Have we not learned a lesson from the thousands of Vietnam Veterans that have been a living example of our previous failings? How can this happen in America? We said that we would never again, turn our backs on our soldiers!?! What is wrong with a society, that cannot take care of those who would die to protect it?!? Is it that easy to forget? Is it because most of America isn't in the military? Only 1/2 of 1% of this country volunteers for service. The rest, sleep soundly under the warm and snuggly blanket. The least we can do is take care of the people providing it.
They aren't asking to be rich, or famous... They are asking to be taken care of, the same way someone on welfare, without health care would be! If Jerrald Jenson were an inmate, laying next to Suspect #2, in Federal Prison he would get better medical care, than what he is getting NOW for being a wounded veteran!
If you don't have anyone in your family that is in the military, if you have no Veterans that are related to you, "ADOPT" Jerrald Jensen, or someone like him, and FIGHT FOR THEM, THE WAY YOU WOULD FOR YOUR OWN BROTHER!
This is what we, as a nation of free people must do... Or, get ready to stand on that line yourself, because when enlistment slows, and how could it NOT with the benefits of our soldiers being cut constantly... We are going to need people, and if no one volunteers??? They will be telling you, instead of asking you!
Demand better from our lawmakers, who you can be rest assured will have fantastic health care, long after they are done passing self serving laws, and helping out their friends in Washington!
WE CAN DO BETTER! THEY DESERVE AT LEAST, OUR VERY BEST!
Remember why you have Monday off!
If you would like to help remember the fallen heroes from Massachusetts, donate to the Mass. Iraq & Afghanistan Fellen Heroes Memorial Fund!
My love for our Armed Forces knows no limits! But, when I see something like this, after what our city has just experienced, my heart is forced to grow to make room for the love!
Thank you gentlemen, for your service, your sacrifices, your dedication, your love, and your support!
There are many ways that you can Support The Troops. You can send care packages, help the families while the soldiers are deployed, volunteer, and then there's running...
Anyone who knows me, knows that I will do ANYTHING to help our troops! And they are probably the only people that can get me to run a 9K!
Yup, it's about 5.4 miles... And for a DJ at WAAF, that's a LOT!
I know I can do it, because I've done it before!!!
But, I need your help to meet my fundraising goals!
I'm running for "My Guys"... Who will you run for?
Get the feeling of crossing Home Plate at Fenway Park, and help the Home Base Program!
They do such amazing work with our troops!
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program serves New England by identifying, motivating, and clinically treating wounded service members and veterans with combat stress and traumatic brain injury and their families. The Home Base Program serves the nation as a model for private-public collaborations as an educational resource about the invisible wounds of war that now effect an estimated 30 percent of those who served or are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. We are also working on the development of new treatments for post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
In New England, an estimated 50,000 veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are affected by TBI and/or combat stress. These invisible wounds of war are complex, individualized and extraordinarily challenging for all those affected. Families of veterans affected by combat stress and/or traumatic brain injury often need support as they seek ways to better understand and support their loved veteran. Many veterans struggle with the stigma associated with these injuries and may be reluctant to seek care.
Many veterans struggle with the stigma associated with these injuries and may be reluctant to seek care. While anxiety and distress may not be as obvious as the physical wounds of war, the scars are just as painful and deep.
Through a range of activities and events, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program informs and educates the community about combat stress and/or traumatic brain injury as we seek to mitigate the stigma and encourage veterans and their families to get the support and care they deserve.
Since the number of professionals specifically trained to diagnose and treat these injuries is inadequate to handle the growing demand, the Home Base Program also offers opportunities for health care professionals from across New England and beyond to increase their understanding of how to help veterans.
Guinness has stepped up this year as the first large company to approach the Leary Firefighter's Foundation to show their support. Guinness has pledged $100,000 to the LFF and you can help them reach their goal by texting "Guinness" to 878787. With each text Guinness will give $1 as part of the Guinness Gives Back program. You can get more info here.
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to Noreen Lucey, cousin of LFF founder and Boston Comic Denis Leary. Noreen's involvement in the LFF is very personal due to the loss of her Brother Jerry Lucey in the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse Fire. You can hear our conversation here:
WAAF will also be helping Guinness raise money for the LFF by "Painting The Town Black" with Guinness nights at local bars where we will be taking donations while enjoying many Pints Of The Black Stuff. Here's a list of dates for the upcoming Guinness nights:
Zakk Wylde and members of Sevendust and Candlebox have recorded a song called "The Pride," to benefit the The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, a Staten Island-based, non-profit organization which helps with Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts.
The recording features Zakk Wylde, Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John "JD" Deservio (Black Label Society, Cycle of Pain) and The Infinite Staircase.
The song was recorded at Architeckt Music in New Jersey and both the studio and the recording engineer, Mike Ferretti, graciously donated their services to the project.
Since Zakk is a New Jersey native I'm sure he feels strongly about the project and the recovery efforts. The song will be available on iTunes later this month.
Starting at 7:30 tonight, some of the biggest names in music will join together to help raise money for the Robin Hood Relief Fund to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. There are going to be some amazing collaborations tonight, including Eddie Vedder and Roger Waters performing "Comfortably Numb" and Paul McCartney joining the remaining members of Nirvana on stage. And those are just the one's we know about!
Tickets have been sold out since they went on sale, but you can watch the entire show LIVE in the player below!
Let me know who your favorite performer was, and don't forget to donate!
The Gaslight Anthem have released a video for "National Anthem" which comes from their excellent album Handwritten. The video is a montage of images from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sand in their home state of New Jersey. They are also selling two specially designed t-shirts via PunkCares.org to benefit organizations helping to aid in the recovery. The band's upcoming concert at Terminal 5 in New York City will air on AXS TV and the channel will make a donation to the recovery effort that matches the amount of money raised by sales of the t-shirts, according to Rolling Stone.
Guns N' Roses were kind enough to help out The Bridge School this past Saturday by playing an acoustic set at the yearly benefit show put on by Neil Young. Below are three of the the seven they performed. There has been a lot of criticism about Axl's voice for this show. He definitely lacks the visceral bite and hateful attitude that made his voice so distinctive back in the day, but the guy is 50 and no longer sleeping on the floor of a practice space, so those days are gone. "You're Crazy" still seems to have some of that old piss and vinegar. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.