Friday, August 10, 2012
"I think all Americans feel we have a moral, sacred duty toward our men and women in uniform," Obama said in an Oval Office ceremony before signing the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act.
"They protect our freedom, and it's our obligation to do right by them. This bill takes another important step in fulfilling that commitment."
The bill passed Congress last week with bipartisan support. Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted groundwater at Camp Lejeune from 1957 to 1987.
Partial Press Release courtesy of AP - Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
U.S. Senate passes bill to provide health care for Camp Lejeune water exposure - Bill now goes to the House as H.R.1627
Pay attention fellow Proud Cold Warriors ! We need your help !
Read this, then contact your Congressman and tell him/her to vote yes on the upcoming H.R.1627.
(Press release provided by the Senator Burr website)
U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, announced that the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, a bill that improves services and care for veterans and includes a bill he wrote, the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act, passed the Senate unanimously. The Senate bill is known as S. 277.
This legislation will require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide health care to veterans and their family members who have certain diseases and conditions as a result of exposure to well-water contaminated by human carcinogens at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
“This has been a long time coming, and unfortunately, many who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune over the years have died as a result and are not with us to receive the care this bill will provide,” Senator Burr said. “While I wish we could have accomplished this years ago, we now have the opportunity to do the right thing for the thousands of Navy and Marine veterans and their families who were harmed during their service to our country. I am encouraged that the House will pass this bill quickly and it will go to the President’s desk for his signature.”
An estimated 750,000 people may have been exposed to probable and known human carcinogens in the base’s water supply between the 1950s and 1980s. To date, this is the largest recorded environmental incident on a domestic Department of Defense installation.
Also included in the bill was a proposal Senator Burr authored that will address the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims by authorizing retroactive effective date for awards of disability compensation for applications that are fully-developed at submittal.
Link over to http://veterans.house.gov/hr1627 for more info on the House version.
Once it passes and reconciled between the two bodies, contact Whitehouse.gov and show your support so the President will sign it into law.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Just think about what a strong move it was for our forefathers to announce the Declaration of Independence this day 236 years ago. They were ordinary men that had had enough of tyranny.
This morning I watched a news program where one of the host remembered a 4th of July celebration at his home when he was young. His parents were having a party and the attendees all went outside to see the fireworks display together. As he told the story - the explosions caused a recently returned Vietnam War Veteran to become disturbed through remembering being under artillery fire and had to go back inside. The others left with him in support. A World War II veteran placed his hand on the disturbed Vietnam Veteran's shoulder and informed him that he also just felt the pain of his experience being under mortar fire himself. The commentator went on to state that his mother then thanked them both for their service and said that they would not be able to have the freedoms we have without their sacrifices.
How true is that statement!
Happy Independence Day to you all and thank you to my fellow Proud Cold Warriors for your service.
Through our diligence, sacrifices, and attention to duty we saved the world from nuclear annihilation.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I was in the US Army Signal Corps from 1979 to 1988 starting with 5 years in Italy and Germany. Like most of the Cold Warriors, the things I did are still classified. The things I was involved in will go unsung and unrecognized, like so many other “Red October” actions. I can only speak in general terms about my work. The level of cooperation we fostered between the US and our NATO partners in the field of communications-electronics was an important element in “bringing the wall down.” My personal contribution to this cooperation was the combination of my specialty as a radio officer and my language ability in French, German, and Italian. When Tito died in Yugoslavia, and the Russian tanks started rolling toward Yugoslavia, my life was a constant round of sleepless nights of frequent alerts and mobilizations. When you got the phone call in the middle of the night, my whole being would tighten up, and I would say to myself, “This is it… the big one… go time!” We’d be in formation in the motor pool, and then we’d get the stand-down call. I’d go home, try to relax, and then I’d get the phone call, and we’d do it again… and again… and again… We knew we would be the first ones to go if it all broke out, and we knew after that it was about a 20-minute lifespan for us, but we still stood the line. We knew the real cost of freedom, because we could look across the border to Yugoslavia and see what happens when you lose it. We saw the children smuggled out of Yugoslavia and left at convents in Italy, because the parents knew their children would have a better life in the west. I transferred to Germany and then President Reagan was elected. Things started getting better. The military started getting the equipment it needed. We started seeing things done to really undermine the Soviet Union – all still classified. So many things that happened under President Reagan to “bring the wall down” are still probably classified. He never got the full credit he deserved for it, and neither will we cold warriors. The important thing is that the wall did come down. The important thing is that there is still freedom in our nation, and there is still hope for freedom for the whole world.
Monday, May 28, 2012
I'd also like to re-post this article from last year because it says it all about how the Cold War losses are viewed.
On Vets Day, thank a Cold Warrior
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Russia held a traditional labor march through Moscow with Putin leading the parade. The photos I saw were all about peaceful celebration of labor. Yes, there were a few signs that called for more benefits or pay but overall the signs were usually competitive in nature between one labor union and another.
In the USA the Occupy Movement fizzled. yes, there were protest and some violence in certain cities, even a bomb threat sting in Cleveland, but overall it fizzled. Seattle, the center for Anarchist now, had the most violent of street bashing, with Oakland, CA second. New York was tame in comparizon. So much for bringing American businesses to their knees.
Worldwide there were mixed events as well. All labor protest oriented and just slightly violent in nature. No mass shut downs of economies, no major looting or destruction. Just check any of the major news outlets websites and you will see photos from around the world.
The only military oriented event I found was a YouTube video of the Russian Army practicing for their May 9th Victory parade - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym2FFPMNutA
Check back and I'll have some more footage of the May 9th Moscow military parade.
One other thing to note is that May 1 is also the anniversary of the U2 incident with Francis Gary Powers' shootdown. I mentioned it at work and an approximately 30-year old co-worker did not have a clue as to what I was speaking of. I pulled it up on my phone for him to see. He stated that he could not even remember if his history class ever mentioned the Cold War, let alone Francis Gary Powers!
This is motivation for me to step up my research and blog even more!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
May Day is celebrated in so many ways around the world and a Google search will provide references to as many different types of celebrations as there are countries that celebrate today.
Here in the United States the Occupy Movement plans to shut down major cities and are asking for workers to unite and strike. Shades of Russia at the turn of the 20th Century!
How will Russia (former U.S.S.R.) celebrate this year? Will it be a national holiday of Spring, will there be worker's rallies, or will we see inklings of the old Soviet style military parade with Putin's like for the old ways? We will see as the news trickles across the internet.
In preparation for this post I viewed old newsreels and read post from around the world. I'll base my comments on the USSR because of the nature of this blog. One item of note is that the view of the Moscow celebration definitely changed as the years progressed. In the beginning the May Day celebration was one of the workers, especially during the Lenin years. I found an old news article from 1918 that described a normal parade with the people celebrating. I saw film from the early 1930s that supports the celebration of the workers theme. As World War Two progressed the parade review became more militaristic with Stalin showing the military might of his country. This theme took over and stayed that way until just before the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This Cold Warrior remembers the film footage of the USSR leadership up on the high stage. USA anlayst always looked to see who stood where and mused about who is in line to take over based on where they stood in relation to the Premier.
YouTube has quite a collection including footage from the 1991 celebration - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wcx844feFs Part 1 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=2i3gN6q4Fes Part 2. There was not a tank or missile in sight in 1991!
I am curious as to how Russia will celebrate and to how troublesome the Occupy Movement will be. Will the two celebrations be similar with peaceful marches of workers celebrating or will there be trouble here in America today like Russia in 1917? Will Putin take a page from previous leaders and show military might? Will our authorities crack down as the Csar did back then? We shall see.
Check back tomorrow for an update.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
SHARE YOUR COLD WAR STORY !
Where did you serve? Military or Civilian? Stateside or Overseas. Fulda Gap? Berlin? NATO? CIA? State Department? The Dew Line? On a Missile Battery? Down in a Silo? At Sea? Under the Sea? In the Air? According to the VA over 26 million Vets are still alive. I'd bet that most served in the 1945-1991 time frame and I'd like to share your story on this blog. As long as it isn't still classified, email me with your story and I will post it here. firstname.lastname@example.org