Veterans

Hundreds gather to help restore vandalized Colorado Freedom Memorial

Robert and Jean Terry stood looking up at the Colorado Freedom Memorial under a row of names. “Your brother was 14th … I see him,” they said pointing above on the wall. The Terrys came to visit and remember her brother Raymond Stolte who was killed in WWII. The Freedom Memorial is dedicated to all from Colorado who died while defending freedom. But July 3rd, someone vandalized it causing at least $55,000 in damage. Stolte’s name is just one panel over from the glass that someone smashed the day before Independence Day. “It’s hard to understand the mindset of someone that would damage something like this,” Robert Terry said. “You know it’s just beyond my comprehension.” Some of their friends are also among six thousand names of those who died from Colorado. More than half of whom never made it back home but were buried overseas. “They were headed back to the fire base when the IED went off under his vehicle,” said John Harris whose son Blake was killed in Iraq 10 years ago and now appears on the memorial. “I think it’s an affront to every family member that has a name on the memorial.” “Their kids are on this memorial,” said Colorado Freedom Memorial founder Rick Crandall. “So whoever breaks it you broke a piece of glass you broke the heart of families whose hearts have been broken enough already. I mean this is beyond sick to me.” Crandall worked nearly 20 years to create the memorial only to find it vandalized. But the vandalism has also sparked a huge outpouring of support from visitors. There have been donations to replace the expensive shattered glass where more names were to be added.

Hopefully they catch whoever did this..  The local Aurora, CO police Department has offered a reward.  Anyway, to read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

Oldest living World War II veteran in Colorado turns 104

World War II Veteran, Nick Westendorf celebrated his 104th birthday with family and friends on Saturday. Westendorf was a mechanic for the U.S. Navy. During his service, he was stationed in the South Pacific and the Philippines. The veteran credits his long life to growing up on a farm. He was born in Illinois in 1913 and he is a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs. Westendorf told FOX31 he’s happy they won the World Series last year.

I’m sure!  What a great story!  Happy Birthday, Nick!   🙂

Obama’s Justice Department refused to hire military veterans for jobs

The Obama Justice Department discriminated against military veterans, trying to force them to withdraw their applications for two job postings — then canceling the postings altogether and rewriting the jobs to prevent the veterans from qualifying, a government watchdog said Wednesday. Under federal law, veterans should have gotten preferential consideration for the two positions in the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program. But Justice officials had their eye on non-veterans, and scheduled meetings off-site to try to force the veteran candidates to withdraw their applications, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said. The veterans refused to withdraw and human resources told the ICITAP hiring officials that they had to hire the veterans. Intent on avoiding that, the ICITAP then canceled the initial job-postings and re-listed the jobs a year later, in 2016, with new qualifications that excluded the veterans, the OSC’s investigative report said. The OSC said it was illegal to try to force the veterans to pull out of the job search. “OSC found hiring violations for two positions at DOJ where officials sought to encourage preference eligible veterans to withdraw their applications,” the watchdog agency said. “DOJ wanted to hire a non-veteran candidate. When the veterans declined to withdraw, DOJ selected the non-veteran candidate, despite rules mandating that veterans receive priority in hiring over non-veterans in certain circumstances.” The ICITAP officials told investigators they didn’t try to pressure the veterans, but instead explained why they should withdraw. OSC investigators said even if that was what happened, it still violated the law.

This is the kind of story that makes me want to vomit..   But, it was Obama’s administration, and Obama made it no secret that he despised the U.S. military…which he was the Commander in Chief of for 8 years.  So, we shouldn’t be surprised to hear stories like this.  Obama was very open about saying how he thought that the U.S. military was what was wrong in the world.  And, it was that view that lead him into foolishly, unilaterally, suddenly pulling all U.S. forces out of Iraq in 2010, against the advice of virtually every general officer both on active duty at the time, and retired.  That action, of course, caused the power vacuum which lead to the creation of ISIS/ISIL.  So, that awful U.S. military that Obama hated, kept things stable in an otherwise unstable part of the world.  But, it was Obama’s extreme liberal agenda-driven action to just pull out all U.S. troops in 2010 (again, against the advice of, well, everyone)  that lead to the creation of ISIS, which in turn has committed genocide of Christians in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere across the middle east.  And the media wonders why Christians overwhelmingly voted for Trump…

VFW fires back at Obama: Politics not ‘confused’

The nation’s largest veterans group hit back at President Obama on Thursday and urged him not to “denigrate” their intelligence after the president suggested their members were easily swayed by cable news and “right-wing radio.” The Veterans of Foreign Wars called out the president after Obama referenced the political opinions at “VFW halls” in an Indiana speech Wednesday that toggled between campaign politics and the economy. “I don’t know how many VFW Posts the president has ever visited, but our near 1.7 million members are a direct reflection of America,” VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr. said in a statement. “We don’t have confused politics, we don’t need left or rightwing media filters telling us how to think or vote, and we don’t need any President of the United States lecturing us about how we are individually [affected] by the economy.” Obama, speaking in Elkhart, Ind., had lamented the “primary story” he claimed Republicans are telling about the economy – one that focuses on how “moochers at the bottom of the income ladder” are squeezing middle-class families. “We have been hearing this story for decades,” Obama said. “Tales about welfare queens, talking about takers, talking about the ‘47percent.’ It’s the story that is broadcast every day on some cable news stations, on right-wing radio, it’s pumped into cars, and bars, and VFW halls all across America, and right here in Elkhart.” Obama continued: “And if you’re hearing that story all the time, you start believing it. It’s no wonder people think big government is the problem.” Biedrzycki suggested veterans are not so easily swayed. “Our nation was created and continues to exist solely because of the men and women who wear the uniform,” he said. “Let’s not denigrate their service, their sacrifice or their intelligence.”

Agreed. As a member of the VFW myself, I found it insulting and condescending what Obama said..after his whining about how many Americans see “big government” as the problem. Of course it is!! Ronald Reagan even said as much in his first inaugural address way back in ’81; LONG before there was any “right wing talk radio” to speak of, or the internet. The only real difference is that now more Americans are aware of how out of control big government is thanks to alternative media that Obama, and other liberals, don’t want you to have access to. He doesn’t want you to listen to, or have access to, those sources he approves of like NPR or MSNBC. So, he denigrates those sources so as to delegitimize their credibility (i.e. attacking FoxNews, Rush L., and others). He also uses federal agencies like the fascist FEC to try and regulate those sources, etc. Obama doesn’t want you to know that the size, scope, and intrusiveness of our federal government has exploded under his socialist and fascist tenure; that we’re over $13 TRILLION dollars in debt, that our federal government has had two credit downgrades during his presidency (the first time that’s ever happened in America), and that his administration has passed over 20,000 regulations (most of them brazenly unconstitutional) to restrict your freedoms, and cost we-the-people BILLIONS…among others. And, that’s not even addressing the disaster that is Obamacare. Remember, “if you want to stay with your doctor (or insurance plan), you can stay with your doctor (or insurance plan)?” Yeah..whatever.. Kudos to the VFW leadership for telling our self-righteous, sanctimonious, bloviating, arrogant, condescending President what he can do with himself.