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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/11/2014 07:54 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/11/2014 07:54 AM
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Murphy's Walking Man Ric Ryan To Attend New York Veteran's Day Parade With Operation Mend

New York, NY...We are excited to have Ric Ryan, a Vietnam Veteran and supporter of Operation Mend join us at the Veteran's Day Parade in New York City on Tuesday! Support Ric, Operation Mend and Veterans by posting a photo or video of you and/or your friends waving on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine using hashtag #wave4operationmend.

About Operation Mend
UCLA Operation Mend is a groundbreaking program that provides returning military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan -- and service members wounded in training for battle -- who suffer from severe facial and other medical injuries access to the nation's top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as comprehensive medical and mental-health support for the wounded and their families. It was established in 2007 through a partnership envisioned by Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board and Executive Committee member Ron A. Katz and his (now deceased) wife Maddie.

In a partnership with Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), a leading burn and rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, the V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and UCLA Health System, Operation Mend started with facial reconstruction. The program has since expanded in order to optimize healing-body, mind, and spirit. In addition to plastic and reconstructive surgery, mental-health support (for warriors and their families), orthopaedic reconstruction for severely damaged limbs, urologic treatment, otolaryngological care, the examination and treatment of reproductive issues, repair of airways, and design of new prosthetic ears are provided.

"It is a privilege for UCLA Medical Center to assist our country's men and women in the military," said Dr. David T. Feinberg, President of UCLA Health System and CEO of UCLA Hospital System. "We are honored to partner with Brooke Army Medical Center to help heal several of America's wounded warriors."

The program is currently funded through an existing grant from the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF) via the California Community Foundation, along with important individual donor support.

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Making a difference
Posted on: 2014-11-11 08:48:23   By: Anonymous
Thanks Ric! Hopefully, more people will take Ric's example and just do something positive. I pass Ric at least once a week, and he is an inspiration to me to try and be a more positive person.
If you've ever talked to Ric, he doesn't get all political with people. He just goes out each morning thinking how he can make a difference for his "heroes". We should all have a purpose such as his. I hope Mr. Oliverira, President Obama, John Boehner, and Joe Q Public can follow Ric's example. We need more people like this. Humility is one of Ric's greatest traits.

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    Posted on: 2014-11-11 10:59:40   By: Anonymous
    A fact of history-the voting record of the Republicans shows they will not vote for veterans programs.They will vote for wars, and tax cuts for those who don't need help.

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      Re: History
      Posted on: 2014-11-11 18:32:32   By: Anonymous
      This is about a patriotic veteran helping other vets. It's not about your view of how repugnant you find Republicans.

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        Re: History
        Posted on: 2014-11-12 09:22:35   By: Anonymous
        These people would not be in need if it weren't for the warped view of most Republicans that believe we are entitled to rule the world.

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          Re: History
          Posted on: 2014-11-12 18:26:45   By: Anonymous
          STFUP, butt-head, you need to keep your political views out of this. This has nothing to do with you, or your political views. What a frigging jerk you are.
          Nice going Ric, it's always a pleasure seeing you on your walk. Folks, sometimes I pull over and hand Ric a little green, though it's been rather tough lately, but I know it goes to a great cause. He's one person/reason, I have no problem donating to, along with the Salvation Army, because I know it goes to where they say.
          Not like the RED CROSS, where about only10% goes, the rest is to people's salary and etc.
          Way To Go Ric.

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Walking Man !!
Posted on: 2014-11-11 11:19:56   By: Anonymous
Finally, some really positive news from our community. Thanks to ALL who have served, regardless of political party.
"Don't be in a Party, Be a Party."
Tricia S.

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    Re: Walking Man !!
    Posted on: 2014-11-11 17:57:06   By: Anonymous
    Keep your boots dry marine!

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    Re: Walking Man !!
    Posted on: 2014-11-12 18:29:47   By: Anonymous
    Hugs and kisses, and heart felt appreciation to Tricia.

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He Does This From His Heart
Posted on: 2014-11-11 19:35:13   By: Anonymous
A proud member of Calaveras County.A man who can stand tall for his beliefs.Thank you for being a bright and shining star in our very special county.
A Gold Star Mom

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Stop The Wars
Posted on: 2014-11-12 07:37:05   By: Anonymous

Hermann Goering stated the following during the Nuremberg Trials:
"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY." (emphasis added)

"...drag the people along...", indeed. Apparently it's especially easy in the USA.

Some observations and questions for the Oligarchs in DC---
1. Syria is in a civil war. Iraq is in a civil war. Vietnam was in a civil war. Do you really expect us to believe that you haven't learned the lessons of Vietnam? Of course there are differences amongst these wars, but the similarities ---especially with Iraq and Vietnam--- are very significant.
2. After more than a decade of "training Iraqi troops" & police, we're back there ONLY to do that again. Are we supposed to believe that? What happens if & when Iraqi troops on the ground can't ever complete the job of defending their country?
3. Several U.S. transnational oil companies currently are operating in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan), but that has little or nothing to do with the current escalation of U.S. involvement. Do you really expect us to believe that?
4. "There are no combat troops in Iraq...only trainers and advisors." Really? ALL troops are potential combat troops.
5. What happens when one or more of these "trainers" gets killed by a mortar round, or a suicide bomber, or a roadside bomb, or a rifle bullet? Will that be an excuse for even more U.S. involvement? And then more?
6. After you "degrade" or "suppress" or defeat ISIS, do you think they might simply fade back into the woodwork only to reappear later...again and again? If you recognize that, is that a dandy excuse for Perpetual War?
7. I missed it. When/where was it that the Constitution allowed Congress to abrogate its war-making authority...and that became the purview of the President? Exactly in which clause in the Supreme Law of the Land is that found? I've studied the Constitution for over half a century, and I can't find that clause.
8. Are the War Contractors (facetiously named "Defense" contractors) happy with the almost 800 U.S. air strikes and the recent doubling down of U.S. troops in Iraq? Perhaps they need more.
9. How many innocent civilians have been killed or maimed by our strikes lately?
10. What happens if a U.S. plane gets shot down? Will that be an excuse for even more U.S. involvement? And then more?
11. Are you aware that in the last few years 8,000 (probably more) combat vets per year have committed suicide either during or after their service? [That means more have died by suicide than by combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.]
12. Do you really believe that we don't know that all this actually is about Transnational BIG Business? You're not fooling many of us. How could you? It's right out in the open. For the most part, you don't even try to hide it.
There is a better way. Oligarchs can be peacefully dethroned. Step One: stop drinking the Propaganda Kool Aid. Keep in mind that with Neoimperialism and Neoliberalism, Oligarchs don't have to permanently occupy a land in order to control the government of that land. If you haven't yet, please read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins and Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill...both New York Times bestsellers...or search for those fellows on YouTube. You'll get an education on the phony politics of today.

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    Re: Stop The Wars
    Posted on: 2014-11-12 09:28:21   By: Anonymous
    All true, but that doesn't detract from the sacrifices these people made, even under false pretenses. It would be nice if soldiers could pick and choose their battles. They cannot.

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      Re: Stop The Wars
      Posted on: 2014-11-12 13:24:10   By: Anonymous
      that is why we need the draft. if everyone has a kid that could go we wouldnt be as quick to send them.

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        Re: Stop The Wars
        Posted on: 2014-11-12 18:32:05   By: Anonymous
        Old men in leather chairs start wars, and the young ones have to fight them.

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