Friday, August 30, 2013

Grandson, Kevin, Takes Army ROTC Oath

My Grandson, Kevin Smith, signed a Army ROTC contract yesterday which includes a national scholarship. Last year, at Northern Illinois University, Kevin was their top freshman cadet. His scholarship covers tuition, housing and books for the next three years and also includes a monthly cash stipend. In addition, he has an opportunity for a paid Army internship overseas next summer at a country of his choice. When he graduates with his bachelor's degree (his major is accounting), he will be commissioned by the President and Congress as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserves (most likely in the Finance Corps). He is their top athlete (runs the mile around 4:30) and has a 3.71 GPA. Here is a video clip of the swearing in ceremony administered by Colonel Dosier, professor of Military Science at NIU. The oath will be repeated at the 50 yard line of Huskie Stadium during half-time of the NIU football game on November 13th which is Military Appreciation Day on campus. Kevin is the taller cadet, fifth from the right ...

Monday, August 12, 2013

The VA, Guns and PTSD

Is the government trying to disarm veterans by encouraging them to admit to PTSD?

If you go to VA hospitals, you have probably noticed many posters and interview questions expressing concern about veterans who could be suffering from PTSD. You may be able to collect more disability payments if you admit to depression and PTSD but it may also result in a judgment of mental illness/disability against you by the federal government.

The author of this article suggests that there are "horrendous and ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration to disarm American military veterans by declaring them incompetent to handle their financial affairs due to physical or mental disabilities. Once declared incompetent the veterans are arbitrarily stripped of their Second Amendment right to purchase, own, or possess a firearm."

Link to the article: Psychiatry as a Weapon of Tyranny

"I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it." -- Clint Eastwood

"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." -- Luke 22:36

"Remember: the average response time to a 911 call is over 4 minutes. The average response time of a 357 magnum is 1400 FPS." -- Anonymous

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Monsoons and Mud

Greg Smith standing in the mud somewhere just south of the DMZ. This is probably at Camp Carroll or maybe Dong Ha in late 1966. I remember trying to keep my feet somewhat dry by wearing galoshes over my combat boots but, as we all know, there was no way to stay dry or even warm sometimes.

Send me your Vietnam photo with a description that you'd like to share where your face is clearly visible and I'll post it. email Greg Smith