Veterans & War Heroes

My son is a vet and served in the Iraq War. Every day I worried that he would be killed and many on his team were. My grandson is named after one of them.

I am not sure how I’d hold up if I found out that he was captured and held and undergoing torture.  I knew that John McCain had been tortured but not until his death did I read the full story of what that man went through.

It is NOT an easy read but if you have not read it before and can bear it : John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account.

Of course we all know that John went on to serve his country as a Senator but this post is about him as a Vet.

I was dismayed when Trump said that McCain was a hero because he was captured….but Trump liked people that were not captured. He’d never served, yet he said that while campaigning.  He was disparaging every POW in that blase statement.

Trump and McCain have had their differences since then.

I can understand why McCain might not have wished that Trump attend his funeral and that Trump may have not wished to, either.

But as the sitting President of the United States of America, to display the petty vindictiveness since McCain’s death is abhorrent.

To ignore the crafted statement of your staff and simply tweet a two-line ‘thoughts and prayers’ kind of thing was one thing. ( and obviously they didn’t want to be associated with that and leaked the story that they HAD created such a statement )

But just when I thought he couldn’t reach another low, I woke up to the news that the flag was back at full staff.

Along with many other rebukes, later in the day the American Legion weighed in.

“On behalf of the American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed throughout his internment,” Denise Rohan, the national commander of the American Legion, said in a statement.

And then this quote from a longer statement by AMVETS:

Amen.

The fact that a sitting president should have to be rebuked in such a manner is just amazing. Every day it is a new low. Thankfully his staff sent him to ‘time-out’ in a corner, released a statement that they wrote, and lowered the flag again after these VETS weighed in.

Last week I thought that I saw ‘history-in-the-making” ( Manofort guilty, Cohen plea, people granted immunity etc. )   This was sadly even worse.

I know that some people feel that blogs should ignore this sort of stuff but it is hard to.  I see history happening and it is worth recording.  As Trump often says ” SAD”

You might also be interested in : VETERANS DAY : Honoring Brent Adams who my Grandson was Named After 

Back to School

Two years ago I had a fun idea and arranged this photo shoot with my middle son, DIL and her three kids. It is still a Facebook classic, lol. They have so many friends between the two of them that they re-run it every year for laughs :) And we did win a local newspaper contest with it, though it didn’t make any of us rich :)

I have five grands, and the other two are in a different school district. THEIR back to school date has been pushed back to Sept. 4th, due to renovations at the high school.

Today the DIL captured that with her three looking sad in the middle and the other two that were still ‘free’ on the right and left of them.

So I saw three of them off on the bus and the other two and I walked dogs for awhile. It was a fine crisp and chilly morning too! I woke up at 5:30 to 55 degrees! What a nice break. That’s my kind of weather.

My youngest son is doing well ( thank you for all of the support ) getting back to work, staying clean, visiting his dog here and taking him for walks, looking for a new job and said that he’s laughed and cried more in the last few weeks than in years…..letting his true emotions through and being comfortable and even happy with them!  I think he may be staying on the recovery road. He’s attending N/A meetings when he can/ has a sponsor, etc.

Life’s not without its constant pushbacks though. His car broke down today and he thinks it is the transmission and with a new job starting on Monday he was in despair.  A friend can loan him an old car if he can buy a battery for it…everyone is pulling together :)

That’s it for now / just a quick blog update. I wish I had more time to visit around but I’ll catch up eventually :) Please have patience with me :)