Editor’s Log

Welcome to issue 422 of your Military. July is the month that we, as Americans, celebrate our freedom. Our tagline is “The Press of Freedom,” and that’s a title we hold to dearly. Much blood has been spilt to protect the freedoms that we cherish, so remember those sacrifices as we celebrate our independence.

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Over Memorial Day weekend I had a happenstance meeting with a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel from the California National Guard. He served a total of 33 years, including two tours in Iraq and one in Kosovo as part of the peacekeeping mission. Originally from the Philippines, he immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1979, and it took him six years and lots of hurdles to become a U.S. citizen.

Here’s a proud U.S. citizen who has more patriotism than most natural born Americans! To give back to the country that has afforded him so much, he proudly served in the U.S. military. He and his family came to the U.S. to take advantage of the freedoms and opportunities this land has to offer — not to be freeloaders and take handouts — but to make the best life they possibly could here in the U.S., which was something they couldn’t do in their homeland. They didn’t come to the U.S. to try and change their community into what they left behind; they came here to prosper and enjoy the freedoms that most Americans take for granted.

I was quite honored to meet this man and hear his story, and about the men he served with in Iraq and how much he cares for his brothers-in-arms. I hope to share some of his stories in Military in the near future.

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In the conversations I have had with our veterans, I have become more aware and concerned about PTSD and TBI from which our returning soldiers suffer, and, from my observations, I don’t really believe that the VA/U.S. government cares about our returning warriors. Yes, they may go through the motions, but it seems to me that once a warrior becomes injured, or outlives their usefulness, they are put out to pasture and forgotten. The VA merely placates them and really doesn’t want to treat them, instead, they are medicated until such time as they die. There seems to be a long wait for treatment for service-connected disabilities, seen and unseen. Our veterans deserve better!

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I thought it was quite humorous that of all people, North Korean communist leader Kim Jong Un, said of former Vice President and democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, that he was a person of low IQ. While that, coming from the leader of another country, is quite insulting, it is, however, quite truthful. With Biden riding high in the polls as a presidential nominee, I am somewhat shocked by the people who support him. Apparently the Marxist democrats have done a great job of dumbing down the last few generations to the point that their own IQs are nearly at room temperature. It’s the only thing that makes sense to support an even lower IQ’d individual such as Crazy Joe Biden.

I think the Marxist democrats have made a mockery of our system of government and the election process, made evident by the clown car of contenders for the 2020 nomination. Are these the best people they can come up with?

While we’ve had a brief reprieve from the liberal madness with President Trump, if one of those clowns ends up being elected, we will be done as a free and prosperous country. I hope and pray that doesn’t happen!

— John D. Shank, Editor