Wrong Side of Heaven…


It didn’t help Vietnam vets when we came home to cries of “baby killers” or rumors that we were poor employment candidates because we were all on hair triggers, or giving away South Vietnam and Southeast Asia when the bloody battles were won. Then years later to fight the government to put up the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C. and often the same battles within our states for local Memorials.

It didn’t help Gulf War vets when suffering from serious health issues that the military purged/lost many of their health records and President Clinton’s special commission wrote off their health problems as due to stress. BULL! Many of our Gulf War vets have perished from their “imagined” health issues…

It hasn’t helped Iraq vets when after winning the tough battles just like in Nam, we gave the territory back to the enemy, now known as ISIS.

It hasn’t helped Afghanistan vets after they see the rise of the Taliban as we do the bare minimum for the sake of domestic politics.

Yet, despite all this and more, we proudly stand during our National Anthem and salute our Flag. We still love our country, despite the many betrayals we have experienced, because it is the greatest country in human history! – Roger “Bear” Young

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Honoring Medal of Honor Recipient Emil Fredreksen

Video produced by Pam Young. Best viewed in full screen:


USS Bennington (PG-4)

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The End Of Prayer Shaming from East Catholic High School

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Up in the Air: A History of Blimps

blimpThe recent unveiling of Goodyear’s newest blimp, The Wingfoot One, has people once again talking about this fascinating mode of transportation. The blimp has played many roles throughout history, some of which may surprise you. Here are just a few significant points of interest along the zeppelin’s journey through the modern era.

The Initial Invention

Although concepts for a floating carrier aircraft have been around since the time of Leonardo Da Vinci, the modern blimp as we know it was invented by Jacque and Joseph Montgolfier, two French brothers who successfully flew the first hot air balloon to a height of 6,000 feet in 1783.

Within a year, fellow Frenchman Jean Pilatre de Rozier made the first manned flight. These early balloons were great at going up and down, but the wind was responsible for which direction you travelled. It was another 70 years before Henri Giffard successfully flew the first airship, which used an on-board steam engine for steering.

The Rigid Airship

The next major advancement in blimp technology occurred in 1900, when Germany’s Ferdinand von Zeppelin developed a rigid airship with a metal framework, a tail fin and rudders, and an internal combustion engine. Prior to this invention, the blimp was viewed by the larger public as a kind of curiosity — something you might see at the fair or read about in the paper. The “zeppelin” changed that, as blimps quickly became a primary form of transportation for civilians and military.

The First Airline

In many ways, the blimp is a precursor to the modern airline industry, and it helped warm people to the idea of air travel. DELAG, a German airline, was established in 1909 and was making regular transatlantic flights by the 1930s. Blimps also played a major role in early part of World War II. Three airborne carriers, the Shenandoah, Akron and Los Angeles, conducted several long-range scouting missions. Although these ships were vulnerable to attack, their ability to move quietly and take off and land vertically make them a precursor to advances military radar systems.

The Hindenburg

The role of the blimp as a form of commercial travel came to a sudden end with the crash of the Hindenburg in 1937 during the ship’s 63rd flight. Caused by an electrostatic discharge which ignited leaking hydrogen fuel, the disaster killed 35 people and is responsibly for one of the most dramatic bits of video footage ever recorded. Although blimps had been involved in serious accidents prior to the Hindenburg, the widely publicized image of the ship’s steel hull engulfed in flames had an effect on the public opinion of blimp safety. Within a few years, the majority of blimps, including the DELAG, were retired from civilian service.

The Goodyear Blimp

Although the blimp ceased to be a primary form of civilian or military transportation, it remains an important symbol of human ingenuity and the power of flight to bring people together. The tire manufacturer Goodyear flew its first blimp over a national televised event in 1955 at the Tournament of Roses Parade. By the early 1960s, the Goodyear Blimp was a staple at sporting events across the country. Spanning 246 feet, Wingfoot One is just the latest in a long line of iconic blimps, and the company plans to add an additional two to its fleet in the coming years. Certainly, the blimp’s past is full of highs and lows, but with Goodyear in the driver’s seat, the future’s looking bright.

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Avoid these Scams that Target Veterans


The Consumer Sentinel Network reported that in 2014, almost 100,000 military members and veterans were targeted for financial crimes. This statistic, along with the many scammers known to prey on military and veteran supporters, prompted the Better Business Bureau to issue a warning to these groups over Veteran’s Day. Thieves often target veterans for their government benefits and look to take advantage of the patriotism shown by their families and supporters. The following is an overview of some of the most commonly known scams targeting military veterans and those that support them.

Charity Scams

Although there are many charities doing great work on behalf of veterans and their families, the generosity generated by these legitimate non-profits has prompted sham charities to pop up with more and more frequency. These scammers often imply money donated will go toward veterans and even have the words “veteran” or “military family” in their names but then will actually use very little or even none of the funds to benefit veterans, according to stopfraud.gov. The prevalence of illegitimate groups shouldn’t curtail charitable giving, but should prompt supporters to investigate a charity’s credentials using websites such as Wise Giving Alliance register or Charity Navigator.

Phone Phishing

Veterans are often the target of phone phishing scams where a person claiming to be with the Veteran’s Administration will call and request updated credit card, bank, Social Security numbers, or financial records. To avoid this scam, any veteran contacted should ask for the employee’s name and department and then call the Veteran’s Administration to verify the legitimacy of the request.

Pension/Benefit Aid

Veterans looking to qualify for benefits or collect their military pension should be wary of financial brokers, insurance agents and attorneys who falsely promise free work that will bring big financial returns. The danger with using these brokers is that they often do not disclose valuable information and may actually pressure veterans into making decisions that cause them to lose Medicaid services or delay benefits. Avoid a broker who offers to evaluate eligibility for benefits or to complete your pension or benefits application for free, or who offers guarantees of eligibility. Be wary of anyone who pushes a particular financial product and does not discuss the downside of the proposed plan, particularly as it pertains to your Medicaid benefits. To find a legitimate benefit adviser, search the VA’s list of accredited advocates and double check they have a current license.

Military Records

Military records are available for free, yet there are services that will charge veterans to access these records. If you are a veteran who needs your records, contact the VA or your service unit and they will provide them to you at no cost.

Rental/Real Estate Scams

In this scheme, scammers post fake rental or real estate property ads, often using actual addresses and photos, and promise a deep military discount to veterans. The veteran is then asked to wire a security deposit or down payment to secure the property and the scammer steals the wired money. A veteran should never transfer money before seeing a property in person and verifying the agent’s right to lease or sell the property offered.

Remember, criminal tactics are constantly changing, so if you are a veteran or supporter, one of the best ways to protect yourself is to use a trusted resource like Lifelock to keep up with the latest security news and information. Then, with this knowledge, you’ll be better able to spot a scam when you see it.

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Taps For Betty Tisdale

Betty Tisdale, ‘Angel’ of Saigon orphan airlift, dies in SeattleSeattle Times – October 9, 2015

Betty in 2001 at Bellevue Traveling Wall Northwest Veterans Newsletter photo

Betty in 2001 at Bellevue Traveling Wall
Northwest Veterans Newsletter photo


Operation Babylift – compiled by Pam Young

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3 Steps to Ease Back Into Civilian Life


If you’re preparing to leave the military and re-enter the civilian world, you’ll find that many things have changed since you first joined up. Even if you’ve been stateside, there have been changes in everyday life you know about but haven’t had to deal with. For example, you can’t put off health insurance decisions anymore, credit is harder to get from banks (but many places will go the extra mile for veterans) and you have more choices for services that demand more of your time to review.

Review Your Vehicle’s Readiness

Does your car qualify for your state’s “historic” license plate? It may really be a beauty, but is it something you can drive all over, in all kinds of weather? If you’re going to be interviewing for work, you want a reliable ride to get you around. Even if you’re retiring, you still need dependable transportation. Don’t insist on a new car. You can get great deals on late models through places like DriveTime. Drive Time’s Military Merit program guarantees a car for veterans regardless of their credit score. They also offer a generous leasing program for those who prefer to have a new ride every few years.

If you have a mobility-related disability, check out USAA, the financial services firm created for veterans and military families. It has negotiated discounts with manufacturers who modify vehicles to accommodate disabilities.

Get Health Insurance

The Affordable Care Act requires the VA to notify the IRS of veterans’ enrollment status. Shortly before your separation date, you will get a letter from the VA explaining your health insurance options. In addition to the VA, you may be eligible for TRICARE, Indian Health Service care or Medicare. You can combine VA care with these and other plans you enroll in through the Healthcare Marketplace or at a job. Or you can leave the VA entirely.

If you have a job lined up that provides insurance, review it carefully to make sure it covers you and your family’s needs. Some employers are now offering cash incentives for employees to find insurance on their own through the Marketplace.

Just be sure you do enroll in a health insurance plan. There are small, pro-rated penalties for each year you are not enrolled in a plan. A few people may be able to get an exception, but odds are pretty high that you or a family member will need medical care at some point. Paying out of pocket for medical care is extremely expensive, so get coverage.

“Civilianize” Your Outlook

Most businesses are actually quite eager to interview veterans. Your mission is to convince them that you are the best hire for them.

Creating a civilian resume may be a bit daunting. MilitaryOneSource recommends these preparation steps:

  • Get contact information from your favorite supervisors and colleagues.
  • Get copies of performance appraisals to identify areas where you excelled.
  • Get copies of ACE transcripts to identify special skills and education.

To communicate effectively in the civilian business world, you need to “civilianize” yourself, recommends Bradley-Morris, a firm that specializes in placing veterans in civilian jobs. This means translating your resume into language a non-military HR rep can understand.

  • List your main responsibilities in the military, particularly those that have a civilian application.
  • If you can’t avoid acronyms, explain them.
  • Always provide a cover letter that highlights how you can help the company you hope to work for.
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A Possible Explanation of Current Events

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ [published circa 1969 or April 1970] 

In May of 1919 at Dusseldorf, Germany, the allied forces obtained a copy of the Communist Rules for Revolution. 50 years later, the Reds are still following the rules. As you read, stop after each item and think about the present day situation where we live – and all around our nation. We quote the Red Rules:

• A. Corrupt the young, [get them away from religion,] get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness.

• B. Get control of all means of publicity, thereby get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and plays, and other trivialities.

• C. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.

• D. Destroy the people’s faith in their natural leaders by holding them up to contempt and ridicule.

• E. Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthless as possible.

• F. By encouraging government extravagance destroy its credit, produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.

• G. Promote unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of the government toward such disorders.

• H. By specious argument cause breakdown of the moral virtues, honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word.

• I. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view to confiscating them and leaving the population helpless.

How many of these rules are being carried out in this nation today?

Related article:

The Communist Takeover Of America – 45 Declared Goals From Greg Swank

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Come with us to the Pacific Ocean!

Join us on our vacation to the ocean in September 2015, at the Sandpiper Beach Resort on the Washington coast – Roger & Pam:

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Seafair 2015 Fleet Week Video

Like last year, Pam took video of the fleet arriving for Seafair this year! GO NAVY! 



Our 2014 Video:

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Veterans: Fight Back Against Fraud

fraudHackers, unscrupulous lenders and fraudulent credit card companies are targeting veterans with misleading offers and outright scams. This is, of course, on top of the everyday fraud we read or hear about, including the recent theft of 21.5 million Social Security numbers belonging to federal employees. Read on to learn how veterans in particular can better protect themselves and family members from fraud.

Beware of Offers Targeting Veterans

While many organizations and businesses provide special discounts for veterans, take particular care with those that promise additional benefits. Here are a few cited by AARP’s Military Monday column:

  • Some financial planners and insurance agents urge veterans to invest in programs that give them “additional benefits” like Aid and Attendance services. But this could disqualify them from other, more useful Medicaid programs. Older vets may unknowingly buy in to a long-term investment they may not live long enough to receive.
  • Any organization can include the word “veteran” in its name, including supposed charities. Investigate a charity before you donate. Charitynavigator.org is a good resource for this.
  • Hang up on any caller who claims to represent the VA. Like the IRS and Medicare, the VA only communicates through the mail. Mark emails purportedly from the VA as spam or phishing.

In addition to the resources above, check out the LifeLock website for more information on current and emerging scams and tips for safeguarding personal information.

Carry Only What You Need in Your Wallet or Purse

Remember that old credit card ad that asked “What’s in your wallet?” It’s a good question. What are you carrying around?

There is absolutely no need to carry every credit card you own. If you use credit cards to earn reward points, just carry one or two. You don’t need a Costanza-like wallet bulging out to force you to sit sideways.

Similarly, don’t carry your Social Security card. Lock it up in your home safe along with your extra credit cards. You can’t cancel a stolen Social Security card, and getting a number changed is a long and difficult process.

Don’t carry the following: a list of sensitive information (PINs, SSN, account numbers), copies of your birth certificate (or the actual form) and any banking information, including the blank check your parents advised you decades ago to keep in your wallet.

How to Store and Protect Your Information

It’s practically impossible to remember all the accounts, PINs and passwords you might use on a regular basis. Here’s an idea: Enter them in a note on your smartphone, and keep the phone locked. This way, you only need to remember one PIN that should, of course, be random and not associated with birthdays, anniversaries or addresses. Some people use their childhood phone numbers, which they can remember more easily than their own.

Also, invest in a password protection program. These programs are often free on desktops, and track your passwords for you. They alert you when it’s time to change one, or if you log on to a site that has the same password as another. Best of all, they create crazy new passwords for you, and automatically enter them when you visit a password-protected site.

The catch? You do have to remember a single PIN to get in the program.

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The South Under Fire

28 Jun 2015:

I find the recent flap over the Confederate battle flag as a direct attack on the South and it’s heritage. I served with many Southerners in Vietnam and the warrior ethos is in their DNA. Today 40% of those enlisting come from the Southern states. They are patriots, not the racists as being portrayed today.

Furthermore I believe this attack is well coordinated and timed. Brent Bozell says it best:

The Confederate flag and cultural fascism by Brent Bozell – 26 Jun 2015

“You cultural fascists have struck again.

“You have shown you will say most anything, and do most anything to advance your radical agenda. But that’s not enough, is it? Your intent is to ban any opposition. Your goal is to ban even the expression of dissension…”

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USS ARIZONA and MISSOURI 16″ Gun Barrels – The Bookends of WWII

Great video!

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Memorial Day Taps for My Fallen Spurs

Never Forgotten…

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3 Great Vacation Ideas for Veterans

vetvacationsNow that you’re retired it’s time to get out there and enjoy yourself. But where are the best destinations for the activities you enjoy the most? From fishing and hunting, to relaxing on sandy beaches, there are just so many choices. If you’re having a difficult time deciding on the best place to visit for your next vacation here are some ideas to inspire you.

1) Hunting Trip

There are a lot of things to consider when researching the best hunting and fishing destinations. Visit the Fox River Valley which has some of the best whitetail deer hunting in the United States. Bucks killed within a 50-mile radius have broken (or come close to breaking) the record for largest Whitetails in Wisconsin. But hunting Whitetail deer is just one of the many attractions in Appleton.

Lake Winnebago isn’t far away, and the Fox River runs right through town. Both the lake and the river are fantastic walleye fisheries. Thirty miles to the north is Green Bay, which is heavily populated with smallmouth bass. Nicolet National Forest plays host to deer, bear, geese, and grouse, and is considered one of the last true wildernesses in the Northwoods.

2) Vancouver Island

If you’re looking to get out of the country, Vancouver Island in British Columbia is one of many BC hot spots for fishing enthusiasts and thrill seekers. The city itself is located on an island tucked in a cove and surrounded by mountains of the Northern Cascade Range. While the city of Vancouver has a thriving culture, it’s nice to get out on the open water for some fishing and fun. Off the coast you can catch halibut, different kinds of salmon and more. If you’re looking to get even further outside the city, about 50 miles east is the Fraser River which is a fly-fisherman’s dream, with beautifully clear river water surrounded by mountainous terrain.

While fishing is a generally low-key pastime, being on open water is always risky, so it’s important to have the right permits and training for operating a boat. Whether you’re parasailing, or just relaxing with your line out, you’ll need the correct permits before you debark from the dock. While this may seem like a hassle, peace of mind that you can keep yourself and your passengers safe is invaluable.

3) Catch and Relax

While it’s fun to get out into nature and experience the great outdoors, sometimes all you want is to lounge on the beach, go swimming, and from time to time, toss out a line to see if anything is biting.

There are many beaches known for surf fishing in Florida. Relax with a good book and enjoy the sinking of the sun as you tan. Enjoy the night life of South Beach with drinks and wonderful sea food. Swim off the coast of white sand beaches and take a load off. The beaches of Florida offer so much relaxation as well as some great surf fishing. While staying in Florida, don’t forget to ask about veteran discounts at hotels, restaurants and merchant shops. Many establishments can help you save money if they know you’ve served in the armed forces.

Not only do the beaches of Florida provide you with ample opportunity for surf fishing, you can also take up spearfishing, which is more involved and adventurous.

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It Is Finished…

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President Reagan on Freedom

This is certainly NOT the message we hear from President Obama today as the world faces barbaric terrorism that is only spreading… – Roger Young, co-editor

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New Combat Documentary From Kunar – No Greater Love

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4 Helpful Lesser-Known Veterans Benefits

benefitsAs a veteran, you are probably aware of some of the benefits to which you are entitled. Most veterans know about the medical care services that you can receive through a VA hospital, and you might already be familiar with education programs that you can apply for through the G.I. Bill.

These more common programs are at the tip of the veteran benefit iceberg. From help with mortgages, to assistance with figuring out your taxes, and even identity theft protection, there is a nice variety of benefits that veterans can and should take advantage of.

Long-term Medical Care

As a veteran, both you and your spouse are eligible for long-term medical care. You already know about medical benefits, so the keywords here are “long term.” As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes, should you ever become housebound due to medical issues, you might be eligible for additional payments in addition to the monthly pension you are already receiving. The Aid and Attendance program applies to veterans who need help from others to do basic everyday tasks like bathing and dressing, as well as veterans who are in a nursing home, and/or have limited eyesight. In addition, the Housebound program involves an increase in your monthly pension when some type of disability confines you to your home for most of the time. Your surviving spouse may also be eligible to receive funds to cover long-term costs. In order to apply for these benefits, write to the Veterans Affairs office that handled your initial pension claim.

Identity Theft Protection

As a veteran, you spent part of your life protecting our country. Thanks to a discount that is available through LifeLock for Veterans of Foreign Wars members, the identity theft protection company will protect your personal information and private data. Right now, members of the VFW can save 10 percent on new identity protection services, which will keep vital information like your Social Security number, military ID, and other account numbers safe both here and overseas.

As a side note, the VFW website is an outstanding resource for veterans; its Member Benefits page lists dozens of discounts that you will receive for being a member. These include deals on everything from travel-related services to haircuts.

Help with Preparing Taxes

As anyone who has ever tried to organize piles of receipts and W2s knows quite well, preparing taxes is a cumbersome and confusing job. As Military Benefits notes, veterans and their families can get help with their taxes—all at no cost. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offices are typically found on military bases and are staffed with people who can help prepare your tax return. In addition, the IRS offers free tax returns for elderly veterans who need help figuring out the complicated military tax forms.

Assistance with Home Loans

As a veteran, you can also get help to become a homeowner through the VA. Active service members and surviving spouses can also fulfill their American dreams of homeownership. In addition to various programs like refinances, interest rate reductions, and guaranty benefits, the VA website features helpful information and advice on how to apply for the various benefits. VA Home Loans are funded through many traditional private lenders like banks and other financial institutions.

If you are a first-time home buyer and have questions about the process, Veterans United Home Loans is also a terrific resource that can help guide you through everything and offer accurate advice on your various mortgage-related benefits.

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Great Special Veteran Projects by KOMO-TV4

Shared with us for our use by then KOMO-TV producer and Special Projects Manager, Doug Tolmie. These are special memories for Pam and myself. Hope you enjoy them! – Roger

Dog Tags, 1998:

Vietnam Wall Experience 2001:

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