Thursday, June 26, 2008

Book Review: I Will Not Be Broken by Jerry White


Just finished reading I Will Not Be Broken by Jerry White and this is an amazingly uplifting and hope-filled book.

In 1984, Jerry White lost his leg in a landmine accident while on vacation in Israel. He later became a co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network, which has recently changed it's name and broadened it's mission to become Survivor Corps

The book is a compilation of Jerry's own experiences and the lessons learned in surviving by many other people he's met, and it's subtitled "5 Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis".

The book breaks down the keys to surviving and Thriving during that survival, into the 5 steps,which you can find listed on the website for the book, and for me, that was part of why I felt the book would be such an invaluable tool for anyone recovering from a cataclysmic loss in their life. Because of my volunteer work with Soldiers Angels , I was particularly thinking of wounded soldiers while I was reading this book.

Many wounded soldiers refer to the day they almost lost their life in combat as their "Alive Day", and although Jerry doesn't use that term in his book, I found this sentence on page 7 that seems to epitomize what "Alive Day" means...." I want to encourage all of us to honor our toughest dates - the tragedies that bind us - in an effort to transform victimhood into survivorship."

The book does a wonderful job, in my opinion, of giving practical advice for How to "transform victimhood into survivorship",and is also filled with the stories of How so many Other survivors of tragedies have done exactly that.

It's an easy read, and I would recommend it highly to anyone who is currently facing a life-altering tragedy in their life, or the life of someone close to them.

MoveAmericaForward Telethon today!


The MoveAmericaForward Telethon is happening right now, from 4 pm to midnight EST (1 pm to 9 pm Pacific time)

You can check out the livestream of the telethon "From the Frontlines" here

and on the MoveAmericaForward website they have a widget with a running total of donations Here

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wednesday Hero

This Weeks Hero Was Suggested by Mary Ann

Staff Sgt. Jude Voss
Staff Sgt. Jude Voss
1st Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne)

U.S. Army

His courage illustrates a combat truth to these veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam: Soldiers aren¢t thinking about glory or ideals in the midst of a battle. They fight for the men to the left and right of them.

And that's just what SSgt. Jude Voss did in September of 2006 when, without consideration to his safety, SSgt. Voss ran through enemy fire and the burning, smoking debris of a truck to rescue Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube. Sgt. Stube was in a bad way. Uniform burning and legs busted, but because of the actions of SSgt. Voss he is alive today.

Because of his actions that day, SSgt. Voss was nominated for and received the Silver Star Medal for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action. "I did what everybody out there would do" Voss said. "I was just the closest guy."

You can read SSgt. Voss's story here.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams. Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Huskers, The 2008 Milblog Conference, and Letters from Home Needed

Here's an event you might want to check out, if you're a military Husker fan

Husker Fans Salute to the Troops
JP at has UPDATES on the 2008 Milblog Conference

( which I won't be able to attend this year, sigh....but if you have a chance, consider going!!)
Lastly, Major Pain at One Marine's View is asking for Emails of support for his Marines


Can you send these Marine's a good word?

(and pass the word on about this,please)

Remembering the Fallen

Two sites I wanted to pass on, about Remembering the Fallen.
The first is a site that a friend is working on
Click here: Remembering The Fallen

where she is in the process of going back to the very beginning of the war and listing the names of those fallen and a link to their guestbooks........she's doing this to encourage people to continue to go by and sign the Guestbooks, so the families and friends will know their fallen soldier has not been forgotten.

She's currently up to 2003.
The second site to pass on is a link that a PGR friend sent me
a Run For the Fallen that started on Flag Day and will go on for ten weeks.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Soldiers Angels Web Surfing


My weekly 'surf' of the web for news by, and about,
Soldiers Angels

Willie at A German-American Friendship Bracelet covers some
Soldiers Angels News and Stories

and also, in case you can't get enough of a 'fix' of Soldiers Angels links from her post and my web surf? has a link to, for more stories by blogging members of Soldiers Angels

I won't link to all of the posts on that link, but you'll see quite a number of posts from the Ladies of Liberty blog and that's a blog I want to urge you to check out Ladies of Liberty partly because they are featuring a lot of Angels on's always nice, to see the folks who are member Angels :) and they're also featuring the LOL servicemembers who are being supported by the Ladies of Liberty

For more news about Soldiers Angels? How about this story?
Wounded Soldiers And Veterans Get Assist From WWE®

Way to go, Oklahoma City Soldiers Angels! and WWE ! just way cool, I think. The author of this blog and her family have adopted a soldier through Soldiers Angels, and getting the care packages together prompted some memories of his WW II deployment in Occupied Japan from an Uncle.

She blogs it here The Connecting Threads of War

Two things I wanted to highlight, from Soldiers Angels Texas....the first is a video Welcoming Troops at DFW Airport

and secondly, National Guard Troops in Iowa Need Angel Help

Lastly, I wanted to share a post from Soldiers Angels Germany

From the Soldiers' Angels mailbox

because it's a Thank You from the parent of a Fallen Hero to the Team at Soldiers Angels that I'm honored to be a part of The Living Legends Team

That's the 'surf' for this past week!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wednesday Hero

Cpt. Jamie Riddle
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U.S. Air Force

Capt. Jamie Riddle(Left) and an Iraqi Flight Instructor School student walk to the flightline before a recent mission at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. The Iraqi air force recently established the school for Iraqi pilots. Captain Riddle is an instructor pilot with the 52nd Flying Training Squadron

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams. Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

As Nears a Milestone...

As nears a Milestone Approaches 2,000 Military Blog Milestone I decided to take a look back through the archives over there.

After all, over the years JP has gone from calling me a ' fan' to referring to me as a ' FANATIC' (and there was that paper served that said 'restraining order'....LOL, just kidding:)

Anyway, the idea for looking through the archives originated because I was wondering why, in his Milestone post, JP hadn't linked back to his very first entry on

I noticed on the website that there was a handy link listed at the bottom of the home page that said BLOG ARCHIVES and thought to myself "oh, this will be easy."

Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the link and came to a page that said UNDER CONSTRUCTION (not sure 'surprise' is the word I want to use there.....'chagrin'? 'cursing'?'frustration'?)

So, it seemed my only solution was to scroll backwards in time, all the way back to October 31,2005,which is where I found the first entry

Hmmmm...not very auspicious, was it? Fortunately for all of us, did JP.....

From then:


To Now:


Actually, scrolling through the archives all the way back to the beginning was like scrolling through the evolution of Milblogs themselves. I came across references to so many of the first milblogs which have now faded into the mists, as their writers returned to 'real life' from deployment, and ceased blogging.....and I recalled the excitement of discovering them for the first time, and avidly reading them as often as I could.

I also came across the numbers JP posted as he added milblogs to the database, like Saturday,November 5,2005: A listing of 505 milblogs going on to Sunday,February 12,2006: 1,209 Milblogs in the database and Friday,September 8,2006: Tada! Here's the #1,500 military blog!

So, as you can see, it's taken awhile for to get near this Milestone of 2,000 Milblogs. Currently, the site lists " 1,998 military blogs in 37 countries with 5,261 registered members " Yes,JP and have come a long way, from that first posting of 505 milblogs spread over 15 countries .

JP started out with a dream of creating a database of military blogs for everyone to access......and I personally think he's done a Great job, at making that dream a reality!

So, here's to you, JP! Congratulations! on nearing this important milestone!
and Thanks! for letting all of us share in the journey, as you made that dream come true!


Three years later,there are still many great milbogs being added to the database. If you haven't yet checked out ......what are you waiting for? Go HERE

(crossposted from my ' real blog ', which I started with JP's encouragement back in March 2006)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Soldiers Angels Web Surfing


Due to a high school graduation for a cousin on Saturday, and Father's Day on Sunday, this is a Belated installment of my weekly 'surf' of the web for news by, and about, Soldiers Angels

Speaking of Father's Day? Soldiers Angels Germany has a post you won't want to miss Best Father's Day Ever

Sadly....Soldiers Angels Germany also posts about 9/11 "Truthers" harassing deployed Soldiers and Marines

but, on a happier note.....the Kodak moment of the month winner for June 2008, The Return

On that same theme.....Soldiers Angels of Alabama posts a Welcome Home

Moving on with the 'surf'....I've got 'cookie news'.....and more......

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

History in the Making...Effort to Send Care Packages to the Troops!

MoveAmericaForward has launched an effort to send the largest shipment of care packages Ever to our Troops!


** THE GOAL: **
To send the largest single shipment of care packages to U.S. troops in history. The shipment is scheduled to go out days before the 4th of July, as a gift from the American people to our military men and women - to thank them for ensuring that our nation remains safe and free. The entire effort is being organized by Move America Forward - the nation's largest grassroots pro-troop organization. Individuals can sponsor care packages via the MAF website:

Between now and June 26th they're asking Americans to sponsor personalized care packages that they will then ship over as part of a mass shipment to our troops - just in time for the 4th of July holiday!

Check out their Campaign Store HERE

and read more about the effort HERE

The grand finale for the push will take place on June 26th when a Jerry Lewis style 8-hour Internet Telethon ("From the Frontlines") will take place. This cutting edge production “From The Frontlines” will be broadcast live online by and hosted by Melanie Morgan &Michelle Malkin. Live and taped reports will be broadcast from our troops serving in Iraq & Afghanistan during the historic 8-hour event.


A few other postings about this drive:

Soldiers Angels

Soldiers Angels Louisiana

Gathering of Eagles

Michelle Malkin

Melanie Morgan

The Radio Patriot


Please spread the word!


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wednesday Hero

Army Spc. Jeffrey A. Williams
Army Spc. Jeffrey A. Williams
20 years old from Warrenville, Illinois
Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
September 5, 2005
U.S. Army

SPC. Jeffery A. Williams was killed in action when an IED was detonated near his combat patrol in Tal Afar, Iraq.

"Your time with us was far too short
Dealing with your loss will be hard,
When I think about what this world has lost
I want to just shut out the world and cry,
But I will not do that.
Because you gave your life for something much greater than you or I
So, I will remember you as the Hero that you are
And never let what you did in your life cut short be forgotten
And that is the best way I know to honor you"

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Soldiers Angels Web Surfing


Another weekly ‘web surf’ for news by, and about, Soldiers Angels

The June edition of the Soldiers Angels newsletter is out, go check out Calling All Angels

Now that summer is here…..folks are out on the road. Mary Ann of Soldiers Angels Germany tells us about a cool ROAD TRIP!!! that a vet is taking. (and the link to his blogging about it is Daniel’s Big Trip )

For more ‘on the road’……

I came across this story at the in Wilkes-Barre,PA A winning hand helps disabled vets

and figured it was time for a reminder that there is a Soldiers Angels Riding Club SARC of PA

While I really can’t see any good way to segue from ‘on the road’ to ’tissue packets’? ( maybe you Need ’tissue packets’ when you’re ‘on the road’? I know…Lame:) that’s where the next link is headed.

An unexpected mention of the Soldiers Angels Traveling Museum in a story in The Earth Times titled Creative Jones Takes Top Honors in National Tissue Pack Contest

(that’s what’s cool about doing this ‘web surf’….you just never know Where you’ll end up, when you’re looking for news about Soldiers Angels!)

Kudos to the top prize winner, but I want to mention the second place winner, here’s what the article said:

“The second place winner is Street Dogs Event Marketing recognized for their heartfelt entry for the Soldiers’ Angels Museum, a traveling museum that shows images and memorabilia from U.S. troops.
Soldiers’ Angels is the largest non-profit group of its kind that supplies U.S. soldiers with necessary items while they are stationed away from home.

The winning tissue packs display the message “You will need these” with the objective of inviting communities to visit the organization’s museum.The tissue packs, emblazoned with the Soldiers’ Angels logo, would be distributed in a direct mail piece to targeted groups of potential donors. Street Dogs Event Marketing will be donating their $2,500 prize money to the Soldiers’ Angels Museum.”

Soldiers Angels Texas tells about another news article Texas Angel In Bay City, TX Makes Newspaper

Wendy’s Wonderings tells us a little more about the Soldiers’ Angels Cookie Cook Book

and KY Woman at Little Drops…..Into the Pool of Life not only urges folks to “do something for those defending us”, such as “visit Soldiers Angels “,but she also has a Great blog round-up of “what has been going on with our ‘Guys’ in other countries and here at home.” ( I So love a good blog round-up!:) Check out her post Time Slipping Away…

Lastly, as she does every Sunday, this past Sunday Life in the Northeast
asked us to Remember…

Short ’surf’….but chock-full of news, enjoy reading the links!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Wednesday Hero

Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam F. Kinney
Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam F. Kenney
U.S. Navy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam F. Kinney, a Navy Corpsman with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, gives an Iraqi Child a shot during a routine patrol. Kinney is assigned to Echo Co. for their seven-month deployment and will return to his parent command, 4th Tank Battalion in Fort Knox, Ky., upon his arrival.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Bad News for a Bad Voodoo Soldier

Was very distressed yesterday to come across this post on

Army punishes Soldier for participation in Bad Voodoo’s War

(FRONTLINE) Sfc. Nunn reports to FRONTLINE that the Army punished him for his participation in the film "with a letter of reprimand in my permanent record so that I cannot be promoted or reenlist." He says that "nothing illegal happened and proper protocol was followed" and that he is appealing the Army's decision to ensure that "I leave with an honorable discharge instead of a general discharge and I am trying to clear my name and record as well."Read the entire story here on FRONTLINE PBS, including a letter to PBS from SFC Nunn.Stay updated on SFC Nunn’s blog over at

If you haven't watched PBS Frontline Bad Voodoo's War ? I urge you to take the time now to do so, you can find the link to watch the entire story online HERE

I haven't seen too much discussion yet online of the repurcussions for SFC Nunn (of course, I could be using the wrong search terms?) but I did come across this thoughtful post here (even though the writer sometimes refers to SFC Nunn as "SFC Dunn")

The Costs of War

and the most excellent Troy Bouhammer weighs in here Why the Army ticks me off sometimes

With my husband's son currently deployed? it meant a great deal to both he and I, to be able to watch the PBS Frontline Bad Voodoo's War to try and gain some insight into what his son may be going through.

My husband (an Army veteran himself) made the comment as we watched the show that "the Army is Not going to like" some of what SFC Nunn was saying, and in the event, he seems to be proved right with that comment.

I tend to agree with the blogger at Only Wonder Understands , in his comment that "While the military is not commenting publicly on this, it is much more likely that Sfc. Nunn’s punishment is due to his honesty in the program......being honest about the good and bad of his job" (paraphrase mine)

and I can only hope, for SFC Nunn's sake, that as Troy Bouhammer says "I really hope the military leadership who’s deplorable actions imposed this punishment thinks twice or reverses their decision."

For whatever my humble opinion is worth? Discussion of this story, and the repurcussions it has wrought for Toby Nunn, should be going viral.....particularly on milblogs.

And also, to SFC Nunn (as I sit here wearing my "Bad Voodoo" t-shirt while I type this post :).......I'd like to have the utmost support and admiration of folks like my husband and I, and we wish you well, in your attempt to clear your name and record. You spoke the truth as you saw it, and we thank you for doing so and regret what that has cost you.

(crossposted from ' my real blog ' )