My Memorial Day Reflections
I was up at 0400 yesterday morning to catch a 0630 flight to JFK to take some meetings this week with Maxim magazine and USAA. SOFREP will be formally partnering with Maxim as a military content provider, I’m excited to build this relationship and also grateful to have such an incredible partner in USAA.
As I pulled into the airport parking lot, I drove down to the fence, and parked. The drive to the airport in San Diego is one I’ve made a hundred times, but when I finally stopped the jeep and disengaged my internal autopilot (the one that got me there without much recollection), it hit me like an explosive concussion. A few yards to my right, in this same parking lot last September, was where I learned, with a single text message, that my best friend Glen Doherty was gone from my life. I glanced over and tried to hold back the emotions, but they just overcame me, and there was nothing I could do about it. It actually felt good to grieve a bit more. Anyone who’s lost someone special knows what I’m talking about.
I’m a better man for having known men like Glen Doherty, Chris Kyle, John Zinn, and the other teammates I’ve lost since February 1998.
Politics & The VA
It disturbs me that Glen was paraded around on the Presidential stage purely for political gain during the Presidential elections. Worse is that the same government paid only a few thousand dollars (I’m not even sure if it was that much) long after the bills for his memorial had piled up. His friends, RCF, and fellow citizen donors rallied, and we took care of it. However, it still bothers me that the government left his estate in the lurch.
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Virginstateofmind MR151 surfb4work And who was that guy 2-3 years ago, a rep or senator who got a light slap on the wrist for cheating on his taxes? Northeastern democrat. Any of us try that, and we'd be doing jail time. Also did you know members of Congress can use insider info on the stock market gained from any investigation? I kid you not. Some obscure bylaw or loophole. Not that that would ever stop them from going beyond official investigations. And yeah, ya gotta love the U.S. Congress and those "fact finding" missions they take to the Bahamas paid for by our tax dollars. Well, lobbyists too.
surfb4work I echo your thoughts and sentiments. Seems like the Obama administration is taking full advantage of the 2nd term to gain full immunity for current & past cabinet members & officials. Susan Rice doesn't get fired for blatantly lying about Benghazi, but instead promoted. Has she been throat punched yet? HRC got off scot free before leaving State. Although she claimed "full responsibility" she was never held responsible. Because, after all "What does it matter...?" Those 4 people at State more directly involved who basically played their fiddles while Benghazi burned merely got reassigned and face no punishment whatsoever. Eric Holder gets full protection and immunity for the Op Fast & Furious screw-up, and investigating/spying on the press more recently. The IRS woman involved in harassing conservative groups took the 5th last week, and now she's also rewarded with a better, higher paying job at IRS. She gets a raise. Just heard today that the EPA has been charging fees to conservative groups for information they provide free to media and liberal special interest groups. http://www.thetreeofliberty.com/vb/showthread.php?t=183407 Will the EPA chief be the next to get a raise? Then there's John Shinsecki of the VA. But I don't even want to get started on that one! Sorry for the downer post, but I felt compelled to vent some especially because of the Susan Rice thing. Moving on to something more pleasant. How's the surf today? North Shore?
Brandon: Thanks for these moving comments re your friend Glen and all who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I think about Glen every time I start daydreaming about Tavarua and whenever I am in e-mail or telephone touch with any of the crew down there. While some may think it sounds trite, thank God for men like Glen who put themselves in harm's way so that the rest of us lightweights can spend our spare time surfing, skiing, and with our families. Also, thanks for keeping the BG issue in the news. The Susan Rice appointment today was but a massive F.U. to not only Glen, but to the entire American public by the guy who is supposed to be "leading" us...WTF? Lasltly, thanks for your time and insight during last week's U.M. call with Mark D. I hope it was fun for you and I know all of us on the call learned some stuff and were appreciative. Good stuff man. Respect, Aloha, and Bula, Robert Gerard
markslugocki MR151 You found the right hobby. One that puts your passion & patriotism to good use. Yes, that was a moving moment! Gotta head out and do some stuff, but keep up the good work with the videos.
MR151 markslugocki Thanks my Neurologist at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center at Great Lakes Naval Base( the worst commissary lol ) told me to find a hobby to stimulate my mind so making videos is my new hobby ! I'm glad you enjoyed it what's touching is the Marines holding the Flag like they don't want to let it go , that moved me !