War Angel, by Sean Dietrich

“I know what I saw,” said William. Mister William was old when I interviewed him years ago. Ancient, actually. Mid-nineties. Bent and pale. A television was playing in the background of his nursing home apartment. Old people like to have televisions playing in the background. It’s like having company. “It was World War II,” William …

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Veteran’s Last Patrol

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, Veteran’s Last Patrol, a non-profit supporting veterans in hospice care, was founded just a few years ago by Claude Schmid, a retired Army Colonel, and is now a national organization with active volunteers in 27 states. VLP offers honor ceremonies and emergency assistance, plus promotes new friendships by encouraging visits between …

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Land of the Free or Home of the Surveilled: How We’ve Traded Our Liberty for False Security

Much of the abuse of power currently exercised by certain branches of law enforcement (i.e. the FBI) was made possible by legislation and the expansion of powers granted immediately following the tragic events of 9/11. It was not a time when socialism seemed to be the prevailing ideology of our governing officials. The executive and …

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Off The Battlefield: Leave No Soldier Behind

members of the AFF veterans shooting team and family on the range

“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.” -Dan Lipinski The wind whistles around her blonde hair as she sights in on her target. Tuning out the laughing chatter from the next stage, her …

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Veterans, It’s Time to Keep Your Oath

Veterans, It’s Time to Keep Your Oath. America Needs Its Veteran Population to Stand Up Now More Than Ever America is in danger. If the economic devastation and cultural decay over the decades is not enough, their acceleration under the Biden administration should concern all who value liberty. Add to this a dedicated plan to destroy …

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Ask Google and a Veteran the Importance of June 6, You’ll Get Two Radically Different Answers

One doesn’t have to be a history buff to understand the significance of June 6, the anniversary of the Allied liberation of Europe in 1944. The D-Day landings in Normandy, France, amounted to the largest amphibious assault ever executed in military history. It marked the start of the two-month-long Battle of Normandy and the eventual liberation …

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The Military Grace Notes of Winnie-The-Pooh

Winnie-The-Pooh was not written to explain shell shock to a son. (Photo by Ethan Imaap)

So, where did this Pooh-as-PTSD narrative begin? Apparently, a group of Canadian doctors, led by Sarah E. Shea, a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric behavioral medicine, wrote a paper in the Dec. 12, 2000 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal entitled “Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: a neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne.” The intent was to poke fun at her profession and to call attention to the ease by which psychologists labeled people, especially children, and then reflexively prescribed medication or a cocktail of medicines.