Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 12:13 AMYou know, I've been dealing with the VA and medical issues for well over 15 years now, and I still don't understand everything. I'm not talking about the quality of service so much, nor am I talking about the medical treatment.
Personally, even though it took 9 months to get my disability rating, I was able to get help from the Veterans Trust Fund and the Soldier Sailor Relief folks as well. They took very good care of me, even managed to provide me with some small gifts for my 2 daughters one Christmas.
I wish there was a way to get the word out to veterans everywhere that there is help out there, but you have to really want the help and ask for it. But I know many are to proud to take that step because it's like stepping down or backwards, and as a soldier, you never give up the fight. But if you have a family that depends on you, you have to think about them first, they are your main mission once you are home. And just like being on a mission, you do what you have to do to make that mission successful, and always take care of your troops.
I wish I could get that same message across my own brothers head, but, it's the same story. He doesn't have a problem, even though he's been divorced more than once, lost his license, and lost his own children all because of alchohol. But, he won't accept that he has a problem enough to do anything about it. He could be doing 100% better today if he would have taken the right steps after Vietnam. It's hard watching him throw his life away day after day, beer after beer, shot after shot. He doesn't have a paying job,lives with friends that help him get work to get him by, and that's his entire life right now. What's worse, it's been this way for longer than I can remember.
But he's not alone out there either. There are alot of vets from Vietnam, Persion Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan and other "missions" that are in the same situation. They all have the same or similar problem, but also all deserve the help, assistance, treatment, and support, including finacial help, and more, if only they asked for it. Some will say they have but never got anything and walk away, which blows me away. If you know you have these benefits and rights, what the hell are you doing walking away, and giving up? It just means you came across someone that didn't want to do their job in serving you for serving for them. Find someone else,they are out there. I am one of them. I'll do whatever I can to help a vet get everything that they deserve. But you know, you can't help someone that doesn't want to be helped, or isn't ready to accept the truth.
I know a lot of Vietnam vets feel betrayed and or let down, and that they deserve an apology for the way they were treated and shunned when they came home. When here all they did was perform the duty given to them by their superiors and our President's request of them. Nothing different then the Persion Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., the same thing each time, only some were much more dangerous than others, in ways you can only imagine. The only real exception was that for the Vietnam war, the politicians tried to run the war,and allowed things to happen that never ever should have. We played the propoganda war against our own people, our own soldiers defending thier country and home as any soldier has done in any war. We let our soldiers down and gave up on helping a country defeat its enemy all because of politics.
You know, I wasn't intending on talking about this when I started the blog entry, somehow got taken off track here, but that's ok, it was worth saying.
Saturday, July 21, 2007, 12:10 AMI may have some problems, I may not be as fit and strong as I used to be, I might have all kinds of stupid crap wrong with me medically, but I am not fucking stupid.
Now I know why so many disabled people get irratated with other people, always being told to "wait, someone will come help you with that!" and you have to sit there and wait and wait and wait, only to end up doing the damn thing yourself anyways because everyone else is to damn busy with their own lives to give a damn about others.
This world we live in today is so screwed up it isn't funny anymore, it's a pitiful shame. Nobody cares about nobody, and barely about themselves. It's more about what they have, where they have it, and who they have it with. But if it has to do with anything "free" as in simply taking a few minutes to help out another person for whatever reason, FORGET IT! It's a dog eat dog world anymore, even religions are no longer "Sacred" as they once were considered.
But to be basically set aside and labeled "useless" because you have some issues and can't always do things you'd like to, simply sux and cpiuldn't be more further from the truth. I have a brain that functions just fine thank you. If I have a problem I use it to help me determine the next best step to take, and if that isn't enough, or didn't quite work, I CAN continue to do so until I succeed. I don't need people telling me all the damn time what I can and can't do damn it, especially when you have no damn idea on just what I can or can't do in the first place. Are you a fricking doctor just sitting there waiting for people like me to come by and be diagnosed as a useless idiot that can't do things for themselves! I can really see how someone can become depressed when they are continously told over and over that they can't do this, that or any fricking thing else, just because they are labeled "Disabled!"
In case some didn't quite know it, but being "Disabled" doesn't always mean "UnCapable, or Unable." It usually means we have to think of a different way of doing things for ourselves, and at some point may need some assistance to succeeed at other things.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 12:47 AMI just had the priviledge of reading an email between my wife and another gentleman she met on a forum for the live Eagle webcam we watch to see a baby eaglet grow up to an adult. The email wasn't exaclty about the eaglet, now a teen-eagle really, but about Veterans and Memorial Day.
This gentleman takes it on his own to go to a local VA Hospital to pick up a bus full of wounded, lonely, and basically forgotten Veterans. He made a comment that couldn't be more true, that Memorial Day is not just for those that have died for us, but for those who are ALIVE and in need of help, mentally, physically and emotionally. These are Veterans that have been wounded in War and have no choice but to sit and watch the clock tick by minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day. They have no means of getting out and about to see the REAL life around them, what they've taken pride in defending and fighting for, what they were wounded fighting for so we wouldn't have to do so here at home. This gentleman took time to take these Veterans out of the hospital for a days R&R, to see the whales swimming nearby, take a breathe of fresh air instead of medicated oxygen in the hospital. And then he took them home with him, let them eat, drink, and be MERRY! Something you and I do whenever we want as often as we want, because of what these and other Veterans have done for us so we could. It may have cost him a few dollars for the trip, he has to go to the grocery store to refill his cupboards, and fridge, but, he can do that without worrying about some terrorist blowing up himself and others at the grocery store, or be shot as he drove to the store, because of those he gave a little bit of his time, to enjoy what they defend for us day after day. I wish there were a thousand more people like this,to take a little bit of their time, to give back something so simple that we take it for granted day after day, because we've always been able to. Because we've always had men and women VOLUNTEERING to defend our right and ability to do just that. It only takes one person to start, to share and show others what their doing to get a few more to do it, then a few more, and a few more, and it continues to grow and expand so that there is no lonely, lost, homesick, soldier anywhere. I am going to do my part and see what I can do as well..... PLEASE, won't you give it a chance. I promise, you'll never know just how good your going to feel until you do.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 11:42 PMI can't vouch for the truth of the story but it really doesn't matter. Wheter it really happened or not in this manner the end result has and awlays will be the same, and the TRUTH.
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.
The kids came into first period and there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?" And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."
They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."
"No," she said.
"Maybe it's our behavior."
And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."
And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the classroom. Second period, same thing, third period too. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom.
The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. And she says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."
Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids, for the first time I think perhaps in their lives, understood how they earned those desks.
Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."
Friends, I think sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have are freedoms not because of celebrities. The freedoms are because of ordinary people who did extraordinary things, who loved this country more than life itself, and who not only earned a school desk for a kid at the Robinson High School in Little Rock, but who earned a seat for you and me to enjoy this great land we call home, this wonderful nation that we better love enough to protect and preserve with the kind of conservative, solid values and principles that made us a great nation.
"We live in the Land of the Free because of the brave."
Please remember our Troops!
(both past and present!)
Thursday, April 19, 2007, 01:00 PMI can't say how happy I am to finally see the most unlikely American Idol to finally be voted off the show. After so many people tried to keep him in the show and force others that were so much BETTER than him off, Sanjaya is no more. I still don't believe that he actually thought he was that good to be voted through the past few shows. I mean come on,doesn't he know that the only reason people were voting for him wasn't for his so called "singing" talent, but more as signal to other Idol contestants and the shows judges that it's the public at large that decides who stays and who doesn't. And, it doesn't even matter if you are the winner of the show, it still doesn't mean that he/she will be on the charts, let alone all that good.
Thankfully, it's still in the hands of the person themselves as well as the public at large that determines who is good and who isn't. Just look at the past winners of American Idol and see who is actually making a career with their talent and who isn't. You don't see last years winner with any music on the top of the charts, or even 3 of the past 5 Idol winners. What ever happened to Raymond Stoddard, Fantasia, and Taylor Hicks? They managed to sing a few good songs on the show, enough to win the titles of American Idol, but in the real world, they hardly even exist.