Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our soldiers past and present, at home and abroad.  Thank you for our very worthy Christmas present: the gift of freedom.

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What rhymes with (Agent) Orange?

Are you aware that August is Agent Orange Awareness Month?  I only recently learned that this month is officially designated as such here S.RES.248 and here (Senator Collins’ website).

AO contained a known poison but because it was not weaponized or at least not classified as a chemical weapon (i.e., its target was not humans) its use was acceptable. There are now 15 diseases linked to AO exposure including Type 2 Diabetes, which my dad was diagnosed with in 2006. Like many soldiers, he was told not to worry about it; harmless they said.

We held the coastline, they held the highlands

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well we made that CA (combat attack) last night about 4AM they woke us up at 2 and had us get all our stuff together. We made the CA on a fairly good-sized village, it was 2000 meters long. As soon as we landed our company setup a blocking force on the outside so I’ve been sitting all day while the village is being searched. Continue reading