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Category Archives for Military/National Stories of Interest

On the Purple Heart and the Chatanooga Shooting

Today I saw the story about Marine Sgt DeMonte Cheeley, who was awarded the Purple Heart. Sgt Cheeley was shot in the leg in the course of the shooting at the Chatanooga Armed Forces Career Center, where he and the other soldiers were prohibited from carrying weapons. I remember the day this shooting happened. I […]

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Army Times Story on the Purple Heart Controversy

The Army Times posted a story about my family’s continued efforts to secure Lou’s Purple Heart. (Read the story here.) As the widow of someone who was first murdered, and then determined by the military to be unworthy of recognition, it is enormously refreshing that the Army Times, unlike most of the rest of the media, continues to believe in the merit of this effort and Lou’s legacy. I knew this article would bring about both positive and negative responses from the Army Times extensive audience. I didn’t quite expect the level of unabashed animosity in some of the responses, but sticks and stones…

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One More Push for the Purple Heart

For ten years, the military has refused to award my husband Lou Allen the Purple Heart. I have had to watch Lou’s admitted killer walk out of the courtroom with a smug smile, and have had to live with the knowledge he will never be held accountable. I have watched a new Purple Heart museum […]

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U.S. Military Condones Rape and Punishes Heroes?

Betrayal wears many disguises. It can be subtle – a whispered breach of trust- or it can be overt- a public violation of the spoken or unspoken agreement from one to another. It can be an inadvertent slip of the tongue, or it can be the willful, malicious taking of a life. A betrayal’s aftermath […]

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Open Letter to Brooke Baldwin

  Open letter to Brooke Baldwin: Like the rest of the country, I heard your deep-seated, profound opinion on this nation’s veterans.. http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/04/28/cnn-anchor-brooke-baldwin-blames-military-veterans-for-baltimore-riots/   I’m sorry- What did you say? You love our veterans but… they don’t know their communities and are ready to do battle? Are you implying our veterans are to blame for […]

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Beyond the Battlefield; Vietnam Veterans’ Valor

David Whiting- You scooped me. But I’m glad you did. Thank you for your piece on these men and the opportunity to hear their stories in your words. I’m still going to tell their stories in my words, too, but not until they visit me this summer and I have them captive to interview. John […]

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The Demise of Common Sense

Sigh. Seriously? We’re altering names of school teams and professional teams that have existed for ages because suddenly they are “offensive.” Schools have stopped saying the pledge and are freaking out about the “under God” part in it. We’re banned from wearing depictions of our flag or even flying it in some communities. And now, […]

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Legacies Restored with Purple Hearts

    They got it. The Purple Heart. And they should get it- They have certainly earned it; Men and women in uniform, on a military base. Going about their duties as they swore an oath to do, when they came under attack from an enemy. It was horrific. Bullets flying, hurling through the air […]

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Why is Dad so Mad?

      “Why is Dad so Mad?”       PTSD is no joke. And it strikes without a conscience. We are all susceptible to its talons. I was diagnosed with it shortly after my husband died. I couldn’t close my eyes without seeing him in a coffin. I felt like I was having […]

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Defending the Pledge

defending the pledge

WOW I consider myself fairly hard to ruffle in any sort of meaningful manner. I mean, I may disagree with your views- like when anyone tells me they hate the Rangers- what is that, anyway? But vile as those words may be, I respect your right to root against the coolest team on ice. I […]

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