The Forgotten Warriors

Did you know that a huge amount of the homeless population in Washington DC is comprised of veterans? I have watched as person after person hurries by, trying to ignore them. The veterans never get upset, just seem more sad. No, not all homeless are veterans and not all veterans choose to use any help they get to feed themselves or better their lives, but some might. You will never know if you don’t stop ignoring them and get to know their story. How many Americans, who have never experienced combat, can possibly judge someone worthy of your time and attention?

The movie, American Sniper does a good job of shedding some light on the things that plague a warrior returning home. A Vietnam Veteran is affected much more so. No one trained these soldiers about an enemy who uses guerilla warfare, fighting on it’s own soil, killing or capturing men without making a sound. They came home treated as failures, rejects, an embarrassment to society. No one made an effort to listen, understand, and find out how they can be helped.


What memories they must live with, seen behind their eyelids each tile they close. How would such things affect home-life, employment and friends. Yet there they are, people in their expensive suits walking by the veteran who valiantly served when called. Think about that for a the vietnam veteran


From a Facebook Post by Alzheimer’s Association

My brother left behind his recording of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” before he succumed to the brain tumor he had fought so bravely. I miss you dearly Alan.

Do What You Love

Many years ago, I sang in a band. Music has always been a very important part of my life. I dreamed of singing with a band for my whole life… wanting it to be part of my life for the rest of my life. It never occurred to me that dreams don’t come true unless you continue to breathe life into them. Although I dreamt it, I stopped working for it.

That is just one of the reasons I am so proud of my cousin Gary.  Singing country music is his dream, and he makes the time and the effort to keep his dream alive.

These are youtube links to some of his live performances at bars in Nashville: