MRS. JACKY’s SOLDIERS
A small group of volunteers in Oak Lawn, IL meet almost every week to pack and mail boxes to soldiers from the south side area or that have relatives in the same area. These soldiers in turn pass the material to their units and several units around them, continuously spreading out the good will from the community back home. It all started in March 2003 when a student’s parent from Mrs. Jacky’s early education classes at the Oak Lawn Park District was sent to Iraq. Items were collected and sent out weekly in small boxes. The soldiers’ names kept growing and so did the collections. Soon this group became known as “Mrs. Jacky’s Soldiers.”
The soldiers who have returned all say the same thing in their thanks to this group, “It was not what you sent, but that you sent all the time to show us that someone back home cares about us.” Their families also expressed their gratefulness that their soldier’s morale was being positively lifted with each box sent. Stamps, letters and items are accepted at Oak View Center at 4625 W 110th Street in Oak Lawn, IL 60453. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Jacky at 708-857-2200. Thank you for your positive thoughts for the soldiers! Mrs. Jacky: )
WARRIORS COME FROM WARRIORS!
Goals: To Proudly Seek, Garner
and Nurture Support for our Soldiers.
Dear President Trump,
I voted for you and I am so grateful for all the reverence and appreciation you are bringing to our military. Our Troops finally have a Commander-in-Chief worthy of them and I thank you!
This is my fourth letter to you regarding Sgt. Derrick Miller, a three-time deployed Soldier who is currently serving a life sentence in Leavenworth. Derrick volunteered for his last deployment, and in his efforts to protect his men and himself, he was ultimately sentenced to life in prison.
President Trump, I ask you again to show mercy toward Derrick and free him to go home to his family. Derrick acted to save the lives of his men. It is quite telling that at Derrick’s trial, many of the men who served with him attended and expressed their sadness at his conviction. Soldiers don’t show that kind of loyalty and compassion to their comrades who they believe are murderers. I know this, I raised a Soldier who served 4 deployments with the 82nd in this war.
Mr. President, please intervene and release Derrick from the egregious life sentence he is serving. He has been in Leavenworth 8 long years. If a traitor like Bowe Begdahl, who walked away from his brothers on the battlefield, is shown compassion and set free, surely a Soldier who acted to protect his Brothers should also be shown the same compassion and set free.
We are so lucky, as a nation, to have such brave men as Sgt. Derrick Miller, who are willing to give their lives to keep us safe and free. We should not abandon them when they take actions on the battlefield in hellish hot zones to protect their Brothers. We should stand by our Sons!
Texas congressman asks Trump for full review of
'Leavenworth 10' cases
A Texas congressman is appealing to President Trump for a full review of cases involving a group of veterans, known as the Leavenworth 10, who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and are now imprisoned for battlefield crimes.
Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, asked Trump in a letter to consider the immense pressure the men were under while fighting for their country.
“As you know, our troops face extremely difficult decisions while serving in the heat of battle,” reads a copy of the letter, which was obtained by Fox News.
“These moments present life-or-death consequences not only for them, but for the men and women with whom they serve. Far too often, we forget that a tiny fraction of our society has to shoulder the immense burden of these wars. These men and women voluntarily joined the military and answered our nation’s call to duty.”
The Leavenworth 10 are serving terms in the Fort Leavenworth penitentiary that range from 10 years to life. The soldiers and marines considered to be part of the Leavenworth 10 changes whenever one of them completes his sentence and another convicted veteran takes his place.
Babin’s appeal adds to those of veterans, their families, former congressmen and other supporters who believe justice is not always served when young service members’ fates are sealed in military courtrooms far removed from the heat of battle.
Many, including Babin, have taken issue with the imprisonment of these soldiers as the previous administration emptied the military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility of avowed terrorists while these servicemen have languished in another detention facility for actions on those same battlefields that their supporters say merit clemency.
“I’m certainly not excusing what these men may have done,” Babin told Fox News, “but the previous administration emptied the Guantanamo Bay facility of terrorists that returned right back to the battlefield.”
“Our troops face extremely difficult decisions when in battle,” he added. “These are life and death decisions they have to make. They are in intense situations that few can understand.”
Babin said that all he is requesting is a full review of the cases.
“This is something that should be looked at again,” he said. “Especially in light of all the clemencies that were issued to convicted terrorists.”
He also believes that Trump will be very responsive to his request.
“I’ve met with the President a few times and I know he is a great admirer of our military,” he said. “I feel confident that he will consider this issue.”
Some of the more better-known cases involve Army First Lt. Clint Lorance, Sgt. Derrick Miller and Master Sgt. John Hatley.
Sgt. Derrick Miller of Maryland was on a combat mission in a Taliban-held area of Afghanistan in September 2010 when he was warned the unit’s base had been penetrated. An Afghan suspected of being an enemy combatant was brought to Miller for interrogation and wound up dead. Miller claimed the suspect tried to grab his gun and that he shot him in self-defense. But he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Miller’s mother, Reneé Myers, says that she is relieved that some in congress are taking up the cause for the families of the Leavenworth 10.
“I’m overjoyed to see a letter to the president that specifically asks for action,” Myers told Fox News.
years and years fighting for my son, it’s good to see someone like
Babin fight for us. He has had no type of relief in a sentence
reduction,” she says. “None what-so-ever. At the bare minimum they
should reduce his sentence. The military courts are not good enough at
addressing these issues with these service members.”
Rep. Babin Requests Review of Cases Involving U.S. Troops Currently Imprisoned in Federal Prison for Actions Taken in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Wars
Last September, we were able to secure an appointment with Congressman Babin (R, Texas) regarding relief/release of Sgt. Derrick Miller from Leavenworth, where his is serving a life sentence for his defensive actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
I cannot put into words how kind, concerned and respectful Congressman Babin was towards Derrick's parents, Renee and Craig Meyers. He assured us in that meeting that he would take action on behalf of our Sons in Leavenworth and the letter below demonstrates his commitment to us.
It is my hope that a review of Derrick's case will commence and he will be released to his family or, at the very least, he will receive a reduction in the egregious life sentence he is currently serving.
It is outrageous that terrorists were released from GITMO under the previous administration, while our Sons were never shown the same mercy and continue to sit in Leavenworth. It is time our Sons to go home too!
I am hopeful that Congressman Elijah Cummings will sign onto this effort. Sgt. Miller is from Maryland and Congressman Cummings told Derrick's mother he would help her Son. It is time for him to keep this promise and sign onto this effort!
Please call your Congressmen and Senators and ask them to support this effort. This should be a bipartisan effort! Sgt. Miller did not serve in the military to protect just those who live in Maryland, he served three deployments serving and protecting every American in every state!
Please folks, Please help us with this effort and pick up your phones today, contact your representatives and ask them to support Congressman Babin's request to the President.
Congressman Babin's letter to the President is below.
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:38 AM, "Milstead, Jimmy" <Jimmy.Milstead@mail.house.gov> wrote:
Rep. Babin Requests Review of Cases Involving U.S. Troops Currently Imprisoned in Federal Prison for Actions Taken in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq Wars
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) sent a letter to President Trump last week requesting a full review of each case involving any U.S. service member who is currently imprisoned in U.S. prisons for certain actions taken during combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Under the Obama Administration, we saw the continued release of violent terrorists from U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay – with many of them returning to the battle against U.S. forces,” the letter states. “Meanwhile, these young American men who answered the call to duty and put their lives on the line for our freedoms continue to languish in prison.
“I respectfully ask that your Administration fully review each case involving any American service member who is currently imprisoned for actions taken on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. Such a review is an appropriate action given their previous service and sacrifice in defense of the United States.”
The full letter can be read here and below:
May 25, 2017
President Donald J. Trump
Dear Mr. President,
It is with great concern that I write you regarding U.S. service members currently imprisoned in U.S. prisons for certain actions taken during combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
As you know, our troops face extremely difficult decisions while serving in the heat of battle. These moments present life-or-death consequences not only for them, but for the men and women with whom they serve.
As a veteran myself and the father of a highly decorated U.S. Navy SEAL with multiple deployments to Iraq, I have great respect and admiration for the young men and women who have served in these conflicts.
Far too often, we forget that a tiny fraction of our society has shouldered the immense burden of these wars. These men and women voluntarily joined the military and answered our nation’s call to duty.
Sadly, in some instances, it seems the military and previous administrations have been too quick and too severe in the punishments of these service members for certain decisions they made while serving in combat. These service members were dealing with extremely intense situations that few can understand.
Let’s not forget that many of these service members, who remain incarcerated in U.S. prisons, saw their fellow troops killed or injured during hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan where over 6,000 Americans have been killed and over 50,000 injured.
I have met with the parents and friends of some of these service members who are still incarcerated. They are pleading for a simple review of these cases in hopes of a possible clemency or reduction in sentencing. I believe that under the leadership of your new Administration we should take a fresh look at these cases.
Under the Obama Administration, we saw the continued release of violent terrorists from U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay – with many of them returning to the battle against U.S. forces. Meanwhile, these young American men who answered the call to duty and put their lives on the line for our freedoms continue to languish in prison.
Furthermore, on the way out of office, President Obama pardoned a traitor in Bradley Manning—someone who put the lives of American soldiers and allies at risk—while ignoring the pleas of the families of these American troops to simply review their incarceration.
I respectfully ask that your Administration fully review each case involving any American service member who is currently imprisoned for actions taken on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. Such a review is an appropriate action given their previous service and sacrifice in defense of the United States.
Below is the write-up and photos from Pepper Ailor of Freedom Alliance, who in conjunction with The Band of Mothers, held our annual Cigar Night for our Warriors at Shelly's Back Room in Washington, Dc this past Tuesday evening, May 9th. It was a wonderful evening for all and it was an honor to be among these American Heroes for an entire evening! We stayed at Shelly's and we closed the place and that is and always will be our tradition because we relish every moment of this special night to be among these Heroes. If only we could celebrate and honor these brave Americans every single night of the year!
My special thanks to Shelly's Back Room and their wonderful staff. They have allowed us to hold Cigar Night for nine years at their legendary DC establishment and I cannot put into words how warm and kind Bob's staff is to our Warriors. It is clear Shelly's supports our military and I am so very grateful for kindness and hospitality of their staff. Next year will be our 10th anniversary of Cigar Night to honor our military Heroes and we look forward to a special night at Shelly's to commemorate this tradition!
To Katie, thank you for all your help in planning this wonderful event. Katie was recently given a trophy that named her "The Connector", and she truly is a behind the scenes force that brings good people together who support this country and her military! To Chad and Larry O'Connor and his lovely wife, Lucian Wintrich, Cindy and her son Hero Son Gavin, Chiefy, Phil and Heather, DC Brian and his Dad, and Maura, thank you all for attending. I know you all feel as I do, that this event is an evening to elevate those among us who are so very noble and it is an absolute honor to be among these Warriors. I thank you all for coming and making this evening another success.
To Andrew Marcus, writer/producer of "Hating Breitbart", thank you for coming all the way from Chicago! You and Katie are the Best! To our dear friend and huge military supporter, Jeannie Morris, thank you for coming all the way from Florida. Unfortunately, Jeannie no sooner arrived and she had to go back to Florida to see about her Hero husband and Veteran, James. He fell ill but I am happy to report he is doing okay now and all is well. Next year Jeannie!!
To Dave Madaras, who was present back in 1983 in Beirut when the terrorists drove a truck into our Marine compound and killed 241 Marines, with all my heart, thank you for coming! Meeting Dave has been an absolute honor of a lifetime and I'm so very grateful that he was able to attend Cigar Night with his lovely wife. I've always worried about the Marines who survived this horrific attack and always hoped one day I would meet just one of them so I could hug them and tell them how much we love them and grieved with them. I've got some good hugs in since meeting Dave. As is so typical of The Band of Brothers in their dedication to their brothers, Dave advocates for the release of Sgt. Derrick Miller from Leavenworth. His message should haunt every American. Dave told us all how he wishes he could go back and stop that truck that killed his Brothers back in Beirut and he makes the crucial point that by the actions Sgt. Miller took that day back in 2010 in Afghanistan, he saved the lives of many American Sons. They all went home to their families, and to the detriment of Derrick and his family, he went to Leavenworth. I am thankful to Dave for his support of Derrick's release from Leavenworth. I pray that President Trump will hear our plea and grant Derrick mercy and relief of the egregious life sentence he is serving in Leavenworth. It is time for Derrick to go home!
To our military Heroes who attended Cigar Night, I hope with all my heart you enjoyed yourselves and you felt the love, respect and appreciation we all feel toward you. I was astounded by a young officer who attended Tuesday night. He just couldn't believe that a group of Americans would actually gather for one whole night and shower him and his brothers with all this love and appreciation. Why, according to him they are just doing their job. I swear, the humbleness and the nobility of our military just never ceases to amaze me. I pray that God smiles on each of you every day of your life and I asked that young Hero to please spread the word to all his Brothers that there are those among us who are honored by your presence and we will NEVER ever take you for granted! God Bless Everyone of You and Thank you For All You Do and Have Done To Keep Us Safe!
Pepper's write-up is below. I am forever grateful to Pepper and Freedom Alliance for all they do for our military and for making it possible every year to be among these Heroes. I look forward to our 10 year anniversary of Cigar Night next year and I know, as in past years, it will be a great success!
With A Mother's Grateful Heart,
2017-05-09 Cigar Night with Beverly Perlson
May 9: FA Supporter Beverly Perlson hosted a cigar night for veterans
Beverly Perlson of Chicago is not your ordinary military mom. Her son Johnny served in the 82nd Airborne, deploying multiple times to bring the fight to our enemies. While he was fighting overseas, Beverly was fighting at home. Not only had she started a postcard project to ensure our military knew they were loved by those at home, but she began seeking out politicians in Washington to help battle cases of soldiers wrongfully prosecuted for actions overseas. One such success story is Michael Behenna, who was sent to Leavenworth after being convicted of murdering a known Al-Queada operative while questioning him. Behenna had claimed self-defense, but was found guilty. Beverly was one of those saints leading the charge on Capitol Hill to have him released, and he was granted parole in 2014. Today, Beverly continues to storm the halls of congress, advocating for the release of Sergeant Derrick Miller, who is also serving time in Leavenworth.
Beverly met Oliver North in 2007 and has been a supporter of Freedom Alliance ever since. When she travels to DC, each year she hosts an annual cigar night at Shelly’s Back Room in downtown Washington. This year, about a dozen veterans in the area joined Beverly and her friends for a night of shared camaraderie and patriotism. There were several folks from conservative circles who attended including a White House correspondent, the writer & director of “Hating Breitbart” Andrew Marcus, and local talk radio host Larry O’Connor from WMAL attended with his wife Meredith. Longtime friends Katie O’Malley and Chad Longell continued their unblemished attendance record with this event.
We received a few texts from past participants that could not make it to this year’s event including retired Colonel Mark Mitchell and retired Major Eric Burkett. Mark is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross and Eric is a pilot who lost a leg from service in Africa. Others remarked how the event was well remembered and asked us to pass on their gratitude to Beverly for continuing her support of our military.
At the end of the evening, Beverly addressed the group to thank the military for their dedication to our country and give them the message that people stand behind them. Then she asked one of the guests to come up to say a few words. Dave is a Marine that was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 1983 – but it wasn’t a joyous occasion. Dave was on the scene in Beirut when a terrorist bombed the barracks. He told the crowd that he would have done anything to prevent that day from happening. Then he asked if he had taken the lives of those terrorist, would he be locked in Leavenworth? He echoed Beverly’s statements that Sergeant Miller should be released, and finished by giving Beverly a great big bear hug. Retired Marine Colonel Ed Hall, another guest, raised his cup and toasted Beverly to end the remarks.
We look forward to next year as Beverly celebrates 10 years of cigar nights!
Mr. Pepper Ailor | Freedom
We were well received by many Representatives who passed by on Tuesday and Wednesday, and all expressed support in our efforts to help Sgt. Miller. On Thursday, we took our efforts indoors and visited all 35 offices of the Republican House Armed Services Committee Members. We also dropped info at the offices of Congressman Moulton and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.
You might ask yourself why only Republican offices. Surely, support for Soldiers who risk their lives to keep us all safe should not be a partisan issue, right? One would think that all Representatives would be on board to seek relief for one of our Son's from Leavenworth, especially since this administration is releasing terrorists from Gitmo who have murdered Americans. The answer is that for the past 3 years, Derrick's parents and I have made several trips to DC attempting to form a Maryland Delegation of Representatives to support a reduction in the life sentence Sgt. Miller is serving, but to no avail. As Derrick is from Maryland, that is the protocol to follow. When we worked to secure Michael Behenna's release from Leavenworth, we received support from an Oklahoma Delegation of Representatives (they all happened to be Republicans who stepped up) and John Hatley has a Texas Delegation supporting him in his release from Leavenworth.
After many months of correspondence and meetings with Congressman Van Hollen's office, the Congressman sent a letter in 2014 to Major Gen William Rapp, Chief Army Legislative Liaison. We had explained to Congressman Van Hollen, in a face to face meeting, that ALL Appeals had been exhausted and that is why we were seeking his help. We explained to him that the family had already been to the last line of appeal, the CAAF Court (Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces), and the appeal for relief was denied. I quote Congressman Van Hollen's request in his letter to the Army: "Given the complicated circumstances concerning Sgt. Miller's conviction, I am requesting your consideration of whether a reduction in length of sentence is warranted." We asked Congressman Van Hollen to fight for a reduction in Derrick's sentence. Some fight, huh? The Army's response to the Congressman was that Derrick's mother could seek relief from the CAAF court. Congressman Van Hollen, who we had already told all appeals including the CAAF Court were exhausted, sent Derrick's mother a letter telling her she could go to the CAAF Court to appeal. He tells her in his letter he knows this isn't what she hoped to hear and wishes her the best in seeking relief for her son. And that was end of Congressman Van Hollen's help for Sgt. Miller.
After chasing Congressman Cumming's office for 2 years, his rep sent a letter on June 3rd, 2016 to the Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, (I never understood sending to the "Acting" Secretary when Eric Fanning had already been appointed as the Secretary of the Army) asking for a clemency hearing for Derrick. That letter was also signed by the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (individual members would not sign). There has been no response in 4 months and no follow-up by Cumming's office to date for an answer.
We sought help and met with other offices in Maryland and received no help whatsoever. One office in particular, staffer Chris Schloesser in Congresswoman Donna Edwards, was unbelievably lacking of any compassion. When I asked him what he had to say to this mother sitting before him who cries herself to sleep at night because her brave Soldier stays locked up in Leavenworth while this President is releasing terrorists out of Gitmo, he curtly and with a raised voice told us "But we're trying to close Gitmo!" His brother and father are big in the 101st Airborne and he said he would look into helping us. We NEVER heard from him again and you can be sure we followed up.
I think it is important, at this point in our efforts, to share the truth regarding the lack of support among the reps in Maryland for one of their own Sons who volunteered for 3 deployments overseas. He fought for their safety, and they have failed to fight for him. It is disgraceful.
We have now turned our efforts toward Republicans and already they are asking for info and transcripts.
We met with several Republican Congressmen who offered support for relief in the stringent life sentence Derrick is serving. Congressman Gohmert stated he will go and see Derrick in Leavenworth and Congressman Reichert is working on a letter to President Obama. Other offices offered their help and support.
All whom we met with expressed sympathy to Renee and consolation that they will do what they can to get some relief for Derrick. All agreed it is unfair that Derrick and other American Sons continue to sit in Leavenworth with no relief while Gitmo detainees are being released in record numbers from Gitmo.
My special thanks to Katie, Chris, Chad, Cindy, Phil, Dave (a survivor of the Marine Barracks bombing, what an honor to meet him), Darrell, and our very special thanks to John Moloy, Chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition for bringing his Coalition's support and their beautiful banner to carry on the corner! The support of all these Patriots and this wonderful organization means the world to Sgt. Miller and his family.
And a very special thank you to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit for posting several articles about Sgt. Miller and especially, a big thank you for the article posted while we were in DC. Gateway Pundit ALWAYS supports our Troops and we thank you Jim!
You can read the Gateway Pundit article here:
Lastly, to Andrew Marcus and Rebel Pundit, thank you for coming to DC to cover our action on the Cannon Bldg. corner. It has been a long hard fight to free Derrick Miller and the support of people like you from across this great country means a lot to his family, and I know to all all those who serve to protect us. On a side note, Jeremy no sooner arrived in DC and he had to catch a flight right back home as his daughter was about to be born. He made it!! Congratulations Jeremy and Anne! Another great Patriot born to wonderful parents!
We need YOUR help and support now, more than ever. We do believe we raised quite a bit of "awareness" up on the hill and it would help tremendously if each of you on this email string would call your Congressmen and Senators this week and ask them to sign the letter Congressmen Reichert is composing regarding Sgt. Miller. This will help tremendously and it will reinforce the Congressmen who are willing to take a stand for one of our Sons who deployed 3 times to keep us all safe!
Please also forward this information to all your lists of contacts to get the word out.
With A Mother's Heart,
Below is a statement by Sgt. Derrick Miller's mother, Renee Myers, in response to the latest release of 15 hardened terrorists with extremist backgrounds. Senator Ayotte describes these detainees as “among the worst terrorists who could jeopardize our national security and the lives of our troops."
Let it be known, Sgt Miller's mother has applied for a permit to take a stand in Washington, DC, for the release of her Son. Our hope is to garner support among legislatures up on the hill. We will gather on the corner of the Cannon Bldg, New Jersey & Independence, on September 27, 28, 29th. When the permit is issued, we will send out notice. We hope you will join us.
President Obama needs to show the same compassion and mercy to our Sons in Leavenworth as he is showering on terrorists complicit in the deaths of Americans. Please read Renee Myers plea to President Obama below and Please pass this to all your lists!
STATEMENT – IN RESPONSE TO RELEASE OF GUANTANAMO DETANEES
As I read once more of the continuing release of the Guantanamo Bay detainees, my thoughts turn to my son – Sgt. Derrick Miller – who sits in Ft. Leavenworth convicted of murder for actions he took during combat in the very same war, waiting for the day that he too will be able to return to his family and loved ones.
The irony is that these men, apprehended by brave fighters like my son, will more than likely return to continue the violence and conflict that continues to threaten us all. Derrick, on the other hand, who wants nothing more than to hold his daughters in his arms, be the best father and provider he possibly can, and resume a life of hard work and public service, remains locked away.
Our enemies continue to swell their ranks with combatants filled with conviction and confidence that they will be hailed as heroes for their fight against our way of life. Our brave men and women in uniform go to battle to defend us, no less committed to fight and die to protect us, but far less confident that their leaders will stand behind them when the time comes for them to make the split second decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.
President Obama has an historic opportunity to show men like Derrick that their bravery and sacrifice are not forgotten. As we continue to show mercy to our adversaries, so too should the same compassion be extended to our soldiers here at home. Please Mr. Obama…it’s time for my son to come home too.
From the heart of a Blue Star mother…
Our Own Some More
From the AP last week:
reminds us of the true meaning of Memorial Day.
It is my greatest hope that we are all an ever so grateful nation, Always & Forever Grateful, for these beautiful and brave Americans.
Thank You Jim, for your service, and for your nod to us all to remember your Brothers on this Memorial Day Weekend.
My Deepest Gratitude & Respect to the families of our Fallen and all our Warriors serving now.
Below is Pepper's write-up of this wonderful night at Shelly's Back Room, photos included.
To Bob, and all the staff at Shelly's, I can never thank you enough for the regal treatment our Warriors receive from you folks. If you are in the DC area and wish to enjoy great cigars and the BEST food in DC, you must visit Shelly's. If you were present on the evening of May 3rd, you would have witnessed the absolute best treatment, the most attentive staff, that our Warriors should enjoy wherever they go. Shelly's is the standard bearer of an American establishment that truly appreciates our military and knocks itself out to show their love. I am so very grateful to Bob and his hard working staff for making this evening so memorable! http://shellysbackroom.com/
My deepest appreciation to Katie O'Malley, my dearest friend and Irish mother who loves each of our Warriors as her own, to Chad, a beloved Warrior himself who has always helped us fight the good fight for his brothers, to Chief, who has always been a part of the fight, I love each of you and am so very grateful to you for all you do to support this effort and so many fights over the years for our Troops. And to Diana West and her awesome husband, thank you for attending this year and hope you join us every year hereafter. While Katie, Chad, Chief, myself and many others have relentlessly walked the halls of Congress on behalf of our Troops, Diana West has used her journalistic skills to pen so many articles regarding the restrictive and insane rules of engagement and she has fought along with us to right the injustices of our Sons in Leavenworth. I include a piece Diana published on the very day we celebrated our Warriors at Shelly's. Reading this you will understand why I felt it important to introduce Dian to the brave men we hosted on May 3rd. She fights for our military and shames the injustices they are subjected to:
One more thing, while in DC we made a trip to Congressman Rangel's office to ask for help on behalf of Sgt. Derrick Miller, who continues to sit in Leavenworth with a life sentence for defending himself and his Brothers on the battlefield. In spite of all our efforts and so many trips up to the hill, Derrick still has not received any relief whatsoever regarding his life sentence. As this administration continues to release the worst of the worst terrorists out of Gitmo, our Sons continue to serve horrendous sentences in Leavenworth.
Please, I beg of each of you, please make one phone call on behalf of our Sons in Leavenworth. Please call Congressman Charlie Rangel and ask him to wield his power up on the hill on behalf of his Brothers and ask that our Sons be released from Leavenworth. Congressman Rangel is a Veteran and he did pen one letter on Derrick's behalf, in 2012, for a clemency hearing, of which Derrick was denied. Please help us fight for our own Sons, America's Sons, to be released.
Congressman Charlie Rangel....202-225-4365. Thank You!
Without further ado, I give you Pepper's wonderful write-up below of the BEST night we will have until next year, same time, same place! Until then, May God Bless and Watch Over all our Warriors who serve to keep us all safe and free. It is my hope that next year Major Eric Burnett will be able to join us because we all missed him so!!
In addition to storming Capitol Hill to fight for servicemen in need of an advocate (like Derrick Miller and Charles Martland), Band of Mothers founder and Chicago native Beverly Perlson has another favorite pastime when visiting Washington, DC – cigar night at Shelly’s. As the mother of an American soldier who served four combat deployments with the 82nd Airborne, Beverly understands the need for the American public to show its support of our men and women in uniform. On a Tuesday night last week, amidst a spring drizzling rain, twelve warriors entered one of the only smoking establishments in the District, guests of Freedom Alliance and our hostess Beverly.
There was a mix of soldiers and Marines. Their common thread was a shared experience: combat in the Global War on Terror. Several of them have transitioned out of the service to find jobs amongst the ubiquitous government and defense jobs in the area, and a few are still making the transition. In the crowd were officers and enlisted, including those with Purple Heart medals and one with a Silver Star. Five of them had a long history with Freedom Alliance, while the others were just being introduced to us. No matter their background, wounds, or branch of service, Beverly treated them to dinner, beverages, and 70-gauge Connecticut-wrapped cigars.
Previous attendees that could not be there promised to make the next one. Major Eric Burkett, a Marine who attended in 2015 but has since moved away from Walter Reed to North Carolina, sent a text stating “Please give my very best to Miss Beverly – cigar night was truly one of the very few events that I looked forward to attending!”
Towards the end of the evening, Beverly asked the crowd for a moment to express her feelings about her guests. The mood became somber as she told them while they were fighting overseas, she and many others across the country were fighting the restricting policies of this administration, lobbying on their behalf to ensure American sovereignty stayed with us. It was a clear message that Beverly, her friends, and Freedom Alliance and her supporters will fight the battles that take place in the halls of Congress while they fight on the battlefield.
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ocean floor with parts of aircraft, and that’s the extent of it at
this point in time,”
While 4 Brave Americans were under attack by savage terrorists and desperately fighting for their lives, Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, left her state department office and went home. While brave American Sons were desperately fighting and hoping the leaders of the country they so loved were sending help to them, the reckless and detached Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went home and went to bed and the whereabouts of the Crybaby-in-Chief in our White House to this day is sketchy, but we do know he was getting ready for a big fundraiser for himself the next day, of which he attended!
Please watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka0_nz53CcM
This next disgusting display, watch as the detached, cavalier monster who wants to be our next President jokes and laughs about the evening when 4 Americans were murdered in Benghazi:
Then please make it a point, that if you don't do anything else next weekend, please go see the movie "13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi". You have the power next weekend to let Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama and all the disgraceful Democrats who keep telling us that we're tired of hearing about the disgraceful events of the night that 4 Americans died in Benghazi, that what happened in Benghazi makes a difference to all Americans. You hold the power next weekend to let this despicable bunch of reckless traitors know that American's lives matter above all else and we will NEVER FORGIVE AND NEVER FORGET that this traitorous and cavalier bunch left our fellow Americans to die!
13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/fxHQY1N_WI4
13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/m84z-GWwa58
Please show your support for the brave actions of the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and see this movie. I can only imagine that horrific night and the heartache of all those on the ground as they realized that they had been abandoned. Please see this movie and in doing so, YOU can let them know that WE, their fellow Americans, did not and will not ever abandon those who risk their lives to keep us all safe! YOU will let them know that their lives and safety mean the world to us and they do and always will make a difference!
With A Mother's Heart,
My husband and I saw the movie "13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" last Friday. We were both "affected."
My youngest Son and his wife saw the movie last night, I watched the grandchildren.
God I do love my Sons, amazing men, both of them. I could tell when he came home, Mike was "affected" too by the movie and he said as much. He too was angry, about those that died and shouldn't have and about the pathetic "Bob" character. But then he said...
That helped loosen the vice grip wrapped around my head and heart since last Friday.
The final disgusting blow for these Heroes of Benghazi came in the end when the battle was finally over. In the end, when the character Jack Silva is at the airstrip with the body of one of his fallen Brothers, he looks at the plane that zips up in front of him, and he says "Still no Americans."
It was a Libyan plane.
I did not need to see this movie to know what happened that horrific night in Benghazi. I, like all Americans who care about our brave men and women serving already know that 4 Americans died there AND THE COWARDS IN CHARGE KNEW THEY WERE FIGHTING ALL NIGHT AND NEVER SENT HELP TO THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!
So many times over the years I have heard these words "It is my honor and privilege to serve, ma'am." And every single time I've heard these words I get a little choked up and I thank God for such brave souls.
If you haven't seen this movie, you are truly missing one of the greatest movies ever made about the brave heart and soul of the American Warrior. It was an honor and a privilege to see the movie and in the very small way we could, we let the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and all their courageous Brothers-in-Arms stationed in very dangerous places all over this world know, that whatever happens to them MATTERS SO VERY MUCH TO US.
On the very day that our Special Forces Warriors were fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, on the very day that we lost one of our beloved American Sons in this battle, this is the face the pathetic little boy in our White House presented to the world.
As a mother who raised a brave Son who fought through 4 deployments in this war, it is extremely hard to put into "civil" words my reaction, but, out of respect and love for our brave Warriors, I must try!
When I saw this narcissistic coward who commands the greatest military on the face of this earth crying like a little baby, while America's bravest Sons were fighting off the Taliban in the hell hole of Afghanistan, my angry verbalizations I dare not repeat here. My anger was coupled with an overwhelming pain in my heart and soul for the BEST OF THE BEST Americans among us fighting off savages who live to kill Americans. I thought of the Americans whose heads have literally been sawed off by these putrid animals that live for the day they can torture and kill Americans. I thought of all the Heroes who have given their precious life in this fight and I thought of all the Wounded Warriors who are forever affected because they have lost precious limbs. As I watched the leader of the free world crying for all the world to see, I immediately thought of the hearts and souls of the bravest among us. How horrendous it must be for our military who in the very moment they are engaged in a vicious and brutal fight, their Commander-in-Chief is weeping on national TV.
I thought of Sgt. Derrick Miller and lst Lt Clint Lorance sitting in Leavenworth, Derrick for life, because they dared to act boldly and bravely to protect their Brothers, as this derelict petulant Child-in-Chief releases the worst of the worst butchers out of Gitmo. The constant appeasement of terrorist by Obama is despicable and let's cut the crap that Gitmo is a recruiting tool. There was no Gitmo before these savages brutally slaughtered thousands of Americans on 9/11. There was no Gitmo in the 90's under President Clinton when the terrorists bombed the World Trade Center, the Khobar Towers, the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole! And what the hell is the excuse for the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beruit that resulted in the murder of 241 American Sons!!! Those beautiful American Sons were slaughtered and the dangerous and reckless Obama and his "JV" team of dudes and dudettes with their college degrees continue to aid and abet these rabid terrorist dogs!
So I write this for their brave hearts and I remind Americans that we are and will continue to be the greatest nation on the face of this earth and it is so and will continue to be so thanks to the brave men and women of the United States Military. I write this to remind all Americans that if we want to continue to live in a country where we are safe and free, then we must as a nation realize, acknowledge and appreciate daily that they only thing standing between and pure evil are the brave Warriors who continue to risk their lives to provide us this beautiful way of life.
I write this to remind Americans that it is imperative that we as voters get to the polls in November and elect a Commander-in-Chief that is worthy to lead the bravest men and women of the United States Military. They desperately need a bold and brave General like Patton who will allow them to decimate these savages, once and for all!
In honor of our Special Forces and all our military serving all over the world, I leave you with this excellent video that exemplifies why America will continue to be the greatest nation on the face of this earth. I love with all my heart these brave men and women and I invite you to pray for them and their families and I beg you to vote in November and vote for a BRAVE leader who is concerned and dedicated to the welfare of the hearts and minds of these precious American Warriors!
My families deepest condolences to the families of the two Special Forces Heroes who lost their lives in this recent battle. Please keep their families in your prayers and every night, please pray for all our military.
I am one fed up mother, sister and daughter of real men who fought in wars to protect our precious way of life. They didn't cry and mope, they acted on their love of God, country and family and they fought to ensure that good must and will overcome evil! I am so very proud of them and all our military and I will never take my freedom and our protectors of liberty for granted!
Oh, and to those who say we created these evil savages, I say pack your bags and head over to Afghanistan and tell them you're sorry and you will make it up to them. Before you go, get your affairs in order and take out a life insurance policy because you won't be coming back. Either put up, or shut up!
25 November 2015
23 November 2015
On February 25th at
Shelly's Back Room in DC, The Band of Mothers, along with Freedom
Alliance, was honored to host 19 Glorious Wounded Warriors for our
annual Cigar Night. It was the BEST OF TIMES! Below is the awesome
write-up from Pepper of Freedom Alliance. I have always said this and
it will ALWAYS be true, I am in the best company on this planet when I
am in the company of our Warriors of the United States Military!!
Lastly, to all of you
Glorious Heroes who came out on a very cold night in DC, thank you for
honoring us with your presence and thank you especially for allowing
us the opportunity to show you how much we revere you and love you for
all you have done to keep our families safe! YOU ARE THE VERY BEST OF
AMERICA and WE ARE BEHOLDEN TO YOU FOREVER!
October 31, 2014
Sgt. Derrick Miller is an American son currently serving a life sentence in Ft Leavenworth, convicted of premeditated murder for his defensive actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan on September, 26, 2010. I write to you as the very proud daughter of a father who served in the Navy in WWII, a very proud sister of a brother who served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, and the very proud mother of a son who served 4 deployments in the 82nd Airborne in this war. With every inch of my being, I love our military and I understand and appreciate the tremendous personal risk our noble Sons and Daughters take who willingly serve to protect this country they must love so dearly. The great benefits of freedom and safety all Americans enjoy, delivered up to them by these brave Americans can never, in my opinion, ever be overstated. I know I will never truly comprehend the horrors and the enormous stress that the men of my family and their brothers have witnessed in war. I struggle with that as I do believe it is the responsibility of every American to appreciate to their deepest depth what these brave defenders of our freedom endure. However, and in spite of my great loyalty to these most noble and courageous Warriors among us, I do believe I am quite capable of questioning intelligently, the unjust and coercive circumstances leading to the imprisonment of some of our Sons in Leavenworth. I am a mother and never have been one for turning Brothers against Brothers and I am certainly not one who supports sacrificing and punishing our American Sons to appease the very brutal and sneaky enemy we are fighting.
My purpose in writing this letter to you is to ask for your review of the troubling "charge" of premeditated murder in Sgt. Derrick Miller’s case, and furthermore, the troubling witness testimony that led to the egregious life sentence of Sgt. Miller. My original intent was to ask for your consideration of a reduction in the sentence of Sgt. Derrick Miller. I believe the charge of premeditated murder is absurd, given the proper protocol this Soldier followed and the coerciveness involved in the witness testimony of his conviction. In my opinion, this conviction, considering all the facts of the case, present a horrifying predicament for all our Soldiers serving in war.
However, as you are presently reviewing the records for transfer of 79 Gitmo detainees out of Gitmo, I respectfully ask for your same review of Sgt Miller’s record, and for that matter, a review of all our Sons serving in Leavenworth in relation to their actions on the battlefield of this war.
I reference this article in support of my request: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-goal-gitmo-closure-stalled-pentagon-070252607--politics.html;_ylt=AwrBT9UkCUhUNEAA.hdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTExcTdidDdsBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1VJQzFfMQ--
I ask that you review Sgt. Derrick Miller's exemplary record and consider a transfer of Sgt. Derrick Miller from Ft Leavenworth, to his family home in Maryland. I, and many Americans who have written letters in support of Sgt. Derrick Miller (150 letters from Americans hand delivered to Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Sept 30th), can assure you, Sgt. Miller would have no intention of returning to the battlefield of Afghanistan. No Sir, Sgt. Derrick Miller is only interested and would be most grateful to return to his family home so that he might be with his family and his two beautiful little girls that he so willingly served 3 deployments to keep safe. I assume that would be the case too for other Soldiers serving in Leavenworth who you would deem appropriate for transfer to their family homes.
With regard to the “strange” circumstances of the conviction of Sgt Miller, I quote the words of Congressman Charlie Rangel, from a letter (attached) he wrote to General Odinero in September of 2012, requesting a clemency hearing for Sgt. Miller:
He wrote to the General, “Due to the complicated circumstances of Sgt Miller’s case, and the extreme nature of war, I believe a clemency hearing would be appropriate.” These words I believe were carefully and correctly chosen, and written by a Veteran, a “Brother.” Sgt Miller was granted a clemency hearing, but clemency was denied.
Complicated circumstances and the extreme nature of war truly do describe this good Soldier’s predicament on September 26, 2010 in the region of Watan Gatu, Afghanistan. What is most troubling to me after reading the trial testimony, is the charge of "premeditated murder."
I ask you Sir, what Soldier who intends to commit murder, asks permission to pursue further questioning of a suspicious Afghan man he sees surveilling his perimeter (and according to trial testimony by Sgt Miller’s fellow Soldiers, their FOB was surrounded on 4 sides by hostile villages, so it seems Sgt. Miller was doing due diligence to protect his men), and then takes two witnesses with him to question the man? And along the way he arms himself. Isn't that required by our Soldiers, to arm themselves for protection, especially if they believe they are approaching the enemy? Sgt Miller’s testimony is that a struggle ensued between himself and the Afghan man Atta Mohammad, and he shot Mohammad in self-defense. Isn’t that the right and duty of an American Soldier on this battlefield in this combat zone when a man (especially one who when questioned claims he’s there to fix a water pump, he has no tools, then he claims he’s there to fix a wire, no tools!) tries to grab his gun?
The rest of this story is just horrendous. Both witnesses at trial admitted changing their story about what happened. At first they said there was a struggle for the gun. Later, their story changed to Derrick shot him, no struggle. Spec. Miller was threatened with prosecution as an accessory to murder, but upon a grant of immunity, he changed his story. The Interpreter, well that is just disgusting what went on. He was paid $630 a month, allowed to live on the base, was promised a VISA to live in the US, was taken to Chicago a couple months before the trial to look around and see if he would like living there, and eventually was given the VISA and is living here somewhere in this country.
There was no forensics done on the body or the gun. In a civilian court, seems to me all this would lead to the case being thrown out but this case was tried in a military court. I ask you Secretary Hagel, what kind of justice is this for a good Soldier who willingly deployed 3 times to serve and protect his country?
Lastly, within 20 minutes of the incident with Sgt Miller, whose fear all along was that his base was about to be attacked, their base was attacked. Since Derrick's gun went off, the base went on 100% security and everyone had moved out of positions they were previously in. The blasts landed where Soldiers would have been sitting and we would have had wounded and possibly killed AMERICAN SONS! However, not one Soldier was hurt and there were no fatalities. As reported by one of the Soldiers in his testimony at trial, this attack came from all 4 villages they were surrounded by, and one of those villages is where Atta Mohammad pointed to as his home.
Sgt. Miller’s NCO report is exemplary. It seems apparent to me that the military had high regard for Sgt Miller as just weeks prior to this incident, Derrick Miller was promoted to Sergeant. In trial testimony, all the Soldiers serving with Sgt. Miller describe him as "outstanding" military character, “excellent military character” “truthful”, his demeanor described as “calm and collected and good head on his shoulders”, and I must add, God Bless the Soldier who, when asked if Sgt Miller could be rehabilitated, he stated there is nothing wrong with Derrick, he's fine!
Secretary Hagel, in talking with members of the military, I am told Sgt. Miller followed proper protocol in this red hot combat zone. However, due to the testimony of two witnesses who changed their stories several times, Sgt. Derrick Miller will now serve a life sentence with the chance of parole in 10 long years.
The trial testimony indicates that this FOB was completely surrounded by hostile villages, and had received no less than 52 separate reports of armed insurgents in the area. Testimony from Soldiers at trial was that their intelligence from numerous previous missions, including the tragically devastating mission in Watawu Afghanistan, had proven time and time again that the villagers surrounding the FOB would routinely wander through with the sole purpose of gathering information on the weapons, personnel and movements of our troops. The reports from Watawu even indicated that the local workers would mysteriously fail to report to work on the days that an attack was imminent. As one Soldier stated “They were a great indicator for us Sir!” Shortly thereafter, our men would find themselves under intense, complex attack. This intelligence, coupled with the hot combat area in which the FOB that Derrick was assigned in Watangatu, made Atta Mohammed's presence inside Derrick's FOB on September 26th dangerous and particularly suspicious. When one Soldier was asked if they were hit the night of the 26th, the Soldier answered that yes, it was a complex attack , “We got hit by 4 villages.” He was then asked, when the complex attack occurred, what did the ANA Soldiers do? He answered that they hid behind the schoolhouse! A further question was asked, “Did they participate at all in defending the Americans?” The answer by the Soldier was “No Sir.”
And we pay these ANA Soldiers??!!!!!!! And then when one of our Sons follows proper protocol to question a suspicious Afghan creeping around the perimeter where he and his Brothers are doing everything they can to protect themselves and each other in their desperate attempt to stay alive and perform their military duties, Sgt. Derrick Miller ends up in Leavenworth. Based on, in my opinion, coerced testimony of witnesses, one choosing immunity rather than being charged as an accessory to murder, and the other, an Afghan interpreter rewarded with money and freedom to enjoy this beautiful country with it’s freedom and liberty Sgt Derrick Miller and his brothers fought and sacrificed to provide! How absurd and disgusting is the ending of this story!
Secretary Hagel, I’ve read that you volunteered to be drafted into the Vietnam War, even rejecting the draft board recommendation that you instead go to college. I also read that you and your brother served in the same infantry squad and that it is reported you saved each others lives at some point. As a mother, I know that is what I raised my Sons to do and I know your mother must have been so very proud of you both. I also know from the brave men in my family that that pure love of brotherhood encompasses and extends to their brothers-in-arms. I read that you earned several awards, including two Purple Hearts. I honor your heroic service and am so very grateful to you and your brother, truly with all my heart, both for your service and your brave willingness to serve during a war that you and all your brothers were treated with such despicable disrespect. My deepest apologies to you and your brother for the ignorance of “some” stupid Americans.
I ask you, Sir, as one who has obviously served so nobly in the extreme nature of war and the horrors of the battlefield, please take under your review, the records of our American Sons in Leavenworth, as you are doing for the 79 detainees in Gitmo. President Obama stated as part of the reason for the release of the 5 top Taliban Commanders in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl that, after all, the war is winding down in Afghanistan. Well Sir, then that reasoning should apply to a review of the records and sentences of our American Sons in Leavenworth, as the war is winding down for them too. I believe and hope that if you start your review of Sgt Derrick Miller’s case, you too will intelligently conclude that this good Sergeant followed protocol to protect his men, and ultimately, he engaged his right to defend himself in a combat zone.
With A Mother’s Heart & A Very Proud Supporter of The Brave Men and
Women of the United States Military,
On June 30th, 2014, Dana Loesch invited me to join her in studio on the Glenn Beck Show to discuss the harsh and horrendous life sentence Sgt Miller is currently serving in Leavenworth for defending himself on a battlefield in Afghanistan. Throughout this war on terror, Dana Loesch has been a relentless supporter of our brave men and women in uniform and her unwavering support of our Troops means the world to them and to me. I am deeply grateful to Dana and her husband, Chris, for this opportunity and I truly believe there is a special place in Soldier Heaven for them both. Below is the link to the show:
Sgt Derrick Miller served his country through 3 deployments and he did so proudly and willingly. Sgt Miller was a good Soldier who secured many medals and rose to the rank of Sergeant. On his last deployment in Afghanistan, Sgt Miller detained an Afghan man named Atta Mohammed for questioning. As Derrick's unit was surrounded by hostile villagers on all 3 sides, and they had been taking heavy fire over time, the good Soldier Derrick was concerned when Atta Mohammed came from different directions entering their perimeter. Derrick became concerned when Mohammed told him he was there to fix a water pump, no wait, then he was there to fix a generator, and all the while Atta Mohammed telling Derrick "I not Taliban, the Soldiers killed my brother, but I not Taliban." Well the Good Soldier Derrick noticed Atta Mohammed had no tools. A struggle ensued with a gun and Derrick shot and killed "the Afghan man" as he was only allowed to be referred to at trial.
I later asked Derrick if he was sorry he shot Atta Mohammed (I only asked because that seems to be the ridiculous question the liberals want answered). Derrick looked me right in the eye and responded "I'm sorry he tried to get my gun so I had to shoot him. I'm sorry about that."
Sgt Derrick defended himself and his Brothers on the battlefield that day. When the gun went off, the perimeter was put on high alert and according to Derrick, within 20 minutes the base was attacked. On high alert, our Soldiers had moved out of their regular positions and not one American Soldier lost his life in that attack. Many of the men in Derrick's platoon believed he saved their lives that day.
I refer you to Sgt Miller's website, http://www.freederrickmiller.org/ for further details. With two witnesses who changed their stories and no forensics done on the gun nor the body, Derrick was convicted of a life sentence with a chance of parole in 10 years. He can never prove his story because all the evidence is destroyed.
Sgt Derrick Miller defended himself on this lopsided battlefield where winning hearts and minds have cost precious lives and limbs and where the insane rules of engagement and catch and release policies have afforded all the advantages to this brutal enemy we are fighting. This is a battlefield that has left our Sons victims in a lose lose situation! Derrick asked me to ask the representatives up on hill, "would they rather it would have been him who was killed?!"
Now as this brave American Son of ours sits locked up in Leavenworth with other Soldiers charged for crimes on this battlefield, this President is releasing terrorists from Gitmo right and left. Why, I had a rep for Donna Edwards, Chris Schloesser, boldly tell us in a meeting that the goal of this administration is to close Gitmo!! And that door to Gitmo has been swinging open constantly since this President has been elected. And he isn't just releasing terrorists that will go back to their families, oh no, they will head right back to the battlefield to kill and maim more of our precious Sons. The reckless release of the savage Ali Musa DaqDuq by this administration was unconscionable. DaqDuq killed 5 of our Soldiers but before he killed them he tortured 4 of them and then dumped their precious bodies on the side of a road. I guarantee he isn't going home to his mother or family, he is right back on the battlefield and God help and watch over our Soldiers! His release by this administration is an outrage and a slap in the face to every Warrior who has fought and died in this war.
I can guarantee you this, when Derrick is released, he will return home to his two daughters and family and he will get a job and live his life in peace.
What does Sgt Derrick Miller's mother do to try and secure the release of her son, because this President never talks about freeing America's Sons. Renee, Derrick's mother, bakes cupcakes all week and sells them at her Church socials so that she can try and visit her son and get him the legal help he so desperately needs and deserves. This wonder woman who raised a Warrior who proudly wore the uniform of this great country will be baking cupcakes for a long time as he is now serving his third year at Leavenworth.
Please visit: www.freederrickmiller.org and hit the donate button on Renee's website for traveling expenses. It has been one year since Derrick has seen his family and his beautiful little girls so any donation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I have promised Sgt Miller and his mother that I won't stop until Derrick is home where he belongs. We will be heading up to the hill in September for more meetings with representatives and we could sure use your help and support by ringing those phones up there. I was told by a great Warrior I love and respect that the reason Michael Behenna walks free today is because of the constant pressure we Americans generated on his behalf. We can do this again and the time has come for our Sons to be treated with the same courtesy and consideration as this President affords the terrorists and their families. But that will not happen without your help! We need you to ring those phones up there and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, LET OUR SONS GO HOME!
If you will, please call your Congressmen and Senators and ask them to help us secure a reduction in this cruel life sentence Derrick is serving, or better yet, ask them to release Derrick and all our Soldiers of the Leavenworth 10 who are still serving. What is good enough for the terrorists should damn well be good enough for America's Sons!!! This President has given as a reason to release these dangerous terrorists that the wars are winding down. SO, he needs to extend the same courtesy to our Sons as he does to the terrorists and open that door to Leavenworth and let our Sons of the L10 go home!!!
If you will, please forward this to all your lists and Twitter using the hashtag #FreeDerrickMiller. This is the beginning of an all out effort to Free Derrick Miller and we hope you will join us. We need daily calls, letters, emails, all you radio folks out there, please invite Renee on your show and give her the opportunity to help her get her Son's sentence reduced and/or to help her secure her Sons' release. All you journalists, please step up and write about Derrick's case. I am so very grateful to Marinka Peschmann for her excellent article about Sgt Derrick Miller.
She is another tireless supporter of our Troops and with her help, and Dana's, and all of you Patriots out there, we can and we will make great strides on behalf of the mothers of this country who raised Warriors Sons and now need and deserve to have their Sons come home!
The motto of The Band of Mothers is "Warriors Come From Warriors". Well, it is time for the warrior moms in this great country to kick it into full gear and fight for our warrior Sons!
Mother's Heart, Thank You!
Lone Survivor - Marcus Luttrell
Lone Survivor Official Trailer #1 - http://youtu.be/yoLFk4JK_RM
I recently saw the movie "Lone Survivor", based on the book by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell. I read the book when it came out and I had the opportunity to meet Marcus when he spoke at the Union League here in Chicago in 2012. It was an absolute honor to meet Marcus, his lovely wife, and Mr Rigby (Marcus's dog who goes with him everywhere)...
Honoring Memorial Day
The following beautiful video was sent to me by Jim Diehl, Vietnam Veteran, Gathering of Eagles, and as he stated, it is most appropriate on this Memorial Day 2014:
“To Fight For Others’ Safety and Freedom Knowing That This Path of Service May Include Their Life and the Suffering of Their Loved Ones. They Know That Freedom Has Never Been Free That the Price of Freedom Has Always Been the Blood of the Warrior.” “The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” Douglas MacArthur
As you gather with your family and friends this Memorial Day, please remember the brave men and women who laid down their lives so that you and yours may live free. Say a prayer for their families and please say a prayer for their Brothers still fighting to protect us and this beautiful way of life we all enjoy.
“There is no greater love than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
With A Mother’s Heart,
I headed to DC Monday night so I could join an honor Flight coming up from Florida on Tuesday. Vietnam Veteran John Stewart let me know they would be there on Tuesday so I went to hug them, thank them, and tell them how very sorry I was that barricades were being put up to keep them out of THEIR Memorials. It was absolutely one of the BEST days of my life. I am ALWAYS in the BEST company when I'm in the company of our Troops and our Veterans and yesterday I was honored to spend time with both! This was an AWESOME Honor Flight as many Vietnam Veterans accompanied their WWII Brothers. I get teary eyed just thinking about it tonight and I know I will for the rest of my life.
I gave and received hugs
and kisses that I will cherish forever! I had wonderful conversations
with these Heroes and many told me what they were doing on December
7th and how the whole country came together because that's what
Americans did back then. "We were all in this together and the women
were greater than the men, working in the factories and supporting us
any way they could", was what one Warrior told me. Many of these
Heroes got choked up and said they never ever had so many Americans
coming up to them and thanking them. Some of them expressed anger and
disappointment about the barricades but they said that all the people
thanking them made up for it. One Veteran told me that he was so
disappointed at the attitude of the young people coming up today
because they are taking their precious freedom for grated. This Hero
had a young man chaperoning him that said the kids at his school
really don't even know nor do they care who is in their government or
how it works. He had plans to attend an ROTC program next year.
Oscar Mike & The Band of Mothers
Recently I sent many emails asking folks to help out OscarMike and participate in their Kickstarter program. OscarMike is an Illinois company owned and operated by Veterans! This company employs Veterans and they only make American made products! How beautiful is that!!!
Their Kickstarter campaign went great and was a huge success, thanks to the huge support of all of you on this email list!
My husband and I recently met and had dinner with Noah Currier, President of OscarMike, and employees Renee and Joey . Attached are photos from our dinner. It was an honor to meet these wonderful Patriots! From left to right in the photos: Renee (a beautiful lady and "partner" to Noah), Noah, and Joey! Noah and Joey are both Veterans who have not let life altering injuries stand in the way of achieving great things in their life.
You know, the Veterans at OscarMike are the epitome of what makes America the great country that it is!!! These Veterans are extraordinary Americans and it is my hope all of you folks out there will continue to support OscarMike! Their apparel is awesome and it is all American Made!
This video below is an excellent introduction to OscarMike and the Veterans who work there. Please forward this information to all those on your contact list and Thank You All for making the OscarMike Kickstarter Program a success! AND please shop OscarMike for all your T-shirts and hooded shirts. Your support means the world to these Veterans and when you wear their shirts, you support Heroes who support America!!!
I was so fortunate on the 4th of July, in Philadelphia, to attend the presentation of the Patriots of the Year Award to most deserving Veterans, Joe Eastman, Chris Hill and the 2nd Brigade. I would not have missed this for the world! How appropriate is it that they received this award in the heart of the city known as the "City of Brotherly Love!" They love their Brothers, not just in their words, but in the many deeds they do for them! From assisting our homeless Vets find a meal, a place to sleep and a job, Joe, Chris and the wonderful Veterans and Patriots of the 2nd Brigade have arranged a tremendous amount of Welcome Homes and have escorted many of their Brothers on their final ride.
Radio talk show host Dom Giordano presented this award to Chris and Joe, at this well attended event that drew more of a crowd than the Mayor's event, as noted by Dom. Photos are attached.
After the presentation, we walked along the parade route and never was I more incensed at the lack of respect shown our military than by those spectators who sat alongside the street during the parade. As all factions of our military rolled and walked down the parade route, there was not even the slightest gesture of respect and gratefulness shown them by the spectators, UNTIL CHRIS HILL & THE GLORIOUS MEMBERS OF THE 2nd BRIGADE CAME ALONG! Why you haven't heard hooting and hollering and clapping like that ever in your life! I guarantee you, thanks to Chris and the 2nd Brigade, our military were regaled as they should be! It brought tears to my eyes and suddenly, I think out of shame I hope they felt, some of the spectators began to clap and some even stood up! I direct you to photo 3085, that is a photo of Veteran and one of my Heroes, Chris Hill, doing what he spends his life doing, thanking one of his noble Brothers for his service! Look at photo 3087, that is right about the time the 2nd Brigade's boots hit the parade route and the clapping and hooting and hollering began. Look and you can see the Soldier in his tank gazing down with a smile. I thank God we came along and I pray to God every night that Americans wake up and realize that without our Troops and our Veterans, they would NEVER EVER enjoy a day of freedom and liberty!
Lastly, please take a look at photo 3070, look at the eyes of the Veterans when Chris Hill came out and shared with his Brothers, the Patriots Award he noted belongs to all of them for all they do! Just look at the gleam in their eyes and their happiness to know they are regarded as Patriots of the Year for looking out for their Brothers. They do what they do out of love for their Brothers and their country and they do it humbly and without fanfare. But by the look in their eyes, it is clear to me it means the world to them to know that some Americans care enough TO THANK A VET!
My deepest appreciation to Don Giordano for his acknowledgment of all the great deeds these Veterans do! They carry their Brothers in their hearts and in their noble deeds!
My Deepest Respect & Gratefulness To Joe Eastman, Chris Hill and the 2nd Brigade For All They Do To Show Love & Appreciation to our Veterans!
As noted in photo 3055, THANK A VET! EVERY CHANCE YOU GET!!!
With A Grateful Heart I Am & Always Will Be,
The Very Proud Daughter of a WWII Navy Veteran, the Very Proud Sister of a Marine, Vietnam, and the Very Proud Mother of a Son, 82nd Airborne,
I use to tell him that I was grateful he was on our side because it would be very very bad for us if he had been fighting on the other side.
There will NEVER be anyone ever again like Chip. His loss is a great loss for all Conservatives.
Chip was honored on the floor of Congress yesterday by Congressman Ann Wagner and that is as it should be. He fought his heart out in this battle of good vs evil we are in and nobody understood the battle moves better than Chip and nobody executed them better either.
When Andrew Breitbart died, Chip sent me the following song. He said it was his favorite Andrew song. I hope you'll click on the link below and play it, in honor and memory of two of the greatest Warriors of our time. I think Chip would like that.
I've included below just some of the words written yesterday about this great Warrior.
Please keep Chip's wife and daughter in your prayers.
I will miss you Chip, so very much. You will have a good rest now.
"The Hero" Dedicated to the Mothers of Our Wounded.
The Iraq Star
Foundation is now officially known as
Rebuilding America's Warriors
We have changed our name to better reflect our mission offering
reconstructive surgery to our wounded and disfigured soldiers
returning from all wars from September 11, 2001 forward.
The Band of Mothers attended CPAC this year and what we looked forward to most was the Friday evening event organized in conjunction with Col North's organization, Freedom Alliance. The plan was to host several of our Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed and enable them a night out with truly appreciative Americans who love them for their courage and willingness to risk their lives to keep us safe. We met at Shelly's Back Room in DC and it was a wonderful night we won't ever forget! I think I speak for all of us who attended, there is no company we would rather be in than with the very brave Warriors who make our freedom and safety possible!
To Jeremy, Sgt David, Sgt Robert C, Marine David C, I know I speak for all of us who participated in our get-together at Shelly's, we can NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO KEEP US SAFE! To be in your company is to be in the company of the most noble and courageous Americans among us! Thank you for honoring us with your presence and for allowing us to show our appreciation to you for your service and sacrifice!
I want to thank the great Patriots who joined The Band of Mothers and made this a most memorable evening for these Heroes: Katie, Jeannie and James, Chad, Phil and Heather, Chris, Francis, Brian and Justin! Thank you all for making this a wonderful evening!
Below is a great write-up of the evening by Pepper of Freedom Alliance with a link to photos included. I really can't thank him and Freedom Alliance enough for arranging this event and for all they do for our Troops. Attached please find information on Freedom Alliance and please post and forward information about this wonderful organization! When I was growing up, Col North's name was honored in our home for the Hero that he was then and still is today! Not many folks know all that he and his organization do for our Troops so please take the time to read the attached. Consider a donation to Freedom Alliance for it is great Patriots like these that continue to honor our Troops and give back to them!
I'll never forget that Post Card I collected from Col North at my very first CPAC. It read, "Dear Soldier, Soldier On!" As we witnessed Friday night, that is what our Heroes do, no matter what obstacles are put in their path, they Soldier On! We must follow their courageous example and Soldier On in our support of them and all they do to keep us safe and free!
May God Always Bless Our Heroes of The United States Military!
2013-03-15 Cigar Night in DC Summary
I met Beverly Perlson at CPAC in 2007. I was approached by this fiery lady whose only wish was to get a postcard signed by Colonel North so she could ship it to her son, a soldier who was deployed to Iraq. Since then, she has collected hundreds (if not thousands) of postcards from celebrities and the general public to send overseas in a show of support to our troops. She has also compiled these postcards into several editions of books that not only show the gratitude for our troops, but shows the history of this war in a unique way. Beverly and I have continued to see each other every year at CPAC. This year, though, Beverly wanted to sponsor a dinner for a few troops from Walter Reed. Tim was more than happy to coordinate with the troops and secure a reservation.
On Friday night, March 15, I picked up Marine Jeremy Lattimer at his home in Arlington and we cruised into the city for what would be an entertaining night of good food, great company, and fine cigars. “Latz” as he is known to us, has been on multiple Freedom Alliance events and outings. We have been supporting his recovery for over a year. We were introduced to him through Doc Fowler, Col North’s corpsman from Vietnam who now runs a TBI clinic at Walter Reed. Latz has several deployments under his belt, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and a Marine Expeditionary Unit. He was exposed to multiple IED blasts that resulted in a brain injury.
Arriving in the dim, smoky atmosphere of Shelly’s Backroom, one of the few cigar bars in our nation’s capital, we found the reserved section for Freedom Alliance and waited for the rest of the group to show. Shortly thereafter, we saw the “high and tight” haircuts of two Marines approaching us – two staff members of the detachment at Walter Reed. In an effort to gauge their familiarity with Freedom Alliance, I asked if they ever heard of us. “Oh yes, I see your name on events all the time,” replied GySgt David, “you all are taking some of our Marines to Costa Rica, right?” Word gets around. GySgt David Hendin not only is a staff member of the detachment, but was also wounded in Iraq. The other Gunnery Sergeant, Gunny Robert Cruz, had arrived at Walter Reed merely three weeks ago to join the staff, and has one more year before retirement.
As we were getting to know each other, the kind-hearted and strongly devoted Beverly Perlson, along with a dozen or so of her friends, entered the area to fill the rest of the seats. Among her guests were very patriotic folk that are staunch advocates of our military. All were in DC for CPAC, but each admitted that this night was what they were truly looking forward to. Several of Bev’s friends were veterans, including Chad, a veteran of the Iraq war who brightened to be in the company of fellow warriors.
As the night got started, Bev passed around fine Camacho and Pepin Garcia cigars for the troops to enjoy, selected by her husband Judd who is an expert connoisseur of all things tobacco. At that moment, another guest arrived: Marine David Crouse, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal technician who lost a hand and an eye in a tragic training accident in Cambodia. David and his friend Chris joined the banter.
Jeremy and Gunny David started swapping war stories. I watched as they joked back and forth about Iraq, then Jeremy turned to me saying, “The Gunny was in the same unit as me, at the same time, in Iraq…2d Battalion, 2d Marines!” David nodded, adding, “Small Corps.” I spoke at length to the new addition to the detachment staff, Gunny Robert Cruz, who said working at Walter Reed has been one of the most inspiring jobs of his life. “These guys come to me talking about their accomplishment of the day, with big grins, about how they just completed this activity or that – guys without legs, wheeling down the hallway with a smile. Their character trumps the struggle of everyday life.”
Around 10pm we called it a night, hugging Beverly and her crew and thanking them for a fun evening. I feel that this will become a cherished annual tradition for Beverly and Freedom Alliance.
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My Deepest Condolences to the Family of Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle:
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
Today this American Hero, this larger than life Warrior, will be laid to rest. I have no doubt God and his Brothers will be waiting for him with open arms. I once asked a Chaplain how he viewed our Warriors, whose job it is to kill the enemy. He told me something I will never forget. They are Shepherds of Peace, he said, for without their courage and resolve, evil would rule our world.
"I had a job to do as a SEAL. I killed the enemy--an enemy I saw day in and day out plotting to kill my fellow Americans. I'm haunted by the enemy's successes. They were few, but even a single American life is one too many lost."
Chris Kyle, quote from his book, "American Sniper."
I am so deeply grateful for the courage and most noble resolve of this brave American Hero, Chris Kyle, who risked his life countless times to keep my family and my country safe. Words are not enough and never will be to adequately express my deepest love and appreciation to Him and his Brothers for their willingness to confront and fight pure evil on behalf of my family and all Americans.
Please keep the family of this Hero in your prayers. As it is finally prominent in the news the last two days, our Seals and all our Veteran's suffer shabby treatment by this nation when their noble service ends. IT IS SHAMEFUL!!!!!! It is my hope all Americans will buy Chris's book, "American Sniper." The proceeds will help take care of the family he leaves behind. WE MUST TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND THE FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN! IT IS SHAMEFUL AND DESPICABLE TO TAKE FOR GRANTED THE SERVICE & SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO WILLINGLY RISK THEIR LIFE TO KEEP YOU SAFE!
Memory & Tribute To Chris Kyle, American Warrior:
Godspeed Chris Kyle. God Bless You & Your Brothers, Always and Forever.
Operation Jersey Cares: A Truly Phenomenal Troop Support Organization! 100% Volunteer!
Their motto is: “NEVER AGAIN SHALL ONE GENERATION FORGET ANOTHER”!
The Fact Sheet provided on their website is impressive
This organization of Patriots is 100% Volunteer and 100% Non Profit!
"Since 2007, OJC has sourced, packed and mailed over 300,000 lbs of product directly to individual servicemen/women to be shared with their fellow warriors in combat zones and field hospitals. Donations include food, personal care items, clothing, blankets, phone cards, DVDs, stationary, magazines, paperbacks, and gift bags. Motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs have been donated to Veteran’s Nursing Homes.
It is very rare to find an organization like this where 100% donations go toward the Troops. This is possible as no staff are paid salaries, all participation is 100% volunteer! God Bless These folks!
Below is a recent letter Operation Jersey Cares received and it will bring tears to your eyes. It speaks to the heartwarming effect the efforts by these Volunteers and this organization have on our Troops and our Wounded Warriors.
Please visit their website and consider sending a Donation, every dime goes to the Troops!
And if you will, please forward to all your lists.
Letter to Operation Jersey Cares:
Dear Operation Jersey Cares,
Hi, my name is LTJG Amy Nowakowski and I am a Navy nurse serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. I work in a Role III NATO hospital, and I have been in country for over five months now. I received two huge boxes a couple weeks ago with all sorts of goodies packed in them from your organization and I wanted to share with you an email (below) I wrote my friends and family regarding your thoughtfulness. Wow! I cannot tell you enough how much we appreciated it. We enjoyed reading the cards and everything went to GREAT use. We were able to give some of the packages to wounded soldiers before flying out to Germany. Many physicians, nurses, and corpsmen enjoyed the packages. Thank you from everyone here at Role III Multi-national hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan!
LTJG Amy Nowakowski
I have been taking care of a 13 year old Afghan boy for the past two weeks now. Let me tell you, this kid is a fighter! He had an appendectomy out in town which became horribly infected. When we received him he was extremely septic. When we placed a chest tube for example, purulent drainage spilled out of his thoracic cavity like I have never seen before. They ended up doing a decortication thoracotomy, opened his abdomen to washout an abscess and placed an abdominal wound vac amongst various other procedures. This kid literally has 6 drains coming from his chest and belly. I have never seen anything like it. His abdomen is hugely distended and necrotic. We were finally able to extubate him and switch him over to a trach which he is tolerating much better and we have weaned him off the ventilator! He makes eye contact with me now and it is really nice to finally get to see him awake. He is such sweet boy. Even after I finish doing painful dressing changes (we are treating his belly like a burn) which I cannot even imagine enduring, he puts his hand to his chest to say "thank you." This is a sign of endearment in Afghan culture, they put their hand to their heart to signify gratitude and love. Sometimes he gets anxious and the only thing he wants is for someone to sit with him. So yesterday we did just that. Hand in hand, we watched Shrek and Over the Hedge until I could practically recite the movie verbatim. He squeezed my hand a couple times during the movie. It is a good feeling to see him regain his strength. He is definitely on the road to recovery. I cannot wait to hear his sweet voice. His prognosis was not good in the beginning but now we might actually see him walk out of the ICU. I have been asked to accompany him in transfer to KRMH when he gets better. Even though the mentor program has been canceled (more on this to follow) I am going to ensure the nurses know how to properly take care of his wounds, drains, etc. It will be a treat just to see him well I am sure, but I think the experience will be eye opening. I have never seen the hospital nor do I know what conditions they work under or how their patients are treated. I hear by word of mouth, but now I get to see for myself!
A couple days ago I picked up two gigantic boxes from our post office. I could hardly manage to pick up the package myself it was so heavy! The box was labeled "Operation Jersey Cares." I thought to myself, "I don't know anyone in Jersey!?" Inside the box was individually wrapped bags filled with toiletries, snacks, gum, socks etc. Teachers, students, and families from different cities throughout the area made these care packages to support our troops! It was so cute to read some of these cards written by second graders or admire their masterpieces (drawings with randomly placed blobs of color.) Oh their imaginations! One said, "Thank you soldier for saving the world." "Feel better." "You are in my prayers soldier, I love you." Seeing their little chicken scratch hand writing was adorable. Some of my co-workers got teary eyed, some laughed at their innocence and choice of words, and others just smiled from ear to ear. Wow, what a nice feeling to know you have so much support! Everyone got a little treat that day that we shared with soldiers on the ward waiting for a flight out, our flight docs and nurses, and the OR staff. A huge THANK YOU goes out to my godfather and godmother, or the Crow Flock as they call themselves. You guys are awesome! It really lifted our spirits and allowed us to forget about work for a couple minutes. Little treasures and comforts from home is sometimes all it takes to give us a jump start. It reminds us again why we are here. Thank you for your continued support. I love you guys!
Belated Thanksgiving Day Message:
This email was scheduled to go out on Wednesday, but the hackers have been busy! The Band of Mothers may have been down for awhile, but don't ever count us out!
Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful pause in our busy lives to give thanks, and when it comes to our Troops, who serve every single day of the year, we should give thanks for all they do, every single day of the year!
Belated Thanksgiving Day Message:
I have attached a list of organizations sent to me by Jessica Allen, wife of Wounded Warrior Chaz Allen (above). All I can say is what a woman and what a Hero! At my Thanksgiving day table, my family will give thanks for Brave American families such as theirs that exemplify the sheer will and great spirit of the American Warrior! It was an honor to receive Jessica's email.
www.facebook.com/GoTeamAllen and Adventures OfTeamAllen.blogspot.com.
Jessica was kind enough to send this list to me so that those of us who want to support organizations that truly do make a difference in our Heroes lives, we would have a good guide. I know there has been some controversy regarding Wounded Warrior Project recently, but in Jessica's words "they are very visible at the hospital." I understand too they are having second thoughts regarding the "gun" controversy!
I would add to her list http://www.buildingforamericasbravest.org/, an organization of the Stephen Siller Tunnell For Towers Foundations and the Gary Sinise Foundation. They just completed a smart home for Marine Sgt John Peck from the state of Illinois and this is one of several!
There is one organization I would like to highlight and this news comes from Skip Hermann here in Illinois: www.woundedheroesfund.net
In Skip's words "97 cents of every dollar goes directly to the troops!!" ( 4 yrs in a row now !!)
What an outstanding organization, it really doesn't get any better than that!
Please remember too those organizations sending Care Packages To our Troops this Christmas!
Operation Support Our Troops America http://www.osotamerica.org/ and Move America Forward
I would be truly amiss if I didn't mention Col North's organization, Freedom Alliance: http://freedomalliance.org/
They do so much, and most notably the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund:
What Col North continues to do so very well is remind us of the tough, honorable Americans who sacrifice so very much on our behalf, and they do so willingly and with great humility and pride:
As we move forward into the new year, please keep our Troops in your hearts and in your prayers. Please consider donations to these organizations, for they support our Troops.
God Bless Our Gold Star Families, Our Blue Star Families, and And God Please Bless & Watch Over Troops!
My family is so very thankful and so very grateful for all they do to keep us safe!
I was deeply troubled by this Father's email that I had to remain silent for awhile. My civility has returned and I apologize to this father for my delay in addressing his request.
Below are excerpts of that email from the Father. Unlike our current Commander-in-Chief, I am fiercely protective of our Troops and divulging all of his email might endanger his Son:
" The other night I watched and listened to this poor excuse for a President. During his speech he mentioned that he has had to address these horrible attacks 4 times since he has been President and then he named the 4. What he left out was one of the worst mass killings in our history that occurred during his presidency. The killings at Fort Hood!!!!!
I was on the road all day yesterday traveling on business. I turned my satellite radio station from channel to channel. Not one single news media outlet mentioned Fort Hood. Why? I believe I know why, because he is a Muslim. What was his reasoning for killing 13 people and wounding 35 others? Islam was his reason."
"The families of the Fort Hood killer don't even get death benefits or the wounded a purple heart because this Traitor-in-Chief had it called Work Place Violence."
This Marine Father's words are heartbreaking and it severely pains me to hear how much Obama and his reckless cronies are hurting our Troops and their families.
What happened at Ft Hood tears at the heart of any American who loves our Troops and loves this country. The slaughter of our Soldiers on American soil, on their base, was one of the most horrific tragedies in the history of this country. The fact that this President, the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, ignores this slaughter of our Troops is despicable, deplorable and gut wrenching, especially for the brave men and women who he commands, and their families! This Father's Son is about to deploy and his Son will be risking his life under the appease and apologize policies of this reckless Commander-in-Chief. The COIN strategy, written by the shamed General Petraeus, is a failed policy that has resulted in the maiming, killing and incarceration of our Sons! As I have stated countless times, this President and this reckless COIN policy affords all the advantages to this enemy on the battlefield.
Our Sons were gunned down at Ft Hood on November 5, 2009. The shooter, Major Hasan, yelled "Allahu Akbar" before killing 13 American Sons and wounding others. Since that horrific day, this jihadist continues to receive Army pay! Further, he has thrown tantrums demanding to wear his jihadist beard, resulting in the postponement of his day of judgment, and finally appeasement! And what does the "Traitor-in-Chief" have to say about all this! Nothing, except to refuse to call this the terrorist attack it was. This was "workplace violence" according to the him. That is a punch in the gut and a slap in the face to our Troops and those of us who love and revere them.
This Marine father is outraged and his fury is more aimed at the media, and rightfully so. Where have they been? Following this reckless President wherever he points them, that is where they have been! Look, I'm over here, the narcissist President says, and they all run and follow his lead. He never talks about the deaths of our troops or the bombings in Afghanistan, no way, we can't have that, the media will report it so don't mention those brave Warriors fighting and dying in Afghanistan! Keep that lapdog media distracted, and they are so easily distracted!
This Marine father is right to be outraged at this reckless and dangerous President and he is right to express outrage at the media! There is one great man who lived among us for a short time and who summed up really well what was happening to our Troops.
That man was Andrew Breitbart. He was bold and brave and NOBODY led him around, ever! He loved our Troops and he told their stories. I have often shared the post card Andrew wrote to our Troops back in 2009. As a matter of fact, when I attended Andrew's funeral, I gave a copy of this post card to several of his friends and colleagues at Breitbart.com. It was my hope Andrew's words to our Troops would be posted in a prominent place on HIS website. His words were a message of love and admiration to our Troops, and his message to the media was profound and so true!
You can find the words to that post card on the Band of Mothers website and it is my hope those of you on this email string will forward Andrew's words to any and all service members you know. Please post it on your websites so that our Troops see it and know there are those of us who feel they have, in Andrew's words "exhibited heroism".
Andrew apologized for the "putrid behavior of the mainstream media" and, to this Marine father, his Son, and to all our Troops, I too apologize.
Andrew's Post Card To Our Troops (2009):
I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the putrid behavior of the American media. You have exhibited heroism and they took the lowest road. I have committed all of my resources to undo that wrong. And the mainstream media and Hollywood will have been exposed as the traitors they are."
With A Mother's Heart, I
am so very very sorry,
As you celebrate Christmas, please hold our Brave Warriors in your thoughts and in your prayers. There isn't a day that goes by that they don't think of you.
My family wishes all our Troops a Merry Christmas and I promise there isn't a day goes by that we don't think of all of you and pray for your safe return. In this household, you are revered and held in the highest regard. We love you all and at our dinner table, we will pray for you and thank God there are such brave and noble Americans such as YOU!
May God Bless & Watch Over Each and Everyone of You.
Merry Christmas and I hope for a New Year filled with deep appreciation from all Americans for your noble service and sacrifice!
With All My Heart,
Whitehouse bypasses Congress, buys new Federal Prison.
link below to hear Beverly Perlson on Fox News.
I want to add a special thank you to Congressman Bobby Schilling and his Veteran's Affairs Officer, Ken Moffett, for their diligence in making folks aware of the story of LZ Kate and the heroic sacrifice by Lt Ross at that fire base back in 1969. However, I want the world to know about another Hero who performed so very courageously at LZ Kate. Lt Ross died in the arms of the extraordinary and courageous 21 year old Army Special Forces Capt William Albracht. After the death of Lt Ross, Capt Albracht carried on that dreadful day and due to his remarkable and brave actions, this Son from Illinois led the evacuation from Fire base Kate that saved the lives of 150 Soldiers and Montgnards.
It is remarkable to me what this brave young American did! What is most astounding to this mother is that Capt Albracht never made it to the ceremony to accept his "Impact Award" at Ban Me That. He was picked up by helicopter on his way to the ceremony when a call came in that four gravely wounded US Soldiers needed transport. In his unwavering devotion to his Brothers , this young brave Captain told the pilot to take the wounded and transport them first. By the time Capt Albracht arrived at the ceremony at Ban Me Thuot, the Commanding General was long gone.
I want folks to know that right in our midst is a true American Hero from the Vietnam War. Capt Albracht's story is about a young and most courageous young man from Illinois who in the heat of battle and surrounded by the enemy, thought nothing of himself and only of his Brothers. He saved 150 lives at LZ Kate back in 1969 and those brave young Americans made it home to their mothers. My heart breaks for the family of Lt Ross but there is no doubt that, just like those four gravely wounded Soldiers, Capt Albracht's heroism on LZ Kate saved the lives of so many!
It is time for Capt Albracht to receive a Medal of Honor for his courage and heroism at Fire base Kate back in 1969. I had the honor to meet Capt Albracht and some of his crew on Saturday and I am always in the BEST company when I am in the company of our Veterans! I have attached some photos of this most memorable day that I will never forget! It was truly an honor to be in the company of such brave Americans!
The Band of Mothers
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Plan To Help lst Lt Michael Behenna & All our Troops!
The news last week that lst Lt Michael Behenna's conviction was upheld was devastating to Michael, his devoted girlfriend Shannon, his family, and all of you folks who have stood by Michael and supported him. I was heartbroken for Michael and Shannon and his family, but frankly, I was not surprised. I have made it known that a Chief of Staff on the hill had told me last year that I would not like the eventual outcome for the guys in Leavenworth. As much as I hated his remark and fought in every way I knew how to prove him wrong, in the back of my mind I feared he knew something I didn't. Turns out, he knew what he was talking about.
Now we can rant and rave about the injustice of this decision, but I am laser focused on what we can do now to help secure Mike's release and those of the Leavenworth 10.
So...I called the Chief of Staff who knew the outcome for Mike and asked him, what is the best way to help Michael and the guys in Leavenworth now? His answer did not surprise me and I had already begun to work in this direction 6 months ago. His answer was simple and sensible, appeal to Mitt Romney. If he wins the election in November he is the man who holds the key to the doors of Leavenworth. Write him, get close to him if you can, and speak about the injustice our Soldiers have endured under this administration's current Roe's and catch and release policies.
So...I have written a letter to Anne and Mitt Romney. They are both parents who love their children and love this country. I write to them as a mother whose son served 4 deployments in this war. My letter is below. I ask you to use the info in my letter to write your own, or just use my letter. You can post your letter at Romney's website under Issues: http://www.mittromney.com/forms/site-issues
I do not have an address on the Romneys yet so if any of you out there do, please email it to me. Send your letter to the Romney campaign manger in your state and send it to Congressmen/Senators you might know who will pass this to the Romneys. Send anywhere you think it will do some good. AND most important, whether you print my letter or write your own, carry it with you. If you are at a fundraiser for Romney, pass it to the most senior person you can. I passed a letter to Paul Ryan a couple of months ago regarding Michael Behenna and the insane policies of this war. He listened in earnest and he took my information.
Please engage in this campaign to help these Warriors. We need your help desperately now. All of us together all across this nation can make a tremendous difference for Michael and all our Troops! Please remember, these young men in Leavenworth were living a happy wonderful life until one day they decided they would risk their life for you, to keep you and your family safe. Michael Behenna did just that until the day he was charged for killing a terrorist. I heard Michael's mother say recently that when Michael heard the news that his conviction was upheld, he said he was okay; he was in a "good place" within himself. I believe Michael endures with his soul intact because he knows if Ali Mansur had made it back to his village, he would have killed more of Michael's men, more of our American Sons. He knows he saved the lives of his Soldiers and he helped send them home to their families. Now we need to do everything we can to send Michael home too.
In the meantime, please pray for Mike and the Leavenworth 10. Please pray for Green Beret Kelly Stewart, awaiting his decision any day now, and lst Sgt Walter Taylor, (Purple Heart Recipient and the worst victim of military injustice yet) who is waiting to see if he is on his way to Leavenworth. AND Derrick Miller, who received a life sentence for protecting his unit from an attack. And his unit was attacked that night!!
I believe we are on the precipice of justice for these Soldiers and I believe it is only possible with the election of Mitt Romney. Thanks to all of you for your devoted support of our Soldiers. It means the world to them! And please be sure to vote to elect Mitt Romney on November 6th!
My letter is below.
The Band of Mothers
Hearings for lst Lt Michael Behenna &
I believe the hearings for lst Lt Michael Behenna and SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart went well. You can visit their websites at www.savethissoldier.com and www.defendmichael.com for further information. Now we wait and pray. Decisions could come down anywhere from 6 weeks to one year.
Please pray for these Warriors and their families, and please pray for all our Troops. It is a very sad day in America when the enemy has more leverage on the battlefield than our own Warriors! It is a very sad day in America when our Troops have to fight with both hands tied behind their backs! It is an extremely sad day in America when the very enemy who has killed and tortured our Sons is released, yet our Sons are imprisoned for defending their Brothers and defending their country!! I believe with all my heart that in November we will nominate a new Commander-in-Chief for our Brave Warriors who will treat them with the respect they deserve!
I am so very proud to be an American and my family is forever grateful to all who serve and risk their lives to keep us safe and free! To our Gold Star Families, my family is beholden to each of you for the great sacrifice your loved ones made to keep us free. There is nothing I can say to ease your pain but I can promise to continue to honor their precious lives and sacrifice by fighting for their Brothers!
With A Mother's
"The Ballad of Michael Behenna" by Chad Evan Todd:
A fine young Soldier sits in Leavenworth tonight,
"Step up and lend your voice
To the right side of right
There's something worth doing something about,
Let the voice of truth lead the way
and lead Michael out!
Free Michael Behenna!
Special thanks to Chad Evan Todd, who wrote and recorded
Write and call your Congressmen and Senators Please! Free Michael Behenna!
"I Honor Back" by Jon Kahn
What a beautiful heart this man has. I love you Jon Kahn and Thank You! Your beautiful words mean the world to our Troops, our Veterans and our Gold Star Families. God Bless You!
With A Mother's Heart, thank you so very much!
Thanks to Katie O'Malley, I first met Andrew Breitbart at CPAC in 2009. I was collecting post cards for our troops and I asked Andrew if he would fill one out. At the end of the evening Andrew handed me his handwritten post card and what he wrote grabbed hold of this mother's heart forever. I knew what he had written was profound and that standing in my presence was a great man, a brave man, the George Washington of my lifetime! I felt at that moment that we were freezing on the banks of the Delaware, the Soldiers were downtrodden and beaten up and before me stood this man of great courage who let me know that this battle was just beginning and he would lead us through the icy biting waters boldly and we would win this fight! Here is what he wrote to our troops back in 2009 at CPAC:
I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the putrid behavior of the American media. You have exhibited heroism and they took the lowest road. I have committed all of my resources to undo that wrong. And the mainstream media and Hollywood will have been exposed as the traitors they are."
We lost our General on March lst with the passing of Andrew Breitbart. We must forge on and continue in the battle for TRUTH that Andrew so bravely and relentlessly fought!
Dear Mr Obama,
I didn't hear from you when our recruiters were gunned down at their recruiting station right here in this country. I don't ever hear from you day to day when we lose precious young American Heroes in Afghanistan. I don't ever hear from you when a precious young American Hero loses his legs, his arms or his genitals, trying to beat back this brutal enemy who doesn't have to abide by any rules as he blows up our Sons, our Daughters, and his own people.
CPAC 2012: Breitbart: There are Two Paths, One is America, The Other is Occupy!
I headed to CPAC with a heavy but hopeful heart. I was looking for Conservatives who know that the Occupy people are not "delightful" as John Tillman described them. I was looking for Conservatives who stand by our troops ALWAYS, no matter what, and would never use the word Marine and vile in the same sentence! I was looking for Conservatives who would never tell me that I have something in common with the radical Occupy "freaks" as Andrew Breitbart so accurately described them. I was looking for Conservatives who are loyal to our troops and who would never abandon them to pacify freaks. I was looking for loyalty among our ranks. I am sick and tired of listening to men like John Tillman who try and make nice with freaks and who stab our troops in the back and who stab their brave defenders in the back. I am sick and tired of listening to those who continuously beat up on John Boehner and the Republicans, who have passed tons of legislation, but I hear not a peep out of them that Harry Reid sits in the Senate with all that legislation shoved in his drawer!!! The Democrats love these folks and as they beat up on this Republican Congress, they beat down a golden opportunity we have to lead this country out of the darkest days we have ever seen. The outrageous and irresponsible actions of Obama and this administration could fill volumes and is so much fodder for Conservatives, yet beating up on Republicans is the norm is some groups and to such a degree, I am convinced they have been infiltrated by the lefties!! That is clear to many of us Conservatives. I went to CPAC looking for loyalty among our ranks and my heart came away rejuvenated and certain that we will leave in the dust those that choose to do the work of the left! I encourage Mr Tillman and those who think Conservatives have anything in common with the Occupy "freaks" to listen to Andrew Breitbart's speech at CPAC.
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A Christmas Wish For our Troops:
To All Our Brave Men and Women Serving All Over The World, May God Keep You Safe and Warm.
Until You Are Home, May God Hold You In The Palm of His Hand.
With A Mother's Heart,
A Special Tribute to My Dear Friend & Supporter of our Troops, Katie O'Malley!
As the founder of The Band of Mothers, I have met so many great Patriots, but none as great and humble as my dear friend, Katie O'Malley. On the eve of Christmas, I pay tribute to this wonderful mother and steadfast Warrior whose heart beats as one with our brave men and women of the United States Military.
I met Katie back in 2007. It was our Irish roots that bonded us from the very first moment we met. Like Katie, I too am Irish, my mother's maiden was Carty. It is I think the norm that mother's are protective of their young, but I believe Irish mothers are a little more fierce about it! Katie and I share that common bond: when it comes to our children, "katy bar the door" best expresses the trouble headed your way if you even think of messing with our children! I've often wondered why they just don't suit us up and send us to fight! When you hear the expression "the fighting Irish", remember, it all begins with "Ma!" Katie O'Malley is an Irish mother in every sense of the word and God help you if you mess with her children! That fierce protectiveness extends to our sons and daughters of the United States Military too!
Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times and in so many ways Katie O'Malley has made a difference for our brave Warriors! Katie has this unique gift of bringing folks together and building bridges among us, all in her personal pursuit to do everything she can to help our troops. I have met so many great men and women in this country who support our troops and it is Katie who opened those doors for me.
On December 3rd, is but one example. In Washington DC, Katie, Teresa, Chad and I had the honor of attending Sean Hannity's Holiday Tribute to the Troops (special thanks to Teresa for this great idea!) This is a wonderful patriotic event that warms your heart and makes you darn proud to live in a country represented by the Greatest Military On The Face of This Earth! Sean Hannity's concerts celebrate the bravery and selfless sacrifice of the Heroes among us and it is a wonderful experience to sit among these Warriors and be a part of a tribute to them! You will NEVER be in better company! These concerts help benefit Col Oliver North's organization, Freedom Alliance http://www.freedomalliance.org/. Freedom Alliance provides scholarships to the children of our fallen and wounded Heroes. For the past 8 years, Sean Hannity has been instrumental in raising over $10 million to support the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.
It was a wonderful evening!
All our Heroes were honored at this concert and it was a thrill to be a part of this tribute. Afterward, we had the distinct honor to meet U.S. Army Private First Class Brian Dilberian of the 10th Mountain Division. In July 2011, Brian lost both his legs and and left hand to an IED. Every American should meet this Warrior! He is an inspiration and he is a true American Hero!
Col North presented his beautiful tribute "This Is What A Patriot Looks Like", and I dare any American to watch this without a tear in your eye. http://www.blackfive.net/main/2011/12/thats-what-we-do-were-americans.html. Featured were three-time GRAMMY winner Michael W. Smith, combat-decorated Marine/best-selling author Oliver North, and a performance from platinum-selling recording artist John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting.
Andrew Breitbart was also present. As a great supporter of the troops, a man with great vision and courage, who single handily takes on the leftist media, he is one of my personal Heroes. Thanks to Katie O'Malley, I had first met Andrew Breitbart in 2009 when he wrote the most profound Post Card to our troops I ever received. You can only imagine my utter shock when he called my name out from the stage and thanked me for my support of the troops. He warmed my heart when he mentioned my son's beautiful silver wings I always wear proudly. He asked me to stand and I did. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life! However, there is one person who should have stood with me, and that is my fighting Irish sister, Katie O'Malley, who made that beautiful moment happen!
Before the concert, Katie was noticeably absent. Where was Katie? Behind the scenes, where she always is, promoting someone else, never herself. That is what Katie O'Malley does and that is what defines her. When you look at the picture below with Sean Hannity, Katie is not in that picture because she took the picture. She is selfless, tireless and a relentless Warrior who has done more for our Troops than anyone I know.
So on this Christmas Eve, as I thank our Troops for all they do, I bow to my dear friend Katie O'Malley. We made a pact from the moment we met that we would fight together to make certain our Troops would never suffer as their brothers in VietNam did! We've made a difference Sister!
As the year ends Katie O'Malley, take a bow for all YOU have done for our troops!
I sign off with this tribute to You Katie. You share the Warrior spirit with our brave men and women. The song is appropriately called "The Warrior Song""
Merry Christmas and God Bless Katie O'Malley and God Bless Our Troops!
With A Mother's Heart,
"The Ballad of Michael Behenna."
There is now a hauntingly beautiful song written about lst Lt Michael Behenna, "The Ballad of Michael Behenna." This was written by Chad Evan Todd, who performed at the rally in Leavenworth for Michael Behenna and the Leavenworth 10. Chad is a good man and a humble man. Chad has turned publishing rights over to the Behenna family so that any royalties paid can be used toward Michael's legal defense. So every time this song plays on the radio, royalties will be paid to the Behenna family.
Folks, please go to this website www.ourstage.com/profile/chadevantodd and click on songs. Scroll to the song "The Ballad of Michael Behenna" and click on it. You can hear it and purchase it here. You can also go to http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ChadEvanTodd and purchase it there.
Please send this song all over! Ask folks to purchase this song and please forward this to any and all radio stations you know. If we can get the radio stations playing this song, those doors of Leavenworth just might open for this Hero! This song tells the story of the dangerous and insane "catch and release" policy that is maiming and killing our Soldiers and, as in Michael's case, has led to the imprisonment of some of our Soldiers.
A stanza from the song:
A fine young Soldier sits in Leavenworth tonight,
"Step up and lend your voice
To the right side of right
There's something worth doing something about,
Let the voice of truth lead the way
and lead Michael out!
Free Michael Behenna!
Please help us spread this song all over!!! We need to get every American saying "FREE MICHAEL BEHENNA!!"
Please forward to all your lists and forward to any radio stations you think might play this song!
Laptops for Wounded Worriors
On Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 I had the honor of attending a Laptop Presentation at Ft Bragg, North Carolina. This wonderful program was conceived by Vietnam Veteran and GOE member George Samek. George is a wonderful man who not only had a dream to help his Wounded Brothers, he made his dream come true. Since the inception of the Laptop For Wounded Warriors Program, 250 laptops have been presented to the brave men and women wounded in this war. George has gone into somewhat semi-retirement (although as long as his Brothers are in need, I don't really see George ever fully retired!) and Dawn West has taken this truly therapeutic program to new levels. The difference George and Dawn have made in the lives of our wounded is remarkable. Their next presentation is at Portsmouth Naval where they will present 10 laptops to our wounded Marines. George has even reached over to England and a laptop will be presented to a wounded British Warrior! You can donate to the Laptop For Wounded Warriors at http://www.gatheringofeagles.org/view535574711.html, or by mail at
GOE/Laptop for Wounded
I am most grateful to George and Dawn and Capt Larry Bailey, Chairman of the Gathering of Eagles. Larry has been instrumental in securing donations for the Laptop Program and I am forever grateful to him for heading up a truly great organization that takes a stand for their Brothers. Thanks to GOE member Robert Gowan over in Hawaii, our men and women in uniform have received tons and tons of Kona coffee on their deployments! Thanks to Chris Hill, Nat'l Director of GOE, our homeless Veterans in Philadelphia are getting help and assistance!
I must mention Kathy of GOE, who has contributed endless amounts of time posting on the GOE website. I was honored at Ft Bragg to meet her daughter, who will be deploying to South Korea next year. Thank you Kathy and God Bless and Watch over your brave daughter! I will keep you both in my prayers.
Below are some pictures from the Ft Bragg presentation. This was a special honor and privilege for me to attend as my Son served with the 82nd Airborne. A very special THANK YOU to the Womens' Auxiliary of the North Carolina VFW whose donation made this presentation at Ft. Bragg possible. God Bless You Ladies!
Thank you George for your service and for making your dream to help your Brothers come true! Through the Gathering of Eagles, I have come to know that George and all our Veterans just never stop serving. Thank you Gathering of Eagles for all you do and have done for our military!
you'll order this book. SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart's story is a tragic
one and just another glaring example of how our military is letting
our Soldiers down!
We've just got to keep fighting for SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart, lst Lt Michael Behenna, and the Leavenworth 10! They stepped up to the plate to serve and protect us, now we need to fight to protect them!
you and please forward!
The Band of Mothers and the Gathering of Eagles extend their deepest appreciation to all the organizations that signed onto "The 3000" letter. As President Obama announced yesterday that ALL troops will exit Iraq by the end of December, "The 3000" letter's mission has come to a successful end. No members of our military will be left behind!
We are supremely proud of the service of our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, and we recognize the debt that all Americans owe them.
As sponsors of "The 3000" letter, Larry Bailey and I say "Thank you" to each of the signatories who signed onto this letter. Thank you for taking a stand for our brave men and women! Your support for their safety means the world to these warriors.
Let us all pray that their journey home is a safe one.
Godspeed to them, and God bless the United States military!
CALL TO ACTION
Sadr has threatened the lives of any troops left behind after December of this year! We need your support and if you know of any organizations/bloggers who will sign on, please forward to them. We already lost 3000 brave Americans on one day, we cannot sit idly by and allow this President to leave 3000 Soldiers in such a vulnerable and dangerous position.
"the 3000" letter:
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
We, the undersigned, stand in stark and unified opposition to your proposed plan to leave 3000 combat troops behind in Iraq following the scheduled withdrawal of American troops from that country on December 31, 2011.
As we approach December 31, there are increasing debates about the exact nature of our withdrawal from Iraq. A recent development in these debates is your proposal to leave 3000 combat troops behind in Iraq, following the withdrawal of the main combat forces. Of great concern are the reports that this proposal is in direct opposition to the advice of your own military commanders, who have warned you of the dangers of leaving such a reduced number of troops in Iraq.
It is our understanding that you have not yet presented your rationale for leaving those 3000 troops behind. However, on the face of it, your proposal appears to be reckless and disregarding of the safety of those brave American Soldiers who have already given so much for their country during this war.
It is our position that the withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq must, and should, be governed and executed with total consideration for the safety of our troops. Further, we believe that, in the best interests of the safety of our troops, you should either pull ALL of the troops out, or you should follow the “level of troop strength” recommendations advised to you by your Generals on the ground.
We are continuing
to monitor this situation closely as we continue to pray for the
safety of our Soldiers.
Signatories of "The 3000" Letter:
Please visit this website, http://the3000.wordpress.com/
Leave your comments and sign your organization on. We must stand by our Troops, they have never wavered in their support of all of us.
Please keep our Troops in your prayers!!!
In Memory of all the Most Precious Lives Lost on 9/11 and in Memory of all our Brave Men and Women Who Have Fought and Died to Keep Us Safe Since.
I WILL NEVER FORGIVE AND I WILL NEVER FORGET.
9/11 Will Always Be A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE!
Please fly your flag on 9/11 and Everyday. So that this enemy knows that OUR FLAG IS STILL THERE!
Before I begin, allow me to engage you in a Tribute to All Our Brave Warriors who voluntarily put on the uniform of the United States Military every single day and risk their lives to protect YOU. I believe this is in the spirit they would want you to remember them:
AND hey there Talibany, this ones for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTs6a0ORdQU
The United States Military is the Greatest Military force on the face of this earth and it is made up of the most noble among us. The Band of Brothers is the Best company I am ever in. Please keep these Heroes in your prayers.
The Band of
Mothers After Action Report
I formed The Band of Mothers back in 2007, it was the raw and
protective instincts of a mother for her Son and his Brothers that
fueled my passion to establish The Band of Mothers. Someone once said
the most dangerous place in all the world is between a mother and her
children. I concur. As it is the
nature of the lioness to protect and defend her cubs, so is the way of
The Band of Mothers.
From the Mission Statement on The Band of Mothers website, established 2007:
"As our Soldiers fight to preserve our way of life in a far off land, some “politicians” have undermined their mission and their efforts. This behavior is intolerable and unacceptable to The Band of Mothers. In the interests and welfare of our Noble Heroes, it is necessary and essential that these “politicians” allow our Generals and those trained in warfare to conduct this war. We propose that the careless ranting by these reckless politicians is aiding and abetting the enemy and undermining the morale of our troops. The Band of Mothers takes issue with this behavior. We believe warriors do come from warriors and it is the role of warriors to protect and defend those they care about. So is the way of The Band of Brothers and so is the way of The Band of Mothers."
When this President announced the recent draw down of our troops in the heat of the battle season, at a time when the enemy fights most ferociously, the protective instincts of this mother arose and engaged! When General Allen stated "The option of this President was NOT the option of his Generals" my most primitive instincts were fully engaged. Adding insult to injury, this President not only announced his draw down of troop levels but brazenly announced to the whole world when the draw down would take place and exactly how many troops he would withdraw! I actually had a soon to be deployed Soldier comment to me that he wondered if President Obama gave the GPS coordinates of the untis he was withdrawing. What a troubling mindset to have as you go off to war!
So, once again, The Band of Mothers secured a permit and headed to the Cannon Bldg corner in DC the end of July. The reckless and dangerous course this President has taken endangers and seriously puts in jeopardy the lives of our troops left behind. War is not community organizing, Mr President, precious lives are at stake, and your ear should be tilted to the Generals, not your campaign advisers!!! These noble and brave Americans who willingly and stoically risk their lives everyday to protect us and our way of life deserve better than this! Their lives are precious and they believe, obviously, that our lives are precious too, because they are willing to die to protect us and keep us safe. AND that they have done! It is not coincidence that we sleep safely in our beds at night, it is not coincidence that we walk the streets freely and without fear of stepping on IED's! It is not coincidence, Mr President, that we have been safe on this soil since 9/11!!!
It is because of the Bravery of the most noble among us, it is solely because of the gutsy and determined noble Warriors of the United States Military, that we bask in the glory of freedom, everyday!
Now, many Americans are engulfed in the complacency of safety our Warriors have provided. Now, as these Heroes continue their extremely successful mission to keep us all safe, this Community Organizer -in- Chief pulls the rug out from under them and seriously endangers their lives! It is with this sentiment that The Band of Mothers proudly stood, once again, on the Cannon Bldg corner in Washington, DC on July 25th, 26th and 27th.
It was a most successful stand, in more ways than one. I am extremely proud to relate that The Band of Mothers were available to provide cover for Ambassador John Bolton from the vile circus act of Code Pink! My special thanks to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit and my dear friend and comrade-in-arms, Katie O'Malley, for the on line coverage of this most memorable event! http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/07/code-pink-commies-harass-john-bolton-outside-congressional-building-video/
The signs we carried provided a nice little blockade for Ambassador Bolton as he waited for his ride. He really enjoyed the support and the blockade! I can assure you our signs made old Suzi Benjamin's blood boil! As The Band of Mothers carried a permit for the corner, the Capitol Police stepped in and chased the varmints away! As always, thank you Dan, and all the Capitol Police! You are our Heroes too. You keep our nation's Capitol safe and I honestly don't know how you keep your hands to yourselves. The restraint you practice daily is worthy of a Medal!
Over the course of our 3 day stand we were greeted with so many thumbs up from Congressmen and Senators and passersby, I honestly lost track of the count! It is imperative that I impart to our noble Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan that so many legislators support this mission you are on and know it is important that we get this mission right. Unfortunately, we have hit somewhat of a roadblock in that this President's priority seems to be his poll numbers and his re-election. It is my belief and my hope that he will hit a roadblock!
My very special thanks to Ron Kirby and Chad, of The Gathering of Eagles, who ALWAYS stands with The Band of Mothers. God Bless you both for your dedication and support of our Heroes, and for your service to this country! I am always honored by your presence! We were also joined and honored by the presence of Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee, who continues to take a stand and fight for her Brave Son's Brothers. She came a long way and we are very grateful! We celebrated Debbie's birthday while in DC and it was a lovely evening. A very special thank you to Chief (the best weatherman in this country, AND of course, he is a retired Navy Chief!), Ida, Joyce and Beth and her beautiful children! And last but not least, a most heartfelt thanks to Jeannie and James, who came all the way from Florida, and who helped me way beyond the call of duty! Count yourself super lucky if this awesome couple stand with you and support you because when they put their boots on the ground, they are firmly planted. I cannot thank you both enough for all your help! To all who came and offered support, encouragement and a thumbs up, thank you!
One of the most enjoyable and proud moments of the trip for all of us was our stand outside Water Reed. To join with the MOST dedicated Patriots of all, Troop Rally, Mrs Troop Rally, and all the great Patriots of Free Republic, this is a moment of my life that is frozen in time. No matter what happens from here on in, I hope I can always retain my memories of proudly standing with the most dedicated Americans of our time, and that would be the members of Free Republic. If you have never stood outside Walter Reed with these American Patriots, You missed one of the most important events of American history. We were able to join in on one of the last stands at Walter Reed before it's closing. It was an honor to stand in support of, and in protection of, the Heroes and Warriors of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It is our hope that each and every one these Warriors finds superior care and comfort at Bethesda! A heartfelt and stealth Salute to you Warriors and the Patriots at Free Republic, who NEVER missed a Friday night out in front of Walter Reed supporting you, in rain, and sleet and snow! They provided each of you brave Warriors the honorable treatment you are so deserving of!
After our stand ended Friday evening, Gold Star mom Debbie Lee, Chad (this Great Army Soldier who NEVER stops looking out for his Brothers) and myself were able to visit with Sgt John Peck and his mother Lisa, at Mologne House. Sgt Peck is an amazing Marine and a two time Purple Heart Recipient! You can read about him at my website (www.thebandofmothers.com). John hails from Antioch, Illinois. My husband and I were lucky enough to provide John a voice activated laptop through the GREAT program provided by The Gathering of Eagles, Laptops for Wounded Warriors Program ( http://gatheringofeagles.org/).
This program, which has become an essential element in the therapeutic recovery of our Wounded Warriors, was started by Vietnam Veteran and GOE member George Samek and now is under the excellent direction of Daw West! George and Dawn, my utmost respect and gratitude to you for all you have done for America's bravest! Now I have aged George a bit here but don't you ever underestimate him. If you haven't dealt with George, I challenge every one of you to do just that! It is an experience unto itself!
I must tell you that Sgt Peck is an amazing young American and his remarkable progress speaks to his Warrior heart! Congratulations Sgt Peck on your promotion and your progress! I will never know the hurdles you have overcome but I promise I will heed your words:
“Give a damn about your troops. Don’t just say it. Stop griping about the little crap in your life. There is so much being done by our military for your benefit, and nobody understands its extent unless they see it themselves or a loved one goes through it. Put your little differences aside and care about someone else besides yourself.”
Folks can send donations to Sgt Peck at Sgt Peck Fund, State Bank of the Lakes, 440 Lakes St. Antioch, IL 60002.
John is troubled that he had to send his beloved dog back home as Walter Reed would no longer allow his best friend to stay at Walter Reed with him. I am hoping Bethesda will see the light and see that his beautiful dog is his companion and Vitally important to the success and further progress of one of the bravest young men I have ever met. As I said before, Sgt Peck IS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORP!
The Band of Mothers had several missions while in DC and attending the Military Voting Rights Conference hosted by Military Families United and The Heritage Foundation on July 19 in Washington DC, was one of them. I am grateful to Eric Eversole, Executive Director of Military Voter Protection Project (MVP) and his team, for their excellent and "scathing" report, "Military Voting in 2010." You can read the report here and please be sure to take a good look at Appendix A:
You can view the entire conference here:
It is clear that much more work needs to be done! Of all the Americans who should most certainly have their votes counted, it is the very Brave Men and Women of the United States Military! Senator Cornyn's remarks should be noted. Please pick up the phone and thank this Senator, who is clearly dedicated to ensuring our military get their votes counted! Further, WE NEED YOUR HELP! The DOD will be issuing their own report on Military Voting 2010, in September, and based on the rosy picture Bob Carey of the DOD painted at this conference, it is expected their report will be quite different from MVPP's. Please send this report around to everyone on your list and be familiar with it. The comparison to the DOD's report should be, well, is should be interesting. As Senator Cornyn points out, if Secretary Gates can ask for progress reports every two weeks on how sensitivity training was progressing on the new Don't Ask Don't Tell law, then it stands to reason the DOD can do better on ensuring our men and women are provided better opportunities to register an absentee ballot!
I want to thank Carol Davis of West Suburban Patriots, Wheaton, Illinois, for making the trip from Illinois and attending the Heritage Conference on the Military vote. We in Illinois know how important the military vote was in the last election. I firmly believe that we would not be saddled with Gov Quinn if the MOVE Act had been complied with in St. Clair County! Special thanks to Denise Cattoni, National Coordinator of www.IllinoisTea.org, and Dana, who helped make it possible for Carol to make the trip. AND Carol, thank you for making the trip and thank you for your resolve to make a difference for our Heroes and their right to have their votes counted.
Lastly, Michael Behenna continues to sit in Leavenworth, along with the Leavenworth 10. The Band of Mothers stand in support of the release of our Soldiers incarcerated at Leavenworth. Why, you ask? When this military releases terrorists, as they are now doing according to the testimony by Vice Admiral William McRaven to the Senate Armed Services Committee in late June:
I ask, Why Not? Why are terrorists shown more consideration and kindness than our American Sons?! Why are terrorists captured right off the battlefield shown more forgiveness than our America's Sons?!!!! Why did we ever give the enemy we fight a Pledge to sign, stating they won't return to the battlefield, and then release them and turn them over to their village elder?!!! What is good enough for the terrorists darn sure should be good enough for our Sons!
Read the article, dated May 23, 2010:
The doors of Leavenworth should open retroactive May 23, 2010! Since we are releasing terrorists, we should release our Sons!
I accompanied Michael Behenna's mother, Vickie Behenna, on several appointments with legislators. Michael Behenna continues to sit in Leavenworth as the recent Appeals court upheld his conviction. His case now goes to a civilian court, if they agree to hear his case. He also has a clemency hearing in December. Please pray for positive outcomes for this lst Lieutenant! I believe the appointments on the hill may yield good results.
There are several Congressman who have been extremely helpful and supportive of Michael Behenna and the devastating effects the "catch and release" policy has had on our brave men and women. Congressmen Steve King, Duncan Hunter, Trent Franks, Tom Cole, and Joe Wilson have all been so very supportive in more ways than one. Col West has been working hard on Michael's behalf and hopefully his efforts will reap results soon. Please pick up the phone, call these legislators and thank them. AND please call your Senators and Congressmen on behalf of Michael Behenna and the Leavenworth 10. It is clear that the best hope these Warriors have is your voice!
One of the things we have asked for when meeting with legislators are Congressional hearings on the insane and dangerous catch and release policy and the rules of engagement. Please call your Senators and Congressmen and request these hearings! The number of terrorists who are released and who return to the battlefield are outrageous. This policy has devastating effects on our troops. It is time this administration started worrying about the hearts and minds of our brave men and women on the battlefield! I am reminded of the words of one of my personal Heroes, Marcus Luttrell, from his book "Lone Survivor," who lost his beloved Brothers because they all feared murder charges and convictions from the liberal left in the country who they died fighting to keep safe:
"Look at me, right now in my story. Helpless, tortured, shot, blown up, my best buddies all dead, and all because we were afraid of the liberals back home, afraid to do what was necessary to save our own lives. Afraid of American civilian lawyers. I have only one piece of advice for what it's worth: if you don't want to get into a war where things go wrong, where the wrong people sometimes get killed, where innocent people sometimes have to die, then stay the hell out of it in the first place.
I have a bit of good news regarding Michael Behenna. There is a song written about Michael, called "The Ballad of Michael Behenna". I conceived the idea as a way to get his story out to the public. A wonderful singer/songwriter liked my title and wrote a moving song, soon to be recorded. That's all I can tell you right now but you can bet the minute it is recorded, you will know. We'll need your help getting it out there and played on every radio station in this country. We are convinced it is YOU, the American people, who will make a difference for our Warriors in Leavenworth.
All who know me know I support our troops and their mission, all day, everyday. A dear friend and excellent writer, Marinka Peschmann, summed up my feelings on this war when she said "National Security Trumps the Economy Everytime." I ask you, what price do you put on the security and safety of your children, your family? Isn't their safety priceless? Our Troops have done such a remarkable job that unfortunately for them, many Americans are now lulled by the safety and security they provide and many now complain about the cost of this war. Wrong thinking! What you are paying for is the safety and security our Troops provide your family everyday. Please support our Troops and support their mission. Continue to enjoy your beautiful freedom and safe and peaceful life, it is paid for daily by the grit, guts and sacrifice of the Greatest Military on the face of this earth, The United States Military!
Please keep our Military in your prayers. Thank Them and Hug Them, Every Chance You Get!
I sign off with this beautiful song called "Lucky Me", it speaks to how lucky I am to have the protection of all those who wear the uniform of The United States Military!
Thank You and God Bless And Watch Over Our Brave Warriors!
The Band of Mothers
We will know each other by our flag!
An Evening Among Heroes!
Friday night I had the utmost pleasure to spend the evening at Joe's Bar in Chicago with Cpl Peck, a two time (Yes TWO TIME!!!) Purple Heart Recipient who hails from Antioch, Illinois. Cpl Peck is on leave from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC where he is recuperating from injuries sustained in his last deployment. It was an absolute honor to meet Cpl Peck's family, and again see his mother! Cpl Peck and his Mom truly represent the motto of the The Band of Mothers, "Warriors Come From Warriors!"
Gary Sinise and The Lt Dan Band entertained to a rollicking crowd! Several Heroes who have served came up to the mike and thanked all of us for our support! Our Heroes never cease to amaze me, they are so very gracious and humble!!! I hope they know how much we appreciate all they have done to keep us safe! Their sacrifice shall never be in vain, not as long as there is breath in me!!!!!!!!!!!
Special thanks to Gary Sinise and his band for all they do to support our troops and make sure they feel a lot of love! I have said this before and I'll say it again, Gary Sinise is the Greatest Patriot of our time and I am forever grateful for all he and his band do for our troops!!!
Special thanks too to my very patriotic younger Son Mike, for taking such a great picture of all of us out in front of Joe's Bar! Thanks Mike, you have always supported our troops and when your Brother was deployed, you will never know how much your strength meant to me! You too are a Warrior!
So To Cpl Peck and All Our Warriors Who Are Home: WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO KEEP US SAFE!
Great job on Geronimo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Truly A Braveheart: Sgt John Peck: WELCOME HOME!
(I apologize for the order of the photos, I tried to get Sgt Peck and his beautiful dog Misha first, but this photobucket seems to have it's own idea in what order the photos post!)
Yesterday was the official Welcome Home and Fundraiser for Sgt John Peck (formerly Cpl Peck, yes this two time Purple Heart Recipient was promoted and the official ceremony will take place at Walter Reed upon his return there).
If you missed this opportunity yesterday to Welcome Sgt Peck Home, you really missed out!! This Brave Warrior from Antioch, Illinois is truly a man of courage who defines the word Hero! I have never met anyone like him and I know I never will again. HE IS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!
Sgt Peck's Mother is a Marine too and this Mother and Son truly do exemplify The Band of Mother's motto "Warriors Come From Warriors!" I remember what John's mother told me when I saw her at Walter Reed in February: I asked her when does she have to return to work and her answer was so stoic and strong, "When my Son doesn't need me anymore." There is no doubt in my mind where Sgt Peck's gets his will and backbone from!
The Welcome Home was a beautiful event and I think the entire town came out to line the escort route. I cannot recall the last time I saw that many children and young people all in one place, waving flags!!! To all who came, I say thank you with a mother's heart! To my husband and Ralph, thank you for taking time off work to accompany me. There wasn't a dry eye in our car during the escort!
To my friend's in DC and those who might be traveling to DC, you can email me anytime for Sgt Peck's contact info. I believe it is incumbent on all of us to keep an eye on Sgt Peck. He fought ferociously for all of us and if he needs us now or ever, we need to answer that call and be there for him! It is important he knows he can always count on us, no matter what!
Donations for Sgt Peck can be sent to:
Sgt Peck Fund
Lastly, just a glimpse into the heart of the greatest Americans among us, The Band of Brothers:
Sgt Peck's steadfast dedication to his country and the Corps is foremost in this Warrior and that was evident yesterday when he instructed the magnificent Marines in their dress blues to go get their recruitment brochures and bring them to the VFW hall so they could use this event to try and recruit new Marines!
Sgt John Peck, Semper Fi!
Take heed of Sgt Peck's words, which exemplify what a Braveheart he truly is:
What does he want people to know about his experience and his new reality?
“Give a damn about your troops. Don’t just say it. Stop griping about the little crap in your life. There is so much being done by our military for your benefit, and nobody understands its extent unless they see it themselves or a loved one goes through it. Put your little differences aside and care about someone else besides yourself.”
He said that if every person in the U.S. gave a one-time $5 donation to a charity that supports the troops it would be really helpful.
“My arm, which is only a temporary arm, costs $10,000. There are a lot of expenses that must be paid to equip an injured soldier. Give to charities, or otherwise go up to someone in the military and offer to pay for a meal or do something special for them. Get to know them. Write them letters. Send care packages to random troops you don’t know because guys are really bummed out when mail call comes and there is no package for them.”
Again, thank you to all who attended this Welcome Home! May God Bless and Watch Over Sgt Peck, his Mother and Family, and All Our Troops! Hug them and thank them, every chance you get!!!
More photos from Sgt Peck's Fundraiser, Special thanks to Marty!
TO ALL OUR VIETNAM
VETERANS AND HEROES:
This day is a long long time coming for all of you glorious Warriors who so proudly served and who were treated so horribly when you came home. If it is any consolation to you Heroes, YOU are the reason the anti-war miscreants did not succeed in doing to my Son what they did to all of You and my Brother, a proud Marine who served during this disgraceful time in America's history!
I hope with all my heart that each and everyone of you know that what these vile and ungrateful bomb throwing ingrates did to you, they did to all of us.. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors, we suffered with you and our hearts broke for all of you and for our country. We all promised ourselves, NEVER AGAIN!
I was 13 years old at the time and I saw my father shed tears over the way his Son and his Brothers were treated by a bunch of tantrum throwing spoiled brats! It was the ONLY time I heard my father shed tears and he never knew I heard him. I promised myself then that when I got older, if these ungrateful brats threw their tantrums again, I would fight them with everything in me! I loved my Father and my Brother and even at 13, I wanted to punch all these reckless ingrates in the nose! My father was a WWII Navy Veteran who was fortunate to have served his country when ALL Americans were grateful and proud to be Americans. I have always known why they are called the Greatest Generation! God, country and family was everything and the only thing to them. Sadly, for my Brother and all his Brothers, the capitalist Ayers and Dohrn family raised a bunch of spoiled monster kids that were never taught love of God, Country and Family! Their bomb throwing tantrums led to death, destruction and the abuse of the most Noble of all Americans, the Heroes of their time who served to protect and defend their country!
BIG MISTAKE! The mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunt, uncles, friends and neighbors, we never forgot what they did to You, Our Heroes!
I formed The Band of Mothers after my Son proudly stepped up to the plate to defend his country. He joined the Army right after the attack on 9/11 and I was very proud of him. When I saw Cindy Sheehan down in Texas carrying signs calling my Son the terrorist, my heart raged from the aching scars left always there for all of YOU! It is in that moment that The Band of Mothers was formed and I left my living room that day and I fought for my Son and his Brothers like we all should have fought for all of you back then!
I hope with all my heart that we have done you proud. All of you, The Band of Brothers, You did us all proud! I hope we've showed you that NEVER AGAIN will we allow these ungrateful miscreants to harm the honor and dignity of brave men and women who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe.
WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS AND WITH ALL MY HEART, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID TO KEEP MY FAMILY SAFE. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SO VERY PROUD OF ALL OF YOU AND SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR HEROES LIKE YOU!
I am always in the BEST company when I'm in the company of THE BAND OF BROTHERS!
The Very Proud Daughter of a WWII Navy Veteran, the Very Proud Sister of a Marine, Vietnam, and the Very Proud Mother of a Son, 82nd Airborne,
With A Mother's
Great video, Kids seeing their Dad's Come Home From the War!!!!
If you have never stood out in front of Walter Reed in support of our troops, it is one action I suggest you engage in before the doors close later this year! For the last 6 years, members of Free Republic have religiously stood in front of Walter Reed in support of our troops, in rain and sleet and snow, every single Friday night! They do this because on the other side of the street the anti-war Code Pink/IVAW moonbats gather to protest the war. That they choose to spew their anti-war, anti-troop venom on what is no doubt one of the most hallowed grounds in all of America speaks to their sheer ignorance and lack of depth. In spite of their immature tantrums and lack of respect and gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of our Healing Heroes inside Walter Reed, the voice of Patriots is what our Heroes hear loud and clear when they return from their Friday night dinners! It is always an absolute honor to join the members of Free Republic and Protest Warriors on Friday night whenever I am in DC. I must say we had a nice turnout of Patriots, including members of The Gathering of Eagles and Uncle Jimbo of Blackfive. We definitely outnumbered the pathetic 13 moonbats (hey, they've been busy showing up in Madison, Wisconsin these days, they gotta follow those cameras!!!!). Special thanks to TJ who serenaded them behind the gates of Walter Reed with her stereo blasting "Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition!" Drove them crazy!!!! God Bless You TJ!
After welcoming our Heroes back with much love and fanfare, we decided to visit Mologne House and were able to enjoy the company of several of our Wounded Warriors. Sam and Todd, God Bless you both for all you have done for my family and this great country. These brave Warriors and their Brothers are who make this life in America so safe and so beautiful and so possible. I considered myself quite lucky because Friday night I got to meet Cpl Peck's mother, Lisa. Cpl Peck is from Illinois and is the Marine Hero and Purple Heart Recipient who suffered injuries on his first deployment and then on his second deployment hit an IED. As a result of that explosion, this brave young man lost his limbs. Through the Gathering of Eagles Laptop Program, The Band of Mothers were able to donate a voice activated laptop to Cpl Peck and I was delighted to find his mother at Mologne House Friday night. We visited for over an hour and I will be sending out a follow-up email regarding a fundraiser in Antioch, IL on May 9th.
Saturday we gathered at Freedom Plaza to counter the annual anti-war nuts which we all agreed numbered about 500. In this mess we encountered the usual stunts of Code Pink with the Pig Lady, Answer, SDS, IVAW, Veterans For Peace, 9/11 Truthers, and the Ron Paul groupies. They all want Bradley Manning released, he is their Hero. I think that sums up the whole bunch!! I direct you to the video below (thank you Ida!!!), take note of the gray haired left-over from the 60's hippie speaker surrounded by flags of Veterans For "Peace" and calls for smacking the mule and civil disobedience! What a confused Freak Show!
We wound our day up at Shelly's Backdoor, a great DC Landmark with good food and great spirits! Some of the greatest times of my life have been shared with my fellow Patriots who continue to fight for our troops as they fight for all of us. They, along with our troops and our Veterans, are always the BEST company I am ever in! Thank you to all who came and stood for our troops and my special thanks to new members of The Band of Mothers: Ida, Kathleen, Sandra, Roy and Dave! Kathleen is a Blue Star Mom whose brave Son is currently serving in Iraq! Sandra is a beautiful Patriot and the girlfriend of this lucky Warrior! Please keep Kathleen, Sandra, and their brave Warrior in your prayers!
Video below by Ida, and pictures in a photobucket, thanks to Heather!
Before I sign off, Free Republic and Protest Warriors will gather at Walter Reed on Friday night, Aprill 8th, for their 6th anniversary. Hope some of you will join these beautiful Patriots as they stand in support of our troops and their mission! No matter the weather, they will be there!
God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!
I dedicate this post to Sal Lanzetta, 4th ID US Army, Vietnam, who I know is in Soldier Heaven. Rest In Peace Sal, and With A Mother's Heart, Thank You!
To all Michael Behenna supporters,
The Courtroom was FULL! Thank you to all who came and special thanks to Chad and Ron Kirby of GOE and thanks to the members of Free Republic! It was good to see you Cindy! AND Special thanks to Hon Capt Charles Netsby.
Diana West gives a good summation of this day in court (below). In my opinion, Michael's attorney hammered home the reckless error made by the Prosecution in dismissing their "world renown" forensic "expert" witness, Dr. Herbert McDonnell. After hearing Michael's testimony at trial, Dr. McDonnell told the Prosecution that, based on his examination of the forensic evidence, Michael was telling the truth. The Prosecution sent the doctor home and he was never allowed to testify! This action by the Prosecution deeply concerns me and it should concern every American and every parent of a Soldier serving! It stands to reason that the testimony by Dr. MacDonnell would have changed the outcome of this trial and Michael Behenna may very well have been exonerated.
Instruction to the jury was another issue argued by Jack Zimmerman, Michael's attorney. My understanding is that the jury was instructed that because Michael held a gun on Ali Mansur, he gave up his right to self-defense??!! Think about that...Our Soldiers brandish their weapons all over Iraq and Afghanistan, does that mean they give up their right to self-defense??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God Help Our Troops and God Help Michael Behenna and the Leavenworth 10!
What is MOST UNNERVING is the decision will be rendered within 3 to 15 months!
Why must this family and this Soldier, who has sat in Leavenworth now going on two years, have to wait this long for a decision? Disgraceful!
favorite moment in this hearing was when the Prosecution described
Michael holding a gun on poor defenseless old Ali Mansur and one of
the Judges suggested that shouldn't some consideration be given to the
state of mind of Lt Behenna and PTD issues as his platoon members had
just been killed...the Prosecutor was at a total loss for words and
her PROLONGED silence I thought was golden! I think her thoughts must
have been something like this: "Gee, your honor, why would we give
any thought to the Soldier here, we are governed by concern for the
poor terrorist in this politically correct court!!!!"
Homeless Veterans Get Some Early Holiday Cheer
Last night Second Brigade MC made an early Christmas visit to a new apartment complex for veterans here in Philadelphia. We brought 6, that's right 6, pick up truck loads of furniture, clothing, bedding and various assorted other items to them. We learned of their opening quite by serendipity, but as soon as we were alerted we stepped on the gas. This will not be our last visit to help our brothers and sisters in arms who have fallen on bad times. My hopes are that once this is seen, others amongst you will clamor to assist. The newspaper story with details of the new facility is below. Thanks much to all who helped last night and know that there was not a dry eye in the house. Merry Christmas All. Manchu.
Chris Hill http://eatmorebugs.blogspot.com/
(from left to right:) The lovely Mrs. Hoekstra, Denise Cattoni, Illinois Tea party State Coordinator (and one of the hardest working woman I know), myself and Congressman Pete Hoekstra, one of my personal Heroes who understands the dangers of this enemy we are fighting!
October 24, 2010 - Fox News & Beverly Perlson
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watch video <<<
October 18, 2010 - FOX News & Beverly Perlson
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Thank you Dan Maloney for these videos!
Be sure you watch the first one and number 3, Bert Cattoni sang his beautiful song he wrote and recorded called "I still believe." In spite of a rat a tat sound system and wind reminiscent of Chicago, he did a BEAUTIFUL job!!!!
Like I said in my speech, NEVER EVER Underestimate the will and spirit of an American Patriot...Thank You Lei Hennessy Owen, artist and sculptor of the Magnificent WTC Angel. We were all very proud to be a part of this historical event.
On November 9, 2010, artist and sculptor Lei Hennessey Owen, rededicated her Ground Zero Angel, at the World Trade Center Site. Beverly Perlson, founder of The Band of Mothers, will be present for this beautiful rededication.
An Angel Takes Flight
at Ground Zero
The Band of Mothers was been invited to speak and proudly stand among the many Patriots who will participate. I am very proud to announce that Illinois resident and Singer/Songwriter Bert Cattoni will be there to sing one of the most BEAUTIFUL songs I have heard in a long time and every time I listen to it, it brings tears to my eyes. Bert wrote this song and it is called "I Still Believe" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tReGJwwtt3I. You can purchase his music at http://fairwayrecords.com/ and I highly recommend you add this to your Patriotic collection! Bert is the husband of the hardest working woman I know, Denise Cattoni, State Coordinator for the Illinois Tea Party (www.illinoistea.org).
Leavenworth, KS on September 4, 2010
After Action Report
Let me try to make this clear one more time. John Boehner NEVER "NEVER" said he will deliver these petitions anywhere. John Boehner had nothing to do with these petitions. I, let me say that word again "I" made the suggestion to Chalice that folks mail a copy of their petition to Boehner's office.
I have now asked Chalice to remove Congressman Boehner's name and address off this website. My idea was simple, mail a copy of the petitions to John Boehner's office, it is quite a leap to take that simple suggestion and make the statement that "they would be received and delivered by Mr. Boehner".
I want to make this perfectly clear that it was my suggestion folks send a copy of their letters to Congressman John Boehner as he is the House Republican Leader. Congressman Boehner is in no way associated with these petitions.
Pictures courtesy of Capt. Larry Bailey:
This was one of the best days of my life! You know, it was very clear to me that these Brave Warriors certainly do truly appreciate these laptops! In addition, it was very clear they really love hearing from us and how much we appreciate all they do. I can really tell they don't realize how much many of us stick up for them and when I was asked to come back and talk to these Warriors, I understood they need to hear that more and more. They liked hearing that we fight for them as they fight for us and with all the PC crap they put up with, we must be like a breath of fresh air.
Please, if you can, make a donation to the Laptop Program.
Information is available at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=388945050873#!/group.php?gid=388945050873&v=info
Many of our wounded are far away from their loved ones and these laptops make it possible for them to communicate with the very loved ones who are vital to their recuperation and recovery. These laptops are a therapeutic tool, no doubt about it!
Thank You and let's hope that General Petraeus will make serious changes to the Rules of Engagement so that the paramount concern is on the lives of our troops, and not the terrorists!
Again, if you can, please join The Band of Mothers as a supporter and donator to the Laptop Program For Wounded Warriors.
God Bless Our Troops!
On June 6, 2010, I was honored to stand in New York at Ground Zero with the 9/11 Families, Pam Gellar, Robert Spencer and all the wonderful Patriots who came from all over to Say
NO TO A MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO!
This New York rally was awesome. Pam Gellar, Robert Spencer, all the speakers were great. The crowd was awesome!
I cannot even begin to describe to you the feeling of rousing patriotism among the Americans who attended this rally. The overwhelming support for the 9/11 families, the New York Firefighters and the New York Policemen by those who attended inspired me and renewed my fighting spirit! Patriotism and that good old American fighting spirit beats in the hearts and minds of those NY firefighters and Policemen. They will Never Forgive and they will Never Forget!
We Will Never Forgive and Never Forget! Please join us in speaking out against this Mosque at Ground Zero. It is a slap in the face of our beloved Americans who were slaughtered on 9/11. It is a slap in the face of our Gold Star Families whose Sons and Daughters have given their lives to keep this evil away from us. It is a slap in the face of every Brave Warrior who has fought and is fighting these evil terrorists who even kill their own people, by the thousands! Our Brave Warriors and their mission are the only thing standing between us and pure evil. Thank them and Hug Them, every chance you get!
NO TO A MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO!!!!!!!!!
God Bless And Watch Over Our Troops!
Corey Clagett is one of The Leavenworth 10. Please read her note below and
PLEASE SEND COREY POST CARDS EVERYDAY FOR 30 DAYS!
He needs to
hear from grateful Americans.
Help us help cheer up Corey Clagett who was denied his clemency this past week. He is extremely depressed and feels as though he is alone in the world and that no one cares. Lets show him we do care!
Your mission, should you accept it will cost you a total of a post card and a stamp every day for 30 days. Here’s the concept presented to me this morning by Mark Williams, a staunch Corey Supporter - “I came up with the idea for a post card campaign. If we all just sit down and write out 30 post cards to him with a brief word of encouragement like "stay strong" or "thinking about you" and stamp them all and then for the next 30 days just put one in our mailbox to him each day, it would blow his mind. If all of his facebook fans would do this it would be over 78,000 post cards. It wouldn't cost but about 45 cents a day and if nothing else it would drive the mailroom at Leavenworth crazy”. I gotta tell ya I LOVE THIS IDEA.. lets do it people, lets drive that mailroom nuts with all the mail. Corey’s address is as follows:
Clagett 82477 <this number is very important it must be in address)
To the thousands of Michael Behenna supporters:
The New York Times recently reported (see link below) that the US military has initiated a policy to “reintegrate” imprisoned Taliban fighters to their Afghan communities. These Taliban fighters were caught with evidence that they had killed our soldiers, but are released to their families in an active war zone with merely a ‘pledge’ that they will not return to the Taliban. This appears to be the latest attempt to win the hearts and minds of our enemies and taking the ‘catch and release policy’ to a whole new level.
This brings us to Michael’s case. Michael has been incarcerated by the Army for over a year now. We have asked at every level that Michael’s constitutional right to a fair trial be granted so that all the evidence is disclosed to the jury. Doesn’t seem too much to ask for an American citizen who fought for his country does it? Yet Michael’s request for a new trial has been stranded. The Army seems to be in no hurry to have Michael’s case in front of the Army Court of Appeals as they have yet to file their response to Michael’s brief which was filed back in December 2009.
There is a double standard in play here where enemy combatants are given mercy, but our soldiers/Marines are denied mercy. For example, Marine SGT Larry Hutchins whose conviction was overturned several weeks by the Navy Appellate Court is STILL IN CUSTODY while the Navy appeals the decision to the next appellate level.
During the past year we have come to know the families of the other soldiers/Marines who have been charged and convicted of ‘murder’ of Al-Qaeda or insurgents while in a combat zone. We have watched as these soldiers/Marines and their families prepare for clemency hearings before the military clemency boards. (The Armed Forces have a procedure, independent of the appellate process, where an incarcerated soldier/Marine can appear before a clemency board and ask for a reduction of his sentence, or if the individual has served at least 1/3 of his sentence they may request parole.) We have heard the hopelessness in the voices of the families when they learn that their son or husband will not receive ANY reduction in their sentence. It is difficult for these military families to know that based on a ‘solemn’ pledge Taliban fighters are released by the SAME US military leadership and allowed to return home to their families. What message does the US military send when we punish our own soldiers more harshly then we punish the combatants who have killed our brave men and women on the front lines of this war on terrorism?
Many of the soldiers/Marines I am speaking of, including our son, would never find themselves involved in the criminal justice system but for their combat experience. These soldiers/Marines do not have previous criminal histories, and their military records are replete with honorable service including purple hearts, bronze stars, and multiple deployments in defense of our country. Some of these soldiers fell victim to the military’s ‘catch and release’ policy that returns enemy combatants to the battlefield where they return to fight our soldiers time and time again. Yet others were protecting themselves or their men in a combat zone. Even if they made mistakes in judgment during war, should they be sentenced to 10-40 years while the enemy is totally forgiven? Why shouldn’t the SAME military leadership afford our combat soldiers/Marines a second chance!
If the US military will release Taliban fighters simply on a pledge by their families that they will not rejoin the Taliban then we ask the same for our troops. These soldiers/Marines are not a threat to our society and deserve to be home with their families. We ask that you the American public stand with us. Our request is that each of you vouch for these soldiers/Marines and demand that our military extend the same mercy to them as they did to the enemy combatants who are trying to kill our soldiers every day.
Please write a letter to your Senator, Congressman, and the Secretary of Defense and advise them that this double-standard will not be tolerated.
Bless you for your continued support,
NY Times Article - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/world/asia/24reconcile.html?src=mv
Diana West Article on releasing the Taliban - http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/1415/Clemency-for-Our-Troops.aspx
Please use this link to find you Congressional Delegates:
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
and commentary on the
GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY AND THANK YOU ALWAYS AND EVERDAY, THANK YOU TROOPS FOR KEEPING US SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After Action Report:
Michael Behenna Clemency Hearing
I want to thank every Illinois resident who lined the highway from the funeral home to Abe Lincoln Cemetery. There were hundreds of Patriots! It was absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life. It was a long way from the funeral home to the cemetery but it was the most heartwarming ride of my life. Marine Jim was riding with me and he had to grab a tissue. Thank you to all of the Patriots who lined the highway and all of those who pulled their cars over and stood at attention.
I'm a fighter, as are my Sons and my brother, as was my father, and I am mad, mad as hell that this happened on our soil. Like 9/11, another cowardly act by the jihadis.
To all those who want to harm America or her Defenders, this is for you...
Huge Success, to
see our After Action Report click here.
Strumming for Vets is an organization that has come up with a way to help restore the feeling of joy and self-worth that can be lost after extreme trauma. With donated guitars and teachers donating their time, these vets are given a new type of therapy that works!
Please help if you can.
Veteran Who Carries in His Heart The Entire Band of Brothers.
Melanie Morgan, Michelle Malkin,
Read the story - Click here
A message from a Gold
"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
- George Orwell
From the Founder of The Band of Mothers:
As I watched Cindy Sheehan and her misguided bunch in Crawford, Texas, she ignited in this mother my “protective instincts.” I raised three children myself and well, let’s just say “nobody ever messed with my kids!” I do not believe there is a force in this world stronger than a mother’s instinct to protect her children. I have watched these protestors and worry so very much about how their disrespectful behavior affects our noble Soldier’s morale. I decided that we cannot afford nor allow their voice to be the only voice heard! Never a mother who could sit idly by, an idea formulated in my heart and in my mind that our brave men and women need “The Band of Mothers” to watch over them, and more importantly, to “Stick Up For Them!”
If You would like to become a member of the Band of Mothers, simply go to the Ranger UP website and purchase a T-shirt and wear it often and everywhere! All proceeds after cost go to The Wounded Warrior Project and The Gathering of Eagles Organization - which protects our soldiers from the growing insurgency at home. We will know each other, and so will others, by our T-Shirts!
The Very Proud Mother of a United
States Soldier 82nd Airborne,
An email was sent to the founder of The Band of Mother, Mrs. Perlson, which shows the character of our brave heroes, our soldiers and serves as an example of why the United States of America is the GREATEST nation in the world! We wanted to share it with you - THANKS RYAN, may God's speed and grace be with you.
Dear Band of Mothers,
Thank you so much for the support of the troops. Being a mother is not easy; being a mother in a situation where you know you may never see your beloved son or daughter again must be torture. You are correct, Warriors come from Warriors.
I am 20 years old and from Colorado. I am a student at the University of Colorado, and come November, I am a United States Marine. My mother is terrified; I do not know what to tell her, but I know that this is something that I have to do, for America and for myself. Thank you for raising children with the courage and strength to serve.
I wish the safe return of all of your children. Despite the efforts of peace groups and counter-protestors, there are always replacements such as myself. It may not seem like it, but there are still plenty of kids who know when to stand up and do what is right. In fact, the Army and USMC were above their recruitment quotas for last year; I would say there are a lot of us. It is an honor to follow your children into battle, and to relieve them so that they may return. Thank you again, you are an amazing group of women. I think I am going to get my mother a shirt. She is terrified, as I said; I hope that one day she can come to be proud of me as well. Thank you all.
To my Brave Son and all the Brave Men and Women of our Armed Forces:
In the heartfelt words of our parting President and Your Commander-in-Chief: "This Nation Owes You A Debt of Gratitude."
With all my heart and soul, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
To President Bush: We will miss you. It is my belief that these last 7 1/2 safe years will soon be more memorable than anytime in our history. Thank you for keeping my family and my country safe. History will make you our Hero.
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On the evening of May 2, 2008, at Louie's
Chop House on the south side of Chicago, I had the honor of dining with
the Producer and Crew of the infamous radio show "Chandler's Watch" on
www.sandiego1700.com. The last time I
had such a memorable and entertaining evening I had visited my Hero
Son and his Hero Brothers at Ft. Bragg! From left to right, yours truly
with Leo McSweeney (Co-Host on SanDiego1700), Tommy Chandler (Host) and
John "Howie" Howell (Producer). These Pro-Victory Marines actively
support their Brothers and ACTIVELY antagonize Suzi and Code Pink every
chance they get!!! Checkout their radio show on Saturday nights at 5pm
pacific time. They are huge supporters of our troops and just the Best
Company you can be in! Thanks with all my heart for all you fellows are
doing for our brave men and women. You are The BEST!
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