This is a quick little blog post to help my fellow New Jersians get their voices heard in opposition to the proposed gas tax hike being voted on now. We need to unite against this obscene tax hike and tell our representatives how we want them to vote. They do, after all, represent us, right? Well, they are supposed to at least.
Let’s not forget the reason for this tax hike. The transportation fund is depleted. Why? They do collect an abundant amount of tolls on the parkway and turnpike, which was supposed to end years ago, by the way. Well, they want more of our hard earned tax dollars because they mismanaged all the money they’ve already taken from us. Yep, the fund is broke because our representatives can’t manage money. But, they want more. Ironically, if any of us managed our households the way they manage our state, we’d be homeless. They still get a paycheck on our dime. There is a lot wrong with this. ALOT.
So, find your representatives, email and call them. Tell them #nogastax and if they don’t vote NO now, you won’t vote YES for them ever again. Click HERE to find your legislators and for links to contact them easily.
Share this post on your social media and let’s get this tax voted down.
Today is Primary Day here in NJ. Last night, the APP declared Hillary Clinton the nominee for the Democratic Party…on a day where there were no active primaries and the day before a major one. Interesting, isn’t it?
The APP’s irresponsible journalism cost Bernie Sanders the primaries. Their false news story most likely had many of his supporters feeling defeated and deciding not to go to the voting booth today. I can only imagine how many people saw that headline and believed that Bernie didn’t have a chance when in reality, he had the best chance.
Worse, in past primaries, there have been overwhelming reports of fraudulent activities when it came to people attempting to vote for Bernie Sanders. Videos online show voting machines that would not allow votes for Bernie and attempts to do so would register a vote for Hillary. In some states, voters had been turned away after waiting in long lines and being told that they were out of ballots.
Today, I experienced first-hand what it is like to have my right to vote taken away illegally. Today, I understood exactly what the NY voters felt who had their party affiliations mysteriously changed. Today, it happened to me. This is what happened in New York.
I followed all of the rules in NJ. When I first registered to vote at 18, I stayed undeclared because I felt I didn’t want to be tied to one party. I’ve changed it once for a primary previously. Before the deadline of this primary, I printed and mailed the form to declare the party I needed to just so I could be sure to vote for the candidate I wanted and cover all of my bases. I did this in December of 2015. I went to vote today and my party affiliation was wrong. The polling workers would do absolutely nothing for me. NOTHING. I should have the right to get an error corrected. I was told that unless I vote for the party they have in their book for me, I can not vote today. I was furious. I knew this was all a deeper plan to get Hillary Clinton elected. Today, I figured out one major way they are doing it. (I’ll get to that in a minute.)
However, I didn’t stand by and let it happen without a fight. I was able to go to the courthouse and file for my party affiliation to be corrected. Mind you, the polling worker told me there was nothing I could do today. I went before a judge and explained why I was there and my petition was granted. I went back to my polling place and got my vote cast. I didn’t give up. Not many citizens know their rights and before I made a few calls today, I didn’t fully know this either. I was told when I called the township that my registration paperwork with the correct party affiliation may have been “lost in the mail.” Even the poll workers did not tell me I still had a chance to vote today in the party I wanted. They said I couldn’t change it but I could vote in November. That information is what most people are accepting as fact without knowing they could fight to vote the way they want if their information is wrong. How I ended up with the wrong one still is a mystery though. In the end, I was able to be heard and get it fixed. Imagine the thousands of people who didn’t know that step or were not able to take it. That’s a huge problem.
Watch this video where a polling place is illegally attempting to sway people into voting for Hillary Clinton.
How the plan is working to get Hillary elected…
I’ve made it clear from the beginning of Donald Trump’s run for the White House that I strongly believe, based on decades of evidence, that he made a back door deal with the Clintons to help get Hillary elected. I also believe that by infiltrating the Republican Party, Trump is Clinton’s Trojan Horse, sent to destroy the party and burn it down from the inside. I’ve said this for over a year now in various writings and I haven’t faltered from it.
However, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to play out. But, today, when I was forced to leave without casting a vote, it hit me. A vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary as far as anyone with a brain can see. I said that long before he secured the nomination but now it’s true. Anyone voting Republican only has one choice now and it’s Trump. So, that’s a given. But, if you refuse to vote for both Clinton and Trump, wanting only to vote for Sanders, then you take a vote away from Clinton. She doesn’t want that! After all, Sanders is getting in her way and making her work harder than she expected for this election.
So what is one way they can they rig the election so Clinton secures the nomination in a way that appears to be “legit?” Don’t let Sanders supporters vote for him. If we can’t vote for Bernie Sanders because our party affiliation mysteriously has been changed to Republican and our only allowed vote is for Donald Trump, we are going to leave in anger and disgust. We will refuse to vote for Trump and we can’t vote for Sanders. The result? Clinton gets more votes from the registered Democrats who are being fooled by the false news stories that she has already won the nomination and the die hard Bernie supporters who were once undeclared or independent can not vote if their party has been changed to Republican. Brilliant scheme really. Those who do vote for Trump are not an issue for Clinton in the primaries. He’s her partner in crime for this scam and this is all part of the plan.
Taking away votes from Sanders by having his supporters directed to either vote for Clinton or refuse to vote for Trump, whether by forcing their hand with illegal registration scams or fake news announcing a win before the contest is even over, just further proves that this entire election process is overflowing with fraud.
Here, the other half of the Clinton fraud duo also breaks some laws during a primary:
YES, the damn election is RIGGED! The system is absolutely rigged and we’ve had enough!
Bernie Sanders wins Primaries and still loses the super delegates….how can anyone say it isn’t rigged? Just research the many times that Sanders has had to cry foul in this process. How about when he was left off the ballot completely in Washington, D.C.? How about the states he’s won yet somehow, Hillary Clinton gets more delegates? What about the state they are supposed to split the delegates and Clinton claimed victory there too. Um, you tied. This is just beyond out of control.
Even Joe Scarborough can see it:
So, of course the American people are frustrated, disenfranchised and fed up! That is exactly how the billionaires want us. That’s exactly how they used Trump to set America up to fall for their scam. That’s how Clinton is taking her presidency. She sure isn’t winning it on merit.
This quote immediately came to mind when I opened this page to write this post. Today it has been confirmed that music legend Prince has died at the age 0f 57. Children of the 80s all over the world are in shock and reliving their fondest memories of the musical genius. I’m one of them.
Today “this is what it sounds like, when Doves Cry.” Now we know the sound. It’s deafening.
Celebrities pass away all the time. In fact, 2 more this week alone. However, when losing one feels so personal and heavy in your heart as Prince does, you truly realize the impact he has had on a generation, an entire industry and the world. Maybe the word genius is overused in some capacity but there really are very few deserving of that adjective. Prince is absolutely one of them.
Today marks the second time I’ve felt deep sadness and emotion in reaction to the loss of a celebrity. The first was when we lost Robin Williams. Today is the second. Today is extremely heartbreaking.
There isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said already about Prince. His music evokes memories for all who grew up living it while it was being created. I explained to my kids today what he meant to me. I described my walkman and how music was on cassettes when I listened to Prince over and over again. I wore out my cassettes so when CDs came out, I upgraded my Prince collection. I remember how badly I wanted to see Purple Rain as a teen. I wasn’t allowed to watch it at first and when it finally came out on network TV (you know, edited for all audiences) I was finally allowed to watch it. I watched it so often after that, I’ve lost count on how much. From that first view, the color purple became meaningful for me. Even my kids know that is my favorite color and now they understand how Prince is the reason why. Purple Rain.
I spent most of my teenage years hanging out with musicians and writing music with many of them. I wrote so much poetry growing up and the next logical step was lyrics. Prince was such an inspiration for those of us who loved to create with words and song. He was just…wow. Really if you are a creative brain and grew up in the 80s, Prince just blew your mind. Purple Rain directly inspired a song I wrote in the early 90s. His lyrical and musical genius has forever impacted countless artists and opened the floodgates of imagination and other great works.
I’m actually in tears writing this because his influence on my world is so deep, personal, emotional, inspirational and unforgettable. I really can’t describe it any better so I’ll let Prince take it from here.
Purple Rain in the rain decades later.
1999 seemed so far away when this song was released. “Party like it’s 1999” has become a catchphrase that still hasn’t gone out of style. In fact, ironically today, I saw a commercial that used this very phrase. Prince coined the phrase of a century that will continue live on.
Love everything about this solo guitar set. Everything.
And because he made another song I love even better by covering it, I have to share this. Radiohead can always hold an honor not many other artists can…being covered by a legend.
I watched the interview with Robert DeNiro on the Today Show as it aired LIVE. Within about 2 minutes, they asked him about Vaxxed, the documentary that he originally allowed into the Tribeca Film Festival and defended, then subsequently pulled from the festival line-up. Those who are advocates for the film and the right to safe vaccines all suspected that DeNiro was pressured by the CDC to do so.
“I think the movie is something people should see…But definitely there is something to that movie…I as a parent of a child who has Autism, I am concerned. I am not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines… The thing is to shut it down, there’s no reason to. If you’re scientists, let’s see, let’s hear. Everybody doesn’t want to hear much about it, it’s shut down…There’s more to this than meets the eye, believe me…There’s something there that people aren’t addressing and for me to get so upset here today, on The Today Show with you guys, means there is something there. That’s all I wanted was for the movie to be seen, you can make your own judgment, but you must see it… There is a link [between vaccines and autism] and they are saying there isn’t and there are… other things there. I don’t know, I’m not a scientist but I know because I’ve seen so much reaction about just ‘let’s find out the truth.’ … Everyone should have the choice to take vaccines, some places it’s becoming mandatory but it does benefit the big drug companies…” ~ Robert DeNiro
Today, he proved that the pressure was weighing heavily on his conscience when it comes to the questions of vaccine safety and the possible link to Autism. DeNiro took a huge step on the Today Show. He stepped out from behind the heavy hand of the CDC and into the light of advocacy. He may very well be the advocate that every parent in this country needs, even those who don’t know it yet. He may very well be the voice that speaks for those who have been silenced in their fight or worse, who’s lives have been cut short due to vaccine injury and death.
From all the parents of children who have been injured or lost their lives from vaccines, thank you Robert DeNiro. Thank you for helping them be heard. Thank you for giving them a voice. From all the parents who feel the weight of guilt for this, thank you. For all the parents who live with Autism in their families and lives, thank you. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with having an Autistic child and letting us know we are not alone.
Robert DeNiro took a huge step today for all parents and used his opportunity to do so with conviction. Almost immediately, the mainstream media scrambled to discredit his stance, but he opened an important door today and I hope he fights to keep it open.
If you would like to learn more from someone who has become an advocate for all parents after watching her baby daughter suffer from vaccine injuries, then years later passing away as a result, please visit my friend Karen Kain’s website here. You may not know it, but she’s fighting for all parents and their children’s rights to safe vaccines. Even yours.
Here’s a trailer of Vaxxed. You can visit their website to learn about screenings in your area or request one.
**It is important to note that the medical community and media are working overtime to make Robert DeNiro sound like he is clueless (yet he is a father of a child with Autism). That is how they treat parents who question the safety of vaccines. Belittling and bullying are part of the tactics that force vaccines on us without any real guarantees or answers. I know people who have lost children to vaccine injuries. Before you are willing to believe everything the mainstream media tells you, I ask that you do some research, learn about “Hot Lots,” The Vaccine Injury Fund (why does the government have a fund to pay out if they are safe?) and check out this documentary for yourself. Be willing to do research before you assume and be open minded to the possibility that vaccines that once were intended to prevent disease have become much more than that. We all have a right to know what is in the needles going into our children. IF a government can cover up poisoning thousands through the water supply, why would you assume they’d never do it through mandatory shots? I know this is a heated subject with people on both sides but it would not even be in question if there weren’t so many reasons to question it.
These are not anti-vaccine advocates. These are pro-safe vaccine advocates. There is a huge difference.
There are many medical professionals who have come forward and refuse to bow down to big pharmaceuticals. K Paul Stoller, MD is one of them and his latest blog post on the Bolen Report here also has a link to his website.
This short and sweet blog post is on a subject near and dear to me: grammar. I am a stickler for proper grammar. As an English major and professional journalist for most of my life, I know other Grammar Gurus will understand when I say that social media posts make me cringe daily. I am always so distracted by careless misspellings and bad grammar to fully enjoy reading newspapers and online news sites as well.
When I met my now boyfriend of 3 years, it was grammar that got him that first reply. The first text he ever sent me was a paragraph of full sentences, proper grammar and spelling. There were no text abbreviations. I noticed immediately and thought it was so unusual, especially in a text from a man. I loved it! True story. He even uses proper punctuation in text messages. Good grammar can serve a purpose in all aspects of your life, even love.
Thank you “Weird Al” Yankovic for giving the grammar nerds everywhere an outlet for our frustrations. If you struggle with proper grammar, bookmark this link for a handy little guide and the bonus of a catchy tune to bop around to at your desk!
I’ve sat back and waited. I’ve waited for the circus and shit show that is Donald Trump to die down. I’ve patiently waited and watched as friends on social media have come out of the shadows and blatantly expressed racist and bigoted views against Mexicans, Muslims and many others in support of the ludicrous things Donald Trump has said during this campaign for Presidency. Enough is enough now. I’m over this bullshit. I’m going to explain to you all why this man needs to be put down and how he’s playing the citizens of this country for fools. Yes, this article is going to be lengthy and have various links to other articles for fact verification. But, if you care at all about your country and where it is heading, I strongly urge you to take the time to read it all.
I have been very vocal on social media about Donald Trump. I’ve avoided sharing it here but I can no longer stay silent. Today is a huge voting day in our country and Donald Trump is leading the Republican Party, which is scary for many reasons. It’s time for the people of this country who are blindly following this man as if they are watching a reality show on TV to understand who and what he is. This is not a game. This is the future of your lives, your children’s and grandchildren we are talking about. Being ignorant in who this man is when going to the polls is dangerous. So is he.
I’m a lifelong Jersey Girl. I have also worked in Atlantic City and with the higher ups of the casino industry. I know things. I know important things about this man. I am not the only one. There are many people who could expose this man for what he is if you would just listen. Sadly, many of you continue to make excuses for him and state your support for him based on what he tells you he is, not on what he really is.
Before I tell you about Donald Trump, please watch this very informative clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He has kindly put together most of what I’ve been saying from the beginning about Mr. Trump. If you truly care at all about being an INFORMED voter this election year, I ask that you take the time to listen to this.
Now here are some reasons I have heard from people as to why they are supporting Donald Trump and why they are very inaccurate.
1. He’s a great businessman.
This is the one I hear the most and actually the biggest lie of them all. Donald Trump is not a great businessman. Mediocre maybe, and that’s being kind. Donald Trump has spent his lifetime destroying the livelihoods of everyday hard working Americans like the ones who are supporting him based on this statement. It is a known fact in the Atlantic City area, as well as other places where Trump has done business or built anything, that he hires local contractors and laborers (as well as illegal immigrants he is screaming we need to kick out of our country), has them contracted to do their part in the job, then doesn’t pay them. He threatens to tie them up in court and litigation, knowing these small businesses could never afford to fight him. He has screwed the American people for decades and if he has the power to run this country, please do not think for a minute that his selfish business practices would change.
Trump not only threatens to tie up workers cases in court, he has done it.Read about the lawsuit against Trump by Polish immigrant workers in New York that dragged on for over 15 years at the time of the story in 1998.
His business ethics are not great at all. Donald Trump takes advantage of the corporate welfare benefits that have essentially destroyed our middle class. The wealth he brags about-that’s your tax dollars in his pockets! Not only has he stiffed middle class workers out of payment, he has stiffed residents of every state he has dipped his dirty little fingers into with his “business” ventures. Donald Trump has learned how to use the bankruptcy laws to avoid paying for his “investments” while pocketing profits and salaries for himself in the form of bonuses, etc. Sure, there are other corporation heads out there who have done this, but they aren’t running for President of the United States. Also, only an estimated 5 percent of the 500 biggest U.S. companies have filed for bankruptcy in the past two decades, Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin has said.
Want to know how much his bankruptcies have cost the American taxpayers? Read this informative article.
Remember the Wall Street housing market crash where tax dollars were used to bail out the banks that already stole from millions of Americans and drained them of their life savings, destroying the American dream of home ownership for them? Well, those Wall Street crooks not only crashed the housing market, they took the American citizens hard earned tax dollars in that bailout and gave themselves millions of dollars in bonuses. They rewarded themselves for stealing our money with more of our money. So, yes, that’s what Donald Trump basically does. The same Wall Street assholes that he says he will raise taxes on are the same people his plan actually lowers taxes for. Yes, the one actual plan he has given us for all the things he claims he will do, doesn’t benefit anyone still struggling to hold onto middle class status.
2. He is not a politician. He’s one of us.
No, no and let me say…HELL NO. So far from the truth. First off, he’s nothing like the average American. The average American doesn’t have millions of dollars inherited by their daddy to invest in businesses and doesn’t start from the top. Also, he’s absolutely the poster child for what is wrong with politicians in this country. You see, he is not new to politics at all. He’s just new to the official capacity of one in his campaign. Donald Trump has been on the corporate interest side of politics for as long as he’s been screwing people in business. He’s also been doing it as a Democrat pretty much until he became Republican Presidential hopeful. He’s been playing the political game of this country for years as a campaign donor and buying his way through political system on the corporate side.
Donald Trump has been donating to Democratic politicians for years. Another well known fact which can easily be researched. Take a look at his donation history in the bar graph here. All of his stances on various political issues have been in alignment with Democratic views until recently. His supporters really should be asking why. Further in this article, I’ll give you my thoughts on why and what I’ve suspected the reason behind this entire campaign has been since the beginning.
3. He’s going to make America great again.
Another dangerous misconception lies in his campaign slogan. Donald Trump is not going to make America great again, especially since he’s had a hand in bringing it to where it is now. America is a great country in many ways and there is no arguing that it needs a lot of work to rise to the level of expectations the world once held for this country. Trump is one of the least qualified human beings to take on the task and be successful at it. His ignorance when it comes to vital foreign policies will put America at risk of falling further down the ditch and away from world leadership status. Donald Trump’s bigotry and hate against various groups all over the world will weaken our international relationships, not strengthen them.
4. He’s going to fix our immigration problems.
Oh this one. This one is at the center of the racist fueled posts I see everyday on social media. It saddens and sickens me how many people I thought I knew are actually bigots. Let’s not forget the hypocrisy as well. Donald Trump is leading the charge of a very dangerous division happening in this country. As Americans, this country’s core is immigrants. Trump isn’t talking about getting rid of just illegal immigrants. He’s talking about all of them. Yet, ironically, his wife is one of them. Actually 2 of his wives weren’t even citizens when he married them and didn’t become legal American citizens until years later. But he’s going to kick them all out.
He’s also claiming that he will force the Mexicans build a wall to keep them all out. Well, he seems to forget his parents were immigrants and so are all the white people he thinks he’s speaking for in his attacks on every other nationality and religion that he is not. He also seems to forget that the state he lives in, New York, was for many years, the welcoming center for immigrants coming to America. That big statue in the waters of New Jersey overlooking the city he lives in, is kinda a big deal. It signifies what this country stands for and it’s not a wall. It’s a welcome. Ellis Island is also just a short ferry ride away from his Trump Towers. Maybe he should take a ride over there to learn some history.
Do we need to work on our immigration policies? Of course we do. America has a serious issue with illegal immigration and needs a reasonable solution. Donald Trump is not offering one.
America has undoubtedly made a lot of mistakes in policies, laws and behavior. The learning process has been underway for a few hundred years. However, in order to keep moving forward with progress, it is imperative that we don’t take steps backwards in policy. Donald Trump is not the guy we want to lead us because he’ll bring us right back to segregation and destroy all of the progress we have made in race relations, equal rights and women’s rights, just to name a few.
5. He speaks his mind and doesn’t care what the political establishment thinks.
That one is true. He doesn’t care. He also doesn’t care about you or me. He cares about himself and his own legacy. He’s a perfect representation of an extreme narcissist and a man with a serious Napoleon complex. Also, he’s just a total asshole. There’s really no other better way to sum him up. He’s been a douche bag all of his life and being raised by a douche bag, it is clear the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I won’t even get into it about his father but I urge all of you to Google that piece of shit.
And well, then there’s this crazy loon. “Dumb and Dumber” really was the best way to describe it. Whoever pulled this one out of Alaska really opened Pandora’s Box with that brilliant plan.
The only good thing about this was the anticipation for SNL that upcoming weekend as we all knew Tina Fey would be making a guest appearance as Palin, one of her best roles ever.
Although the “I’m with Stupid” really sums it up nicely too. The Daily News has gotten the opportunity to really flex its creative muscles thanks to this campaign.
Whether you are party affiliated or not, do not let the divisions of party decide who you vote for. The party divisions are just one of many tactics being used to divide a country of people who may have differences but are fundamentally all the same.
A great collection of clips that show what a hypocrite he really is, in his own words.
Why is Donald Trump Running for President with a Campaign of Hate, Bigotry, Childish Name Calling and Outrageous Claims?
As far as Trump’s motivation for this presidential campaign, I’ve had a theory from the beginning. I’ve suspected that he has entered this race as a Republican to destroy that party from within and give Hillary Clinton a better chance at winning the race. It seems I’m not the only one. In looking to see who else has come up with this theory, I’ve found a few articles that cite valid reasons as to why this could be the case.
Regardless of why, the fact remains that Donald Trump is not only running for POTUS as a Republican, he’s also the front runner. This is a scary situation and dangerous for our country. We’ve got to come together as citizens and stop allowing this to continue. It’s time to put the rabid dog down and focus on serious and important issues that need our attention. The side show is distracting people from too many news worthy issues that need and deserve our attention. Stop the madness.
Please go to the polls and make an informed choice.
Since writing this blog entry on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016, this story has come to light. I feel it is very imperative to include an addendum to my post in order to share this. It is vital that people understand the level of danger this campaign poses to ALL people. Yes, racism exists with or without Trump. However, all it takes is that one spark, the one peek into the darkness to unleash it. Giving racists and bigots the fuel to reignite their fire of anger and hate will bring nothing but destruction to an already unstable nation. Allowing the hate to be fed and breed is what makes it spread. White supremacists assaulted a black student at the Trump Super Tuesday Rally yesterday. See the video and story here.
How can any Trump supporters think this is how we make “America Great Again?” This is how we dissolve years of progress with one single election cycle. This is sickening and supporting this man is supporting racism.
Oh and he doesn’t know who David Duke is? Yes, yes he does. Not the first lie he’s been caught in. In fact, most of what he has spewed during this campaign as “facts” have been total fiction. See for yourself.
If you watched last night’s debate, there was a lot of talk about war in places like Iraq and Syria, but very little about how to care for the men and women who serve after they return home. Today is Veterans Day. This went unmentioned during the Republican Debate. America spends the most money on its military and does very little to care for those soldiers when they return home.
Veteran’s Day has become a commercial holiday where you find the biggest promotions in Veteran’s Day Sales from various retailers. While many restaurant chains offer free meals to Veterans on this day and their honoring of our Veterans is greatly appreciated, it’s not enough. It’s not their job to take care of our Veterans. It’s our government’s job. Our government spends billions of dollars to put our soldiers in harm’s way and send them off to wars that in most cases, never should even exist. Our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, moms, dads, grandparents, friends and family members sacrifice their own comforts of home to secure ours. The politicians who decide their fate rarely have experienced life as a soldier.
I have my suspicions on why our government fails our Veterans. Today I want to take the time to not only honor them with appreciation, but also with ways we can all go further than just acknowledging them on designated day.
I’d first like to address a very serious condition among our Veterans. P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is taking the lives of our Veterans every day in the form of suicide. It is reported that 22 Veterans and 1 Active Duty Soldier per day are committing suicide. With only 22 states actually reporting Veteran Suicides, this number is already astounding and one can only imagine, may even be double or more if we were to get reporting from all 50 states.
Stephanie Lembo released this heartbreaking video on September 1o in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day. In it, she reveals that her husband Anthony killed himself in 2010 after months of not sleeping or eating and refused to get help for his trauma because he would lose his security clearance. It has been viewed over 23 million times since she posted it.
Stop Soldier Suicide is an organization that focuses primarily on saving our heroes from taking their own lives. Many Veterans fear asking for help and that needs to change. We, as a nation, need to encourage them and make resources easily available. I’ve been told by some of military friends that the lack of reporting symptoms is in fear of repercussions on the job. Soldiers face losing security clearance or other job related responsibilities. Many feel the risk is too great for them to ask for help. So they go untreated and when it becomes too overwhelming, it is often too late. Patriot Outreach is another organization that offers soldiers and Veterans help with anger, stress, pain combat stress and P.T.S.D.
Another serious problem in this country is homelessness among Veterans. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 12 percent of homeless adults are Veterans. On any given night, there are approximately 50,000 homeless veterans on our streets. If the US can afford to send people off to war, it can absolutely afford to take care of them when they come home. There’s no excuse for the number of veterans living on America’s streets. As we commemorate the service of our Veterans, we must also remember that our society has failed them in so many ways. We can and must do better by them.
I’ve researched the best non-profit organizations that are aimed at helping Veterans, if you are so inclined to donate to them. I am also including links on how you can get more involved and instead of donating money, you can send packages to our troops and see your donation reach its recipient.
“Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 at the annual convention of Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Boston to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent.”
From its inception, IVAW has called for:
Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;
Reparations for the human and structural damages Iraq has suffered, and stopping the corporate pillaging of Iraq so that their people can control their own lives and future; and
Full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.
I encourage all Americans to do a small part in helping with this large problem. We can no longer tolerate the inhumane treatment of our heroes who sacrifice so much for our nation. It’s unacceptable and it needs to change. Please, show your support to our Veterans by joining some of these organizations and being active in demanding better from our leadership.
A wonderful Charity Organization right in my home state of New Jersey is Homes for Veterans. They do fundraising events to build handicapped accessible homes for our war heroes and work to keep our Veterans off the streets. Please take time to visit their website and donate to their cause or volunteer if you are able.
Some great organizations to send your donations to that received top ratings from Charitywatch.org:
If you would like to send care packages to our active duty military, here are some links to guide you. This is a great way to get kids involved and even entire classes at schools. A great project for local groups and organizations would be collecting items to send to our soldiers. I have done this often and also enjoy sending care packages to friends when they are stationed overseas. I hope many of you will do the same.
Another issue facing our nation is the suggested privatization of our veterans services. In an email statement from Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders today, he wrote:
“Last year, as Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I authored and passed the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation in decades, reaching across the aisle to team up with Sen. John McCain. Amid reports of unacceptable wait times and calls to dangerously privatize veterans health care, we actually authorized funding for 27 new medical facilities and hired more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After two wars over fourteen years, never before have so few been asked to do so much for our country. I voted against the Iraq War, which I think will go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders we have ever seen, but I have never wavered from my commitment to caring for the women and men who served, and continue to serve, in that conflict.
You may not have heard much about it from the Republican candidates last night, but how we care for our veterans is going to be a central issue this election. The Koch-connected Concerned Veterans for America are prepared to spend untold millions of dollars supporting the privatization of veterans’ health care. And almost every Republican candidate running for president supports their plan to place the profits of private corporations over the promise made to our veterans.
I believe we should take a different approach — that we should stand with the majority of veterans who believe we should continue strengthening the VA. Now I want to know that you’re with us.
The United States has spent trillions of dollars sending our young men and women to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely we can come together to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources needed to care for them when they return.” ~ Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Sanders has and continues to fight for our Veterans. To see more about his efforts, visit his website here.
Happy Veteran’s Day to all of you who have served, currently serve and will serve our nation in our armed forces. Thank you.
I’d also like to note that I have many friends who are active duty and retired military personnel. This article is dedicated to all of them. One in particular, my dear friend Chris, recently made a huge step toward getting the help he needed in battling P.T.S.D. Chris went untreated for years for many of the same reasons a great amount of other Veterans do. I am not only proud of Chris for his service, but for his bravery here at home in battling the effects of war in his life. Thank you Chris, this is for you. ~JerseyGirlBlog