November 11, 2013, - 12:57 pm

Veterans Day 2013: Remember the Sacrifices & Bring Our Troops in Afghanistan Home So They’ll Be Vets, Not Casualties

By Debbie Schlussel

As I always say on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, the service and sacrifices of those brave men who served on the battlefield and in other capacities should be remembered every single day and not just on these two holidays. And as I also always say, on this day, let’s remember those who are still serving America and bring them home safely so that they, too, will be veterans and not casualties. Without them, we wouldn’t be here, and we certainly wouldn’t be free. But their lives and limbs should be sacrificed sparingly . . . for things that matter, for wars that matter.

Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke, Jr., Iraq War Vet, Hugs Pearl Harbor Survivor/WWII Vet Houston James (Graunke Lost a Leg, Hand, and Eye Defusing a Bomb in Iraq)


Wounded American Marine Salutes President Reagan’s Casket

Today, as we celebrate Veterans Day and remember the service and sacrifices of those who served and survived, let’s remember that while they may have survived, many of our former troops came home with arms and legs missing, with eyes gone and whole faces and body parts disfigured, making life difficult for them forever. And let’s ask ourselves why we went into Iraq and Afghanistan, and why more than a decade later, we still have troops on the ground in Afghanistan, giving their limbs and lives on a regular basis. Think of those still in Afghanistan and ask why Barack Obama, who made a campaign pledge in 2008 to bring them all home, has not fulfilled his promise. These men are sitting ducks, being picked off daily. For what?

We went to “war” in Iraq and Afghanistan without actually going to war. While our military men were handing out candy and building roads to nowhere, Muslims surrounding them were always at war, constantly blowing our boys to bits. We went to war in Iraq to essentially hand over the country from Sunni Muslims who hate us (but maintained a sort of stability and bulwark against Iran) to Shi’ite Muslims who hate us and take orders from the Iranian Ayatollahs.

On this Veterans Day, I remember those who served in World War II, a war which America actually had the guts to fight. We weren’t there handing out candy and building roads while bombs fell upon us. We were prosecuting a war. And that’s why we won. I wonder what most of those World War II heroes–almost all of them now dead–think of the appeasement of the new (and old) Nazis, the Muslims, that has been going on in this country for years and became appeasement on steroids after 9/11 and ever since. Would we have appeased the Japanese because they bombed us at Pearl Harbor? No way.

Today, I will visit the graves of my two favorite vets, my late father, who served as a U.S. Army Captain during Vietnam, and my great-uncle Maurice J. Schlussel, MD, who became the U.S. Army’s chief medical officer for the South Pacific after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I know Uncle Maurice would be sickened by today’s appeasement of the enemy. He would ask why we fought and died over there, if we aren’t willing to protect those things on U.S. soil, and merely open the floodgates repeatedly to invaders. It is a good thing the current and last President were not around back then, during World War II, or we’d be saluting Hitler’s grandson. Or, rather, you would be, as the rest of my family would have perished in the ovens.


My Dad’s Army Uniform From During Vietnam

Today, there are few World War II vets left. They are in their late ’80s and ’90s. The oldest known living World War II vet, Richard Overton, is 107. But it is ironic that Overton, today, will visit the Obama White House (watch the video of Richard Overton speaking about serving in WWII), the symbol of the anti-Veteran and the residence of the King of Appeasement. Neville Chamberlain would be proud.

Richard Overton, Oldest Known Living World War II Vet . . .


So, today, as you watch the President at various Veterans Day ceremonies, giving speeches and regurgitating trite plaudits to our military that he does not mean, know that the ghosts of Arlington National Cemetery cry out over his transgressions, his deliberate missteps that attempt to reverse what they fought for.

Pray for our troops that are still serving. Appreciate their service and pray for their well being.

Bring them home alive in one peace, so that they will be veterans next Veterans Day and not the mourned next Memorial Day.

To those who served and survived, Happy Veterans Day to you and thank you for your service. Thank you for risking your life and limb so that I can live my life freely. So that I can say what I want here on this website. Your risks and service mean the world to me.

To most of us.

Thanks, Dad, and thanks, Uncle Maurice. And thanks to all of you who kept us alive and safe on U.S. shores in whatever capacity in which you served.

If you’ve ever warn the American military uniform in service to America, G-d Bless You (unless, of course, you spent your time in uniform appeasing the enemy).

Jewish-American Soldiers Pray at Goebbels’ House in Germany (See My Other Cool, Inspiring Photos of Jewish Soldiers Praying at Normandy, Etc.) . . .

Pfc. Abraham Mirmelstein (left) of Newport News, VA holds the Torah scroll as Capt Manual M. Poliakoff (center) and Corp. Martin Willien, cantor, both of Baltimore conduct Jewish prayer services at Schloss Rheydt, the castle home of Dr. Josef Paul Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister, in Munchen Gladbach, Germany. The services, held in memory of soldiers of the Jewish faith who died in the drive to the Rhine, were the first held east of the Roer River in Germany. The photo was taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1945 or ’46.

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11 Responses

My dad was USMC in WWII, Korea & Viet Nam. He always marveled at all the diverse and exciting things I did with my life, and he always told me so. Now that he is dead and I am an old man, the one thing I regret in my life is not serving my country. Life works in strange ways. Because of HIS generation, MY generation had the choice to join or not. Go figure, huh?

#1 VATO on November 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Do you even need to ask if today’s libtards would try to appease the Japanese and Nazis? They are already rewriting history – saying that the bombing of Nazi towns like Dresden was baaaad, that bombing Japan was baaaaad, that America provoked the sweet Japanese into attacking us with our mean sanctions.

If these pathetic cretins had been alive back then, we would be speaking German. Since they’re alive now, we’ll soon be speaking Arabic.

Sam on November 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I always like your style on this matter. I couldn’t agree with it more on all accounts from the useless war we’re losing good men in, to the comparison of the balls our leaders used to have compared to the eunuchs that politically correct the enemy into submission.
Only thing I like about the current administration style in this fight, is their droning the sand people into the ground. Love it, sorry. No recidivism rate on the droned.
Other than that, after seeing the men fresh from combat tours, missing legs and months of sleep, I am convinced we are doing nothing right over there worth the lives.

samurai on November 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

anti-president 0’bama
wants to kill off as many of our
brave men and women
as possible

to weaken our military
and our will to fight and
our moral resolve
as much as possible

ever wonder why our soldiers are bound by
impossible and suicidal rules of engagement
with not only enemy but our
supposed compatriots in that
jisslum sewer

our troops are being willfully slaughtered
much to the glee of the
lord g-d 0’bama
jisslum in chief

prestigio on November 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Since taking office, Obama has purged 197 top officers from the US military, many on trumped up charges. Virtually all of them were straight white males, many whom did not agree with his anti-military, anti-American policies He has replaced them with women and minorities, who are nothing but yes-men (sorry Gloria Steinem) to the President.

We have not won a war since WWII, the last war we fought to win. We will probably never win another war, because any enemy of America now has a minority constituency in this country that will be pandered to.

Teddy Roosevelt welcomed immigrants from all around the world, but opposed “hyphenated Americans.” Today, he is condemned for wanted people to be Americans instead of “Korean-Americans” “Italian-Americans” “Arab-Americans.” He was smart, he was right, and, as usual, the liberals are wrong.

Scumbags like Pat Buchanan, who evaded the Vietnam war, often accuse Americans Jews of not serving their country; in fact, in WWII 10% of the US military forces were Jewish, even though they made up 5% of the country. During Vietnam, 8% of the military was Jewish, even though Jews made up less than 4% of the country.

My father, his brother (and 5 time Purple Heart winner), and my mother’s two brothers served during WWII. During the Korean War, another uncle served in the military. During Vietnam, one of my mother’s cousins, A marine Colonel serving on the Forrestal (I believe), was shot down. His body was found in 1996 and he is now interred in Arlington. I volunteered for the Navy but was rejected for health reasons.

We have done our part. What has Buchanan done?

Jonathan E. Grant on November 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Great post, JEG.

    skzion on November 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      I second that. Great post, JEG.

      JeffE on November 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I am proud of my father who served in WWII (Manhattan Project) and my boyfriend who served in Vietnam (Air Force Captain-C130 Pilot)
In my opinion World War II was the last “good war”. It was a war that had to be fought.
Bring the troops home from Afghanistan. If we must go to war in the future I pray that we have the leadership that this great nation deserves.

PaulaMalka on November 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Debbie, you asked this question during the course of the piece:

“Think of those still in Afghanistan and ask why Barack Obama, who made a campaign pledge in 2008 to bring them all home, has not fulfilled his promise.”

Simple, and three words, the “Military Industrial Complex”, the reason why I think in my little theory is that the MIC wants us to continue to remain in areas that we invaded to fill their wallet and presumably increase their pay-checks. And if we do leave Afghanistan, the MIC will no longer have contracts to serve their own self-interest, and Dwight E. Eisenhower during the last few years of his presidency gave a good speech about the MIC (he gave that speech about 20 years before I was born, but I’ve studied it in good detail) and warned future presidents of what type of impact and influence it’ll have in American politics and geo-politics globally, etc.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on November 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

A well-meaning and different take on “Veteran’s Day” :

ramjordan on November 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Tribute to our Veterans

Jack on November 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

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