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Entries for December 2009
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Year-End Charitable Giving
If you're one of those people scrambling to make your year-end charitable donations to make sure you get the corresponding tax deduction, be sure to read our expose of veterans charities that miss the mark, including
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Volunteered for Vietnam and Proud of it!
I come from a large, traditional Catholic family. My parents worked hard to support me and my other brothers and sisters. We weren't abused. We
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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
The Eckardts write: We, the Eckardt family, wish all of our soldiers overseas a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays :D We hope you all find
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Best Wishes From Been There Done That
Ben writes: Know what it's like being in the big ashtray of the world. Millions of miles from everything you know and love. Keep your head low and
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Thank you to you and your family
Dearest Soldier, Thank you so much for putting our your uniform to defend us everyday. Your courage to serve us is beyond words. Thank you never
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Tracking Santa 2009 just got easier.
NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, who has for more than fifty years helped children around the world track Santa on his Christmas Eve flight around the world, has added even more ways to stay current on Santa's whereabouts this year. You can follow Santa on
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Soldier's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see
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From a grateful nation, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Please know that you are in our prayers. We know you are sacrificing so
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Non-US Citizen Veterans
So, according to this ACT, what are non US citizen Veterans to do? Are non-US citizen servicemen or women free to do as they wish? Stand at attention only,
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Can't Find Sears Heroes at Home
A reader writes: UMMMM what? So i have seen Sears Heroes at Home on a commercial tonight (12/19/09) and the first thing i did was try to find it.
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Disrespect in the Military
Anonymous writes: If you question the authority of our President, Barak Obama, as your Commander in Chief then please take off the uniform of my
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Beth writes: At my age you tend to appreciate things more. But all my life I have loved and appreciated what you guys do for us. My father was a
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Chessani Not Guilty - Murtha Hospitalized
Just heard that Murtha was hospitalized Sunday night with abdominal pains from a gall bladder issue, according to his spokesman. Guess he was really
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Chessani Not Guilty of Misconduct
Marine LtCol Jeffrey Chessani, the most senior of the "Haditha Marines" to face charges stemming from the house-to-house combat in Iraq four years ago, was found not guilty of misconduct late Friday afternoon by a Board of Inquiry after just three hours of deliberation. The Board's decision means
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Should I Rent or Buy a Home?
Because of frequent moves, military families have special considerations when deciding whether to rent or buy a home in a particular duty station. Among the things you should consider are
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LtCol Chessani Board of Inquiry Wraps Up
The Board of Inquiry for LtCol Jeffrey Chessani, the most senior of the "Haditha Marines" to face charges as a result of combat action four years ago, wrapped up today with the testimony of
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Wreath-Laying Ceremonies Friday and Saturday
The World's Longest Christmas Parade reaches Washington, DC, on Friday, where Wreaths Across America will hold a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Pentagon Memorial honoring the victims of 9/11. On Saturday morning, Wreaths Across America and volunteers will place more than 25,000 Christmas wreaths to decorate graves of America's veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. If you'd like to join them to help place the wreaths, be at Arlington before 8:00 a.m. The wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns will take place Saturday at noon, as will ceremonies at state and national veterans cemeteries across the country. This is the 18th year for
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World's Longest Veterans Parade
The world's longest veterans parade, the escort of Christmas wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery, will begin on Sunday, December 6, 2009. More than 150,000 donated Christmas wreaths will begin their journey from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington and more
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Sarah Palin at Fort Hood Tonight
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will sign copies of her memoir, Going Rogue, from 7 to 10 tonight (Friday, December 4) for members of the military and their families at Fort Hood. Base officials recommend people arrive early at the Clear Creek PX. The book-signing is open only to people showing military ID cards. The former Alaska governor wrote on her Facebook page that she will donate her royalties from the book sales during the stop at Fort Hood to the families and the victims of the Nov. 5 mass shooting on post that left 13 dead and dozens injured. As a Blue Star mother with a son serving in the military, Palin understands the concerns of military families, and has been a staunch supporter of our military. We like this woman, and we look forward to more good things from her.
Protect Your Family from Census Scams
As we prepare for the 2010 Census, learn what to expect so you can protect your family against census scams. Legitimate Census workers will not ask you
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no word about sears heroes at home
First, I would like to thank Sears for this program. I think it is wonderful. I participated last year and was able to use it for much needed items. But
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'Tis the Season for Charitable Giving
This is a caution we unfortunately have to repeat every year about this time. As we approach the Christmas holiday season, you will no doubt receive increasing solicitations from all sorts of charities asking for your help, especially in the current economic climate. According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, U.S. military members, postal workers, and other federal employees are among the most generous givers in the U.S. That makes us even more proud of you. Not only do you give so much in your service to our nation, for which you receive paltry pay, you also give up some of that pay to help others not as fortunate. We want to remind you, however, that all charities are not created equal. Just because some charities use the name(s) of high-ranking retired officer(s), does not mean they use the donated funds in the ways you want them used (for providing services to the causes they support). So we're reminding you, before you make ANY charitable donations,
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we are proud of you
i want to wish all our troops happy holidays. and tell them we are very proud of them. it's hard to be away from your families this time of year. i know because my
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Final Reminder - Christmas Wreaths at Arlington
Just a final reminder that today is the deadline for you to sponsor Christmas wreaths for Arlington National Cemetery, or any of the 400 other state and national cemeteries. Click on the link below for details, and be sure to put our sponsor code on your order form, so that for every two wreaths that are purchased, a third will be added. Be a part of this breathtaking tribute to our
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