The word HERO triggered energy within myself, and that is why I am responding. I spent one and a half deployments in Iraq, so I have heard and Experienced the word hero heard thousands of times personally. Before, during and shortly after my first deployment I felt immense proud and gratitude to those who said it and from within. read more »

POW/MIA Missing Man Ceremony

There’s a table in the front
Raised so that it draws attention
Reserved for all those missing
Still not found or in detention.

Set for six of those missing
One each, for branches Serving
One place for lost Civilians
Whom, are felt just as deserving.

The table is shaped in the round
For the everlasting concern
As all of us, hope and pray read more »


Those drums are beating once again
As we try to force our will, once more
Has our government come to the point
Thinking, all can be, resolved by war?

Maybe with some more negotiations
And the “resolve”, Bush speaks about
Instead of,jumping the gun (no pun)
The war in Iraq, we could be, without!

Seems all they know is, threaten read more »

They Won't Be Home For Christmas

Another year, American Heroes
Are fighting in a foreign land
And there is still, no end in sight
A part of life they hadn't planned.

They do their duty without question
And they all stand proud and tall
They are placed there in harm's way
As they answer, our Country's call.

They'll get by the best they can
And improvise ingenious ways read more »

The following written last year but sadly, still applies.
Maybe, next year?


The holidays are upon us
And Christmas is drawing near
But for far too many Families
There won't be a "Happy New Year".

Their loved ones are off at War
In some far-off foreign land
Some of them are gone forever
Not at all, what they had planned. read more »

A National Moment of Remembrance

That poem about where “poppies blow”
And, “the crosses, row on row”
Still rings true, these ninety years
After written, still brings tears.

We still have Dead, “amid the guns”
And lose our young and our loved ones
Those who lived, “short days ago”
Who, “felt dawn, saw sunset glow”.

In Flanders Fields, “the poppy red” read more »

(The third Friday of September)

As time goes on remains are found
And another finds his way back home
After years spent lost on foreign shores
Feeling forgotten and left all alone.

But they will never be forgotten
By the Country they went off to serve
We will search until all are returned
To loved ones, the least they all deserve. read more »

This past week I had the honor of helping to set up "The Wall That Heals", a half-sized, traveling replica of "The Wall" in Washington, at the VFW in Dickson, TN. This year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the dedication of "The Wall".


They are listed in the order
Of the way our Heroes fell
Behind each name many stories
That, they never got to tell. read more »


What part don't you understand
When the People say, "We're tired!"?
When our Troops and their Families
Say, they are no longer inspired?

"Stay the course.", "They'll follow us."
Just doesn't ring true, anymore
To, "Take the fight to the terrorists!"
Is not really why, we went to War.

In fact, we've made more enemies
They just don't want us on their soil read more »

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