William Banning was a Connecticut father whose young son died in the Korean War. After losing his son, Banning sent a short letter along with his son’s Purple Heart Medal to then-President Harry Truman. This letter, along with the Purple Heart Medal, was found in President Truman’s desk after his death in 1972, over 20 years later. In the President’s latter years, Truman names his decision over whether to enter the Korean War as the most difficult decision he had to make during his presidency. Read more…
Now days, when you see the President of the United States pass a U.S. Marine or another service-member you’ll see a quick exchange of salutes. Most don’t know that this tradition was only recently established. Prior to 1981, the service-member would salute the President, but it was never reciprocated until President Ronald Reagan began the custom. As you can probably imagine, even this seemingly innocent change didn’t come without it’s critics. Read more…
In 1952, General Dwight D. Eisenhower stepped down as the Commander of NATO and resigned his commission in the United States Army in order to run for the office of President of the United States. He was elected, and then re-elected as the country’s President, but after leaving Washington he regretted giving up his position for politics. He was a soldier at heart, not a politician. Fortunately, there was no one that was going to say no to General Eisenhower, so the country’s new President and Congress made an exception for the General. Read more…
Here are two events where each President went to visit U.S. Marines. The two events are like night and day in the manner that the Marines welcome the two Presidents. President Bush takes the cake here by far.
When the United States Marine Corps loves you that much nothing else really matters.
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As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
Veterans’ Courts Specialize in Treatment for Combat Veterans
When veterans steps into a combat zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan they are stepping into uncharted territory. Upon returning from combat many times they find they are different. Often it is difficult to understand how they are different, but they know that they have changed. These lasting effects many times lead to self medication with alcohol and drugs, as well as violent outbursts and flashbacks which land the veteran in hot water with authorities. There are many judges and lawmakers, themselves veterans, who have seen this problem and are initiating a new program which institutes a separate court system for these cases. Recognizing that these brave men and women should not be lumped in with the rest of our country’s criminals, they have developed what they call Veterans Court. These courts give a presumption of leniency to these veterans in an effort to get them the help they need and return them to the productive, proud members of society they once were. These courts aim to prevent the alienation and out casting of combat veterans the United States saw during and after the Vietnam war, resulting in staggering amounts of veteran homelessness and suicide, forming of outlaw motorcycle gangs and illicit drug use. Read more…