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• Christmas Cards For Injured Soldiers

 

This is an Update! It seems that our efforts to support our American Heros the soldiers of the US military has overwhelmed the Red Cross. They have given us an alternative! This is from Joo Chung at the American Red Cross posted as a comment at this previous post and it’s all below the video…

Hello,

I work at Walter Reed Information, and received many many calls in regards to sending Christmas Cards and most of them said they got information from this website…so in order to reduce headache for all of you, this is the fact:

Holiday Cards to Injured Service Members This Holiday Season

The following message is from Neal Denton, Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces: Sen This holiday season, we have a great opportunity to bring a touch of home to wounded warriors recovering in military hospitals across the country.

As you may know, the American public has a strong desire to send holiday cards to soldiers staying at Walter Reed and other military medical centers. However, for security reasons, the former military program was discontinued. One of our colleagues at Walter Reed suggested, “If anyone can find a solution to this – it’s the Red Cross.”

We’re proud that this season, communities across America are invited to mail holiday greeting cards along with personal messages of support to wounded soldiers at military hospitals around the country, through a unique partnership of the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Mailing Solutions.

Now we have a solution that will not only benefit soldiers at Walter Reed, but also recovering soldiers at military hospitals around the nation. With the help of the Department of Defense, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Pitney Bowes, between now and December 27, members of the public will be invited to mail their holiday cards to:

We Support You During Your Recovery!
c/o American Red Cross
PO Box 419
Savage, MD 20763-0419

Red Cross volunteers will sort the cards for appropriate content and repackage them for shipping. Our steadfast partners, Pitney Bowes, will ship the cards to Red Cross stations at the military hospitals.

This project provides a great opportunity for chapters and station offices to coordinate resources and volunteers. Staff members at national headquarters will call each station office before packages are mailed to that military hospital. Those station managers will be looking for chapter volunteer support to help in accepting, storing and delivering the cards.

A national news release will be issued shortly after announcing the program. Once you know that your field unit will be receiving holiday cards to distribute, I encourage you to contact your local media with the attached localizable news release, to take photos and write stories for your Web sites and to send us your stories at SAFstories@usa.redcross.org.

We realize this is short notice. It took some time to work out a plan with the Department of Defense to revitalize this wonderful program and provide a way for people to express their support. I have every confidence that Red Crossers will want to participate in this joyous project. Already, we have had a very positive response at national headquarters to help with the sorting and packing.

Thank you for your support of SAF. And our office hopes that you enjoy your holidays surrounded by friends and family!

You can also confirm this information from Walter Reed Army Medical Center website:

http://www.wramc.amedd.army.mil

Thank you!

Joo Chung

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• Text A Warrior For Turkey Day!

America Supports You: Americans Can Text ‘Thanks’ to Troops

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2007 – For those seeking a quick way to show appreciation for the troops’ service far from home this holiday season, look no further than “Giving Thanks,” a new initiative from the Defense Department’s America Supports You program.

Americans can send text messages of thanks and get responses from active-duty troops through the “Giving Thanks” initiative of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program.

America Supports You connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.

“This is a simple way to connect our citizens to our soldiers using modern technology,” Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and public liaison, said of the text messaging program.

The program, which already has received nearly 4,000 messages, officially kicks off at 6 a.m. EST Nov. 17 and concludes at midnight PST Nov. 22. Between those times, people wishing to express gratitude to the troops for their service can text a brief message to 89279. Each text message sent will receive a response from an active-duty service member in return.

Major mobile wireless providers, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile, will provide access to the Giving Thanks text messaging program.

“We know that thousands of families will be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner and thinking about loved ones who are far away from home serving their country,” Barber said. “We are counting on other American families to take a moment during their holiday celebration to think of those families and their family members who are serving and say, ‘Thanks.’

C’mon. Give it a shot. It’ll take just a few seconds and you’ll make some troop’s day.

I found this via Absolute Moral Authority

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• Project Valor-IT

Nice Deb is part of the Air Force Team of bloggers raising money for Project Valour It, which helps provide voice-controlled and adaptive laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines recovering from severe injuries at major medical centers.Funds collected, as of today, here.

The goal is $240,000, and we’ve still got a ways to go.

Here’s the PayPal link if you want to help out.

Love The Vets!

This is from Aflack, it’s by far the best video on Iraq I’ve seen.

• Send A Christmas Card To Injured Soldiers (Updated)

12/07/07 UPDATE! Also Please Hit The DIGG button!

There is a very important in regards to Sending Christmas Cards To Injured Soldiers. Please go to here for the important update! It seems that our efforts to support our American Heros, the soldiers of the US military, has overwhelmed the Red Cross. They have given us an alternative to sending them Christmas cards! This is from Joo Chung at the American Red Cross posted as a comment at the bottom of this post. Please go here for the update!

12/05/07 UPDATE BELOW!
I have received several updates from all of you stating the Walter Reed is not accepting any more cards through the Red Cross because they have too many. This is definitely not a negative, however there are many more vets out there that could use your help. The links that I have below are always accepting and there is a V.A. hospital in most major cities so check your local VA or VFW for more info. Here is a link to the
V.A. search feature to locate facility-related information quickly and accurately.
Those links are blow the fold.

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• Murtha Will Have To Testify About His Douchbaggery

Jack “Off” John Murtha will have to testify in regards to his utterly disgusting comments about the Haditha Marines in which he stated that they killed in cold blood.

A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a defamation case against Rep. John P. Murtha and ordered the Pennsylvania Democrat to give a sworn deposition in the case.

A Marine Corps sergeant is suing the 16-term congressman for alleging “cold-blooded murder and war crimes” by unnamed soldiers in connection with the deaths of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.

The deaths became known in May 2006 when Murtha, who opposes the Iraq war, said at a Capitol Hill news conference that a Pentagon war crimes investigation will show Marines killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians in the town in 2005.

Murtha’s office declined to comment on the ruling. He has said his intention was to draw attention to the pressure put on troops in Iraq and to cover-up the incident.

The Justice Department wanted the case dismissed because Murtha was acting in his official role as a lawmaker. Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Henault said the comments were made as part of the debate over the war in Iraq.

He straight-up slandered our troops and made the world think that the Marines would kill people. Ok they would kill people and in so many fantastic ways. But not in the cold blooded way he stated over and over again they did not do. He’s going to take the Congressional Immunoity but the judge in this case is leaning more towards a “Not even close buuuud” decision.

“You’re writing a very wide road for members of Congress to go to their home districts and say anything they choose about private persons and be able to do so without any liability. Are you sure you want to do that?” Collyer said, adding later, “How far can a congressman go and still be protected?”

Collyer said she was troubled by the idea the lawmakers are immune from lawsuits regardless of what they say to advance their political careers.

Here he is making the statements…
Here he is being confronted on it… 

• Hey Jackhole Murtha… U.S. officer charges dismissed in Haditha killings!

Don’t look now you scumbag Dem. Jack Murtha but The U.S. Marines have dismissed charges against an officer accused of failing to report accurately the U.S. killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005! That douchbag Murtha went on TV and said this at the time…

This man needs to step down after making a public apology to the Marines he repeatedly accused of murdering Iraqis “in cold blood.” This is the typical douchbaggery from the left whoplace their bets on (in this case) the Armed Services being found guilty or committing a heinous act showing how bad they are. But time after time our brave men and women in the military show why they are the bravest people in our country.

Here is Hot Air’s Video of Jason Mattera, of the Young America’s Foundation confronting that Bike Seat Sniffing Jack Murtha on why he hasn’t issued an apology. His answer…

REP. MURTHA: The trial’s not over yet.

From Reuters Via Hot Air
By Adam Tanner

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Marines have dismissed charges against an officer accused of failing to report accurately the U.S. killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005.

Capt. Lucas McConnell was granted immunity by Camp Pendleton’s commanding officer, Lt. Gen. James Mattis, and will cooperate in the remaining Haditha prosecutions, the Marines said in a statement.

McConnell, 30, monitored fighting in and around Haditha but was not at the scene when women and children were among those killed in two Iraqi homes after a Marine beloved by his unit was killed by a roadside bomb.

“Lt. Gen. Mattis determined that administrative measures are the appropriate response for any errors or omissions allegedly committed by McConnell,” the Camp Pendleton statement said.

The commanding officer of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, McConnell had been charged with two counts: failing to report the incident accurately to higher authorities and failing to ensure a thorough investigation.

“From our perspective he had been the public whipping boy, along with the rest of the Haditha Eight, for a year and a half,” said McConnell’s lawyer, Kevin McDermott.

The defense attorney said the proper focus should be on military commanders who set the basic rules of engagement for U.S. forces.

“You don’t want the lance corporal, the 19-year-old kid with the M-16, thinking twice about pulling the trigger for fear that he’ll end up being investigated if in fact he reasonably believes there are insurgents involved with the attack upon him,” McDermott said.

FOUR STILL FACE CHARGES

Military prosecutors initially charged eight Marines, including four officers, in the case. Marine authorities have since dismissed charges against four of them.

They include McConnell; Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz, a key witness against alleged ringleader and quad leader Frank Wuterich; Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt and Capt. Randy Stone. An investigator has recommended that charges be dropped against a fifth Marine as well.

In a hearing this month, Wuterich admitted he shot some of the victims, but in a proper response to attacks on Marines.

“Engaging was the only choice: the threat had to be neutralized,” Wuterich said about an initial fatal shooting of five Iraqi men near a car.

Wuterich and several other Marines later cleared out two nearby homes, which resulted in another 19 deaths. He admitted telling his men to “shoot first and ask questions later.”

The Haditha deaths, along with the Abu Ghraib prison abuses and other cases, have sparked international anger over U.S. treatment of Iraqis.

Now let’s go with his slander of the the U.S. Marines (He is a former one by the way) to Earmarks…

Every private entity that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) favored with an earmark in this year’s defense bill recently has given political money to the lawmaker, according to an analysis of House Appropriations and federal elections records by Roll Call and Taxpayers for Common Sense.PACs and employees of those 26 groups together have contributed $413,250 to Murtha since the beginning of 2005. He collected nearly a quarter of the sum — $100,750 — in the two weeks leading up to March 16, the original deadline for lawmakers to file their earmark requests.

In 1980, prosecutors named Mr. Murtha an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Abscam scandal. The FBI captured him on tape saying he wasn’t interested in taking a $50,000 payment from agents posing as Arab sheiks “at this point,” but he was open to further discussions. The House Ethics Committee cleared him, but E. Barrett Prettyman, the committee’s special counsel for the Abscam probe, questioned the panel’s competence, likening it to “a misdemeanor court faced with a multiple murder.” Mr. Prettyman abruptly resigned his post the same afternoon the committee voted to clear Mr. Murtha. While Mr. Prettyman continues to refuse to discuss the case, he told Roll Call newspaper in 1990 that it would be “a logical conclusion” that he resigned over the committee’s exoneration of Mr. Murtha.

Mr. Murtha has been front and center in the controversy over earmarks, the individual portions of pork members of Congress often secretly secure for their districts or favored constituents. A Harper’s magazine study has concluded that “the most effective ally for the earmark-seeker is a lobbyist who is actually related, by blood or marriage, to a powerful member of an appropriations committee.”

Rep. Murtha is the ranking Democratic member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and for the past three years has been the House’s top recipient of defense industry cash. Therefore, few in Washington are surprised that his lobbyist brother, Robert “Kit” Murtha, is an enormously successful “earmark specialist” for the Beltway firm KSA Consulting. In recent years, Kit Murtha has brought in a mother lode of earmarks for at least 16 defense manufacturers with business before the Appropriations Committee.

Last year the Los Angeles Times reported that “most of KSA’s defense contractor clients hired the firm in hopes of securing funding from Rep. Murtha’s subcommittee, according to lobbying records and interviews. And most retained the firm after Kit Murtha became a senior partner in 2002.” Kit Murtha told the Times that he saw Rep. Murtha only infrequently but said the congressman knew he was a KSA lobbyist. “I don’t think that influences him,” Kit said of his brother. “I certainly would hope not.”

Now can I ask why his website’s banner says John Murtha but in the body-copy it says Jack? It’s just one more example of his incompetence.

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