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October 2010


OCTOBER IN QUARTERHORSE HISTORY

1 Oct 04: 2nd BCT commences Operation Baton Rouge, Samarra, Iraq.
6 Oct 95: 1/4th Cav sent to bosina with 1st Armored Div, Operation Joint Endeavor.
6 Oct 66: Operation Tulsa Begins, S. Vietnam.
8 Oct 65: USNS Sultan arrives at Vau Tunk, RVN. 1/4th Cav and other 1st Inf Div units dembark, taken to Bein Hoa, AFB.
11 Oct 65: 1/4th Cav assigned to Combat Brigades. A Trp -Lai Khe; B Trp - Phouc Vihn; C Trp, HHT and D Troop Phu Loi.
14 Oct 96: 1/4th Cav returns to Germany from Bosnia.
16 Oct 66: Operation Tulsa Ends, S. Vietnam.
16 Oct 66: Operation Shenandoah II begins. 16 Oct 70: 3rd Brigade redesignated 1st Inf Div (Fwd), Sheridan Kaserne, Germany.
20 Oct 65: 1/4th Cav involved.
25 Oct 65: 1/4th Cav involved.
29 Oct 67: Operation Shenandoah II, major battles around Loc Ninh, S. Vietnam. 31 Oct 68: Battle of FSB Rita, B Troop Involved.

The War: Death Among the Rubber Trees (Battle for Loc Ninh)
Friday, Nov. 10, 1967
The district town of Loc Ninh, some 70 miles north of Saigon, was a company town and, until last week, a tranquil and prosperous one. Most of its 10,000 inhabitants worked for a giant French rubber plantation, the Societe des Caoutchoucs d'Extreme-Orient, whose trees marched away row upon row, mile after mile, across the low hills toward the Cambodian border.
Overlooking the town stood the red-roofed villas of the French plantation managers. Tropical flowers climbed their villa walls from green lawns, and their country club boasted a large swimming pool and a red-clay tennis court —the remnants of a prewar colonial past.
The wartime present in Loc Ninh was embodied in four understrength Vietnamese irregular force companies and an American Special Forces unit, both of which were assigned to guard the town's airstrip and the district sub-sector headquarters, a rambling set of old French buildings and bunkers ringed by concertina wire and crowned by an improbable, rickety observation tower. Down the airstrip from the headquarters (see map) was an only slightly more substantial, diamond-shaped Special Forces camp, its walls made of logs and earthworks like something out of the old American West. To the Viet Cong's main-force 272nd and 273rd Regiments, assigned the task of spoiling South Viet Nam's inaugural week with a major victory, Loc Ninh must have seemed an ideal target: a district headquarters defended by underforce irregulars and a handful of Americans, close both to the Viet Cong's source of supplies and to the sanctuary of the Cambodian border only nine miles away. They were wrong: in a week of fighting, the Viet Cong suffered their biggest defeat since the twelve-day battle around Khe Sanh last May, when they lost 1,200 men.
The Viet Cong struck just after midnight one night last week, pouring a rain of rocket and mortar rounds on the Special Forces camp and on the sub-sector compound. Part of their 273rd Regiment roared into the undefended town itself, took it over and used its dispensary to treat Viet Cong wounded. At the same time, other elements of the 273rd attacked the subsector compound from the north and west, filtering through the gloom of the rubber trees and throwing themselves against the guns of the 105 men inside.
Despite bombing and strafing by U.S. jets and helicopters zooming in to aid the defenders, the headquarters soon appeared doomed. Punching through the wire, the Viet Cong raced from building to building, setting each afire. They silenced the bunkers one by one, dropping grenades through their slits. Soon only the command bunker and one other were still firing back, and in the command bunker Captain Tran Minh Cong and his twelve men were running out of ammunition. So Captain Cong radioed for Vietnamese army artillery to zero right in on his bunker. The artillerymen were reluctant to do so at first, but Cong, as he explained later, was unworried: "This is the best bunker in Viet Nam, even if you hit it with a B-52." Thereafter, every time the Viet Cong swarmed over the bunker, fused shells set to go off in the air blasted them. By dawn, a South Vietnamese relief company, helilifted to the rescue from Phu Loi, 60 miles away, was able to launch a counterattack out of the Special Forces camp. They drove the Viet Cong back into the rubber trees, forcing them to leave behind more than 100 of their dead. Bleeding White Sap. Meanwhile, the U.S. 1st Division's reaction force was moving in reinforcements. The first to arrive were two helilifted batteries of 105-mm. howitzers and two rifle companies, the vanguard of two battalions. A third battalion later followed and began sweeping the rubber groves east of Loc Ninh. It proved an eerie enterprise. Moving down the corridors between the evenly spaced, parallel rows of trees, the troops were frequently brought up short by jungle birds whose screeches mimicked the whine of bullets. The almost purple earth underfoot teemed with a fierce breed of red ant whose bite meant torment. But the battalion soon did some tormenting of its own. Running into a company of Viet Cong, it killed 83 in a four-hour firefight that left the bullet-punctured rubber trees bleeding white sap.
Despite their heavy losses, the Viet Cong tried again next day, this time attempting a two-pronged attack from the east across the airstrip runway. It was a disastrous tactic; a howitzer at the south end of the field was in a position to fire right down the runway—"like shooting down a bowling alley," as one of the gunners put it. As the Viet Cong, 30 and 40 at a time, tried to sprint across the strip, the big howitzer shells exploded in their midst. The gunners fired off 575 rounds during the battle, blistering the paint on the lone gun's barrel. Helicopter gunships laced the Viet Cong from above with their mini-guns, and Air Force jets made one screaming run after another, dropping anti-personnel bombs. The few Viet Cong who survived the lethal gauntlet to reach the strip's west side were caught in a murderous crossfire between the Special Forces camp and the subsector compound. Again, more than 100 Viet Cong died.
Douse That Light! Next day was the only quiet one in Loc Ninh's bloody week. The Vietnamese irregulars dug huge pits for the Viet Cong dead, washed their clothes in the French Club's swimming pool and helped themselves to the wine cellar. Because the Viet Cong had returned each night to occupy the town itself for a few hours, the villagers were evacuating it by the thousands. To try to build up their morale, the 1st Division sent in medics and armored personnel carriers, and the division band went oompahing through the streets in full battle dress, brass horns gleaming in the sun. The effort was unsuccessful. Understandably frightened by the ferocity of the battle, the villagers continued to stream southward, their possessions on their backs. By week's end Loc Ninh was virtually a ghost town.
To the surprise of U.S. commanders, the Viet Cong stayed around despite their losses. Next night the fighting resumed, in perhaps as weird a contact as either side has made in the war. About 8 p.m. a group of men walked through a U.S. company's command post, one of them with a flashlight in his hand. "Douse that light," snarled a U.S. sergeant major, at the same time noticing that the offender was wearing black pajamas and carrying a Chinese AK-47 gun. But the group kept right on walking, and it was several startled seconds before everybody started firing. Four of the Viet Cong were captured, one by a young lieutenant who hit him with a football body block and a right to the jaw. Later that same night, the Viet Cong massed among the trees for another attack across the runway but were driven off by U.S. jets. Still another large force of Viet Cong tried to overrun a U.S. battalion positioned west of Loc Ninh; they were forced back in bloody combat, suffering 200 dead.
By the fifth day of the battle for Loc Ninh, the enemy had lost more than 900 men in their frantic, futile efforts to seize it. Allied losses were fewer than 50 dead.
The following was submitted by Alan Benoit. BB

Part of the report by 5th Special Forces on Loc Ninh in Oct-Nov 1967.

They don't mention Units but only 1st Inf Div Units. Does mention Units Airlifted in which was the ACAVs from C troop. The Tanks had to use the road to get there.

There were additional contingency plans: camp defense plans and camp alert plans. Effective communications were maintained throughout the attack on Loc Ninh. Internal communication was excellent, as was external communication to higher headquarters. Even after the discovery that the outside antennas had been destroyed in the attack on Loc Ninh, communication was immediately regained by switching to the underground emergency antennas.

All requests to higher headquarters were met promptly. The flare ships and Spooky were on the scene of battle within twenty-five minutes after their summons and they remained on the scene as long as they were needed. Forward air controllers, air and artillery support were outstanding. No requests for reinforcements were made to higher headquarters, but as the fight developed over the next several days, Vietnam Army units and the 1st Brigade of the 1st U.S. Infantry Division were airlifted into Loc Ninh. Logistical support was superb. Requests to higher headquarters for supplies and equipment were handled with immediate dispatch. Medical evacuation was swift once daylight came and the fighting abated. All reports were submitted to higher headquarters according to the standing operating procedure, and all deserving individuals were recommended for awards of valor.

Enemy pursuit, aside from the civilian irregular relief column dispatched to the Popular Forces compound, was left to the 1st U.S. Infantry Division in and around Loc Ninh. There were reports that the enemy was fleeing in all directions in a disorganized manner. Initially the enemy withdrew to the west of Loc Ninh, but heavy contact with U.S. and CIDG units diverted the Viet Cong to the north, northeast, and east. A trail survey later revealed that the enemy withdrew in battalion-size or larger units primarily northeast toward the Cambodian border and due east to the Bu Dinh Secret Zone.

A confidence bred of demonstrated ability created in the ranks of Civilian Irregular Defense Group troops a conviction that they could win against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars. With this conviction the transition to the offensive was complete.

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Below is a photo of the Air Base at Loc Ninh. C Troop, 1/4th Cav was set up near the air field at the bottom of the photo.

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Battle of FSB Rita - 1 Nov 68 - As told by David Seal and Others


This version of the battle assembled by David H. Puckett, Sr. Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment


Fire Support Base Rita was positioned at the edge of the rubber plantation about 3.5 miles southwest of An Loc, some 55 miles north of Saigon and 15 miles northeast of Tay Ninh. The Cambodian border lay within four miles, to the northwest of the FSB, forming a salient known from the trace on the map as the "Fishhook." On 18 October the 1st Brigade initiated operations supported from FSB Rita to interdict enemy supplies and reinforcements moving into Vietnam from Cambodia. During the night of 31 October-1 November 1968 an enemy regiment mounted a determined assault on FSB Rita.

In a war covering an entire country and spanning more than ten years, it is inevitable that many battles are merely glossed over by the writers who find themselves charged with preserving history for future generations. If something major didn't take place, little attention was paid to recording details. It is possible that hundreds of battles could even be forgotten, and a true picture of actual battles and events would never be possible. When after action reports submitted by all elements involved in a battle tell a different story and vary in details as to what really happened, history is left with a dark hole, an unfinished chapter. If we are lucky - and haven't foolishly wasted too much time - the source we turn to in such cases are the soldiers who were at the battle. For as we all know, in a soldier's mind, no battle is insignificant when it involves themselves, their unit and their men. Time seems to have stood still whenever such events are recalled.

The battle at FSB Rita is but one example. Take a look at only a few published "official" examples. First, a Stars and Stripes report of the battle:

HEAVY RED ROCKET ASSAULT BEATEN OFF

A North Vietnamese battalion, firing deadly shoulder-aimed rockets, tried to overrun a 1st U.S. Infantry Div. fire support base 50 miles above Saigon early Friday morning. "All the NVA we could see moving outside the perimeter had rocket launchers," said 1st Lt. Gregory King, commander of Charlie Company, 1st Bn., 26th Inf. only a very few had rifles.

Red infantrymen have frequently used the Russian-made RPG launcher, which can penetrate 11 1/2 inches of steel, in attacks, but seldom so many - the Americans inside fire support base Rita said as many as 1,000 were fired at them.

The fighting lasted until dawn, when the estimated 800 Vietnamese gave up, still outside the base. They left 27 dead. American losses were 12 killed and 56 wounded.

Or, this description in The First Infantry Division in Vietnam 1965-1970 relating to the 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery (105mm):

On 1 November at Fire Support Base 'Rita', Battery B, 1st Battalion, 5th Arty and Battery C, 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery repulsed an assault by an estimated NVA Regiment. The devastating direct artillery fires prevented Fire Support Base "Rita" from being overrun.... Over 100 enemy casualties were inflicted.

Or, this account from the same book concerning the 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery (115mm SP):

In November 1968, Battery C, operating with the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry at support base 'Rita', came under intense hostile rocket and mortar as well as a fierce ground assault by an estimated NVA/VC sapper battalion. The enemy penetrated the northwest side of the perimeter, but was ultimately evicted in a two hours battle...

And last from the same source, but not least, this report on Bluespaders in the action:

At 0300 hours, on November 1st, [1968] the NVA launched a ground attack against Fire Support Base "RITA", defended by B Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, and elements of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry. The battle lasted about four hours, being supported by Tac Air, artillery, and helicopter gunships. After the battle, sweeps produced 27 dead NVA soldiers. All evidence indicated an even larger number of enemy dead were retrieved from the battlefield.

Or, this version of the battle from Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes by Edward F. Murphy:

...Helicopter gun- ships arrived at daylight. Their massed firepower finally broke the enemy attack. The NVA retreated into the jungle, pulling along their wounded. At least 328 enemy dead were later counted around FSB Rita...

Confused? Let's look at a few facts as related by the men who were there.

First the participants:

Bravo Company, 1st Bn 26th Inf, commanded by 1LT Gregory King Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cav, commanded by CPT Joseph F. Scates B Battery, 1st Bn 5th Artillery, commanded by LTC Charles Rogers C Battery, 8th Bn 6th Artillery Base Defense Commander, Major Allen Nauman, XO, Blue Spaders

Their foe:

an estimated NVA/VC Regiment/Battalion with sappers

Fire Support Rita had been manned about three months earlier to provide artillery support for ground units in their efforts to block a major infiltration route into War Zone C from Cambodia. The artillery units providing support out of Rita were six 105mm towed howitzers of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery, and six 155mm self-propelled howitzers of C Battery, 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery. From mid-October the FSB had been the target of daily and nightly mortar and rocket attacks. The 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry (Mech) had been providing perimeter defense for the base as well as running local patrols and search and destroy missions.

Gary Hershley, a 26th Infantry Regiment Association member who was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry during that time, remembers being airlifted into FSB Rita a few days before Halloween to support the 1/16th, who in his words, "...had been taking quite a beating." He remembers their first day at the base being sent on a patrol to recover some of the bodies of the 1/16th that had been lost during a firefight in the surrounding jungle. He relates that his company spent the first few days constructing a perimeter of Dobol bunkers since a perimeter had never been established. Hershley recalls daily rocket and mortar fire, frequent friendly air strikes nearby, and the company's conducting short sweeps in and around the immediate area after each air attack.

As to when the 1/16th Inf left FSB Rita, Hershley states, "I don't know the exact day that the 1/16th pulled out, but they were replaced by the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry [B Troop], and I recall them being ambushed on their way in." A Quarterhorse troop was a formidible force - some twenty armored personnel carriers (ACAV), six tanks, three 4.2 inch mortars, and around 130 troopers. Once inside the perimeter, the ACAV's were strategically positioned around the perimeter to bolster the fire support base defenses.

David Seal was an M-60 machine gunner in the 1st platoon of B Trp, 1/4 Cav also remembers that greeting: "We were ambushed about a quarter mile before we got to Rita. Our platoon leader, Lt. John Walker, told us to keep our heads down and keep moving. We had no one wounded." Seal also recalls that the base was lightly probed and received mortar fire around the clock. Halloween night started out in a typical manner according to Seal: "...a few rounds came in early, but after that everything was pretty quiet. I went on guard at midnight."

It was standard operating procedure in the Quarterhorse that when a troop went on high alert for enemy action, it fired "Mad Minutes" on a random schedule to keep the enemy on their toes - and hopefully, to inflict casualties if they caught the enemy preparing to launch an attack. Immediately after such a blast was also a good time for the enemy to begin their attack as the troopers were busy reloading their weapons. That's exactly what happened: both cavalryman Seal and infantryman Hershley recall that there was a "Mad Minute" at 3:00 a.m.

Gary Hershley remembers an armored personnel carrier from the 1/4 Cav being right next to the bunker on the perimeter he shared with Johnson, a fellow Bluespader. "This was the first position to be hit that morning. The APC [ACAV] took a direct hit from an RPG...I was hit with shrapnel in the upper back/left shoulder area when the explosion occurred. Not knowing what was happening, Johnson and I jumped into our bunker...As I looked out a firing lane, flares lit up the sky, and the enemy were already inside of the wire. There was Johnson and I in a forward bunker and neither of us had a weapon. I reached out and retrieved my shotgun and ammo belt. [Just then] an enemy soldier crawled right in front of my firing lane -- I could have reached out and touched him....I emptied my shotgun into the side of this enemy soldier. Within a short time, his body was dragged away..."

1/4th Cav APC hit at FSB Rita

Nearby David Seal was just as busy, "One of our ACAV's to my left took a direct hit from either a mortar round or an RPG....Flares were popping everywhere and to me it looked like there were hundreds of NVA soldiers right at the wire. My track commander took over on the 50 cal. and I moved back to the 60 cal. A flare went off directly above our position and I saw an NVA soldier hung up in the concertina wire. I fired on him, but my 60 jammed; I yelled to my T.C. [Track Commander] who killed him with the 50."

Thanks to excellent camouflage, Hershley and Johnson's bunker had survived the initial onslaught, but their luck ran out. Hershley recalls, "I could now see NVA running all over the place....shortly thereafter we heard a "thump" as a grenade was thrown into our bunker. Johnson acted very fast and was able to immediately locate it and throw it back out." Due to all the artillery, machine gun, rifle fire and other ordnance, it is still a mystery to Hershley whether it exploded or not.

With the battle still raging, David Seal recalls the cavalrymen being ordered inside their tracks and to "button up" because it was time for the artillery to lower their tubes and fire anti-personnel rounds on and around the ACAV vehicles, and over the infantry bunkers.

Meanwhile, the cannoneers had been waging a two-pronged deadly fight inside the perimeter to protect their howitzers and to provide badly needed support. LTC Charles Rogers, [MG, Retired] the CO of the 1st Bn, 5th Arty was with his B Btry that night at Rita. With only two weeks before he relinquished command and scheduled to take a staff position at MACV, he found his unit in a battle for their lives.

"Captain Dan Settle told me the enemy had broken through the wire and was all over the position", stated LTC Rogers. "All the armored personnel carriers on the west flank had been hit by RPG's. I realized there was nothing there to stop the enemy but my battery."

Racing through the explosions, LTC Rogers discovered most of his crewmen huddled in their bunkers. He ordered them out to their positions. and gave fire commands to the crews. Although wounded three times during his dashes to the gun positions to rally his troops, he was amazed at the enemy behavior.

"I just couldn't understand it", LTC Rogers stated. "As fast as we cut them down, why here comes another row of them." That's when he decided to lower the tubes of the 105s for direct fire into the masses with the "beehive" canister rounds. Even though wounded a fourth time, Rogers continued barking orders to those around him for direct-fire, and at the same time called in air strikes to within 100 yards of the fire-base perimeter.

The crews of C Btry, 8th Bn 6th Arty had self-propelled 155 howitzers, but found their large vehicles ripe targets for the enemy RPG rounds. [As a result of this battle that it became policy to protect all tracked vehicles with chain link "RPG fences" to explode the incoming round short of its target.]

Air Force "Spooky" gun and flare ships were overhead throughout the night, providing deadly fires in and around the besieged defenders of FSB Rita. David Seal remembers that the "...NVA tried yet another attack just at daybreak, but it was over in a few minutes. " First light provided the USAF jets an opportunity to make their airstrikes more effective and low flying helicopter gunships were brought into the fray. Seal recalls that as daylight broke "...there were 6 dead NVA right in front of our position and about 25 inside the perimeter area.

Gary Hershley doesn't remember how long the fighting went on, but he does recall the firing ceased around daybreak. "There were bodies scattered throughout the perimeter. I do not recall the number of dead enemy troops within the wire. As we started to recon the interior of the perimeter, three NVA soldiers were spotted hiding behind a frontline bunker. Grenades and rifle fire soon erupted and the three were killed within minutes. I was on the chinook [CH-47 helicopter] that carried some of the wounded and the KIA back to Lai Khe. In all, there were 13 American KIA. I don't know how many of the 13 were 1/26, 1/4 Cav or artillery. We heard reports that the estimated enemy dead numbered several hundred."

Jay Antol was a Blue Spader from A Company who remembers going into FSB Rita that morning. "All of the trenches in the surrounding rubber plantation were filled up with dead bodies and dirt, and feet and arms were sticking out all over the place."

Shortly after daylight on 1 November, 1968, the fight for FSB Rita was over. While official reports list 26 or 27 enemy KIA during the battle, reports from forward air controllers and aerial observers related spotting "hundreds" of bodies of dead enemy soldiers, forming traces leading away from the scene of the battle. As stated earlier, Blue Spader Jay Antol also witnessed numerous casualties buried in hasty graves outside the perimeter.

As David Seal of the 1/4 Cav said, "...it was the scariest Halloween I have ever seen."


OLE' BILL'S CORNER

Well, we finally made it back to Florida. The damage to our trailer thanks to a healthy leak turned out to be a lot less than expected, never the less, my wife decided it would be a perfect time to lay down interlocking wood floors throughout.......Thanks to turning 66 this year, I posted the wrong e-mail for florida. It should have been bbaty1@hughes.net
also ran into the same problem I had when I got back to Michigan this year except I only had 1700plus e-mails to look thru. I guess "putting an account on vacatiion" means something different to a compuer tech located in India, anyway, me and hughes are working on this recurring problem. Hope you all have an enjoyable Halloween and don't eat too much candy. Later, Bill.


TROOPER CONTACTS

Gary Brown sent in this Contact. BB

HAROLD "BULL" GREEN

Harold was the VTR driver for C troop during 1967.
His e-mail is hgreen60@yahoo.com.
His telephone is: 618-893-4596
WELCOME BACK IN THE SADDLE HAROLD!


ACTIVE DUTY NEWS

A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder By ASHLEY GILBERTSON
Published: September 4, 2010

EARLY in the war in Afghanistan, among the international troops who mingle at Bagram Air Base, a single French combat ration (cassoulet, perhaps, with deer pâté and nougat) could be traded for at least five American Meals Ready to Eat, better known as M.R.E.’s.

A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder

Recently though, the barter values have changed.
A fellow journalist who just got back from an embed with the French told me that today they look forward to visiting the Americans for a meal. American rations — hamburgers, chili, peanut butter, candy — they say, are “fun.”

Each year, among the countries with troops in Afghanistan — the current number is 47 — tens of millions of dollars are spent researching how to fit the most calories, nutrition and either comfort or fun into a small, light package. The menus and accompaniments are intended not just to nourish but also to remind the soldier of home. Some include branded comfort foods — Australians get a dark-brown spreadable yeast-paste treat called Vegemite, for example — while others get national staples like liverwurst (Germany), or lamb curry (Britain’s current culinary obsession).

Some of the contents are practical. Italians get three disposable toothbrushes per day of combat. Americans get pound cake, which military folklore says reduces the need for toilet breaks.

Other items are just, well, quirky. For nine years now, I’ve been travelling mostly with the Americans when I’m in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one item they’re known for is the Assorted Charms that are one of several hard candies randomly distributed with M.R.E.’s.

Never eat the Charms, the troops say; they’re unlucky. It’s just a superstition, of course — I’ve never met a soldier who could tell me why they were unlucky — but the G.I.’s take it seriously. I sometimes think that if I ever got separated from my unit in the field, I’d just follow a trail of discarded unopened Assorted Charms to find them again.

Among the soldiers I have known, the peanut M&Ms are the hands down favorite item (it used to be Skittles), and they’re currency. Want to swap out your shift pulling guard duty? A packet might well buy you the favor.

The soldiers like to mix and match some of the ingredients to create their own drinks and meals. Army Rangers have been taught at least as far back as the Vietnam War how to make Ranger Pudding — roughly, it’s water mixed with cocoa powder, instant coffee, melted chocolate, Tootsie Roll, sugar and coffee creamer.

“Combat espresso,” on the other hand, is brutal. The creamer, instant coffee and sugar are poured directly into one’s mouth and then washed down with water. In 2004, I survived on those things for two weeks with a Marine company during the battle for Falluja.

In combat, eating is often the only good thing about a day. When a soldier or marine sits down to warm up his M.R.E., he’s not being shot at, he’s not losing friends. It’s almost a ritual, and the very act of opening one of these packages suggests safety, however brief it may be.

To a lot of the American troops I’ve met, mealtimes are the only thing here to look forward to.

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Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes "Fighting Sixth" from Fort Carson

Soldiers of E Troop of the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, stand in formation next to an OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter July 1 on Marshall Army Airfield during an uncasing ceremony. (Photo by Jordan Chapman, 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs)

Story by: Staff Writer Jordan Chapman
1st ID Public Affairs/Duty First! Magazine
Applause came quickly as the colors of the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, were uncased at Marshall Army Airfield July 1, an event that marked the first time the regiment has ever been stationed at Fort Riley.
Soldiers standing before the many Fort Riley and surrounding community leaders also enjoyed substantial applause because the ceremony marked the completed arrival of all the CAB's helicopters to one airfield.
Soldiers of the 1st Sqdn., 6th Cavalry Regt., a Kiowa reconnaissance battalion, deployed for 15 months to Northern Iraq along with other units of the CAB. The brigade's work during deployment resulted in a 70 percent decrease in violence, said Colonel Jessie Farrington, brigade commander. Farrington also stated he and many others have been waiting a long time for this to happen.
"I know the 'Demon' Brigade, the Big Red One and the Central Flint Hills Community are absolutely thrilled with this great squadron being here at Fort Riley," Farrington said, a statement Lt. Col. Kenneth Chase, battalion commander, agreed with.
"There is an old Army saying that home is where the Army sends you and as our troopers and their Families begin settling into their new homes here in the heartland of America, I have been asking about their first impressions," Chase said. He read off statements like "friendly", "good and honest people", "great facilities", "a sense of community" and "fantastic fishing" as a sample of just a few words from the Soldiers holding ranks during the ceremony.
"Today, this morning, it feels good to be home," Chase said.
Though constituted in1861, the "Fighting Sixth" has called many places home in the past 50 years including Germany, Fort Meade, Md., and Fort Hood, Texas.
The regiment is also no stranger to battle. Its' Soldiers have seen action in the Spanish-American War, the China Relief Expedition, the Punitive Expedition and both World Wars as well as serving in 16 campaigns and many battles during the Civil War.
"This cavalry squadron has fought in most of our nation's major conflicts and has a history almost as long as this nation. Whether it was on horse back or in their venerable Kiowa Warriors (helicopters), these troopers are out front, sabers drawn," Farrington praised.
The squadron has approximately 380 Soldiers and is authorized about 30 Kiowa helicopters.

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2011 COLA and Disability Comp Watch
Week of September 13, 2010
The current Consumer Price Index shows a negative rate of inflation for the first three quarters of 2010. The CPI is the determining factor for the annual COLA for VA Disability Compensation and pensions, Military Retirement, and Social Security. Based on the current CPI rate it appears that 2011 will mark the second year in a row without a Cost of Living Adjustment.

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Soldiers recharge with Army’s mid-tour leave program

Story by: Sgt. David Dasilma
4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
There is a special time during a deployment every Soldier anticipates. If one were to listen to the conversations around Task Force Blackjack, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, he or she would hear plenty of chatter pertaining to the second greatest time of a deployment: Environmental Morale Leave.
While it remains second to redeployment, EML is one of the most talked about items among deployed Soldiers. Hot topics include foods they will eat, the people they will see, and the adventures they are planning. EML is a special privilege and helps keep morale high in TF Blackjack.
The EML Program, mandated by U.S. Central Command, was implemented in 2003. The program was initiated to provide eligible service members and Department of Defense civilians serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom an opportunity for rest and recuperation and to aid with temporary family reintegration.
This leave is unique from the previous tours. On April 8, 2010, it became non-chargeable, meaning Soldiers do not use accrued leave, a provision that only applies to those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
"If I had to use up 15 days of chargeable leave for EML, I wouldn't have enough left over to take post-deployment block leave, or I'd have to go in the hole," said Pfc. Jason Dudley, Blackjack aid station medic from Seattle.
In addition to non-chargeable leave, Soldiers do not pay for airline expenses to their destination, a provision that falls under the Fully Funded Onward Movement Program, implemented on January 1, 2004.
Spc. Lester Burgard, a medic with 4th Sqdn., 10th Cav. Regt. from Mountain Grove, Miss., is a second-time deployer who appreciates the new policy.
"I had a lot of fun on leave. I got to hang out with my old friends, relax, and eat great food," Burgard said. "What's cool is that last deployment it was chargeable, and now it's not."

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PTSD Update
Recently a judge extended the deadline for a class action lawsuit that hopes to get monetary compensation for veterans who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from their service in the wars in the Middle East. The extension would allow more veterans to sign on to the pending litigation. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans by the National Veterans Legal Services Program and pro-bono counsel. Military veterans who were discharged between 17 DEC 02 and 14 OCT 08, may be eligible to join the class-action lawsuit Sabo, et. al. vs. U.S. The deadline to sign-up is 10 12 NOV 2010. For more information on how to sign-up, refer to the ptsdlawsuit.com website.
[Source: NAUS Weekly Update 10 Sep 2010 ++]

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Veteran College Tips
Dorothy Gillman, vice president of the National Association of Veterans' Programs Administrators (NAVPA) and veteran‘s administrator at Ramapo College of New Jersey, has provided following tips to returning veterans embarking on a college career:
1. Start by applying. Whether you are a first time college student or a transfer student, you must fill out an application. Go to the school's website to find the requirements and deadlines. Provide transcripts and test scores as needed and your DD-214 for credits you might have earned while in the service. Take a tour of the campus—either on the web or in person. If you don't know where you want to go, one of the places to help you decide what college or university best suits your needs is www.military.com. For a list of questions to ask on College Campus Tours refer to www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2010/04/02/questions-to-ask-on-college-campus-tours.html .
2. Meet the Veterans Administrator. You are entitled to GI Bill Education Benefits. You want to use them … now what? Find the Veterans Office on campus and introduce yourself. Staff at this office will explain and guide you through the give-and-take process to receive your benefits. You will be asked to provide various documents and complete different forms so your enrollment can be certified to the VA.
3. Get your GI benefits. There is a wide a variety of education benefits offered by the Veterans Administration, including the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, Transfer of Benefits, and Veterans Vocational Rehab, to name a few. Additionally, individual states offer varying opportunities to National 14 Guardsmen (some of the benefits come with different levels of eligibility). Whether you are a reservist, in the National Guard, or on active duty, you should check the VA website or discuss your benefits with the school's Veteran's Administrator. You can find a wealth of information as well as the application for benefits at the GI Bill website www.gibill.va.gov.
4. Apply for financial aid. All students can apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.fafsa.gov . This aid can be for grants, loans and/or work-study. While you are eligible for GI Benefits, some colleges and universities look to have bills "resolved" or "covered" while waiting for the VA to send the school the tuition and fees if you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. To view a video tape on filling out the FAFSA go to www.usnews.com/education/paying-for-college/videos.
5. Apply for scholarships. There are many types of scholarships available, including based on merit, academics, athletic, private, and general by area of interest. Some schools offer scholarships specifically for veterans. You have to look. Check the school's website and always remember: Do not pay for any scholarship application. For information on how to build your own personal scholarship go to www.usnews.com/articles/education/paying-for-college/2010/08/02/8-tips-to-building-your-own-scholarship.html.
6. Find a place to live. The key to being placed in housing is making sure you indicate you are a veteran on all forms. By doing so you may be able to select a roommate from the onset. Otherwise you might be assigned to a room with traditional students (just out of high school), which could be awkward with your recent military experience. Many colleges have housing set aside for veterans; make use of it.
7. Get an adviser. Every student is assigned to an adviser. Some schools have advisers specifically for veterans; smaller schools may not, but curriculum is standard for majors at each school. Interaction with the adviser will assist you to develop a suitable educational plan, make your course selections, and determine your major. This person will get to know you and empower you in decision-making skills in education, career, and life choices.
8. Take the CLEP. The College Level Examination Program is a series of exams you can take to test your college-level knowledge on what you have learned through on-the-job training, professional development, etc. There are a wide range of exams both general and subjective, worth up to six credits. The cost of a CLEP exam is fractional compared to the cost of tuition and fees. It could assist in skipping general introductory courses, general education classes or could even demonstrate your ability in a foreign language.
9. Connect with other veterans on campus. Veterans Centers are popping up on many campuses. They are the place to meet other veterans, to do peer-to-peer networking, to connect student veterans with resources, and to help you to get involved—or simply hang out. If there is no center on campus, start one. Student Veterans of America www.studentveterans.org can assist you in forming a chapter at your school.
10. Get career training and develop skills. Career services and job placement are available for you while getting your education. Résumé writing and mock interviews are offered. You can be placed in an internship or co-op related to your career goal and earn college credits as well as a stipend or small paycheck.
[Source: US News & World Report | Education article 8 Sep 2010 +]


TROOPERS CORNER - SOUND OFF!!

I could'nt have said it better myself. Submitted by Howard Greenfield. BB

A Poem Worth Reading He was getting old and paunchy And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the VFW, Telling stories of the past. Of a war that he once fought in And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one. And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke, All his buddies listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke. But we'll hear his tales no longer, For ol' Bob has passed away, And the world's a little poorer For a Soldier died today. He won't be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.. He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way; And the world won't note his passing, 'Tho a Soldier died today. When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great. Papers tell of their life stories From the time that they were young But the passing of a Soldier Goes unnoticed, and unsung. Is the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land, Some jerk who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life? The politician's stipend And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives. While the ordinary Soldier, Who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal And perhaps a pension, small. It's so easy to forget them, For it is so many times That our Bob's and Jim's and Johnny's, Went to battle, but we know, It is not the politicians With their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom That our country now enjoys. Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand, Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever waffling stand? Or would you want a Soldier-- His home, his country, his kin, Just a common Soldier, Who would fight until the end. He was just a common Soldier, And his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us We may need his like again. For when countries are in conflict, We find the Soldier's part Is to clean up all the troubles That the politicians start. If we cannot do him honor While he's here to hear the praise, Then at least let's give him homage At the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline In the paper that might say: "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A SOLDIER DIED TODAY." Pass On The Patriotism! YOU can make a difference. A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount "up to and including my life" That is HONOR, and there are too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

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Thanks to Alan Benoit for this forward. BB

Applebee's Veterans day
Earlier this month, we provided an advance to you regarding the upcoming Applebee's Thank You to veterans and active duty military.
They will be honored with a free meal on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2010.
We are pleased to provide the additional information on Applebee's Veterans Day program below.
Here is the link to all available online assets via a multimedia news release (MNR):
http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/applebees/46625/

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Really was nice of the Army to keep on top of this story.... BB

Army Bids Goodbye to Last Draftee September 30, 2010
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

He was a kid who didn't want to be a Soldier. There was a war in Vietnam and a peace movement in America.
But then he got the government's letter and soon found himself on a cold December morning in 1970 in front of a post office in Sumter, S.C., listening to a Soldier read names until he heard his: "Clyde Green!" With that, the 20-year-old kid climbed on the bus headed to a U.S. Army base.
"I didn't want to join the Army," Green said last week. "The Army came and got me."

When he retired as a chief warrant officer in a ceremony this morning at Fort McPherson, Ga. --- after 39 years, 9 months and 15 days of continuous active duty --- he became, by the best accounting, the last U.S. Army draftee who fought in Vietnam.
"It's hard for us to speak in absolutes," said Richard Stewart, chief historian for the U.S. Army Center of Military History. "We're not good at keeping records like that. As soon as we say he's the last, another four will pop up. But he's certainly one of the last."

Finding a purpose
It is hard to imagine now the days when soldiering wasn't always by choice, when supporting the troops could involve a great deal more than car decals and applauding troops in uniform in airports. Often, it meant you might be one of them. It also meant you might go to war and it meant you might not come back.
Green, 60, is perhaps the last human link to those days.
The Army ended the draft in 1973 and at least one other draftee is still on active duty. But he was drafted later than Green and didn't serve in Vietnam. Green couldn't imagine serving in Vietnam either. At the time, his brother Willie was already in the Army, serving in the Signal Corps and stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta. But Green wanted no part of this man's Army.
"When I got that letter, I thought my whole world was ending," he said.
The bus ride, induction and boot camp in Fort Knox, Ky., in January confirmed there was, indeed, a new world order and Green was at the bottom of it --- freezing his fanny.
"It was cold and really tough at first," he said. "But then I kind of got where I enjoyed it, once I figured out who was in charge."
The discipline of military life he had feared became a comfort.
"I liked the order," he said. And his uncertainty about what to study in college was suddenly a riddle solved: "I really liked the idea of military intelligence."
For the next four decades the kid who grew up on a farm in South Carolina, whose dreams had once stretched no farther than Orangeburg and South Carolina State University, traveled the world and lived a Soldier's life. Over time, the reluctant draftee became the career Soldier.

Attitudes change
He rose from enlisted man to chief warrant officer in military intelligence and served extended tours in Italy and South Korea. He visited 41 countries and posted in places --- the Middle East, Asia and East Africa --- he barely knew of, along with two stretches in the place he can least forget: Vietnam.
Green served his first stint there from June 1971 to May 1972 as an "intelligence Soldier," deciphering information gathered in the field. He examined captured equipment to determine, for instance, how many rounds an enemy anti-aircraft gun could fire. He interrogated captured enemy Soldiers in a war that a growing number of Americans opposed back home.
That experience, as a Soldier serving his country without any choice and risking his life, without much appreciation, still stings.
"At the time, we weren't really loved by the American people," Green said. "I never personally experienced it, but there was hostility. It was a different time. People weren't as supportive of the military."
It would be 23 years before Green returned to Vietnam. By then he had fought in his second war, the Persian Gulf in 1990. And he found America a different place for a returning Soldier, even an old draftee, by then a bit grizzled, who had served in Vietnam.
"If you were in uniform in public, people would come up and start talking to you," he said, "and tell you what a good job you're doing."
His second trip to Vietnam came with the Vietnam Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (MIA/POW), to seek any prisoners of war still in captivity and determine what happened to more than 1,700 Americans still missing in action in Southeast Asia. From 1995 to 2001, he and his team searched, scoured for remains and interviewed scores of witnesses.
They found no POWs but determined the fate of three MIAs, one of them an Army captain who served in Green's unit when he was in Vietnam the first time. They didn't find Capt. Frederick Krupa's remains, but they determined he was killed.
"He was shot in a helicopter and fell out during an extraction, so we were able to list him as KIA [killed in action]," Green said.

'Served ... with distinction'
At today's ceremony, Lt. Gen. Richard P. Zahner will praise the man believed to be the Army's longest serving draftee as a Soldier who "has served his country with distinction and has touched the lives of countless men and women in uniform," and who has contributed immeasurably to the Army's Military Intelligence in his 30 years as a warrant officer.
Green's family from all over the country will be there: his sons Brian, 29, and Stephen, 27, and wife of 34 years, Veria. He'll live at Fort McPherson for two more months --- "I have to pay rent now" --- in what, fittingly, is the oldest house on base, built in 1887.
After that, he has a farm in North Carolina where he might settle, unless Veria wins that argument and they move to Arizona.
"I hope I can talk her into it," he said.
And if he doesn't, it won't be the first time Clyde Green's plans for the rest of his life changed.

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The following is provided to help you get rid of these pains in the ass. BB

10 toughest things to get rid of
By Lori Bongiorno
Posted Tue Oct 5, 2010 11:03am PDT

It’s hard to know what to do with cans of leftover paint or electronics that have seen better days. You know you shouldn’t throw them in the trash, but they’re not typically recycled at the curb. So how exactly do you get rid of them? Luckily, if you’re armed with the right info, it can be easier than you think to dispose of these things. It’s worth any extra effort because many of the items on this list contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate the environment or cause other damage if not carefully disposed of. The laws for disposing of household waste vary depending on where you live, but here are some general guidelines and resources:

1. Batteries
Recycling rechargeable batteries is fairly easy. It’s a good thing because throwing out lead-acid batteries is illegal in 41 states, according to Trey Granger at Earth911. Home Depot, Staples, Radio Shack, Best Buy, and many other retailers take them back free of charge. There are fewer options for single-use batteries, but look for bins at your local library. Otherwise, your best bet is a nearby household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off site.

2. Electronics
Every retailer that takes back rechargeable batteries also accepts mobile phones, as do most wireless providers. For computers, cameras, televisions, and others it's worthwhile do a little homework because some stores charge fees depending on item and brand. Check out Best Buy, Staples, and Office Depot to see what's the best fit. Some places, like Radio Shack, have trade-in programs where you can receive store credit for your old gadgets. You can also turn your old electronics into cash thanks to a growing number of websites designed to help you easily sell them.

3. Paint
This is among the harder items to dispose of, but it's still totally doable. Some ideas to try first: Do your best to make sure it gets used. Give it to a friend. Use it for primer. Donate it to a charity, such as Habitat for Humanity or a school theater group. If you can't reuse it, then search to see if you can recycle it. If you just can't reuse it, you might need to throw dried paint in the trash if it's not against the law in your community. Remove the lid from a latex paint can and let it dry out until it's completely hard. Take any oil-based paints directly to your household hazardous waste center.

4. CFLs
Fluorescent bulbs contain tiny amounts of mercury that can leach out if broken, so it’s important to properly recycle them. Luckily, these energy-sipping light bulbs are relatively easy to get rid of. Just drop old bulbs off at any Home Depot or Ikea for free recycling, or search for other nearby solutions. If you have absolutely no other options and must throw them in the trash, then the Environmental Protection Agency suggests sealing CFLs in two plastic bags before disposing.

5. Medications
Don't flush them down the toilet or pour them down the drain because tiny amounts of pharmaceuticals are making their way into our streams, rivers, and lakes. Your best bet is to find a program that will take back unused medications. Check with your local government to see if it's hosting a collection event. Ask if your pharmacy or HHW collection program will accept old prescription drugs. Otherwise you’ll have to throw them in the trash. Remove all personal info before chucking bottles to avoid identity theft. Crush pills and try these other tricks to make medicines unusable in case they accidentally get into the wrong hands.

6. Cooking oil
Bacon grease or cooking oil can clog up your pipes and ultimately back up sewer systems. Rinsing with hot water as you pour it down the drain won't help. Once that grease cools down, it solidifies and sticks to pipes. Your best bet is to absorb small amounts of grease with shredded paper or kitty litter before throwing in the trash. Or you can pour oil or bacon grease in a coffee can or other metal container and throw it out once it solidifies. Here are some other suggestions on disposing and recycling.

7. Aerosol cans
Empty cans can be recycled fairly easily through your curbside program or at your local recycling facility. Partially full cans are harder to get rid of. Don't try to empty them yourself. Instead, see if your recycling or HHW drop-off center will take them. It's also not a good idea to send pressurized cans (empty or not) to a landfill because they can explode if a fire breaks out.

8. Appliances
Most retailers will take away your old refrigerator, dishwasher, or other large appliance when you purchase a new one. Also check with your municipality because many cities and towns offer free curbside pick-up. For small appliances, try Best Buy or Goodwill.

9. Packing materials
Bring packing peanuts and bubble wrap to a local mailing center (such as the UPS Store or Mail Boxes Etc) if you don’t have room to store them for future use. You can also give them away by listing on Freecycle or in the free stuff section on Craigslist. Here are tips for what to do with annoying clamshell packaging, non-paper FedEx envelopes, and more.

10. Car stuff
Wal-Mart, Autozone, JiffyLube, and others recycle used motor oil. Ask if they'll take your old filters back for recycling too. Return dead car batteries to the store where you are purchasing a new one and ask if they'll recycle it. If not, check with your local HHW center.

Environmental journalist Lori Bongiorno shares green-living tips and product reviews with Yahoo! Green's users. Send Lori a question or suggestion for potential use in a future column. Her book, Green Greener Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-smart Choices a Part of Your Life is available on Yahoo! Shopping

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This comes in from Don Lloyd. Something we should all take a hard look at. BB

I CANOT UNDERSTAND ANYONE LETTING THIS HAPPEN....A DISGRACE...... DON

To Most of the people in my email list. This photo was taken by my friend Wendy at a rally at the state capitol yesterday. The news will not show it and the Capitol Police and Homeland Security would not let Americans or any of the Veterans that were there do anything about it. My husband and his friends were threatened to be arrested and were told they would be booked under federal charges if they did anything. I am sending this to you so that you in turn can start emailing it to every one on your list. It is totally uncalled for and people need to see it. This is not about politics and rhetoric, it is about a direct threat to our country. Those of you that don't live in Arizona will maybe get a chance to see the other side of what the news is telling you. If this offends you great, than I have truly accomplished what I set out to do.

I understand that sometimes we don't see eye to eye on certain things, but that is the right our forefathers fought for. I am an American before I am anything else. For those of you who choose to dismiss this I am truly sorry that our association must stop here. You can delete me from your facebook or from your email because if you believe that this is okay I believe you are a traitor to this country and everything it stands for. I am not a racist and I am not a Nazi this has nothing to do with race, it has to do with respect to the country that is continually taking you in and turning a blind eye to your agenda.

Homeland Security was designed to identify and defend America from Terrorist acts yet yesterday it let illegal and legal citizens of this country desecrate the Flag. People were spitting on it, stomping on it and burning it with cigarettes. One soldier who had just returned from Iraq tried to grab the flag and was thrown to the ground by the Capitol Police and Homeland Security.

It amazes me how many people will stand against the American People while all the while prospering from our system and our government.

Too those of you that will forward this to your friends I applaud you for the courage to stand up for the country in which you live.

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Here's another one that bites to the quick, sent in by Smokey Guillespi. BB

Right on, Lady
One Pissed Off Housewife

This was written by a Canadian woman, but oh how it also applies to the U.S., U.K. . and Australia

'Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001 and have continually threatened to do so since?

Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan , across the Potomac from the capitol of the USA and in a field in Pennsylvania ?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of the nation they come from and are fighting against in a brutal insurgency.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan ..

I'll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called 'insurgents' in Afghanistan come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques and behind women and children.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the Canadian media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting at home to hear about them when something happens.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a CANADIAN soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this:

I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank:

I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed 'special' food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being 'mishandled,' you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts:

I don't care.

nd oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled 'Koran' and other times 'Quran.' Well, Jimmy Crack Corn you guessed it,

I don't care!!

If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!

If you don't agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don't complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country! And may I add:

'Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Soldiers don't have that problem.'

I have another quote that I would like to add, AND.......I hope you forward all this.

One last thought for the day:

Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

1. Jesus Christ

2. The British Soldier.

3. The Canadian Soldier.

4. The US Soldier, and

5. The Australian Soldier

One died for your soul, the other 4 for your freedom.

YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET ALL OF THEM.

AMEN!!! I believe we need another 2 or 3 million just like her around the world. BB


WARNING!...TROOPERS JOKES..MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG-INS AND THE TENDER AT HEART

Wayne Paddack's Grandson knows him well.BB

Never Lose Your Grandson!

A heartwarming story.

My small grandson got lost at the mall, he

approached a uniformed security guard and

said, "I've lost my grandpa!"

"The guard asked, "What's he like?" "Jack Daniels and women with big tits."

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Charles Murawski sent in a good one. BB

Angel in a Box

I know you don't care for these too much, but you MUST read this - it will steal you heart.

Angel in a Box

I normally don't send these mushy things, but there was just something about this one that

I had to share with you....

Heaven has sent you an Angel in a box......

Heaven didn't want him, so they sent him to me..
I sure as hell don't want him, so, I'm sending him to you!

The rules are simple: You can send him away, but you can't send him BACK!!!

Sorry

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Heres one from Howard Greenfield you'll all enjoy. BB

A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled. A single agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.. Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS."

The agent replied

"I'm sorry, sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these folks first; and then I'm sure we'll be able to work something out."

The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, "DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"

Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. "May I have your attention, please?", she began, her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at Gate 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to Gate 14".

With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United agent, gritted his teeth, and said, "F*** You!".

Without flinching, she smiled and said, "I'm sorry sir, you'll have to get in line for that, too."

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Here's one Sent in by Smokey Guillespie. BB

PONDERISMS

1* I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

2* There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.

3* Life is sexually transmitted.

4* Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

5* The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

6* Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

7* Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talk about seeing UFOs like they used to?

8* Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

9* All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

10* In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

11* How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

12* Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out'?

13* If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

14* Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?

15* If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

16* If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?

17* Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

18* Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

19* Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

20* Do you ever wonder why you gave me your email address?

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This is terrible!! Sent in by Danny Horn. BB

Not for the faint of heart.

 
 
 



Brace yourself before looking at the image below. A pilot at low level cannot control his aircraft. It narrowly misses a crowd gathered for the air show and slams into four buildings. One can only imagine the horror of the occupants inside those buildings.

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Bob Corbin takes us down memory lane with this updated version of an oldie but goodie. BB

FARM KID in the ARMY

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Army beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them tojoin up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad; there's warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie, and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.

We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though; they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I beat him only once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,

Alice

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Here's one Sent in by Gary Chennett. BB

Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
I recently came back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Having not seen my wife for several months, I was looking forward to a night of hot passionate sex with her.

Unfortunately she came out of the shower with a towel wrapped round her head and I shot her.

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Got this from a "blond" friend of mine. BB

BB

A PLANE IS ON ITS WAY TO TORONTO , WHEN A BLONDE IN ECONOMY CLASS GETS UP, AND MOVES TO THE FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN.

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS, AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET.

SHE THEN TELLS THE BLONDE THAT SHE PAID FOR ECONOMY CLASS, AND THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK.

THE BLONDE REPLIES, "I'M BLONDE, I'M BEAUTIFUL, I'M GOING TO TORONTO AND I'M STAYING RIGHT HERE."

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT GOES INTO THE COCKPIT AND TELLS THE PILOT AND THE CO-PILOT THAT THERE IS A BLONDE BIMBO SITTING IN FIRST CLASS, THAT BELONGS IN ECONOMY, AND WON'T MOVE BACK TO HER SEAT.

THE CO-PILOT GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND TRIES TO EXPLAIN THAT BECAUSE SHE ONLY PAID FOR ECONOMY SHE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO HER SEAT.

THE BLONDE REPLIES, "I'M BLONDE, I'M BEAUTIFUL, I'M GOING TO TORONTO AND I'M STAYING RIGHT HERE."

THE CO-PILOT TELLS THE PILOT THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THE POLICE WAITING WHEN THEY LAND TO ARREST THIS BLONDE WOMAN WHO WON'T LISTEN TO REASON.

THE PILOT SAYS, "YOU SAY SHE IS A BLONDE? I'LL HANDLE THIS, I'M MARRIED TO A BLONDE. I SPEAK BLONDE."

HE GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND WHISPERS IN HER EAR, AND SHE SAYS, "OH, I'M SORRY." AND GETS UP AND GOES BACK TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY..

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CO-PILOT ARE AMAZED AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE SAID TO MAKE HER MOVE WITHOUT ANY FUSS.

"I TOLD HER, "FIRST CLASS ISN'T GOING TO TORONTO ".

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We haven't heard from John Termina in quite awhile. BB

Summer Classes for Women at THE ADULT LEARNING CENTER

REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED By Sat., Aug 28, 2010

NOTE: DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THEIR CONTENTS, CLASS SIZES WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS MAXIMUM.

Class 1 Up in Winter, Down in Summer - How to Adjust a Thermostat Step by Step, with Slide Presentation. Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2 Which Takes More Energy - Putting the Toilet Seat Down, or Bitching About It for 3 Hours? Round Table Discussion. Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3 Is It Possible To Drive Past a Wal-Mart Without Stopping?--Group Debate. Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4 Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics. Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5 Curling Irons--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Bathroom Cabinet? Examples on Video. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning At 7:00 PM

Class 6 How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program Help Line Support and Support Groups. Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7 Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos? Open Forum. Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8 Health Watch--They Make Medicine for PMS - USE IT! Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9 I Was Wrong and He Was Right!--Real Life Testimonials. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10 How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim. Driving Simulations. 4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 11 Learning to Live--How to Apply Brakes Without Throwing Passengers Through the Windshield. Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 12 How to Shop by Yourself. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Upon completion of ANY of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

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If some of you don't understand his one, let me know. I'll give you Jim Smith's number so he can explain it to you BB

Cletus is passing by Billy Bob's hay barn one day when, through a gap in the door, he sees Billy Bob doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old green John Deere.

Buttocks clenched, Billy Bob performs a slow pirouette and gently slides off first the right strap of his overalls, followed by the left. He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move, he lets his overalls fall down to his hips revealing a torn and frayed plaid shirt.

Grabbing both sides of his shirt he rips it apart to reveal his stained tee shirt underneath. With a final flourish he tears the tee shirt from his body and hurls his baseball cap onto a pile of hay.

Having seen enough Cletus rushes in and says, "What the heck are you doing, Billy Bob?"

"Jeez, Cletus, ya scared the snot out of me!" exclaims Billy Bob. Then, obviously embarrassed, he says, "Me and the old lady been having trouble lately in the bedroom department, and the therapist suggested I do something sexy to a tractor."

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I believe this is the first time we have heard from Gary Taylor. BB

RETIREMENT BONUS

The Navy found they had too many officers and decided to offer an early retirement bonus. They promised any officer who volunteered for retirement a bonus of $1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points in his body.. The officer got to choose what those two points would be.

The first officer who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a bonus of$72,000.

The second officer who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. He walked out with $96,000.

The third one was a non-commissioned officer, a grizzly old Chief who, when asked where he would like to be measured replied, 'From the tip of my penis to my testicles.'

It was suggested by the pension man that he might want to reconsider, explaining about the nice big checks the previous two Officers had received. But the old Chief insisted and they decided to go along with him providing the measurement was taken by a Medical Officer.

The Medical Officer arrived and instructed the Chief to 'drop 'em,'which he did. The medical officer placed the tape measure on the tip of the Chief's penis and began to work back.

"Dear Lord!", he suddenly exclaimed, ''Where are your testicles?''

The old Chief calmly replied, '' Vietnam''.

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I think you will like this one from John Vanerio. BB

BMW Germany 's campaign for their factory approved "pre-owned" cars….

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Joe West sends us this Chinese Proverb. BB

 Old Chinese Proverb
 
 

Confucius say, 
"If you are in a book store and cannot find
The book for which you search, you are obviously
in the..... 

 

No, no. No need to thank me.

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HERES TO YOUR HEALTH

By Edmund Hayes, MD

The TPA Time Limit For Acute Stroke Causes Mass Chaos In The ER
I hate acute strokes. There are several reasons for it. Most of them are logistical. First, everyone gets into a tizzy because of the 3 (or 4.5) hour time limit after the onset of symptoms that which TPA can be given and hopefully improve the patient's outcome. Unfortunately, this time limit (and the data for TPA's efficacy is only OK at best) causes mass chaos and annoyance.
First, one has to establish 100% what the exact time of onset was. This is not easy most of the time. I would say about 80% of "acute" strokes brought in by EMS turn out to not be within that window. It takes more than just saying "when did the symptoms start?"
Often the patient is elderly and demented. Often they live alone. Often there were milder symptoms before that were ignored or unrealized. Occasionally the person has hemi-neglect and can't really say when things started. Sometimes there is alcohol on board. Sometimes the symptoms are on top of pre-existing stroke damage and it is hard to tell if it is really new or worse. Sometimes patients probably had a seizure at onset and that prevents them from getting TPA.

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Increased Risk Of Death With Tygacil (Tigecycline) Compared To Other Antibiotics Used To Treat Similar Infections
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding healthcare professionals of an increased mortality risk associated with the use of the intravenous antibacterial Tygacil (tigecycline) compared to that of other drugs used to treat a variety of serious infections. The increased risk was determined using a pooled analysis of clinical trials. The cause of the excess death in these trials is often uncertain, but it is likely that most deaths in patients with these severe infections were related to progression of the infection.
The increased risk was seen most clearly in patients treated for hospital-acquired pneumonia, especially ventilator-associated pneumonia, but was also seen in patients with complicated skin and skin structure infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections and diabetic foot infections. Tygacil is not approved for the treatment of hospital-acquired pneumonia (including ventilator-associated pneumonia) or diabetic foot infection. Tygacil is approved by FDA for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections, and community acquired pneumonia.
FDA has updated the Warnings and Precautions and Adverse Reactions sections of the Tygacil drug label to include information regarding increased mortality risk of Tygacil. Healthcare professionals have also been informed of this increased risk via a Dear Health Care Professional letter.

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Cranberry Juice Shows Promise Blocking Staph Infections
Expanding their scope of study on the mechanisms of bacterial infection, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have reported the surprise finding from a small clinical study that cranberry juice cocktail blocked a strain of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) from beginning the process of infection.
The data was reported in a poster presentation at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in Boston on August 23, 2010, by Terri Camesano, professor of chemical engineering at WPI. "Most of our work with cranberry juice has been with E. coli and urinary tract infections, but we included Staphylococcus aureus in this study because it is a very serious health threat," Camesano said. "This is early data, but the results are surprising."
The virulent form of E. coli that Camesano studies is the primary cause of most urinary tract infections. Strains of S. aureus can cause a range of "staph infections" from minor skin rashes to serious bloodstream infections. One particular strain, known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a growing public health problem in hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions because it doesn't respond to most antibiotics.

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Non-Invasive Therapy Significantly Improves Depression
Major depression is a common and disabling brain condition marked not only by the presence of depressed mood but also by its effects on sleep, energy, decision-making, memory and thoughts of death or of suicide.

Major depression affects 15 million adults in the U.S., and the World Health Organization projects that by 2020, it will be the largest contributor to disability in the world after heart disease.

While antidepressants have helped many to recover and resume their lives, only 30 percent of patients will experience full remission with the first medication they use. Patients typically move on to try a series of other antidepressants. A persistent problem with such drugs has been major side effects, including obesity, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, drowsiness and nausea.

Now, a unique new therapy that applies electrical stimulation to a major nerve emanating from the brain is showing promise.

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Melanoma Drug Shows Promise In Shrinking Tumors
A new drug used to treat metastatic melanoma patients who have the genetic mutation known as BRAFV600E demonstrated significant tumor shrinkage in the majority of patients during a clinical trial.
Data from the Phase I trial of the drug PLX4032, developed by Plexxikon Inc. and Roche Pharmaceuticals, showed that nearly all patients with the mutation who were treated with the drug showed some response and 81 percent of patients had tumor shrinkage of at least 30 percent. The data were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Igor Puzanov, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, and Jeffrey Sosman, M.D., professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, are among the principal investigators on the study. Keith Flaherty, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center of Harvard University, is lead author.

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Metformin May Protect Against Lung Cancer
Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, shows potential in the prevention of tobacco-induced lung tumors and possibly colorectal tumors, according to two studies published in Cancer Prevention Research.
The first study, conducted by researchers at the NCI, showed that metformin significantly decreased lung tumor burden in mice exposed to a nicotine-derived nitrosamine called NNK, which is the most prevalent carcinogen in tobacco. Researchers treated the mice with metformin either orally or by injection. Those treated orally had between 40 and 50 percent fewer tumors, while those mice treated with injection had 72 percent fewer tumors. Based on these findings, clinical trials of metformin are being considered to determine if this compound could be used as an effective chemoprevention agent for smokers at high risk of developing lung cancer.
A second study, conducted by researchers in Japan, showed, non-diabetics taking metformin had a significantly lower rate of rectal aberrant crypt foci, a surrogate marker of colorectal cancer. Patients in the treatment group had a mean of 5.11 foci compared with 7.56 in the control group.

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NIH-Sponsored Research Yields Promising Malaria Drug Candidate
A chemical that rid mice of malaria-causing parasites after a single oral dose may eventually become a new malaria drug if further tests in animals and people uphold the promise of early findings. The compound, NITD609, was developed by an international team of researchers including Elizabeth A. Winzeler, Ph.D., a grantee of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.
"Although significant progress has been made in controlling malaria, the disease still kills nearly 1 million people every year, mostly infants and young children," says NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. "It has been more than a decade since the last new class of antimalarials - artemisinins - began to be widely used throughout the world. The rise of drug-resistant malaria parasites further underscores the need for novel malaria therapies."
Dr. Fauci adds, "The compound developed and tested by Dr. Winzeler and her colleagues appears to target a parasite protein not attacked by any existing malaria drug, and has several other desirable features. This research is also a notable example of successful collaboration between government-supported scientists and private sector researchers."

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Improve Patient Safety And Cut Costs With Clinical Pharmacists
What if you could improve patient safety, cut costs, broaden your medical knowledge and find 20% more time in your workday? On October 1, 2010, that is just what we can expect when clinical pharmacists move from the back room to the bedside in ten general medical units at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
As we all know, medications play an intensely complex and ever-growing role in patient care. In tertiary care hospitals, it is not uncommon for patients to take 12 to 16 medications a day. When patients return home, one-third to one-half of them don't take medications as prescribed, and up to one-quarter never fill prescriptions at all. Furthermore, we all know that medication problems at discharge - such as prescription omissions and instructions that are incomplete, inaccurate, and difficult for patients to understand - are common. It's no wonder medication issues are a major cause of readmissions.
In pilot studies, the presence of a residency-trained pharmacist as an active part of our medical team addressed all of these concerns. Our clinical pharmacist attended daily bedside rounds, optimized inpatient medication regimens, served as a drug information resource, performed discharge medication reconciliation, and provided discharge medication education, including, in some cases, custom-made medication lists in an easier to read calendar/pictorial format for patients with limited health literacy.

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The Clot Wars - New Rivals to Warfarin as Blood Clot Preventer
For investors who have been asking themselves whether medium-size pharmaceutical companies can survive in an industry that has had recent mega-mergers, the answer seems to be yes. At least for Bristol-Myers Squibb.
The company's experimental anticoagulant drug apixaban worked better than aspirin in preventing stroke and systemic blood clots for patients who have an irregular heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, according to new study data presented on Tuesday at a cardiology conference in Stockholm.
Investment bank analysts have estimated that a new generation of stroke prevention drugs like apixaban, if approved by the Food and Drug Administration, could generate $10 billion or more in annual global sales.

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Insulin May Reduce Several Inflammatory Factors Induced by Bacterial Infection
Treating intensive care patients who develop life-threatening bacterial infections, or septicemia, with insulin potentially could reduce their chances of succumbing to the infection, if results of a new preliminary study can be replicated in a larger study.
A paper published online ahead of print in Diabetes Care reports that insulin lowered the amount of inflammation and oxidative stress in study participants who had been injected with a common bacteria, or endotoxin, known as LPS (lipopolysaccharide). The study was conducted by University at Buffalo endocrinologists at Kaleida Health's Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York.

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Gastrointestinal Quackery: Colonics, Laxatives, and More
The importance of "regularity" to overall health has been greatly overestimated for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians associated feces with decay and used enemas and laxatives liberally. In more recent times, this concern has been embodied in the concept of "autointoxication" and has been promoted by warnings against "irregularity." The theory of "autointoxication" states that stagnation of the large intestine (colon) causes toxins to form that are absorbed and poison the body. Some proponents depict the large intestine as a "sewage system" that becomes a "cesspool" if neglected. Other proponents state that constipation causes hardened feces to accumulate for months (or even years) on the walls of the large intestine and block it from absorbing or eliminating properly. This, they say, causes food to remain undigested and wastes from the blood to be reabsorbed by the body.
Around the turn of the twentieth century many physicians accepted the concept of autointoxication, but it was abandoned after scientific observations proved it wrong. In 1919 and 1922, it was clearly demonstrated that symptoms of headache, fatigue, and loss of appetite that accompanied fecal impaction were caused by mechanical distension of the colon rather than by production or absorption of toxins. Moreover, direct observation of the colon during surgical procedures or autopsies found no evidence that hardened feces accumulate on the intestinal walls.

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KU Researchers Show Drug Can Stop Debilitating Condition Of Diabetes In Mice
A drug developed at the University of Kansas has the potential to stop a debilitating condition of diabetes that often leads to pain in the extremities and even amputations, KU researchers have found.
The researchers recently published an article showing that KU-32 can stop and even reverse diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or DPN, in mice. The condition leads to death of nerves in the extremities of individuals with diabetes.
"People with DPN can be very sensitive to light touch, which can cause significant pain," said Rick Dobrowsky, professor of pharmacology and toxicology and one of the paper's authors. "The other side is eventually diabetes causes death of the nerves. DPN often leads to loss of feeling in the hands and feet, which can make diabetics susceptible to wounds and infections and often leads to amputations of toes and feet."
DPN is the second leading cause of amputations, after injuries.
Dobrowsky co-authored the paper with Brian Blagg, professor of medicinal chemistry; Roger Rajewski, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry; Joanna Krise and Michelle McIntosh, research associates with the Biotechnology Innovation and Optimization Center; Cuijuan Yu, research associate with the Higuchi Biosciences Center; postdoctoral researcher Yuanming Lu; and graduate students Michael Urban and Cuijuan Yu. It was published in the American Society of Neurochemistry's journal, ASN Neuro.

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Ritalin Improves Brain Function
Methylphenidate normalizes functional magnetic resonance imaging cingulate responses and reduces impulsivity on a salient cognitive task in individuals with cocaine addiction. Above is an axial map that shows the caudal dorsal anterior cingulate (cdACC) and rostroventromedial anterior cingulate (extending to the medial orbitofrontal cortex, rvACC/mOFC) - cortical regions that showed enhanced responses to methylphenidate as compared to placebo in cocaine addicted individuals. These regions are crucial for the ability to regulate behavior, cognition and emotion.
UPTON, NY - A brain-scanning study at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, conducted with collaborators from Stony Brook University, reveals that an oral dose of methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin, improves impaired brain function and enhances cognitive performance in people who are addicted to cocaine. The study - to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of September 6, 2010 - suggests that methylphenidate, combined with cognitive interventions, may have a role in facilitating recovery from drug addiction.
"Previous studies have shown that methylphenidate does not decrease cocaine use or prevent relapse in addicted individuals, so it wouldn't work to treat cocaine addiction directly, the way methadone works to treat heroin abuse," said Rita Z. Goldstein, a psychologist who leads the neuropsychoimaging group at Brookhaven Lab. "But other studies show that methylphenidate does decrease behaviors such as risk taking and impulsivity and improves brain function and cognitive performance in a range of other conditions that also affect the brain's prefrontal cortex, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some forms of dementia, and certain kinds of brain injury. If it also has these positive effects in cocaine-addicted individuals, then it could be a useful component of a treatment strategy that helps increase recovering addicts' impulse control."
To find out, Goldstein's group performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on 13 cocaine users and 14 healthy control subjects who were asked to perform a cognitive task after being given either a low oral dose of methylphenidate (20 milligrams) or a placebo. The task involved pushing a button to correctly identify the color of a printed word; some words had to do with drug use, others were "neutral." Subjects received monetary rewards for correct answers.

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Multivitamin Use Doesn't Impact Colon Cancer Outcomes
Patients with colon cancer who used multivitamins during and after being treated with post-surgical chemotherapy did not reduce the risk of the cancer returning or their dying from it, according to researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In a study of patients with stage III colon cancer - characterized as cancer in the large bowel area with some cancer cells in a few nearby lymph nodes - the researchers found that while multivitamin use had no beneficial effect on patients' outcomes, it also did not have a detrimental effect.
The findings are reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and later will be published in a print edition.

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Believe it or not
Meth defendant accused of going to court with meth
A Washington state man who went to court to face a methamphetamine charge is in more trouble after authorities say he showed up with a bag of meth in his pants. The 33-year-old Bremerton man had to be booked and released from the Kitsap County Jail before Tuesday's court appearance in Port Orchard. That's standard procedure. The Kitsap Sun reports that a guard found a bag of meth in the man's pocket during a pat-down at the jail. Now he's facing a new felony drug possession charge.


DA-VA-VETERAN NEWS

Memory lapses are common for folks our age. So just in case you have forgot!! BB

Flag Presentation Update
The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the flag of the United States. It is Section 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.S.C. § 1 et seq). The following guidelines should be followed during periods when the flag is being paraded, the Pledge of Allegiance is given or the national anthem is played, and when the flag is in mourning:

Parading and saluting the flag

• When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers.
• When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
• To salute, all persons come to attention.
• Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute.
• Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.
• Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart.
• Members of uniformed organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

The Pledge of Allegiance.
All present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

National Anthem.
The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem. During a rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed:
• Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder,
• Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute.
• Individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

The flag in mourning
• To place the flag at half-staff (or half-mast, on ships), hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff.
• The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered.
• On Memorial Day, the flag is displayed at half-staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.
• The flag is to be flown at half-staff in mourning for the death of designated, principal government leaders.
• The flag is to be flown at half-staff for thirty days in mourning for the death of the current or former President of the United States.
• The U.S. flag is otherwise flown at half-staff (or half-mast, on ships) only when directed by the President of the United States, a state governor (within that state), or the mayor of Washington D.C. (within the district).
• When used to cover a casket or coffin, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
• The U.S. Flag is to be flown half staff on Patriot Day (11 SEP)
[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Flag_Code Jul 2010 ++]

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Veterans' Court
On 13 SEP, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge will start hearing criminal cases against military veterans charged with nonviolent felonies. The pilot program is meant to give a second chance to veterans who may have gotten into trouble in part due to conditions related to their service, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome, brain injuries and other mental conditions. Orange County has a similar program, which mirrors other veteran courts that have sprung up across the nation. "This is long overdue," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan (who will preside over the court) said. "Everybody's concentrating on soldiers right now returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, but I'm not sure that these guys are getting the kind of care they ought to get." The veterans‘ court will start with a maximum of 50 cases at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles. All military personnel will be eligible. Many of the cases are expected to be drug and alcohol-related. Research suggests that veterans often self-medicate to numb the pain of war experiences. Tynan now oversees the county's drug court, also a specialty unit intended for those whose crimes are primarily a result of addiction. The idea is get the defendant into treatment, as opposed to a jail cell. Some defendants may be referred to Veterans Affairs, which runs outpatient and clinical care facilities in Long Beach, Lancaster and West Los Angeles. Veterans will be supervised for a set period. If they violate conditions of the court, the severity of penalties will increase. The first court of the kind was started in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008, and so far none of the veterans who completed the program committed new crimes, officials said. Federal lawmakers are looking to pass legislation that would provide funding for treatment and court costs. The VA estimates that 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, a situation caused largely by mental illness and substance abuse. Torrance-based Deputy District Attorney John Lonergan, a colonel in the Army reserves, helped set up the local pilot program for veterans. He said, "These men and women are pulled away from their families for a year or more. They are under constant stress, under the microscope, and they come back and face broken marriages and other 4 difficulties. ... People are finally recognizing the need to treat these individuals. We don't want to relive these issues from Vietnam."
[Source: myFoxla.com article 13 Sep 2010 ++]

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US Misery Index:
The misery index was initiated by economist Arthur Okun, an adviser to President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960's. It is simply the unemployment rate added to the inflation rate. It is assumed that both a higher rate of unemployment and a worsening of inflation both create economic and social costs for a country. A combination of rising inflation and more people out of work implies a deterioration in economic performance and a rise in the misery index. You don't need the U.S. Misery Index to tell you that things are bad in the U.S. Unemployment is near or at all-time highs in many parts of the country, foreclosures continue to happen at unprecedented rates and there are some very real indicators that we are heading toward a double-dip recession. Some of us should count our lucky stars, however. In certain U.S. cities, life is much worse for residents than in other areas of the country. Using a variety of criteria, including unemployment rates, health data, the number of foreclosures, crime statistics, climate and other measures of misery, WalletPop came up with its unofficial list of the 10 worst cities to live in. This list is far from comprehensive, but there are some significant reasons why these cities made the cut:

1. El Centro CA. Lose your job in El Centro and it may be quite some time before you find another one. One in four people here are out of work and the city holds the not-so distinguished honor of having the highest unemployment rate (27.5%) in the country (close behind is Yuma AZ at 27.2%). The desert city, which is located in Imperial County just across the border from Mexicali, has a jobless rate triple the national average of 9.5% thanks to the seasonal fluctuations of field laborers. Field work is the county's third-largest employment sector after government, transportation and utilities, according to AOL News. Even with the ebb and flow of its working population, things are still pretty bleak in El Centro. Last year, the city's cemetery went into foreclosure.
2. Cleveland OH: The U.S. Census estimated that 2,658 people left the city in 2009, the largest numerical drop among America 's major cities. Forbes also put it atop its list of most miserable U.S. cities, factoring in its high unemployment (although at 9.1% it's below the national average), high taxes, lousy weather, political corruption and lousy sports teams. Weather is a big factor, according to Forbes. Located on the south shore of Lake Erie, it gets hit by lake-effect snow, averaging almost 60 inches every winter. Its frigid winters help produce an average annual temperature of only 50 degrees, 10 degrees below the average of the 50 cities measured by Forbes. Nicknamed the "Mistake by the Lake," Cleveland ranked near the bottom when looking at corruption on the Forbes list. "Northern Ohio has seen 309 public officials convicted of crimes over the past 10 years," according to the Forbes story, which cites data from the Justice Department. "A current FBI investigation of public officials in Cuyahoga County (where Cleveland is located) has ensnared more than two dozen government employees and businessmen on charges including bribery, fraud and tax evasion." Cleveland also ranks in the top third of all metro areas for foreclosure rates. The city has thousands of abandoned homes, in part because it provided down payments through the federally-funded Afford-a-Home program to many people who could not afford their mortgage payments.
3. Detroit MI: America 's most dangerous city, with 1,220 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to violent crime statistics from the FBI's latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. It's heavy reliance on the stumbling auto industry hasn't helped matters much. Motown also boasts high foreclosure and unemployment rates. As a result home prices have nosedived. Just last year you could buy a home in Detroit for $10,000. Foreclosures in metro Detroit were up 35% in the first six months of this year, compared to the same time in 2009. Vacant homes and blight are so bad that the city recently imposed a new ordinance requiring banks and homeowners to register their property with the city for a $25 annual fee. Even the city's office vacancy rate is high, with a 30% rate that leads the 5 nation. While Forbes names the Detroit metro area -- which has a 13.7% unemployment rate -- as one of the worst spots to find employment, job growth is expected to rebound as the auto industry starts to recover.
4. Las Vegas NV: Las Vegas was one of the hardest hit cities when the housing bubble burst. In fact, the metro area was at the epicenter of the mess, with the highest foreclosure rate in the country in 2009, according to a report on by RealtyTrac. So many homes are empty that some neighborhoods either have no one around or one lone resident. Nationwide, 2.21% of housing units received a foreclosure filing in 2009, compared to 12% in Las Vegas. Those who have hung onto their homes are likely underwater on their mortgages -- meaning their mortgages are worth more than their homes. During the first quarter of 2010, home prices in Las Vegas continued to fall. Prices in the metro area have fallen more than 50% from their peak in AUG 06, the Associated Press reports.
5. Oklahoma City OK: The unhealthiest city in the country, as measured by the American College of Sports Medicine's annual fitness index. The index looks at 30 fitness indicators, including obesity and exercise rates, death rate from cardiovascular disease, acres of park land, number of primary care physicians per capita and percentage of residents who bicycle or walk to work. The index compares the 50 largest metro areas on a 100-point scale; Oklahoma City received a score of 24.3, making it the most sluggish city in the U.S. The obesity rate is 30.2%, four points above average. It has an exercise rate of 71% and has half as many baseball diamonds, recreation centers and dog parks as most cities. Detroit and Las Vegas also performed poorly on the fitness index.
6. Los Angeles CA: The metro area that stretches from Long Beach to Riverside has the worst ozone pollution in the country, according to the American Lung Association's State of the Air report for 2010. It is ranked third in year-round particle pollution, and fourth in short-term particle pollution. Ozone is the byproduct of pollutants released by cars, chemical plants, refineries, and other sources. It exists naturally in the upper atmosphere of the Earth, but when emitted at ground level, it's considered a harmful outdoor pollutant. Inhaling ozone can cause wheezing, coughing, chest pain, throat irritation, congestion, and can make people more susceptible to respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Think about that next time you drive in Los Angeles, which also lays claim the worst traffic in the country.
7. Phoenix AZ: Beyond the controversial immigration measure, Arizona 's housing market still remains a mess. According to RealtyTrac's latest foreclosure report, Phoenix and its surrounding area remains among the top 10 worst metro markets when it comes to foreclosures. However, in May, foreclosure activity in the city was down 9% from May 09, offering a tiny sliver of hope. Phoenix also ranks poorly among metro areas in per capita income growth. Between 2007 and 2008, the city's income growth shrank 1.4%, the nation's worst one-year loss. For year-round particle pollution from freeways, power plants and other sources, Phoenix is the worst city in the country.
8. Newark NJ: Newark has been likened to Detroit, but with its own political and social dysfunction. More than a quarter of its population lives below the poverty line, the state has the most Superfund toxic-waste sites in the nation, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker is trying to close a $70 million budget deficit by cutting items like toilet paper. Non-uniformed city workers will soon start working four-day workweeks. Booker has said he won't raise taxes. While crime in the city has been reduced, it still remains a major issue.
9. Miami FL: Detroit is listed by Children's Health magazine as being the worst place to raise a family, but right behind it is Miami . If a city isn't a good place to raise a family, that likely means its also a terrible place to live. Factors the magazine used to come to its conclusions, included crime and safety, education, economics, housing, cultural attractions, and health. According to RealtyTrac, Miami has seen close to 40,000 foreclosures, making it one of the most active markets when it comes to people abandoning their homes. Crime is also a problem. Neighborhood Scout reports that Miami has one of the highest crime rates in the country, with a one in twelve chance that a resident will become a victim of a property or violent crime. Making things even worse, the city not only has some of the worst drivers in the country, but it also has some of the worst commuting times. 6
10. Memphis TN: Memphis has one of the worst violent crime rates in the country, and FBI, the city had the second-worst rate of violent crime. NeighborhoodScout, which tracks crime and other factors in various cities and neighborhoods said ,"One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 10. Within Tennessee more than 90% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Memphis." As for political corruption, reportedly nearly one public official per month over the last decade has been charged with public corruption.
[Source: www.miseryindex.us & WalletPop http://srph.it/cUWyYi Aaron Crowe article 5 Aug 2010 ++]

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WHAMEE!!Alcohol Abuse
Drinking two or three glasses of wine, beer or cocktails daily helped older adults live longer than teetotalers in a study. Research on 1,824 adults ages 55 to 65 found that moderate and heavy drinkers were less likely to die than abstainers over 20 years, said scientists at the University of Texas in Austin and Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Moderate drinkers were defined as having one to two a day while heavy drinkers had three or more daily, according to the study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The results refuted a common criticism of previous findings that results were skewed when researchers included former problem drinkers with poor health in the abstainers group. The results held up even after excluding results from past problem drinkers those with poor health status such as obesity, the authors said. ?Importantly, any 8 health-protective effects of alcohol appear to be limited to regular moderate drinking,? wrote the study authors, led by Charles Holahan, a psychology professor at the University of Texas. ?Heavy episodic drinking -- even when average consumption remains moderate -- is associated with increased cardiovascular risk.? Overall, older adults who didn‘t drink at all had a 49% greater risk of dying during the 20 years of the study than those who drank moderately, the researchers found. Heavy drinkers had a 42% increased risk of dying compared with moderate drinkers, the study found. The results also showed that moderate drinkers lived longer than light drinkers, defined as those drinking an average of less than one drink per day. One or two drinks may be beneficial, though ?older persons drinking alcohol should remember that consuming more than two drinks a day exceeds recommended alcohol consumption guidelines,? and may lead to more falls, a greater risk of alcohol abuse and side effects from medications, Holahan said in a statement. The study is published online and will be in the print edition of the journal‘s November issue. The research was funded by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
[Source: Bloomberg David Olmos article 30 Aug 2010 ++]

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DOUBLE WHAMEE!!Alcohol Abuse-2
A new study says obesity caused by heavy drinking can add to brain damage caused by drinking itself. Researchers examined the findings of different types of brain scans conducted on 54 men in an alcohol treatment program and compared them with each man's body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measurement that takes into account a person's height and weight. The study findings appear online and in the December print issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. "It is commonly believed that it is the large amount of consumed alcohol by itself that leads to brain injury in alcoholics," principal investigator Dieter J. Meyerhoff, a professor of radiology at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco VA Medical Center, said in a journal news release. "This is only partly correct. In previous studies, we have shown that alcoholics who smoke cigarettes have greater brain injury than nonsmoking alcoholics. This new study suggests that a high BMI, independent of drinking and smoking, is also associated with brain injury," Meyerhoff said. "In other words, weight also is related to brain health among those with alcoholism," Susan F. Tapert, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and director of substance abuse/mental illness in the VA San Diego Healthcare System, said in the news release. "BMI may be a very important factor to consider when examining other potential consequences of alcohol use. Since individuals who consume substantial amounts of alcohol are at risk for obesity, it is important to understand the influence of body fat deposition on the measures we are examining. It could be that metabolic changes resulting from or causing obesity cause harm to the brain, at least among alcoholics," Tapert said.
[Source: Bloomberg Business Week HealthDay News article 9 Sep 2010 ++]

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VA Presumptive VN Vet Diseases
Sweeping new presumptions about what medical conditions in Vietnam veterans are the result of exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange could lead to benefits for up to 250,000 more veterans. But the $42.2 billion expansion of disability compensation and medical treatment is raising questions about just how generous the federal government should be. About 90,000 veterans or survivors could receive retroactive benefits by the end of October, covering an average of almost 12 years of back pay, under the new policy announced 31 AUG in a Federal Register notice implementing a decision made last fall by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Another 150,000 veterans are expected to apply for benefits that, if approved, would take effect the day of their application. The new rules add Parkinson‘s disease, hairy cell and chronic B cell leukemia, and ischemic heart disease to the list of illnesses presumed to be service-connected in Vietnam veterans.
VA officials expect the average disability ratings to be 100% for Vietnam veterans with Parkinson‘s disease or the two forms of leukemia, and 60% for those with ischemic heart disease. Disability benefits will not be paid for 60 days — not before 30 OCT— because the new presumptions represent a major change in policy that requires giving Congress time to react. The national commander of AmVets, a major veterans service organization, said he hopes Congress goes along. ?AmVets now urges Congress to approve VA‘s guidelines so that veterans can start to receive the care and benefits they deserve,? Jerry Hotop said. While VA officials consider it unlikely Congress would block the change, the Senate Veterans‘ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing 23 SEP to discuss the expanded benefits, with two particular concerns being raised: the overall costs of the policy change and the inclusion of ischemic heart disease — a condition faced by many older Americans who never served in Vietnam. VA officials acknowledge the heart ailment is common among older Americas as a result of high cholesterol, smoking and other factors, raising the possibility that some Vietnam veterans may have this ailment because of post-service factors that have nothing to do with Agent Orange. But VA defended including the benefit, noting that five separate studies have shown a link between exposure to the herbicide and the heart disease. Because it is impossible to determine the origin of the disease, VA policy errs on the side of veterans, said Bradley Mayes, director of VA‘s Boston Regional Office and the former compensation and pension service director who worked on the new Agent Orange rules.
The end result, Mayes said, is that veterans must show only that they have qualifying service and that they have a medical condition associated with exposure to Agent Orange. Rick Weidman of Vietnam Veterans of America, a group that has been pushing for expanded Agent Orange benefits, says the cost of providing disability compensation and health care for veterans exposed to the herbicide should be considered a cost of war. Cost is an issue for some people, especially after former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, cochair of the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that is studying ways to reduce federal spending and the national debt, focused on an 10
Associated Press report that shows diabetes is the chief disability claimed by Vietnam veterans, accounting for about $850 million a year in compensation. Simpson, an Army veteran and former chairman of the Senate Veterans‘ Affairs Committee, called it an ?irony? that ?veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess.? Those remarks sparked angry reactions from some Vietnam veterans. There is no indication that Simpson is urging the so-called Debt Commission to include any Agent Orange-related recommendations in its report, expected in December, but the panel has been looking at the overall cost of military and veterans‘ benefits.
[NavyTimes Rick Maze article 13 Sep 2010 ++]

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Military Funeral Disorderly Conduct
A federal judge overturned Nebraska‘s ban on flag mutilation 2 SEP, clearing the way for Kansas church protesters to continue trampling on the U.S. flag when they protest at military funerals. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf said the law can‘t be applied as long as Megan Phelps-Roper and fellow members of the Westboro Baptist Church ?otherwise act peacefully while desecrating the American or Nebraska flag during their religiously motivated protests. It was unclear whether the ruling applied only to the church members or to everyone in Nebraska. An earlier temporary block of the law applied only to Phelps-Roper. Attorney General Jon Bruning indicated he would not fight to save the law, which closes the case.
[NavyTimes article 13 Sep 2010 ++]

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Military Stolen Valor Update
The American Combat Veterans of War (ACVOW) protested a decision by the Veterans Affairs hospital in La Jolla California to allow a former Marine sergeant to act as a volunteer as part of his community service after pleading guilty to wearing a general's uniform and medals that he did not earn. ACVOW co-founders William Rider and Michael Sloan said the presence of David Weber at the hospital as a volunteer was disrespectful to veterans. "Veterans, particularly combat veterans, have very strong feelings about how ribbons and rank are worn and consider his actions extremely disrespectful," the two wrote in a letter delivered this week to Lorelei Winn, director of volunteer services at La Jolla VA Medical Center. "We are very proud of those in our ranks who have earned their stripes." Weber, 69, pleaded guilty in January in San Diego federal court to a misdemeanor violation under the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to wear unearned military ribbons or rank. He served in the Marine Corps from 1958 to 1967 and left as a staff sergeant. In recent years, however, he had embellished his service record by bragging about being on clandestine intelligence missions and being promoted to general. His unmasking came when he attended -- wearing the rank of a two-star general -- an event last fall in Ramona celebrating the anniversary of the Marine Corps' founding. Weber was sentenced to three years' probation and 240 hours of community service. He told the North County Times that he was a greeter at the hospital and had not told any tall tales about his military service. "I haven't been telling anyone anything," he told the newspaper. "The only thing I did is to say good morning or good afternoon." Weber may prove to be one of the last people charged under the Stolen Valor Act. Two courts, in separate cases, have ruled it an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. On 10 SEP as a result of the concerns of the ACVOW, it was reported that the Veterans Administration in La Jolla terminated the services of David Weber.
[Source: San Diego North County Times Tony Perry article 8 Sep 2010 ++]

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Flu Prevention
It's flu-shot season already, and for the first time health authorities are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older. Crowds lined up for hours for scarce shots during last fall's swine flu pandemic, when infections peaked well before enough vaccine could be produced. This year, a record vaccine supply is expected -- an all-in-one inoculation that now promises protection against that swine flu strain plus two other kinds of influenza. Shipments began so early that drugstores are offering vaccinations amid their back-to-school sales. But without last year's scare factor, the question is how many people will heed the new policy for near-universal vaccination. No more stopping to check if you're on a high-risk list: A yearly dose is recommended for virtually everyone except babies younger than 6 months -- the shot isn't approved for tots that young -- and people with severe allergies to the eggs used to brew it. ''Influenza is serious, and anyone, including healthy people, can get the flu and spread the flu,'' said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ''Flu vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and those around you.''
The CDC was moving toward that policy even before last year's pandemic brought home an inescapable fact: The flu virus doesn't just kill grandparents and babies and people with weak lungs or hearts, although they're particularly 22 vulnerable. It also can kill healthy pregnant women and 30-somethings. And 5-year-olds. ''We were discussing how we were going to go get his Star Wars Halloween costume after he got out of the hospital ... and all of a sudden his eyes lost their focus,'' said Serese Marotta of Dayton, Ohio, describing for reporters how her son Joseph, 5, died of swine flu last October before vaccine was available in her community. She urged families to make vaccination a priority. Here are some questions and answers about flu:

Q: I got vaccinated against both seasonal and that so-called H1N1 flu last year, so why do I need vaccine this year?
A: It protects against a different strain of the H3N2 influenza family that has cropped up, as well as last year's swine flu, part of the H1N1 family, and a Type B strain. Every year a different flu vaccine is brewed to match the constantly changing flu strains that circle the globe.

Q: Why is there a new high-dose version for seniors?
A: Your immune system weakens with age, so it doesn't respond as actively to a flu shot. Sanofi Pasteur's Fluzone High-Dose quadruples the standard dose for people 65 and older. This winter, scientists will track if that translates into less illness. Until that proof's in, the CDC says it's OK to choose either option. Dr. Marvin Bittner of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha estimates the new shot might benefit one in four seniors and said his center has ordered enough for that population, while other VA clinics aren't ordering as much.

Q: Will I need just one shot?
A: Most people will, but any children under 9 getting their first-ever flu vaccine will need two, a month apart, to prime their immune systems.

Q: What if my child's first-ever vaccine was last year and she got one dose of seasonal and one dose of swine flu vaccine?
A: She wasn't primed enough and needs her two doses this year, said Dr. Michael Brady of Nationwide Children's Hospital, who co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics flu vaccination guidelines out Monday.

Q: Will there be enough vaccine?
A: Manufacturers project 170 million doses. Obviously that won't cover the entire population, but the CDC knows its near-universal vaccination policy won't spark a stampede for shots. Before last year, flu vaccine was recommended for 85% of Americans but only about a third got vaccinated. Last year nearly all 114 million doses of seasonal vaccine were used, but as the swine flu outbreak slowed, just 90 million doses of the special vaccine were used out of nearly 162 million eventually produced for the general public.

Q: Who's at high risk from flu?
A: Young children, anyone 50 or older, anyone with chronic medical conditions such as asthma or heart disease, pregnant women. Also, health workers and caregivers of infants can infect the vulnerable unless vaccinated.

Q: Who can use the nasal spray vaccine?
A: FluMist is for healthy people 2 to 49, no pregnancy or underlying health conditions.

Q: When should vaccination start?
A: Chain pharmacies already have started vaccinating; protection will last all winter. It takes about two weeks to kick in, and flu typically starts circulating around November.

Q: How do I know it's safe?
A: Unprecedented safety monitoring last year turned up no rare side effects from the special swine flu-only vaccine sold in the United States. ''We're hoping a lot of the myths people had about the influenza vaccine may be a little bit 23 less of a concern,'' said pediatrics specialist Brady. Abroad, a few reports of narcolepsy after a European swine flu vaccine are being probed; that vaccine didn't sell here. An Australian seasonal vaccine dosed for young children won't be sold here after being linked to some fever-related seizures in that country.

Q: Why should I bother since fewer people than usual died last year?
A: Last year's U.S. toll: about 12,000 deaths, 60 million illnesses and 265,000 hospitalizations. New CDC statistics last week suggest flu strain mortality varies widely, from 3,000 in an exceptionally mild year to 49,000 in a recent really bad one -- and it's impossible to predict how bad each year will be.
[Source: The New York Times | Health article 30 Sep 2010 ++]

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Hip/Knee Replacement
Even though knee and hip replacements have become routine, they‘re not fail-safe. A study published in 2007 found that 7% of hip replacements done for Medicare patients had to be replaced within seven and half years. Experts agree that failure rate should be lower. If you‘re considering replacing a knee or hip, here are some ways to increase your chances of success and avoid a second implant:
• Choose an experienced surgeon at a hospital that does a lot of implants. Ask for a referral from your doctors and friends. A study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2004 found that doctors who perform more than 50 procedures a year had fewer complications. Patients at hospitals that performed more than 200 new replacements a year fared better than patients at hospitals that performed 25 or fewer. Ask the prospective surgeon how many joint replacements like yours he or she performs a year. Do the same with your hospital.
• Not everyone with joint pain will benefit from a replacement. An implant can help reduce pain and improve mobility if the damage is caused by arthritis, for instance. But a new joint won‘t help pain caused by inflammation of surrounding soft tissue. According to doctors, some people can manage with careful use of medications.
• Gather information about the procedure. Once you‘ve picked a surgeon and have recommendations for the type of joint you will receive, find out how well it has performed in other patients. Are there known complications? Depending on the type of implant, some may cause tissue and bone damage in certain patients. Some patients have complained of ?squeaky? new joints.
• Have a recovery plan. To avoid complications recuperating from a joint replacement, discuss with your doctor what sort of support you‘ll need when you go home. Make sure you have enough help since you‘ll have difficulty getting around. You won‘t be able to drive right away and you may want a friend or family member to stay with you. Consider hiring an aide or visiting nurse. If you have pets, make arrangements for their care as well.
[Source: The New York Times Lesley Alderman article 2 Jul 2010 ++]


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WEEKLY INSPIRATION

Howard Greenfield gives us some devine guidance this week.

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean", she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap. "Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, The young woman would make the same comments. About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this." The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows." And so it is with life. What we see when watching others Depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

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Thanks to Ron Brauer for this inspiration.

Think about this for a minute....

If you happened to show up on my door step crying, I would care!

If you called me and asked me to pick you up because something happened, I would come!

If you had one day left to live your life, I would want to be part of that last day!

If you needed a shoulder to cry on, I would give you mine!

This is a test to see who your real friends are or if you are just someone to talk to you when they are bored.

Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes?

They blink together, they move together, they cry together,

they see things together, and they sleep together, but they never see each other;

....that's what friendship is.

Your aspiration is your motivation,

your motivation is your belief,

your belief is your peace,

your peace is your target,

your target is heaven,

and life is like hard core torture without it!


Thats all the news for this week. Check back next Saturday. Thanks, Ole' Bill


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