November 30, 2006

Join the Ranks!

D.C. Lawmakers – refusing to provide "The Best Body Armor" available for the


Watch video clip of no Support for Our Troops.

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Meticulous Tally of every U.S. and Coalition Military FATALITY!

Department of VA reports D.C. Lawmakers cannot find the funds for promised

Military Health Care:

Why Not?

Why Not?

Why Not?


Why Not?

Yet, D.C. Lawmakers have informed the "Army Strong" to go find more
Applicants to join the military!
Apply Within….
More Troops Needed!
More Troops Needed!
More Troops Needed!
More Troops Needed!

"Generally speaking we've quadrupled the number of the lowest mental categories...putting 6,000, 7,000, 8,000 moral waivers"

Seems to be saying what Senator Kerry said... many of the less educated, elderly, and immoral are finding a home in the All Volunteer Force.

Proper Equipment, Benefits and Incentives = All Volunteer Force and no Draft.

Poor equipment, reduced, eliminated or broken promised incentives = substandard recruits, reduced retention of career forces and the possibility of the Draft.

Senators and Congressmen AGAINST the Troops
Do Our Lawmakers Support Our Wounded Troops and Their Families?

Here's How Republicans Support Our Troops. This way too!

Here's How Democrats Support Our Troops.
Here's Democrats and Republicans Report Cards.
'Shared Sacrifice' a Concept Long Overdue!
CEO Pay Doubles at Defense-Related Firms since 9/11.
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Medically Retired Soldier Concludes:

"We Are Pawns" in IRAQ.
Or... 4 ounces of WATER can get you 100 miles of travel in your car... that's because water can replace OIL!
More water here too!
Accumulating seniority increases power, thereby encouraging greed and corruption.

James T. North
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Something Special

This is somewhat long but worth it................
There are a lot of wonderful things we can do to show someone else we care. But one of the best is to pay attention and show our love. This movie does just that. It is a way of paying it forward. I pass it on to you. Bless you........ Go to:

Sgt. Wolf,
You will like this one for sure.

2 / 8 Marines Sniper

This is a link to a nice photo essay of Marine snipers in Iraq. They hide and wait...hide and wait...and wait...and wait.

http://www.nytimes. com/packages/ khtml/2006/ 11/21/world/ 20061122_ SNIPER_FEATURE. html

November 16, 2006

Senator Kerry, Nov. 1, 2006

Damn you.&n bsp; You are a bumbling idiot. My son, Cory, left the Computer Engineering Program at West Virginia University, a superlative educational institution, to volunteer to serve in the United States Marine Corps. He made it to Recon in less than one year,completing over a dozen schools, finishing with top scores in every single one of them. Cory, along with every Recon Marine, was/is a brilliant young man. They all volunteered - there is no draft as there was when you were in the Armed Forces. Cory, along with 3 other Recon Marines, died as the result of an IED explosion in May, 2006. These men, along with their peers, are superior in intellect. How dare you dishonor them by your careless words. You are a stupid, self-absorbed, fool.

I am not speaking as a member of any political party - in fact, I support more democrats at this juncture than republicans. But I loathe the disdain you display for my son and those whose magnificent service was given for something they held so dear to their hearts - freedom.

I pray that your political future is doomed. You are a detriment to every democrat with whom you a ssociate. If in deed, your words were, as you say, intended as a joke, then you are heartless. My son's life is certainly more than a joke. He and these almost 3,000 young men and women who have died with him, are much more valued and loved than to be used as pawns in your own petty political pundits.

You were not misunderstood. You were clearly heard and understood by us all. You were on national television. You are utterly disrespectful of our sons and of us, their families. I will work tirelessly to bring you down. You discredit every member of the Armed Forces. Not only are these troops more savvy than ever before in history, so are their commanding officers, many of whom have advanced educational degrees. You, John Kerry, are nothing but scum. Spare us from the further desecration of our troops and the superlative military minds that truly do serve our nation. Remove yourself from the limelight and step down from office, NOW.

VERY sincerely,

Mrs. Danna Swain Palmer,
Proud Mom of Fallen Marine,
Cpl. Cory Leonard Palmer, USMC, Recon
May 10, 1984 - May 6 - 2006

November 14, 2006


Hello Lil JoshI am sending out the email below to every military support group, veteransgroups and to people who have emailed me about them supporting our troops.I am hoping that everybody who receives this will figure out a way to help. Please Read below and tell me what you think.

Blessings Bob


My name is Bob Calvert. If you do not remember me I began a talk showwhile I was still living in Colorado Springs near Ft Carson. It is calledTalking with Heroes. I started it because I heard over and over again fromour troops about them wanting to know why they rarely heard on the newsthe good things they had been and continue to do in helping the people inIraq or Afghanistan. I had also heard a lot from military support groups,veterans and people like me who have never been in the military wonderingwhy we rarely hear on the news about the good our men and women do.

In October of this year I spent two weeks in Iraq interviewing our men andwomen where they are serving. The purpose of this email is to request thatyou help us get the word out about these interviews as they are heard bothon the internet and now in five states on Cable TV.

In May 2006 a question was made to me by an Officer with the MinnesotaNational Guard asking me if I would be interested to take my talk show toIraq and interview our military there. It took a while to raise the moneybut I recently returned from a two week tour in Iraq. I was able tointerview military personnel across Iraq so that they could talk about thegood they have been and continue to do in Iraq. I was also with Iraqi ArmyBattalions near the Syrian Border and our Military Transition Teams whoare training them. The tour also included being in an Iraqi town at theGrand Opening of a school thanks to our National Guard and families backhere in the USA. I was able to interview the Principal.

As a result of us being asked to share more about what I witnessed inwriting on the website about my experiences in Iraq, we have added a newbutton on the home page. It says "Iraq Tour + More". It is on the leftside of home page or you can click on the link below:

Also there is now a Major Announcement on the website on our home page.You can go to our home page to get to it or go directly to it at:

It gives information on a Regional Cable/Satellite TV Network based inDenver, who will be airing our Iraq Talk Shows throughout the month ofDecember in 180 cities in 5 states. 80 of those cities are throughoutColorado including Denver and Colorado Springs. Those who are in one ofthese 180 cities will be able to see and hear what these men and women inIraq said to me on the talk shows. You may know people in some of thesetowns. We are looking for all the help we can get to get the word out.

I invite you to read this Major Announcement on our website. If you knowpeople in the cities and states where these interviews will air, you mightwant to let them know that they can hear from our troops on their TV intheir homes. This is also another opportunity for you and your supportersand volunteers to reach out to more people about what you do and aboutyour organization. You would think that everybody in the country who saysthey support our troops would want to see these interviews from Iraq. Theonly way that I know of that they will have the opportunity to do so is ifothers like you will help!

Everybody with access to a computer with speakers can also listen viaaudio on computers every Sunday night through December 24, 2006 to whatour men and women had to say as I interviewed them in Iraq. The first showthat aired on Oct 22nd is now in our past shows/archives. We should havethe second talk show from Iraq which aired last night in our archives bythe end of today. To listen from our archives go to our home page thenclick on "past shows/archives". Then click on the talk show date which youwould like to listen to.

If you would like to email me or talk over the phone about our upcomingIraq Talk Shows DVD release, sponsorships or anything else about our talkshow please let me know. Any suggestions that you can share about reachingmore people with these interviews would be greatly appreciated.

If you agree that our military personnel have a right to be heard thenplease help us get the word out. And if you would like to receive futureupdates please add your email address from our home page to our NewNewsletter List.

Thank YouBob Calvert,
HOST website:
phone: 719-310-7814

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
Sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack; brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts...
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures; he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother...
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that, you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people asYou can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to ourU.S.service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
Festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit, of what we Owe. Make people Stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves
For Us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq
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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. Since it first went on line in 1996 it has evolved into something more. It is now also a place of healing for those affected by one of the most divisive wars in our nation's history.Share this with a vet. -June

November 13, 2006


Click on the below website link and turn up the sound.
Now available on DVD from and

"Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty." - Department of Veterans Affairs

When I set out to create the documentary film "Make Peace or Die: The First Days of War in Iraq with 1st Battalion 5th Marines" in many ways my personal intent was the same as Veterans Day: to honor the contributions made by, in this case, a small group of Marine Corps infantrymen.

To tell you a little about myself, I am the youngest of three boys. My oldest brother was a Marine and my middle brother was in the Navy. My father was a two-tour veteran of Vietnam. I was the first man in my family not to go into the military but rather studied cinema at the University of Southern California. My hope is that after watching this movie, the audience comes to deeply understand the level of honor, courage, and commitment with which each of these men serve -- as a filmmaker and an American, this is my duty.

Semper Gratus,

Valerian Bennett

Director, "Make Peace or Die:
The First Days of War in Iraq
with 1st Battalion 5th Marines"

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These are “official” Marine Corps photos of the battle for Iwo Jima. Thought you might enjoy them. Click on special reports sideshow.

Special Reports Slideshow

Subject: If Iwo Jima Happened Today.


Semper Fidelis

November 06, 2006

Extra Halloween Candy?

Extra Halloween Candy?
Send it to us and we'll send it to the Troops!
Support Our Troops--Write a Letter!!

Wendy M plans to help & I'll be there, too!
Join us & VOLUNTEER :) June
Operation Gratitude
Carolyn Blashek
Hotline: 818.789.0563
Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436

Operation Gratitude Fourth Annual Holiday Drive
Organization to send 50,000 Care Packages to Support the Troops


California Army National Guard Armory
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(Corner of Victory and Louise)

During the Veteran's Day Weekend, November 11-12,
Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, will kick off its Fourth Annual Holiday Drive, to assemble and mail over 50,000 care packages to deployed troops for the Holidays.

Operation Gratitude's mission is to put a smile on a
service member's face, lift morale, and express the
appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices
of the men and women defending our freedom.
Beginning November 11, Operation Gratitude's more than 1000
volunteers, along with stars from Hallmark Channel's upcoming holiday movies, will assemble and ship at least 50,000 Holiday Care Packages filled with Flash Drives, Sports Calling Cards, DVDs and CDs, Candy, Gum, Cough Drops, Cookies, Hand Warmers, Skin Care Products, Coffee and Flavorings, Greeting Cards, Batteries, Energy Drinks, T-Shirts, Socks and assorted Snacks. OPERATION GRATITUDE
sends wonderful packages to the troops.

November 03, 2006


Sound Off Letter of the Month

As a fairly new subscriber to Leatherneck, I have to tell you that I really enjoy each and every issue. My nephew just completed his four years of service as an 0311 [rifleman] and now is living life as a civilian.

When he first deployed to Afghanistan a few years ago, I started sending care packages to the Marines in his unit, “India” Company, 3d Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment. Knowing that there were many Marines with little or no support from home is what initially got me started—the thought of those men and so far from home, in danger, and getting no mail.

That little project was supposed to last seven months. It has been nearly four years now, and I am still sending eight to 15, 15- to 25-pound boxes out every week, mainly to combat battalions all over Iraq.

Thanks to hundreds of generous Americans who have made this possible with their donations, I am hoping to continue for months to come. To date, I have raised about $55,000 and I am so very grateful to all who have donated, as I do not have nonprofit status, so they cannot claim the donations on their taxes. Some have given thousands, some many hundreds.

I have benefited by being blessed with new friends in the Corps family, all over the country. I have befriended family members and Marines all over, and they are so very special to me. Some will be friends for life, some for the present.

I decided to write you after reading the August issue; almost every article in the issue was about a unit that I ship to. It’s an extensive list. I ship to several of the units every time they deploy: 3/6, 3/8, 2d Tank Bn, Marine Attack Squadron 223, now 1/25, 1/8, 2/8, and many, many more. I love to read about the outstanding Marines to whom my packages go.
Sorry to be so long-winded. I feel so deeply about the Corps and its Marines.

Susan WarrenRockville, Md.

In May 2003, Susan Warren, a retail worker in Rockville and former prize-winning body builder, started sending Marines care packages of snack foods, magazines, toiletries and other items. Leatherneck congratulates Ms. Warren on her recent award from the American Legion. As you can read, her efforts have been tremendous.—Sound Off Ed.

November 02, 2006

Veterans Voice


This takes some time to load and it r uns fo r about 10 minutes, but it is well worth it.
Given the trashing that the US Soldier Warrior takes from some, all need to better under stand that Wa r r io r . You can not win any war without boots on the ground. My God I am grateful that I come from this lot and I have put boots on the ground.

God bless our Warrior s and may they be safe as they continue to put boots on the g r ound.

Boots on the Ground

X-Mas Holiday Cards :)


Be a Hero's Hero!
Adopt a deployed servicemember today!

How a Marine Say's Goodbye

How Marine's Say GoodbyeWhether you are a woman or a macho man, whether you are for or against the Iraq war, regardless, this will definitely wet your cheeks and pierce your heart. I don't believe one person will be offended.

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November 01, 2006

John Kerry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 1, 2006
CONTACT: Melanie Morgan -

Kerry’s Non-Apology
Accuses Americans of Being
Too Stupid to Understand Him

(SAN FRANCISCO) – The chairman of the nation’s largest pro-troop organization, Move America Forward (website: ) has issued the following statement rejecting the non-apology by Senator John Kerry for his comments belittling the intelligence of U.S. Troops in Iraq.


"Your non-apology is not accepted, Senator Kerry.

“John Kerry has done it again! He has sunk to a new low by managing to insult the American people and members of the United States military in his issuance of a non-apology. Rather then apologizing for the hurtful words he used, he instead says he regrets that his words were misinterpreted? [Source: Kerry statement, "I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted…" ]

"So apparently it is the fault of the American public, news media and the men and women of the United States Military for not being smart enough to understand what Senator Kerry meant to say?

"The American public understands what he really said. There is no mistaking his contempt for our troops. He has a long history of name-calling, and now he refuses to apologize for his conduct. Instead he says it’s all our fault.

“Shame on you, Senator Kerry."

-- Melanie Morgan
Click here: Stolen Honor: Documentary: Program Excerpts

Be sure to turn up your sound and click on all three Excerpts to see and hear their messages.

X-mas care packages for the TROOPS

Most of you know how I support the military, particularly the Marine Corps. This year I was asked if I would adopt some deployed Marines for Christmas. I was like "Sure!" expecting two or three... Well, I have a platoon of 25 Marines in my care. At first I was overwhelmed and said "I can't do this!" but then it hit me that I CAN and WILL. Everything has to be shipped by Thanksgiving is the part that is going to be the most difficult.

For the platoon, we provide Christmas decorations--a small Christmas tree, Santa hat and beard, Christmas CD, etc. Things to make their little area festive. I know that may sound dumb, but I can also see how it would help to boost their morale.

Also for the platoon, we provide group gifts--things they can enjoy together. Suggested ideas were DVD's (no war movies) and games... I am not the most imaginative of people so if you have any ideas, don't hesitate to let me know!

Individually, we have a handmade stocking (my grandmother is making those) filled with small wrapped gifts for each person in the platoon. I'm having trouble with ideas for those, as well.

The Operation Santa USMC website is: I've

blogged about it here:

If you are willing to help in any way, please drop me an e-mail ASAP at or give me a call. Thank you!--