“Yet one more challenge for military families to face. I wouldn't have as much of a problem with this if Congress would have addressed the expenditure problem at the same time they decided to declare two wars. We knew that the wars would be expensive and that those expenses would not be limited to the actual war machine but to personnel costs. Congress did nothing. And rather than make difficult, large impact choices, like getting rid of weapons system and equipment that the Pentagon itself has asked Congress to stop funding, they come after our earned benefits. And yes, as a spouse, I do say we. I've not had the benefit of Joining Forces or other programs to help me get a decent job for the past 24 years. In fact, my husband and I made a decision that I would stay home rather than work because the type of work I could get with these multiple moves (4 in the last three years) wouldn't pay for someone else to do the work I manage at home. But we made that decision knowing his retiree pay would help make up the lack of money I am able to put into a 401K. Military service is a family job whether Congress takes that into consideration or not.”
“Please help more commanders understand what today's service members are up against. The film, The Invisible War, gives an honest account of rape in today's military. This petition encourages the Obama Administration to show the film to all potential commanders as well as all personnel who train incoming recruits, https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/halt-sexual-predators-our-armed-forces/L7KVXd17http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/21/luis-walker-air-force-sta_n_1691690.html#”
dadrev on Jul 22, 2012 at 00:33:29
“they all have seen it, there are classes given all the time to help keep the leaders focus, but in every basket of apples, you are still going to have a bad apple every now and then.”
blizzard man robot voice on Jul 22, 2012 at 00:18:51
“The Invisible War is a decent documentary that will hopefully promote military commands to be more proactive in investigating sexual assault allegations. There are very good counseling programs in our armed forces to help sexual assault victims overcome their attacks. The problem with sexual assault accusations in the military is that some commanding officers have halted the investigations in order to avoid bad marks on their reviews. It's selfish of them to do so but sexual assault investigations are typically halted because of the commanding officer's refusal to move forward with them.”
“I have bad news. If soldiers want to listen to Rush Limbaugh, that is their choice. If our servicemen want to listen to Rock, Metal, Gospel, News, what ever...it is there choice. We can turn radio stations on and off. I know some active duty guys that still maintain ties to racist organizations. I know some active duty guys that maintain links back to their gangs in LA. The first question you have to ask yourself when reading the Huffington Post is, "What did they leave out?"”
CousinMose on Mar 7, 2012 at 09:23:51
“I agree with Daniel. I hate Rush as much as the next guy but this problem existed well before Rush Limbaugh and will exist well after.”
HKR07 on Mar 7, 2012 at 09:16:59
“True. The good old boy mentality and neanderthal sexism by older brass is unfortunately encouraged in younger men, even when they may have known better. Get rid of the old effs and it will help. Ageism may be wrong, but rape is much worse.”
We have a long way to go in the US. My military family has lived in many places but our time spent in the South was some of the hardest. We met some of the most wonderful people and the most limited perceptions at the same time. It is difficult to balance the two.
I hope your writing finds its way into the heart and minds of fellow Alabamans.”
Scottie Thomaston on Dec 13, 2011 at 16:21:02
“Thanks so much! And yeah, the south can be really horrible at times. As bad as it is for LGBTs, I actually see more outward expressions of hatred aimed at racial minorities. It's staggering how little progress we've made down here.”
“Call me idealistic but my vote if for McAdams as well. I started to look at Murkowski's voting record and I'm not happy - she and Miller would vote the same way almost every single time even though she would claim to be a moderate. I prefer to vote FOR someone rather than AGAINST someone else.
I've spent my life moving around because of the military men in my life. I believe in public service. I believe that government can work well for the people. But it can only do so when we vote for the people who can do the job well. I don't want Murkowski anymore. She lost me with the EPA mess. Give me McAdams! He wants to make government work for the people!”
“I am tired of the double standard... when Democrats vote against anything that Republicans want, they are considered unpatriotic. This year's congressional Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites. Of course, there are a few Dems I'm not happy with as well. Give me more progressives in Congress so we can start getting some real work accomplished.”
Gunny G on Sep 30, 2010 at 14:58:28
“More work accomplished? You mean like more handouts to people like you who don't feel like working? A 93% DEBT to GDP ratio is not enough for you?
I suggest you start getting your news elsewhere, this nation is on the brink of economic collapse, thanks to the Dems, who have been running the Congress and the Senate since JANUARY 2007!”
Linda Westbrook Holland on Sep 26, 2010 at 01:14:10
“Excuse me, but of what double standard are you speaking?? For the entire period of the campaign of Barack Obama and weeeellll into his presidency the mainstream media have fawned over every idea or initiative voice by liberal legislators and congressmen and women. Then Senator, now President Obama could do NO wrong and to voice concern over ANYTHING in his history or proposed by his campaign or administration was as an apostasy.
Yet, as soon as the tide turns a mite, and there is some support shown in the media for the views and actions of conservative leaning constituents or government leaders, suddenly there is a double standard?? Might you be the one with the double standard? Just maybe?”
David Thomas 4 on Sep 25, 2010 at 13:14:18
“Hypocrits all. Angie, once again you hit the head of that nail. Thanks.”
"I did not find that one funny. I did not find it funny because I was only thinking of one thing last night. Actually, I was thinking of a few thousand things last night--the 4,416 brothers and sisters of mine who died fighting in the streets and sands of Iraq. And I was thinking about the 31,902 who had been wounded there. And I thought about how sad it was that with 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq for another year, we have yet to see the last American die there."
I think too many Americans forget what they are asking for when they want to continue these wars. They have no family in the military and don't fear to hear the news at night because they won't hear that a bomb has struck the area where their loved one is deployed.”