My Veteran's Day

He was a Viet Nam vet. He didn't let that fact dictate the way he lived, but it ended up dictating the way he died. He was a conscientious objector. He didn't want to go. He was so young. His conscience won out over his objections and he enlisted in the Air Force because he was told it was the right thing to do. He was one of the lucky ones. He came home. ...more

On Veterans and War

Both my father and step-father are war veterans....more
Thank you for writing this. It is so important. more

NaBloPoMo Day 11: The Veteran's Day Parade

Frank JosephBreen, Sr.  ...more

Navy Brat

I am a Navy brat. And proud of it. My father was an officer in the Navy. We moved between Washington and California four times until I was 8, when we finally settled in Washington. I have a lot of vivid memories of our trips between the two states and living at Camp Pendleton in California, including the sadness of when my father shipped out for Desert Storm and the excitement and anticipation as we waited (all day) for his return. I loved Veteran's Day assemblies when I was able to bring my Dad in to show him off to my school....more
Navy brat here too! Go Navy! (My kids are Air Force brats though... and my grandchild will be a ...more

Louie Zamperini - A True American Hero

A couple of months ago my Book Club read the book Unbroken by ...more

Anchors Aweigh! Remembering My Naval Journey...

Get out!!! Get out!!! Get out!!! Move it! Move it! Move it! My mind swirled and my heart pounded. I was hungry and I was tired, and I was not in the mood for all this craziness!In the mist of all the chaos that followed our drive through the front gate, my heart began to pound hard against my breast, my palms grew sweaty, and tears of fear threatened to fall....more

Thank you to all the service men and women on Veteran's Day

The sunrise today is a fitting tribute to the brave men and women in the military. Thank you for your service to our country! Wishing you all the best on Veteran's Day. Photo by me, Chris Olson. ...more
Thank you Chris. I'm glad to have served - with pride:)) more

Happy Veteran's Day!

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.  ~Author Unknown Having the privilege and honor of knowing veterans and future veterans, I am very proud to say Happy Veterans Day!...more

The Veteran In My Life

Day two  on BlogHer. I learned how to post a photo on this new site. I practiced with a photo of the veteran in my life. Her name is Jami. My daughter. She was active duty Air Force for 4 years. When she left the Air Force she missed it so very much and enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard. Once a month she works at the Hospital on base....more

Veteran's Day and other thoughts

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the "War to End All Wars," (or so everyone at the time thought) also known as World War I. This is a war that the USA partcipated in, albeit towards the end and a war that is definitely seen as being more of a European matter than an American one, even though President Wilson had a lot of input into the events that laid the groundwork for World War II. ...more