Sept. 10, 2013 — Anybody who knows me knows how much I hate war. I mean, it’s all just so stinking obscene. And now as the president, Congress, the media and the public contemplate military action in Syria, I can’t help but remember a conversation I had in the early 1970s with my ex-father-in-law — a retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel — regarding the war in Vietnam.
John retired after he was wounded during the Tet Offensive in January 1968, ending his 22-year career. Shrapnel from a mortar injured his legs (now in his 90s, he still walks with a limp and uses a cane), and the concussion also damaged his hearing (he wears hearing aids).
Sept. 10, 2013 — I am pleased to announce the Veterans Service Office is now outreaching to veterans working as peace officers at High Desert State Prison. Ed, Dennis and myself set up a booth inside the visitor’s center from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. We brought with us printed information about California Veterans license plates, VA home loans and G.I. Bill apprentice benefits.
Sept. 10, 2013 — As I see my Facebook acquaintances from college post about their first week back at George Fox University, a wave of nostalgia comes over me, and I am a wee bit jealous of all the incoming freshman at my alma mater.
After 16 years of being a full-time student, suddenly, poof, I am done. I feel like education has been ripped away from me in one swift motion. I mean, this is the very first September I will not be in school since kindergarten. No more frequent Taco Bell late night runs with my best friend, no more falling asleep in coffee shops over media ethics papers, and no more weekend Portland trips dressed as hipsters.
Sept. 10, 2013 — The events of Sept. 11, 2001 affected every person in the United States and possibly the world.
While President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy” after the surprise Japanese attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, most Americans are too young to remember that early Sunday morning raid 72 years ago that killed 2,225 servicemen and wounded 1,143 more, sank or damaged all eight American battleships in the harbor and thrust our country into the fray of World War II.
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