Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




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Be sure to take some time out of your busy lives to enjoy the magic of the holidays this season. There is nothing more magical than the Birth of Jesus Christ, family, friends, decorated trees and lights to brighten us up.  Give and receive love this holiday season and you will surely have a joyous Christmas. Best wishes to your family and always may Christmas spread cheer in your lives!

There is no greater gift this holiday season than spending time praising God with family all around the Christmas tree. Wishing all of our family members peace and love this holiday season. May you feel the joy in your home that you bring to us at SUA. We are wishing you blessings and joy this Christmas. We are so happy to call you a member of our family and we cherish your support.

You gifted us with your friendship and support for many years now. This Christmas, we thank you for being our rock of strength in good times and in bad. You deserve all the goodness and goodwill that the Christmas season brings. Christmas is the time to give gifts to your family and let them know how much you care about them, so that’s what we are doing. The best present one can hope for this year is to spend time together as a united America.

May God’s blessing shine down on you and your family. Sending love from our family to yours. This is a joyous season to take a step back from our busy lives and enjoy time with our loved ones. Best wishes to you and yours.


MG Paul E Vallely and Mrs. Vallely and Prince Nemo.



Army vet slain after returning to Chicago…August 18, 2016

Army vet and youth mentor slain after returning to Chicago:




Abner Garcia, center, with blue YMCA polo and hat, poses with kids he mentors as part of an at-risk youth program. Garcia was fatally shot Saturday in West Elsdon. [Photo from Garcia family]


Abner Garcia (c.) was shot dead Saturday in West Elsdon. The photo shows Garcia being honored for his work with the YMCA at a recent bulls game. He is pictured with Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and Bulls center Cristiano Felicio


By Joe Ward | August 15, 2016 10:14am | Updated on August 15, 2016 10:32am Serving Midway Chicago Lawn Ashburn

WEST ELSDON — Abner Garcia’s family held back its fears and concerns when the young man decided that he wanted to join the Army, thinking it would at least keep him away from Chicago’s violence.

They were proud of him when he returned from service last year and decided to mentor at-risk kids through a YMCA anti-gang initiative.

Now, after the 23-year-old was fatally shot in West Elsdon Saturday, they’re trying to fathom how a promising, young life fell victim to the gun violence he worked to escape.

“How can he go through the Army, come home … it’s supposed to be a safe place, you know? And this happens,” his cousin Da’Maris Garcia said. “It’s heartbreaking.”

At 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning, Abner was driving with two people in the 5200 block of South Pulaski Road when a van pulled beside them and people inside the van flashed gang signs at his car. The people in the cars began to argue and someone in the van opened a door and shot at Abner’s car.

He was hit in his head and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Family said Abner was out to dinner and drinks with his dad and some friends before he was shot. They said they weren’t sure if the attackers followed them from the restaurant or if there was some kind of prior confrontation.

Itzel Garcia, Abner’s cousin, said when the men began throwing gang sings, Abner tried to tell the men to leave, but that they instead drew a gun and shot at him from close range. No one else in the car with Abner was hurt.

“He had no chance,” Itzel said. “These guys just started shooting. It’s shocking.”

Abner, of the 5400 block of South Luna Avenue, was attending University of Illinois at Chicago with the hopes of becoming a Chicago Police officer, family said.

His desire to be a police officer was an extension of his work helping at-risk kids and serving the county: He liked to help, and he particularly wanted to help stop Chicago’s growing problems with crime, they said.

“He always wanted to give back,” Da’Maris said. “We were all scared [when he joined the Army] to leave and let him go, but the family always 100 percent supported him.”

While working towards a degree in criminal justice, Abner volunteered with “Urban Warriors,” a YMCA-based program that works with kids in danger of joining gangs.

Like Abner, any of the kids he mentored were Hispanic, and they looked up to him as proof that a better life is possible for South Side kids, Itzel said.

“He was driven. He wanted to continue to help and save people,” she said. “He wasn’t done living his life.”

He had been honored for his work by the Chicago Bulls, even getting his photo taken with NBA star Damian Lillard before a game at the United Center.

Garcia appeared in a DNAinfo story in May about the murder of one of his uncles, Jesus Juarez.

“We were really close to each other,” Garcia said then of his uncle, who was shot in a drive-by shooting in Pilsen as he stood at the take-out window of a grill on Halsted Street along with several other customers.

The uncle was described as a hardworking family man with three children who owned a heating and air conditioning company.








Arlington Tells Pokemon to “Go!”…$20M for Artwork While Veterans Die…August 5, 2016

August 3, 2016




Arlington Tells Pokemon to “Go!”


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Arlington Tells Pokemon to “GO!”




Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation.  With over 26 million daily users you would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t at least know someone who doesn’t play the massively popular game.  For those who are unfamiliar with the game, Pokemon Go is a GPS-based hide and seek style smartphone game.  Players use their GPS signal to locate hidden Pokemon that appear at various locations throughout the US.  National landmarks and monuments have been turned into “Pokestops” where players can load up on gear and in-game items.  Unfortunately, the game has become so popular that the hordes of players are becoming a nuisance for businesses and locations where chasing imaginary creatures simply isn’t appropriate.  One such location is Arlington National Cemetery.  The United States military ceremony was forced to issue an official “Pokemon Go” and cell phone gaming policy in response to the heaps of disrespectful gamers roaming the cemetery in search of elusive digital creatures.

Being laid to rest at Arlington is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a fallen service member.  After a lifetime of military service and sacrifice, service members and their families are due a certain level of respect.  Unfortunately, some gamers have trampled on this honor by engaging in caucus “Pokemon hunts” while funeral services are taking place.  The following note was posted on Arlington National Cemetery’s official Facebook page on July 12, informing gamers that the hallowed grounds of Arlington are no place for digital gaming.  American Military News




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Folks, the Bad News About the VA Just Got Worse…

Allen B. West–There is a saying that “bad news only gets worse over time.”  That maxim is very appropriate when it combines the situation with our own Veterans Administration.  It’s a situation that has devolved into a deplorable and embarrassing incidence of dismissal and neglect of our men and women who were willing to make the “last full measure of devotion.”

As reported by Fox News:


The Veterans Affairs administration spent $20 million on expensive artwork and sculptures amidst the healthcare scandal, where  veterans died waiting to see doctors.

The taxpayer watchdog group Open the Books teamed up with COX Media Washington, D.C., for an oversight report on spending at the VA, finding numerous frivolous expenditures on artwork, including six-figure dollar sculptures at facilities for the blind.

“In the now infamous VA scandal of 2012-2015, the nation was appalled to learn that 1,000 veterans died while waiting to see a doctor,” wrote Adam Andrzejewski, the founder and CEO of Open the Books, in an editorial for Forbes.  “Tragically, many calls to the suicide assistance hotline were answered by voicemail.  The health claim appeals process was known as ‘the hamster wheel’ and the appointment books were cooked in seven of every ten clinics.”

“Yet, in the midst of these horrific failings, the VA managed to spend $20 million on high-end art over the last ten years–with $16 million spent during the Obama years.”  Andrzejewski said.

The VA spent $21,000 for a 27 foot fake Christms tree; $32,000 for ‘local image’ pictures for the San Francisco VA; and $115,600 for ‘art consultants’ for the Palo Alto, CA  facility.

A ‘rock sculpture’ cost taxpayers $482,960 and more than half a million dollars was spent for sculptures for veterans that could not see them.  

How many more stories do we have to read or hear about when it comes to our failing Veterans Administration?  Where is the national outrage?



“K” for German Commander Kesselring, then overseeing the occupation of Rome.  (AP)

Photo of WWII Doctors


 “Syndrome K,” the Fake Diseased Invented to Save Jews

In the fall of 1943, German Soldiers in Italy began rounding up Italian Jews and deporting them–10,000 people were sent to concentration camps during the nearly two-year Nazi occupation.  Most never returned.  But in Rome, a group of doctors saved at least 20 Jews from a similar fate, by diagnosing them with Syndrome K, a deadly, disfiguring, and contagiosissima disease.

The 450-year-old Fatebenefratelli Hospital is nestled on a tiny island in the middle of Rome’s Tiber River, just across from the Jewish Ghetto.  When Nazis raided the area on October 16, 1943, a handful of Jews fled to the Catholic hospital, where they were quickly given case files reading “Syndrome K.”

The disease did not exist in any medical textbook of physician’s chart.  In fact, it didn’t exist at all.  It was a codename invented by doctor and anti-racist activist Adriano Ossicini, to help distinguish between real patients and healthy hideaways.  (Political dissidents and a revolutionary underground radio station were also sheltered there from Italy’s fascist regime.)

The fake illness was vividly imagined:  Rooms holding “Syndrome K” sufferers were designated as dangerously infectious–dissuading Nazi inspectors from entering–and Jewish children were instructed to cough, in imitation of tuberculosis, when soldiers passed through the hospital.

“The Nazis thought it was cancer or tuberculosis, and they fled like rabbits,” Vittorio Sacerdoti, a Jewish doctor working at the hospital under a false name, told the BBC in 2004.

Italy’s Jewish community is one of the oldest in Europe, and Syndrome K is one of many WWII-era anecdotes of ordinary Italians taking extraordinary action to save the lives of fellow citizens.  Nearly 9,000 Roman Jews of a community of 10,000 ultimately managed to evade arrest, a feat sadly dwarfed by the Third Reich’s genocidal mania in the last years of the war.

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Arlington Caisson Horses Retire








They may look long in the face, but these vets have a lot to look forward to.

Kennedy and Quincy went through quite different experiences during their military service.  Kennedy was ejected for kicking soldiers, and Quincy, while a shining example of pride, found his service shortened by a debilitating foot disease.  Now retired, the two former service members are enjoying civilian life, although Kennedy still doesn’t shy away from a little horseplay.

The two served as caisson horses at Arlington National Cemetery, where they took part in countless military funerals, sometimes as many as eight times a day.  They were responsible for pulling coffins into the new cemetery with the bearing and poise expected of the military’s finest.  In a procession as solemn as a military funeral, there is no room for error, and Kennedy and Quincy performed their roles well.

“These guys did their service,” Staff Sgt. David Smith told the Washington Post.  “It’s their time to be a horse.”

A herd manager from the Army facilitated the adoption process for the two Old Guard horses.  He flew to each home that was considered, and the applicants visited the horses at Fort Myer, near Arlington.

Quincy is off to Whit Acres Farm in Massachusetts.  He’ll be living in a heated barn of the property of Sean Sutton, also a veteran, and Kristen Whittaker.

Kennedy took a little more care to home properly.  His disposition restricted possible owners to those who knew how to work with such horses.  Former caisson soldier Carroll Urzendowski is proving to have what it takes, though.  Kennedy now lives on an 85-acre ranch in Texas.  Matthew Russell/




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Montana Graduate Receives Soldiers Memorial Fund Scholarship



Russel Gaedon is presented with Soldiers Memorial Fund Scholarship and Certificate by Muffin Vallely

BIGFORK, MT— Russel Gaedon, a Bigfork, Montana High School graduate received a check and certificate from the Soldiers Memorial Fund on June 2, 2016.  “Gaedon is a 3.87 GPA student  who shows excellent leadership qualities.  He was surprised and thrilled when I called his name,” said Muffin Vallely who presented the award.  Gaedon will enter the Coast Guard.


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Layla Oglesby was only two years old when her father, 1st Lt. Daniel Oglesby, was deployed to Kuwait.  Her mother, Karis, and her father were afraid she may not remember her father’s face when he returned to Fort Carson, CO.  Their doubts were put to rest…


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Dallas Officer Down! A Veteran Dies. July 16, 2016

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Veterans Served Roaches for Dinner


Kid Burns American Flag




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DALLAS – Dallas police officer, Patrick Zamarripa, 32, had survived three tours in Iraq, one of the world’s most dangerous places, his father, Rich Zamarripa, said on Friday.  And then this. Zamarripa’s father said that Patrick’s entire adult life had been devoted to service. He entered the Navy soon after high school and saw combat during his time in Iraq.  When he returned home, five years ago, he joined the Dallas Police Department.  He just liked to help people, his father said.  Zamarripa is survived by his wife, Kristy Villasenor and their two year old daughter, Lyncoln.  John Woodrow Cox/The Washington Post








Chicago – Chicago’s Hines VA Hospital has become so infested with cockroaches that the bugs have worked their way into the meals of veterans receiving treatment. The VA is denying there is a problem despite testimony from dozens of employees and patients.  Kelvin Gilkey, a dietetic technician for the VA states that the problem has been going on for years. According to Gilkey, some patients have become so repulsed that they have refused to eat for days on end.  Gilroy told reporters of a time when a 20 year old veteran discovered live roaches on his tray:  “I apologized and said I would provide him with a special tray, but he refused to eat.  He went hungry for a couple of days until I convinced him to eat.  He even refused to come out of his room and socialize with anyone.  I told him I would take care of him.”

Dietary employees at the hospital have claimed that the infestation has become so severe that cockroaches will crawl across preparation tables while workers are preparing the meals.  Several kitchen employees have refused to come to work in protest of the unsanitary conditions.  As a result, the facility has become severely understaffed, losing over 25 workers in the course of a few weeks.

A spokesperson for the hospital claims that exterminators have been called to the hospital six times a month for the past six months.  Employees claim that the constant chemical spraying is ineffective and that there are likely millions of the bugs hidden somewhere in the infrastructure of the building.







URBANA, ILLINOIS – A 22-year-old man from Urbana, IL posted pictures of himself burning an American flag on his Facebook profile accompanied by the hashtag #arrestme. Local police obliged his request and promptly arrested the man, Bryton Mellott, for violating Section 49-1 of Illinois state law that declares flag desecration as a class IV felony.  The charges were later dropped because it was found that the lower court’s ruling infringes on the Supreme Court’s ruling that flag burning is protected as free speech.

Mellow first posted the photos on July 3, 2016 along with a post descrying why he is “not proud to be an American.” Melon’s post went viral and was shared thousands of times before it was removed.  “I am not proud to be an American.”  In this moment, being proud of my country is to ignore the atrocities committed against people of color, people living in poverty, people who identify as women and against my own queer community on a daily basis.  I am overwhelmingly ashamed and I will demonstrate my feelings accordingly.”

Mellott has enraged the internet and sparked a fierce debate over whether or not flag burning should be protected by the First Amendment.


Patriotism Never Sounded So Sweet





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“You’ve got the strongest hand in the world.  That’s right. Your hand.  The hand that marks the ballot. The hand that marks the voting ballot.  Use it.”

“I think government is a necessary evil, like say, motion picture agents.”

“It’s kind of a sad thing when a normal love of country makes you a super patriot.  I do think we have a pretty wonderful country, and I thank God that He chose me to live here.”

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(answers below)

  1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns, and why?
  2. How long does the guard hesitate after the about face to begin the return walk, and why?
  3. Why are the guard’s gloves wet?
  4. Does the guard carry the rifle on the same shoulder all the time?  If not, why?
  5. How often are the guards changed?
  6. What are the required physical traits of a guard?



  1.  21 steps.  This alludes to the 21 gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
  2. 21 seconds, for the same reason as number 1.
  3. The gloves are moistened to prevent losing the grip on the rifle.
  4. The rifle is carried on the shoulder away from the tomb. After the march across the path, the guard executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.
  5. Guards are changed every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  They stand 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 96 hours off.
  6. For a guard to apply for duty at the tomb, they must be between 5’10” and 6’2″ tall and waist size cannot exceed 30′.

The guard must commit to two years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink alcohol while on duty.

The guard may not disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.  After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel, signifying that they served as a guard of the tomb.  There are only about 600 presently being worn.

The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their life, or forfeit the pin.

All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.  A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting their uniforms ready for duty.

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Happy Fourth Of July America! July 4, 2016

Editor’s Note: On behalf of MG Paul Vallely U.S. Army (ret.) and Muffin Vallely and the staff at Soldiers Memorial Fund, we wish you and all your family and friends a Happy Fourth of July as you all celebrate the creation of the greatest Republic in the history of mankind.