Letter to Senator Wyden

August 1, 2012 Dear Senator Wyden: As someone who assisted the Senate Committee on Aging with the investigation on “Pension Poachers”, I respectfully must say that I am incredibly disappointed at the outcome of this investigation. I worked with Investigators for three solid months leading up to the hearing held on June 6, 2012. I

Memorial Day – 2011

It’s Memorial Day – flags will be lowered to half staff to honor those who gave all to defend our freedoms, graves will have flags placed upon them and wreaths will be set to honor the ultimate sacrifice.  Parades will be held and many will be saluted for their service. Shadows will be cast upon

POW/MIA Day

Today there will be ceremonies held across the country in honor of our soldiers who are classified as POW or MIA. Many are unaware of what is represented in the items that are used in this ritual of honor, and I think that every American should have a full understanding and appreciation for the history

4 Years

Today, November 20th marks the 4th anniversary for VeteranAid.org.  I am proud to know that in 4 years since beginning this journey that my efforts have changed the lives of thousands, and in return has changed mine far more than I could ever imagined. Because of the venue that I do this work from, I

Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. There will be parades held across the country to honor those who have and do make the sacrifice of service. There will be visits to monuments, and for many there will be quiet reflections and tears for the price that has been paid for our freedom. There is a common bond

Captain Calvin Maxwell Remembered

October 10, 1969 – October 10, 2009 Today marks 40 years that Captain Calvin Maxwell went missing in Vietnam.  I was 21 when I ordered a POW/MIA bracelet to wear for a soldier who needed prayer for a safe return.  That was 37 years ago, and today I sit here wearing that same bracelet acknowledging

How to Fix the Department of Veterans Affairs: The VA versus The IRS

As the backlogged number of unprocessed VA claims is knocking on the door of 1 Million, one has to wonder is anybody really at home.  Is anyone really trying to find “the” solution of how to fix and bring this broken agency up to the standards our veterans and their families deserve? I had high hopes

I Am the Flag

Today I attended the funeral of a very dear family friend who will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. Hal was quite a character. A little rough around the edges with eyes that reflected a life that had been challenging at times. He had a deep, warm and rich laugh that was infectious,

545 People vs “We the People”

Given our current economic situation, the upcoming election and re-elections, I don’t know that I could do a better job of suggesting who should be held accountable. I believe Mr. Reese has said it all. – DB The 545 People Responsible For All Of U.S. Woes By Charley Reese (Date of publication unknown) Politicians are