Veterans to Trump: “You Lose!”

Donald Trump and I were both eligible for the military draft in 1969 during the Vietnam War. I went in while Trump got a slew of deferments. After two years in the Army, I returned to a normal life until 2010 when I got fed up seeing too many veterans suffering from wounds, both physicalContinue reading “Veterans to Trump: “You Lose!””

Monday’s Path on Memorial Day

No matter the location, memories on the day to remember those who died in battle, ring true for me, everyday. Faces of those I knew 48 years ago during the Vietnam War remain young and fresh, unaware of what was to come next. Cpl.Robert Bruce Tufts who grew up a few miles from me hasContinue reading “Monday’s Path on Memorial Day”

Veterans Day for the Quiet Generation

My brother and I are veterans dwarfed in the shadow of our father who stood tall at a time when good and evil were clearly defined. He was the navigator on 37 bombing missions during WWII, over half as the squadron lead. Discharged as a First Lieutenant, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for hisContinue reading “Veterans Day for the Quiet Generation”

Cost of War Video

Here is the link,url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MjLYZ_o994 , to the video of the “maiden voyage” of the National Dialogue on the Cost of War. Specifically, on November 1, 2013 in San Francisco there was an hour discussion with three combat vets about their perspectives on combat, from death in battle to life at home. Watch and judgeContinue reading “Cost of War Video”

National Dialogue on Cost of Combat

Over one hundred people gathered at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club today to listen to three combat vets describe their battle experiences and the challenges they faced after coming home. With Congresswoman Jackie Speier, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, as the moderator, the one-hour talk drew an enthusiastic response from the audience.Continue reading “National Dialogue on Cost of Combat”

Surveillance, Past and Present

I was surprised by the ink given the death of Lou Reed. I was more surprised by the revelation that the President was not aware that the U.S. National Security Agency has been listening to the conversations of world leaders. So, either the President is not in complete control, or he’s shorting the truth. ThisContinue reading “Surveillance, Past and Present”