, one death each.
The latest deaths reported by the military:
_ A soldier was killed Sunday in southern Baghdad.
_ A U.S. airman was killed Sunday in a roadside bombing in southern Iraq.
The latest identifications reported by the military:
Because of your continued support and generosity, construction
of the Wounded Warriors Retreat will begin in the Spring of 2009. We have had several families dedicate"Global War On Terror
Memorial Bricks" to their own sons. It is moving to read the letters that come from families who have lost a son or daughter
and want to help to build the Retreat while memorializing a loved one who gave all that there was to give. Students from
the University of Nebraska, Lincoln School of Architecture's third year design studio have spent their semester working on
preliminary designs of the Retreat. A press conference was held last Friday to show the public their designs. A short video
can be viewed here. If you would like to know more about the Wounded Warriors Retreat or how you can help, please call
me. I enjoy hearing from you. Semper Fidelis! John D. Folsom Colonel, USMCR email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (402) 490-7875
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