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Episode-2772- The Veterans Day Show for 11-11-20

Veteran’s Day landed after the workshop which made for an easy day of content for me today. So it is time yet again for our special Veteran’s Day edition of The Survival Podcast. I have also removed any time based Continue reading →

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TheBlaze thanks our veterans on this and every day

In spite of some fairly serious challenges that we now face, we live in a great country that is going through some exciting times. We have freedom to live as we choose (within reason). We enjoy the fruits of tremendous technological advancements that have made human life better and less filled with physical misery. We have peace and prosperity and don’t live under the thumb of an oppressive dictator.

And we are aware that all of that is due, in large part, to the men and women who have served in the armed forces and helped to keep this country safe from external threats. They have helped to keep this country free not only because no one would dare to invade a country possessed of our military, but also because the strength of our armed forces allows us to feel secure in a more deliberative form of government than we might otherwise have if we were not safe from external threat.

Those who serve in the military, particularly in times of war, make the ultimate sacrifice and what the Bible calls the ultimate act of love: They put themselves in harm’s way so that others don’t have to. Most of the people they fight to defend are total strangers and many of them are ungrateful for the sacrifice of the military, but they do it anyway. They are the best of us, and for that they deserve our sincere and solemn gratitude.

Thank you, veterans. For all you’ve done.

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‘I sought help when I needed it’: Top U.S. general delivers personal message on suicide awareness

One of the most powerful men in the United States Armed Forces revealed part of his own personal story in a message this week addressing suicide among America’s men and women in uniform.

What are the details?

Air Force general and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Hyten delivered a statement shared by The Joint Staff on Twitter Tuesday directed toward “service members and leaders on the importance of seeking help and being there for your people.”

The decorated general — who previously served as commander of Air Force Space Command — explained that armed forces leadership is working “relentlessly to better connect” with servicemembers’ loved ones and resources to prevent suicide among military personnel.

“To do this, we need to start with our chain of command,” Hyten said, acknowledging, “I sought help when I needed it.”

He explained, “When I was commander of U.S. Strategic Command, I felt like I needed to get some help. I felt like I needed to talk to somebody. So, I got an appointment with a psychiatrist, and I was kindly offered an anonymous, backdoor entry and I rejected it.”

“If I’d had the flu, I’d walk through the front door to see the doctor,” he continued. “This was no different.”

Hyten added, “Our mental and physical health are equally as important and they’re the same thing. I got the help I needed and I’m stronger for it. So don’t hesitate to get professional help. There are no negative consequences to your career, and only positive results for you personally. For your family, and your friends.”

His message was shared by Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Daniel Hokanson, who tweeted, “If Gen. John Hyten, vice chair of the Joint Chiefs, can have the courage to reach out for help, when he felt he needed it, without fear of consequences, then so can the rest of us.”

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and Thursday is Suicide Awareness Day. Both come amid continued shutdowns spurred by COVID-19, which have exacerbated mental strains and suicidal thoughts —
particularly among America’s young adults.

But suicide rates among veterans has been a concern long before the coronavirus emerged. Nearly a year ago, the Military Times reported that “In the last four years, the official government estimate on the number of veterans who die by suicide has gone from 22 a day to 17 a day in the latest Veterans Affairs report.”

The outlet noted, “Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than Americans who never served in the military. For female veterans, the risk factor is 2.2 times more likely.”

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‘Simply false’: John Bolton comes to President Trump’s defense over allegations in the Atlantic that the president disparaged fallen troops

Former national security adviser John Bolton is coming to President Donald Trump’s defense over allegations that he disparaged fallen American soldiers.

What’s the background?

Left-leaning magazine the Atlantic triggered a tsunami of controversy for the president last week after publishing a story claiming Trump referred to fallen American soldiers as “losers” and “suckers.” The Atlantic’s story was based on four anonymous sources.

“The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic,” the outlet reported.

The allegations center on a canceled visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery — located in Belleau in the north of France — in 2018. Belleau Wood is the location of a famous World War I battle in which American troops stopped German soldiers from advancing on Paris.

According to the Atlantic, Trump blamed the canceled visit on bad whether and the Secret Service not wanting to take a motorcade to the remote area. The magazine alleged that “neither claim was true.”

What did Bolton say?

Speaking on Fox News Monday, Bolton — who was with the president on the trip in question — said the claims about Trump as presented in the Atlantic are “simply false.”

“I don’t know who told the author that, but that was false,” Bolton said.

In fact, Bolton explained, “The main issue was whether or not weather conditions permitted the president to go out to the cemetery.” Bolton’s recollection of the facts was consistent with how he told the story in his book.

In response to Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin — who reported that she confirmed the Atlantic’s reporting — Bolton said Griffin’s reporting was incorrect, but said Trump routinely disparages others.

“The president has a habit of disparaging people. He ends up denigrating almost everybody that he comes in contact with whose last name is not Trump,” Bolton said.


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Last week, in an interview with the New York Times, Bolton reiterated that the Atlantic’s reporting was not true — but alleged that Trump could have made disparaging remarks about American troops when he was not present.

“I didn’t hear that,” Bolton said of the Belleau Wood allegation. “I’m not saying he didn’t say them later in the day or another time, but I was there for that discussion.”

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Armed veterans stand guard at memorial against ‘violent thugs’ who might try to destroy it

In the wake of protesters topping statues and vandalizing monuments across the nation, a group of veterans decided to take matters into their own hands upon hearing rumblings that the same fate might be awaiting the Wilson County Veterans Memorial in Lebanon, Tennessee.

In short, the vets picked up their rifles and began standing guard, WKRN-TV reported.


Image source: WKRN-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

Keith Sikora started his watch a week ago and told the station “a show of force can be a very powerful deterrent” but that he and his fellow veterans won’t “fight unless we have to.”


Image source: WKRN-TV video screenshot

Veteran Joe Hester added to WKRN that he isn’t standing guard “to promote violence, I’m not here against any race whatsoever. I’m for all good people and all good things in this country and preserving them.”


Image source: WKRN-TV video screenshot

Sikora and Hester served in the United States Marine Corps and told the station the memorial is special to them.


Image source: WKRN-TV video screenshot

“It’s a big target because who else gave more for this country than the ones who gave their life?” Sikora asked WKRN. “And if you’re on the other side, and you hate this country — the way they’re portraying the way they hate it — this is the best target to hit.”


Image source: WKRN-TV video screenshot

‘Violent thugs’

Hester told the station he’s seen “violent thugs” in certain cities — “all in the name of being against racism” — have been “attacking innocent people, burning down cities, destroying communities and intimidating innocent people” and it’s “angered me so much that I’m tired of sitting back and talking about it.”


Image source: WKRN-TV video screenshot

“I went and served this country for the country and everybody in it,” Sikora added to WKRN. “My Marines and I, we’re not black, we’re not white, Mexican, or Chinese. We all call each other green. … That’s how we were trained, that’s how we think, that’s the way we are now. We don’t stand against any particular race; we stand for them, all of them, unified, and equally. We stand behind the Constitution that all men are created equal, and we will fight and die for that.”


Image source: WKRN-TV video screenshot

The station reported that as night fell Saturday, about a dozen armed individuals were standing watch at the memorial and said they hoped their presence would send a message.

Sikora told WKRN that protesters “aren’t coming here with just words. They are people who are trying to tear down this country. That’s what I stand against.”

The armed vets noted to the station that they intend to keep standing guard at the memorial until they know it’s safe. Lebanon is about 25 miles east of downtown Nashville.

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Episode-2599- Kurt Dugger on Paraglider Adventures and the Dark Horse Lodge

Kurt Dugger is a Former Infantry Marine turned paramotor pilot who decided to fly across the state of Tn to raise awareness and funds for The Darkhorse Lodge near Paris Tn.  Gretchen and Kirk Catherwood decided to start a retreat Continue reading →

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