Archive for ‘Veterans’

November 10, 2014

I Still Believe – Veterans Day Song 2014

by lewwaters

The latest from the great kids at Tussing Elementary School

If you are on facebook, please like their page at Positive American Music

Many thanks to Michael Souders and those wonderful third grade children in his school

September 22, 2014

POW/MIA Memorial

by lewwaters

I was pleased to read of the dedication this past Saturday of the POW/MIA Memorial at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Fourth Plain. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend.

I was able to not only attend the POW/MIA recognition ceremonies in 2011, but to tape the speaker as well, former WWII POW Dale Bowlin, who also spoke this past Saturday, video below.

Sorry about background noise, but he was speaking very close to the freeway that day.

September 9, 2014

UPDATED: Never Give Up

by lewwaters

Well worth the 6 minutes of your time to watch. If you’re feeling like giving up, reach out to anybody, me included. We’re here for you.

August 31, 2014

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Salute

by lewwaters

Joint Base Lewis-McChord salutes Vietnam-era veterans Oct. 9, 1-5 p.m. at Watkins Field.

JBLM 50thDetails and registration here upper right of page

May 19, 2014

Sen. Patty Murray Must Resign

by lewwaters

Patty Murray 1Patty Murray, Democrat Senator from Washington State has long touted herself as the “best friend” Veterans have. And she has successfully thrown some money towards veterans and enjoyed many a photo-op with Veterans and cutting ribbon ceremonies.

In light of the revelations of “waiting lists” for Veterans to receive much needed healthcare, some dying while waiting, she now demands “decisive actions” at a hearing by the Senate Veterans Affair Committee she has sat on since 1995 and chaired between 2011 and 2013

Sadly, the calls sound like little more than recorded rhetoric we heard from her in 2007 when it was discovered that one building at Walter Reed Hospital was in deplorable condition as she and other Democrats politicized it, demanding then President Bush’ head on a platter.

April 23, 2014

Peachtree Restaurant Concert and Vendor Fair 4 Vets

by lewwaters

50th Anniversary Pin This May will see the 50th Anniversary of the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands as school bands, businesses and community groups converge to march through the middle of Hazel Dell, Washington.

This “Golden Jubilee” celebrates the founding of the Parade in 1964, a time of a troubled America ripped apart by a Presidential Assassination, Civil Rights struggle, the Cold War and in need of such a spirit-lifting event.

Nineteen sixty-four also saw a growing involvement 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in the small Asian country of Vietnam that would further divide the American public, with returning Troops met with scorn and derision by a misunderstanding population.

March 12, 2014

Leavitt’s State of the City, A Travesty

by lewwaters

Leavitt Dean 6Vancouver’s Mayor, Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt gave the annual State of the City address today, March 12, 2014 at Fort Vancouver High School, his alma mater.

We all know that such speeches are designed to be boastful and filled with platitudes and claims of how good things are under the official giving them. And we also know most spin the facts to make the giver appear better than they are.

But, Leavitt took the opportunity to show just what an immature asshole he really is.

March 2, 2014

Luau 4 Veterans Sampling

by lewwaters

Very brief excerpts of some of the talent seen at the February 22, 2014 Luau to Honor World War Two and Korean War Veterans in Vancouver, Washington.

http://lewwaters.com/2014/01/05/a-luau-in-honor-of-the-greatest-generation/

February 27, 2014

Hope for Return of Stolen Medal of Honor Watch

by lewwaters

Few people have been prouder of their Father than Vancouver’s Penny Ross. And she has every right to be proud of her Dad, retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Donald K. Ross.

Most of us of the baby boomer generation grew up with fathers that served in World War Two and performed heroically and are also proud of their sacrifices.

But Penny’s father went well above and beyond on December 7, 1941, not just surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, but becoming the very first recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War Two for his actions aboard the U.S.S. Nevada.

January 5, 2014

A Luau in Honor of the “Greatest Generation”

by lewwaters

Tiki 1December 7, 1941, the “date that will live in infamy” marked America’s entrance into World War II, what was to become the bloodiest conflict in recorded history that saw over 16 Million Americans putting on the uniform of one of the various branches making up our Armed Services.

When the world needed them the most, these men & women answered the call to fight a tyrannical enemy on the battlefields, in the air and on the open seas, prevailing four years later after over 400,000 of their number lay dead with another 670,000 wounded.

Five years later, 1950, many answered the call again to stand against another enemy to freedom in the small country of Korea, joining the younger men & women until a cease fire was signed 3 years later.

December 7, 2013

A Date That Lives in Infamy

by lewwaters

Due to the weather, the local December 7 Observance had to be cancelled today. So here are excerpts of memories from survivors of the attack they shared with us on the 70th Anniversary in 2011.

Some of these heroes are no longer with us and it is only a matter of time before the others join them. We must not let their experiences fade away and be unknown to younger generations

November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve Military Appreciation Dinner

by lewwaters

Very accomplished guitarist, Ernesto Quilban, playing a medley of the themes of the United States Military Themes.

Recorded live at the Vancouver, Washington Armed Forces Reserve Center, November 27, 2013 for the first annual Thanksgiving Eve Military Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Clark County Veterans Court Board.

November 12, 2013

Thank the Military This Thanksgiving

by lewwaters

Bush turkey 2Thanksgiving Day will soon be upon us and we will likely sit down with family and friends, overeat, watch a ball game and of course, somewhere in the course of the day we will give thanks for living in such a great country.

Most of us do not know hunger; fear of being dragged from our homes in the middle of the night to be interrogated or targeted by despots merely because we disagree with them and wish to lobby for changes.

We have fields of grain unlike many other countries and such bountiful farmlands that even the poorest among us are fed regularly.

We will give credit to many for such riches, but who really deserves credit?

October 18, 2013

Rep. Gowdy (R. S.C.) Questions Barrycading Memorials

by lewwaters

It should be remembered that while aging 80 and 90 year old WW2 Veterans, many in wheelchairs, were Barrycaded from entering their memorial, threatened with arrests and harassed by government employees, Illegal Aliens were permitted to hold a rally in Washington D.C. during the shut down within closed areas and Democrat officials attended, many speaking

Illegal Immigration rally allowed on Mall despite shutdown

October 14, 2013

CMAC Turns Political, Very Disappointing

by lewwaters

Lone Soldier bThe Community Military Appreciation Committee instituted back in 2009 to show appreciation to our Veterans and their families was something I looked upon as much needed in our community, as they worked to remind the community we do have Veterans and they need our support.

The group came into being as Events in our community hosted by the Military were in danger of being cancelled due to those Units being moved northward and out of the community, leaving us with few active duty.

From the efforts of Dan Tarbell and city council member Larry Smith, both Veterans, CMAC came into being and was established to promote Veterans and continue the proud tradition of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

And, the group was intended to be nonpolitical. Or so we were told.

September 26, 2013

Luau with Elvis 4 Vets

by lewwaters
Mark Stevenz

Mark Stevenz

Elvis fans rejoice, Mark Stevenz, one of the top 20 Elvis Tribute Artists will be performing this Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Tyee Yacht Club in Portland on Marine Drive.

A Luau is scheduled from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with a full line-up of top notch entertainers to benefit the Clark County Veterans Court.

Along with Mark Stevenz’s Las Vegas style Show will be acclaimed guitarist Ernesto Quilban returning on behalf of Veterans leading off the Luau at Noon.

September 20, 2013

CBS Resurrects Vietnam Era Veteran Bashing

by lewwaters

Soldiers TearsThose of us who served in Vietnam know all too well the “Myth of the Deranged Veteran” that cast a dark shadow over us for so long. We recall the negative portrayals of us after our return in television, movies and even book series.

We were ticking time bombs, drug addicts, mentally disturbed due to some horrific experience we were forced to endure by the hated government of the time and we were subject to “flashbacks” where we would mentally find ourselves back in some battle, but in reality doing harm or killing innocent people, people we either didn’t even know or our loved ones.

That it was a lie did not even matter, it sold and convinced many to either fear us or to pity us.

September 6, 2013

Boppin’ Bo’s Music Fest & Cruise-In 4 Vets

by lewwaters

Doing it Again – For the Vets

Bullit 1 Peeling out, burning rubber, smokin’ the tires, all music to the ears of America’s youth years ago as we cruised the main drag, showing off our ride and just hanging out at the local burger joint with the other kids and listening to the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Ronny and the Daytona’s and more. A tradition largely lost today as raw horsepower has been replaced by computer controls.

The tradition lives again as Boppin’ Bo’s Malt Shop and Grill at Vancouver Plaza will be hosting a Music Fest & Cruise-In in support of the Clark County Veterans Court, Sept. 14, 2013.

People packed Boppin’ Bo’s last May 18 for 4 hours of entertainment, cool cars and of course, to enjoy a taste of unique American cuisine, a California Dreamin’ Burger, a Lucy Grilled Cheese or even a Graceland Special, a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich.

August 27, 2013

Obama & Kerry, Preparing to Send Troops “to Die For the Biggest Nothing in History?”

by lewwaters

“I said this from the beginning of the debate to the walk up to the war. I said, Mr. President don’t rush to war, take the time to build a legitimate coalition and have a plan to win the peace. It’s the wrong war, in the wrong place at the wrong time.” – Sen. John Kerry, August 30, 2004 in opposition to the Iraq war.

“There is a reason why no matter what you believe about Syria, all peoples and all nations who believe in the cause of our common humanity must stand up to assure that there is accountability…” Sec. of State John Kerry, August 26, 2013 in support of Military action against neighboring Syria.

Kerry goofOnce again we get to see the situational ethics plaguing today’s Democrat Party as there is nothing they won’t politicize for political gain, even if it costs the lives of some of our Troops.

Kerry, the scorn of many Vietnam Veterans, this blogger included, for his treasonous acts and ‘testimony’ filled with lies before the Fulbright Commission back in 1971 after his abbreviated 4-month tour in Vietnam, who voted to approve sending Troops into Iraq only to come out heavily opposed a year later when he campaign for the Presidency, who claimed “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it” to fund the Iraq War and who said in 2007, “Iraq, as in Vietnam, more American soldiers are being sent to fight and die in a civil war we can’t stop and an insurgency we can’t bomb into submission” somehow now seem to think that we will be able to bomb or stop what is going on in Syria with Military intervention.

August 20, 2013

Why Many Vietnam Vets Are Boycotting ‘The Butler’

by lewwaters

Jane Fonda MugshotIt is being reported how many Vietnam Veterans are both boycotting and calling on others to boycott the Lee Daniels movie, the Butler, leaving many, mostly younger people who weren’t yet born or who were too young to recall those days asking why.

I hope this post helps those of you to understand as well as join us in boycotting this movie, also under fire for specious representation of Ronald Reagan.

WHY WE BOYCOTT HANOI JANE

Excerpt of an undated speech Hanoi Jane Fonda gave at U.C. Berkeley in the early 1970′s, where she praises the Communist North Vietnamese and students in attendance applaud upon hearing her gleeful announcement of 34 American B-52′s being shot down by the Communist North Vietnamese. That would be a potential 170 American Servicemen dying. Is it any wonder why so many of us Vietnam Veterans despise this person?

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