A critical and important step in mitigating this tragic effect of our never ending adventurism abroad.
We are facing the same critical shortfall now. Remarkably, veteran suicide rates have remained static despite numerous ‘plans of action,’ influxes of money, the creation of thousands of Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), and legislation directed at streamlining and improving the VA.
Accordingly, the new order will give agency officials a year to develop an aggressive plan for combating veteran suicide with a particular focus on state and local community engagement.
The task force will explore a grant system which provides funds directly to local charities and city programs to provide individualized assistance to veterans. While a similar program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was successful in cutting veteran homelessness in half, it remains to be seen if generalizing this solution to a very different problem set will be successful.
Another year gone by, and our longest war still carries on….with no end, or solution in sight. And crass patriotism continues to be consumed like pornographic pablum by a society that knows this day, as a day off from work and mattress sales….
This Veterans Day, remember not only those who wore the uniform…but also those with a fur coat. No truer comrade than ‘man’s best friend’.
If you have the opportunity, find a WWII veteran, and introduce yourself and especially your children. As we commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of 1918…we do so with no living witness to that carnage. The day will come very soon, where we say the same when we observe V-E and V-J days.
photo h/t: https://maddmedic.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/dog-days-766/
Respect for your military service will be forgotten by the mouth breathing hypocrites, charlatans and sock puppets populating the airwaves and the blogosphere, because you managed to piss off both major parties consistently….so for that, in Navy terms – BRAVO ZULU!
Fair Winds and Following Seas……..
It is with deep sadness that the Front Royal Police Department must report that K-9 Boone has passed away earlier today, just 2 days after his 12th birthday, from a brief illness he was being treated for. Boone and his handler, Sergeant J.B. Courtney, have been partners since June of 2007 when the K-9 program with our department was started.
K-9 Boone graduated from the United States Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Canine School in 2007. He was actively serving our department, having been deployed on over 1000 occasions to assist in detecting illegal narcotics in vehicles, residences, and schools. Those deployments provided support to not just the Front Royal Police Department, but also the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, National Park Service, and other area agencies. Sergeant J.B. Courtney and Boone have over 400 documented seizures of illegal narcotics and paraphernalia and have provided numerous K-9 demonstrations for area schools, civic organizations and has been a featured demonstrator at National Night Out.
Boone gave 100% to our department and the community he served for 11 years and will be missed by all. Please keep Sergeant J.B. Courtney and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they heal from his passing. – Link
Boone was a friend to us, a stalwart Law Enforcement Officer, and a beloved member of the Courtney family. He will be truly missed.
Honor their memory and their sacrifice, by striving to maintain our Republic.
Photo h/t: Small Wars Journal
Heed Nicki’s words. Listen. Help. Don’t stop being there for each other just because the deployment is over.
Hope. Don’t give up. The bond is still there….don’t let go.
Source: On losing hope
No moving stock photo, no Facebook meme, no yellow ribbon. Just a heartfelt thank you.
Thank you to my Brothers and Sisters…my Comrades-in-Arms. Thank you to some for chewing the same dirt and dodging the same IEDs that I did. Thank you to those who did so much more than I did. Thank you to those who stood ready and willing, but weren’t called. And thank you to those who kept the home fires burning and the homesteads safe while your loved one was away.
A simple thank you to those who know, who endured…..who remember…..and who honor.
Sebastian Junger does about the best job I’ve seen, explaining the Brotherhood of war.