Memorial Day in the San Gabriel Valley

Memorial Day Celebrations in the San Gabriel Valley– 9:00 am. San Marino event at Lacy Park. 9 a.m. 1485 Virginia Road. I’ve been to that in the past, and have found the roll call of veterans in attendance the most moving part of the ceremony. (source: Pasadena Star News, see link below) 10:00 am Monrovia […]

Remember Alyssa

Remember Alyssa Peterson

Thuds - a little Vietnam History

Thuds – a little Vietnam History

Thuds, the Ridge, and 100 Missions North. Air & Space Magazine, Smithsonian. On the weekend of April 4 & 5th, I was in Arizona to attend a wedding and to interview my uncle for the Veterans History Project. Among the many things my uncle did in his Air Force career was to fly F105s as […]

Remembering the 11th Day of 11th month

I’ve been aware all day that it’s Veteran’s Day. I’ve no post on it, really. Go read Petrea’s Veterans Day post. Or an editorial by Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind, sponsor of the bill establishing the Veterans History Project. Or the story of Anthony Acevedo. Stories like that need to be told. They need to be […]

My Family Oral History site make the USNWR cover story Voices of World War II

My Family Oral History site make the USNWR cover story Voices of World War II

Making History: “From World War II soldiers to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, more people are sharing their own memories to bring the past back to life” The cover story of the September 24 issue of US News and World Report is devoted to Ken Burns’s documentary, The War, and how people are preserving first […]

Why soldiers back home seldom speak of war

“You hear it a lot: Men and women soldiers went to war. When they came home, they would not often speak of what they’d done and seen.” …. “When I got back from Iraq, all my friends and family wanted to hear stories about what it was like over there. But I wasn’t in the […]

Memorial Day events in the San Gabriel Valley

For the first time ever, last year I attended Memorial Day ceremonies. Blogged it here. I recorded a brief conversation with my congressman and it’s part of a podcast I did A tale of two congressmen (the other congressman is Ron Kind, the man who started the Veterans History Project) At the event I attended, […]

Vets, medicine, and red tape: two stories

Washington Post has two stories on conditions for Walter Reed Army Medical Center outpatients. By Dana Priest and Anne Hull: Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility The Hotel Aftermath The wonder of modern medicine is that so many soldiers are surviving battlefield injuries…. only to have to deal with SNAFU conditions like […]

Two tales of red tape: Supporting the troops…

and the families of dead troops. Both from the Washington Post: Forgotten Families: When your son or daughter is killed, leaving a child but no spouse, you as the grandparent left to raise your grandchild receive no death benefit… the child will receive it upon 18th birthday. But not in the meantime. Pentagon Red tape […]

Veteran PTSD Resource

PTSD A readjustment rewsource for 21st Century Global War on Terror Veterans