Waldo Canyon Disaster – Where Are Our Troops?

I just finished listening to a press conference on the Waldo Canyon Fire. Someone in the audience asked (I am paraphrasing) ‘Why can’t we call on the armed forces since there are so many stationed here – they can help with this type of event – why can’t we call on them and why are they somewhere else when we need them here?’ – to which this question received an applause from the people listening.

The answer was something to the effect, that although there are many trained firefighters within the armed forces, stationed there in Colorado Springs (and/or deployed) – that there are federal laws that prevent our local officials from “calling on them” until our local and State resources are “exhausted”.

This is exactly what is wrong with how our disaster-management is set up. The pyramid structure that requires top-down dictation to localities that take the initial brunt of any disaster is a formula for disaster in itself. The Colorado National Guard should NOT be in Iraq and Afghanistan in fire-fights – they should be fighting fires in OUR State in Colorado Springs, and in other communities that have been so terribly affected by Mother Nature’s (and arsonists’) wrath.

What are these mighty laws that have taken our own troops and made them inaccessible to our own homes’ security? The Department of Homeland Security is one of the culprits – if you are going to protect “the homeland” – why in the world aren’t you protecting these people’s homes who are burning? So much tax-payer money in resources that are inaccessible to the taxpayers! This is unconscionable – there is no reason that more of our own resources that we pay for should not be more accessible to these people who desperately need it. Now! Not after the disaster gets “bad enough” to warrant the “help” and mighty hand of the federal government that is putting more money, time and effort in fire-fights than fighting our fires.

I am proposing and supporting legislation that brings home all State ‘National’ guards so that Governors and localities can access to these men and women who serve in the interest of their own State – and not the federal government.

In Liberty,

 

Tisha

And now I am watching, on 48 Hours Mystery, they are showing a soldier in prison with PTSD among other issues that came back from Iraq and killed his girlfriend because “you can take the soldier out of the war, but you can’t take the war out of the soldier”. Why on earth do we have soldiers doing the unthinkable, when they could be hear at home doing what they train to do – protect the American people?

 

Embracing Our Veterans & Understanding Our Threats

I have seen the face of war, because I was married to a young man in the military before, during, and after the attacks of 9/11.  I watched and was a part of this war on terror that we are still in today, and I have felt the cold stare of a human who has been affected by posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  My story has a relatively happy ending – so many do not – and it is imperative that we understand where we are as a country so that we can establish where we are headed.

It does not matter if you believe our wars are right or wrong – the fact of the matter is that there are terrorists, foreign and domestic, that seek to erode our liberties and our economic power.  They are doing a good job.  Our troops, and the veterans who have pledged life and limb to protect this country – deserve our time and attention to the emotional wounds that are so often a part of who they are when they come back from seeing combat in other countries.  Humans killing humans is un-natural, violent, and causes extreme emotional havoc – and it is our job – as members of the community and country that pays for these wars – to take care of these soldiers and try to help heal these wounds.

I lived in El Paso County for almost five years during my time in school and while I was the wife of a gunner on a tank stationed out of Fort Carson.  There are multiple military basis in El Paso County, and the military is the bread and butter for many people living in Colorado.  In 2009, there was a chain of murders that happened in Colorado Springs – and there was a story in the Gazette in part titled “The hell of war comes home”.

These soldiers who are trained to kill, oftentimes come back to our country with both physical and emotional wounds that can often take a toll on their families, their community, and their own lives.  It is a process that is a part of having a military and engaging in war.  Ideally, upon coming back these soldiers would have all of the services and time that they needed to heal – but this is not the case.  There are people and organizations, however, stepping up to make this possible for these soldiers and veterans.  And that is a very positive and proactive way to embrace the men and women who have given so much for our country.

I have been lucky enough to tour LifeQuest in Colorado Springs, and meet the founder of the organization, CW Conner.  They have a great facility that invites in soldiers returning from war with physical or emotional wounds (PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)) – and challenges them to take actions to heal.  It is a holistic approach – working on the mind, the body, and even the need for adrenalin and music – taking all of the parts of the chemical make-up of those who engage in combat.  It works – it is working – and lives are being changed and saved.

One of our greatest threats as a country is to not recognize that we must strengthen and empower our communities by loving our neighbors and interacting with the people that make our political economy possible.  Businesses, government, non-profits, the military, all industries and all individuals are a part of what makes our freedom and lives possible.  Forgetting who we are – that we are all a part of the human element that is here on this planet for one reason or another – is one of our greatest threats.  Our country’s moral compass is arguably broken – and one of the biggest fights we have is ignoring the human element in each of us.  Recognize that we are our power, and take some time to help someone who needs it – together we win.

Veteran for Ron Paul – Speech at Colorado Caucus

This speech is from one of our team members who went out and rallied for Dr. Paul the other night at the caucus in Colorado.  We thought you would enjoy reading his simple and eloquent case for freedom.

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Thank you for coming out tonight.

I’m a Marine Corps veteran. I served in the Kowst region of Afghanistan from 2004-2005. I’m here to tell you why the troops and myself support Dr. Paul…. Why 81% of all military contributions go to Dr. Paul. That is 4 times more support from the US military personnel than all the other candidates combined….. In fact his top 3 campaign contributors are the US Army, US Air force, and the US Navy. This is a stark contrast to the top supporters of the other candidates which consist mainly of wall street and their banks.

 

1 month after the attacks of 9-11 I enlisted in the Marine Corps. I held my hand up and swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution… This is the same oath that brings me here tonight…. All military personnel have taken this oath including Dr. Paul as a flight surgeon in the US air force…. We have pledged our very lives in the defense and preservation of the Constitution and Liberty. The principle of liberty is what makes our country great, prosperous, and unique…. Dr. Paul not only understands and upholds the Constitution, He has fervently fought against big government in the defense of liberty every time its been threatened.. even when it has not been popular to do so….. He has shown an unwavering commitment to take the establishment head on in the defense of freedom. This is what earns him the respect of the fighting men and woman in the US Military. He is the champion of the constitution. He is truly a patriot and he is undoubtedly the Military’s choice for their commander in Chief.

However the biggest threat to our way of life is not to be found in the sands of far off lands but it is in the economic realities of our national debt… We now sit at a cross roads… America’s GDP is now equal to that of our National Debt. This is the tipping point…. In other words the Federal Government Owes more than We the People produce.. This is not only unsustainable but horribly irresponsible.

It was Dr. Paul’s economical foresight that got him into politics. In 1971 the government completely delinked the dollar from gold. Ron Paul warned that this would inevitably lead to out of control spending and an unaccountable government. Ron Paul was right… However this is not his only Prediction that has come to pass… He in great detail warned us of a housing bubble going back as far as 2001. Other Candidates collected 1.6 million dollars from Freddie mac, and told us how great everything was. Ron Paul also predicted the dot com bubble in 2000… We the people have been asking for someone who understands economics. We have that in Dr. Paul.

Not only does he have the economic insight so badly needed at this time in our nations history, he also has the answers… Ron Paul is the only candidate who has purposed any budget cuts let alone 1 trillion dollars in the 1rst year. He voted against Tarp and against every Bailout every time, Regardless of who has proposed it. While some candidates give lip service to fiscal sanity there actions certainly speak louder than words. Unlike others running Ron Paul has never voted for raising the debt ceiling, knowing that this is just political irresponsibility that translates into more spending. Just as Ron Paul has never voted to raise the debt ceiling he has also never voted for a tax increase. If those aren’t enough examples to his testament of fiscal responsibility please note he is the only member of congress who not only returns a portion of his congressional budget to the US treasury EVERY year, but he has also opted out of the lucrative congressional pension. And as President of these United States Dr Paul has vowed to take in no more than the average American income of 39,000 dollars. The Bottom Line is Ron Paul cant be bought and he has never sold us out. There is no other candidate in the running who has consistently fought for We the people our economy and Our Constitution.

Dr. Paul has truly earned my vote as well as my respect. I hope that he will have earned yours as well.

If you believe in the strict adherence to the Constitution as much as I do I would love to have you stick around and vote for me as a delegate. Thank you for your time.

 

 

Their Deaths are Ours

“We were young. We have died. Remember us. … We have done what we could But until it is finished it is not done. … We have given our lives But until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. … Our deaths are not ours, They are yours, They will mean what you make them. They say, Whether our lives, and our deaths were for peace and a new hope Or for nothing We cannot say. It is you who must say this. … We leave you our deaths, Give them their meaning.”

–Archibald MacLeish, American poet, writer and the Librarian of Congress

This was retrieved from “The Patriot Post (www.patriotpost.us/subscribe/ )”

Support Our Troops!

There is nothing more important that supporting the men and women that give their lives for our freedoms.

The Good American Post thanks our soldiers from the bottom of our hearts.

Here are some other great links – get involved!

Operation Gratitude
Mom 4 R Marines
The United Service Organizations (USO)

And if you have people that you know that are serving, and you would like to share their story with us, please email us at: goodamericanpost@gmail.com and put “Soldier Story” in the subject line.

Honoring Our Troops – We Want Your Stories!

We want stories about the men and women who are serving or who have served to protect our country.  It is simple, anyone can send us information, and we will set this up so that more folks around our country can get to see those that are giving their lives to protect our liberty.

We are looking for short-stories (around 300-400 words) and pictures that show these soldiers in our various branches of military service.  Send us their information, and our readership, both in print and online, will get to see why we are so proud and so grateful for our troops.

Please send all information and pictures to: goodamericanpost@gmail.com at put in the subject line “Honoring Our Troops”.

Thank You Soldier, SSG Cheyenne Smithey

SSG Cheyenne Smithey is currently serving us and our country in the U.S. Army.  He is with Alpha Company, 2-7 CAV, stationed at Ft. Hood, TX.  Smithey is a squad leader involved in training soldiers to prepare them for deployment. This includes training in tactical knowledge and preparing them physically for combat.  So far in his miltary career, he has had a tour in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq. Smithey is married to Anitra Reynolds Smithey, daughter of Ernie and Carol Reynolds of Walsenburg.  They have a son, Toby, and a daughter, Rylee.  His parents are Chuck and Marianne Smithey of Gardner and who also own Antique Ave and Boutique Blvd, on Main in Walsenburg.  Thank you SSG Cheyenne Smithey for serving us and our country!  You are one of our Huerfano (Colorado) Hometown Heroes.  Join their fan-page at:

Thank you Soldier – SPC Richard Walter

Spc. Richard T. Walter is currently serving his second deployment in
Iraq. Spc. Walter joined the Army in 2005 at the age of 17. Assigned
to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort
Benning, GA. Where he has been since the completion of his training
in 2005. Upon his return from this deployment, over half of his time
served in the US Army will have been in Iraq. His wife Kari Walter,
parents Rick and Shelley Walter and sister Arleigh all await his safe return.
Thank you SPC Richard Walter–you are one of our Huerfano (Colorado) Hometown Heroes!

Thank You Matthew Sherar!

Navy hospital-man, Matthew Sherar is currently serving his country in Arifjan, Kuwait.  Matt is working long hours at the naval hospital in the emergency room and surgical unit as a medic. Prior to his deployment, he was stationed at Portsmouth, Virginia. He has been in the Navy since 2006. Matthew is the son of Marlen and Carol Sherar of Walsenburg, Colorado. His parents, brother Jeff, Sister in law-Jennifer, nieces and nephews, Depree, Madisyn, Chloe and Zackary anxiously await his safe return home.  Thank you, Matthew Sherar, for serving us and our country!  You are one of our Huerfano Hometown Heroes.

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