TERRORISM  9-11-2001

A Page For Peace


THIS PAGE DEDICATED TO MY COUSIN:......CW3 Sid Shown....U. S. Army (Retired),

Present: National Region Commander, Region IV

 Past Commander: Dept. of Tn. Military Order of the Purple Heart



I watched as the flag passed by the crowd,
It fluttered in the breeze so proudly.
I saw an Old Veteran salute it smartly,
and then he stood at ease with his head bowed.

I looked at him in his uniform so worn,
And thought of him as once young, tall, and proud
I wondered aloud, what made him so torn?
With those tears in his eyes,
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought, How many men like him
Had he seen fallen through the years?
How many did he see die on some foreign soil?
How many memories brought such tears?

How many trucks did he see take a hit?
How many planes did he see shot down?
How many ships did he see go to a watery grave?
How many foxholes did he turn into a soldiers' graves?

I wondered how many times did he hear the sounds of Taps?
Did he get a sudden chill when he heard the bugler play?
How many times had Taps meant “Amen”
With a flag draped coffin of a brother or a friend?

I thought of all of the young proud men,
Of the mothers, wives and daughters,
Of the fathers, husbands and sons
Who had to continue to live with interrupted lives.

I thought about the graveyard at the bottom of the sea,
I thought about the tomb of the unknowns at Arlington,
I thought about the ones in unmarked graves over there,
I thought about the ones who will never return home.

With these thoughts on my mind
I no longer marched to enhance my own pride
I now march for him, the Veteran once proud
I march for his buddies, who are still on his mind.

I march for all veterans who have gone before,
I march for all veterans who are sickbed bound,
I march for all veterans who are forlorn,
And I march for all veterans yet unborn.

No, Freedom is not free!!
It was paid for by this old veteran,
It was paid for by the blood of his buddies,
Freedom is not free, it was paid for by a dear price,
So Lord God, please have mercy on their souls


CW3 Sid Shown, U. S. Army(Retired), Commander, Dept. of Tn, Military Order of the Purple Heart

November 11 is Veterans Day. Remember the men  and women who have served our country.    Send them a Veterans Day card.

"Eve Of Destruction"
Berry McGuire
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Recent assault by terrorists on the USS COLE
USS COLE "Some Gave All"

HAPPY 4th of JULY !!!!!!
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. 
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be
death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he
was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His
possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British 
General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open
fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.  Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy 
jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13
children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste, he found his wife dead and his children vanished. A few
weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and
sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means
and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:
"For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each
other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."  They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books
never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at
that time and we fought our own government!
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July
holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never free! I hope you will show your support by please sending this to as many people as you can. It's
time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.

The Ghost from Valley Forge

The White House releases many documents to the public, including transcripts of the President's speeches and
press conferences, press briefings, policy statements, fact sheets and announcements of nominations. The
documents concern many topics, such as the economy, foreign policy, health care and education.
You can obtain documents according to types of documents and topics of your choice.

Retrieve Documents Here
The White House

 President and First Lady
 Vice President and Mrs. Gore
 Record of Progress
 The Briefing Room
 Gateway to Government
 Contacting the White House
 White House for Kids
 White House History
 White House Tours

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"While Congress this year failed to enact a Medicare prescription drug benefit, it did pass a law guaranteeing low-cost coverage to one large group of older Americans:  1.4 million military retirees and their dependents. . . . The drug coverage is part of a $60 billion package that will give military retirees and their dependents virtually free health care for life.  Now--and until Oct. 1, 2001, when the new law takes effect--retirees must leave the military's TriCare health system at age 65 and rely on Medicare.  They thus lose benefits not available under Medicare (especially drug coverage) unless they personally pay for costly supplemental medigap insurance.  The new deal--already unofficially called TriCare-For-Life by organizations such as the Retired Officers Association (TROA), which lobbied hard for it--will act as secondary insurance to Medicare, paying for medications as well as all other costs Medicare doesn't cover, including the Part B deductible.  'It's the best medigap policy you can buy--except it doesn't cost you any money,' says
Col. Arcari of TROA.  . . . The prescription drug benefit offer three options for buying drugs: by mail order at $8 for each prescription of 90 days or less; from pharmacies in the military network at a copay of 20 percent per prescription; ot from non net work pharmacies at a 25 percent copay after a $150 deductible.  . . . All must be enrolled in Medicare Part B to participate in TriCare-For-Life.  . . . Prescription drug coverage starts April 1, 2001.. . . Military retirees were 'ecstatic' as the health package passed Congress.   . . .Many had protested that being switched to Medicare at age 65 broke a promise made on recruitment but
never specified in law that they would receive health care for life.  The legislation provoked criticism from some commentators who believe that the generous prescription drug benefit--projected to cost $198 million a year--should be extended to the whole Medicare population.  Others, though, see the military retirees' gain as an opportunity to promote the drug coverage needs of other older Americans in future congressional debates."


Did you know that one out of every four adult Social Security beneficiaries has served in the military?  We want our veterans to
know about an important prescription drug benefit available from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  A 30-day supply of prescription medications costs only $2 through the VA (disabled or low-income veterans can receive medications for free).  To take advantage of this benefit, a veteran must have been honorably discharged from the military, must enroll with the VA, and must be seen by a VA doctor.  The VA may charge for a doctor visit, but your insurance may cover this charge (disabled or low-income veterans can visit doctors for free).  If you would like to find out more about this and other health benefits through the VA, you can call, toll-free, 1-877-222-VETS
(1-877-222-8387).  For information about military service and Social Security, check out our fact sheet.

Sheila Accardi, age 12 wrote the following essay about what the flag means to her.
Her  7th grade teachers entered it into a contest run by a local Veteran's organization,
and she won--big bucks! You'll understand why when you read it.  AccardiM@aol.com

To me, the American Flag represents hopes, dreams and memories . . .

One hundred and forty years ago, when my ancestors came from Ireland and
Italy, it was because they were poor. They dreamed of a better life and hoped
a long journey would bring them good fortune. When they came to America on
the ships, and first saw the American Flag, they must have been overwhelmed
with joy. To them, the American Flag probably stood for good jobs, warm
homes, and decent food.

Over the years, America gave them the opportunities they were seeking. They
put food on their tables. They clothed their children. They sent their kids
to school instead of to work. Later generations bought houses and they were
able to buy flags of their own to hang with pride every day.

My ancestors passed their love of the flag on to their children, and today we
still carry on their tradition of owning and displaying the American Flag. I
love being the one who puts the flag out at our house. It makew me proud of
our family and our country. My family's wonderful views of the American Flag
live on in me.

When I was little, I can remember being at a Fourth of July party with my
Dad, Grandparents and my Great-Grandma. I sat on a bench with my
Great-Grandma, and she showed me how proud she was of the American Flag by
waving it high. I wanted to be just like her, so I did the same thing. She is
no longer alive, and that experience helps me to remember her, and her love
of the American Flag.

Some mornings, when I say the pledge of allegience, I think about what it
must have been like to see the American Flag waving at the end of that long
voyage to the new world. I am thankful my ancestors took the chance they did.
I am happy that the American Flag still waves for me.

Ladies Auxiliary Email

The Purple Heart was established by General George Washington, at
Newburgh, New York, on 7 August 1782

Air Force vet receives Purple Heart after 56 years
 Airman receives Purple Heart after 53 years
Blindauer's tribute to all Purple Heart recipients
 CheckOut The Purple Heart
 Colorado Purple Heart License Plates
 Department of Idaho's Purple Heart Home Page
Disabled American Veterans
 E! Online - Movie Facts - The Purple Heart (1944)
 Home Of The Elite Purple Heart Parachute Team
Military Clip Art, Photo Archives and Images
 Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 717 VAMC - Military Order of the Pu
 Military Order Of The Purple Heart
 Military Web's Home Page
 news @marillo Globe-News: POW gets Purple Heart 50 years later 7/3/97
 Purple Heart
 purple heart
 Purple Heart
Purple Heart
 Purple Heart
 Purple Heart Information
 Purple Heart comes years after Korea
Purple Heart Medal Registry Form
 Purple Heart veterans honor slain border agents
 The Purple Heart
 "The Purple Heart" Page
The Purple Heart Award
 The Purple Heart Home Page
 Purple Heart Links Page - Combat Wounded Veterans
 Purple Heart recipient U.S. Army Spc. Martin Begosh is evacuated from Taszar,
  Purple Heart re-issued for wounded Vietnam vet
 Purple Heart Recipient License Plate - TxDOT
PURPLE HEART (and what it is)
  Recovering soldier receives Purple Heart
Veteran Force of America
 Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart
 Ware, Murphy

The U.S. Total Army Personnel Command Welcomes You to PERSCOM
The New One-Stop Gov Web Site Is Now Online: ..The One-Stop Internet Site 
Consolidates 20'000 government Web Sites--some 27 million web pages Into One..


...written by Adrian Cronauer …


American Veterans Resource Center
Artistic American Veterans
DEPARTMENT of VETERANS AFFAIRS Inspector General Home Page
Favorite Links Page
Guidelines for Psychiatrists Who Admit Patients to Hospitals
Guide to TRICARE Prime Remote Controller
Gulf War Resource Center, Inc.
House Comittee on Veterans Affairs
 Korean War Museum Viet Nam Topics Page
Local Veteran Speaks Out On VA Hospitals
Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Persian Gulf War Health Effects
  USMC Semper Fidelis
VA Hospitals and Other Government Links
VA Hospitals to Toe Bottom Line
VA Hospitals under Scrutiny
VVAW: Where We Came From,-Who We Are,-Who Can Join
Veterans Alliance for competent Medical Care
VETQUEST-A Veterans E-Mail Magazine
Vets Information Guide


If you are a military retiree using Tricare, you must be furnished with a copy of Jospeh Heller's "Catch 22." 
 The answer to many questions is always the same; "Catahca 22."
If you are using the 90 day RX plan, you must have a presciption that indicates medicine for 90 days X three. 
That will get you through for the year.  For example if you take  4 nebs a day your presciption  must read
"Albuterol 0.083-120" times three. The MD must prescibe the amount, not you.
 If they can't fill it or it is late, "Catcha 22."  Just hang in there, I am told it will get better. 

For those of you that are retired Military, and if you have Medicare part
A&B, here is a website for "Tricare for Life" which takes effect October 1st of this year 2001.


Medical appeals should be:
1.  to your doctor (arrange to have your non-VA doctor discuss the matter with your VA doctor)
2.   ask to see a VA Patient Advocate.
3.   Appeal to the Director of the particular VA facility
4.   Appeal to the Department of Veterans Affairs
This sequence is described in a Health Benefits Handbook.  A sample of this
document is at http://www.visn20.med.va.gov/handbook/handbook.htm#a35

There is a VHA Practice Guideline for managing COPD outpatients, and the section on long-term
oxygen therapy may provide you some useful information.  It is at


Veterans Benefits Administration
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
Agencies - Boards and offices of US Veterans Administration.
 Veterans Benefits Administration - Vets Benefits - Benefits Informatio Link to information on all benefits, including compensation, pension, education, loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation, employment, and all other benefits/programs
 National Cemetery System - Outlines burial benefits for vets, lists nationcemeteries, How to locate the burial locations of US vets.
 Veterans Benefits Administration - Part of the U. S. Department of Vet Affairs, responsible for the non-medical benefits programs. 
 VA Medical Information - Collection of practice guidelines, drug information, and  patient support resources.
 VA 1-Stop Service Inquiry  - Make an electronic inquiry directly to the VA on related issues. Includes a section for FAQ
 VA Center for Women Veterans - Assists women in receiving benefits and services on a par with male veterans. Acts as primary
advisor to the Secretary for Veterans Affairs. 
 Office of Inspector General GILS  - Includes monthly list of reports issued, semiannual reports to Congress, operations plans, and strategic plans. 
 VA Voluntary Service - Assists veteran patients by augmenting staff in setting such as hospice programs, foster care, hospital wards, and veteran outreach centers.
 VA Office of Inspector General - VAOIG Hotline, GILS and other reports, and how to make FOIA requests. 
 US Senate Committee  - Veteran's Affairs committee is responsible for benefits and services. Creates a parallel structure with House
of Representatives Committee.
 Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses  - Offers information on VA Medical Centers, research and interagency reports, and a fact sheet for the media. Includes FAQs  and a newsletter.
 Service Organizations Directories - Informational service published by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. View VSO information, or search the database for specific topics. 
 Office of Audit  - Offers audit reports, a fraud hotline, and access to the United States General Accounting Office.
 Office of Investigations - Conducts investigations of fraud and other illegal activities affecting VA programs, operations, or personnel. 
 Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health - Independent study to provide an introduction to issues regarding Gulf War veterans' health.
 Department of Veterans Affairs  - Executive Department sector extends services and benefits to veterans. Read news updates, link to the dept, or access data via subscription. 
 MSN Encarta - National Cemeteries - Microsoft offers an encyclopedia entry
                             detailing the history of these burial grounds that can be found throughout the U.S.
 American Legion - Gulf War Syndrome  - Covers the Legion's involvement in the Gulf War Syndrome debate - with details of benefits for Gulf veterans. 
Defense Finance Accounting Service offering details of military pay, veteran benefits and a reference library.
 Homeless Veterans - National Coalition for the Homeless factsheet covers problems faced by homeless veterans, and related governmental policy issues. 
 TROA  - Retired Officers Association offers information on legislative affairs, an officer placement service and online magazine.
 Army Financial Management - Sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller.  review
(STEP PAGE 1) is a program designed to assist service persons claiming disability at the time of their discharge and has literally revolutionized the way VA disability claims are processed. 
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA)Statement of Regulatory Priorities
Veterans Bill Of Rights


 Veterans Affairs - Oakland, CA
Vets Employment of San Mateo County, Ca 
 Veterans Benefits Administration of Northern California
 DAV - Longmont, Colorado
 DAV - Canandaigua, New York
 DAV - Sanford, Florida
VA Healthcare System of Ohio
 DAV - Rocky River, Ohio
Veterans Affairs - Muskogee, OK 
 Veterans' Affairs - Illinois
 Veterans Helping All Veterans (Eaton, Indiana)
 Veterans Affairs - Wichita, Kansas
 Veterans Affairs - Louisiana
 Houston Internet Home Page
 index - The Regional Office Togus, MAINE
 DAV - Department of Maryland
 DAV - Department of Michigan


Anti-Nuclear Web Sites & Related * Resources
Needful Links
Army Link
NVOA National Veterans Organization of America
Bureau of Consular Affairs
 Military Order of the Purple Heart
Civil War Records
Promoting Government Accountability
 CNN - Gulf War Syndrome - March 1, 1999
Resources for Veterans Affairs
 an American Flag Etiquette
 Veterans for Invincibility—Transcendental Meditation
 Military Press Online
MOPH Chp 244 -  Johnson City Tn
 More Gulf war syndrome
Vietnam Vetrans of America
MOPH Magazine
Liberty and Justice for All
Small Business Administration in all States (gopher)
Major Teaching Hospitals
Navigating through Vetrans Administration Maze
 Gulf War Syndrome
  Disabled Veterans
Mental health for children and youth in armed conflict.
 ISTSS - International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
 PTSD Center - post-traumatic stress disorder
 Trauma Information
  Veterans Resources Court Cases
 Dept. of Veterans Affairs Education Service
The most decorated ship of WWII
Veterans Benefits Administration Year 2000 Project 


Here are some of my own favorite links
Military Medals and Insignias
OLIVE-DRAB - Photo Archives and General Resources
Battlezone Military Supplies
The Veterans Voice
Mesothelioma Web  Hope*Support*Help
Military Gif's
More Military Gif's
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Zachary's Citadel
Philip Burman Military Medals
Military Medals and Memorabilia

"The American Dollar Bill"

A lesson for our citizens in the United States of America as our country just selected our next President.  Take out a one dollar bill and look at it.  The one dollar bill you're looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present design.  This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk fibers running through it.  It is actually material. We've all washed it without it falling apart.  A special blend of ink is used, the contents we will never know.  It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice crisp look.

If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the United States Treasury Seal.  On the top you will see the scales for the balance a balanced budget. In the center you have a carpenter's T-square, a tool used for an even cut.  Underneath is the Key to the United States Treasury.  That's all pretty easy to figure out, but what is on the back of that dollar bill is something we should all know.

If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both circles, together, comprise the Great Seal of the United States.  The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal.  It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.  If you look at the left hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.  Notice the face is lighted and the western side is dark.  This country was just beginning.  We had not begun to explore the West or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished.  Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, and ancient symbol for divinity.  It was Franklin's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.

"IN GOD WE TRUST" is on this currency.  The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means "God has favored our undertaking."   The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means "a new order has begun."  At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776.

If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States.
It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet no one knows what the symbols mean.  The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: first, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong and he is smart enough to soar above it.  Secondly, he wears no material crown.  We had just broken from the King of England.  Also, notice the shield is unsupported.  This country can now stand on its own.  At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor.  We were coming together as one nation.

In the Eagle's beak you will read, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," meaning "one nation from many people."  Above the Eagle you have thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away.  Again, we were coming together as one.  Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons.  He holds an olive branch and arrows.  This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace.  The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.

They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number.  This is almost a worldwide belief.  You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor.  But, think about this: 13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin above, 13 letters in "E PLURIBUS UNUM", 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 plumes of feathers on each span of the Eagle's wing, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows.  And for minorities: the 13th Amendment.

"Why don't we know this?" Your children don't know this and their history teachers don't know this.  Too may veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade.  Many veterans remember coming home to an America that didn't care.  Too many veterans never came home at all.  Tell everyone what is on the back of the one dollar bill and what it stands for, because nobody else will!



Last edited on 10-30-2001