Let Freedom Ring! June 29, 2016



Let Freedom Ring!


Marine Vet Saved Lives in Orlando


Houston VA Doctored Appointment Data

Special Report from Bret Baier/Fox News


Vietnam War Vet to Receive Medal of Honor


Toby Keith – American Soldier Music Video

Freedom Don’t Come Free


Independence Day


McConaughey on America



Coming Home

Angel Flight


A Time For Choosing







Independence Day


Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental  Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.  The congress voted to approve a resolution of independence on July 2, but after much debate and revisions of the wording, the congress approved it on July 4.  He missed it by two days, but on July 1 John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July will be the most memorable epoch in American history.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”  wikipedia




Sweet land of liberty…let freedom ring!




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Marine Vet Saved Lives in Orlando


Orlando – A Marine veteran is being hailed as a hero after helping dozens of people escape during the terror attack at an Orlando nightclub.  Imran Yousuf, who served in Afghanistan, was working as a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire.  Yousuf immediately recognized the sound of a high caliber weapon and his training kicked in. “Everyone froze.  I’m here in the back and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they just sardine packed everyone,” Yousuf told CBS News.  He knew that just beyond the packed crowd was a door to safety.  “There was only one choice, all stay there and we die, or I could take the chance, and so I jumped over to open that latch and we got everyone that we can out of there.”  He estimated that 60 to 70 people were able to escape.  “I wish I could have saved more,” he said. Yousuf’s military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.   Fox News Insider, The Independent, Marine Times


Houston VA Doctored Patient Appointment Data



The Center has an annual budget of $912M and cares for more than 109,000 vets.  HoustonVA.gov


HOUSTON – Employees at Houston-area Department of Veteran Affairs facilities manipulated scheduling data for hundreds of medical appointments, understating patient wait times by days or even months, according to an agency watchdog.  Investigators with the VA’s Office of Inspector General concluded that two former scheduling supervisors and the current director of two Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Houston had instructed staff to record appointment changes as if the patient had canceled, even when the VA initiated the changes, according to a released report.  The report’s revelations incensed legislators and veterans advocates, including local veterans who have complained about difficulties getting treatment in the Houston facilities.  “You’re impacting the lives of heroes, that’s the thing that’s just sickening,” charged Cody McGregor, National Outreach Director of Concerned Veterans for America and an outspoken critic of the VA.  Local VA officials acknowledged the shortcomings found in the report, but said that no veterans were harmed.  “The majority were seen within 30-40 days, very few had a longer wait time,” said Anna Teague, Associate Chief of Staff of Ambulatory Care at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.  “It was just errors.”  chron.com


Vets may have to settle for seeing a nurse under new VA plan. Click here to see a Special Report from Bret Baier at Fox News.






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  Vietnam War Vet to Receive Medal of Honor


WASHINGTON – Some five decades after he led a platoon credited with rescuing dozens of soldiers pinned down by enemy fire, a Vietnam War Veteran will be awarded the nation’s highest military honor for valor, the White House announced.  In May 1967, Army Maj. Charles Kettles led several helicopter trips to help evacuate wounded soldiers near the district of Doc Pho.  He returned to the landing zone without additional aerial support to rescue stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.  Kettles helped save the lives of 40 soldiers. The ceremony is the culmination of an effort that began in 2012.  William Vollano of the Veterans History Project launched the campaign. Lawmakers got involved and several men from his company, the 101st Airborne Division, sent letters.  “Kettles personifies the Army’s ‘Warrior Ethos’ – never leave any soldier behind,” said Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning.  Kettles retired from the Army in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel.  He resides in Ypsilanti, MI with his wife, Ann.  Associated Press, Fox News


  American Soldier









Soldiers from the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division patrol in central Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. Some Iraqis sympathized with U.S. forces on Wednesday after hearing the American death toll in the Iraq war had reached 2,000, but others noted that many more Iraqis had died in the conflict and said they hope the U.S. "occupiers" will soon go home. (AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg)
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During a recent interview about his latest film “Free State of Jones,” which focuses on the Civil War, the 46-year-old actor said he is optimistic about the country’s future.  “America turns the page and evolves quicker than most places historically,” McConaughey said.  “In that way I’m inspired and it makes me happy to be, and honored, to be an American. I’m not saying everything is just as it should be, but our ambition and our diligence to march forward for change, to test it out, to not give in to every new idea…where do we hang onto tradition, and where do we progress with new ideas, and ones that will hopefully stand the test of time?”  The Daily Caller


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