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Good morning,
Below is a notice to all Veterans that is on a VSO website.  This is the
Number to VA's Suicide Prevention HotLine.  Please feel free to pass
this along or even place on your own website.  It's just a thought.
Thanks Rick.
Special Notice: If you are a veteran in emotional crisis and need help
RIGHT NOW, call this toll-free number 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7,
and tell them you are a veteran. All calls are confidential
Kevin Secor
Veterans Service Organizations Liaison
Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC

New Chapters of Blue Star Mothers coming to your area soon.
Calling all mothers of servicemen and women, the Blue Star Mothers
Organization Wants You!
The West Coast of Florida is looking for moms who are willing to
support our men and women who are serving in the United States
military or who have served in our military.
Who are we? We are mothers who now have, or have had, children
honorably serving in the military. We are a non-profit (501[c]3)
service organization supporting each other and our children while
promoting patriotism.
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is authorized by the U.S.
Code: Title 36; Section 943, as of January 26, 1998. The Blue Star
Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political
organization. We do not support any political candidate, nor do we
endorse any religious organization. The military represents all
aspects of America as does our organization.
What do we do? We serve helpings of love to our troops, wherever
they are. We are there as sisters to hold each other as our children
leave our homes to serve their country. We are there to help
families adjust to the military way of life. We are there to support
our troops at all times. We are there to wave our families goodbye
and to celebrate when they return. We ship packages to our troops.
We send letters, we network with all military and support
organizations to benefit our servicemen and women. We are there for
our Gold Star Families as needed. We are family, part of the
military family and we would love to have you join us. We also
welcome associate members. Our associate members are our Blue Star
dads, the aunties and uncles, sisters and brothers, and our
We will be holding meetings around the Greater Tampa Bay area,
beginning July 10th (approximately), once we find out where everyone
lives. We plan to make this as centrally located as possible, to
allow all who want to be a part to join. We will also develop car
pooling for those who may need or desire it.
Think you might be interested?
Then please call our Blue Star Mother in Pasco Lauren Frazier at 727
849 2732 after 6.p.m.
Lauren will be collecting demographic information so that we can
begin coordinating areas and meeting places.
Who is Lauren? Lauren is the proud mother of three young men who
have and are still serving in our military. Lauren is also Petty
Officer Second Class, proudly serving in the U.S. Navy after her own
deployment "down range". Helping coordinate the West Coast with
Lauren will be Jan Zabel, Blue to Gold Liaison for the State of
Florida – Hernando, Susan Naill of Sarasota, Past National President
and JoAnn Ross, Blue to Gold Liaison for the State of Florida – Plant
We know you are out there; we are looking forward to meeting you,
working together to support all our service folks and provide you
with any support you may need.
Together, we can make a difference for our men and women home and
abroad. South & Central Florida we are coming to you soon, possibly
in September.

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To honor our brave troops this September 11th, VFW has created a video - Our Heroes Next Door.  The video is meant to remind us that we can never lose sight that our troops are... 

   ... our brothers and sisters
      ... our sons and daughters
         ... our friends and neighbors.

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They sacrifice so much every day to keep us safe and sound:

      ... Fathers unable to be there for the birth of a child ... 
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If you have watched the video, please forward Our Heroes Next Door Video to your family, friends and co-workers to remind them no matter what they think of the war, we need to support and honor the brave men and women that are fighting to keep us safe.  And ask them to help spread this important message by forwarding the video... 

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We at Move America Forward are proud to release to you this brand-new ad that takes on the Berkeley City Council's campaign against the military.
We're fighting back and want you to see this ad and then pass it on to others.  Please email it to others, post to blogs - let's get the word out!!  The ad will begin airing nationwide starting this upcoming Monday.  Until then Move America Forward will be raising money to buy as much airtime as possible!

Mary Pearson
Deputy Executive Director, Move America Forward

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By DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer

LAS VEGAS(AP) President Bush said Thursday he will not jeopardize security gains in Iraq by withdrawing U.S. forces too fast, another signal that troop reductions could slow or stop altogether this summer.

The president said he would resist any temptation to bring troops home to score political points with a war-weary public or compromise with Democrats in Congress seeking to wind down the war.

The U.S. troop commitment is expected to be down to roughly 130,000 to 135,000 by July, the same number as before Bush sent in reinforcements a year ago.

"You know, a lot of folks say, 'What's next, Mr. President?'" Bush said. "And my answer is, we have come too far in this important theater in this war on terror not to make sure that we succeed. And therefore, any further troops reductions will be based on commanders and conditions.

"The temptation of course is for people to, you know, say 'Make sure you do the politically right thing,'" Bush told members of the Nevada Policy Research Institute. "That's not my nature. That's not exactly what we're going to do."

In Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said any halt to reducing the troops that were part of military buildup demonstrates the president's "insistence on a war without end." She said it would further undermine U.S. military readiness.

Pelosi and other Democrats in Congress have pressed unsuccessfully to reduce U.S. military involvement in Iraq. If Bush expresses reluctance to continue withdrawing troops beyond July, it could prompt a new round of conflict between the White House and Capitol Hill as the November presidential elections approach.

"The president's Iraq policy will result in the same number of troops committed to an endless war in Iraq at the end of this year as were there at the end of 2006," said Pelosi, who expressed concern over deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan.
Bush spoke about Iraq, Afghanistan and a need to extend the domestic wiretapping law during a three-day swing through California, Nevada, Colorado and Missouri to highlight themes of his State of the Union address and raise an estimated $4.7 million for Republicans at the four stops combined.
In Las Vegas, Bush attended a $550,000 Republican Party fundraiser at the home of Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman of the board of the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and a guest at the White House dinner Bush hosted in November for French President Nicolas Sarkozy. In Cherry Hills Village, Colo., just south of Denver, Bush helped raise more than $700,000 for Colorado Republicans and GOP Senate candidate Bob Schaffer. The event was held at the home of Bill Pauls, owner of the Pauls Corp., a commercial and residential real estate company based in Aurora, Colo.
Some U.S. commanders worry that security improvements in Iraq since June are fragile and could be reversed if the extra five brigades Bush dispatched there are removed too soon. One Army brigade and two Marine battalions have already returned home and will not be replaced. Four other Army brigades are to come out by July. That would leave 15 brigades, or roughly 130,000 to 135,000 troops in Iraq _ the same number as before Bush sent the reinforcements. It's unclear what will happen after that.
The first sign Bush might endorse a pause in troop reductions came earlier this month when he recounted for reporters his meeting with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, in Kuwait on Jan. 12.
"My attitude is, if he (Petraeus) didn't want to continue the drawdown, that's fine with me, in order to make sure we succeed," Bush said. "I said to the general, if you want to slow her down, fine; it's up to you."
At the Pentagon on Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters he has not discussed with Petraeus the possibility of him recommending to Bush a pause in the troop drawdown after July. Gates stressed that regardless of what Petraeus recommends, his will not be the only opinion.
"The president will also have available to him the views of the commander at Central Command (Adm. William J. Fallon) and the Joint Chiefs, and I will have my own view," Gates said. "The president will have the benefit of all of that come March and April, in terms of making a decision."
Some in Congress have urged Bush to shift troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, where violence has escalated.
Last year was Afghanistan's most deadly since the ouster of the Taliban in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001. More than 6,500 people _ mostly insurgents _ died in the violence, according to an Associated Press count of figures provided by local and international officials. Bush acknowledged the turmoil in Afghanistan, but ticked off signs of progress in getting girls to school, building highways and health clinics.
"Afghanistan is working on their _ on democracy, and it's hard work. It's not easy," Bush said. "It doesn't happen overnight, but it's in our interest to help them. It's in our interest to help them because we believe that liberty is transformative."
Earlier this week, however, a study, co-chaired by retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones and former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, that said Afghanistan risks sliding into a failed state _ becoming the "forgotten war" because of a rising violent insurgency and declining international support. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Bush on Wednesday that Canada will end its military mission in Afghanistan if another NATO country does not put more soldiers in the dangerous south.
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From: Gary Lillie []
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2008 9:03
Subject: Re: Radio interview for military dog adoption
Thank you for your instantaneous response. I can see the passion you
have and can (figuratively) hear it in your voice.
I'm copying not just the other members of Veterans Radio, but also some
former dog handlers so they can spread the word about the interview
among their community. Actually,I first heard about this from "42nd
Mom," (there's a story to that name, who heard about it from Perry Money
and passed it on to me. I'm also blind copying a bunch of compassionate
people who will most likely spread the word themselves.
Tomorrow morning I will have Bob Gould phone you about 8:50 AM Eastern
to make sure you are available at your home phone. Then he will phone
you back just after 9:00 AM and we will do about five minutes of air
time. During that time you can tell the story of the dogs and give the
web site address and any other contact info you have. We're way behind
on this, but will try to put a link on our web site so people can go to
yours and learn how  to save these animals.
I'm looking forward to talking to you.
Gary Lillie
Delta Company, MCB 3  (Seabee)
Chu Lai '66
On Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 8:12 AM, Deborah Kandoll
<> wrote:

       Hi Gary!
       My name is Debbie Kandoll, and I am the "People" at
<> !
       I would be DELIGHTED to be interviewed on your radio show! I
have an absolute passion for getting the message out
       regarding the Adoption Process for retiring MWDs! MWDs and their
handlers are UNSUNG HEROES and have always been so in the scheme of our
nation's defense. The major difference is that the handlers get a
retirement...and many MWDs are not as fortunate.
       The messages I wish to impart are 1) There are dogs available
for adoption   and  2) To successfully LOCATE and ADOPT these available
animals before their time is up...the place to BEGIN the process is NOT is the LOCAL MWD Facility.
       As I chronicle in "Benny's Story" (Interesting Links), my MWD
was available for adoption, but he wasn't listed in the Lackland data
       base even though he had been declared excess in Oct 2007! The 29
Nov 2007 in his medical record read "Schedule for euthansia and necropsy
in Dec 2007 or Jan 2008" ! My Benny B163 would have been euthanized had
I not called over 20 facilities trying to locate retiring MWDs to adopt.
The only reason I knew how to go about locating and calling all the MWD
Facilities is because my husband, Mike, is Security Forces (USAFR).
       I began thinking if the process was so tricky for a dependent
who had inside military must be IMPOSSIBLE for those
who have NO FAMILIARITY with the military system or adoption process!
Thus, the Website: Military Working Dog Adoptions was born! I cannot
serve in Iraq...even though my husband did..but I deeply wanted TO GIVE
BACK and TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of the special dogs! We owe
them a debt of gratitude! "Support Our Troops" includes K-9's, too!
       My direct email is and our home phone is
919-429-3480. Please let me know if the interview is a confirmed
thing...and maybe you could give me an idea of what INFO you would like!
       On behalf of all the retiring MWDs, present and future,I humbly
THANK YOU for helping to GET THE WORD OUT!
       God Bless You!
       Debbie Kandoll and MWD(ret.)Benny B163
       ----- Original Message -----
       From: "Gary Lillie" <>
       Sent: Thursday, March 6, 2008 9:54:45 PM (GMT-0500)
       Subject: Radio interview for military dog adoption

       To the people at the Adoption program for retired military dogs:
       My name is Gary Lillie and I am a member of Veterans Radio <>
       Are you willing to be interviewed for about five minutes on our
     and if so, can you do it this Saturday at 9:00 AM Eastern?
       I am including your web site for the benefit of my partners in
the show.
       Gary Lillie
       Chu Lai '66

WELCOME TO U.S. MILITARY BRANCHES WEBSITE!  I've seen, since 1999, when I first encountered the internet, masses and masses of groups and websites alike, dealing with ONE branch of our Military, and/or one clique of our military personnel or family.  ie...marine moms, navy moms, etc.  I've tried, in my many years, to deal with "military moms" or 'Veterans' or "military families", trying to hit the needs of everyone.  Let's face it, let the military high-ups fight the fights for which service is 'the best of the best', it holds no meaning to us when we have sons, daughters, husbands, wives, family members and friends, neighbors and loved ones fighting, facing death every day either in OIF or OEF.  We only want them to return home safe and sound and WHOLE in body and mind.  We don't really care which BRANCH they are serving in, nor which war.  We'd rather there were NO WAR threatening America and our Military.
In that end, we search for information, for sharing our concerns, our experiences, our happy times as well as our hugest pains and sorrows.
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