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:


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 

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19 Responses to Veterans & War Heroes

  1. Karen says:

    Deb so agree with all you say – I sat through the evening news listening to things and just thought this president is such a joke – I can not tolerate him – my grandson joined the army after graduation in June and to think this is the president he will be serving under is dismaying. I have always like John McCain and loved how he could work “across the isle” and defending Obama when he was running against him in that news clip that has been shown more than once since yesterday.

  2. Deb says:

    I agree with you completely. I was in car line and noticed my kids school flag at half staff…and was on the phone with my Mom and she mentioned the disgrace that the white house flag was not! I put something on FB. Surprisingly some ‘trump supporters’ I know actually liked my post! Lets just hope that people vote in November….and common sense returns.

  3. Margie Miller says:

    Deb, I agree completely. The only change I would make to your post is to change that sentence to read “he did NOT consider McCain a hero because he was captured.” This from a man with five deferments during that war. I have never had any use for Trump the predator, but when he said that, he lost me altogether!

  4. This entire presidency makes me sick at my stomach. Everyday something disgusting and disheartening.

  5. Joyce says:

    I wasn’t paying much attention to Trump until the moment he made that “I like people who weren’t captured” comment. It made me sick. I was in college during the Vietnam war. I witnessed some slick ways the draft was avoided, often through a questionable deferment. I knew several young men who died in service to our country. Anyone who disparages the military in any way will never have my respect. What have we come to that the worst offender I know is the president of the United States? Debra, word for word, I applaud your post. Don’t ever be cowed into avoiding a topic like this when our entire sense of decency is at stake. I think the welcome to eternity received by Senator McCain will be a far different one from the “offender-in-chief.” “Welcome to paradise, John, my good and faithful servant!”

  6. Dorothy M says:

    Thank you for speaking out about this petty and
    vindictive man in the White House. McCain
    served his country so well and honorably —
    something that Trump is not capable of doing.
    The Senator loved this country — the President only
    loves himself.

  7. jan says:

    Thank you for speaking up! I have had to give up watching the news because I can’t bear to hear his name or his voice speaking lie after lie and crowing about how wonderful he thinks he is. His disrespect for John McCain is most likely because #45 knows he could never measure up as he is the Coward in Chief. He and his whole family are so abhorrent to me that I can hardly stand it. I encourage everyone who feels the same to be sure to vote in November so that we can hopefully end his reign of terror. This country deserves so much better than he could ever be.

  8. chris k in wisconsin says:

    Amen to you and your readers, Deb. There are no words left to describe this fake president. (I will never ever give him a capital letter in that title.) He is a waste of skin. I can’t watch the news, but it still seeps in, doesn’t it. McCain loved his country and had a party affiliation. But country is what he truly loved and served. The orange clown has no concept of country or history whatsoever. Beyond SAD.

  9. I have cried a few times over the past days hearing McCain in a speech or Lindsey Graham just giving a very emotional speech. On Twitter I said that in the dictionary, they should have John McCain’s photo next to the word “patriot.”

  10. I think this has been a sad but enlightening week as we watch people from different sides of the aisle step up and give sincere testament to a man who was definitely not perfect but made an effort to work on behalf of the average person. Senator McCain was a honorary resident of NH, and his passing has been felt by all up here. May he be at peace, and may the WA politicians take note of his play book and move on in a healthy way for all of us.

  11. Eileen Wise says:

    Hello, Deb! I agree with you 100% , Trump is the worst president ever. Senator McCain will always be a hero to me. I heard he wanted a message passed on the Trump is not allowed at his funeral. Pres. Bush & Obama will be speaking. I would like to see his wife take his place as Senator until 2020, but I am not sure what the Arizona Governor will do. My wish everyday is to see Trump impeached or resign.

  12. Ann says:

    Thank you for posting. John McCain was an exemplar of service to our country. I hope to live to see the day Congress follows his example of working together for the improvement of the world rather than lining their own pockets and pushing agendas that kill people.

  13. I agree, Respect is important.
    On I lighter note perhaps you wish you were more like Australia? Some people didn’t like our Aussie Prime Minister last week, they had a little internal vote, that didn’t work out quite how some wanted it, they forced another vote and whoosh he was gone. Not that many Australians are impressed with how it was all handled… and me I’m thinking at some point I hope I don’t get asked the dementia test of who is the PM and what day of the week is it? Because in all our political shenanigans of last week I’d fail!
    Anyway sending you some Thai warmth to brighten your day
    Wren x

  14. Well said, dear Deb. A dose of kindness, humility and good manners would not hurt that man.

  15. Margie Miller says:

    What happened to you, Deb? You haven’t posted since August!

  16. val says:

    Stopping in to let ya know I’m thinking of ya and miss your blog. :) :)

  17. Just dropping by to say hello and hope everything’s off to a great start in 2019 for you and yours!

  18. Margie Miller says:

    I wonder what happened to Deb?

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