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While we are fighting the good fight against Congress and the president, we must never forget those who are far away from home fighting the good fight for our very lives. It is to them this tribute is sent.

Just in case the link goes wacky, you can watch it on YouTube.

Yes, they are my heroes. I pray they are yours as well. Have a blessed day.

Hat tip: Pastor Ed.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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Independence Day is a very special day to Americans. This is the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We have fireworks to remind us of “the bombs bursting in air” and allowed them to see that our flag was still there. They had no idea if we were going to win, but they would rather die to remain free than to be enslaved or imprisoned by the British. That is amazing. How many of us are willing to give all for this noble quest today?

We are at war right now, no matter who tries to deny it. Our brave men and women are out there fighting for our very lives, and I think we ought to be very grateful to them. That is why I am asking you to read what a friend of mine e-mailed me.

She collects cards and gift packages for our troops all year long. It only takes a moment, and they deserve these cards and care packages. Please respond. Show our troops they are not forgotten. Thank you so very much.

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4th OF JULY CARD DRIVE FOR DEPLOYED TROOPS

The Mission:

To collect at least 3,000 “thank you” cards for troops serving our country all over the world, to tell them “Thank you for our Freedom!” We are also collecting care package items for troops – please visit our website for more info, and click on the “Items Needed ASAP!” link!

The Reason:

Being away from home, often living in harsh conditions with combat & constant danger is difficult ~ our troops need to know we have not forgotten them!!! Mail from home helps to keep our troops’ morale strong, making a very real difference in their lives. It keeps them motivated and focused when they know we care about them!

The Address:

Send your signed, unsealed thank-you cards to the following address:

OPERATION: LOVE FROM HOME
P.O. Box 1660
Loganville, Georgia, 30052

ALL CARDS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2009.

The Guidelines:

The cards can be handmade or store-bought.

This is a great opportunity to get your Scout troop, school, church and other civic organizations involved in doing something to show support for our troops.

Please do not write the date on your cards

Please, no glitter on the cards. Because of the intended destination of the cards, nothing excessively “shiny” should be sent for safety & security reasons.

*IMPORTANT: This is not a “dating service.” Please do not send suggestive or otherwise inappropriate cards or materials. Please also refrain from making political statements of any nature. We will be reading and screening every card received to ensure that the above guidelines are adhered to. Remember: This is strictly to let the troops know that we love them, we are proud of them and that we HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN them!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.OPERATIONLOVEFROMHOME.ORG, OR EMAIL: KAT@OPERATIONLOVEFROMHOME.ORG. POSTAGE COSTS ARE OUR LARGEST EXPENSE. DONATIONS TOWARDS POSTAGE ARE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED.
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May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Talon, TCU, SGP and Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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This lady is not only beautiful, she has been gifted by God with a very sweet and tender voice. Please listen to her sing. When I first heard her, I knew I had to share her with you. I hope this edifies you today. 😉

This song is so true. I pray these words for every Servicemember who is in the line of fire and those who are not. Also, I would like to extend my prayer to those who’ve served before and never received the proper recognized. I remember you. I thank you for your service. Welcome home.

Remember – He is always there for you. All you have to do is reach out and ask for His Guidance, Love, Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness, Help, and whatever is your need. He is always Faithful. God bless you, and have a very blessed day.

Tip o’ the hat: David L. Brown aka Blade Runner.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Talon, The Conservative Underground, Smart Girl Politics and Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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I would like to recognize those of us who are in distant lands, be they in war zones or right here at home in their own war zone. I pray for all of you God’s protection, love, grace, and mercy. Most of all, I thank you and I thank God. See, you are someone’s son, and Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He came into the world to save it, you are, in a way, honorably trying to protect the rest of us from the terrors of which we shall never understand nor truly appreciate. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas (or Happy Chanukkah) and have a much better new year.

If you’ve noticed I haven’t written since last Tuesday, it’s personal. I’ll be back in full force once the holidays are over. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Cross-posted @ Talon and Rosemary’s Thoughts. Trackback URL for Talon, and Trackback URL for Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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by Travis Hayes
3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs

FOB ISKAN (July 3, 2008) — Coalition forces continue to help communities in Iraq shape the environment through project revitalization, grants, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. Currently, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment’s area of operation has 25 ongoing projects aimed at improving local economies and creating employment opportunities. Of those, 23 are enduring infrastructure projects totaling more than $2.5 million. The majority of the funding is through the government of Iraq Commanders Emergency Response Program.

“(Iraqi citizens) consistently come up to us, thanking us for the new buildings and school renovations that we’ve been working on,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Combs, 3-7th Inf. Regt. engineer noncommissioned officer-in-charge. “It’s great to see the smiles on the Iraqi people’s faces after the completion of projects. Sheikhs tell us we’ve made the towns and cities here better than they ever were. It’s been very fulfilling to be a part of this,” said Combs.

The Abu Lukah Civil Service Corps, one of the many newly established programs, is expected to begin operation within the next week. The CSC is an outlet for Sons of Iraq (SoI) members to transition from manning checkpoints to developing skills that will enable them to work as skilled laborers. The Abu Lukah CSC will identify more than 100 military-aged males to be apprentices. They will spend a year developing skill sets ranging from welding to construction.

After a year of training and testing, each trainee will receive a start-up tool kit for his assigned skill. This program will develop Iraqi citizens into skilled laborers, which will allow them to compete in their local towns and cities for contracts and become self-sufficient.

A second initiative, which awards micro grants to qualified start-up and pre-existing business owners, is positively impacting local economies. Thirty-two micro grants have been awarded through CERP funds. “Once you achieve security, it’s all about creating conditions for employment and economic growth, and this is what we’re helping to do by jump-starting businesses and building town halls and civic centers,” said 1st Lt. Allen Von Plinsky, 3-7th inf. Regt. engineer.

Project and bulk CERP funding and subsequent disbursement is managed by certified battalion project management teams. Trained project purchasing officers and pay agents are positioned down to the platoon level to maximize quality and control. [GOOD. It’s about time!]

Work continues, June 24, on a bridge in Khidr, which is one of the 25 ongoing projects in 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment’s area of operation.

Source: CENTCOM.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him.

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The commander-in-chief and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff both issued messages to service members, their families and the American people ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend. President Bush and Adm. Mike Mullen noted the valuable service provided by men and women in uniform now and throughout our history. “On this occasion, we pay special tribute to the men and women of our armed forces,” Bush said, “who have answered freedom’s call and defended the values that make America the greatest country on earth.”

He cited the courageous visionaries of two centuries ago for signing the Declaration of Independence. “Guided by ancient and eternal truths, our forefathers proclaimed to the world that liberty was the natural right of all mankind and in doing so began one of the greatest chapters in human history,” the president said. “On the Fourth of July, our country commemorates the great achievements of these heroes and reaffirms its unwavering confidence in the power of freedom.”

Mullen said examples are rare in U.S. history when the nation’s birthday has come at such a critical and dangerous time. “Al-Qaida has been beaten back in Iraq, but it is not defeated,” he said. “The Taliban still claws for power in Afghanistan. Extremists of all kinds all over the world still plot against us, our fellow citizens and our allies and friends. And yet you still serve,” he continued. “Still you sacrifice. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing,” he said, “thank you for your service and that of your families at this critical time. Thank you for the gift of freedom.”

Amen.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can.

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This weekend would be a good time to start those home improvements you’ve been putting off. The world’s two largest home improvement retailers are giving military members and veterans a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases as part of the Fourth of July holiday. The discounts are available now and will last through the holiday weekend. It is the same program both retail giants put in place on other patriotic holidays – Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

The promotion is open to members of the National Guard and the Reserve. Individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service, such as a Veterans Administration card, discharge papers or other proof of military service. Lowe’s and Home Depot both are known for taking care of employees who also serve in the Guard or Reserve. Plus, they have active programs to hire military veterans.

A spokeswoman for Home Depot said recently the discount is a way to thank military members and veterans for their service to the nation. That service, she said, allows customers and employees of Home Depot to sleep safely in their beds at night.

The two retailers have a near lock on home improvement in America. Lowe’s was founded in 1946 and now has more than 1,550 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Home Depot first opened its doors in 1978 and now has more than 2,200 stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can.

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